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.

65 Tasting Notes

1 tasting notes

Very comforting warm spice blend, not overpowering, great for a sick day or to beat the afternoon blahs. Love it in fall on cold Fall evenings outside on the patio.

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1904 tasting notes

This came out of the Great Canadian Traveling Teabox, it’s in bagged form so it was nice and convenient for a morning like this when I didn’t feel like doing anything complicated. It has a pleasant spiced-orange flavour and yes, there’s licorice present but honestly I didn’t find it to be very strong – unlike in some teas where it overwhelms everything else, this was content to remain a faintly sweet background note.

Reading the reviews of this tea is amusing because people seem to either love it or absolutely loath it. I…sit somewhere in the middle, it’s not bad at all for bagged tea but it’s nothing fantastic.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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7 tasting notes

Admittedly not the most refined tea, and the flavors involved are overwhelming, but that’s why I like it. The aroma from the cup is fragrant and puts you in a holiday mood. Taste is very strongly of black licorice.

Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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27 tasting notes

This isn’t a bad tea, but I can’t say that it’s great either. It’s a tea that doesn’t live up to it’s scent. The smell of it is warm and comforting and really entrancing, but the taste ends up a little bit musty on the tongue. By the end of the tin I’m just wanting to simmer it on the stove and use it for pot-pourri.

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29 tasting notes

Weird. I remember this tea being better in the past; must be the rosy glasses of nostalgia, or else I just wasn’t spoiled enough by a huge tea selection back then. My days of drinking mostly Republic of Tea blends are long over. Comfort and Joy used to be one of my favorites, but now it tastes so… lifeless, perhaps. This can’t be the same company that produced the Tea of Good Tidings.

Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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2 tasting notes

So today I enjoyed my last taste of this flavor until the holiday season comes around again later this year. I admit, I like to steep my tea for a looong time to get the strongest flavor, so I get a lot out of a single tea bag. Add some sugar, a little milk and it’s just a treat, one of my absolute favorite flavors. If RoT ever stops making this, I may go into mourning. (it wouldn’t be the first time)

200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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31 tasting notes

Probably like you, I got this as a free sample with my catalog. Among the ingredients are licorice root, which I happen to hate, but I gave it a try…even after the super strong cinnamon slapped my nostrils from one side of my face to the other. Bracing myself for what I thought was going to be a super strong brew, I was surprised how mellow this tea is. I could taste cinnamon and it had a little bite, but that’s about it. The overwhelming flavor, despite the lustrous reddish brown color, was hot boiled water.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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10 tasting notes

Like a lot of people, I received this as a sample. I enjoyed the flavor and thought it was a very good holiday blend.

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34 tasting notes

This tea fell short of my expectations. It smells great in the tin, but when you brew it the flavor is kind of like a watered down “red hot”… (those little red cinammon candies).
So I’d rate this tea as “meh”
Gave it away.

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45 tasting notes

Got this as a free sample in the mail. All I can say is I won’t be buying this tea. It is very bland. I was quite surprised because when I think of holiday teas I think spice and flavor; both of which I did not get from this tea.

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