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Finished the second half of Bridgerton Season 3 a few nights ago, and I of course had to drink one of my Bridgerton tea samples with the episodes. I honestly thought, based on ROT’s description of this tea, that I was not going to like this tea. However, it’s really unexpectedly fruity and sweet – much less chamomile than you’d think there’s be and even the rose was kind of light. I need to check the ingredients to see if they actually indicate what the fruit flavour should be, but to me it was like a mix of very fresh, ripe apple and peach or apricot.

It was tasty, and I thought nice for the character it’s inspired by too!

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This is a very sweet tea. I have been drinking only minimally processed high-grade black, oolong, pu’erh, or green teas, and decided to do a sip down on this one (and get the can out of my tea supplies). It tastes processed; yet it is a childhood type of flavor, of candy canes and the winter holidays. It is also green rooibos, which I have grown to loathe. But in this tea, it tatses and smells of candy canes, which is simultaneously pleasant and annoying as I have given up added sugar for health reasons. Bye bye Peppermint Bark, won’t be buying again.

Flavors: Alcohol, Peppermint, Sugar

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I recently did a tea swap with gabbydrinkstea and she was kind enough to include a sample of each of Republic of Tea’s new Bridgerton blends for me to try. Outside of the standalone Queen Charlotte mini series, I’ve never actually watched Bridgerton before so I didn’t really know the characters at all. However, it’s a long weekend here in Canada (for Victoria Day) and I’ve been stuck in quarantine so I had a little more time on my hands – so I actually started the series this past weekend.

When I saw this was a lemon and mint black tea I was ever so slightly intrigued. Lemon and mint is not exactly the most exciting pairing, but it’s one that I typically see much more in herbal blends or green tea so I was a little excited by the tea base switch up. It ended up being really, really quite lovely. I sipped on it while actually watching the show, and maybe that did elevate the experience slightly but I really think it was the uniquely decadent yet fresh and zesty tasting notes that really won me over. The black tea base was smooth and medium bodied and though there was a bright, zesty freshness to the lemon notes it also had a bit of a more sweet and creamy element too – it reminded me in some ways of a lemon curd you might get in a really nice tart. The mint was gentle and crisp, and rounded out the finish quite nicely. However, I also unexpectedly got notes of vanilla and almost like a caramel or burnt sugar. That was super unexpected, but it gave this really subtle dessert-like quality to the profile that I really latched onto.

I could very easily see this served as the selection for a really nice high tea, with loads of light and dainty sweets and finger foods. A nice buttermilk scone with clotted cream, perhaps, would go BEAUTIFULLY with this blend!

I just finished the first season, and so far Eloise is actually one of my favourite characters – so it was nice that I ended up enjoying the tea blend associated with her so much. I really don’t foresee a RoT order in my future any time soon, but this is something I would consider buying for myself. Unfortunately, I’m sure it’ll be long sold out before I even get close to considering ordering anything…

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This one is super fake and candylike, but pleasant enough with some milk. You really need to double up on the teabags to taste the flavor though. I like my tea sweet, but I could see it being a bit sickly sweet for others. I’m also getting tired of it about halfway through the tin.

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Flavors: Peach

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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A friend gifted this to me when she was cleaning out her tea cupboard. Today is the last of the container and I am just realizing it’s from Republic of Tea. I only noticed the Stonewall Kitchen packaging. I’ve been drinking this one regularly through the winter in my work mug. Usually I steep it in my travel mug while getting my breakfast together and then wait until it cools some to drink. Today I followed the suggested directions and steeped for about 6 minutes in boiled water.
I’ve enjoyed this throughout winter since it looks like winter has returned today with snow/sleet/rain the tea will have one last sip. Today I’m actually focusing on the flavors. It’s a sweet creamy mint blend. Other reviewers mentioned stevia but I don’t see that in the ingredient listing. I believe the blend was changed to monk fruit to add sweetness. I would definitely purchase again. This appears to be a limited edition so I’ll have to keep my eyes open in the winter for it to come around again.

