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I have really been wanting to try this and finally ordered it with a gift certificate. The bag smelled good and tropical after opening the wrapper. I have to say that as far as taste goes, I was a little disappointed. I tasted plenty of mango and little coconut. It almost had a bitter taste to me. I will try steeping for less time the next time I brew it.

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I love White Christmas and Cherry Almond by Stash, so I expected to like this one a lot. Sadly, it fell far short of our expectations. It was just okay at first but then it began to get bitter. I poured the last two cups out and they were full of sediment. I had used a Beehouse pot with mesh infuser. Perhaps the bitterness will be solved by using the super fine infuser in the Curve ForLife teapot, but that won’t fix the meh factor. Thumbs down for me.

Superanna

This is why we do not drink teas that aren’t White Christmas.

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This was on sale. I got excited. $2.50 for a box! Now I know why.
Should have checked the reviews first…
First, the bag was too heavy for the string. It popped right off when I went to remove the bag. Not a big deal, but still, a bad sign. Oh and there is an actual metal staple in the bag. Ick.
As for the tea well it was ok enough. A bit thick and bitter even though it wasn’t steeped that long. I added cream (thats all they have where I am now) and sugar to even things out. It did help, but I wouldn’t say it was great.
Overall I don’t have a problem finishing a cup of this. But I just don’t find anything lovable there. Not even the scent, which is usually what fools me. It’s just kinda neutral. That’s what I get for letting my love for black forest cake lead the purse strings…
Damn I wish I’d listened to my head (not my tea mania) and checked the reviews here first.

TheKesser

I’m bad for that too. And I agree with the staple. I’ll never understand why staples were ever thought ok with a teabag.

Indigobloom

Funny, I’m actually thinking about cutting the bag open and putting it into a strainer. One that’s been treated to not go rusty!
When will we tea nerds ever learn :P

Kirkoneill1988

metal staple with the tea? or keeping the bag closed?

Indigobloom

Kirk, its a staple used to close the bag of tea (the one that goes into the cup of hot water, not the one housing the bag of bags :)

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100

A staple, a favorite.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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70

This does not taste like it smells. It tastes just fruity—watermelon and strawberries. It’s good—but not what I expected. I can’t taste the tea at all; rather, it tastes like an herbal blend. I’d recommend it for those who like herbal, fruity teas.

Flavors: Fruity, Strawberry

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tastes just like peppermint tea. I was really hoping for more mojito flavor. Disappointed.

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This smells mostly of ginger with just a hint of lemon. I can taste the lemongrass in the aftertaste. I’m not sure I love it. The ginger is bitter and more than a little overwhelming. It’s definitely got a bite to it. I’m sure it would be great if you were feeling under the weather, but it’s not for me otherwise.

Flavors: Biting, Bitter, Ginger, Lemon, Lemongrass

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML
rosebudmelissa

I didn’t like this much either. like Stash’s Meyer Lemon tea a lot better. Celestial Seasonings has my favorite Lemon Ginger tea, but Twining’s has a pretty decent one, too.

Kristal

Oh darn :( what about a shorter steeping time?

Shae

rosebudmelissa, I’ve tried the Twinings one but it wasn’t a favorite either. I’m wondering now if these two flavors together just don’t do it for me. I will have to look for the Celestial Seasonings and see if that might be something I like better. Thanks for the tip!

Kristal, I think that may have been part of the problem. As usual, I got distracted at work and let it steep a little too long. I think it was right at 8 minutes. Next time I try it, I’ll definitely be paying closer attention.

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drank Black Forest by Stash Tea Company
1747 tasting notes

Black forest cake has long been one of my favourite desserts. There’s a bakery in town that makes it just perfectly from scratch and there really is nothing else like it. Unfortunately this tea is nothing like the actual cake. I’m really not tasting much cherry flavour at all and the chocolate cake flavour is quite flat with a weird almost cardboard like note. It’s slightly better with milk and sweetener, but not by a whole lot. And who’s bright idea was it to put hibiscus in a blend that has nothing to do with tart flavour profiles?!? Stash is one of the worst offender for this so I don’t know why I’m surprised.

If you were thinking of buying this tea because you love black forest cake, my advice is to save yourselves and take a pass on this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

I have the puerh version of this and it is pretty good, but way too expensive for the small amount of bags you get, and that is the only way they sell it. Not repurchasing.

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100

I was a bit wary of this one— double bergamot? Wouldn’t that increase the likelihood that the tea will taste like floral soap?

But no! It’s creamy, smooth, and delightful! This bagged EG is better than any loose EG I’ve had. Honestly. I can taste notes of vanilla, fresh cream, flowers, citrus, and a hint of spice. This is simply amazing.

