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60

Old sample from Tea Sipper. Thank you!

I’m not tasting any green tea here at all. It pretty much tastes like a flavored hibiscus tea. I wish the raspberry were a little stronger.

Preparation
Boiling 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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77

This is a decent chamomile. Very soothing and lemony.

Flavors: Citrusy, Cut grass, Flowers, Lemon, Orange Blossom

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec 17 OZ / 495 ML

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96

I make this iced, and drink it all summer. Love the different types of mint in it.

Flavors: Peppermint, Spearmint

Preparation
Iced 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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93

My favorite way to drink green tea! Sweetened or not, and the spices are perfect.

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97

Both my husband and I love this, and we don’t often love the same things. I prefer it unsweetened, with just milk or cream.

Flavors: Bergamot, Lavender

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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65

A sample from Roswell Strange. This has to be one of the oddest combinations ever? I mean, mate, black, herbal…? Surely it’s hardly herbal if it’s got both mate and black tea in it, neither of which are renowned for their caffeine free-ness. I can get behind the idea of mate and black, though, and caramel works well with darker teas as a flavour, so…maybe?I have another question. What’s monk fruit? Please don’t say fruit eaten by monks. I could google, but the people at work would think I’m odd. Or odder than they already think I am, anyway. Maybe that’s one for later.

I gave the bag 3 minutes in boiling water, and it’s brewed up to a medium golden-brown, no additions. The initial taste is very heavy on the mate – quite earthy and pungent with a burnt coffee-like aftertaste. There’s also something smoky, although I can’t pinpoint exactly what. Maybe the mate? The monk fruit? Ha. I didn’t get much caramel initially, but as the cup cools I can begin to taste it. It’s a little on the artificial side, but not too badly, and there is a hint of salt. The salt actually works really well with the savoury flavour of the mate and the smoke – somehow it helps to bring everything together. Then with the underlying richness of the caramel, it actually makes for a pretty decent cup. I’m not even sure how it is that earth, coffee, smoke, salt and caramel taste good together, but they kind of do so there you go. My befuddled morning brain can’t make any more sense of things than that.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
rosebudmelissa

I think monk fruit is a natural sugar-free sweetener, like stevia (though with a different taste).

teaqueen

Stash really is magical in terms of the depth and interestingness of their bagged offerings.

Super Starling!

Weird. Totally on my to-try list now. Caramel is my weakness.

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1

Never thought I’d find an earl grey I didn’t like, but every time I’ve tried this one(my brother likes it so it’s in our kitchen fairly regularly) it tastes horribly flat and smells like bathroom cleaner. Not a fan of Stash in general but this one is especially unpleasant.

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62

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Flavors: Cinnamon, Maple, Medicinal, Root Beer, Sarsaparilla, Spices, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 30 sec 20 OZ / 600 ML

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62

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62

I do find the cinnamon a tad sickly sweet, which is dislike. It does taste like real cinnamon though, rather than that artificial flavour. Otherwise, I really like the spices and rooibos, however I wouldn’t mind a stronger rooibos flavour.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Creamy, Spices, Spicy, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more 15 OZ / 450 ML

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31

Monday – Green Tea / Day 2 of Lion’s Tea Challenge

Very basic and generic grocery store quality bagged tea. I do find this a bit astringent and a tad bitter. The green tea is fairly mild, not really vegetal or grassy, but it tastes like a green tea.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Green

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec 350 OZ / 10350 ML

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42

Monday – Green Tea / Day 2 of Lion’s Tea Challenge

Smells like rice and green tea, very promising.

Medium temperature water, let it steep while I went to put a load in the washer, came back to find very astringent green tea. Oops, guess I oversteeped it. This is completely my fault, but I feel this is not a very forgiving tea bag.

Anyway, other than a bit of bitterness and the astringency , I really like the light rice flavour. I’m not a fan of the green tea base used in cheaper grocery store teas, but I knew that before I bought this. I definitely taste grain and rice, maybe lightly toasted. I would not buy it again, but brewed correctly it would be enjoyable for those who like bagged green teas.

