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Stash Tea Company

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I apparently forgot to log this one a few days ago.

I made it at work with honey because my was feeling a little sore/scratchy, but then I got called to the front (despite being on break) to deal with a customer complaint, and didn’t get to it until the end of the night with closing paperwork. By then it was stone cold, and my throat was feeling better anyway so it had lost its point.

It still tasted good, though.

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Wow , is this ever sweet! Delicious! I love the spicy kick to it too. Definitely a good tea to have when you’re craving something sweet.

Flavors: Licorice

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Slight backlog from last night.

This was my final tea of the day which, admittedly, didn’t really get in a ton of tea drinking. Oh well, I feel like I made the teas I did get in really count. Though this one was picked out of convenience more than anything else; I wanted a bagged tea for simplicity’s sake, and this was one I hadn’t had for a while.

The coconut was a bonus.

I ended up falling asleep last night while building carts on Red Leaf Tea and Redbubble; the latter of which isn’t a “tea” site but a “t-shirt” site (primarily, anyway). I struggled with narrowing things down, but I’m thinking of some combination of these ones:

http://www.redbubble.com/people/eyesblau/works/11176134-i-pineapples?body_color=heather_grey&p=t-shirt&print_location=front&size=xxxl&style=mens
(With the Heather Grey shirt base)

http://www.redbubble.com/people/epicjonny/works/9065666-ditto-pokemon?body_color=light_pink&p=t-shirt&print_location=front&size=xxxl&style=mens

http://www.redbubble.com/people/satangel/works/11174531-tear-apart-pizza?body_color=black&p=t-shirt&print_location=front&size=xxxl&style=mens

http://www.redbubble.com/people/prisma-colored/works/11277423-equius-acquire-lactose-beverage?body_color=navy&p=t-shirt&print_location=front&size=xxxl&style=mens
(With the Navy Blue shirt base)

http://www.redbubble.com/people/daveyt/works/3299841-keep-calm-and-drink-tea?body_color=black&p=t-shirt&print_location=front&size=xxxl&style=mens

http://www.redbubble.com/people/roromakesmegogo/works/9715817-the-great-gatsby

http://www.redbubble.com/people/shaunieb/works/9125028-robin-sparkles-mall-tour-1993
(With a Black Shirt Base)

http://www.redbubble.com/people/scythelliot/works/10558910-pizza

Thoughts and opinions of people here on Steepster would be much appreciated! I’m definitely in need of new shirts; most of the ones I own are way too old/worn out to be worn for work, so I thought this would be a fun way to kind of “customize” my own clothing, and still keep things fun/work appropriate. Although, a few of those are references I’m not sure everyone here on Steepster will get…

And lastly, I was heart broken to wake up to the news that DT is discontinuing four more blends; three of which I really enjoy/wanted to stock up on! So it looks like I’m going to have to make a DT trip sooner, rather than later, to buy 100g (well, 98g because I have tins for them, they’re just not empty yet – so I don’t want new tins) of Superberry and Bamboozled, plus the 50g of Cool Cucumber I wanted anyway. I think I’m ok with not going crazy and restocking Big Apple too; I still have a fair bit of it.

But shame on you, DAVIDsTEA for discontinuing yet. another. fucking. white. blend! Really? First Sweet Strawberry (which was so perfect), then your straight whites, and the Jasmine Silver Needle, and now this one too? You have next to no white teas left! Ugh. Get rid of some of the nasty greens…

Courtney

I was heartbroken when they discontinued Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble.

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The breakfast place across the street from work makes decent breakfast sandwiches. Inanely, their breakfast special makes it cheaper to get a sandwich and coffee than just a sandwich. Thankfully, they let me sub out tea for coffee.

This is my current favorite breakfast special tea. The flavor is creamy and dead-on for its name. As the brew cools, the flavor turns to more of a generic stone fruit – peach or maybe apricot. Still enjoyable, just different. I can’t quite get over how creamy this one is. It’s like the herbal tea version of a smoothie. Nom nom nom.

