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Oolong Tea: Bring Traditional Tea Back in Style

Oolong Tea: Bring Traditional Tea Back in Style

Since oolong tea is commonly thought of as a mysterious and rare tea, it is often one of the lesser known of the many tea varieties. We at The Republic of Tea believe this is nothing short of a travesty! Oolong is an exquisite blend and one of our most beloved types. Experienced tea drinkers may already be familiar with its alluring characteristics, but for those citizens who have waited too long to try oolong, let us get familiar with this exotic, yet traditional, tea sipping experience.

Popularly consumed where it originates in Taiwan and southeast China, it is believed that oolong has been around since the late 1700s. Oolong, like all tea, is derived from the Camellia sinensis bush. After the tea leaves are harvested, they are left to oxidize in direct sunlight until they give off a precise and pleasant fragrance described as somewhere between apples, orchids and peaches. The leaves are then rolled until they have a long and curly shape. This appearance is where the tea gets its name: oolong means “black dragon” in Chinese.

Steeping oolong tea is easy. Simply heat water to a rolling boil and then pour over tea. Steep three to five minutes for tea bags, or five to seven minutes if using full-leaf. Oolong is typically served without the addition of sweeteners or milk and is great when used for multiple infusions.

The charming taste of oolong varies by type, but it is typically described as smooth and earthy. The tea is light in color and will leave you with a flowery finish to match the floral and fruity scent. The caffeine content of oolong falls in between that of black and green tea; one cup typically contains a little more than a quarter of the amount found in a cup of coffee.

In addition to its captivating taste, premium oolong tea offers a variety of health benefits and has long been considered a health beverage in the Eastern world.

We are proud to offer five different types of oolong:
Milk Oolong Tea is available in tea bags and full-leaf loose. Often described as having a sweet, pineapple flavor, the texture is silky and scrumptious.
Wuyi Oolong Tea is reminiscent of a Darjeeling, but with a rich, full body. Our Wuyi oolong comes in full-loose leaf and offers flavors of peach, chestnut and honey.
Dragon Oolong Tea hails from the hills of the Fujian province in China. Steeping a cup of Dragon Oolong will present you with flowery flavors and a lingering finish.
Peach Blossom Oolong Tea is light and bright. As the name suggests, essences of peach blossom add to its refreshing and fruity flavor.
Ti Kaun Yin is delivered to you in full-leaf loose tea. Perfect for multiple infusions, Ti Kuan Yin carries a fresh, orchid flavor and finishes cleanly.
With its rich history, enigmatic flavor, and many benefits to health and well-being, it is our hope that all of our citizens will soon treat themselves to the unique and traditional taste of oolong!

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Earl Grey: The Perfect Choice for Tea Lovers

In the 1830s, Britain’s Earl Charles Grey was purportedly given a bergamot-infused black tea as a gift. He so enjoyed it, that he requested it be recreated so that his household would always have a supply of the unique tea on hand. According to history, he and Lady Grey often served this blend in their London home while entertaining political guests and its popularity rose. Often associated with class and simple sophistication, this tea is known today simply by the name Earl Grey, and we at The Republic of Tea believe it is a superb selection for our citizens who love tea.
There are several reasons this refined tea has become so highly recommended and prominently consumed. Black tea on its own is one of the most popular varieties of tea, particularly in North America and in Europe. It is produced when withered camellia tea leaves are rolled and allowed to oxidize and dry, developing the natural flavor, color, and body of the leaf. Being more oxidized than other types, this tea has a bolder body and flavor that many tea drinkers have come to savor. This strength also helps it to retain its flavor longer than other varieties, making it ideal for shipping and trade.
With half the caffeine of a cup of coffee, black tea boasts many health benefits as well. Black tea contains antioxidants called polyphenols. Studies from highly acclaimed institutes have shown a variety of ways their consumption may bring an advantage to overall health: a strengthened immune system, improved cognitive functions, lower cholesterol levels and chance of cardiovascular disease, less fatigue, lower blood pressure, a slowing of the aging process, and reduced stress.
Now, add bergamot essential oil to the flavor and healthfulness of black tea, and you have a traditional Earl Grey tea. The inclusion of this oil adds even more character and health benefits to the tea’s complexion. Coming from the rind of bergamot orange fruit, the oil brings lush citrus flavors and striking aromas to your cup, and it is thought to aid in digestion and improve circulation as well.
At The Republic of Tea, we delight in celebrating this classic tea by bringing you our selection of Earl Greyer teas. Offering both full leaf, and tea bags, we find that this tea is perfect for a mid-morning or afternoon tea. Steep a cup of Decaf Earl Greyer if you prefer to sip later in the day. Our Earl Greyer tea is delicious by itself, or made even more decadent with the addition of milk, honey, or both.
We are proud that our Earl Greyer is widely accepted as the best-tasting blend; steep a cup for yourself to see why!

