Stash Tea Company

Recent Tasting Notes

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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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How i got it: Gift from my sister

Experience: This is my first taste of Oolongs that i can remember. Nice tea, i have to say. None of the flavors are very pronounced, but all of them can be perceived. The mint notes are the most clear, followed by the tea ones, while the chocolate ones stay constantly in the background. Very smooth aroma, also dominated by the mint. At the end, a well balanced and enjoyable mix. Quite good.

Would i buy it?: Why not (hehe)? I’m marking this one as another good option to look for if i’m in a mood for sweets.

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This is my first white tea and I must say that I am not sure if I like it. It smells wonderful, but being used to much stronger teas it is kind of weak for me.

I am glad that I only purchased a sample, so that I am not stuck with a bunch of tea that I won’t drink. Oh well, maybe my son will like it :)

Marzipan

I am sending you some Rivertea Mulberry white, it is really loved on here. If you don’t like that one you might not be a white tea person. Or, maybe wait a while and see if your tea preferences change after a few months.

hippiechick 42

I think I will wait….I did not like pu-reh when I first tried it, but now it’s my favorite. :)

Marzipan

I like whites if they have a nice flavor, like melon or the mulberry. Plain doesn’t taste like much to me though.

hippiechick 42

This one was pretty plain, maybe that’s the problem.

cookies

I agree with Marzipan. Plain whites just don’t do it for me, they taste a bit watery. Do you enjoy jasmine? I’m fond of a nice jasmine silver needle.

hippiechick 42

Cookies,
I adore Jasmine! Is there any particular one that you recommend?

cookies

I have a one that I buy in bulk from Wegmans. Want me to send you some?

hippiechick 42

Seriously? That is so generous of you. That would be wonderful! I don’t have a lot so far, but would be happy to send you something in return or even reimburse you for it.

cookies

No worries. Tea is light and I’m usually at the post office every Friday anyway so it’s no trouble. Just PM me your address.

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Another tea from the Chanakara variety boxes I found while looking through old things at my mom’s. I have no idea what a guanabana is, so I looked it up. Apparently it’s the same thing as a soursop, which is a fruit that visually reminds me of a giant green burr. I kind of chose this randomly as my caffeine-free tea to have tonight while in bed. Brewed one bag in boiling water for 5 minutes.

Bleck… This basically tastes like weak, tart rosehip and hibiscus water. I don’t get a “vanilla-scented” anything, or even citrus. Just tart water.

Boo hiss. That is all I have to say, Stash.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Rosehips, Tart

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

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The whole “Licorice” spice set me side from ever drinking this. But since i started using this site I thought that i would give it a go, try new things. Come to sip it, it ant that bad not the best but not bad. I love the vanilla aroma it gives off and the hint of orange peel. Mmmm. But again i dunno if i really love it, its an amazing tea but i can still take the licorice and it makes me hate it still. Al thought i give it a 50, id drink it again.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 25 tsp 2 OZ / 50 ML

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So I found a couple of boxes of Chanakara Collection tea bags at my mom’s when I was going through some things. They were still wrapped in cellophane so I figured that they were probably still semi-fresh even though they’re a year or more old. There was a time in my tea past when I ordered several things from Stash’s website, and a box of these teas was one of them. I liked them so much that I ended up ordering a six-pack of boxes on Amazon, so that’s where these came from. I felt like having a nice chamomile blend this evening while watching Brave with my mom and boyfriend, so I opened one of the boxes and selected this tea. There don’t seem to be instructions anywhere on the box, so I just did boiling water for 5 minutes. I could definitely steep this one longer if I wanted a stronger flavor.

Overall, I find this to be a perfectly nice and pleasant chamomile-based tisane. I’m not really familiar with lotus or chrysanthemum flowers, so I couldn’t tell you what they add to this, and I found that the linden blossom tea I tried tasted quite similar to chamomile. So overall, this is mostly a chamomile tisane with a little bit of extra. There’s definitely a honey note, and something that reminds me of sweet pastries.

I was pleasantly surprised by this tisane, and I could definitely see myself keeping it around as a nighttime treat.

Flavors: Floral, Honey, Pastries

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

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Tea offering at Just Breakfast in Morgan Hill. Decent, even with cheap breakfast diner style serving. (Cup of hotish water with tea packet on the side.)

