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Stash Tea Company

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One of the most aromatic teas I own. When I make it, it’s because I just want to cradle it close and and feel the warmth on my chest and just breath it in. The smooth vanilla and spices bring a very high level of warmth and comfort that’s undeniable.

Unfortunately, the taste is a little short of that – but like I said, I make it for the perfect amazing smell and since it’s a bagged tea, having it that way is still pretty affordable.

Also, I just looked up the new DT teaware for spring, and I have to say that I’m really digging the Lobster Mug and glass Octopus Mug! Would love to add those to my collection!

sundaysipping

Glad I’m not the only one drooling over their new teaware. :-) I love the new Timolino colors but am very torn between them and the larger sized ones.

Roswell Strange

My “white” timolino I got months ago looks like a cross between the pictures of the white and the lime timolinos. Mutant timolino ;)

VariaTEA

I got the whales Nordic mug! I was planning to wait until a sale but I caved. Now I have a perfect mug, a nordic mug, and mason jar. YAY!

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I keep finding more bags of this Stash Chamomile, which I like, so I decided to try a steep-off tonight with Bigelow Cozy Chamomile. Stash won hands down. It’s definitely my favorite filter bag chamomile at this point.

I do prefer loose leaf sachets over all of the filter bag varieties.

Flavors: Flowers

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I really enjoy this smooth grassy bagged green. I tend to steep at a hotter temperature than normal but around the prescribed time. After the tea has steeped I spin the string around the bag and squeeze it until all the green liquor is pressed from the leaves (could probably steep twice but I like the flavor).

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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hibiscus, oh dear.

i can see how it’s been used to great effect to create the illusion of blueberry, along with the help of orange peel, lemongrass, rosehips, açai berry, blackcurrant, citric acid, and licorice (powder).

tart comes to mind! very tart. this tastes pretty much like Celestial Seasonings True Blueberry. i remember loving that one initially (which was years ago) because i loved blueberry flavors and still do. somehow, the mix of ingredients suddenly seemed too tart and artificial for my tastes. i feel that with this tea, too.

but i’m happy with the inclusion of superfruit(s), namely açai & other berry extracts.
i’ll treat this as a medicinal/preventative/herbal tisane with a somewhat unpleasant, but necessary tang.
here’s hoping for health!

on the positive side, the tea bag smells wonderful & i think the bright blue packet is quite fitting for the ultra fruity blueberry persona of the dry leaf.

ETA: if you ask me, the best iteration of Blueberry i’ve ever tasted has got to be Harney & Sons Paris, as well as their Blackcurrant. in fact, my impression of blueberry (at least in flavored things) is probably more ‘blackcurrant’ than actual blueberry. Blackcurrant is pretty amazing, and seemingly more ‘blueberry’ given my conflation of the two!

Anna

Ths does sound a little terrifying.

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bravo, bravo!! this is a peachy green tea done RIGHT. finally!

the aroma of the dry leaf in the tea bag is soo delightful, so fresh peachy, like juicy peach & while you can’t smell the ginger so much, it really comes out once the tea is steeped.

it gives a nice bite, but nothing i’d call overwhelming. this isn’t ginger in the sense of say, Turmeric Ginger by Rishi! then again this isn’t loose leaf format, so that may account for the mellowness of the ginger but either way, it’s fine with me.

i do get some of the peach in the flavor, maybe more toward the end of the sip? but yes, it comes through nicely with the ginger (although not as strongly as it did in the dry leaf). quite frankly, i’m impressed. now i feel i can safely venture out to invest in some kind of loose leaf peachy green, perhaps with ginger in the mix! they go nicely together!

not sure if there’s any green tea in this blend besides matcha, and if there is, i’m not sure what kind. but the flavor is really nice. you sense that it’s there, but it’s not overly grassy. this has merely been dusted with matcha. but i’m very happy as i’m a matcha fan and love it for its health benefits and the fact that it has major amounts of chlorophyll (great for cleansing the blood!)

ETA: this totally made up for my horrific experience with Tazo’s Peachy Green. i guess i can consider this a reparation.

Flavors: Peach

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Sipdown. Sadly, it doesn’t actually lower my tea count because it somehow never made it onto my list in the first place.

This one is ok. Nothing amazing, but not terrible. The brew smells like equal parts ginger and peach. It doesn’t smell artificial, but it doesn’t smell juicy either. The actual taste is more ginger than peach. The ginger tastes nice and sharp. The peach tastes a bit fake. The green tea and matcha don’t come through at all, except to leave a somewhat unpleasantly dry aftertaste. Afterfeel?

