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Silver Rain White Tea Full Leaf from Republic of Tea

Style: Silver Needle – Region: China

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 29th, 2017

I think I let this steep a little too long, or perhaps the barista used too hot of water, because there was a light almost-bitterness to this tea for me. It's not bad, but I have a hard time finding white teas that I really like. Also, I think I felt a slight tickle or ache at the back of my throat in response to this ...

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Comfort and Joy from Republic of Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 26th, 2016

The flavor is robust for the first cup and it infuses quickly. It's quite pleasant in holiday fashion, though not my favorite flavor. There is both spiciness and sweetness to it.

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Get Lean from Republic of Tea

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: ?????

57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 4th, 2016

This is a green tea with various herbs and spices added. In my mind teas supposed to be medicinal taste cluttered. The flavor isn't bad (lightly of vanilla and sweetish herbs), but it isn't for me. I tried this one because it was sent as a free sample.

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Tea of Inquiry (Loose) from Republic of Tea

Style: Genmaicha – Region: Japan

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 30th, 2015

I'm not big on genmaichas, but the light baked rice flavor in this one is comforting. It's nice when I'm in the mood for something savory, but not bitter. No spiciness or sweetness, the flavor is uncomplicated in a way that's nice sometimes.

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Cranberry Spice Hibiscus from Republic of Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Nigeria

67 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 25th, 2015

This tea is a great idea, but the execution needs to be better. Not that much flavor infused even in the first cup, but what I could taste and small was delightful and Christmasy. I bet I'd love the loose leaf version, but the bag version just isn't as amazing as it could be. *sigh*

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Vanilla Almond from Republic of Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 3rd, 2015

The smell of this tea is amazing, with a very strong almond vibe. The flavor picks up the black tea a bit too much for me, but I would imagine that big fans of black tea would find it well balanced. I don't detect a lot of vanilla, but it does seem to impart a sweetness.

In brief, it's great for what it is, but it'...

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Vanilla Almond Decaf from Republic of Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 17th, 2015

Impressive tea. I'm finding that well-flavored decaf teas are something I really enjoy.

The vanilla is strong and high quality. The tea has undertones of raisin/muscatel that blend very well. Together, the sweetness is just right. I could detect no bitterness, yet the drink had plenty of body. Very enjoyable!

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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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Red Velvet Cuppa Chocolate from Republic of Tea

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 27th, 2015

Quite good! It doesn't quite reach perfection for me, but it's among the best chocolate teas I've found. It also is *strongly* reminiscent of red velvet cake, with a vanilla accent. Naturally, this is a sweet/dessert tea.

It's hard for me to put my finger on how it could be improved, though I have a feeling it could...

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Raw Green Rooibos (Raw Green Bush Tea) from Republic of Tea

Style: Green Rooibos – Region: South Africa

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 26th, 2015

Interesting tea--herbaceous in a way that reminds me of some tulsi teas, though this has no tulsi in it. I haven't had green rooibos before--this one being pretty good means I should probably try other varieties of it.

Grassy, but not in the same way as green teas, is how I'd describe this tea's aroma, flavor, and m...

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Pomegranate Vanilla Red Tea from Republic of Tea

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 26th, 2015

Really good! An excellent balance of lightly tart and lightly sweet flavors. The first cup was an enticing, and therefore quite quick, drink. I had it at work at the beginning of the day. The second cup isn't as strong as the first, but is still pleasant.

No loose leaf version of this one is available, unfortunately...

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Peppermint Bark Cool Winter Herb Tea from Republic of Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 25th, 2015

Not bad. I've had a hard time finding a chocolate-based tea that I'm really crazy about, and this one is no exception. It isn't dazzling and the mint isn't my favorite, but it isn't offensive either. On the plus side, it's pretty easy to get a second cup out of this one.

I appear to have gotten a sample at the end o...

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Hibiscus Vanilla Apple from Republic of Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 23rd, 2015

The apple is very notable in this herbal tea. It tastes sweet, natural, and a bit sort of palate smacking--an apple juice-like taste rather than apple cider. Good stuff. The hibiscus provides background flavor/texture, but isn't as dominant as some of the other flavored hibiscus teas by this brand. This one has a refre...

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Hibiscus Coconut from Republic of Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 21st, 2015

Love it! Though I wish the hibiscus was stronger, it blends perfectly with the coconut. People who normally find hibiscus too tart may really like this one. Just the right level of sweetness. The aroma is particularly wonderful. I'd happily get this one again.

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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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Hibiscus Key Lime from Republic of Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 18th, 2015

Not bad, but disappointing. The hibiscus isn't strong enough and something about the key lime flavor tastes fake. The flavors just aren't playing off each other the way they should be. It isn't so much offensive as simply meh.

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get clean - No. 7 from Republic of Tea

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 17th, 2015

First off, I should say I generally make it a point to avoid wellness/medicinal teas because I don't like to encourage a lack of rigor in medical/health claims. And frankly, an herb that "stimulates the liver" sounds terrifying. My liver works just fine without prodding. I tried this one because it came as a free sampl...

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Chamomile Lemon from Republic of Tea

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 16th, 2015

Probably my second favorite chamomile blend (behind Numi's chamomile lemon), and so pretty impressive. The chamomile is there but not better and blends well with the other flavors. There is a hint of both lemon and of herbaceousness. Big chamomile fans would likely enjoy this more than I do, but the quality is good and...

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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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Strawberry Vanilla Little Citizens' Herb Tea from Republic of Tea

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 15th, 2015

Ooh, another well done herbal tea. Rooibos proves again to be an excellent base for flavors. Strawberry, rooibos, and vanilla--simple, but wonderfully balanced. The level of sweetness is perfect and there's a touch of creaminess. It's a bit like a not-overly-sweet strawberry cream hard candy that I could absent-minded...

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Raspberry Rose Hibiscus from Republic of Tea

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: Blend

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 14th, 2015

Mmmmm. Though not quite perfect, the ingredients are the stuff of perfection. I love this one and want it in a loose leaf version--which they sadly don't offer.

The most distinct scent and flavor is of raspberry, though the hibiscus adds a satisfying mouthfeel and its own tartness and the rose adds a hint of floral ...

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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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