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I’ve had some bad Earl Grey cremes (looking at you Adagio) and I’ve had some good ones. This one is pretty good! The vanilla does a great job of smoothing out the potential astringency, and makes the bergmont almost orange flavored. The bergamont is very subtle, almost a plesant aftertaste, especially as it cools. In the tin, I get the distinct flavor of Panettone—an Italian Christmas cake and staple tradition in our family. Scent in the cup is nearly purely vanilla. It’s suprisingly good, in my opinion.
Flavors: Bergamot, Orange, Vanilla
Tea tasting used to be a pretty big hobby of mine in the ye olde days of highschool. Although I never stopped loving tea, I did lose that sense of fun in being a tea critique and keeping a journal of my different forays and journies in the world of tea due to circimstance. A few big changes in my life have led me back to rediscovering the things I used to love, and I am so happy this website still exists.
Blog post aside! I tend to shy away from bagged teas, but I would consider the Downton Abbey blends an exception to this rule. Am I suseptible to marketing? Yes, probably. I fit the niche of Victorian/regency era aesthetic loving demographic RoT makes these teas for. I have no shame, but I digress again.
As for the tea. In the tin I get a very creamy scent. Steeped the scent dampens a little bit (dissapointing). It’s a very plesant black tea with caramel flavors, veering into the buttery side. It’s a very comforting dessert tea. Not unpleasently heavy, but leaving me satsfied after having a cup or two. It’s not the most special thing I’ve had, but I will reach for it now and again at work, and as a substitue for my at least once monthly bread pudding cravings!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Butter, Caramel
Happy New Year everyone!
Thanks so much for sending this along, AJ Rimmer! Most Steepsterers who tried it were always raving about it, so I’m happy to try it. But now that I actually look at the tasting notes, it seems to get mixed reviews. I know AJ loves it anyway! However, it’s not my favorite. There is a flavor that seems off to me. More like a powdery fragrance than any sort of dessert. The powdery fragrance is more present than the lemon. I’m not sure what it could be in the ingredients… the second steep does seem to tame the ‘powdery’ flavor a bit. But I’ve had better lemon teas. It’s fine with me not to have something I feel I need to stock up on all the time. haha. Glad to try this, glad that it’s gone now. Sipdown!
Steep #1 // 20 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep
2019 Sipdowns: 92 (This plus Zen’s Rooibos Chai)
I don’t think I’m going to make my sipdown goal of 100 this year. I tried! Same goal for 2020. I’m drinking some oldies teas today – but still delicious. Maybe some fresher tea tomorrow to celebrate the new year!
Thanks to AJRimmer for a sample of this tea (can’t remember what day # it was)
As I was driving the other day (with this tea in hand) I was thinking that it is a very British tea and probably one that Rimmer would have enjoyed. (Red Dwarf is one of my favourite shows)
This is quite similar to Tazo’s lemon cake tea. I don’t get quite as many cakey notes but it is still a delicious lemony and zesty tea. I had this with soy milk and enjoyed it a lot. I brewed 2 tea bags ~30 minutes in very hot water (cooled down a bit by the soy milk)
Flavors: Cake, Citrus, Lemon, Lemon Zest
Yum! I generally hate rooibos, but I really love this blend. The flavor in the mouth is more of a dingy lemon, but as you start to swallow, there’s a distinctly ‘cakey’ note to it. It’s very much like a lemon cupcake, which was a pleasant surprise.
Flavors: Cake, Cream, Frosting, Lemon, Lemon Zest
First Impression: creates a murky green brew. I brewed it at a green tea temperature. Could only get one brew out it.
Taste: A Strong orange Citrus flavor with a light floral note to it. The citrus flavor is the most prominent. It was rather lovely.
Better than I had expected. It was good but it did not do anything for colds/health benefits.
I would not buy it for that purpose although Republic of Tea does make other teas for that, this one did not hit the mark for that purpose.
It was something that I liked while it lasted but it is not something that I would purchase again. It was okay nothing exceptional.
Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Orange
So… Why the flavored teas lately, some may wonder. Well, my nephew has been staying with me (family crisis) and he likes flavored teas.
