484 Tasting Notes
This is pretty good, but could be better. This is rather lightly flavored, and the orange seems to dominate, with a hint of apple and spice. I don’t taste the cranberry at all. I would recommend less red rooibos, and more fruit and spices. I wouldn’t object to a touch of hibiscus if it helped bring out the cranberry-apple flavors a bit more. Maybe there’s more fruit in the bottom of the pouch, but it doesn’t quite live up to the name as it is.
Flavors: Orange, Smoke, Spices, Wood
Sample from tea sipper.
I’ve had trouble finding a peach tea I like. This isn’t it, but it’s closer than some but overall not something I enjoyed. The peach flavor is artificial, but not overwhelming, and I like how it combines with the ginger. I don’t like the rooibos they use for a base, however. It’s strong and unpleasantly smokey. I don’t like it in combination with the peach either. Not my cup of tea.
Flavors: Ginger, Peach, Smoke, Wood
This is another of the old sample tea sipper gave me. It smells strongly of artificial cherry and almond. Those aren’t flavors I’m a huge fan of, so I decided to make it a latte as I assumed I would enjoy that more. The flavor is not nearly as strong as the scent. I’m not tasting much of the rooibos. I think someone who enjoyed these flavors would really like this, but I don’t think it’s something I would buy.
Flavors: Almond, Artificial, Cherry
This is pretty good. Light and pleasantly sweet/tart. The black tea is well balanced with the fruity flavors. This tastes like it would be good iced. It has a bit of bitterness, and the fruit flavor isn’t especially clearly defined, but it’s quite pleasant. One of the better teas I’ve had by Republic of Tea.
Tea Sipper sent me a bunch of old herbals from the last round of the Here’s Hoping TTB. This is one of them. This is pretty decent. The rooibos is a little sour and a little smokey, and just a bit astringent. The smoke actually works well with the flavoring, so I like it here even though I don’t always enjoy smokey rooibos. The caramel flavoring doesn’t taste especially accurate – mostly a generic sweetness and a buttery aftertaste. I’ll probably use the rest of this for lattes and/or blending.
Flavors: Butter, Smoke, Sour, Sweet, Wood
This is a mild, smooth green tea. Very drinkable, but rather forgettable. I brewed it for a while with a couple splashes of cold water. It wasn’t bitter or astringent, but wasn’t particularly remarkable.
Flavors: Green, Smooth
I haven’t tried very many of them. I might be more interested in the future. Green teas aren’t my mos favorite, though.
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This was a nice strong spearmint tea. The only reason it doesn’t have a higher rating is that I definitely prefer peppermint to spearmint on a daily basis. If I bought more of this, it would be to have an occasional cup as a change of pace.
This is a very frustrating tea. I think if it didn’t have Stevia in it, it might be a tea I would regularly stock. It has a really nice Pineapple flavor. But I find Stevia absolutely undrinkable most of the time. I hate the taste and it bothers my stomach. Grrr. Does anyone know of a Pineapple Hibiscus tea without Stevia? I’d be interested in trying one.
I feel your pain about the Stevia. It is pushed as an alternative to sugar but my gastroenterologist tells me to avoid it along with artificial sweeteners. The reason it bothers your stomach is probably because it is digested by the bacteria in your gut. It is not really calorie free. It just has no calories that the human body can digest.
I’m the same way!!! Stevia is toooo sweet. And thank you Allan! That is great to know! I had a pineapple oolong from Lupicia that is really good… but it doesnt have Hibiscus
One of the things I appreciate about tea is that it’s generally not presweetened. Many drinks are just too sweet for me, so I appreciate the ability to control the sweetness of my tea. And it was a bit hard to tell between the “ugh, too sweet” and the “ew, Stevia, ew” but it seemed like the pineapple and hibiscus paired really well together. I’ll have to check out that pineapple oolong, though.
Maybe add some to the Here’s Hoping TTB? There’s only a couple of people between us, so it would probably make it to me.
This tea is a rather old sample, so a fresh one might taste different. I’m mostly getting a sour citrusy flavor here. I don’t taste any pine at all, which is a big disappointment. I don’t know that I’m interested in a fresher sample since I’m not sure I want a citrusy pine tea.
I’ve had a handful of Mate teas, and I’m coming to the conclusion that I don’t really care for this herb. I don’t really like the grassy, earthy quality it has. There are plenty of other caffeinated teas out there, so it’s not a big loss.