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I saved this tea just to taste one last time, because maybe I wouldn’t give it a fair rating. I usually buy a box of tea and try various ways of preparing it. This tea was just bad. It had the taste of pina colada with too much alcohol… without the alcohol. I wanted to like this tea, but I just didn’t.
As others have mentioned, the bag is discolored, even before steeping. It smells so strongly spicy. I wasn’t going to put anything in it but after smelling it, I think I will add some milk and sugar. Well, after adding those it didn’t taste like much of anything.
Chocolate! I want chocolate! I have come home with a hankering and a craving.
I’ve largely given up on Chocolate teas, but I have this, from my sisters 12 days of christmas present to me.
Ehhhh. Its a bit watery, even though I went to the upper end of the steep perameters (I did it for 5 minutes), and while there is a faint coco flavor, I cant say I’m getting any of the hazelnut.
As it cools I get the teensiest bit of hazelnut, but unfortunatly it seems bitter.
Well, it was nice to try, but I cant really get behind this.
I found an old bag of Stash White Christmas in my “maybe someday I’ll drink this” tea chest. It’s basically a peppermint infusion. Very similar in taste to my memory of the Stash Peppermint tisane. The ingredients also list ginger and white tea, but peppermint completely dominates the blend.
This is not very good, but I’ll refrain from rating it, since it might have something to do with the fact that it is a bag “d’un certain âge” of unknown provenance.
So, I’m just going to put this out there because I know this is an amazing community of people and I thought someone here might be able to help me out. For those who only care about the tea reviews, I’m sorry but I’m not really going to talk about this one at all so feel free to skip over my tasting note/review.
Groundhog’s Day is a really, really difficult time for me as well as the day after because it marks a pretty significant and difficult passing for me. It’s the anniversary of my cousin Luke’s death. However, I grew up with him my whole life and he was the closest family I’ve ever had – it would be more accurate, in my eyes, to call him a brother. It may be a horrible thing to say, but I was closer to him than my own brother.
The thing is, every time this day comes around I get really frustrated with the lack of closure I have and I always seem to “re-investigate” certain things. It’s very important to me that I find his obituary and the plot he was buried in, but I can never find this information because there was not much reported about his death (for reasons I’ll explain a little later) and he lived in London, Ontario at the time of his passing, which is not where I live so I can’t exactly go searching through archives and wasn’t really ‘around’ at the time it happened.
The reason there was hardly anything reported was because his death was a suicide and the typical news policy regarding suicides is to not report anything publicly for fear it will inspire others to commit suicide in the same means. Additionally, he was only 17 so his name wouldn’t have been released regardless since he was a minor.
I would ask his father (his mother is deceased) about these things, but that’s problematic in and of itself because after Luke’s passing he stopped what little communication he had with our family to begin with, and since we’ve not heard once from him personally. The last we heard was from a student doing research on Luke’s mother who had been contacted by my uncle. Luke’s mother, Cheryl Hohner, was murdered when Luke was very young and the case is a very famous one because at the time she was murdered she was pregnant so they sought to press charges for both her murder and the unborn child’s murder.
The student who contacted us told us that my Uncle, Len, was apparently in and out of mental hospitals (He’s schizophrenic) and was living on the streets. So ultimately, I can’t contact him for information.
It’s very important to me that I find his obituary, should he have one, and where he was buried so that some day I can visit his resting site. So I guess what I’m ultimately getting at/asking is if anyone from the Ontario area remembers hearing anything anything regarding his death or would maybe (and I know it’s asking a lot) would be able to search Ontario obituaries better than I can on the internet? I’ve scoured the internet for any kind of information, but ultimately can’t find anything.
This information may be helpful so I’m just going to leave it here:
- Luke Jeremy Hohner
- November 3rd 1992 to February 2nd 2010
- Father: Lenard Hohner
- Mother: Cheryl Hohner (Died Dec. 26th 1996)
- Born in London, Ont. and passed away in London, Ont.
- Killed by an oncoming train
Thank you to everyone who read that all the way through, and I realize it’s a lot to ask for help but it’s something I needed to post/share as I continue to search.
I have only had Moroccan Mint Tea once and it was on my anniversary back in November. My sweet boyfriend took me to Little Door in LA and after dinner they gave us a whole tea kettle of Moroccan Mint Tea. When the waiter mentioned what it was I was skeptical. I am not the biggest fan of mint tea. However, the tea we had was piping hot and so sweet. I loved it!
I quickly googled how to prepare Moroccan Mint Tea and was disappointed to see it was a little bit more complicated than just putting a tea bag in hot water. Tea is a delicate art yes?
So when I spotted this tea in Smart and Final last week I had to pick it up. I wanted to know if it was anything like the sweetness I had at Little Door. Obviously it is not as sweet (I did not add sugar), but it is the perfect blend of mint and green tea for me. The flavor is not overwhelming, but significant. It is a step above subtle and a perfect tea to enjoy while relaxing.
I found a couple of errant bags of Stash Premium Green, permitting the propitious possibility of a steep-off with Harney & Sons Japanese Sencha (see below for the openers to this steep-off).
Now for the true test: the scent and the taste!
I find that the brewed Stash Premium Green has a stronger, richer aroma, with a slightly cerealesque facet to it, while the Harney & Sons smells lighter and more vegetal.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the taste, too, differs in that same regard. In fact, now that I sniff and sip these two green teas side by side, I am realizing that the Stash Premium Green lies just over the sencha line, veering toward the genmaicha side. I have always loved this tea, and I do affirm today that I could easily imbibe another 1000 bags!
Perhaps, though, I am comparing apples and oranges. It now seems pretty clear that Stash Premium Green is not a blend only of senchas, which the Harney & Sons Japanese Sencha certainly is.
I like them both. I really do, but the golden Stash brew strikes me as more substantial, with a more pronounced flavor and a richer texture than the brighter green Harney & Sons brew. This despite the fact that the spent Stash bag weighs about half as much as the spent Harney & Sons bag!
I guess that all of this goes to show:
on ne sait jamais!
This tea is courtesy of the amazing Missb! Thank you!
It smells rather good, but to be honest the chocolate flavour falls completely flat. It ends up tasting more like paper or…stale? Like very stale chocolate? Kinda feels like I’m drinking a cardboard box. :( I’m getting a slight hint of sweet and nutty from a fake hazelnut flavour, but there’s very little depth to the tea overall. Mostly I just taste stale paper. Nope.