We both enjoyed this one. As one noted, it was very bready. It was creamy, vanilla and caramel notes, bread pudding-like taste. Not overly sweet. Recommended dessert tea.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Berry, Caramel, Toast, Vanilla
I love Tazo’s glazed lemon loaf, but I recently finished my last box of it, and I hoped this might fill the void. I’m happy to say that it does! The flavor is very similar. It’s a light, sweet, cakey lemon. It seriously tastes like lemon cake. I used two bags for my large mug, and the flavor is perfect. Not sour at all. I’m glad I have so many bags of this!
Thanks to AliceG for this sample. I made it, but then got too lazy to get up and drink it, so I had it cold the next morning. I don’t usually drink black teas cold, but I liked this one! The tea was rather light without bitterness, and the mango, while not exactly like fresh mango, was tasty enough.
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Flavors: Berry, Red Wine, Rooibos
Surprised to see the low ratings for this tea. I sampled it yesterday at World Market and thought it was delicious. And that’s coming from someone who’s not exactly a fan of bagged black tea, sage, or berry flavoring. But the combination is really well executed in this tea.
The tea begins with a very natural blackberry flavor balanced with a mellow black tea base. The sage isn’t as easy to detect because its not up front and center. Instead it makes an appearance towards the end of the sip to impart a subtle herbal note that contrasts nicely with the fruitiness.
Bet this would make an awesome cold brew/iced tea.
Flavors: Blackberry, Fruity, Herbaceous, Sweet
I’ve been so busy I haven’t posted in ages (missed ya’ll!), but I just got a whole bunch of tea in and now I need to keep track. Normally I wouldn’t order Republic of Tea (they’re pricey for what you’re actually getting) but I need teabags for work, and I remembered liking this flavor a lot in college. Wow, my taste buds have changed since then! Stash’s Peach is better than this and way cheaper.
This one is from my wonderful exchange with AliceG. It was so hard to decide what to try first! I’ve quite enjoyed RoT’s rooibos in the past, but fruity red rooibos blends often are a bit strange, so I didn’t know how to feel leading up to this one. The first sip tasted weird, so I added some extra sugar, and that seemed to fix it. The flavor is primarily rooibos with only hints of a fruity flavor. I burned my tongue on my food, so I’m afraid I can’t provide much more detail other than that it tastes like rooibos with a bit of tangy flavoring. This one is all right, but I’d choose their Good Hope Vanilla rooibos over this one.
Sadly discontinued … This was my favorite tea for many years. Just wanted to say for anyone else who’s missing it – I recently got turned on to Republic of Tea Milk Oolong, and although it isn’t really the same, somehow it feels familiar, and helps fill the aching void in my heart left by the absence of Republic of Tea Persimmon White Tea. Give it a try if you’re still carrying a torch!
Lone teabag from their catalog.
5 min 200F
Artificial sugar apple. Apple more like a granny smith – kinda tart. Caramel, thick at the end of sip. The caramel is more in the aroma. Not bad, but not great.
Flavors: Apple, Artificial, Caramel, Green Apple, Sugar
Swap Sample Sipdown! (66)
I had bags of this from both Kawaii433 and tea-sipper.
I admit, I didn’t realize until going to write this note that this is a rooibos-based blend. It’s in paper teabags, so you can’t really see the contents, and it brews up quite dark so I had assumed a black base. It also doesn’t taste overly rooibos-y.
But now that I know, I can taste the rooibos and therefore feel like a moron, ha ha!
Other than that, it has a mixture of banana Runts and more natural banana flavors. It’s a little bit creamy, but I don’t get much in the way of chocolate from it.
Not bad though, especially for a caffeine-free blend.
Flavors: Artificial, Banana, Candy, Creamy, Sweet, Wood
Sipdown of the only teabag I had. This was attached to one of their catalogs. I drank it while entering most of the rest of my teas into my Steepster cupboard. Now it’s more right 266 teas total – 251 in steepster cupboard.
I’m not a fan of emphasizing weight loss by drinking tea. I drink because it tastes good.
This did not taste good. Sugar, medicine, ick. I absentmindedly drank the rest….I think? I didn’t get up to pour it out so I must have? I don’t remember.
Flavors: Medicinal, Sugar