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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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Good Hope Vanilla Red Tea from Republic of Tea

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: ?????

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 9th, 2015

A decent, keeps-it-simple vanilla rooibos. Loose leaf would definitely be better, but this is solid for a tea bag. You definitely need to be in the mood for a dessert tea, though. Good if you want a substantial, rich, after dinner drink that won't give you a buzz.

I tried it with milk added for the second cup. This ...

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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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Hibiscus Pineapple Lychee from Republic of Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

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

Amazing taste in the first cup! Perfectly balanced between sweetness and tartness, at a lovely level for frequent sipping. Exactly my kind of flavored tea. My only complaint is that the second cup has weaker flavor. That seems to be a trend for certain brands, unfortunately including tea bags from Republic of Tea. I'm ...

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Hibiscus Blueberry from Republic of Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

83 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 31st, 2015

Sweet, tart, very fruity, and reasonably inexpensive when buying a container. The flavor of this tea is very well balanced and quite good for a tea bag. I'd prefer an even more intense flavor, and so might use two bags at once. If you crave a flavor that's tart without being intensely sour, this one could easily fit th...

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Organic Double Green Matcha Tea from Republic of Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 22nd, 2014

Given that this is an extremely affordable green tea, I really wish I liked it more. I really enjoy matcha, but this mixture with regular green tea is a bit bitter. It's best to keep it to a short steeping and then add cream and sugar. Though I will point out that the second and third cup actually had fewer problems th...

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Blueberry Green Tea from Republic of Tea

Style: Fruit Green Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 11th, 2014

I made this three times and noticed that it varies quite a bit depending on how it is prepared. The best result came from using freshly boiled water (normally, green tea gets a lower temperature) and a steep time of only a few minutes. The flavor then is quite pleasant and smooth, but not especially strong.

Given th...

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Milk Oolong from Republic of Tea

Style: Milky Oolong – Region: Fujian, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 7th, 2014

I'm honestly not sure whether or not I'm tasting the "milky" quality intended, but silky and smooth are quite accurate. I would also say it has a soothing, muted, simple flavor. I've only tried a few straight oolongs and not been a big fan of them, but this one tastes quite comforting. It'd made a very nice everyday dr...

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Orange Blossom 100% White Tea from Republic of Tea

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

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 9th, 2014

I'm glad I tried this one, though I wasn't crazy about it. It tasted, more or less, like a straight forward white tea without accent flavors or scents. Not bad, but not ... um ... my cup of tea. :-)

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