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This does not taste like it smells. It tastes just fruity—watermelon and strawberries. It’s good—but not what I expected. I can’t taste the tea at all; rather, it tastes like an herbal blend. I’d recommend it for those who like herbal, fruity teas.
Flavors: Fruity, Strawberry
This tea smells like an incredibly juicy orange mixed with tropical pineapple and coconut. I steeped this at a higher temperature than I should have though because it is extremely bitter and tannic. Adding honey makes it much more tolerable and tames the bitterness some. I can taste the pineapple most of all. Not a bad cup, but it will likely be much better when I try it at a lower temperature.
Flavors: Bitter, Coconut, Orange, Pineapple, Tannic, Tropical
This smells mostly of ginger with just a hint of lemon. I can taste the lemongrass in the aftertaste. I’m not sure I love it. The ginger is bitter and more than a little overwhelming. It’s definitely got a bite to it. I’m sure it would be great if you were feeling under the weather, but it’s not for me otherwise.
Flavors: Biting, Bitter, Ginger, Lemon, Lemongrass
Black forest cake has long been one of my favourite desserts. There’s a bakery in town that makes it just perfectly from scratch and there really is nothing else like it. Unfortunately this tea is nothing like the actual cake. I’m really not tasting much cherry flavour at all and the chocolate cake flavour is quite flat with a weird almost cardboard like note. It’s slightly better with milk and sweetener, but not by a whole lot. And who’s bright idea was it to put hibiscus in a blend that has nothing to do with tart flavour profiles?!? Stash is one of the worst offender for this so I don’t know why I’m surprised.
If you were thinking of buying this tea because you love black forest cake, my advice is to save yourselves and take a pass on this tea.
I was a bit wary of this one— double bergamot? Wouldn’t that increase the likelihood that the tea will taste like floral soap?
But no! It’s creamy, smooth, and delightful! This bagged EG is better than any loose EG I’ve had. Honestly. I can taste notes of vanilla, fresh cream, flowers, citrus, and a hint of spice. This is simply amazing.
I found my new go-to EG for sure.
Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Cream, Floral, Spices, Vanilla
Clean peach, nice perfume. This has a nicer perfume than the other peach or ginger peach teas I’ve tried. It’s a more natural peach flavor, too. Still, that gingery essence is also stronger than most ginger peach teas, and it hits the back of one’s throat. I enjoy this very much, but I like it best when combined in a pot with other peach teas; that mellows out the ginger (and heightens the peach of the other teas, as this one is better). One of the teas I always make sure I have on hand.
Flavors: Ginger, Peach, Straw
My introduction to this tea has been awful. It tastes like wood with fake chocolate and artificial sweetness. It is also bitter. What in the world did I do wrong? I brewed it at 205 for 4 minutes, which is within the recommended parameters. I tried it with and without milk- just gross. As in barely drinkable. This is the sachet version- not even sure if it comes loose leaf. Either way, I’m scared to go for round 2- please send help!
Flavors: Artificial, Cardboard, Wood
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.