Stash Tea Company

Recent Tasting Notes

73

I tried a few sips of this clear, and it seemed quite spiced — I think I might have to have a proper steep of it this way sometime and see what I think. However, my main objective was chai with milk and sugar today, and so that’s what I’ve made.
The spice is pleasant and comforting, though I wish there was a stronger flavour overall. I’m not sure what exactly, but it feels like it could do with one thing more to just make the flavour pop and really be delectable. But as is, it’s good, spiced, relaxing.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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70

This is one of those teas that just smells like OH MY GOODNESS. If this tea was available as a scent I would probably buy it and let it aerate throughout my room when I was in an apple-y, harvest-y mood.
Unfortunately, while the scent promises an apple caramel maple delight, the taste doesn’t quite deliver. The maple comes through a lot more than the apple, but it is mainly scent over flavour. (I actually said, when I smelled it, that I hoped this wouldn’t be the taste, but oh well.)
Still, it doesn’t taste bad, just not anywhere near as delicious to the scent. I bet that, if paired with a slice of pie or something harvest-y, it would be a really nice complement. On its own, however, it could do to be stronger.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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100

This tea is a wonderful, full bodied, wake me up, kind of tea. The taste is brisk with a smooth, rounded, malty taste. Irish breakfast is a mixture of several Assam teas and is best, I think, served straight up, piping hot. It’s best consumed in the morning unless caffeine doesn’t bother you. A great way to start the day!

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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100

Personally drink this with milk and 5 sugars.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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43

Bland, not much flavor on its own. Even after adding milk and sugar, still nothing to write home about, but it does have a pleasant aroma.

Flavors: Caramel

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

Not bad for a bagged tea…just something I got on a whim after seeing it in a store, smells good , medium level of bergamot , mild flavor , smooth black tea in the background with hardly no bitter notes . Good for when you feel like making something fast and easy and nothing involved.

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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95

1.5 tsp for 300mL water @100C, steeped three minutes.

Honey and cocoa notes, and a slight aroma of leather and earth. Really good.

Flavors: Cocoa, Earth, Honey, Leather, Mineral

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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78

Mild sweetness and a floral taste and aroma. The berry flavor does not come through as much when brewed hot, but would make a good iced tea.

Flavors: Berry, Hibiscus, Lemon, Orange, Rosehips

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

I’ve been avoiding drinking this one for awhile because I thought for sure that it would be bad. as I opened up the package and interesting smell wafted to my nose. I’m still not quite sure of what it was or how I really felt about it. As it has begun to cool down, it’s actually tasting better than I thought. It’s almost like a smoothie.

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23

Holy crap. So, I’ve always felt like the tea bag version of this was decent, so I impulse-bought a bag of the loose-leaf kind a while ago, and didn’t actually open it until now. Smelling the open bag is kind of like being punched in the face with spice, and not in a good way. There’s definitely clove oil, but my little bottle of clove essential oil smells mild by comparison, so I’m guessing the rest of the face-punching is cardamom oil and “natural flavour of cinnamon”. I brewed 1tsp in 8oz of water for 4min and immediately added some sugar and milk, but it was still overpoweringly spicy and I could barely taste the black tea. I initially tried a 3min 2nd steep, but that just created slightly spicy hot water. Now the leaves are back in the hot water and they’re over in the corner of my kitchen having a time out and thinking about what they’ve done. I can’t win with this tea. I’m considering blending a little with a sturdy black tea to see if that balances it out, maybe simmer the whole thing in milk on the stove and add plenty of sugar. If all else fails, I think I could put a little in my essential oil diffuser and use it as a home fragrance. WTF Stash, I think of you as one of the better grocery store brands, how is this so bad?

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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64

This smells like vanilla and honey, definitely. On tasting, I get a rooibos-y flavour that I guess is the honeybush base, citrus, and a bit of honey. It’s nice, but it’s not like, rocking my world or anything. :) A good evening-but-not-bedtime sort of tea.

Flavors: Citrus, Honey, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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95

I made Earl Grey Lattes or London Fog drinks this afternoon for Lance while I was sipping an Oolong.
I sipped a bit of his and it was So Good I couldn’t believe it so I had to make one for myself when I finished my Oolong.
I actually used this Double Bergamot EG blended with some Manistee Moonrise (an older version) from Whispering Pines as my Tea and frothed up some sweetened Vanilla milk to pour in it.
I enjoy an EG London Fog Latte often because they are yummy but this one was the best I ever had.
Very creamy and smooth, the EG and Manistee blend is hard to describe but I mix EG with Manistee Moonrise often and I love it, they compliment each other nicely IMO.
Anyways this drink is pretty good, I’d recommend anybody to give it a shot.

I already indulged in like 3 cups of it cuz Damn its yummy, No more for me today tho :)

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64

After my initial sips, I was completely reminded of jelly beans. I don’t know why but that is what this tasted like. However, when I came across the page and saw “fruit punch” listed as a flavor, I can see why someone would pick up on that as well. What I am not getting is mint or ginger, two ingredients listed in this blend. Also, no change in mood. Still, it was fun to try so thank you Roswell Strange for the share :)

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48

Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing but this is a pretty lackluster cuppa. At first I tasted chocolate which confused me but then I realized I was still tasting the bit of chocolate bar I had just eaten. Once that subsided though, I was left with a cup that lacked flavor. If I concentrate, I pick up on a drying fruit flavor that is vaguely reminiscent of guanabana but at the end of the day, I’m just not impressed.

