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I am new on my tea journey, but so far this is the worst tea I have tasted. I was so disappointed because I wanted to like it so badly. I did not taste any caramel….it honestly tasted like dirt to me. Also, the smell was nauseating. I thought it was just me, so I made my MIL a cup, and she took two sips before the smell got to her and she poured it out. I love Stash, but this tea is not for me.
ashmanra sent me a sample of the Stash version of cherry almond to compare with the Market Spice equivalent. Both are nice, but I think quite different (didn’t do a side-by-side). Stash leads with the almond; I think the Market Spice leads more with the cherry. Either would be nice, I think, chilled on a warmish afternoon. (We haven’t had many of those of late!)
I’m addicted. I’m throwing my hands up into the air in acceptance and jubilation for this tea is perfection in a cup. The lavender is blended SO perfectly with the bergamot and black tea that my mouth is on a stairway to heaven every time I drink it. I don’t add any milk or sugar or anything. It is absolutely perfect the way that it is. I enjoy drinking it with one of my freshly-made butter croissants or raspberry jelly donuts as I feel like those pastries really compliment the simple yet luxurious notes of this blend.
Flavors: Bergamot, Berries, Honey, Lavender
I LOVED my first cup of this tea. I was thrilled! Finally — a chocolate tea I was thrilled about…and then I made myself another cup another day. It was awful. I thought I did something wrong. Where was the tiramisu flavor I so thoroughly delved into and swam through? Where was the delicious chocolate and coffee?! WHERE?! WHAT HAD I DONE TO MAKE THE FIRST CUP SO GLORIOUS?! Alas, I could not replicate the first cup’s heavenly flavor and aroma. This tea is awful and depressing. I stuck a sticky note on it that read “FREE!!!!” on my condo’s entry hall table and some poor soul took it. Maybe they had better luck?
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Dark Bittersweet, Dust, Licorice, Metallic
The initial taste reminds me of seaweed. There is a light grassy, almost sweet quality to the aftertaste as well. The tea itself is a pleasant yellow-green color, and the smell of the brew makes me think of grass, specifically exotic grass from some far-away country. There isn’t much bitterness to this tea currently. As the cup moves on an odd, bittersweet flavor is coming to the forefront of the taste. It isn’t bad, just a bit unexpected. As I near the end of the cup the taste appears to be coming a bit closer to home. The exotic quality that was present before has been overtaken by a taste that reminds me, for lack of a better term, of a fresh-cut lawn. I’m noticing a bit of black powder at the bottom of the cup, I’m guessing from the bag. The scent has gotten noticeably fainter. The last drink also had a fainter taste than the tea did initially, and no scent has been left in my cup after the tea has been drank.
Flavors: Bitter, Grass, Seaweed, Sweet
1.5 tsp for 300mL water @90C, steeped 8 minutes 45 seconds.
Yeah, 8:45. I got a phone call.
However, this tea stands of beautifully to a long steep.
Colour on my usual 4:30 steep is much the same as what I have here now, a medium copper that looks like a light Ceylon tea. This is a darker oolong than I usually drink, and it’s got a lot going on: molasses, figs, plums and a few other nots I can’t quite define. Nuanced. No bitterness, not even at 8:45. The shorter steep is much sweeter, but this robust beauty remains pleasant and complex. Well worth a try for anyone who likes oolong, and it might make a lovely foray into oolong for a tea drinker who likes the lighter black teas, like Darjeelings (though this has no astringency).
Seeing as I’m drinking my first cup right now I probably shouldn’t be writing a review yet but lets just go with it! First reaction?
I bought this hoping it would help with this cold I’m getting. So far its really soothing to my throat, and maybe its just a placebo thing, but i feel like its helping with my congestion. The taste however I’m not a fan of. The sweetness lingers and reminds me of stevia or any of those other artificial sweeteners that I find just taste horrible. I’m a tea newbie (got into tea like 6 months ago) so I have nothing to compare it to but if all licorice teas are this sweet I don’t think I’m a fan :s But it seems to be doing the job so I’m sure I’ll be able to work through this box… eventually.
