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What makes this super? It’s a tea blend! Did I feel super after drinking? I’m trying. :)
A hint of malt immediately hits the tongue and then remains a lingering vanilla taste. It went well with the two slices of homemade bread and Amish-made cherry jelly. Does it hold well on its own? Eh.
Flavors: Malt, Vanilla
I picked this up to create Tea Trees for holiday gifties and had a handful left over. Definitely have enjoyed this tea in the last week in the morning. Stash is often in our grocery store, so I’m going to keep this in mind for next year’s holiday season
Flavors: Allspice, Clove
We lost the run of ourselves a wee bit tonight and headed out to the shops to find holiday bagged teas. I told Lex that each year I see a specific holiday bagged tea pop up on Steepster and this year we have to find it! Well, I’m quite sure I had the name incorrect, but managed to pick up three holiday bagged teas anyway — and this is the first one we tried!
Actually, I’m quite happy with this! The peppermint is mellowed out by the combination of lavender and chocolate. All three flavours take a front seat, but none are overly obnoxious.
My last experience with this tea was very underwhelming, so I decided to brew it up extra strong, for extra long, and top with some hot soy milk. Not a bad tea latte, but the cinnamon hearts flavour really takes over and reminds me of warm Fireball… not good or calming if you’ve ever overindulged like I have. I definitely won’t be repurchasing, and honestly I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone looking for a chai. If you’re looking for a cinnamon-flavoured black tea, maybe.
I wanted to check out some “grocery store” teas to see what I had been missing — was spending all the money on full leaf loose tea worth it?
The answer was a resounding yes. This was a disappointing cup. Pretty watery, not super flavourful, with the predominant note being a strong “cinnamon heart” flavour. I hate cinnamon. I’ll try it 4x as strong as a tea latte next.
Flavors: Cardamom, Cinnamon
Homemade Gift Advent Calendar #1
I forgot. It all lined up so pretty and nice on my tea shelf like a little Christmas village. Delicious Christmas village. So here I am three days in with the first open just now open. I’ll make up for it tomorrow. big grin Just by looking I would have guessed that this was a black. It is not but instead a higher oxidized oolong. Also, it no longer seems to exist on the Stash website. The dry aroma is rich. Somewhat fruity as in plums, or a somewhat musty fruit. The wet aroma is woodsy. Do not drink your tea while the infuser is in it. You’ll spill water on the floor and get tea leaves in your face. How long shall I leave it in? Probably longer. It is a darker oolong after all. After around 3 or 4 minutes I’m calling it good. There’s no astringency yet and I want to leave it that way. The liquor is a clear, deep dark amber. Very beautiful. I’m not quite sure that Get Jinxed is the song to match up with this but I have it stuck in my head. The flavor is woodsy. The only time I’ve had brandy was when my grandma put it in tea when I was sick. Have had it a few other times on the side but it’s definitely not something I seek out. Rather spend my money on tea. There is something about this that does remind me of brandy though. Oak. That lingering sensation of wet woods. Just licked a stick.
I’m not real happy that I could not start my advent calendar ….tummy trouble :(
On the other hand I have been drinking the Stash Lemon Ginger Herbal tea. It seems to have just the right blend for me when i am not feeling well. It is not flowery like the Twinings Lemon/Ginger. I also like this tea to just sit & relax with.
This is a tea that is good for when going through chemo also (been there, done that).
Happy December to all!
This was one of three teabag samples that my friend TeaWithJann included in a vintage teacup order that I recently placed from her shop – I thought it was a cute addition to throw some teabags in and, while I’m not a heavy teabag consumer, it’s been fun exploring them!
I’m not sure what I expected a “Christmas Morning” to be but it’s probably not jasmine. At first I was thrown because something like cinnamon would probably feel less out of place; however as I sipped the mug I think I slowly got more and more on board. I think the body of the black tea mixed with the soft and almost sweet fresh jasmine creates this feeling of calmness and as I sipped the more I felt like it was a good recreation of this romanticized elegance and sort of childlike wonder and magic associated with a perfect Christmas morning. Everything is peaceful, there’s a thick coat of fresh white snow on the ground and frost in the trees, everyone’s wearing their flannel PJs and gathered around the Christmas tree…
So, it wasn’t a great tea in terms of flavour but it did give me a great moment.
Just went on a 4 day road trip, and I brought no tea with me. I figured I wouldn’t really be able to brew any even if I brought some (which turned out to be very right). I ended up having this at a restaurant with breakfast one day. It was fine, particularly since I hadn’t had any tea in a couple days. Not something I would buy to have on hand, but not something I would turn down if offered.
I just lost a tasting note, but it was so rambly, that may be a blessing.
To condense my previous novelette, at first it smelled like toothpaste, but in a good way—like switching back to Crest after muscling my way through an entire tube of Arm & Hammer baking soda/peroxide. What was my husband thinking?
Now that I’m about halfway through the cup, the spearmint (a pleasant change of pace from peppermint—it hits your tongue in different places), combined with the very detectible cinnamon and clove remind me of the spice gumdrops Mom would buy for Christmas baking. I’d grab a handful and eat them all at once. That’s what this blend is like.
Thanks to Lexie Aleah for this little evening treat and a good memory of our farmhouse kitchen!
I was gifted 2 packages of this tea from a neighbor. I had two cups this morning while working on the grocery list. The scent of the tea leaves was lovely, reminded me of a cherry almond pastry I have had in the past. Cherry flavoring is not one I generally reach for due to my association with all the artificial cherry flavored medicines of my childhood. I do enjoy fresh and dried cherries though. This was my first cherry tea
Steeped as recommended on the package and it was a nice dark red color. During tasting there was a hint of cherry flavor with a stronger almond flavor. It did not carry over well in a second steep, but I anticipated that.
I did notice after that the best by date was for 12/2020; so I would assume that a fresher package would have different tasting notes. I would be open to trying again.
Flavors: Almond, Cherry
One of our cats woke me up, kept me up, throughout the night bringing me small toys and proudly, loudly, announcing her great achievements one by one. So, needless to say, I needed caffeine this morning. A maté and black tea blend seemed like just the thing. Plus, it’s another sipdown!
I’m not sure this flavor is still available. I didn’t see it on the Stash website, but it looks like Amazon might still have it. It’s too bad if so – this one is pretty tasty. It reminds me a lot of a cookie dough ice cream. Maybe the caramel is translating into cookie for me. I can also taste chocolate, which now I remember is because there are cocoa shells in this.
Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Cookie