Flavors: Astringent, Grain, Green, Rice, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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20

Here’s Hoping TTB

I don’t think I’ll be trying any more of Stash’s decaf teas, as both of the ones I sampled from this box were a huge disappointment. This one had the same unpleasantly sour aftertaste as the vanilla one I tried. The hazelnut flavor was weak and the chocolate really didn’t come through at all. Not a fan!

Flavors: Hazelnut, Sour

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25

Here’s Hoping TTB

I really wasn’t a fan of this one. It had a weak nutty flavor with the barest hint of vanilla and an odd, slightly sour aftertaste. Definitely not something I would drink again!

Flavors: Nutty, Sour, Vanilla

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90

Here’s Hoping TTB

I was at a work conference most of the week without the proper equipment for brewing loose leaf tea, so I brought along a bunch of tea bags from the TTB to try. Of all the ones I sampled, this was my favorite. In fact, this may be one of the best bagged teas I’ve ever had! The oolong base was smooth and silky with a lovely sweet aftertaste. And the juicy mango and creamy coconut were perfectly balanced in each sip. Adding this to my wish list!

Flavors: Coconut, Mango, Smooth, Sweet

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45

This tea is okay— I can taste the vanilla and nut— but it’s a little artificial-tasting. A friend gave it to me because she ended up not liking it, and I’ll probably drink it when I don’t have anything better around, but it’s not all that impressive.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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73

Edit: I realized I had the wrong tea company. This was a Stash tea, not Twinings!

Decided to have this tea when my throat started hurting at work yesterday. I was actually pleasantly surprised at the great flavour balance. There was enough ginger in there to feel the spicy kick, but not too much so that it overwhelms the whole tea. The lemon was a tasty counterbalance, and there was even a hint of sweetness to round the tea off nicely. I was initially just drinking it to help my throat, but ended up enjoying it quite a lot. I let it steep for about 5 minutes so that the flavour would get nice and strong, and it was exactly the strength I wanted it to be. I would not be averse to having this tea again!

R.F. Hill

Stash is pretty good stuff.

Mookit

Yeah, I was pretty impressed by this one. I might have to give a few more a try.

ashmanra

Have you tried the new 1893 Ginger Cola by Pepsi? So much ginger! It was pretty good.

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50

I reach for this whenever I want a good tasting, no-nonsense chamomile tea. The flavor is constant from box to box.

Flavors: Flowers

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77

Very astringent and bitter black tea base, but I enjoyed the spicy blend of ginger, pepper, etc. There is a lot of licorice in this tea, but I still enjoyed it.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Ginger, Licorice, Pepper, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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61

This steep very fast, so be warned! I left my tea bag in under a minute and it steeped a very bright pink magenta colour (like the packaging/) I can taste some tartness and something sweet and fruity. I find the pomegranate is almost tropical and creamy, I taste a bit of vanilla, which I did not expect. I think this makes a decent iced drink as long as you don’t steep it too long. It also goes well in ginger ale if you are looking for a sweeter and flavourful soda.

Flavors: Berry, Fruit Punch, Fruity, Pineapple, Pleasantly Sour, Red Fruits, Rosehips, Sweet, Tart, Tropical

Preparation
Iced 0 min, 45 sec 17 OZ / 500 ML
rosebudmelissa

Most of Stash’s Hibiscus teas taste really weird if brewed for more than a short time. I much prefer Celestial Seasonings or Adagio for Hibiscus teas.

Kristal

I concur with rosebudmelissa. I have had about 8 fruit herbals from stash and the only one I liked was Raspberry Hibiscus(it actually tasted like raspberries!). Really like Celestial Seasonings True Blueberry and Black cherry for iced teas.

Arby Robilliard

I actually find Celestial Seasonings is similar to Stash and get very tart quickly. I mostly avoid hibiscus teas when I can, but I bought a whole bunch of individual herbal tea bags so I could make iced teas.

Kristal

Ah well, to each their own!

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61

Be careful not to steep this too long or it will be sour/acidic. The sweet fruitiness is nice. I think this would have made a nicer iced tea rather than hot, but it was still pretty good.

Flavors: Berries, Fruity, Sour, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 24 OZ / 700 ML

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