• Reviews

    The Republic of Tea Earl Greyer

    Country of Origin: India Leaf Appearance: small, dark Ingredients: black tea, bergamot oil Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: reddish brown I’m not often a fan of bergamot because I usually find its strong citrus flavor overwhelmingly caustic. This particular rendition is a blend of black teas from Assam, Ceylon and Darjeeling. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was very well balanced. I think a big part of that is the quality of the leaf used. The taste was robust and earthy, even underneath the very strong flavoring. It definitely still had lots of classic early grey flavor but the finish was cooling…


  • Reviews

    The Republic of Tea Sungma Turzum Oolong

    Photo: The Republic of Tea Country of Origin: India Leaf Appearance: dark, somewhat curled with buds and white tips scattered throughout Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 200 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: orangish amber +The Republic of Tea is often associated with their iconic round tea bags but did you know that they also have some really great loose leaf tea? Indian oolong is something that I just can’t resist so I had to give this one a try. It hails from the Sungma Turzum Estate in Darjeeling. The dry leaves were beautiful to look at and the liquor was a really bright orange shade of…

  • Teaware and Gadgets

    The Republic of Tea Citizen’s Traveler Press

    My local Whole Foods recently relocated so I stopped in to check out the new digs. In my shopping travels I came across this neat little tea press. It is basically a Bodum press with some cute graphics added by Republic of Tea. I found it to be generally useful and easy to clean. It also did not seem to retain odors from strongly scented teas, even when the leaves are left for a few hours. The double walled design keeps the tea warm for longer while also preventing me from burning my hands. It didn’t even leak when I absent-mindedly tossed it into my purse. The only issue I had with it…