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Monday – Green Tea / Day 2 of Lion’s Tea Challenge

Very basic and generic grocery store quality bagged tea. I do find this a bit astringent and a tad bitter. The green tea is fairly mild, not really vegetal or grassy, but it tastes like a green tea.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Green

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec 350 OZ / 10350 ML

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42

Monday – Green Tea / Day 2 of Lion’s Tea Challenge

Smells like rice and green tea, very promising.

Medium temperature water, let it steep while I went to put a load in the washer, came back to find very astringent green tea. Oops, guess I oversteeped it. This is completely my fault, but I feel this is not a very forgiving tea bag.

Anyway, other than a bit of bitterness and the astringency , I really like the light rice flavour. I’m not a fan of the green tea base used in cheaper grocery store teas, but I knew that before I bought this. I definitely taste grain and rice, maybe lightly toasted. I would not buy it again, but brewed correctly it would be enjoyable for those who like bagged green teas.

Flavors: Astringent, Grain, Green, Rice, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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20

Here’s Hoping TTB

I don’t think I’ll be trying any more of Stash’s decaf teas, as both of the ones I sampled from this box were a huge disappointment. This one had the same unpleasantly sour aftertaste as the vanilla one I tried. The hazelnut flavor was weak and the chocolate really didn’t come through at all. Not a fan!

Flavors: Hazelnut, Sour

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25

Here’s Hoping TTB

I really wasn’t a fan of this one. It had a weak nutty flavor with the barest hint of vanilla and an odd, slightly sour aftertaste. Definitely not something I would drink again!

Flavors: Nutty, Sour, Vanilla

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90

Here’s Hoping TTB

I was at a work conference most of the week without the proper equipment for brewing loose leaf tea, so I brought along a bunch of tea bags from the TTB to try. Of all the ones I sampled, this was my favorite. In fact, this may be one of the best bagged teas I’ve ever had! The oolong base was smooth and silky with a lovely sweet aftertaste. And the juicy mango and creamy coconut were perfectly balanced in each sip. Adding this to my wish list!

Flavors: Coconut, Mango, Smooth, Sweet

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45

This tea is okay— I can taste the vanilla and nut— but it’s a little artificial-tasting. A friend gave it to me because she ended up not liking it, and I’ll probably drink it when I don’t have anything better around, but it’s not all that impressive.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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73

Edit: I realized I had the wrong tea company. This was a Stash tea, not Twinings!

Decided to have this tea when my throat started hurting at work yesterday. I was actually pleasantly surprised at the great flavour balance. There was enough ginger in there to feel the spicy kick, but not too much so that it overwhelms the whole tea. The lemon was a tasty counterbalance, and there was even a hint of sweetness to round the tea off nicely. I was initially just drinking it to help my throat, but ended up enjoying it quite a lot. I let it steep for about 5 minutes so that the flavour would get nice and strong, and it was exactly the strength I wanted it to be. I would not be averse to having this tea again!

S.G. Sanders

Stash is pretty good stuff.

Mookit

Yeah, I was pretty impressed by this one. I might have to give a few more a try.

ashmanra

Have you tried the new 1893 Ginger Cola by Pepsi? So much ginger! It was pretty good.

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50

I reach for this whenever I want a good tasting, no-nonsense chamomile tea. The flavor is constant from box to box.

Flavors: Flowers

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77

Very astringent and bitter black tea base, but I enjoyed the spicy blend of ginger, pepper, etc. There is a lot of licorice in this tea, but I still enjoyed it.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Ginger, Licorice, Pepper, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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61

This steep very fast, so be warned! I left my tea bag in under a minute and it steeped a very bright pink magenta colour (like the packaging/) I can taste some tartness and something sweet and fruity. I find the pomegranate is almost tropical and creamy, I taste a bit of vanilla, which I did not expect. I think this makes a decent iced drink as long as you don’t steep it too long. It also goes well in ginger ale if you are looking for a sweeter and flavourful soda.

Flavors: Berry, Fruit Punch, Fruity, Pineapple, Pleasantly Sour, Red Fruits, Rosehips, Sweet, Tart, Tropical

Preparation
Iced 0 min, 45 sec 17 OZ / 500 ML
rosebudmelissa

Most of Stash’s Hibiscus teas taste really weird if brewed for more than a short time. I much prefer Celestial Seasonings or Adagio for Hibiscus teas.

Kristal

I concur with rosebudmelissa. I have had about 8 fruit herbals from stash and the only one I liked was Raspberry Hibiscus(it actually tasted like raspberries!). Really like Celestial Seasonings True Blueberry and Black cherry for iced teas.

Arby Robilliard

I actually find Celestial Seasonings is similar to Stash and get very tart quickly. I mostly avoid hibiscus teas when I can, but I bought a whole bunch of individual herbal tea bags so I could make iced teas.

Kristal

Ah well, to each their own!

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61

Be careful not to steep this too long or it will be sour/acidic. The sweet fruitiness is nice. I think this would have made a nicer iced tea rather than hot, but it was still pretty good.

Flavors: Berries, Fruity, Sour, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 24 OZ / 700 ML

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90

This reminds me a lot of Stash’s Christmas Eve (my absolute favourite) because of the spearmint and peppermint. I also taste chamomile and some spices (I assume that would be the tulsi) which makes it that much more interesting. Overall I think the flavour is fantastic and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys spearmint blends.

Flavors: Mint, Peppermint, Spearmint, Spices

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 24 OZ / 700 ML

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40

Promises a rich flavor and chocolaty taste. It tastes like a couple of cake crumbs fell into water then dissolved. Very weak flavour.

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85

I have been cold brewing this tea overnight, and it is tart and tasty midday. I have tried this tea hot, and it is fine, but it seems to shine for me when it is cold.

Flavors: Fruity, Raspberry, Tart

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 24 OZ / 709 ML

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33

Meh. Fine with milk and sugar, but what isn’t, really? I am trying to drink more of my teas unadulterated and this one is uninspired. I taste mainly hibiscus.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Sour, Tangy

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76

Surprisingly tasty for a very processed tea. I normally don’t like greens too much, but this tastes like a sweet matcha that isn’t astringent, so I actually like it. This is fairly sweet and fruity with an obvious blueberry flavour. It works well cold if you want a sweet refreshing drink and don’t expect top of the line tea.

Flavors: Blueberry, Fruity, Green, Sweet, Tea

Preparation
Iced 0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

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76

Quite tasty for a powdered tea. You can taste the blueberry and green tea, but neither overpower the drink. The green tea isn’t bitter at all and the blueberry is nice and sweet.

Flavors: Blueberry, Fruity, Green, Sugar, Sweet, Tea

Preparation
Iced 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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80

Very tasty and makes an excellent iced tea. I liked that the peppermint isn’t too strong.

Flavors: Green, Menthol, Mint, Peppermint

Preparation
Iced 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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67

The ginger in this one is quite strong in this one. I mostly drink this one when I have an upset tummy (or I ate too much) I don’t use milk or sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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82

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Flavors: Bitter, Tannic, Vanilla

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82

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Flavors: Caramel, Honey, Marzipan, Nutty, Vanilla

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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