Comfort and Joy

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Black Fruit Blend
Apple Pieces, Black Tea, Cinnamon, Cloves, Licorice Root, Natural Flavours
Cloves, Spicy, Sweet, Cinnamon, Licorice, Apple
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec 8 oz / 251 ml

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From The Republic of Tea

The Warmth of the Season.

Cinnamon and cloves are the shining stars of this blend. Wrap your hands around a cup that will surely put you in the mood for celebration. Fine black tea leaves create a substantial base for this spicy infusion, while apples and just a hint of licorice sweeten each sip.

A spicy holiday blend available in natural, round, unbleached tea bags.

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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828 tasting notes

I ended up with a tin of this + the 12 bags in the holiday sampler, so I had a lot of it to drink this season. At first, I put up with it, then I had a phase where I preferred it (steeped strongly: 2 bags per mug, or a small mug for one bag), then I’ve had other tea in the meanwhile, and now have ended up not caring for it so much again. So: if you plan to drink it in a month, I recommend it, but I don’t think it holds up on its own.

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514 tasting notes

All I have to say is. . .I’m glad this was a free sample from the catalog. . . .

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96 tasting notes

Based on other people’s reviews, which claimed this tea was quite weak I let mine steep until it was cool enough to drink, and I quite enjoyed it! The licorice is definitely there, with all the other flavours and to me it tasted a lot like minced meat pie which is certainly something that comes to mind when I think about Christmas!

It has such a strong taste, I thought, that it didn’t need milk or sugar, and I was quite happy with it. Perhaps they’ve changed the tea between last years release and this years? I don’t know! I thought it was tasty!

Boiling 8 min or more

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427 tasting notes

Backlogging I got this teabag to try from JoeCool Nicole thank you very much. This I agree is a light black tea with abit of apple and clove think is very good but the apple needs to be stronger.

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94 tasting notes

I got a free sample of this tea. I was hoping it would be one of those teas that other people don’t like but I like.

No, this tea was awful. I only took a few sips before pouring it down the drain, I feel guilty for making the drain swallow it all.

Bad tidings.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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136 tasting notes

Reading the prior reviews on this one, perhaps they’ve changed the formula this year? I just got a tin of this in December and I’m thinking it’s “ok” to good. A lot of the negative reviews seem to be a year ago, so hmmmm.

This has some of the spices I tend to like. The dominant flavors seem to be cinnamon, apple and licorice. The licorice is stepped up here, so maybe that turns people off, but it can be a sentimental taste for me (my Mom loved black licorice, and everyone knew it).

Oh, and I used 2 bags for about 10 oz. or so, because last time I tried it, it did seem a wee bit weak. They instruct to use 6 oz. per bag, so just upped it a little.

Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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223 tasting notes

Thanks LauraR!

In the bag, this smells suprisingly spicy but also quite musty, which worries me a bit. As I keep smelling it, I’m getting more apprehensive about trying it, due to the medicinal and liqourice scent. Brewed, this is so underwhelming I can’t believe it. There is just no taste until the aftertaste, which tastes like lemon cough drops. I didn’t even get halfway down this cup before tossing it.

On a more positive note, this is my 101st tasting note!

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64 tasting notes

BACKLOG: Smells lovely like apple cider and a hint of (generic) black tea. The taste is lacking though. I feel that if you are going to call it tea you should let it stand on it’s own.

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411 tasting notes

Finally got around to trying my free sample from the catalog. The smell of the teabag is wonderful. The tea itself is not as flavorable as the smell, but still has an interesting scent to it. The tea is definitely flavorful, but not where near the promise of the smell. I get some of the numbing effect of the cloves on my tounge without the flavor of the spice.

I don’t know that I’d buy this tea, but I’m enjoying it more than others at this site have enjoyed it.

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304 tasting notes

Got this free sample with the new RoT catalog. I am glad it was free is all I can say.
Smells great, tastes ok, but weak.


Still waiting for my catalog.


They sent me two!

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