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Wild Blueberry from Republic of Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 2nd, 2015

And now, I get to the final tea of my pack of 24 (plus 2)!

Unfortunately, while this tea wasn't bad, I wasn't impressed with it either. It's a pretty straight forward blueberry and black tea flavor, though the tea isn't complex enough to make this really interesting. Maybe it'd be better with a little sugar? It's ju...

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Caramel Vanilla Cuppa Cake from Republic of Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 20th, 2015

A sweet, tasty tea. Excellent dessert tea for when you're in the mood for it. Well balanced flavors with no bitterness. As usual, though, the second cup was weaker.

It comes in packs of 50, so if you like this one it's very affordable.

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Ginger Peach 100% White Tea from Republic of Tea

Style: Fruit White Tea – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 19th, 2015

I accidentally brewed this one near boiling, forgetting it was a white tea. I suspect this is why the first sip tasted a little bitter. I fixed this with just a bit of sugar, making it suddenly a near-perfect cup. I like this one even better than the ginger peach black tea! Also, this may be the first flavored white te...

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Cranberry Blood Orange from Republic of Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 16th, 2015

Surprisingly good! I liked the orange better than I expected. It finishes a little astringent, but otherwise is quite good. Smells good too, if you're in the mood for something moderately citrusy.

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Pumpkin Spice Black Tea from Republic of Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 13th, 2015

Very nice tea, so long as you drink it rather quickly! The tea loses flavor as it loses heat. But the first sips I had smelled and tasted wonderful--somewhere between the spices used for pumpkin pie (without pumpkin flavoring) and those used in apple cinnamon oatmeal (without an apple or very oatmeal-ish flavor). So, b...

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Acai Green Tea from Republic of Tea

Style: Fruit Green Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 12th, 2015

Definitely a fruity, juicy tea in a delightful way. I'd like it more if the flavor was either more complex or more robust, but it's pretty solid. The acai is distinct and good. I don't really taste a lot of the green tea flavor, but it does seem to provide substance.

This got a rating of being an outstanding value b...

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Mango Ceylon from Republic of Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 11th, 2015

Surprisingly good! Though the flavor is better than the aroma (which is a bit weak), this is among the best blends between fruit and black tea that I've tried. Very smooth, neither bitter nor overly sweet. There's the hint of raisin-like flavor, but it's also properly balanced and not dominant. This cup also provides a...

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Honey Ginseng from Republic of Tea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 10th, 2015

Not a bad tea. Not bitter at all. The strongest aroma and flavor by far is the honey, which is strong but doesn't come off as fake. I think I catch a hint of the ginseng, but it's hard to detect. The green tea provides more body than flavor.

Since the tea is in fannings (as are all the Republic of Tea bags), it def...

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Earl Greyer from Republic of Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: ?????

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 8th, 2015

As with all tea bags I've tried from Republic of Tea, I recommend a short steep with this one. Less than a minute works fine. You get plenty of flavor, no bitterness, and a serviceable (though weaker) second cup.

This seemed to be a high quality Earl Grey, but that style of tea isn't my favorite. The tea was definit...

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Blackberry Sage from Republic of Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 7th, 2015

I like this one. It's got a balanced fruity versus tea-ish flavor, isn't bitter, and satisfies a craving for slight astringency/tartness. When I think about it I do notice the sage there, but it wouldn't have jumped out to me otherwise. It simply contributes to an undertone of herbaceousness.

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Ginger Peach from Republic of Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: ?????

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 7th, 2015

I tried this tea again today, and have decided to redo my original rating rather than simply update it.

Okay, the smell is very nice--fruity without being excessively intense or artificial. The black tea provides body and the slight zing of caffeine without making the tea bitter. I didn't steep it long and I think t...

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Apricot Decaf Fair Trade Certified from Republic of Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 6th, 2015

Very solid tea. This is another one that reminds me of oatmeal with fruit bits in it. The tea is well balanced, not bitter, and slightly creamy. The apricot works great too. Quite pleasant, especially if you're needing something caffeine free. Not a top flavor for me, but one I could see myself occasionally craving. Th...

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Gentle Organic Lemon Ginger Green Tea from Village Tea Company

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 17th, 2014

Easily one of the best ginger blends I've ever had. Smooth, soothing, invigorating, and bright--without being overpowering. An excellent choice for someone new to ginger teas who might find the straight stuff a bit too intense. The lemon blends well and the green tea gives it body. It doesn't go bitter easily, and mult...

