Blackberry Sage

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Black Fruit Blend
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Astringent, Bitter, Blackberry, Herbaceous, Sage, Sweet, Tart, Berries, Floral, Perfume
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195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec 11 oz / 317 ml

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From The Republic of Tea

Tea For Wisdom. The soft taste and sweet aroma of fresh blackberries is experienced with the first sip of this fruity tea. A subtle undertone of cool white sage adds a balanced finish. Wonderful iced.

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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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23 tasting notes

The Republic of Tea has done a nice job of packaging and marketing. I do wish they would do more with loose tea tho. I might consider adding them to the vendor list. I frequently have customers mentioning their teas.

For a bagged tea the aroma and flavor is quite nice. I do get the sage. It is definitely a good combo with the fruity blackberry.
The brewing instructions on the can recommend 3 to 5 mins.
I used 1.5 and got the best flavor. IMO. Bagged teas with the small pieces of leaves infuse so quickly it is practically instant tea.

190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec

I could’ve sworn this was one of the few they sold in bulk and loose. At least in their catalog. Let me check…Yeah they do sell it loose. Do they not on their website? Odd.
And they do have great marketing for such an ethically hypocritically company. They really encourage bagged drinking in both price and size but it’s so easy to get distracted by the art on their tins. I nearly bought their “Merchant’s Tea Green Chai” because of it. (^_^;)


Thanks so much for updating me. It has been a while since I checked into these.


I tasted several of ROT’s loose teas while at the Fancy Food Show this past weekend. There were enough different and very enjoyable tastes and aromas that I added some of their line to my inventory.
The particular thing I liked tho, was the Tea Traveler Press. I got those to sell at the shop as well. Most Tea-to-go drink cups I have seen, and decided not to carry, have a separate basket that you have to remove to keep the tea from getting bitter. Then whattheheck do you do with it while traveling. Not convenient.
The ROT tea press has the silicone divider, so, once you press, the tea is nicely compartmentalized. The lid is easy to drink from as well. I think it will be a nice addition to the shop.


ROT has always had a loose leaf line in their wholesale offerings and the quality is generally quite good….particularly their unblended, single orgin teas like golden yunnan, silver rain, etc…. if your interested I could send you samples…they are also quite generous with supporting and donating teas to charity events and tea talks and have supported a number of my events through the years…ROT also recognized a market trend and just this last year changed almost 50% of thier catalog over to focus on loose leaf and the website has also followed suit…

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212 tasting notes

I’m very familiar with The Republic of Tea tea bags, having tried a slew of different varieties last year before I entered the wonderful world of loose tea. I enjoyed all of the ones that I bought. I was anxious to see how the loose leaf versions compared.

I steeped the Blackberry Sage tea for five minutes at 212 degrees. The brewing aroma was incredible. It was very (or should I say, “berry”?) sweet and fruity. I couldn’t wait to see if it tasted as great as it smelled!

The brewed color of this tea is a golden amber. The flavor is fabulous! My first sip reminded me of Knott’s Berry Farm shortbread cookies. The taste is sweet and fruity without bitterness. The tea flavor undertones are subtle and supportive. A very nice aftertaste also lingers on my tongue. I imagine that this blend would also be terrific iced.

This is a very nice black tea. It isn’t the boldest black blend that I’ve tasted, but it really doesn’t need to be. The flavor is full and steady and delicious. That’s all I require for my afternoon black tea fix!

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124 tasting notes

For once, a fruit tea that is not overwhelmed by hibiscus. I honestly like this. “Soft” is a good descriptor for the blackberry flavor. Its not biting me with berry flavor, but its there. This was better without sweetener. After adding agave nectar, it took on a fake candle wax kind of flavor.

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This is making my office smell wonderful!

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111 tasting notes

“Teabags” you say? Yes, I thought I’d review a tea I had a couple years ago. “How can you remember what a tea was like two years ago?”. Well, I can’t remember every subtlety, but since I have purchased this tea several times (and don’t plan to purchase it anytime soon), I’ll give it my best shot.

