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100

A very good oolong- nothing fancy. My go-to oolong. Beverly Hofstetter would approve.

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76

This tea packed a ton of flavor without requiring a black tea base. A lot of herbal teas seem to be lacking something to me, like they’re watery or sad somehow. They’re like children, floating around Disney World, looking for their parents. Incomplete; a little desperate.

Not here, though. This is a very robust little number. It Keeps Calm And Carries On, undaunted by the challenges facing herbals.

The flavor is part of a Downton Abbey collection, and I wish I could say something intelligent about the show here to tie in the tea. But alas, I’ve never seen this British mega-hit. It’s on my huge pile of TV Shows To Maybe See Someday.

Full review, including a HUGE rant about “you should watch this!” TV obligations, is here:
http://sororiteasisters.com/2016/12/12/downton-abbey-english-rose-herbal-from-the-republic-of-tea/

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78

I got a generous sample of this from a non-Steepsterian friend and decided to make a small pitcher of iced tea. It’s quite cold today (come on, spring, get a move on!) so I kind of wish I had made it hot. But the iced tea is quite good. My sense of smell is completely gone again so I can’t smell or taste the ginger or peach, but the tea is smooth and no hint of astringency or bitterness.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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75

You know, I really liked this tea before I tried Harneys. Just showed me how limited my tea drink experience is. This is not a bad tea but I just didn’t find it as flavorful as Harneys.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

One of my favorites! Hot or iced, this never disappoints. I prefer mine with honey, hot.

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45

So-so tea. I really like blackberry and this was the only brand I could find locally. Disappointed with the lack of flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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76

This is a very strong-flavored tea. The hibiscus overpowers the green tea, and I never tasted the acai berry flavor. But, it is a fun pink color, and if you’re in the mood for hibiscus, it’s great!

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92

I ran out of this but need to log it before I remove it from my cupboard. This is a smooth, comforting tea for mid-morning. The blueberry flavor combines well with the black tea, and there’s a tiny hint of sweetness that I enjoy.

I would like to have more of this in my cupboard soon.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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71

This tea smells and tastes a bit like peppermint schnapps, but without the alcohol burn.

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98

I have found that I really really prefer “builders” teas – black, somewhat malty, with sugar and milk added. This practically requires a little additional sugar and a long splash of milk to quell the astringency and pump up the maltiness.

Flavors: Malt, Tannin

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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81

You wouldn’t think of this time of year as being ideal for iced tea, but I live in a place where winters are very dry and I often find myself craving cold drinks to quench my thirst. My bookstore stocks these RoT iced teas every summer and I always stock up at the end of the season because I know I’ll be wanting them.

This one is a black tea with a bit of a caffeine kick so don’t drink it late at night if you have trouble sleeping. Flavour-wise though the base is quite gentle and mild and acts more as support for the other flavours rather than drowning them out. The peach and ginger are a fairly well balanced mix, though I added a bit of ginger syrup so this jug has a bit more bite than it normally would. The peach comes across as a little bit artificial, though still far more natural than the flavourings found in Snapple or Lipton peach iced teas.

Preparation
Iced 5 min, 0 sec

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62

Ordered this as I read so many good things. First, I always use 2 of the ROT bags. I find I can taste the paper of the teabag sometimes. At any rate, I steeped this, heavy coconut smell. Taste is like a mounds bar, this was actually very taaty, a perfect dessert tea. Would make a fantastic latte.

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43

This tastes pretty much like an ordinary peppermint tea to me. The peppermint isn’t very strong and is tasted mainly at the back of the tongue. The added stevia adds a spearmint like nuance to the edges of the peppermint, and the green rooibos adds a hay/grassy like undertone to the taste. The peppermint remains at the forefront. The chocolate and vanilla notes are experienced mainly through the nose.

Flavors: Chocolate, Grass, Hay, Peppermint, Spearmint, Vanilla

Preparation
8 min or more

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54

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Flavors: Dirt, Honey, Sweet, Vanilla, Wood

Preparation
8 min or more

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67

I decided to give this tea another try, and chose it as my before bed cup. I managed to get a pretty good brew with boiling water. Now I’m thinking the water wasn’t hot enough for my previous brews because this time I managed to get a pretty good cup. I used 3 tea bags in a large 3 cup mug and over-steeped the tea by leaving the bags in while I sipped. I was able to coax out more of my beloved tannic flavor; and also added a touch of dark honey, which brought forth more of the plummy flavor.

The taste of cinnamon is still not very noticeable but I detect it somewhere in there tempering the flavor from becoming too bright and fruity, and also adding a touch of warmth to the overall composition.

I’m wearing Natori by Natori while I sip this…..a plum,rose, and amber fragrance with a touch of patchouli.

Flavors: Plums, Tannin, Tea

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 24 OZ / 709 ML

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67

This tea is very bland and a tad vinegary.

Flavors: Plums, Vinegar

Preparation
8 min or more 3 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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76

This is my go to Jasmine tea. Nothing too special about it. It tastes like Jasmine but nothing extravagant. It’s my cheap-and-want-to-chug-jasmine-tea-now kind of tea. I double steep my tea BUT I mix it. I put it all in a 20 oz insulated water bottle so I can sip it hot/warm within an hour or two. I always double steep my tea but mix it all together and that is what I did here.

Flavors: Floral

Preparation
Boiling 20 OZ / 591 ML

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83

Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Six – Tea #21
Your standard milk oolong. There is definitely a creamy, buttery flavor to this one. Solid steeps. I used quite a number of leaves that filled the infuser basket but the flavor was never astringent or bitter. Oolong fans… don’t miss this one in the teabox!

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57

Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Six – Tea #13
I used two of these teabags, but somehow the flavors that were supposed to be here were still pretty weak. I would have no idea what the flavor even was. The green tea wasn’t terrible, but it also wasn’t the best. I don’t think any spices could really shine in a green tea anyway. I love how the description says “rich plum”… I don’t think there was any plum here. I was going to try some of the Perennial Plum but upon looking at the blend, it looks like the Della Terra plum blend, which I have a ton of… so I’ll leave that one for others to try!

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95

Love this tea. The coconut takes a back seat to the bright hibiscus, but thanks to the coconut this tea is creamy rather than astringent (as is a common issue I find with tropical teas). Great hot or iced—it’s refreshing and a treat for any occasion. I usually brew a cup when I’m missing the sand between my toes and the calming sound of the ocean waves. I’d go as far as to say that this is like Hawaii in a cup.

Flavors: Coconut, Hibiscus, Pineapple

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26

I had such high hopes for this tea, but sadly I was disappointed. The description caught my attention—maybe it was the delectable description or it was the fact that I had just stopped eating sugar, but I had to buy it.
Followed the instructions for steeping and was rewarded with a delicious aroma. Upon first sip discovered that the tea tasted nothing like the rich, chocolate aroma. It made for a rather weak cup of tea. Try the Double Chocolate Rooibos if you’re looking for a rich chocolate taste.

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