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Trending on Twitter: Top Ten Treasured Tweets and Tips

At The Republic of Tea, we enjoy keeping up with our citizens on Twitter.  We savor sharing the latest tea news and offerings with you, as well as reading tweets from our many followers.  We have compiled some of our favorite tweets from recent weeks to share with you.

1)      Citizen Cara recently reminded us about the joy of giving and receiving tea.  She says, “My birthday gift came today!  The Downton Abbey Collection from The Republic of Tea.  Pure bliss right here, my biggest decision in life right now is which to enjoy first.”  Thanks for reminding us, Citizen Cara, the gift of tea is one that is sure to delight all of your family and friends, whether they are new to tea or already avid tea lovers.  And we agree, with a collection such as this, you do have a tough, albeit exciting, decision on your hands!

2)      The Republic of Tea follower Tea Galaxy recently made a recommendation to perk up your day, “I bought a matcha with ginger by The Republic of Tea and have been adding honey.  It is giving me loads of energy.”  This is a great suggestion!  If you find yourself needing an additional pick-me-up in the future, one of our strong HiCAF teas will no doubt send you buzzing along as well.

3)      Citizen Amanda writes, “The best morning of the month is when I get my The Republic of Tea catalog.  Toasted Coconut Black Tea?  Yes, please!”  We are so glad to have made your month, Amanda.  If you would like to experience this kind of joy for yourself, sign up to receive your free catalogue today.

4)      Here is a fun tip from Citizen Felicity, “My parents were always careful not to play favorites, but I DID set a reminder to buy my mom Pumpkin Spice Black Tea this month, so…”  Good thinking, Felicity, with a gift like that, your rank of favorite is in the bag, for sure!

5)      Citizen Kathy points out, “Fall is here, so take out those tea bags and brew a hot cup to warm up your day!”  There is nothing we love more than cozying up to a steaming cup of seasonal tea as the weather gets chillier.  Thanks for the reminder, Kathy.

6)      Citizen Alicia shares, “Fun day ahead- I sense a nap in my future after the best tea ever: get clean® rooibos tea from The Republic of Tea!”  That sounds both fun and relaxing.  We would recommend any of our Be Well Red® Teas to bring both comfort and joy to any day.

7)      Here is a tasty tip from Citizen Amanda, “Cooking dinner with stir fry tea spice from The Republic of Tea.  It was totally delicious on shrimp and sautéed carrots.”  Thank you, Amanda that sounds like a mouthwatering approach to dinner!  May we suggest pairing that dish with a tall glass of Ginger Peach Black Iced Tea?  You will not be disappointed.

8)      Tea-Rex and Tea-Genie write, “Our last brew of the working day was a gorgeous cup of Strawberry Cuppa Chocolate Tea from The Republic of Tea!  The office smells amazing!”  Thanks for sipping with us!  We are glad the aromas of our teas bring a bit of cheer to your workday.

9)      Our friends at Derby Brown Markets recommend to, “Try Organic Assam Breakfast Tea with milk and a cinnamon stick”.  Thank you for sharing your suggestion and for being dedicated citizens!