Oh, also, I feel no different for those wondering if this alters moods like it claims to. Still, it’s fun to try so thank you Roswell Strange!

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60
drank Chamomile by Stash Tea Company
43 tasting notes

My stomach has been a little sensitive today so I needed something light and mild this morning. This tea always seems to do the trick. I used a slight amount of honey to sweeten and sipped for a couple of hours. It was cold by the time I made it through half the cup, but I finished it all the same.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60
drank Chamomile by Stash Tea Company
43 tasting notes

I let this one get cold on my desk and ended up drinking most of it lukewarm. I had a headache this morning so I instinctively reached for the chamomile, but after today I think I’ll be taking a break from this one for a little while.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60
drank Chamomile by Stash Tea Company
43 tasting notes

I’ve been feeling a little anxious and a bit achy today and thought this might be soothing. It’s not as sweet as yesterday’s, but it will serve.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60
drank Chamomile by Stash Tea Company
43 tasting notes

I’m drinking this cup in an attempt to fight off a headache likely caused by the last remnants of a sickness I’ve been fighting for over a week. The tea is honeyed and sweet but with a slight bitterness in the aftertaste from having steeped too long on my desk.

Flavors: Bitter

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60
drank Chamomile by Stash Tea Company
43 tasting notes

I bought a box of this tea a few months ago primarily for its calming properties. It’s a good tea to drink before bed or when battling a headache. I’ve never really loved the taste of chamomile, but it undoubtedly has a relaxing effect that I find both soothing and a bit nostalgic. My mom would drink unsweetened chamomile when I was younger, and now that I’m older it reminds me of home and of her. She has a gift for knowing exactly how to make everything better, and I think I associate that feeling with this tea because of her.

So whenever I’m sick or anxious or generally unwell, I think of this tea. It’s like an aromatherapy of sorts, breathing the vapors in and letting the anxiety out. There is something intrinsically healing here. It’s a cup for comfort.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Chai Spice by Stash Tea Company
27 tasting notes

I’ve been on a mission to find the best, most-drinkable grocery store bagged-chai.

This is usually my face, in emoticon montage:

O.o (smell) - :/ (brew) - :( (taste) - DDD: (nurse)

Nothing disgusting, but nothing remarkable either. I picked this one up yesterday, and it’s . . . fine. There’s little to no body in the cup, so there’s an overwhelming sense of sipping down some clove-and-cinnamon water. A little bit of milk helps. I’m wondering if a spoon of honey might make this shine a little more, too. An experiment for the next cup.

Anlina

At my last office job I found a box of chai tea bags that the previous person had left in my office. I have no idea what the brand was and I’m still kicking myself, because it was awesome. Lots and lots of cardamom and just super tasty. I know it was an Indian brand and it came in a yellow box, but I haven’t seen the same stuff in any grocery stores around here.

sweetea

I was at another market the other day—ran across Cardamom Chai, Ginger Chai and Masala Chai, all from Tea India? Was tempted, but the box was humongous, and I wasn’t up to the 72-bag challenge . . .

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75

The first waft of Vanilla Nut Creme confused me. It’s pleasant… but I was prepared for vanilla to be the prevailing aroma. Instead, it’s the sarsaparilla, an herb used in soft drinks such as root beer and (what else?) sarsaparilla. The tea itself has a strong, sweet fragrance reminiscent of those beverages. There’s a whiff of hazelnut in there, too – and no vanilla scent to speak of. Hmmmm. I’ll reserve judgment until after the first few sips.

And I’m glad I did. The flavors comprising Vanilla Nut Creme balance out nicely in this dark brown brew. Hazelnut and sarsaparilla overtones make a sweet, earthy cup that’s followed by a warm, lingering, subtly vanilla finish. And when steeped for the shorter end of the recommended time (3 to 4 minutes), I don’t get that sharp taste of tannins that often occurs in black tea.

There are also hints of nostalgia and playfulness in Vanilla Nut Creme. By “playful,” I don’t mean a zing of caffeine. Rather, this tea reminds me of being a kid, lazing by the pool and having an ice cream sundae or a root beer float. (Remember what I said about the sarsaparilla?) This tea really is a lot like drinking root beer, but with a more nutty taste. In fact, I wonder how this tea would taste if chilled and used in a root beer float.

I wouldn’t call Vanilla Nut Creme an “after-dinner treat,” however. Au naturel, the tea is tasty but lacks the indulgent creaminess that pairs so well with nighttime or dessert. Adding sugar and a splash of milk does help with this, though; and the fact that Vanilla Nut Creme is decaffeinated makes it an attractive option for anyone who’s sensitive to a late-day jolt of energy. But with the sarsaparilla’s dominance and the absence of vanilla, the only seasonal evening ambiance this tea fits would be summer.

Read my full review here: http://bibliophilesreverie.com/2014/07/25/tea-time-at-reverie-stash-tea-companys-vanilla-nut-creme-decaf-black-tea/

Flavors: Hazelnut, Nutty, Root Beer, Sarsaparilla, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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88

I didn’t really notice much of a lime flavor, but that may be because it melded together with the mint. I once tried adding a squeeze of lime juice, and it didn’t really add much except a slight sour note that didn’t really belong there.

Drinking it regularly, however, is rather enjoyable. This is currently my go-to blend if I want something minty to drink.

Flavors: Mint

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