Stash Tea Company

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Sipdown (114)!

Well, I think I’m pretty ok with this sipdown. I was really hoping to like this one, but this cup especially came off pretty ginger heavy and the rest was just watery Dragonfruit Punch type flavour; not enough flavour to support it. Not even close.

In other news, I went way out of my comfort zone today and not only ordered something that I don’t usually get for Fast Food, but I ordered from a totally different restaurant. I ended up getting a “Grown Up Grilled Cheese” and a Pear and Blue Cheese Salad from this restaurant: https://www.skipthedishes.ca/prairie-ink-saskatoon#tabs-0-center=0

They were both really good (and much fancier than my usual pizza) and super filling. Personally, I would have liked for the Grilled Cheese to have just a little more cheese, but it was still really tasty and the caramelized onions were a fantastic touch. However, the salad? Man; sensory overload in the best way. It. Blew. My. Mind.

I never would have thought of that flavour combination; pears, walnut, blue cheese, and Saskatoon Berry vinegar; delicious. Hard to describe, but honestly just perfect. And now Kaylee and I are talking about Saskatoons in the Steepster chat and all I can think is how many awesome Saskatoon Berry teas there could be!

I’m looking at you Stacy! If you do the custom tea blend contest again this year, I feel like my entries are totally gonna have a theme to them: Saskatoons to the core! We could go milkshakes, pies, lemonade, syrup, or ever something inspired by this awesome salad. The creative juices are flowing! ;)

Fjellrev

Ooh, you make me want to make a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch today.

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Thank you Cameron B. for the sample! This one totally sounded intriguing, even with the inclusion of ginger in it – which seems like an odd pairing with dragon fruit to me, personally.

Steeped up I think I can smell the dragon fruit a bit more than I can taste it, though it is present in the taste. I’d kinda describe the flavour as slightly dragon fruit flavoured Fruit Punch, but a little watered down. It also has an earthy rawness to it. Maybe that’s the damaina leaf? I have no clue what damaina leaf is supposed to taste like (anyone know?) but apparently it “enhances sexuality”.

I can’t really say I’m feeling more sexual as I drink it? But then again I’m not super sexual to begin with…

I’ll be sending you a bag of it VariaTEA though I’ll leave it to your discretion whether you want to disclose whether this one gets you going ;)

Flavors: Fruit Punch

Cheri

I can’t help it, I laughed.

Sami Kelsh

I have no idea how you’re supposed to be able to tell whether tea is making you feel more sexual or not. Uhh… does it make you want to hold hands with it? Then it’s probably working.

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Sipdown (124)!

How unbelievably weakly and vaguely fruit flavoured. I can’t identify anything in this tonight; it’s just sorta… There.

But at least I glimpsed that pretty blue shade again today while this was steeping. I’m curious what it is in this that makes it that pretty colour (even if it’s so brief).

Flavors: Fruity

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Thanks Cameron B. for sending me several bags of this to enjoy. I am a Stash girl, admittedly – when I want bagged tea, this is the brand I go far. Unabashedly. That said, this one didn’t really impress me.

Honestly, the coolest thing about it was purely aesthetic; when I first poured the boiling water over the bag for about three seconds the water was like this deeper purple/blue – and then gone as it shifted to a more reddish/brown/purple colour (it reminds me now of the colour of Butiki’s Kamba Berry). But for those few seconds – it was SO PRETTY.

http://www.djavupixel.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/deep_blue_purple_ipad.jpg

That colour. Damn.

But taste wise; this leaves a little to be desired. If I hadn’t just experienced the super, super tartness of a hot cup of Yes We Cran from DT, I’d call this ta rt. In comparison to that one though, it’s much more of a mellow tartness. I very loosely get “orange” from it, but in a really weak/watery sense. Vanilla? That’s definitely a stretch. When it steeped, I felt like I could smell the licorice weakly – but I can’t taste it now.

Come Stash, give me more!

I have to say – I do look forward to the last bag of it (I have two left; but I’m gonna send one to VariaTEA since I’m sure this’ll be new to her – and I haven’t had as much of an opportunity lately to pass along new stuff to my fabulous tea twin who has kept me supplied with samples) though, but only to see if I can recreate that blueish colour again.

VariaTEA

Worry not. You have supplied me with plenty of samples and for that I am grateful.

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Similar to previous reviewers, I would call this tea “not terrible.” Stash has a great reputation, and this earl grey – a standard earl grey – does not disappoint, but it is lacking a bit in flavor and robustness. Having said that, with a splash of honey and left to steep an extra couple of minutes, it’s nice after dinner.

Flavors: Bergamot, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 4 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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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
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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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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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