Strawberry Basil Green Tea (Iced Tea Pouches)

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Strawberry, Herbaceous, Sweet, Herbs
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Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Organic
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Average preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 5 min, 30 sec 16 oz / 473 ml

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  • “I thought I’d reviewed this tea ages ago. Ah well better late than never. When I make iced tea I tend to do it as a hot brew and then add a bunch of ice and a bit of agave nectar. This method...” Read full tasting note
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  • “GCTTB V1 Once again, thanks Jillian for including this one! It sounds really incredible apart from the fact it has a green base… Obviously I’ve cold brewed this: it’s pretty tasty but also a little...” Read full tasting note
    70
  • “I’m a lazy iced tea maker—usually the bag stays in the water for hours. I heat up one quart of water just below boiling (usually in a retired mason jar, in the microwave), toss in my sweetener of...” Read full tasting note
    85
  • “True to its name, this one isn’t so good hot but gets much better when it’s cold. The strawberry is really gentle in this, with more basil than I expected and a slight sweet aftertaste. It’s...” Read full tasting note
    75

From The Republic of Tea

This organic, farmers’ market-inspired iced green tea combines sun-ripened strawberries and fresh basil. Basil provides an herbal accent to subtly sweet berries for a sophisticated summer sip.

Each of the eight, large, unbleached tea pouches are perfectly portioned for making it easy to brew healthy, premium iced tea at home.

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.

6 Tasting Notes

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1908 tasting notes

I thought I’d reviewed this tea ages ago. Ah well better late than never.

When I make iced tea I tend to do it as a hot brew and then add a bunch of ice and a bit of agave nectar. This method seems to really bring out the basil flavour. It’s more of a tulsi basil than a sweet basil (the kind you use to make pesto) flavour but it definitely dominates each mouthful. Following on the heels of the basil is a mildly sweet strawberry flavour and the grassy green tea base finishes it off. It’s not a bad tea but I wished the strawberry flavour was a bit stronger (Roswell had the opposite problem when it was cold brewed).

Unfortunately the boyfriend turns his nose up at most green teas this tea being no exception – so this isn’t really very good for filling the communal iced tea jug that I have going in the fridge all summer long.

Preparation
Iced

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GCTTB V1

Once again, thanks Jillian for including this one! It sounds really incredible apart from the fact it has a green base…

Obviously I’ve cold brewed this: it’s pretty tasty but also a little underwhelming. I really get a clear taste of the strawberry and it’s sweet and juicy but has a bit of a “frozen” strawberry flavour in so far as it’s not the most ‘fresh’ tasting strawberry despite tasting pretty natural. As far as the basil and green tea go, I can’t say I really taste much of either? Probably more basil than green tea – but even still it’s just like a sort of mild, herbaceous undertone/aftertaste and it actually feels a little bit like adding it to the tea was an afterthought.

I’ll enjoy finishing off the pitcher because of the nice strawberry flavour, but this is another tea from RoT’s collection that I’m perfectly content with not buying or drinking again.

Jillian

Really? I hot-brewed mine and had like the opposite problem, the basil was all I could taste.

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I’m a lazy iced tea maker—usually the bag stays in the water for hours. I heat up one quart of water just below boiling (usually in a retired mason jar, in the microwave), toss in my sweetener of choice and the bag, screw on a lid, and let it sit on the counter to room temp. Then I put it in the fridge and drink it cold. Delicious! This tea does have more basil than I expected, but it wasn’t an unwelcome surprise. The basil is only slightly spicy. ;P Very different, but very yummy! :)

Flavors: Strawberry

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more 24 OZ / 709 ML

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True to its name, this one isn’t so good hot but gets much better when it’s cold. The strawberry is really gentle in this, with more basil than I expected and a slight sweet aftertaste. It’s refreshing but not my favorite, mostly because of the strawberry. It could stand to be stronger, but unlike most other red fruit teas I’ve tried from this company they didn’t try to enhance it with hibiscus, which is a plus in my book.

Flavors: Herbaceous, Strawberry, Sweet

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single sachet sample that came with a very lovely Republic of Tea catalogue. they must have read my mind, because of all their iced teas i saw in-store, i most wanted to try this. glad to report back that it’s quite tasty!

dry as well as steeped, you really get a sense of the strawberry, and it is a yummy fresh strawberry, albeit one that has been baked in the oven and sweetened into natural candy.

i also get a sense of the basil but it feels more vaguely herbaceous since it is dried. i find basil flakes are never anything like the leaf fresh off the plant, which is a real treat!

i happen to love basil. it’s an amazing thing. paired with strawberry, i think it’s a brilliant idea. would like to try and make my own freshly-infused iced tea using real fruit and herbs. drown them in ice and let them cold steep for a day!

Flavors: Herbs, Strawberry

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I got a single bag of this as a free sample with the Republic of Tea catalog. I don’t generally make iced tea, but I figured I should brew this in the way that was intended. The instructions said to brew this in 6 ounces of water and then pour over ice, but I don’t like ice and I didn’t have any in the house, so I just brewed it in 8 ounces and then let it chill in the fridge. I did add some sugar to mine.

This is fairly tasty! It’s definitely light and refreshing, which is a very good thing for an iced tea blend. The strawberry flavor is nice, I wouldn’t call it totally authentic but I think it works well in this blend. The basil is barely discernible, and I’m not sure whether that’s a good or bad thing… Overall, this is a nice tasty iced tea and I would like to try some of the other flavors in this series. Thanks for the freebie, Republic of Tea! :D

Flavors: Herbs, Strawberry, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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