I bought this because I ran out of tea at work and needed a caffeine source. It served adequately in that regard. Won’t be a repurchase, though.

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i have a cold so my taste buds are off, but i can taste the peppermint. i added honey.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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With coffee, I went from Starbucks to Peet’s and back again, since Starbucks decided to start competing with Peet’s for most darkly roasted beans. With tea, I went through a Stash period a while back, which is why I have so many random varieties of foil-wrapped filter bags lying about. My store tea progression went something like this: Twinings and Celestial Seasonings, then Stash, then Tazo and Upton. Now I’ve moved on to some of the popular Steepster haunts. There are a few companies which I don’t seem to “get”, above all, Teavana. I notice a lot of love around here for DavidSTea, but I haven’t really had much luck with them either. To me it seems like a Canadian version of Teavana.

I do like this Stash chamomile, but I feel that I’ve moved beyond Stash to some extent. I’ll always have fond memories of them, even when I’ve ascended to the heights of pu-erh cakes. Well, that might be a while still… In the meantime, I’ll keep working my way through the rest of the stray Stash filter bags in a more or less random way.

Anna

I completely agree on Teavana/DT.

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Last of Tuesday’s backlog! Hooray! And, there’s not much for backlog from yesterday; I spent the entire day out at interviews/with Robyn, so I really only enjoyed some travel teas.

But anyway, this tea did a spectacular job of satisfying my intense dessert cravings; plus it was another yummy cream cheesey type of tea for the day which was lovely.

My favourite Red Velvet Tea <3

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Since I also found filter bags of Stash Chamomile, I could not resist another steep-off chez sherapop, this one pitting the Harney & Sons Chamomile filter bag against the Stash Chamomile filter bag.

I found that the Stash brewed up darker, more golden than yellow, and the flavor was a bit more dense. The Harney & Sons brew was more light and airy. I ended up preferring the Stash in the filter bag format. But the Harney & Sons Chamomile in the full-bud sachets is the best.

Next up I’ll have to brew up some of the Harney & Sons loose leaf Chamomile. But that will have to be on another night.

Bonne Nuit!

Flavors: Flowers

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Mango seemed like a nice afternoon tea idea and I kinda wanted to pace myself from blacks. For whatever reason I’m a little anti-black (that sounds so bad without context) this week, which is very out of character. I guess they just seem very heavy/weighted to me right now and I was struggling to think of why that is but it hit me this morning/early afternoon; I’ve been sleeping horribly this last week, so “lighter” teas have seemed more gentle/like they could nurse me back to sleep.

Heh.

Anyway, mango tea. That seemed like a good idea, and this one was really reachable (literally sitting in my tea bag chest on the dishwasher not a foot away from me) so I went for it. Dry, it does smell almost solely of mangoes, but now that it’s steeped up coconut is much stronger than initially anticipated. I actually am really happy about that though; partnered with the juicy mango this has a very nice tropical feel to it.

Thank you Kat_Maria, I’m really enjoying this one! Super happy to have lots more.

keychange

hahahaha anti-black!

Courtney

Hehe reachable. Not sleeping well is brutal. I hope that ends quickly.

Kat_Maria

I’m glad you like it :)

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Sipdown (197/199)!

This finishes off the last of the one teabag samples from Kat_Maria! Another easy sipdown! I was bracing myself for horrible unbearable strong Bergamot, but it was actually quite tasty/palatable with only the faintest bit of astringency. I mean – it was bold/strong, but in a nice way.

I’d drink it again, but wouldn’t buy it for myself because I know I’m not a huge EG fan.

Sil

oh.my.god. DOUBLE BLERGAMOT! ewwwwwwwwwwwww

Courtney

Double berg. Shudder.

Kat_Maria

Haha, I’m glad you didn’t hate it :D

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This tea has the weirdest ingredient list ever… But it tastes amazing! The spearmint and the fruit in this blend round out into a beautifully smooth, sweet bouquet. I love the warmth in the flavor, but the most striking thing about it how seamlessly it’s balanced. It also has surprising depth, considering that it’s a bagged tisane.

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Spice was wayy too strong. Extra cream made it palatable.

Flavors: Cloves

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Very bland, there’s a hint of pumpkin spice but the black is much too overpowering for this sort of tea.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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