The aroma of blackberries—and to a lesser extent sage—fills my sniffer with wonderful sensation. Even in the cup the aroma is very apparent. It is a good, decent cup of hot tea, with the flavors more pronounced as the tea cools. To my palate, the fruitiness of the blackberry is more noticeable, while the sage never lets you forget it is there. It’s kind of like the demure lady I notice at a party… me, trying not to stare, but at times unable to avert my eyes. It is a very compelling, delicious tea. I just wish there was a stronger sense of the base tea in this blend.

For hot tea I use one teabag per 8 oz cup, at 212 degrees for five minutes. Hot tea rating: 70. I use this tea mostly as a delicious iced tea using twice the amount of tea following the preparation below. As an iced tea I give this one a 75.

Iced 8 min or more

I have this one at work and I like it pretty well.

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1715 tasting notes

Smells very strong of blackberry. Much more mellow taste but still the main flavor. Initial blast of berry quickly gives way to a rather bland tea/sage combo – not sure how that is possible. Then the the syrupy berry aftertaste kicks in and lingers and lingers. Number 2 of 6 RoT’s to try. Hope they get better.

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75 tasting notes

Stuck at work. Feeling pretty bleh about being at work and the long night of work ahead of me. Had a sample bag of this and gave it a whirl. It smelled great: strong blackberry fragrance with a touch of sage. Then, I got to tasting it….bleh. All of the flavors are very weak, including the underlying black tea. It isn’t offensive, but it has nothing to offer me either. I will not be buying this one. Alas, back to…you guessed it….work!


this tea is so much better loose leaf from the company, with whole dried blackberries…I love to steep it into cream and make custards from it


That’s good to know. I wasn’t thinking about how having it bagged might be weakening the taste. I’ll have to give it another try when some loose leaf comes my way.

Rachel Sincere

This was my starter tea, I always had a canister of it on hand and I love it. Do try the looseleaf. You might find it to be delicious.


if you send me an address I can send you a sample


Thanks Kashyap!

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141 tasting notes

The aroma coming from the bag and the cup is great, but the flavor is disappointingly weak. I added cream, sugar and honey, which brought out the flavor some. It is especially disappointing because I like the idea od blackberry and sage together, and the what I can taste tastes natural. I just wish there was more of it. I don’t know if the problem is that they put too litlle tea in the bag, or too little flavoring, or if the tea base is inferior grade tea.

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2815 tasting notes

I’ve been drinking this tea for a few years now, I like it pretty well but I just finished the tin and I don’t intend to run out and buy any more soon. I am used to drinking my tea strong so I normally put two teabags in a cup. I like the balance of flavors here between the blackberry, the sage and the black tea. Not at all tart and also no hibiscus because it’s really not a favorite of mine. Sage is supposed to be good for people with asthma so I got it for drinking during the winter season.

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37 tasting notes

If and when I am in precisely the right mood for this tea, it’s perfect. Unfortunately that moment comes across maybe once every couple/few months at best, and the rest of the time I really want something with more kick. The fragrance is amazing, truly lovely. Warm, earthy, summery, and sweet, it’d ROCK if only the flavor came across so well. I’m incredibly tempted to try this this in an ice tea blend with some lemonade. If I manage so and it’s any improvement I’ll have to update.

Lemonade update (random yes?): Flavor DOES seem improved upon with the addition of a lemonade. The tannins became more obvious, so used a higher ratio of lemonade to tea to compensate. Agave helped, but made it too sweet for me. Not so sure about the pairing, I think the lemonade trick probably works best with something like passion fruit. Worth a shot though.

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Great idea. I think I’ll try it with lemonade too!

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69 tasting notes

It’s been a while since I’ve logged anything, but I have had some new teas!
Anyway, I was in a berry sort of mood this morning, so I had this tea with a little Splenda in it. I think it really brings out the fruit flavors.

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