Pros: Plenty of detoxifying herbs and liver enablers
Cons: Overwhelming vanilla taste
Republic of Tea: Get Clean
Herb tea for Detoxing
The Republic of Tea is a California company that has been around since 1992. They specialize in the marketing of organic and exotic teas from around the world. They carry over 200 products and pride themselves on the quality and integrity of their product. They are identifiable by their innovative air-tight tin packaging, while quality is reinforced by unbleached tea bags, and avoiding unnecessary strings or staples. All their teas are Certified Gluten-Free.
Get Clean is part of Republic of Tea’s “Be Well Red Teas” and is Caffeine Free. It arrives in Republic of Tea’s signature air-tight packaging and contains 36 tea bags.
The Sales Pitch
According to Republic of Tea’s website:
“The herb rooibos is blended with cleansing herbs such as milk thistle seeds and dandelion root, to aid in ridding the body of toxins.”
Ingredients: Rooibos (leaf), Milk Thistle (seed), Indian sarsparilla (root), Dandelion (root), Chicory (root), Burdock (root), Red Clover (herb), Natural Vanilla Flavor, Natural Almond Flavor.
The website also offers the following information in support of the “get clean” claim: “Rooibos and milk thistle, both detoxifiers, help the body help itself by stimulating the liver, one of the body's natural cleansing mechanisms. Roasted dandelion and blood cleansing burdock are traditional herbs used to flush the liver and gallbladder. Chicory root lends fiber and boosts the immune system, while Indian sarsparilla root and red clover are both known as effective tonics and purifiers. “
When I first put this one to my nose, I’m greeted with an almost overwhelming vanilla aroma. It’s a little off-putting, not that I dislike vanilla just that this one’s a little strong. There may be more but it’s tough to tell beyond one dominant aroma. On the palate, the vanilla flavor is there again but it’s a little more restrained. You can at least appreciate the red tea that’s behind it. The almond does add a nice touch of complexity and dryness. Although the vanilla is much more restrained on the taste buds than on the nose, it’s still a little too strong making this overly sweet and cloying in the finish.
I’m usually a big fan of Republic of Tea and especially like their range of red teas with rooibos. This one however is not to my taste at all. The vanilla is too overpowering both in flavor and aroma. I have no idea why this would be either, because vanilla is not listed as one of the essential ingredients and looks like it’s only added in there for taste. They definitely needed to hold back on this one and let the red tea, chicory and almond play their part.
It’s impossible to ascertain the “get clean” claims of this tea unless you’ve got a bunch of guinea pigs at home, so I’m taking my information from a little Wikipedia research. Rooibos is confirmed as containing a high level of antioxidants; milk thistle seeds have been used as a liver tonic for centuries, particularly prescribed by herbalists for liver cirrhosis and hepatitis; and dandelion roots have been used in Chinese medicine for liver detoxification and inflammation reduction.
As a detoxifying agent, “Get Clean” definitely seems well suited to its job. It contains plenty of active ingredients, aimed at improving the liver’s function. It’s also got a little fiber in there that will help clean out yours system too. There are no listed health benefits for vanilla which makes the overwhelming vanilla flavor a great disappointment. Therefore it gets one thumb up for health benefits and one thumb down for flavor.
As with all Republic of Tea products, price is definitely an issue. At $10 for 36 servings we’re talking about 27 cents a cup. Their products are of the highest quality and you should expect to pay a little more. I think their prices are justified but others may disagree.
Verdict: 2 Stars – Do you love vanilla?