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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When you open the package, its as if your opening a box of girl guide cookies! YUMMY!! But then you add the water and your sugars. (I usually like my tea with out milk) And the water made it smell of weed. The smell usually makes me have a headache. But i think Oolong teas are meant to be drunken with milk? I liked it much better once i put the milk inside. Made it seem like i was drinking a melted cookie!

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Mint

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 25 g 2 OZ / 50 ML

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75

It was really Tasty, I might not have steeped it as long as I should have and added a bit too much water, but it was great none the less! I have 17 more to go!

Flavors: Chocolate, Mint

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100

I love this tea! I don’t usually go for chamomile teas. But the spearmint just adds a flavour to it that makes me want to drink it everyday! I don’t know if means your have to drink it at night or its just a name. But i love it! very smooth and nice aroma

Flavors: Spearmint

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 30 g 150 OZ / 4436 ML

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I tried the bagged version of this. It is quite good. It has a nice blend of spices, and just a hint of pumpkin to give it a unique twist. The underlying tea flavor was smooth and not at all bitter. I wish the pumpkin flavor was a little stronger, but I think I’ll be buying more regardless.

Flavors: Pumpkin, Spices

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

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The fragrance and flavor of this tea really underwhelmed. There was no hint of orange or spice…I really only tasted the black tea. I’ve had this sample in my stash for awhile so maybe it was old. Wouldn’t recommend unless you simply need a hot beverage with little flavor.

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I was feeling lazy and wanted something super quick and warm to curl up under the blankets with while it rains and I read, and seeing this on the counter, it fit the bill. I received this and a few other dessert teas samples from Stash, because stash used to be one of my favorites before I became a tea snob, and I never knew they had this kind of variety. So curiosity got the best of my and I requested some.

Because this is a tea bag, I’m not expecting great quality, just something quick and dirty and sweet. That being said, this isn’t half bad. I’m not getting much in the way of tea, but what I’m really getting is tiramisu. Cinnamon, espresso, and chocolate. I can see this being loved by someone who’s not a big tea person, or by someone looking to cure a sweet tooth guilt free, or even to throw in you bag for a quick fix in an emergency.

This is something that if I can find in stores, I would buy a box and leave it at my dads for when I visit for the day.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cheri

I love tea, curling up under a blanket and reading a book. :)

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I tried the bagged version of this. It’s a pleasant chocolate tea, but I couldn’t taste the hazelnut at all, which disappointed me. It is decaf, which is a big plus for me, since I’m extremely sensitive to caffeine, but it didn’t taste as good as Stash’s Black Forest Cake – it was a bit bitter, and didn’t have as complex a flavor. I’ll probably buy this again though, unless I find a decaf chocolate tea I like better.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This was a rather interesting tea. The smell was somewhat medicinal, so I was a bit concerned, but it tasted good. It was a very mild tea that reminded me of granola – cinnamon, nuts and oats. I think Celestial Seasonings’ Bengal Spice is still my favorite cinnamon tea, but I might end up picking up more of this as it’s a VERY different experience.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Nuts, Oats

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

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Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Fruity, Spicy

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I wasn’t a very big fan of this tea. I was grassier than I like my lemon teas, and the lemon flavor wasn’t very strong. It was just kind of unremarkable to me.

Flavors: Grass, Lemon

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

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I’ve been a fan of Bigelow’s vanilla chai since college. The cafeteria stocked it, so I drank it with some regularity. The problem was that I am very sensitive to caffeine, so I couldn’t drink it as often as I wanted to. So I am very pleased to find a decaf vanilla chai that I enjoy. I might even like this better than Bigelow’s. The vanilla comes through very will, and it’s very smooth, not bitter at all. I will definitely be getting more of this.

Flavors: Smooth, Spices, Vanilla

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

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I tried the bagged version of this, and it is just as good as it sounds. I really like the blend of flavors here. The nutmeg and clove are most predominate, which is wonderful for me because I love those flavors, and like them to dominate my chai spice blends. I tried it without milk or sugar and it was quite good, but I bet it would be even better with some milk and sweetener.

Flavors: Cloves, Nutmeg

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

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This tea really reminded me of shampoo or soap or something. It must be something about the lotus taste, which is more floral than chamomile, that caused the association for me. People who like light, floral teas might want to give it a try, but I think I prefer straight chamomile.

Flavors: Flowers, Soap

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I bought this tea for the first time two years ago. It was Christmas time, then. This tea goes very well with a nice slice of Christmas fruit cake. I bought another box this year because it’s just so good!

Flavors: Chocolate, Mint

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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