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A sample from Roswell Strange. I’m a big red velvet cake fan, so it’s nice to have the opportunity to try a tea inspired by it. I think I’ve only tried one or two before now. I gave this bag 4 minutes in boiling water, no additions. The liquor starts off a beautiful pinky-red while brewing, but ends up more of a brownish colour with a red tint. I do wonder what this would look like with a splash of milk, so I’ll definitely be adding some to my second cup just to see!
The scent of this one is really nice – primarily raspberry, sweet and a little tart. The flavour, though, is more chocolate (in a dry, mildly dusty, cocoa sort of way). There’s also a creamy, almost thick-tasting cream cheese flavour going on, that’s surprisingly flavour accurate in a cool, tangy sort of way. The raspberry from the scent is less prominent in the finished cup, but it is there in the background. I can taste little sparks of hibiscus, but by no means overpowering so it’s not a problem. This is a surprisingly rich, flavourful cup, and I’m enjoying sipping on this while I tidy up a few loose ends at work this afternoon. A definite winner.
The scent before you steep is nice, if not a little overbearing. The spices really stand out, and I enjoy that a lot, but I could see how it would bother someone. Once brewed, though, the tea becomes a bit more subdued and devolves into a slightly weak general spice smell. It actually reminds me a bit of scented pinecones at craft stores.
My impression of the taste is that it’s a bit weak, but the aftertaste is nice and smooth. I didn’t use any sugar. Before being swallowed, I found that it’s a bit bitter (though weak; this could also have been how I brewed it…). After swallowing, though, the spice comes through in subtle notes. It’s not /bad/ but it’s not /good/. I actually quite like the aftertaste, but I am not impressed by the drink itself.
Is this the best chai I’ve ever had? Not really. Is it the worst? Again, not really. It’s not something I will purchase in the future, but it’s not awful. Now, when some of the cup was gone, I did add some Silk brand soy milk (“Very Vanilla” flavor), just a splash. This made it slightly more enjoyable, so I think I’ll do that for the rest of the filterbags.
Overall impression: Nice aftertaste, weak spice flavor, and a little bitter.
Leaves: Tea Bag
Steep: 3m, 5m
Color: Golden brown
Taste: This is my first time reviewing a Stash Tea! The foil packet is a vibrant green which also matches the tag attached to the tea bag. Upon removing the tea from the packet the aroma was amazing a nice strong scent of pure peppermint! As for brewing I decided to do something different I warmed my tea cup. The brewing method was also changed slightly brought my water to a rolling boil & let it cool for 1 minute. The peppermint aroma remained present after the steeping process making drinking a pleasant experience. Taking a sip the tea is light in flavor but leaves a nice cooling sensation in the mouth that lingers as you continue to drink. The clarity is also great clear to wear I can see the bottom of my cup. Overall I feel this makes for a nice cup of tea!
Special thanks to my friend for this sample
Down in Florida, one of my friends gave me a tea bag of this one. I was kinda surprised. I knew that I would doubtless like it being a mangosteen green tea, but I wasn’t expecting it to be as sweet as it was. I drank it without honey, and it was still fruity. I also left the bag in my cup, and it is not over steeping at all. More for a newer tea drinker definitely, but solid for my tastes. Not something I’d recommend to purists.
Flavors: Fruity, Mango, Sweet
Tea 4/6 from the fruit tea sampler I got off of amazon. I bought these teas with the intention of making pitchers of iced tea. For this tea, I stuck 1 tea bag in a 16 oz glass of water in the fridge for about 3-4 hours to cold brew.
The taste of this tea is mildly tart from the hibiscus with a bit of sweetness from the strawberry flavour. My husband swears he can taste a bit of floral in the mix, but I’m not 100% sure on that. The tea is not strong at all considering it’s a hibiscus tea. Overall it’s okay. Definitely like it better than the acai berry tea in the collection. I’ll prob use up the acai berry by mixing it with this tea. Otherwise, I don’t think I’ll repurchase this tea because it’s just okay and doesn’t wow me in any way.
Flavors: Strawberry, Tart
Tea 3/6 from the fruit tea sampler I got off of amazon. I bought these teas with the intention of making pitchers of iced tea, and ironically this is the tea I had the least hope for, but so far it is the best out of the collection.
I steeped 1 tea bag in a 16 oz glass of cool water (cold brew) in the fridge for two hours. Threw the tea bag out, and now I’m drinking it. There is a some tartness from the hibiscus, but immediately afterwards there is an awesome raspberry flavour so any tartness from the hibiscus works with the strong raspberry flavour. Delicious, and just as good as the celestial seasonings zinger teas I’ve tried cold brewing so far. The other 2 stash teas I’ve tried have been only okay, but this one redeemed my hope in the brand.
Flavors: Raspberry, Tart
Tea 2/6 from the fruit tea sampler I got off of amazon. I bought these teas with the intention of making pitchers of iced tea, however this tea sounded like it might be better hot, so I made it two ways: iced and hot.
For the hot tea I boiled a mug of water and steeped the bag in it for one min. The taste of the tea is very mild ginger with a stronger presence of what tastes to be lemon juice. After reading the ingredients I was surprised to learn there was hibiscus in this tea. I suppose that’s what’s giving the tea a sour-lemon juice taste: the hibiscus is pairing up with the lemon ingredients. Either way, I didn’t care for this hot sour drink; it kind of tasted like neo-citron with a mild touch of ginger.
For the cold tea I steeped a tea bag in a glass of water in the fridge for 2 hours. I must say, I do like this version better. For better or for worse, the ginger is even more mild in the cold tea form, and the sourness is toned down as well. It still tastes like someone put a touch of lemon juice in, but it’s not tasting like neo-citron.
Overall, this tea is alright, but I dunno if I would repurchase. Generally when I buy lemon-ginger teas I prefer no sour notes (so either the lemon comes from lemongrass or lemon myrtle- no hibiscus) and in my opinion the ginger should be stronger. I will use this up by making iced teas, but usually I prefer my lemon teas hot. This tea is alright cold, but I have had better iced teas too. So for me, this tea juts doesn’t fit well under iced teas or hot herbal teas- I’ve had better teas in each category. This is still better than acai berry from Stash, but so far the two teas I’ve had from Stash have been kind of “meh”.
Flavors: Lemon, Sour
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.
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.
Tea 6/6 of the sample pack I got off of amazon. I cold brewed this tea by putting four tea bags in 2 L of cool water and steeped for about 20 hours.
This tea is just like the lemon ginger tea Stash sells (minus the ginger of course). It tastes like I squirted a little bit of lemon juice in the water. Overall it’s okay, but I made it a little weak. Next time I will maybe use 6 tea bags. I’ll def use it up but I prefer my lemon teas without sour notes (like lemongrass or lemon myrtle) so I probably won’t repurchase.
Overall, the 6 box sampler pack I got off of amazon from stash was disappointing. There’s only 1 tea I would consider repurchasing. The rest of the teas were just ok and disappointing. Other than that 1 tea (Wild Raspberry Hibiscus) I don’t think I will buy from stash again since so many of their teas were disapointing.
Flavors: Lemon, Sour
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.
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
This tea smells like an incredibly juicy orange mixed with tropical pineapple and coconut. I steeped this at a higher temperature than I should have though because it is extremely bitter and tannic. Adding honey makes it much more tolerable and tames the bitterness some. I can taste the pineapple most of all. Not a bad cup, but it will likely be much better when I try it at a lower temperature.
Flavors: Bitter, Coconut, Orange, Pineapple, Tannic, Tropical
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
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.
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
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
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