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65

I have received a tea bag of this as thank you for forwarding some postcards to Russia. It has got very nice outer wrapping. Weird is that I haven’t found any box on their website showing tea bags… and probably my first round tea bag with outer wrapping. Which is… about 2-3 times bigger than bag itself.

As I have smelled it when dry, I have noticed fiery ginger with fruit loops aroma of peach. It was nice aroma and I have hoped for a nice tea.

It was good one, however… ginger has disappeared. There is nothing from it. Base was very basic, somehow tannic. Peach was genuine though and quite on the sweet side of spectrum.

Plus points: nice outer wrapper, nice peach flavour
Minus points: boring base tea, no ginger, using of round tea bag in such big wrapper.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
Cameron B.

Since their teabags are round, they use the same round tins for loose leaf and bags. The bags aren’t usually individually wrapped.

Martin Bednář

It seems it is from some sampler, as those are individually wrapped. I would consider getting it for the wrappers only though, flavour was sadly very mediocre and there aren’t much interesting ones.

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72

This, for me, is a summertime tea. It’s excellent chilled, whether sweetened or not. I can’t really taste the sage. I always let RoT steep for a longer time than recommended, as I personally feel their teabags could use a bit more tea than they actually put in. It’s late August now, and I’ll be finishing my tin soon, as I’m not too keen on this one during the cold months.

Flavors: Blackberry, Fruity, Summer

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec 7 tsp 60 OZ / 1774 ML

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65

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This is a pleasant enough tea, but it mostly just tastes like Chinese sencha with a bit of hibiscus to me. I don’t really taste pomegranate specifically. The green base has a mellow, dry grassy flavor that I find a bit comforting, and the hibiscus is present but not overwhelming, just adding a generic fruity tartness.

Fine, but generic in both the base and the flavor.

Flavors: Dry Grass, Fruity, Grass, Hibiscus, Smooth, Tart

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I was interested in this one, an herbal pumpkin spice tisane seems more appealing to me plus the turmeric sounded like an interesting addition.

But this just tastes like a pile of turmeric, ha ha… There’s no pumpkin spice or any kind of spice other than turmeric. The only other thing I can taste is a touch of licorice root at the end of the sip. No rooibos flavor either, though it does look rooibosy in color.

It’s not horrible, but I might as well be drinking turmeric water. XD

Flavors: Earthy, Licorice Root, Sweet, Turmeric

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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70

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Working through the rest of this RoT fall sampler today!

This one is pleasant enough, the cranberry part of it is giving me a slight cherry candy vibe, which I don’t love. The blood orange is nice but I wish there was more of it, and it does remind me slightly of Tang in the aftertaste. The base is very smooth but isn’t contributing much to the overall flavor.

So overall, it’s fine but nothing special, and certainly not one I would order. The search for the perfect cranberry-orange tea continues…

Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Cherry, Cranberry, Orange, Smooth, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I was hesitant buying this tea but I am surprised it tastes very good. Don’t worry you can’t taste the beet! It has a slight earthy flavor with ginger root and hibiscus. Th we ginger is not too strong. It has one billion probiotics per tea bag. I hope this tea helps with my digestive issues.

Flavors: Earthy, Spicy

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75

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Another one down from the RoT fall sampler!

This tastes just like those caramel apple lollipops that are green with a caramel coating. I mean, obviously there’s rooibos in here, so it doesn’t taste exactly like them, but the flavors are very close. The caramel is sweet and very buttery without much depth, and the apple tastes like a green apple hard candy. The caramel and the rooibos are the strongest flavors, with the apple more in the background. I think I kind of prefer that though, because if the apple were stronger, it would really just taste like a green apple Jolly Rancher. The rooibos has a mellow woody flavor, with no medicinal qualities.

A very pleasant dessert tisane for fall! I’m not sure I would go out and buy it necessarily, but I would certainly drink it if it were in my cupboard. I have a similar tea from Stash, Maple Apple Cider or something? I’ll have to pull that one out soon for an autumnal evening cuppa…

Flavors: Artificial, Butter, Candy, Caramel, Green Apple, Rooibos, Smooth, Sweet, Woody

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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65

I don’t know why you need to add caffeine to tea, but here it is, this was gifted to me so I’m writing a note. I’m not a fan of the extra caffeine kick, but the toasted coconut is mellow, not bitter and quite drinkable. Taste is ok, extra buzz un-necessary.

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70

This has a nice strong orange flavor with some spices. I drank it sweetened without milk. It tastes nice, though not super special or anything. I’ve been drinking a lot of teas with this flavor profile lately, and this one wasn’t very memorable. It gets terrible reviews, which it doesn’t deserve. Thanks tea-and-cats!

Maddy Barone

I would agree about Comfort & Joy. It is a perfectly nice tea without being outstanding.

AJRimmer

Yep! I feel like I end up rating so many teas around a 70 because they were perfectly fine, but not special.

