How to brew an awesome cup of tea with The Republic of Tea #SipbySip #tea

The Republic of TeaI remember the first time I drank The Republic of Tea’s Honey Ginseng Tea. It must have been six or seven years ago when I was attending a writing workshop at a Denver-area restaurant. I loved its flavor and how their round tea bags didn’t have strings, tags or staples. I’ve been a fan ever since. So that’s why I’m thrilled to announce that I’m working with The Republic of Tea as an Enlightenment TEAm blogger! Each month I’ll be reviewing several of their teas as well as sharing some tea tips and a discount promo code with you!

You can connect with The Republic of Tea on Twitter @republicoftea, on Facebook, and on Pinterest.

Taking this month Sip by Sip

This month’s tea selection highlighted four of The Republic of Tea’s premium tea varietals – black, white, herbal and green:Natural Hibiscus Herbal Tea

My favorite was the Natural Hibiscus Herbal Tea, followed by the Ginger Peach Black Tea. I found both to be a refreshing pick me up on a dreary winter day. I also liked how both were sweet enough so I didn’t have to add some stevia or honey to my cup.

How to brew an awesome cup of tea

To brew the optimum cup of tea, follow these steps as recommended by the folks at The Republic of Tea.

  1. It starts with the water. If the water’s fresh, the tea tastes better. They recommend using filtered, spring or bottled water.
  2. Fill the kettle with fresh, cold water and heat to a rolling boil. For green and white tea, stop short of boiling to avoid “cooking” the delicate leaves.
  3. If using a teapot: Warm the teapot by swirling in a splash of the steamy water and pour it out.
  4. Add approximately one teaspoon of tea or herbs or one tea bag per six-ounce cup. Place tea into the infusing basket or teapot.
  5. Pour the water over the tea, cover and infuse to taste.
  6. Remove the infuser or tea bag. If using a teapot, pour the tea into a cup or thermos.
  7. Enjoy the perfect cup of tea!

They also suggest you steep the tea varieties using the following guidelines:

Type of Tea

Full Leaf

Tea Bags

Herbal Tea Infuse for 5 – 7 minutes Infuse for 5 – 7 minutes
White Tea Infuse for 2 – 3 minutes Infuse for 30 – 60 seconds
Green Tea Infuse for 2 – 4 minutes Infuse for 1 – 3 minutes
Oolong Tea Infuse for 5 – 7 minutes Infuse for 3 – 5 minutes
Black Tea Infuse for 3 – 5 minutes Infuse for 3 – 5 minutes

Note: Experiment to find your ideal brewing time. Don’t over brew, or you’ll get bitter, acidic tea. Also, when preparing iced tea, prepare a double strength infusion of hot tea (follow the above instructions). Strain and cool to room temperature. Pour cooled tea over ice.

The Republic of Tea March 2013 promo code

When you order tea through The Republic of Tea website, use “#THISMAMA” (no quote marks, but use the #) to receive a complimentary Cheerful Cuppa tea mug for making a purchase from The Republic of Tea (with your shipment #1 promo code).

The promo begins March 1, 2013 and is effective until March 8, 2013.

What flavor tea will you be ordering?

Disclaimer: The Republic of Teas provided me with product samples. All opinions and experiences are my own.

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