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Second tea I’m sampling today, this one caught my attention because I like Stash teas but I’ve never seen this one being sold in store. The concept sounds intriguing, and I figured the salted caramel theme might be appropriate for the holiday season. I only left the bag in for about 2 minutes because the tea turned dark quite quickly and I can smell a slight herbal bitterness to it (the mate?) so better safe than sorry.
The aroma does smell like caramel, but it’s mixed in with that strange ashy note that I can only assume belongs to the mate. It almost reminds be of the earthiness of puerh, but not the same type, if that makes any sense.
I couldn’t really taste the salted caramel in the tea. It was overpowered by the earthy/herbal notes that gave off a slightly ashy aroma. It was faint, and only in the background. Overall it just wasn’t for me. I didn’t really expect the flavour of mate to overwhelm everything else. I’m glad I at least didn’t leave it for be recommended 3-5 minutes!
One of the worst herbal teas I have ever tried, and I’ve tried a lot of horrible-tasting detox/ “wellness” teas before. Tastes like hot water strongly scented with cinnamon and a bit of chamomile. The cinnamon also smells off to me (sort of tart/ astringent?), and definitely different from other cinnamon drinks I’ve tried before.
I haven’t been home in a few days other than to sleep so I’ve forgotten 3 days in a row to pack herbal teas for work. Found this in the cupboard, which is kind of providential since I’ve been wanting to drink peppermint/spearmint/whatever-mint teas lately.
This is probably the only tea from Stash I’ve had that I really actually like. Mind you, it’s hard to screw up mint tea. I’ve just been putting the tea bag in the hot water from the water cooler (whatever temp that is, idk) and steeping for however long (10min, an hour, whatever) in my mug. Hard to screw up mint.
In other news, I’ve now accepted a PERMANENT part time position! I was working temp full time, but this is ultimately a step forward because now I’m in the union, and that’s the hardest thing to do. I know for a fact that there will be a full time permanent job posted shortly, so potentially I can just transfer into that. Permanent full time with benefits and such will be amazing….one can dream :)
Flavors: Mint, Peppermint, Spearmint
Another day at mom’s, another trip through her tea cabinet. First up: Stash English Breakfast.
This is a great breakfast tea, even with Stash Tea Company’s signature taste. It works well in the English Breakfast blend, and makes it taste like a slightly overspiced, but well done, English Breakfast.
It is very well balanced, however, and I still get a good taste of each element, from the black tea base, to the essentials of an English Breakfast, with just a hint of Stash’s signature taste.
For a boxed, bagged English Breakfast tea, this one isn’t quite up to the standard in simple English Breakfast teas, Bigelow. It’s almost like Stash worked too hard to make it taste like a Stash tea. It’s still very good, no doubt.
Consciously under-steeped this one a bit in order to avoid any sourness, since in my experience Stash herbal teas get puckery pretty quickly.
Not super-sweet like many bagged fruit teas, but lacked any authentic blueberry flavor. It reminds me of a warm Vitamin Water.
Also when I left my empty mug sitting out, my husband thought I was secretly drinking wine, which was funny.
Flavors: Blueberry, Hibiscus
I enjoyed this chai more than I expected. While I do not enjoy green teas (especially cheap bagged greens), the spices stash uses makes this one of the better chais out of the ones I have tried. There are strong flavours from the ginger, cinnamon, clove, and cardamom.
Flavors: Astringent, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove, Cloves, Ginger, Spices, Spicy
The smell of this teabag when I opened the was frankly awful, I’m not sure what I was expecting but it wasn’t something that smelled like spoiled cheese. I almost threw it out right there and then, but I decided to give it a chance. The flavour is tolerable, but not really what I’d call salted caramel. It’s mostly a smokey mate flavour with (very) burnt sugar notes. I’m glad I only grabbed one teabag.
The description sounded scrumptious so of course I had to try! I was a little underwhelmed in the beginning. I added a splash of milk and could only smell the cherry. The chocolate flavor I was only picking up as an aftertaste. However, I was hit with the black forest cake flavor once I got through a little more than half the cup of tea. It was very nice and would have paired well with a chocolate dessert. I probably won’t reach for this tea often and I’ll have to play around with the length of time I let this one steep. But overall, it wasn’t bad!
Flavors: Cherry, Dark Chocolate
I found this tea to be pure delight in my cup of breakfast tea this morning. It reminds me of lady grey tea by Twinings but it goes the extra step of pleasing me with the added lavender and vanilla. I added a little half & half and just a drop of vanilla extract to really bring out the lavender/vanilla and gone down the bergamot. This will definitely be something I drink regularly!
Flavors: Bergamot, Lavender, Vanilla
Before I formally begin this review, allow me to offer a warm thanks to S.G. Sanders for providing me with an opportunity to try this tea. I am planning on doing a side-by-side shootout between this and the loose leaf Harney & Sons Paris this weekend. I like both, but there are some subtle and not so subtle differences between the two.
I prepared this tea using a one step Western infusion. I steeped 1 teaspoon of loose material in 8 ounces of 208 F water for around 5 minutes. Obviously, I did not attempt any additional infusions.
Prior to infusion, I noticed that the dry leaf material produced a pleasant aroma of vanilla, bergamot, and lavender. After infusion, the lavender, bergamot, and vanilla aromas intensified. They were also joined by a subtle toasty character and a hint of cocoa. In the mouth, the notes of lavender, vanilla, and bergamot were most definitely dominant. I was able to detect fleeting impressions of toast, cream, and cocoa beneath them.
I like this blend. It is not nearly as fruity as the Paris blend from Harney & Sons and is very smooth in the mouth. There was not a tremendous amount of body, but I did not expect there to be. Flavored teas are usually a little light in terms of body, at least in my perception. Anyway, this is a nice, straight-forward blend. I would have no difficulties recommending it to fans of flavored teas.
Flavors: Bergamot, Cocoa, Cream, Lavender, Toast, Vanilla