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Score one for bagged teas! This is quite lovely. The brew smells nutty, malty… almost chocolate-y. It tastes like cashews, chicory, and malt, with just a hint of vanilla at the end of the sip. Adding rice milk brings out a roasted nut flavor and strengthens the vanilla flavor at the end of the sip.
This has sarsaparilla in it. I didn’t know what that was so I had to look it up. After reading that it’s used in old-fashioned root beer, I suddenly began tasting root beer in this tea. It now seems super obvious and dominant right down to that tingly root beer after-taste. I’m super skeptical of the timing here though. It’s impossible to tell how much my sense of taste is being influenced by knowing what the ingredient is. It might just be that knowing the ingredient gave me the ability to more precisely name what I was already tasting. Or the taste might have built, or changed, as I got further into the cup and the brew cooled. I love how there are so many factors that go into this one sense, and any one of them can lead the tastebuds in a different direction. Usually I have this experience more with straight unflavored teas but it’s interesting in a flavored tea too.
Thanks to EmilyGee for the sample!
Tried this one at work today. It was pretty good for a bagged black tea. I steeped it for four minutes and ended up with a strong, bold flavor but a slightly bitter aftertaste that I didn’t care for. I’m sure it would have been much better with milk, but all I have access to at work is powdered creamer, so I drank it straight. I would drink this again, but I’d either try a shorter steep time, or add some milk to temper the bitterness.
Flavors: Bitter, Malt
This is a good inexpensive bagged green tea. I drink quite a few bagged black teas, but I go with loose leaf teas for green most of the time. If I do go with a bagged green tea, it’s usually this one or the Choice Premium Japanese Green Tea. It’s somewhat vegetal and pleasantly bitter, and a decent strength and flavor. It’s grassy, tastes like a Japanese tea to me, which of course I love.
When I’m working a 12-hour shift, one travel mug of tea just doesn’t cut it! So today I caved and brewed up some bagged tea at the coffee station at work. For a bagged tea, this is actually quite good…there is a nice balance of citrus and cinnamon flavor and a nice smooth base (I’m not detecting any bitterness or astringency, which makes me happy!) It’s similar to Bigelow’s Constant Comment, but I like this one better.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange, Smooth
I acquired this tea because Amazon foolishly priced a case of six as a single. Sure, I’ll take 6 boxes of tea for $4!
Anyway, I had been sticking it in gifts for the past few months. Now I totally regret it. ALL THE TEA MUST BE MINE! No, but seriously. I busted open a box , and it’s delicious.
I had it before bed last night to alleviate my sweets craving. It’s a robust sweet raspberry flavour. I drank it hot, but I’m sure it would be stunning cold too.
I’m just bummed that when it runs out I’ll have to order it at full price…pfff.
I just made this again. I had a pretty terrible time with it last time, but it was the only caffeinated thing in my work stash, so I tried again. I didn’t steep it for too long and used hotter water. It made all the difference. Comparable to regular ol’ Lipton black tea. I don’t get the green tea flavors at all. It’s totally fine, though. Works in a pinch.
So I was always under the impression that I didn’t really like earl grey tea, but while I still don’t think it will ever be my favorite, I am starting to enjoy it with milk and sugar (one of the few teas I will only drink that way). I had this today with french vanilla creamer and milk, and it was SO good. Granted, french vanilla creamer can make almost anything taste heavenly, but I really liked the combination with the bergamot. I’ve tried a couple of mediocre cream earl grey’s but I don’t think I’ve tried a vanilla earl grey. I’ll have to look for one. A vanilla-cream version would be even better. Any recommendations?
Found this stashed (hah!) away in a different drawer where I’d forgotten it. It’s so very, very ginger! There’s also a strong but not sour lemony aftertaste (lemongrass is very good for strong-but-not-sour). Very tasty and a good palate cleanser. You could probably turn this into a dessert tea by adding sugar or honey.
I planned to do a taste comparison between this and the probiotic tea ( http://steepster.com/chai-mera/posts/285733 ), but you can just read the reviews. The other is a mild lemon tea with a hint of ginger and this is GINGER with LEMON.
UPDATE: Surprisingly I did not have to remove the tea-bag, it didn’t overbrew.
COMMUTER NOTES: Individually packaged teabags. Good for after lunch, possibly less good as a during-commute tea (since it might overbrew).
Flavors: Citrus, Ginger, Lemongrass
(No numerical rating because I really Was Not In The Mood for a mint tea and expected this to be more cinnamon.)
