Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Republic of Tea Review

By know that by now you guys know I am nuts about tea! So, I have to try each and every one of them until there are no more to find. I found a new one called The Republic of Tea

They sent me 4 kinds of tea to try and this is what I got:

1.) Hibiscus SuperFlower Tea
2.) Caramel Apple with Red Tea
3.) Cinnamon Vanilla
4.) Get Relaxed

I have to be honest and tell you the first one I tested was the Get Relaxed! All of you know I have RA and Fibromyalgia along with IBS and IC (chronic bladder pain). So, I try anything that says it will relax me. This wonderful tea had lavender, rose and organic rooibos.

The minute I broke the seal of this packet the smells assaulted me all at once. I have never smelt anything like this before but I knew I was smelling lavender. I think from just looking at my blog you know I have a thing for lavender and I must be honest, it is my most wonderful smell and color. I have lavender candles and room sprays.

But this tea, was by far the most wonderful smelling tea I have ever had. I have already used both tea bags they sent me and I have kept the packet just to be able to smell it whenever I can because it is that good! I normally don't say this but I am more than likely gonna have to make a huge order for this particular tea, it is that good!

I felt like I was in the tropics, water softly pounding the beach and me laying on the beach so relaxed I could feel my muscles unwind. I have been looking for something besides medicines to give me this feeling and I want to shout to the top of the roofs that I have found that wonderful thing I have been waiting for!!

The next tea I tried was the Hibiscus Superflower Tea. It will make your water red because of the hints of berry and bright citrus flavors. This is a bold tropical infusion with its pure refreshment that you can drink hot or cold.

It says it is a Heart Healthy Tea with African Blossoms. All these teas are caffeine free which I love.

I have rapid palpitations and take meds for it so I have to be careful of what I drink and eat. So, I love it when I can find teas or coffees or whatever that is caffeine free.

This was also a great tea and in keeping with my tropical dream, this was a great tea also in it's own right. If you are a red berry flavored tea lover, than this is the one for you!

Then I tried the Caramel Apple Red Tea and this was really the one that will remind you of Christmas the most.

It has rooibos, apple pieces, caramel and apple flavors, grape pieces, vanilla beans, sunflower petals and safflowers. It was a wonderful full bodied tea that made me want to dream of how I would decorate my house this Christmas. This would be the tea I would serve after dinner while everyone is opening their presents. This is a tea that I can see friends gathering around and having a fun filled day or night filled with laughter and love. You will not be disappointed with this wonderful Christmas filled tea!

Lastly, I tried the Dream by the Fire Cinnamon Vanilla. This one is pretty much what you see is what you get. It has Caffeine free rooibos, natural cinnamon and vanilla flavors. This one is slightly different than Caramel Apple in that it has the dominant flavors of Vanilla and Cinnamon. This is one you could drink anytime you just felt like having a different kind of tea to drink. If you love Vanilla and Cinnamon you won't go wrong with this great tea.

I must tell you that this company tries very hard to be environmentally friendly as all the tea bags are unbleached, does not have wasteful strings, staples or tags. They are made renewable resources including bamboo. It's open weave design allows optimal full leaf infusion. They are perfectly round little bags that pack an abundance of flavors.

All the tea bags should be placed in a cup of boiling water and let set for about 5-7 minutes for the best results. If you want just one cup then they recommend 6 ounces of water. For iced tea, double the amount of tea used and cool and serve over ice.

The only thing I did different than what was recommended was it says to remove the little round bag but I keep my bags in the cup while drinking. I find that it gives the tea that little extra umph that I crave. If you don't like your tea slightly stronger, then I would remove the bag before drinking.

As you know, I try to do a little history about each and every product or company that I review.

I think products have a story to tell and each one is unique and different in their own right.

While cruising The Republic of Tea, I came across this on their website and wanted to share with you how it became what it is today and hopefully give you a glimpse of what they are all about.

This is a quote from their website and I did not change any wording:

Founded in 1992, The Republic of Tea sparked a Tea Revolution. We began by canvassing the most prized tea gardens of the world for their worthiest leaves. Our mission was—and is—to see these teas steaming in the cups of men, women and children everywhere, and to emphasize a Sip by Sip Rather Than Gulp by Gulp lifestyle.

In keeping with our identity as an independent republic, we designate our employees Ministers, our sales representatives as Ambassadors, our customers as Citizens and retail outlets as Embassies.

