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So I bought a box of this about a week and a half ago, so I had an herbal blend on hand. I like having some herbal teabags at work, to sip without getting too much caffine, and also to have at home, which I am working on my writing project in the evening.
I did not expect this to get sipped down so freaking fast! I am not to be underestimated, apparently.
Its a mint tea! It does what it says on the box! And as I have a fondness for basic peppermint blends, I’d have to say I generally enjoyed it.
This one sounds so good, but now that I’ve tasted it, I kind of wish it wasn’t decaf. I don’t know if it actually makes a difference in taste, but I think it does. I do taste the chocolate and hazelnut, but there’s also a fake element to it… Not sure what that is. Not a bad tea, but it kinda tastes washed out.
Flavors: Cardboard, Chocolate, Hazelnut
Another bagged tea revisit. This is one of the few, however, that I recall I never did like, even back in my bagged-tea-drinking days. I can’t recall now what it was about it, exactly, that I didn’t like, only that I used to drink a lot of the Stash Lemon Ginger, and one day at the store I accidentally got a box of the Sunny Orange Ginger instead because they looked so similar, and I figured, “Eh, no big deal, I like orange too,” and then I didn’t like it at all. It sat in my cupboard untouched for so long at some point I did a big clean-up and threw it out. I was shopping the other day and Stash teas were on sale, and I figured, “Why not?” And here we are.
I removed the tea from the teabag and steeped it in my gravity well infuser for five minutes. The aroma of the steeped tea is really unpleasant to me… and I have to wonder if that is what put me off so much to begin with. It is hard to describe what is so off-putting about it. It’s just this really artificial orangey scent, but it has this acidic or acrid quality to it. Like an orange flavoring you’d find in something really medicinal, sort of like that. And then the ginger is just staggering. Oh boy.
The flavor… Well… I’ve had worse. I mean, I can at least finish this cup. But it isn’t particularly pleasant. It doesn’t have a very strong orange flavor… or maybe it is just hard to tell, because the ginger is really strong. The ginger leaves a burning sensation right at the back of my tongue, and any time a spicy tea is so heavy on the spice it actually leaves an unpleasant heat in my mouth rather than just a nice warming sensation, then it becomes a bit of a turn-off. And from the weak orange flavor that is there, it tastes really artificial.
I wasn’t missing anything here, but my palate has changed so much over time that I don’t regret checking back in and giving it another chance.
Flavors: Artificial, Ginger, Medicinal, Orange, Spicy
Stash English Breakfast is one of the few black teas I can buy in this part of Mexico. Scoring a package is difficult because there is more demand than supply. Its not great tea but I have been happy to have it given there are few alternatives different from herbal infusions, which are everywhere.
The tea bags contain just 2 grams of tea each so I brewed it with just 6 oz of water. The tea its self is mild, weak and inoffensive without any bitterness.
Stash English Breakfast is pleasant to drink and the flavor is slightly sweet but is too weak to pick out any outstanding characteristics. If Lipton is 1 star, this one is a two and a half star brew. While it was ok with milk and stevia, I think those who drink their tea black will get more enjoyment from the cup.
Wow. Total blast of bitter board! I dumped the dust like contents of the tea bag into my steeper so I wouldn’t have to taste the bag, but the bag taste may have dulled the bitter brew. I added cream and it makes this dark tea drinkable, but not quite enjoyable. There is absolutely nothing remarkable about this tea.
If I were a kid and this tea was a real life representation of Xmas morning, I’d be one heartbroken little kid opening gift after gift of nothing but worn mismatched socks wondering what the f*ck just happened to my holiday.
This cup is so representative of the difference in quality and care that is put into loose leaf vs bagged and offends me to my core.
I’m dumping the hell out of this cup.
This is starting out to be a feisty day!
This tea bag was from a family member’s work. She found it stuffed at the bottom of the wrong tea box. So it’s quite possibly pretty old.
Tasting Notes: The cocoa shells come through along with some notes of campfire smoke and wood. The monk fruit adds some sweetness that perhaps for some might remind someone of a dessert. Although I don’t get dessert from this cup just sweetness and roasted earthy and smoky flavors. It is a pretty interesting tea just not what you would expect. The chocolate notes with the sweetness and complexity of the other notes I would say that this could be considered a dessert tea for some but it would be a chocolate perhaps with some salt.
