Red Velvet Chocolate

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Cake, Chocolate, Earth, Dark Chocolate
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205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 11 oz / 319 ml

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  • “Nothing like sitting in front of the computer doing analytical left-brain things all day, then coming home and spending the evening milking what’s left of the other side to write creative kids’...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I have discovered the thing to do with this is just cut the teabags open and use three of them for one mug of tea. It is sweet and chocolate-y, still I am not sure I would buy this again and I wish...” Read full tasting note
  • “Backlog from yesterday. I had this with my dinner while at Panera. At first I had my doubts about eating there but it was super convenient at the time and then I saw they carry Republic of Tea and...” Read full tasting note

From The Republic of Tea

Have your cake and sip it too! Indulge your sweet tooth with this healthy, caffeine-free infusion. Antioxidant-rich rooibos is blended with chocolate and beet root bits to taste just like the classic red velvet cake. The perfect cup to accompany birthdays and other celebrations.

About The Republic of Tea View company

The Republic of Tea is a progressive and socially conscious business recognized for being the leading purveyor of more than 200 premium teas and herbs, ready-to-drink iced teas and more. Founded in 1992, The Republic of Tea sparked a tea revolution in America with the purpose of enriching people’s lives through the experience of premium teas and a Sip by Sip Rather Than Gulp by Gulp lifestyle.

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1727 tasting notes

Picked this one up when I happened to see it in the store. It didn’t look like there was too much tea in each teabag so I uses three tea bags for one 16oz cup. It has a nice strong chocolate taste and the rooibos is there too. Not sure if I’m getting the vanilla and the beet root. Over all this is a nice cup of caffeine free tea. And it was not expensive. It’s not the best I’ve had as far as rooibos goes but it’s also not the worst.

Steeped three tea bags in a 16oz mug with boiling water for five minutes.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

I still have about half a tin I wasn’t completely in love with. Will have to see if tripling it up makes me feel more affectionate.

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200 tasting notes

When my best friend was in the hospital a while ago, she couldn’t drink caffeine, so I picked this up for her. I gave her half and kept the other half. She was very excited about it.
Our verdict?
This is a perfect late-evening decaf tea.
It’s really sweet, but in a deep and earthy way. I’d consider it an alto singer as opposed to a soprano. A gutsy, deep-throated jazz singer — but not the kind that smokes.
The perfect thing to recover to.
PS – my best friend is fine now.

Flavors: Cake, Chocolate, Earth

2 min, 15 sec

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3 tasting notes

My favorite tea of all time (thus far). I make it in an Eeyore mug of unidentified size with a bit of honey (unmeasured) and a splash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk (also unmeasured).

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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117 tasting notes

This is a perfectly acceptable chocolate rooibos blend. Not spectacular in the slightest, but not horrible either. I stepped for 10 minutes, added a touch of honey, and vaguely enjoyed the light chocolate flavor as I did computer work this afternoon.
I would label this with the “meh” tag. I definitely would not purchase, but it is fine to hold me over till I can brew up a nice loose leaf when I get home.

Flavors: Chocolate

Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Cooking TTB

Finishing up my quest with the Cooking TTB and yep, I’m still not a fan of red rooibos. I love green rooibos but the red rooibos just has that medicinal flavor that is hard to look beyond, even with the yummy chocolate cake notes that are coming thru. I know a lot of people love it and I’ll keep trying it, but this one just isn’t for me. Glad I was able to try it. On to the next one!

Flavors: Cake, Chocolate


I totally agree with you. I like green rooibos and honeybush, but can’t stand red rooibos.

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13 tasting notes

Tastes good, just, not really like what I imagined. They did a great job, really. I guess I was just hoping for something a bit lighter. Quite full bodied.

Flavors: Cake, Chocolate

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2 tasting notes

Had this for the second time today and really enjoyed it! Last time I made it with sugar only, and it was okay, but nothing I’d rave about. This time I added milk and sugar, and while I don’t really taste the chocolate it does have a bit of a cakey flavor, and I really liked it with the milk!

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Pass the Stash TTB #11

I had been intrigued by various red velvet rooibos teas but never enough to buy it. So I was happy to try this in the TTB. Sadly I found it rather weak. I saw someone else who reviewed it used three bags per cup which seems like the flavor would be better – but honestly, if you make single-serve bags, flavor the things well enough that one bag is sufficient.

I get dark chocolate, but I wish it was stronger. Mainly, I get the sugar I added to the tea to get any flavor other than rooibos.

Glad I tried it, though I doubt I’ll ever buy any myself.

5 min, 0 sec

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23 tasting notes

I’ve almost finished my canister of this tea so I decided it might be a good idea to review it. I used two tea bags in a 12 oz mug, added a touch of sweetener and a splash of Half & Half. It smells . . . how would Homer Simpson say it – garrrr droooll!

Let me start by saying I consider myself a complete amateur at both tea reviewing and drinking. I know what I like and I like this. I found it to have a deep chocolate flavor with a hint of something else (not sure how I would describe it other than as “red”). I’m guessing that might be the beetroot or maybe it’s the flavor of the rooibos itself (I’ve never had it in anything else).

Never having had true Red Velvet Cake (only a Crumbs cupcake – not impressed) I can’t compare the flavors in this tea to the original cake. What I can say is that I really like this tea. I find it rich and sweet (but not tooth-achingly sweet like another version I’ve tasted) and very enjoyable. I will definitely be restocking on this.

The only disappointment I have in this tea is that it is not available loose. I wish it was not limited to tea bags. Unleash the tea!!! ;D

Flavors: Dark Chocolate

Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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465 tasting notes

Thank you Ost! I am enjoying this tea as I sit inside watching a classic Doctor Who (Pyramid of Mars) on a rainy afternoon. What a lovely cuppa! The cup of tea is a lovely red full of promise and fun. It has a nice red velvet flavor but I’m not getting the frosting which is one of my favorite parts. Altogether, a nice tea which I will pick up and keep in my cupboard!


Yeah, I wish it had been more sweet too!

Lariel of Lórien

That is a great Doctor Who episode.

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