Stash Tea Company

Recent Tasting Notes

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How i got it: Bought it

Experience: Being from Stash, i had some expectations for this, and i think i wasn’t disappointed. Its aroma is a delightful (at least for me) mix of the coconut and mango ingredients, a bit more inclined to the former. At the other hand, i haven’t tasted a pure oolong yet, so i still can’t recognize its presence accurately, but i presume it on the basis of the background taste of the blend. The notes of coconut and mango are present in the flavor too, just a bit more nuanced. I also tasted some grassy and herbal notes from time to time, but i don’t know where could they have come from. Very good, and i’d say, a tea that has a real potential for an iced version.

Would i buy it again?: I’d say ‘yes’ this time.

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This is the last of my Stash samples until after the baby is born. This tea has a really unique taste. It’s a light herbal licorice flavor. I’m not sure if that comes from the lavender or the tulsi, or the combination of the two, but I like it. I’ll have to order more of this to see if it’s something I want to keep on hand.

Flavors: Herbs, Licorice

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Chai Spice by Stash Tea Company
6 tasting notes

This was the first chai I ever tasted, and I was very impressed at first, but that faded somewhat as I grew more accustomed to drinking other straight black teas. I began to realize that the balance of this tea is off. There’s too much cinnamon and not enough black tea here. Even so, sometimes a cup of hot cinnamon water can be very soothing, especially when mixed with an appropriate amount of milk and sugar.

This chai also works well when you mix it with other teas and tea additives. I guess that’s the real thing to know about this tea: it works well when you mix it with other things. As a stand-alone tea it’s a little boring. Turn this into a chai latte, an iced chai, or some other chai concoction and you’ve really got something.

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Another find at Ross.

I do love me some lemon tea so I had to grab it.

Quite lemony. In fact, I don’t taste anything else. No complaints.

Flavors: Lemon

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85

Sometimes I find myself perusing the tea isle at Ross…

There’s even tiramisu flavoring in this. Very sweet, very creamy, very tasty

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I drink a lot of Irish Breakfast tea. My great-grandmother used to serve it to me hot, milky, and sweet. She drank hers with a cream Irish whiskey. This version of Irish Breakfast is okay. It has the strong, slightly bitter, bold taste, but not enough of the smoothness of other Irish Breakfasts. Works quite fine if you drink it hot, milky, and sweet, but alone, it’s just an okay tea.

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My experience with Stash tea is pretty hit-or-miss; however, when a birthday offer showed up in my inbox, I had a hard time resisting. I’m such a sucker for discounts. I don’t really have a favorite Stash Tea, so I ended up buying a couple of sampler packs.

The aroma of this one was a little weird; half the time it smelled like Autumn in a cup, and half the time it had this strange old, alcohol scent that reminded me vaguely of my college days… Regardless, I’m glad I didn’t sip this during Autumn when I craved all things pumpkin flavored; it may have turned me off to pumpkin spiced tea forever. The ingredients include: naturally decaffeinated black tea, cinnamon, ginger root, clove, natural pumpkin flavor, natural nutmeg flavors. Even though black tea is the first ingredient, I didn’t catch the black tea flavor at all. Pumpkin Spice wasn’t completely bland though. It did live up to the second half of its name– Spice. This was a spicy, something-flavored beverage that left the most peculiar sensation on my tongue. I have no words for it (the sensation), really.

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My experience with Stash tea is pretty hit-or-miss; however, when a birthday offer showed up in my inbox, I had a hard time resisting. I’m such a sucker for discounts. I don’t really have a favorite Stash Tea, so I ended up buying a couple of sampler packs.

Stash Tea’s Cinnamon Apple Chamomile herbal tea was the first tea I tried from my stash (har har, see what I did there?). When I first started brewing this tea, it filled up the room with the most delicious apple cinnamon aroma. It reminded of the apple cinnamon oatmeal I used to eat in the mornings before going to school, so it was particularly comforting. The ingredients include: cinnamon, hibiscus, chamomile, and natural apple flavor, which all seem pretty tempting, but I thought the tea was pretty bland. I didn’t pick up the apple flavor, and I missed the spice of the cinnamon. I’ve never tried chamomile tea, so I can’t honestly say whether or not that flavor came through or not.

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So… I figured I would give this a try, even though I’m not a fan of ginger. I figured, why not, what if it’s really good and you never try it? So I tried it.

NOOP. Pure ginger tea, ick. Not going to rate it. Into the rehoming box it goes.

Flavors: Ginger

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sarsonator

Is it really blue?

MzPriss

No love for ginger? :(

Cameron B.

Sars, not it wasn’t blue. I think it’s called that because it has blue malva flowers, whatever that is.