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Yesterday, we had afternoon tea for my mom and grandmother’s birthdays. I brought a large bag of teas, but my mom had quite a few herself! She recently ordered from Harney & Sons and Stash, so I got to try a few new ones. We enjoyed lemon cream scones, egg salad sandwiches, haystack cookies, white chocolate kona shortbread cookies and lemon bundt cake. Yum!

So, I’ve always kinda poo-poohed (if that’s a word) Stash tea because I thought everything they sold was bagged tea. Plus, I’ve had their spicy chai and I hate it. My mom, however, changed my opinion when she brought out a couple of their teas in loose form and gave me samples to try at home. I’m not sure I’ve ever really had a straight keemum before, but after reading the description for Golden Moon Tea’s version, my curiosity peaked. (I still intend to order some of that tea).

As for Stash’s version, it wasn’t exactly love at first sip, but as I sipped, it really grew on me. The description talks of plum and orchid notes…not sure I get that. What I did taste was a sweetness that was hard to place, but by the end of the cup I thought I got cocoa notes. Yay! I also tasted some smokiness, which I’m not a fan of, but it was balanced by the other flavors in the cup and didn’t overpower. Not bad! I guess Stash could still be a player in my cupboard. ;)

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Used to add some extra kick to a cold brew! You can read more about it here:

http://steepster.com/roswellstrange/posts/235687#likes

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3tsp for 500mL water @90C, steeped 10 minutes.

I am not having the greatest tea day. Steepster keeps seeing me these tempting e-mails to join the Steepster Select program, which, of course, only ships to customers in the US. I am not in the US. My profile lists my location as, that’s right, in Canada … not in the US. I have just begged Steepster not to end me any more notes about the Select programs until they can ship to Canada. Meantime, I tried to sign on the Steepster international customer waiting list … and that’s not working.

Earlier today. one of my crutches fell over, knocking a mostly full travel mug of Christmas Morning tea onto my keyboard, my leg, and the floor.

Before the crutch knocked over the tea, I was really enjoying what I’d steeped. The cooler water let the jasmine and oolong in the blend mature and prevented any bitterness. The long steep coaxed out a lovely heavy body from the Assam and Keemun. I hadn’t planned to steep it that long; it just happened — a delightful accident. I must go make some more to soothe the irritation of repeated ‘No Select for you!’

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cocoa, Flowers, Malt

Michelle Butler Hallett

On an up note: Verdant just sent me an e-mail saying my order has shipped. I also have tea on the way from Damn Fine. Wooo!

Michelle Butler Hallett

And, I should add, Steepster is looking into why users who are outside the US keep getting the Select offers.

Christina

Aww, that sucks that you spilled your first cup. I hope the next one turns out just as good.

Michelle Butler Hallett

(Grins) Thank you — it was.

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drank Chai Green by Stash Tea Company
247 tasting notes

I’ll echo everyone else on here and say that I had my doubts about this blend at first pass. A chai masala with a green tea base? How could that possibly work? And when I ripped open the packet, I was assailed by an onslaught of cinnamon so powerful that I thought I was going to sneeze.

I decided to make the cup up anyway. YOLO

It’s not bad. It’s a light chai, with an emphasis on the cinnamon and cloves perhaps, but overall, pretty inoffensive. The dragonwell base holds up okay, but I think I still prefer my classic chai masalas with an Assam base instead.

If this tea were a schoolchild, and I its teacher, it would be a B student.

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78

Since I usually drink black teas, pu’erhs and dark oolongs this seemed a most appropriate choice for today. Mild, light-flavored, and sweet this is a pleasant tea. I’ll be trying to drink this down more once the weather gets warmer. Green teas and light oolongs just don’t do it for me when it’s cold out.

I think this April Fool joke is on me XD

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec 4 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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I had no business brewing anotha cuppa—I should be asleep!—but I could not resist comparing Stash Licorice Spice to Teapigs Liquorice and Peppermint. Turned out to be another apples and oranges scenario—so not really a steep-off.

Full disclosure: Licorice Spice is a tea of which I have consumed hundreds of bags. I also sent 100 bag boxes to my sister when she needed some moral support with her dieting. Let’s face it licorice is an able dessert surrogate. That’s because licorice root is one of the sweetest natural substances there is.