10)  Finally, Citizen Ashley shares, “Sip by sip, not gulp by gulp: That is some good lifestyle advice.  Well said.”  We are so glad you agree, Ashley.  Our mission is to see our teas steaming in the cups of men, women and children everywhere, and to emphasize a Sip by Sip Rather Than Gulp by Gulp lifestyle.  Followers like you and the rest of our devoted citizens are truly what we are all about and we appreciate your loyalty.

Thank you to all of those citizens who follow us on Twitter.  We love to hear from you, so please, keep sharing and tweeting with us.  Who knows?  You may even be featured on a future installment of The Tea Blog!

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Settle in to Fall: Five Novels to Help Set the Scene

As summer is winding down and we are preparing ourselves for the cooler temperatures of fall, what could be better than getting cozy with a warm blanket, a steaming cup of seasonal tea and a good book?  Let us briefly discuss some of the classic novels containing beloved scenes and quotes pertaining to our favorite beverage to put us in that autumn mood!

For many citizens, when thinking of tea in literature the first thing that comes to mind is likely Lewis Carroll’s whimsical Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the chapter entitled A Mad Tea-Party, in particular.  In this scene the main character, a young girl named Alice, finds herself a guest at a “mad” tea party along with several other quirky characters.  The characters give Alice many riddles and stories and after some time, it is revealed that it is a never-ending tea party because Time has punished them by forever standing still at 6 pm, the common time for tea.  Punished?  This sounds more like winning the lottery to lovers of tea, such as ourselves!  Imagine sipping a mug of Ginger Peach Black Tea while reminiscing over this popular children’s novel – the combination is sure to delight.

American author Henry James begins his 1881 novel, The Portrait of a Lady, by declaring, “Under certain circumstances, there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea…,” clearly, we at The Republic of Tea could not agree more!  If you are in the mood for a coming of age story about a young girl set out for adventure while braving her destiny, this is the book you are looking for.  Isabel’s experiences and journeys are as varied as the types of tea you could choose to enjoy while reading this gripping tale.

One can hardly turn the page of a Jane Austen novel without coming across some scene involving tea.  The art of steeping tea is a frequent theme throughout many of the English novelist’s stories.  We often see characters preparing, serving or sipping tea in the background during many plot twists and key moments.  In Sense and Sensibility, at the crucial point when Marianne notices Edward wearing a ring set in a lock of hair from another woman, what is everyone doing?  Sitting down to tea, of course!

Tea was a symbol of hope and friendship in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.  Orphaned and destitute, the title character suffered years of loneliness and dreadful meals at her boarding school, until one evening a kind teacher invited Jane in for a seed cake and tea.  The scene of cake and tea shared with kindred spirits reveals that, in spite of dreary circumstances, the offering of tea and companionship can lighten one’s heart and ease any hardships.  Sip a warm mug of Earl Greyer Black Tea while reading this novel to bring you warmth as you turn the pages with Jane.

“The cup of tea on arrival at a country house is a thing which, as a rule, I particularly enjoy.  I like the crackling logs, the shaded lights, the scent of buttered toast, the general atmosphere of leisured coziness.”  Well, this sounds like our cup of tea too.  Taken from English humorist P. G. Wodehouse’s The Code of the Woosters (#7), this novel, along with the entire series, is sure to appeal to your eccentric and humorous side.

Whether you have read these novels many times over, or some of them are new to you, steep a cup of Pumpkin Spice Black Tea or Hot Apple Cider Tea (or even heat enough water for a teapot!), grab a good book and your blanket and settle in.  As CS Lewis said, “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me”.   Let’s relax and enjoy this gorgeous autumn season together, page by page and sip by sip.

