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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.
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?
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
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.
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 :)
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!
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.
I’ve been on a mission to find the best, most-drinkable grocery store bagged-chai.
This is usually my face, in emoticon montage:
- :/ (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.
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.
Flavors: Hazelnut, Nutty, Root Beer, Sarsaparilla, Sweet, Vanilla
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.
This tea has more of a cinnamon flavor to it than anything. That said, this is definitely one of my favorite blends — it has just the right amount of sweetness, and all of the flavors work together beautifully. Plus, the smell coming from the package is just wonderful.
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Flavors: Hibiscus, Raspberry
1 teabag for 300mL water @80C, steeped 3 minutes.
I’ve been a Stash customer since 1989, when I could buy little individual foil-wrapped teabags at various cafes on my university campus. I fell hard for Stash. The little colourful packets of Earl Grey (grey, of course), Jasmine Spice (purple),Darjeeling (light blue), Irish Breakfast (green) … far and away, the best tea I could get. When I discovered I could order Stash through the mail (looooong before the internet), I was ecstatic.
So I’m kindly inclined to Stash. Some of their blends I run from, screaming, but most of them work for me. Their Moroccan Mint does. Stash does mint well. When you open the packet, the spearmint is pungent and sharp, and the peppermint is refreshing. The green tea base is none too exciting, but the mints ad a touch of lemongrass lift it up. Delightful.
A sample from ashleyelizabeth! I really enjoyed the last Stash tea I tried, which came to me courtesy of VariaTEA, so I was eager to give this one a try. I like chai in general, particularly on colder days, and vanilla chai is generally among my favourites. I gave the bag 4 minutes in boiling water, and added a splash of milk.
The first flavour I can detect is strong, rich, creamy vanilla. It’s almost chocolatey in its intensity, and reminds me a lot of a posh white chocolate vanilla truffle. The spicing develops after the initial hit of vanilla, and lingers in the mouth. It leaves a little powdery dryness, but otherwise it complements the vanilla well. The spicing isn’t too heavy handed, so it doesn’t overpower the whole cup, but I could probably take it a little stronger. I can pick out the ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg easily — it’s a combination that’s making me think of Christmas cake! The clove and cardamom are more muted, although given that this is a very sweet, rich blend, that’s probably for the best.
I’m enjoying this cup, and on the strength of the two Stash teas I’ve tried, I’d definitely be open to sampling more in the future. A yummy chai blend for a cool autumn day.
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! ;)
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
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).