As promised, this blend combines yummy licorice with … spices! In just the right proportions. It’s so satisfying that a cup easily serves as a dessert surrogate. Don’t believe me? Try it! If you’re really hungry, brew two cups!

Back to the steep-off (not), there is no mint in this blend. Nor is there any ginger (as in the Harney & Sons Licorice Ginger blend). I should add that I believe that Stash does have a Licorice Mint, though I haven’t had any in quite some time. Now that would make a great steep-off with Teapigs Liquorice & MInt! Well, except that it would be a filter bag vs. sachet steep off, clearly favoring the latter.

Or not. Stash Licorice Spice tastes very good to me, despite being in a filter bag. Perhaps it is true that herbal infusions are less fussy than are caffeinated teas. Or perhaps it just does not matter whether one uses chunks of licorice or fannings. Indeed, the smaller the particles, the greater the surface area to volume ratio, which would lead one (me!) to expect an increase in the intensity of the flavor.

Flavors: Licorice

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 2 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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The other girl (Cody) from my loose leaf crash course wanted to make a bagged tea too, just in case she didn’t like the loose leaf (I told her it’d be a little earthy), so this is what she chose out of the assortment of Stash teabags I brought in for everyone.

She split the mug of this with me after trying the Brasiliano and admitting it was really tasty. This was pretty good too though (as always, more strawberry than pomegranate). I’ve noted favourite tastes of my coworkers, and it looks like I need to bring in some straight greens, fruity things, Chai, and mint! Can do on all fronts!

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I really liked this tea with little cream and sugar, tasted exactly like a blueberry muffin! It was fantastic to have during the kids nap at work ;)

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Backlog:

Not bad, but not the best rooibos chai blend I’ve tried, either. It’s a bit heavy handed with the cinnamon, but I do also taste cloves and ginger. It needs cardamom. I think that the spices would taste more rounded with it.

It’s very one-note … which is not the best way to describe a chai. Know what I mean?

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I want a job at Stash. Their blend masters are geniuses. I love love LOVE this tea. It has all my favorite things in it. Smooth and fruity and sweet with just a twist of mint. If the word “mellow” had a flavor, this would be it.

Delightful!

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Thought I was done with tea for the evening, but low and behold the clock ticks “3AM” and I wake up with an insatiable thirst for this tea! At least it’s bagged, so it made for a really easy to make/no effort cup, because I was so tired I doubt I could have measured anything.

But anyway; super cravings for this one! And then, once I have it, I’m sorta really let down by the flavour. This is my sleep addled brain talking, mind you, but it just tasted like “red”. The brain and body are weird sometimes, guys…

CHAroma

LOL, go back to sleep!

Roswell Strange

I did eventually; I managed to get a whole five hours in before work :P That’s a lot, for me.

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I bought this just before I started getting into loose leaf. I drank it quite often when I first bought it but haven’t had it in a year or so. It is still quite pleasant. The vanilla really comes through with milk and sweetener and the spices are just an afterthought, which I really like. I only have a few bags left so I think I will restock this.

I love black tea in the morning, but I can’t have caffeine right after breakfast (diet rules), so I’ve been looking for good decaf blacks. After trying all of H&S’s offerings and not being impressed, it’s nice to find one that is cheap and easy to pick up at the grocery store.

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This afternoon/tonight I mixed a bag of this in with some Raspberry white tea from Cuppa’T Specialty Teas for a cold brewed “Raspberry Lemonade” sipdown. For the full details of that, you can read the tasting note here:

http://steepster.com/roswellstrange/posts/233955#likes

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A little mild for my taste, it’s definitely on the more subtle end of the tea spectrum.

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Caffeine-Free/Decaf Traveling Tea Box

1 bag + 8oz of water brewed regularly and then placed in the frig to cool

Even though this has licorice in the ingredients list, this isn’t bad! It’s not nearly as good as Davidstea Pink Passionfruit but it was drinkable without adding sweetener. Not something I’d probably buy though.

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