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New teas receive verification from the Non-GMO Project

We are pleased to announce that our tea bag paper, along with an assortment of new premium teas and herbs have received verification from the Non-GMO Project. The Non-GMO Project, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, offers North America’s only third party verification and labeling for non-GMO (genetically modified organism) food and products. The following Non-GMO teas join the list of over 50 premium teas and herbs already verified from The Republic of Tea, many of which have been part of The Republic of Tea’s collection since the founding of the company in 1992*:

Full-Leaf Loose Teas

  • Tea of Inquiry Full-Leaf
  • Organic Matchia
  • British Breakfast Full-Leaf

Tea Bag Teas

  • Tea of Inquiry Tea Bags
  • Lemon Lime Iced Tea Large Pouches
  • Biodynamic Organic Heirloom Chamomile Tea Bags
  • Biodynamic Organic Darjeeling Tea Bags
  • Biodynamic Breakfast Green Tea Bags
  • Biodynamic Holiday Chai Tea Bags
  • Biodynamic Organic Ginger Tea Bags
  • Biodynamic Turmeric Cinnamon Tea Bags
  • HiCAF Teas Breakfast Black Tea Bags

The Republic of Tea’s current and complete collection of Non-GMO Project Verified Teas are:

Full-Leaf Loose Teas

  • All Day Breakfast Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Lapsang Souchong Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Wuyi Oolong Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Sky Between the Branches Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Dragon Well Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Big Green Hojicha Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Jasmine Jazz Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Tea of Inquiry Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Ginseng Peppermint Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Lucky Irish Breakfast Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Ti Kuan Yin Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Republic Darjeeling Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • British Breakfast Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Matcha Stone Ground Tea Powder
  • Organic USDA Ceylon Breakfast Black Leaf Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Golden Yunnan Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Silver Rain White Tea Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Sencha Kyoto Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Jasmine Pearls Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Milk Oolong Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Keemun 1110 Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Frost Tea Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Korean Woojeon Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Natural Hibiscus Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Matchia Ground Tea Powder and Chia Seeds
  • Biodynamic Organic Darjeeling Full-Leaf Loose Tea

Tea Bag Teas

  • Lemon Lime Black Iced Tea Large Tea Pouches
  • Earl Greyer Tea Bags Organic
  • Assam Breakfast Tea Bags
  • British Breakfast Tea Bags
  • Tea of Inquiry Tea Bags
  • Chamomile Lemon Tea Bags
  • Orange Ginger Mint Tea Bags
  • Ginseng Peppermint Tea Bags
  • Lucky Irish Breakfast Tea Bags
  • Republic Chai® Tea Bags
  • Republic Red Chai® Tea Bags
  • Double Red® Rooibos Tea Bags
  • Double Green® Matcha Tea Bags
  • Organic USDA Ceylon Breakfast Black Tea Bags
  • Organic USDA Green Earl Greyer Tea Bags
  • Organic Mint Fields Herb Tea Bags
  • Organic Dancing Leaves Green Tea Bags
  • Emperor’s White Tea Tea Bags
  • The People¹s Green Tea Bags
  • Cedarberg Organic Red Tea Bags
  • DECAF British Breakfast Tea Bags
  • DECAF People¹s Green Tea Bags
  • Peppermint Bark Green Rooibos Tea Bags
  • Natural Organic Green Rooibos Tea Bags
  • Dragon Oolong Tea Bags
  • Natural Hibiscus Tea Bags
  • Biodynamic Organic Darjeeling Tea Bags
  • Biodynamic Organic Breakfast Green Tea Bags
  • Biodynamic Organic Turmeric Cinnamon Tea Bags
  • Biodynamic Organic Ginger Tea Bags
  • Biodynamic Organic Heirloom Chamomile Tea Bags
  • HiCAF Breakfast Black Tea Bags
  • Three Gardens Breakfast Tea Bags
  • Downton Abbey Lady Cora’s Evening Herb Tea Bags
  • SuperHerb Moringa Tea Bags
  • SuperHerb Jiaogulan Tea Bags
  • SuperHerb Baobab Tea Bags
  • SuperHerb Dandelion Tea Bags
  • British Breakfast Black One Cuppa
  • Natural Hibiscus One Cuppa
  • Biodynamic Holiday Chai Tea Bags (exclusive to Whole Foods Market)

Our verified products are produced in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard, which means that ongoing testing of all GMO risk ingredients, facility inspections and an annual audit take place to ensure that the company is meeting the highest possible standards for GMO avoidance.

