4 Tasting Notes

61

Wonderful chocolatey aromatics.

First sip pulls you in with subtle flavor of chocolate, but more so the very distinct carob hits the palate most prominently. The mate is barely noticeable, but comes through ever so gently on the backend, but you really have to search for it.

With the name being “Double Dark Chocolate” I was hoping for a bit more dankness in chocolate flavor, but I realize how difficult a challenge that may be to execute in a tea without the use of too many added flavors.

I do have to mention, the fact that this tea is organic earns them points for sure. It could have been much easier to dump flavor into this blend and call it chocolate, but the team at Republic relied mostly on the formulation of natural ingredients to build out the flavors you’ll taste in your cup. Props to them.

Overall, it’s not bad, but it leaves me wanting for something a bit more with each sip.
If you’re a carob fanatic, this may be stocked in your tea cabinet, but the chocolate lovers may find themselves mildly disappointed.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec 7 OZ / 207 ML

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87

A wonderful play on oolong. The subtle hints of olive oil and bergamot really pair beautifully with the tea leaves. The aroma projects warm notes of olive oil and bergamot, setting the stage for your palette. The high grown Taiwanese oolong comes through immediately, with a mild vegetal sweetness, followed again by the soft scents of olive oil and bergamot post-sip. This feels like a comfort tea and creates a comforting experience. The minimalist layers of aroma and flavor truly allow this tea to pull you into the experience of the cup.

Flavors: Bergamot, Olive Oil, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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88

Absolutely love this tea. One of my personal favorites.
I’m a fan of genmaicha in general and this Steven Smith blend has done a wonderful job in pulling together the toasted rice and grassy notes of a traditional genmaicha with a sweet floral rose. The rose permeates both the flavor and aroma in a most pleasant way. Subtle notes of toasted rice and sweet grass reveal themselves on the backend of each sip.

Flavors: Bergamot, Rose, Sweet, Warm Grass, Toasted Rice

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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91

I may be a bit biased, but I have to say this tea is a fantastic alternative to the morning/afternoon coffee. The mild amount of caffeine combined with the specially selected adaptogenic herbs create a balanced energy boost with increased focus.

The earthy and roasty flavor is complimented by subtle hints of chocolate notes with a mild minty finish. If you’re looking for a bold tea with balance, this might be perfect for your collection.

Try it silverback (bulletproof) style for an added punch of creamy flavor and brain boosting focus. Silverback (bulletproof) is when you simply blend in healthy fats such as grass-fed butter and coconut oil. Truly delicious.

Flavors: Cacao, Chocolate, Earth, Mint, Roasted, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I was introduced to tea as less of a traditionalist and more from a health conscious perspective, but I’ve become fascinated by tea culture and I’m excited to continue exploring these magic elixirs.

I’m a child of the 80’s, a nerd at heart, and an aspiring entrepreneur: retro games, sci-fi books, marketing, biohacking, health and fitness, MMA.

On a personal note:
My father was diagnosed with GBM brain cancer in 2014 and passed 14 months later. That period in my life was a catalyst for my life mission and has redirected my path from tech to tea. I’ve since founded Wise Ape Tea, a healthy-lifestyle tea company focused on altruism and personal evolution. We’re a brand steeped in altruism, partnering each of our tea blends with a unique non-profit to donate % of sales. If you’re interested, you can read more about my journey here: https://www.wiseapetea.com/pages/mission

I very much look forward to connecting with the steepster community and continuing to evolve my tea knowledge.

Cheers,
Joe

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