Flavors: Peppermint, Vanilla, White Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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Earl grey tea bags. I taste bergamot mostly and a little woodiness from the tea. No tartness, bitterness, or astringency detected, very middle of the road. I would recommend this to friends at a supermarket.

sold for $12.00/50 tea bags

https://www.republicoftea.com/earl-greyer-black-tea/p/v00583/

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Daughter says the smell is good. It does smell like carrot cake but without the frosting. I find most people put too much frosting on the cake. The flavor is quite nice as well. Bits of lightly frosted and nicely spiced carrot cake flows gently on the palate. The mouthfeel is soft. A cakey aftertaste. My daughter quite enjoys this one.

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I tasted absolutely nothing wit this tea. I don’t have a sense of smell, so I don’t actually taste much anyway, but I had this at the height of the worst cold I’ve had in a long time, so that probably didn’t help. It was literally warm water. At least it wasn’t sour, bitter or astringent. I got plenty of flavor from the Cold 911, so it couldn’t have been only the cold that kept me from tasting anything from this one.

I keep trying to find another caffeine free tea to add to my evening rotation. This one was drinkable, but nothing I need to order a tin of. I have another teabag of it and I will try it again.

ashmanra

Harney has a decaf peach and a decaf apricot!

Maddy Barone

@ashmanra Those sound good.

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I got this as a gift a few years ago so I might try and finish it off. It was a nice gift assortment, except for the Earl grey and the hicaf teas with stevia. I appreciate the cinnamon and am reminded of Celestial’s Cinnamon Express, but this stevia aftertaste ruins the cup. Don’t need to drink this again, but I am much more awake :)

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Another of the chocolate dessert teas from my self selected sampler from Republic of tea. I liked it. It was pleasant and inoffensive. I have a second tea bag I will be able to drink, but I won’t look for more of this.

The dessert teas have been nice, but none of them has wowed me. I’m glad to have tried them but I have no urge to place an order for any of them.

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Just brewed this one now. This is a good day for hot tea. It is -7 F with a wind chill of -39, and a blizzard warning until 6pm. There was a funeral scheduled this afternoon at my church and I am helping to coordinate the coffee/desserts for the visitation time, but it was postponed. Part of me is sorry it was postponed, but I suspect the crowd would have been quite small. And in my heart I am glad to not have to go anywhere in this mess!

I learned from my last RoT cup and used a 6 oz cup this time. The flavor was good. I could kinda taste the chocolate and the peppermint was present too. A nice little dessert cup. Not one I will buy a tin of but a nice treat on a cold windy day in North Dakota.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML
ashmanra

I can not imagine those conditions! Stay safe and warm!

gmathis

Ooh…you’re making me crave Junior Mints!

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This is the second RoT sampler tea I grabbed. I like it. I’m not getting a lot of flavor out of it, but I suspect I should have used less water. My cup was a 12 oz one, and I think the small amount of tea in the bag did not go far enough. Next time I shall use one of my smaller cups. As I said, the flavor was pretty mild but inoffensive. Not weirdly sweet or astringent or bitter. I don’t think I shall order a tin of this, but I have one more bag and I will enjoy it.

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About a year ago I ordered a self-selected sampler from Republic of Tea. When I recently went through my tea drawer I found the plain brown box these teas came in. I decided I better start drinking these up.

This tea sure sounds good, doesn’t it? Orange and ginger and mint. Actually, it sounds a bit odd. Ginger and orange? Yum. Orange and mint? Okay, that could be tasty. Ginger and mint? Hmmm. This tea was Hmmmm. I really wanted to like it. I didn’t hate it. I drank the cup. There was something artificially sweet about it. There is no stevia or other sweetener in the ingredient list. Maybe it was the orange bergamot. It just tasted a little off to me.

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drank Carrot Cake by The Republic of Tea
2380 tasting notes

I taste ginger and other spices, but not really carrot cake. There’s also not much supporting those spices since this is an herbal tea, so it feels a little empty. It tastes like a pretty basic grocery store herbal chai. But it tastes too much like raw root vegetables for me, and there’s far too much licorice. It’s the second ingredient, which really isn’t right for this flavor profile. I’ve had so many great carrot cake teas that this one ends up super disappointing.

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This is an “old reliable” for me. The peachiness is a nice touch, softening the black tea. I agree with other reviews that I wish it brewed a bit stronger in its bag form – I often double up – and that the ginger could be a bit more pronounced – but that’s nitpicking what I enjoy on many occasions overall.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 18 OZ / 532 ML

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I got this as a sampler at the SF International Tea Festival. My stomach is feeling a little off this morning, and this sounded good.