MzPriss, I do not approve of ginger. :P

Stephanie

I love ginger in my herbals :)

Stephanie

My fave herbal ever is Verdant Ginger Sage Winter Spa

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This is actually pretty good, especially with a pinch of sweet added. It’s sweet & fruity, a little tart, but there isn’t so much hibiscus in it that my mouth puckers.
It does kind of remind me of bayer orange flavored children aspirins, from when I was a kid.

On a side note, my grapes are starting to ripen, one grape at a time. I planted these grapes a few years ago, & according to the package, they were seedless red.
They aren’t.
They are something along the lines of a concord…big hunk of pulp in the middle, touch skin, & 2 – 3 large seeds. Not my favorite kind of grape, due to texture, however, they are tasty.

Stephanie

Bummer on the grapes. Might make good jam :)

Terri HarpLady

Oh well, we’ll still eat them, or maybe I’ll put them all in a barrel & climb in barefoot to stomp ;)

mj

I have always wanted to stomp grapes! It seem like it would be so much fun :)

Terri HarpLady

My original plan was to invite my 3 grand kids over to pick grapes, & make it a special occasion. Of course, that would require all the grapes to become ripe at the same time, or at least a few clusters of them.

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My last tea for the evening… The tea bag smells like a sugar cookie to me! Yums!

Brewed, it smells very similar to the dry tea bag. Very vanilla-y, sweet and buttery like a shortbread or sugar cookie. Definitely creamy as well. The taste follows suit nicely! It’s very creamy and buttery with a fair amount of vanilla. This reminds me of Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride. I don’t really taste the honeybush, it just manifests as the grain portion of the cookie. Yums! :D

Flavors: Butter, Cookie, Creamy, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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More rooibos! :) Continuing my re-tasting of all the Chanakara collection teas that I found at my mom’s place. The tea bag smells delicious, like tart strawberry candy! But not fake strawberry really, just extra juicy and sweet.

Mmm, the brewed aroma is strawberry jam! Deep and concentrated rich strawberry flavor. I’m happy to report that the taste is the same as the smell! YUM-O! It absolutely tastes like homemade strawberry preserves, meaning it tastes like real strawberries but more concentrated and cooked. So good, I’ll have to order this one when I run out of bags! :)

Flavors: Hibiscus, Jam, Strawberry, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Stephanie

rooibos :P

Cameron B.

But it doesn’t taste like rooibos! :P

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Continuing my re-tasting of these chanakara teas that I bought a year or more ago. Luckily there were a couple of boxes that were still wrapped in cellophane, and the flavor seems to be very present so far. When I wanted a caffeine-free tea to sip on, I went for this one. I’m not terribly familiar with dragonfruit itself. I’ve seen them for sale before, but I’ve never actually tasted one. The dry tea bag smells very gingery… uh oh. I steeped for 5 minutes in boiling water.

The brewed aroma is fruity and quite tart from the hibiscus. I can definitely pick up on a kick of ginger. Because of the smell, I added a teaspoon of sugar before I even tasted this tea. I am actually pleasantly surprised by it considering the number of ingredients in it that I don’t generally enjoy (ginger, hibiscus, licorice). Most of the flavor is a lovely fruitiness that is accented but not overpowered by the hibiscus. The fruit definitely reminds me of other “exotic” fruits, such as mango and papaya. I taste the ginger and peppermint only at the end of the sip, and even then they’re quite mild and play nicely off of the fruit.

Overall, I’m quite impressed with the fruit flavor in here, and the restraint on the hibiscus! This would make a super delicious iced tea, too. I might have to order more of this one, and perhaps the loose leaf version this time around!

Flavors: Fruity, Ginger, Hibiscus, Peppermint, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
christeana1

This may be silly…but the name makes me think of naruto

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This was an ok tea. I really like cinnamon and clove, which were the predominant flavors here, but it felt like it was missing something. I would not be opposed to drinking it again, but I probably won’t buy it again.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
rosebudmelissa

Actually thinking about it, this tastes basically like mulling spices. I suppose you could use it to make spiced cider or wine without having to put together the spices yourself.

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I was trying to decide what tea to have this afternoon and this just sounded good, so out it came! I love melon (all kinds) as a fruit and as a flavor. I think this is the only tea in the chanakara collection that has caffeine, which is interesting. The bag smells melony and lovely! :) I did 3 minutes originally (there are no instructions on the wrapper) and then left it for two more after tasting it.

This is a very light tea. Both the base tea and the flavoring are rather subtle, and they do go well together. I would describe the green tea as more of a grassy variety, rather than vegetal. The melon is definitely honeydew. I found that a little bit of sugar really helped the melon to come out – yum! There’s an interesting creaminess to this tea, and I’m not sure where it’s coming from. Is yerba mate creamy at all…? I don’t know! Overall, this is a perfectly nice tea, though not one that I would purchase by itself.