We are in the process of receiving verification for our additional full-leaf and signature, round, unbleached tea bag teas. Teas that are Non-GMO Project Verified assume the official Non-GMO Project seal of verification on their packaging, indicating that the products have gone through the verification process. As new teas become verified they will be officially listed on the Non-GMO Project’s website.

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Become a Tea Preparation Expert: Creating Perfection in a Teacup

Whether you are new to tea or already have your own well-established tea steeping traditions, it is always beneficial to take a deeper look into the techniques used to create a truly superb cup of tea.

For the novice tea drinker, let us take a crash course in tea steeping.  Those already well versed in the process can consider this a refresher class- who knows?  You just might learn something new!

First, consider whether you would like to use full-leaf tea or tea bags.  Steeping full-leaf loose teas and herbs will require keeping a few fun steeping tools on hand, such as an infuser or a tea strainer.  You will need one teaspoon of tea leaves or one teabag per every six ounces of water.

Whether you plan to steep with the traditional tea bag or with one of our classic full-leaf loose teas, the next step of course, is to begin heating water.  We suggest using fresh filtered or spring water to yield the best cup of tea possible.

Each variety of tea may require a different approach.  For example, because the leaves of both green and white teas are delightfully delicate, remove the water from your heat source just before it begins to boil, in order to avoid scalding the tea.  Our more robust varieties such as black, oolong and red rooibos teas will require bringing the water to a rolling boil in order to draw out their maximum flavor potential.

Once the water in your kettle has reached the desired temperature, pour it over your teabag or infuser and begin steeping.  Times for infusing will vary based on the variety of tea.  Again, the more delicate green and white teas will taste best with a shorter amount of time to avoid overheating the leaves: about two to four minutes.  Heartier teas will require five to seven minutes of steeping, taking care not over-steep, lest you find yourself with tea that tastes too acidic or bitter.

With the water now fully permeated, remove the tea bag or infuser.  Your tea is ready to enjoy– immediately, if you so desire, or perhaps you would like to experiment with the popular practice of adding honey, milk or lemon in order to further draw out the complexity of your tea’s flavor?  If so, we are happy to offer up a few suggestions.

Honey: Many avid tea drinkers crave a little extra sweetness for their tea.  Combining tea with honey is a wonderful way to give the health benefits found in tea a sweet boost.  With a lower effect on your insulin and glucose levels, honey works well to naturally sweeten most any tea.  Add a spoonful of Rare Hawaiian Organic Kiawe White Honey to a tea such as Pineapple Guava White Tea or Ginger Peach Green Tea for a heavenly treat.

Milk: Alone or with honey, the introduction of milk to your cup brings out a creamy lushness that many tea enthusiasts enjoy.  Pour a spot of milk into a mug of British Breakfast Black Tea or Earl Greyer Black Tea to experience the decadence for yourself.

Lemon: Adding fresh lemon juice to tea is a natural way to boost both sweetness and tea’s natural healing properties.  Squeezing a wedge of fresh lemon into The People’s Green Tea will augment the smooth and refreshing flavors.  While lemon should never be used in combination with milk to avoid curdling, Lemon Cream Honey will introduce the best that lemon, honey and milk has to offer.  Blend a spoonful into your cup of Three Gardens Breakfast Black Tea to add a touch of zing with a savory finish.

Whether you choose to enjoy your cup of tea in its pure form, or with the addition of sweeteners or milk, you now have the knowledge to steep a delectable cup of tea and have graduated toward the world of tea expertise.  Impress your friends with a proficiently-steeped cup today!

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Seen on Screen: Tea in T.V.

Tea.  The world’s most popular beverage.  While it is clear that the Citizens of The Republic of Tea are enthusiastic about every variety of tea, when you turn on your television to catch a show there is a good chance you will find tea being savored onscreen as well.  From Great Britain to The United States and even deep in space, here is a small sample of our favorite classic series featuring tea.