The leaf gives off a strong peachy flavor. The tea is sweet, with strong peach notes and a little fruit punch at the end of the sip. I’m reminded of a fruit salad that’s heavy on the peach. I’ll bet this would be good iced too!

My stomach has calmed down a little too. Hopefully I’ll be hungry later.

Flavors: Fruit Punch, Peach, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I bought this tea a couple of years ago and just didn’t drink it. One or two cups, maybe. I just made up a cup and after the first sip I had an allergic reaction. Tongue burning and swelling, nasty taste on my tongue and a feeling my tongue was coated with something. Why do tea manufacturers insist on cheating on the ingredients and putting in chemicals? It also has licorice root, another “cheater ingredient.” Into the trash it goes (I will recycle the metal can). I will taste my other teas from Republic of Tea but i don’t expect much. Thank goodness I moved on to better quality tea.

Flavors: Artificial, Burnt, Chemical, Cloves, Licorice Root

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Had this for awhile now since I only drink it occasionally. I have been mad for Jasmine flavored anything- Jasmine Mint toothpaste, Jasmine candles, Jasmine shower gel. So of course I needed some Jasmine tea. This is pricey but lovely! Its a very natural tasting Jasmine that perfectly
Compliments the tea. Love it, but didn’t love the price. Nice cold or freshly brewed around 170.

derk

I bought a few packs of Wrigley’s Jasmine chewing gum in China. It had a minty background. Pretty nice!

Roxy King

Ooh my kind of flavor! I wish they would bring that to the US. Or one day when I visit China I will keep an eye out

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The last tea from my fall sampler tin. It’s fine, very similar to all of the other mulled hibiscus tisanes I’ve had in the past. Quite tart with subtle spicing from clove and cinnamon.

I tend to prefer hibiscus-forward blends cold steeped, but I find spiced blends weird that way so I would never order this type of tea.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Hibiscus, Spices, Tart

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I am really using allll my will power to not order the Queen Charlotte set….I loved the show. Just wish I could get the tins but filled with loose leaf tea instead. Anyway, this will probably be my last Republic of Tea review for awhile unless I get that set. I wasn’t a fan of this. Idk why…it just didn’t taste like I imagined it. Also I just drank the last of it and no particular flavor stands out enough for me to add to this review :/

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I ordered one of those “make it your own” samplers from RofT. I don’t know what it is really called, but you can mix and match 24 tea bags in a plain brown box. I thought it would be a great way to try several teas without having to buy a bunch.

This is one I wanted to try. I like a nice dessert-y tea in the evening, so last night I tried this one. It was good. Not knock-my-socks-off good, but enjoyable. I didn’t really get the coconut or the chocolate, but with my non-existent sense of smell that is not surprising. I have a cold right now (gosh darn it! I am really done being sick!) so warm tea felt good on my throat. Looking forward to going through these teas to find new favorites.

ashmanra

I didn’t know they did that! That sounds like fun!

Cameron B.

I wish they offered a sampler of the Cuppa Cake blends, I want to try them but I don’t want to buy a whole tin of each! Seems like the caramel vanilla is the only one they offer in the custom samplers…

Maddy Barone

@Ashmanra. Here. Unfortunately, as @Cameron B says, it is not every tea they have, but a limited number. I wanted to try some of the Bridgerton dessert teas.

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Since the temps are rising and I must stop drinking so much soda, I decided to start drinking up my tea in glorious iced format, so I bought a new iced tea pitcher. I like the pitcher a lot since it has both a plastic insert for infusing water with fruit and herbs and also a nice tea strainer. It arrived yesterday so I washed it and perused my tea drawer to see what I should make first. Decided on this one

I wanted to use up all that I had left of this tea, so I poured all of it in the strainer and let it sit overnight in the fridge. Wow, weird bitter aftertaste. I’ve had this for YEARS, so maybe the age made it hard to drink. I generally do not sweeten tea, but I added a teaspoon of honey to my glass. That did the trick. I’ve had two glasses so far. It is pretty refreshing. I don’t plan to buy more, but this was a good way to finish off the tin.

ashmanra

Yay for new tea stuff!

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