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How so you say hello to fellow tea lovers you’ve lost touch with over the last 4.5 years?! Let me start by saying I still am a Tea Fanatic, and continue to drink all kinds of tea every day! I also have been into Craft Beer, and drink the occasional cup of coffee! In July 2012, when I last posted, I had no intention of leaving Steepster, but after a Summer & Fall with my Niece Brie, I lost touch. Through many good times and some not so good, life went on as life always does. In late December after a trying year, I decided to get back to reviewing teas, because it’s just one thing I enjoy! :D
The last several years, as the Holiday Season ends, I extend my Holiday tea consumption with those special teas through the second Monday in January. This is also the the last College football game for the season-The National Championship! I know it’s Tuesday, but I wanted to review this tea. So the easiest way to do this, and without further ado, is to begin the tea review! :D
Decaffeinated black tea, cinnamon, ginger root, natural pumpkin spice flavor, clove, nutmeg oil.
Let me start by saying I do not drink many decaffeinated teas, because 99%+ are very bland IMHO. This tea is one exception, and even though I can’t really taste much of the black tea base, the additional flavors, make for a satisfying cup of tea!
The dry teabag smells mainly of clove ginger, and pumpkin spice. The wet leaves in the bag reveal more clove & pumpkin spice, but what really surprised me was the cinnamon! The cinnamon with its sweet, spicy character really came to the forefront. In the cup the scents were not as intense, but cinnamon and pumpkin spice—and to a lesser extent—the ginger & clove had a very calming effect on me. :D My palate enjoyed the cinnamon and pumpkin spice flavors. Upon swishing & swirling the tea, ginger and clove awoke from their slumber only to cling & reside on the back of my tongue! Maybe it’s my lack of exposure to nutmeg in tea, but I really had trouble isolating it in relation to the other flavors.
This Pumpkin Spice blend is quite flavorful, and worth a try. It is a perfect tea to sip and share on Steepster with my tea friends, and a great way to say “Hello!” after a long hiatus—too long in fact! This tea says: “Come In!”, “Welcome!”, as it warms my heart, and I feel as if I’ve not been away very long at all. :D
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!! :D
Cupped & Reviewed: Tuesday, January 10, 2017.
I really enjoy this tea. I was first taking this with plant milk and sugar but then tried it without the plant milk and maple syrup instead and it’s delicious this way. It is just after Christmas and when I still see it on the shelves I scoop it up so that it lasts me a while before it disappears.
Flavors: Chocolate, Lavender, Mint
I hate licorice in tea. I really do. I am not going to give this tea a super low rating though, just because I don’t like licorice. In all truthfulness, it’s not a bad tea. I just can’t get past the licorice flavour in it or any other tea that has licorice flavour in it, for that matter. Any person who adores licorice in tea will likely love this because licorice is definitely front and centre with some other spices mingling in the background. This tea came in a sampler pack that I received for Christmas from a friend so luckily there are only 3 of each variety. I am not a wasteful person so even if I’m not crazy about a tea, I always use it all up no matter what. However, it’s a bonus that my cousin is coming to visit for a few days as he drinks a lot of tea and isn’t picky so the remainder of this tea will gleefully and undoubtedly be finished up by him.
Flavors: Licorice, Spices
A coworker gave me two bags of this for Christmas because he knew that I like tea, and that I drank it often at work. He thought that I’d like anything, so he randomly snagged a box of tea from his house and handed it to me. To be nice, I went ahead and made a cup to show my gratitude.
However, I didn’t like it.
It was extremely bland, with a hint of some spice (nutmeg? cinnamon?) and that bagged tea taste (paper covered in dust?). I allowed it to cool, threw it out, and went back to puerh. Fortunately, there were only two bags remaining the box he gave me; so I felt that it was alright to have dumped the remaining liquid out, considering it may have been a tea he either loved or didn’t.
The world may never know.
Very strong on the cinnamon, in a sickly sweet way.
Unfortunately I find the cinnamon overwhelms the other flavours. I would have liked the blend to be a bit more balanced. It isn’t really chai with only cinnamon. The rooibos base is definitely better than another base for this. A black base probably would have been bitter and tannic. The rooibos adds to the sweetness, but not constructively. Honeybush would have been a better choice.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Honey, Rooibos, Spices, Spicy, Sweet
A solid licorice tea. I tried this as a cheap alternative for Yogi’s Egyptian Licorice, and it does pretty well. The vanilla (and possibly sarsaparilla) is a little off-putting, I think, and dominates too heavily (especially if steeped too long) making it a little too sweet for my palate.
Flavors: Anise, Cinnamon, Licorice, Orange Zest, Vanilla
GCTTB DAY 1
Second tea I’m sampling today, this one caught my attention because I like Stash teas but I’ve never seen this one being sold in store. The concept sounds intriguing, and I figured the salted caramel theme might be appropriate for the holiday season. I only left the bag in for about 2 minutes because the tea turned dark quite quickly and I can smell a slight herbal bitterness to it (the mate?) so better safe than sorry.
The aroma does smell like caramel, but it’s mixed in with that strange ashy note that I can only assume belongs to the mate. It almost reminds be of the earthiness of puerh, but not the same type, if that makes any sense.
I couldn’t really taste the salted caramel in the tea. It was overpowered by the earthy/herbal notes that gave off a slightly ashy aroma. It was faint, and only in the background. Overall it just wasn’t for me. I didn’t really expect the flavour of mate to overwhelm everything else. I’m glad I at least didn’t leave it for be recommended 3-5 minutes!
One of the worst herbal teas I have ever tried, and I’ve tried a lot of horrible-tasting detox/ “wellness” teas before. Tastes like hot water strongly scented with cinnamon and a bit of chamomile. The cinnamon also smells off to me (sort of tart/ astringent?), and definitely different from other cinnamon drinks I’ve tried before.
I haven’t been home in a few days other than to sleep so I’ve forgotten 3 days in a row to pack herbal teas for work. Found this in the cupboard, which is kind of providential since I’ve been wanting to drink peppermint/spearmint/whatever-mint teas lately.
This is probably the only tea from Stash I’ve had that I really actually like. Mind you, it’s hard to screw up mint tea. I’ve just been putting the tea bag in the hot water from the water cooler (whatever temp that is, idk) and steeping for however long (10min, an hour, whatever) in my mug. Hard to screw up mint.
In other news, I’ve now accepted a PERMANENT part time position! I was working temp full time, but this is ultimately a step forward because now I’m in the union, and that’s the hardest thing to do. I know for a fact that there will be a full time permanent job posted shortly, so potentially I can just transfer into that. Permanent full time with benefits and such will be amazing….one can dream :)
Flavors: Mint, Peppermint, Spearmint
Another day at mom’s, another trip through her tea cabinet. First up: Stash English Breakfast.
This is a great breakfast tea, even with Stash Tea Company’s signature taste. It works well in the English Breakfast blend, and makes it taste like a slightly overspiced, but well done, English Breakfast.
It is very well balanced, however, and I still get a good taste of each element, from the black tea base, to the essentials of an English Breakfast, with just a hint of Stash’s signature taste.
For a boxed, bagged English Breakfast tea, this one isn’t quite up to the standard in simple English Breakfast teas, Bigelow. It’s almost like Stash worked too hard to make it taste like a Stash tea. It’s still very good, no doubt.