Downton Abbey. One cannot think about the popularity of tea without the beloved hit series, Downton Abbey coming to mind.  Set in the English countryside before the start of World War I, The Crawleys along with their friends and servants, sit down to tea in nearly every episode.  Fans on both sides of the pond enjoy the dramatic dialogue, timely costumes and well placed tea-drinking scenes of the aristocratic family and their help.  We so adore the series, we even offer specialty blends and products inspired by the award winning show.  Steep some Downton Abbey® English Rose or Downton Abbey® Grantham Breakfast Blend to sip while watching an episode and you are sure to be entranced as well!  We have even added three new tea blends, Lady Cora’s Evening Tea, Bates’ Brambleberry Tea and Mrs. Patmore’s Pudding Tea.

Sherlock. In the hit BBC series, the great British detective Holmes is recognized as an avid tea drinker.  What blend he preferred is an often-discussed mystery among fans, but we like to imagine the dark and secretive character would prefer a deep, robust variety, perhaps a rich cup of breakfast black tea or possibly a HiCAF™ variety to keep his sleuthing skills buzzing along.

The Mentalist. If you have ever caught an episode of the recently popular CBS series, The Mentalist, you probably noticed that character Patrick Jane is often shown serving and sipping tea.  Fans of the character’s quick wit, dapper dressing and frequent tea drinking, often speculate that his brew of choice is a hot cup of green tea.

NCIS: Los Angeles. The popular character of Hetty Lange frequently drinks tea throughout the well-received crime drama that takes place in Los Angeles, California.  She is often spotted sipping black teas and was seen with a cup of Lapsang Souchong during a few episodes.

Star Trek. Not only favored among earthlings, the characters of Star Trek frequently drink tea while dining deep in space.  During nearly every meal they shared together, Captain Jonathan Archer and Commander Tucker drank iced tea.  Captain Jean Luc Picard was outspoken in his love for tea, often requesting “Tea.  Earl Grey.  Hot.”

When tea transcends even space and time, you know you are on to something truly out of this world!

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You Said It: Favorite Summer Sips from Facebook Fans

It comes as no surprise that citizens of The Republic of Tea enjoy expressing their excitement for tea on our Facebook page.  Summer has recently inspired many comments, reviews and posts from our Citizens and we feel compelled to share some of our favorite quotes with you here!

The bright sunny days of summer often inspire us to get healthy.  Citizen Leah shares how she uses tea to lighten up her life: “A small, yet HUGE victory for me!  I used to be all about coffee with sugary creaminess, but now green tea is my favorite.  Iced or hot and with about a quarter of the caffeine of coffee, no calories, no sugar and no additives, it’s GOOD for your teeth!  Who knew that one day plain green tea would be my “treat” instead of water?”

Should you find yourself with a summertime ailment, you may discover tea will help to ease your symptoms.  As one citizen review, “get soothed works well and tastes very good! Due to some allergy issues, I have tried many brands of throat, cold, bronchial type teas. Some are so medicinal-flavored they are not pleasant. However, get soothed is lovely!! I bought the traveler tin which is perfect for my purse. If I’m out in the cooler evening air, this is perfect to have with me! Such a healthy, yummy choice!” Thank you for sharing!  We are glad to help and we are happy you enjoy the many health benefits of tea.

Citizen Kathy writes, “Ever since I’ve been starting the day with your get happy® tea, I’ve really noticed such a positive difference!  Thanks for making my days a little brighter!”  You are so very welcome, Kathy.  It delights us to know that our Be Well Red® Teas help to enhance our fans’ lives!

Mouth-watering fresh fruit and summer go hand-in-hand.  Citizen JoAnna discovered a great way to combine summer’s bounty with tea and shares, “The kids and I foraged for some wild huckleberries on our land today.  We are enjoying some gluten free huckleberry pancakes and hot Peppermint Cuppa Chocolate red tea from The Republic of Tea!”  Thank you for sharing your fresh fruit and tea-pairing suggestion with us, JoAnna.