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Masala Chai from Bare Tea

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: India

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 13th, 2014

I quite enjoyed this tea. The most notable spice in the smell and flavor is cardamom, but it isn't overpowering. I can also detect the undertones of apple that Alex mentioned.

For me, this tea worked both straight and with milk. Not my all time favorite, but a decent chai. Works well with food, too. Though progressi...

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Fennel Spice - Savory Tea from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 20th, 2014

Okay, the first thing to know is that I'm not a licorice fan. Fennel = licorice. Hence, I saved this for the last of the savory teas to try.

Honestly, it wasn't as bad as I was worrying it would be. It was far from my favorite, but the taste was subtler and smoother than I expected, and the spice complimented it wel...

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Golden Chai™ - Spiced Assam Black Tea from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Assam, India

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 20th, 2014

Interesting tea. The spice combination isn't my favorite, but it isn't bad. I think the cardamom is a little too strong relative to the other flavors. I definitely think this is one to drink with milk, in which case it could be exactly what you're craving when the mood strikes you. The black tea works well and isn't at...

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Tomato Mint - Savory Tea from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Black Tea with Mint – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 19th, 2014

This tea is notably tastier than I was expecting. The mint was an accent, not dominant (and it wasn't spearmint, which is good). The tomato and decaf tea blended so that the flavor was more vegetal than tomato-like. I wouldn't have minded a stronger tomato taste, but overall the balance is quite good. So another decent...

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Carrot Curry - Savory Tea from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 18th, 2014

Of the savory line of teas from Numi, this is one I particularly looked forward to trying. Unfortunately, I find myself underwhelmed. The blend of herbs and spices isn't bad, but is weaker in flavor than I was hoping. The spices are good, but need to be more robust. There is certainly a vegetal flavor, but it isn't dis...

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Toasted Rice Green - Gen Mai Cha from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Genmaicha – Region: ?????

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 15th, 2014

Compared to a few similar teas I've had in the past, this is the best so far. The toasted rice flavor is mellow and smooth, and I actually enjoyed it! This isn't my favorite style and I can't see myself craving it often, be it's very drinkable.

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Chocolate Puerh - Black Tea Blend from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Flavored Pu-erh – Region: ?????

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 12th, 2014

Finally got to try a chocolate pu-erh!

Okay, this one was pleasant, but I feel like there are likely better versions out there. I can see why pu-erh can make a solid base for this kind of tea (the fish cake flavoring of it is muted by the chocolate), but it seems like the balance or the robustness of this one would ...

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Spinach Chive - Savory Tea from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 11th, 2014

Not bad, but not as impressive as the other "savory" offerings by Numi. This one has a hint of saltiness or something. I feel like the mixture of herbs and spices in this one was a great idea, but maybe it needs a different balance of them.

Worth a shot, but not as strong as the others.

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White Pomegranate Tea from Revolution Tea

Style: Fruit White Tea – Region: ?????

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 10th, 2014

Not quite a new favorite, but solid. The fruity scent is quite nice. Though I think I'd prefer this with a different base tea, brewed well and kept hot this tea can be refreshing. People who like flavored white teas should certainly try this one.

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White Rose - Velvet Garden™ from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Flavored White Tea – Region: ?????

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 8th, 2014

Not bad. I liked the scent of the dry leaf better than the brewed cup. It was pleasant, though. I like this floral flavor and would like to try similar brews with perhaps different base teas. If you're big into flavored white teas, this one strikes me as a solid choice--I've simply had a hard time finding white teas to...

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Cardamon Pu-Erh from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Flavored Pu-erh – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 7th, 2014

By both smell and flavor, I think this tea needs to be coupled with seafood--sushi would work great. The aroma in particular reminds me of Japanese fish cakes. There's also a very light natural creaminess to the texture/mouthfeel. It loses appeal as it cools, so use a very good mug or be prepared to it fairly quickly....

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Beet Cabbage - Savory Tea from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: ?????

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 7th, 2014

Another very good "savory" tea. The most notable of the flavors listed is the cabbage. Though normally I'm not a big fan of this flavor, here it works very well. No doubt the inclusion of beet is responsible for the pink look of the brew. Overall, the flavors of vegetable and spices are very balanced.

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