Flavors: Creamy, Grass, Melon

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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How i got it: Gift from my sister

Experience: This is my first taste of Oolongs that i can remember. Nice tea, i have to say. None of the flavors are very pronounced, but all of them can be perceived. The mint notes are the most clear, followed by the tea ones, while the chocolate ones stay constantly in the background. Very smooth aroma, also dominated by the mint. At the end, a well balanced and enjoyable mix. Quite good.

Would i buy it?: Why not (hehe)? I’m marking this one as another good option to look for if i’m in a mood for sweets.

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This is my first white tea and I must say that I am not sure if I like it. It smells wonderful, but being used to much stronger teas it is kind of weak for me.

I am glad that I only purchased a sample, so that I am not stuck with a bunch of tea that I won’t drink. Oh well, maybe my son will like it :)

Marzipan

I am sending you some Rivertea Mulberry white, it is really loved on here. If you don’t like that one you might not be a white tea person. Or, maybe wait a while and see if your tea preferences change after a few months.

hippiechick 42

I think I will wait….I did not like pu-reh when I first tried it, but now it’s my favorite. :)

Marzipan

I like whites if they have a nice flavor, like melon or the mulberry. Plain doesn’t taste like much to me though.

hippiechick 42

This one was pretty plain, maybe that’s the problem.

cookies

I agree with Marzipan. Plain whites just don’t do it for me, they taste a bit watery. Do you enjoy jasmine? I’m fond of a nice jasmine silver needle.

hippiechick 42

Cookies,
I adore Jasmine! Is there any particular one that you recommend?

cookies

I have a one that I buy in bulk from Wegmans. Want me to send you some?

hippiechick 42

Seriously? That is so generous of you. That would be wonderful! I don’t have a lot so far, but would be happy to send you something in return or even reimburse you for it.

cookies

No worries. Tea is light and I’m usually at the post office every Friday anyway so it’s no trouble. Just PM me your address.

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Another tea from the Chanakara variety boxes I found while looking through old things at my mom’s. I have no idea what a guanabana is, so I looked it up. Apparently it’s the same thing as a soursop, which is a fruit that visually reminds me of a giant green burr. I kind of chose this randomly as my caffeine-free tea to have tonight while in bed. Brewed one bag in boiling water for 5 minutes.

Bleck… This basically tastes like weak, tart rosehip and hibiscus water. I don’t get a “vanilla-scented” anything, or even citrus. Just tart water.

Boo hiss. That is all I have to say, Stash.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Rosehips, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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The whole “Licorice” spice set me side from ever drinking this. But since i started using this site I thought that i would give it a go, try new things. Come to sip it, it ant that bad not the best but not bad. I love the vanilla aroma it gives off and the hint of orange peel. Mmmm. But again i dunno if i really love it, its an amazing tea but i can still take the licorice and it makes me hate it still. Al thought i give it a 50, id drink it again.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 25 tsp 2 OZ / 50 ML

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So I found a couple of boxes of Chanakara Collection tea bags at my mom’s when I was going through some things. They were still wrapped in cellophane so I figured that they were probably still semi-fresh even though they’re a year or more old. There was a time in my tea past when I ordered several things from Stash’s website, and a box of these teas was one of them. I liked them so much that I ended up ordering a six-pack of boxes on Amazon, so that’s where these came from. I felt like having a nice chamomile blend this evening while watching Brave with my mom and boyfriend, so I opened one of the boxes and selected this tea. There don’t seem to be instructions anywhere on the box, so I just did boiling water for 5 minutes. I could definitely steep this one longer if I wanted a stronger flavor.

Overall, I find this to be a perfectly nice and pleasant chamomile-based tisane. I’m not really familiar with lotus or chrysanthemum flowers, so I couldn’t tell you what they add to this, and I found that the linden blossom tea I tried tasted quite similar to chamomile. So overall, this is mostly a chamomile tisane with a little bit of extra. There’s definitely a honey note, and something that reminds me of sweet pastries.

I was pleasantly surprised by this tisane, and I could definitely see myself keeping it around as a nighttime treat.

Flavors: Floral, Honey, Pastries

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tea offering at Just Breakfast in Morgan Hill. Decent, even with cheap breakfast diner style serving. (Cup of hotish water with tea packet on the side.)

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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When you open the package, its as if your opening a box of girl guide cookies! YUMMY!! But then you add the water and your sugars. (I usually like my tea with out milk) And the water made it smell of weed. The smell usually makes me have a headache. But i think Oolong teas are meant to be drunken with milk? I liked it much better once i put the milk inside. Made it seem like i was drinking a melted cookie!

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Mint

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 25 g 2 OZ / 50 ML

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