I found my new go-to EG for sure.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Cream, Floral, Spices, Vanilla

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89

Clean peach, nice perfume. This has a nicer perfume than the other peach or ginger peach teas I’ve tried. It’s a more natural peach flavor, too. Still, that gingery essence is also stronger than most ginger peach teas, and it hits the back of one’s throat. I enjoy this very much, but I like it best when combined in a pot with other peach teas; that mellows out the ginger (and heightens the peach of the other teas, as this one is better). One of the teas I always make sure I have on hand.

Flavors: Ginger, Peach, Straw

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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10

My introduction to this tea has been awful. It tastes like wood with fake chocolate and artificial sweetness. It is also bitter. What in the world did I do wrong? I brewed it at 205 for 4 minutes, which is within the recommended parameters. I tried it with and without milk- just gross. As in barely drinkable. This is the sachet version- not even sure if it comes loose leaf. Either way, I’m scared to go for round 2- please send help!

Flavors: Artificial, Cardboard, Wood

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1

I am new on my tea journey, but so far this is the worst tea I have tasted. I was so disappointed because I wanted to like it so badly. I did not taste any caramel….it honestly tasted like dirt to me. Also, the smell was nauseating. I thought it was just me, so I made my MIL a cup, and she took two sips before the smell got to her and she poured it out. I love Stash, but this tea is not for me.

Flavors: Dirt

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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63

Made myself a big pot/double strength to drink as an iced latte throughout my lazy Sunday.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger

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drank Cherry Almond by Stash Tea Company
1849 tasting notes

ashmanra sent me a sample of the Stash version of cherry almond to compare with the Market Spice equivalent. Both are nice, but I think quite different (didn’t do a side-by-side). Stash leads with the almond; I think the Market Spice leads more with the cherry. Either would be nice, I think, chilled on a warmish afternoon. (We haven’t had many of those of late!)

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100

I’m addicted. I’m throwing my hands up into the air in acceptance and jubilation for this tea is perfection in a cup. The lavender is blended SO perfectly with the bergamot and black tea that my mouth is on a stairway to heaven every time I drink it. I don’t add any milk or sugar or anything. It is absolutely perfect the way that it is. I enjoy drinking it with one of my freshly-made butter croissants or raspberry jelly donuts as I feel like those pastries really compliment the simple yet luxurious notes of this blend.

Flavors: Bergamot, Berries, Honey, Lavender

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1

I LOVED my first cup of this tea. I was thrilled! Finally — a chocolate tea I was thrilled about…and then I made myself another cup another day. It was awful. I thought I did something wrong. Where was the tiramisu flavor I so thoroughly delved into and swam through? Where was the delicious chocolate and coffee?! WHERE?! WHAT HAD I DONE TO MAKE THE FIRST CUP SO GLORIOUS?! Alas, I could not replicate the first cup’s heavenly flavor and aroma. This tea is awful and depressing. I stuck a sticky note on it that read “FREE!!!!” on my condo’s entry hall table and some poor soul took it. Maybe they had better luck?

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Dark Bittersweet, Dust, Licorice, Metallic

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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70

The initial taste reminds me of seaweed. There is a light grassy, almost sweet quality to the aftertaste as well. The tea itself is a pleasant yellow-green color, and the smell of the brew makes me think of grass, specifically exotic grass from some far-away country. There isn’t much bitterness to this tea currently. As the cup moves on an odd, bittersweet flavor is coming to the forefront of the taste. It isn’t bad, just a bit unexpected. As I near the end of the cup the taste appears to be coming a bit closer to home. The exotic quality that was present before has been overtaken by a taste that reminds me, for lack of a better term, of a fresh-cut lawn. I’m noticing a bit of black powder at the bottom of the cup, I’m guessing from the bag. The scent has gotten noticeably fainter. The last drink also had a fainter taste than the tea did initially, and no scent has been left in my cup after the tea has been drank.

Flavors: Bitter, Grass, Seaweed, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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55

A little bland and not spicey enough.

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1.5 tsp for 300mL water @90C, steeped 8 minutes 45 seconds.

Yeah, 8:45. I got a phone call.

However, this tea stands of beautifully to a long steep.

Colour on my usual 4:30 steep is much the same as what I have here now, a medium copper that looks like a light Ceylon tea. This is a darker oolong than I usually drink, and it’s got a lot going on: molasses, figs, plums and a few other nots I can’t quite define. Nuanced. No bitterness, not even at 8:45. The shorter steep is much sweeter, but this robust beauty remains pleasant and complex. Well worth a try for anyone who likes oolong, and it might make a lovely foray into oolong for a tea drinker who likes the lighter black teas, like Darjeelings (though this has no astringency).

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