With supreme good fortune, we have progressed—constantly enriching people’s lives through the experience of premium teas, education and innovation. Our award-winning packaging includes teas and herbs available in specially designed air-tight, light-resistant tins containing either full-leaf teas and herbs or our signature round, unbleached tea bags, free of unnecessary envelopes, strings, tags or staples. Decaffeinated (using a natural CO2 method) varieties are also available. Most of our teas are Certified Gluten-Free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO).

A socially and environmentally responsible business, The Republic of Tea is dedicated to sharing our prosperity by developing products to support worthy organizations, including Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Prostate Cancer Foundation, Sunny Hills Services and Room to Read. We are also a member of The Ethical Tea Partnership.

The Republic of Tea’s distinguished collection of teas, herbs, brewed iced teas and tea-inspired products are available at over 20,000 gourmet retailers and restaurants throughout the United States, online, through our mail-order catalogue and by calling 1-800-298-4TEA (832).

I think that sums up the company and their commitment to bringing you the best that they can find. There is so much information available on their website that I could go on forever about them but I am limited in space so I am going to give you all the ways you need to get in touch, read or order to your hearts content. They really are a "tea worthy" company to read about.

They have so much more information than I can possibly write about so I urge you to go to any of the following pages and read what all they are involved in and what they believe in. I was really astonished to find that there is a whole side of tea that I knew nothing about.

Connect with The Republic of Tea:

Mailing address is:
The Republic of Tea
5 Hamilton Landing Suite 100
Novato, CA 94949
Phone number is: 1-800-298-4832
Website is:
Twitter is: @republicoftea
Facebook is:

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. The photo's used in this review were provided by me and my sometimes cranky camera but it was all me with no copied pictures or videos.


HHL said...

Mary .. wonderfully written review... very thorough... the first one (I too love lavender) sounds brilliant, may have to seek that one out. Wishing you a wonderful peaceful week-end..HHL

Supermom SA said...

Hi Mary thanks for popping over to my site - I am returning the follow! Great site you have - I will be back again soon! Cheers Fiona :)

Sunray Gardens said...

Hi Mary. You know I love a good cup of tea but it seems like I never have the time to make the effort during the summer. Have to have my coffee in the AM and later I just want something cool but I need to take the time. Have a nice weekend.
Cher Sunray Gardens

Ali's Answers said...

What a great review! I love tea and definitely enjoy a goof te party.
Thanks for stopping by! I am following back!

Judy Haughton-James said...

Very interesting post Mary! It is good when one can find a tea to help you relax rather than medication. I also love the picture of the beautiful teacup and saucer! Take care.
Judy from Jamaica

Material Girl Green said...

Hi Mary, thanks for checking out my site! I'm following you back!

Tracy said...

Hi Mary, I'm now following you back from I like your tea review...I really want to geti to drinking tea, especially green tea. By the way, I know many people who got locked out of Facebook posting for 15 days. Most will probably not admit it. FB doesn't like that business pages have found a way around paying for ads, thus they are really cracking down...suitably just you. Take care!

Tracy said...

I it's not just you...not suitably! The auto correct on my iPad is sometimes a nuisance

Nali said...

Hi Mary! Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm a new follower :)

xoxo, Nali

Belinda said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and following me, I'm returning the favor. I am also a tea drinker and will definitely be stopping by again.

Adrianne said...

My absolute favorite tea is republic of tea apple cider flavor. I was gifted some and have not been able to find it in stores, just on their website. Yum!

Thanks for stopping by happy hour!


**christina** said...

I love that tea cup! So cute :) I've never had this tea, you wrote a good review.
Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm following you back.

jellybelly said...

Following from Hopalong Friday! Great information on tea!

The Twerp and I

steufel said...

Thanks for stopping by and following me. Follow you through FB now.

Camilleta said...

Thanks for stopping by at my blog. =) I can't believe Facebook did that to you! Facebook can be so stupid sometimes. They focus on things that aren't even bad and leave a bunch of fan pages with porn and stuff up.

Camilleta said...

By the way, I LOVE tea, but we just spent a bunch of money at the store Teavana so I am not letting myself visit that site! Lol.

Jennifer Zimdars said...

I loved your review! I'm a huge tea fan but having been drinking it much lately. :(

I'm going to be quitting coffee and drinking more tea. I put wayyy too much creamer in the coffee to make it palatable. ;)

Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting and following! Now following back!

Kajira said...

mmmm, i envy you reviewing all those different kinds of tea! :D

Aspiring New Moms said...

Mary, Thanks for following me - following you back! I am going to enjoy reading your blog so much... I LOVE a good cup of tea :) Great review.

Clumsy Coquette said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am a huge fan of tea, I may have to try this kind sometime.

~your newest follower