Although the first ingredients are cinnamon and orange, this is really a spearmint tea, regardless of whether you do a short or long steep. The other flavors keep the mint from being overwhelming and balance things a bit; probably a good blend if you like that sort of thing.
Unfortunately I just discovered that I don’t like spearmint – this reminds me too much of chewing gum. If I had to rate right now I’d give it a 35. Will try it again when I’m actually in a mint mood and can give a fairer rating.
You can also leave it in a thermos of cold water for a faint hint of flavor during your work day.
Think it would have been better without the Mate. I love Yerba Mate tea, and I love salted caramel, but I found the flavours together to be a bit odd. To me, salted caramel is a dessert tea and mate adds this earthy, smoky flavour that just doesn’t go well with the caramel.
edit: I have to add that this tea has really grown on me. Maybe it’s an acquired taste, or maybe the caramel comes out more when the steep time is longer, but I have been having this Mate most mornings now and really enjoying the earthy, buttery, caramel flavours.
While I like the initial flavor and most of the body, the finish disappoints. It tastes thin and weak. Yes, I did mention it was smooth, but as I work my way through the cup, the aftertaste seems like I drank this an hour ago, not just a few seconds. I wonder, if this has to do with the freshness of the ingredients. While my teabag did say to enjoy by August of 2017, I have had other blends that used both lemongrass and ginger root together, and the ginger, at least, was a powerful flavor throughout the tea. That said, I did enjoy this cup, and I would rate it a 72/100 on my personal enjoyment scale.
My full review is here: http://www.createwritedrink.com/2015/01/tea-review-tuesday-review-of-stash-tea.html
I received this tea in my Love with Food box this month. I’m always happy when they have tea in the box, even if they do have tea bags. I try to think to myself: it’s a step in the right direction, right? At least it’s not Liptons?
Anyway, I like this one alright. There’s a nice amount of bergamot to it, and the lavender so strong that it’s soapy. It’s a pleasant blend. Not bad for a bag.
So, I brought one of these bags home with me from Regina when I went to visit my Mom back in January; deliberately – this isn’t one of the mysterious ones that somehow inadvertently made it home with me.
You can pretty much just see my other note on this one because my opinion and experience about this tea didn’t really change with the second cup – though this one had a longer steep time and I think, consequently, was a little more maple-y and less apple flavoured. But everything else I experienced the first time stayed true.
Like I said the first time I had this one, I’m pretty sure it was a seasonal/holiday blend, and it’s not one of the dozens of Stash teas we carry in our store – but if I happened to find this one down the road and it wasn’t stupidly expensive, I could definitely see myself maybe picking some up. It’s pretty decent for a bagged tea – and could be a nice herbal to keep around.
One of a few teas in my Mom’s tea cupboard that actually relatively interested me, so I stole a couple of the teabags from the cupboard and made one to drink with lunch.
This had a fancier box than other Stash teas I’ve seen, and it’s not one we carry at my store (and we carry a lot of Stash teas) so I’m wondering if, based on the flavour, this was a seasonal/Christmas blend? There’s really no smell to the dry teabag; if I concentrate maybe a little apple. It’s very weak though; I hope the tea itself has more flavour.
Sipping on it now; and there definitely is more flavour than what the dry leaf led me to believe. It really does taste like apple cider; good apple cider too! Just the right balance of sweet, tart, and spice. And speaking of that spice, there’s obviously cinnamon but the nutmeg in here is a really nice touch too. That’s the first wave of flavour but then it eases a little into the maple; it’s a little raw and unrefined tasting with a sappy quality. A like it! It makes the cup sweet and layered, and I like that this one doesn’t feel completely put together, with the ’T’s crossed and ’I’s dotted. Sometimes a little reliable inconsistency makes a tea good. If that makes any sense at all.
There are also a few other interesting notes here; I’m picking woody-cedar like notes too! Maybe it’s a trick of the mind because of the raw, sappy maple or maybe part of it is from the rooibos – but it’s very enjoyable regardless. Actually, now that I think of it the more I’m sure it’s from the rooibos. I love how natural and earthy this tea tastes though; for once the wood like quality is contributing something that enhances the tea flavourings!
There’s surprisingly a lot going on with this tea bag. Colour me quite impressed!
Flavors: Apple, Cedar, Cinnamon, Maple, Maple Syrup, Nutmeg, Sap, Wood