I couldn’t drink this today. I straight up poured it out after trying to tolerate it for 3 sips. It was just blechhhhh. Black tea was flat and acidic while the bergamot was off-putting for some reason. I think this tea is immature. It has no nuances, I feel like it bit me.
Is the phenomenon typical with bagged greys? I’ve enjoyed this before (and its way better than Bigelows (IMHO) but def NOT today.
This morning I was busy at work and didn’t get to sipping this until it was colder than I would have liked. Seemed more watery and I couldn’t taste the green tea as much this morning. TGIF! I FINALLY MOVE INTO MY NEW APARTMENT THIS AFTERNOON AND WILL BE ABLE TO BIKE TO WORK IN 5 MINUTES.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Earth
I am very impressed with this tea. I have to say, I am not a fan of bagged teas – I will drink them if I just want a quick pick me up – but think one was simply delicious! I often find with many ‘chocolate’ teas that there is no real chocolate flavour – that is not true in this case. Tasted like I was sucking on a yummy chocolate thin mint! The flavors are very bold. Very well done!
Flavors: Chocolate, Mint
I wrote in my tea journal last night after tasting this and was not incredibly impressed. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE earl grey and bergamot oil even more so! To the moon and back. I, however, wound up giving it a 2.5/5 (which is not awful, but not great). I found the bergamot overwhelmed the black tea and the only aroma I could sense through the oil was harsh citrus – almost alcoholic. When infused I found the flavour to be weak and underdeveloped. I would honestly drink this again – for the value and the fact that I really love bergamot – but would not present to guests at a tasting.
Flavors: Alcohol, Anise, Astringent, Bergamot, Campfire, Citrus, Citrus Fruits, Citrus Zest, Decayed wood, Earl Grey, Eucalyptus, Pine, Sambuca, Vodka
I tried this one at work today and I really wasn’t a fan. The smell and taste reminded me of seaweed (not that I’ve ever eaten seaweed, but there was a salty tang to it that made me think of the ocean.) There was also a good bit of astringency that left my mouth feeling puckery after I finished the cup. Overall, this was drinkable, but not something I’d reach for again.
Flavors: Astringent, Salty, Seaweed
A good basic chai. Taste is primarily vanilla with the spices appearing afterwards. I did a fairly short steep because I don’t like my black tea getting bitter, but it probably gets more “spiced” and less vanilla with longer brewing. Best with milk or equivalent.
Initially picked this up because I was at my local grocery/cafe and didn’t like any of the hot teas on the menu. Am slightly distrustful of anything that says decaf (it probably isn’t, not entirely) so this will remain a morning/weekend tea.
Flavors: Spices, Tea, Vanilla
Random teabag in purse time!
I drank this while stuck at work and frustrated as hell. I needed something soothing to help me chill out, and this was my crutch to lean on. While not the pinnacle of refinement, I haven’t had a jasmine in such a long, long time. Tasted exactly like a jasmine green tea should. Nothing special or memorable. Just… there.
I woke up this morning to find I’m involuntarily babysitting a 2month old. My beautiful niece, which gives me very little to do all day besides change diapers and drink tea! Yay! Sortof.
Anyways, on my recent order from Stash I bought a few teabags because I knew there would come a time where I just did not feel like going through the loose leaf struggle. Breakfast in Paris was one of them and this will be a definate reorder. I love bergamot, and vanilla, as I love most EGC but I don’t remember reading the description on this box. I really wamted a nicce flavored breakfast tea. The best of both worlds I suppose.
As I groggily made a cup with water from the Kuerig and made a babybottle at the same time everything may have gotten a bit mixed up ;) As little Myah is allergic to dairy I stayed away from the cream and simply added a tblsp and a half of raw sugar. (And two scoops of soy formula to the bottle) Stuffy as I am in the morning, the citris hit me good and caught my attention, and the bergamot lured me in. The sugar brought out the vanilla creaminess and made it a bit more filling. This is a great drowsy morning, nothing to do but chill breakfast tea. If Paris feels like a lazy morning then this tea is spot on.
Hay Wednesdays from Myah-Lemur and I. ;)
Flavors: Bergamot, Lavender, Vanilla