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82

Thanks to tea-and cats for this tea! I’m enjoying it more than many other pumpkin spice blends. I taste something pumpkin-like, and I also taste some mild spices. I would have liked a bit more power from the spices, but it was still enjoyable sweetened with milk. I put it in the fridge overnight, and today, it’s really a pretty great cup of tea. I get some fruitiness from the pumpkin and warmth from the spices. I don’t taste much black tea, but this one isn’t lacking any depth, so that must be where the black tea is coming in. I would drink this again.

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85

I am quite enjoying this one! It has bright, sweet pineapple and lychee flavors. A happy, comforting fruit tea that’s easily drinkable. I think I will try it iced next time, seems like it might make a good cold tea!

Flavors: Lychee, Pineapple

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70

I get a nice orangey flavor here. I don’t necessarily taste the black tea. The flavoring isn’t tangy, sour, or fake. It’s well-balanced and pleasant warm with some sugar. I didn’t taste cranberry specifically, which was fine. Thanks tea-and-cats! I don’t think this was special enough to have again, but it was nice.

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75

I wanted to follow up the theme of chocolate teas today with this tea from getanzt

After 8 minutes of steeping, this smelled like strawberry candy and tasted like a delicate strawberry hot cocoa. I added a little but of milk to make it creamier, but it ended up drowning out the flavors, so I don’t recommend doing that!

Overall, I wish the flavor was stronger, but what is there is tasty!

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77

I’m currently in possession of the latest Reddit TTB, which is always fun. This is the first tea that I decided to try, and it’s quite nice! It’s the loose leaf version, and it’s pretty high quality. I taste a pleasant malty flavor. It goes well with milk and sugar. It could be a little stronger/heartier, but it’s been a good way to start my day!

gmathis

There’s a walk down memory lane! Haven’t had this in years, but I remember ordering a tin when my son was a little’un and loving it.

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18

smell paper

steep 5 minutes boiling water

color translucent dark orange brown

smell
toasty, barely

taste
bakey, toasty

hint earthy (coconut) in aftertaste if you look for it

Added cream and sugar, now it tastes like sweet milk

meh, not a fan

this was a free sample

https://amazonv.blogspot.com/2022/04/republic-of-tea-company-tea-bag-black.html

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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84

additional notes: Having this one again… might be becoming a rainy day go-to! Makes me wish I was on the ocean!!! That lighthouse again.

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84

additional notes: Having this one again a month later and raising the rating from 74. I’m surprised I only gave it a rating of 74 a month ago, as there are some real clunkers of bergamot blends out there and this is NOT one of them. This IS a solid Earl – just as long as I use two teabags in a big mug. The flavor is quite good. I really like it. This could be a go-to tea for me, if I’m looking for STRONG, BRISK, TASTY BERGAMOT. It seems like a tea I’d drink at a lighthouse or something… Or great on a sunny yet brisk and windy day (as today is). As whoa, this tea is also brisk yet sunny. It’s a real energy booster and brightener.

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84

Tiffany :) sent me a TON of these teabags! THANK YOU!  Luckily I like them!  I will be doubling up on them though.  Eyeing the CTC leaf, it looks like half a teaspoon in each teabag.  It might have been a LITTLE strong, but note to self, use a big mug if you steep two.  But I love when an Earl is brisk.  The bergamot itself isn’t my absolute favorite, that’s tough to match, but it isn’t bad bergamot at all.  Also strong!  Well, this IS named “Earl GreyER”.  I’m glad I like it… I will have plenty around when I want a solid Earl.
Steep #1 // 2 teabags for big mug // 23 minutes after boiling // 1 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 3 min after boiling // 3min

Flavors: Bergamot, Brisk

Maddy Barone

When I brew RofTea in my 4 cup pot I use 6 teabags. I am not a fan of bergamot, though, so I haven’t had this one.

Mastress Alita

For whatever reason my eyes originally read, “Earl Geyser.” Which… would also be a pretty great name for a tea.

tea-sipper

Maddy, I’m probably overdo it with this one if I used 6 teabags.

Mastress alita, this tea will probably forever be Earl Geyser for me now. It IS a geyser of briskness and bergamot! haha

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Decided to immerse myself in all things Eire today: shamrock green sweater, Irish Whiskey Tea (Teamaze) for breakfast, rereading an installment from “An Irish Country Doctor” series, listening to The Irish Rovers, and this for my work break because, well, green.

I don’t have a lot of matcha experience so this may just be ignorance talking, but it was a little too high on the bitter and vegetal scale for my preferences. I’m lily-livered and want my green teas gentle, sweet-ish, or flavored. No harm done, horizons expanded, and with that, I’ll leave you with this little Irish blessing I found: If God sends you down a stony path, may He give you strong shoes.

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50

I was hoping this would have more of a stronger vanilla taste, but it’s just…. eh. I don’t find myself reaching for it much because it’s not very remarkable.

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This chai is very anise forward, with a bit of cinnamon and pepper in reserve. I’ll agree with the other reviewers here in that it is a rather weak cup. At least it is not bitter or clove heavy so I will say I like this one better than Twinnings Chai.

Flavors: Anise

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94

drank this again today, made a huge pitcher for drinking iced… and finished one of our three canisters LOL… we always have this one around.

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