Downton Abbey Bates' Brambleberry Tea

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Black Fruit Blend
Black Tea, Blackberry, Blueberry, Raspberry, Strawberry
Blackberry, Blueberry, Strawberry, Berries, Fruity, Melon, Raspberry, Tannic, Sweet, Licorice, Straw, Smooth, Tannin, Berry, Brown Sugar, Toast
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Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 3 g 18 oz / 539 ml

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From The Republic of Tea

This bold yet smooth premium black tea is perfectly coupled with a handful of summer fruit – blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and blueberries. A touch of sweetness to this cup will bring out the full, ripe flavor. A casual refreshment served hot or over ice with biscuits or sandwiches.

The award-winning TV series, Downton Abbey® has entranced millions of viewers and become a modern media sensation. Every episode is an explosion of drama, relationships and intrigue. Downton Abbey is home to the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants. The first two seasons follow their lives from the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 through the First World War while the later seasons follow them into the early 1920s. From the pen of Academy Award® winner Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey is the most watched drama ever on PBS!

About The Republic of Tea View company

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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32 tasting notes

Hands-down the best tea I’ve ever had. I should probably stock up on this since it’s limited edition. It smells heavenly and tastes wonderful too. This makes me think I’m sipping tea in an English country garden (and not just because of the marketing appeal).

Flavors: Blackberry, Blueberry, Strawberry

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2329 tasting notes

Mild berry flavor on an okay black tea. Not that special, but it tastes okay. A little fake, but also interesting. I only had the single bag that RoT must have sent with an order or magazine at some point.


We need to let RoT know that John Bates would never have selected anything that fussy. He would start the morning with strong builders’ tea, no sugar, no milk. Anna was a pretty tough cookie herself… ;)

Lexie Aleah

I like their Downton Abbey Pudding Tea


It did seem like an interesting choice! Yeah, the pudding one is a favorite of mine!


Agreed. Pudding Tea with a little milk. The English Rose is OK; I was gifted some of that; wouldn’t go out and buy it again.

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22 tasting notes

The fruity flavors are really strong in this tea, and in a very pleasant way.

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74 tasting notes

A few months ago PBS had a big sale on anything Downton Abbey, coinciding with the end of the series. I used the opportunity to snap up tins of the teas I’d liked when sampled, this being one. It’s the end of August now, and I’ve finally dug in the tea cupboard enough to where I’d been squirreling this away. (Try to bury my faves so I drink up the ones I’m not as fond of.)
I made the first cup unsweetened. I wish I’d used a little less water in the pot. I tend to forget that Republic of Tea should put more in each teabag than they do. Still, a nice smooth fruity black tea, not bitter. I was careful to only steep for four minutes, rather than longer. (Sometimes to make up for smaller teabags, I steep for longer than usual, hoping that will make up the difference. Often that works, but other times, it also renders the tea more bitter. I didn’t do that here.) Bates’ Brambleberry Tea is a pleasant, smoothly drinkable blend, nice and summery with understated fruitiness.
The rest of the pot was sweetened with honey, which brought the fruitiness way into the forefront. I shall have to chill the rest and describe this when it’s an iced tea.

It is now two days later, and I’ve pulled the carafe of the above tea, chilled, from the fridge.
How refreshing! It almost has a melon-like flavor to it now. It’s sweet, cold, and thoroughly enjoyable. I highly recommend this tea—especially as an iced tea!

Flavors: Berries, Melon

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 62 OZ / 1833 ML

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6 tasting notes

very good black tea.

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45 tasting notes

This tea is really growing on me. Used two sachets per 16 oz water.

Flavors: Berries, Blackberry, Blueberry, Raspberry, Smooth, Strawberry, Sweet, Tannin

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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199 tasting notes

Is there such a thing as an actual “brambleberry”? I should ask the Goog. Anyway, this one threw me for a loop because I normally am not a huge berry tea fan, especially when brewed hot. This one is making me rethink that. Maybe it is just berry herbals that aren’t my favorite? I don’t know but this was darn good both hot and as it cooled off. This is going in my RoT basket! Thanks for sending this my way, Ost!


was going to be wasted on me-glad it went to a good home!

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257 tasting notes

I’m back to bagging it today. I never look a gift tea in the mouth (or bag). So, when I received this sample in the mail from The Republic of Tea, I ran with it!

Before my eyes were opened by the universe of complex and splendid flavors in loose leaf tea, I confess that I bagged often; daily, as a matter of fact (you are my Steepster friend so I am confident that you will not judge). One of my favorite bagged teas at the time was the products by The Republic of Tea. However, that was almost four years ago so I was curious to see if my taste buds had now become elitist.

When I opened the sample package, the strong berry smell slapped me in the nostrils. It was sweet and like fresh berries, but maybe too strong for folks with sinuses that are less allergy-clogged than mine.

I steeped the Republic of Tea trademark “environmentally friendly, round, unbleached tea bag – free of wasteful strings, staples, and tags” in a cup of boiling water for five minutes. The brewed aroma was berry-like but not as powerful as before. The color was a reddish dark gold.

The taste was definitely full of berry flavor. It was also sweet and surprisingly smooth. In addition, the taste was as potent (without being obnoxious) as the flavor of some loose leaf teas. However, this flavor was a single-dimensional, one-trick pony. No intricacies or mysteries were contained within. The aftertaste was smooth, sweet, and berry pleasant (sorry, couldn’t resist).

To sum up my experience, there was nothing that I disliked about this product. If you evaluate it only by its own merit as a bagged tea, it is a superior offering. I will definitely reach for it again…if they send me another free sample.

Flavors: Berry

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

Good to know! I saw this at World Market and wondered if it was any good. I too need tea bags for the office and then brew the loose at home.


Happy New Year, RiaDarling! Let me know if you try this tea, I would love to know your opinion of it!

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772 tasting notes

Tasty. Fruity. Possibly one of the better fruity blacks I’ve had in a while. Inoffensive base with a fruity overlayer, though I’m not sure I could pick which better off the lineup that it was by taste. Good though. This came free in my Republic of Tea catalogue a few months ago.

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134 tasting notes

I received a sample of this tea from Republic of Tea and was impressed enough to keep the outer packet to remind me to write a review. I like some of Republic of Teas loose teas, but never have been a fan of bags, even if they are the round, environmentally friendly, unbleached bags used here. And another disclaimer, I have never watched Downton Abbey so don’t understand all the marketing hype. I just know I enjoyed this tea which is essentially a nice blend of black tea with natural fruit flavors and dried bits of various berries. Nothing artificial tasting, just a light fruitiness and bold black tea base. Above average and very pleasant.

Flavors: Berry, Brown Sugar, Toast

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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