Stash Tea Company

Recent Tasting Notes

With a clementine orange and some peppermint dark chocolate, it’s a decent afternoon pick-me-up. Too minty for regular consumption though. But it was the tea for today on the advent calendar (tomorrow is Christmas Morning, naturally!) Now back to wrapping and cooking…

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Another tea appropriate to the season. I was rather skeptical of this, as I don’t tend to like things mixed with my mint and am somewhat leery of spearmint, but it’s actually rather interesting. The spearmint and cinnamon definitely dominate, with the orange and cloves vanilla in the background, and maybe just a hint of vanilla. The combination is much more pleasant than I would have anticipated. I’ll probably decide to get more of this to see how I like it over the long term. It’s definitely very unique and festive, so it’s worth trying just for that reason.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Orange, Spearmint

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

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen a tea with wintergreen in it before, so I was excited to try this. I tried the bagged version, as it came in one of the Sampler packs I ordered from Stash a few months ago. It seemed appropriate for the lead-up to Christmas. The wintergreen flavor definitely dominates here, which is fun because as I said that’s very unique among flavored teas. I’m not a huge fan of wintergreen myself, and I try to limit my caffeine intake, so I’m not sure whether I’ll get more of this. It was definitely fun to try, though. I may get some just to have around for those days when I really want something different. Maybe I’ll try the loose version since several people say they prefer it.

Flavors: Mint

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Smells just like a cup of rich hot chocolate with a twist of orange. Flavor is nice, but weak —about half the stregth of the smell. That said, I sat here inhaling the aroma for a good while, and am enjoying this tea with a Christmas almond cookie.

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I decided to try it with some honey and it tasted the exact same only I could taste the honey in it. So I decided to put some milk in it too since the box highly suggested both milk and sugar to make it into a delectable dessert drink.

It tastes the same as regular, just with milk and honey in it. Nice and warm and a mellow lavender and chocolate with the teasing aroma of peppermint. The only other way I would try this would be to blend it with some actual black tea, but it is nice as it is.

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I am finally starting to get into the holiday spirit this year with only three days left before Christmas. So, when I was picking up ingreedients for pizza rolls for supper, I saw this tea and I had to pick it up. It had me at chocolate and lavender with peppermint as a nice add to the flavors. Also, I haven’t had a nice herbal tea in a while and I’ve been wanting to drink cups and cups of it before bed.

I steeped it five minutes and after the first taste, I decided that it didn’t really need any sweetener to bring out the chocolate flavor. I feel like this tea is a tease because when you smell it you can smell the chocolate and peppermint. It is a really nice combination because the chocolate isn’t a powdery chocolate like the Harney & Sons Chocolate Mint, but when you drink it you only taste chocolate and lavender. There is a really light brisk mint aftertaste, but it is mostly chocolate and lavender.

Overall, I do want to try it with a bit of sweetener just to see if it will bring out the mint more, but the tea itself is nice and balanced. The chocolate is bold enough to stand up to the lavender and the lavender itself is not perfumy at all. Best of all, the box art is just lovely and I can pretend I’m in a snowy Paris all I want with this tea by my side.

Flavors: Chocolate, Lavender, Peppermint

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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This is my first time trying a Guayusa tea, and maybe I shouldn’t have picked one that was so flavored. I’m really tasting the lemon, with only a faint herbal undertone. It’s quite a good lemon flavor, a good mix of sweet and tart and relatively natural tasting. I would recommend this to someone looking for a lemon tea if they don’t mind caffeine. I try to limit my caffeine so I probably won’t buy more of this since I can drink non-caffeinated lemon tea instead, but I did enjoy it.

Flavors: Herbs, Lemon

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60

I love the mix of flavors in this — chocolate and cherry cordial — but it’s all too weak. Just dial it up a few notches, Stash.

K S

Try a smaller cup. Stash only gives you about 1.3g of leaf in each bag. That is about half what you need. I always liked a lot of the flavors. There just needs to be more tea.

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50

Eh, this one not so much. If decaf tea just tasted like weaker tea, I could live with that, but somehow it always comes with this weird mulchy flavor — a by-product of the de-caffeination process, I assume — along with a hint of acid. Anyway, this one is no exception; while I do taste the chocolate and hazelnut, the mulch flavor is stronger.

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80

I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about this one because of the hibiscus, but hibiscus is reborn in this tea! You still get its tartness, but there’s a creamy flavor smoothing it out.

I’m sort of a hard sell on herbal tea in general (and this one has some rooibos thrown in to boot), but I actually really like it.

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80

I swore I would buy no more tea, but I didn’t count on an awesome friend sending me a holiday tea collection :)

The first flavor I notice in this tea is the cinnamon, but then the cinnamon recedes and the other flavors come through and it does somehow really taste like mocha? I guess it shows how suspicious I’ve become about tea names that I was actually shocked.

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60

I bought this tea because I hoped it was similar to Tazo’s Passion tea which is sometimes hard to get in my area. Although a sweetish tea, the flavour is still pretty weak after a 5 minute steep time. It doesn’t taste very similar to Tazo’a Passion tea either. Overall a pretty inoffensive tea, but there is nothing spectacular about it that would make me go out of my way to get it again.

Flavors: Mango

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 250 ML

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I don’t drink much Earl Grey, but this looked interesting so I decided to give it a try. It tastes pretty decent, with a strong floral presence that works well with the bergamont. I wish the vanilla were a little stronger, I couldn’t really taste it at all. I am of the opinion that Earl Grey is better with milk and sweetener, so I added some but I don’t think I like how the lavender tastes with the milk. I can see why some people like this so much, but I probably won’t buy it a

Flavors: Bergamot, Lavender, Tea

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Note to self: Cranberry does not mix well with rooibos. This is as unappealing as almost all of Stash’s fruit flavored herbals, even though it doesn’t have licorice. That is almost impressive to me.

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39

This is pretty nasty, not a good lavender tea in general. Pretty weak flavor.

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drank Holiday Chai by Stash Tea Company
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100

I bought this on a whim as I didn’t have any particularly lavender teas. It’s become a household favorite. I like it on occasion. It’s more floral than a jasmine tea would be, and for some it can be overpowering. I was oblivious to the vanilla notes until reading the reviews here. I don’t like citrus bergamot, but lavender bergamot is pretty good!

Flavors: Bergamot, Lavender, Vanilla

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67

[Note: I have the bagged version, but am lazy.] I love both green and black tea, so it’s probably expected I like them together. It’s not the highest quality green tea out there, so it can carry that fishy-taste, especially if you brew it like black tea. Treat it nicely, it’ll be nice back. I love to toss in a cinnamon stick while I wait for the water to cool a bit. It elevates it, hides any aftertastes, etc.

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