Who can imagine a summer without a chilly glass of rejuvenating iced tea in hand?  Citizen Janet exclaims, “This is officially my seven year old son’s new favorite drink!  Watermelon Mint Iced Tea from The Republic of Tea.  This is probably the most refreshing tea we have experienced on our 95 degree summer days!”  We agree, sipping a glass of any of our iced teas is an exhilarating way for the whole family to beat the heat.

Thank you all for taking the time to comment on your love for tea and enlightening us with your experiences.  We delight in hearing from our Citizens!  How about you?  Do you have a favorite summertime tea or any suggestions for savoring these long sunny days?  If so, please visit The Republic of Tea Facebook page and share.  We look forward to reading your responses!

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Downton Abbey Tea Collection Expansion

Good News Downton Abbey Fans!  We have expanded our collection of Downton Abbey Teas to include Bates’ Brambleberry Tea, Mrs. Patmore’s Pudding Tea, and Lady Cora’s Evening Tea. Each of these all natural calorie-free, gluten-free teas are inspired by the award-winning TV series that has entranced millions of viewers and become a global phenomenon.
Downton Abbey is home to the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants. The first two seasons follow their lives from the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 through the First World War while the later seasons follow them into the early 1920s.
The Republic of Tea’s line of Downton Abbey teas can be served hot or over a tall glass of ice:
Bates’ Brambleberry Tea – This bold yet smooth premium black tea is perfectly coupled with a handful of summer fruit – blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and blueberries.  A touch of sweetness to this cup will bring out the full, ripe flavor.
Mrs. Patmore’s Pudding Tea – This decadent dessert tea has the homemade flavors of vanilla cake drizzled with rich caramel sauce.  The full-bodied base of premium black tea lends itself well to a splash of milk, making it a perfect afternoon tea to partner with puddings, scones and shortbread.
Lady Cora’s Evening Tea – This caffeine-free blend of chamomile and lemon balm will calm the mind and body.  Relaxing botanicals create a cup of tranquility that helps ease the nerves.  Nice as a bedtime tea when a soothing cup is a welcome friend.
Our new teas join the already popular Downton Abbey English Rose, Grantham Breakfast Blend and Downton Estate Teas. Each of the new all natural premium teas are certified gluten free; Lady Cora’s Evening Tea is also Non-GMO Verified through the Non-GMO Project. Each tea comes in colorful tins featuring beloved Downton Abbey characters and holds 36 round, unbleached tea bags free of unnecessary tags, strings and staples. The Lady Cora and Grantham Breakfast teas are also available as a new two-tin “Upstairs” gift set. Each tea is ideal as a gift on its own or as a pair in this chic set, featured in a beautiful box.
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First Ever Tea With Chia: Matchia

The Republic of Tea, Leading Purveyor of Premium Teas, is excited to announce the launch of its USDA ORGANIC MATCHIA™ TEA, the first ever premium tea to mix fine Japanese matcha green tea powder and nutrient-dense chia seeds. Matcha has been used in Japan for centuries to simultaneously stimulate mental alertness and a calm, meditative state. Known as complete protein, chia seeds bring fiber and omega-3 fatty acids to this invigorating tea. With a stir and sip, tea drinkers everywhere will be ready for whatever the day may bring. Each tin of Matchia contains 12+ servings of tea.

This Organic, Gluten-Free, Kosher Certified, Non-GMO Project Verified blend is ideal for sipping, smoothies and more. It was recently featured as a Top 5 Trend at the Summer Fancy Food Show 2014.

For Hot Tea

  1. Heat fresh, filtered water to short of boiling.
  2. Add 1tsp of Matchia powder to a bowl or cup. Add 6oz of steaming (175˚F), filtered water. Experiment to find your favored strength.
  3. Blend with a fork for a few minutes, blend again and enjoy.

For cold drinks

  1. Blend 1 tsp with 6oz of warm water, let cool and pour into a glass of ice. Try adding a sweetener and milk or milk substitute.

Check out this Matchia Smoothie recipe for an extra special treat. Enjoy Sip by Sip, Rather than Gulp by Gulp!

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