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50

The name of this tea is a big misnomer. I was expecting it to taste rather lemony. It doesn’t taste of lemon (or lemon balm) at all.

Chamomile, hint of lavender, herbal. Not flowery at all, which is a good thing for a chamomile tea, in my opinion. This isn’t a bad tea, and I’d certainly drink it again if it was offered to me, but I wouldn’t actively seek it out, especially when so many other chamomile blends are much tastier.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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90

Love the smell of this tea. It’s just like a freshly cut pineapple. It’s delicious, too: sweet fresh pineapple taste with a fresh, clean green tea. The ginger is just barely there, which is great for me (though ginger must be growing on me, since I keep trying teas made with it).

Thanks, Meghann M, for sending some of this my way! I love it!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Meghann M

Glad to hear the ginger level was do able for you. I love this tea!

Jaime

It was perfect! I’ll definitely be picking some of it up when I see it!

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15

I can definitely smell & taste the peach but the ginger doesn’t come through at all. I tried adding some cinnamon honey and the tea even swallowed up that flavor. All in all, pretty ‘meh’.

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83
drank Rainforest by The Republic of Tea
291 tasting notes

I bought this on a whim while I was on vacation in Iowa. Yes, vacationing in Iowa. I haven’t been the biggest fan of teas that were more spice than tea. This is definitely one of those. So instead of brewing it naked, I brewed it in local apple cider. This was fantastic. It paired well, perfect for spiced cider. If I do brew this naked, I will add black tea or jamaica flowers. It’s a good base.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I love steeping spice teas in cider! <3

Mel

Yep! I can’t believe I used to buy powdered spice for cider. Cider and spiced teas are so yummy.

cody

…how have I never thought of this? Looks like I’ve got plans with my gallon of cider and a few overly-spiced teas today.

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1

I am not a fan of this tea at all, I don’t taste pineapple and the lychee flavor tastes “off” to me.

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79

This is a nice caffeine free tea, the balance between the vanilla and apple was just right. A nice after dinner tea.

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90

Loving the smell of this tea as it steeps. I keep going back to sniff the cup (it is an 8 min steep time). The mango in this is sweet and wonderful. The chili isn’t there as a strong spice but gives a nice undercurrent of flavor. I’m really enjoying how green rooibos tastes. Another winner from Republic of Teas. Now if only while foods or world market would carry these raw bush blends so I didn’t have to place an online order. Thank you Jaime for letting me try some of this tea:)

Cofftea

MUST TRY! Reminds me of a mango chilli pepper tequila I had once.

Lynxiebrat

I got this at my local Whole Foods store, so maybe the ones nearest you now carries it:)

Meghann M

If only my nearest Whole Foods wasn’t two hours away :(

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40

I cannot say I’m a fan of this tea. I don’t care for the “flowery” taste, and the flavors just don’t seem to mesh well. The hibiscus is overpowering. The blueberry and peppermint are nearly non-existent. If anyone out there is a fan of this, let me know, I still have over half a container left and cannot bring myself to just get rid of it. :(

amandajo

FYI: Since I wrote this post I sent this one off to another steepsterite. :0

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75

This tea smells and tastes like a lighter, classier Celestial Seasonings Mandarin Orange Spice. Very spicy in the scent, cinnamon predominates, with a mellow citrus body. The flavor is mild and warming. I enjoyed it this morning with a scant half-teaspoon of honey. Lovely on a cool morning!

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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95

This is one of my favorite rooibos blends, and I’m so afraid that Republic of Tea will retire it after this year.

The scent is definitely stronger than the taste, but the taste isn’t weak to me (could be because I let it steep for 10 minutes, too). It’s more chocolatey than orange, but the aftertaste is just like one of those chocolate oranges you get around Christmastime. Love it!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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75

Definitely can pick up on the peach notes. The chestnut and honey notes are more subtle. A nice light tea.

Preparation
4 min, 30 sec

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85

Ah, now that’s more like it. Brewed at 212 rather than 195 (and just how do you get the degree symbol to show up?).

It’s both floral and fruity. The peach is obvious, but not overpowering. No bitterness when brewed at this temperature. It’s a smooth, pleasing cup that is delicious hot, but I suspect would be even better iced on a hot summer day (though I hope those are far behind us now).

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85

Tried this out with the “oolong” setting on my One-Touch. Normally I just brew this like a black tea (the package, after all, says to pour boiling water over the bags).

It’s barely peachy at all at this temperature, and the tea itself has a strange bitterness to it that I hadn’t noticed before. Going to make another small pot (2 cups) with boiling water to see how they compare.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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