I would drink this myself occasionally but it’s not a tea I need to have in my cupboard per say. This tea is quite tricky to describe so it’s best to try it on your own and form your own opinion of it.
Flavors: Char, Chocolate, Cocoa, Earth, Roasted, Salt, Smoke, Sweet, Wood
Did NOT oversteep this today, for once, so it was quite tasty. Nothing special, no real taste notes to speak of, just a nice black tea that I use to ‘clean out’ my mug when I have chai first thing in the morning. I’m bringing in a specific tea mug on Monday so I won’t have to start every day with this soon. I’ve been sick for 3 days and unmotivated to make tea so it’s nice to get back on the ‘horse’ so to speak.
I noticed I had one teabag of this stashed away so it’s time for another bagged tea revisit… and a sipdown! I have vague memories of drinking this a lot before I really got into tea as a hobby, but I’m unsure how I’ll feel about it now that I frequently drink loose, whole leaf chais. Time to find out! As per usual, I removed the bag and infused in my gravity well infuser, since I don’t like the papery-taste the bags seem to leave in the water.
Eeh… Well, I actually quite liked the black base, and I often tend to find bagged blacks too astringent for my tastes. This was a strong tea, with only some mild astringency, but it was not bitter and I found it pretty pleasant. The chai spices, however, just tasted off. There was a very heavy clove flavor which seemed to dominate the whole cup, with a slight hint of some cinnamon and ginger flavors on the back of my tongue in the aftertaste. If it had more balance between the spice flavors, this wouldn’t be too bad, but the heaviness of the clove ruins the whole cup. I do recall that I used to always drink my tea sweetened, and admittedly, some sugar did help ground some of the overpowering clove notes a bit, and improve the cuppa some. Just not really enough that I’d care to have it again.
Flavors: Astringent, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Spicy
Ah, Stash English Breakfast…where do I start? This is the second tea of my recent bagged tea purchase. The other was Stash Earl Grey. Of the two I liked the English Breakfast best but barely. I want to be complimentary here. Like the Earl Grey, this isn’t bad tea. But like the Earl Grey this tea suffers simply because it come from a tea bag. Prepared one tea bag per 8 oz water I found this tea to be weak and tasteless. 2 bags gets a little closer to enjoyable but still not “strong”. The flavor is simply unassuming and a little bland. There is no astringentcy or bitterness at all. That’s probably a good thing for a first morning cup or an all day drinker. No surprises, no worries. Just tea. There is nothing here to make me want another cup but I would not object to it either.
It’s ok to drink but not remarkable. This is a solid “b student” kind of tea. You know, it gets the job done with the right motivation, but will never stand out and be noticed.
This is another bagged tea that I felt like revisiting recently. It of course can’t hold a candle to the whole loose leaf Green Pomegranate from Art of Tea that I really enjoy, but before I had that tea, I remember I drank this tea quite a bit. Going back to it now (steeped sans bag, for two minutes in 175 degree F water) I find it drinkable, but pretty underwhelming. I like fruity green teas, but I like the fruit flavors more subtle and delicate so I can enjoy the notes of the green tea base, and it is impossible to taste any green tea in the base in this blend… I feel like I’m just drinking a fruity herbal. The base of the tea just tastes of hibiscus, though it isn’t quite as tart as most hibiscus teas I’m used to, sweetened up with a lot of artificial raspberry and pomegranate flavors. It has a decent enough fruity flavor, but I wish it had more of a green tea base.
Flavors: Artificial, Fruity, Hibiscus, Raspberry, Sweet, Tart
Whoop! I snagged the last two boxes of black tea in 50 miles of me! I may not be kidding. The local stores here, in my neck of Mexico, generally stock green tea or various herbal tinctures (in tea bags only). What little black tea makes it south of the border is not enough for the tourist gringo demand. In fact, this is the first black tea I have seen in a couple of months and both boxes are Stash.
One is Earl Grey and the other is English Breakfast. As my boyfriend says, warm and wet, with a tag to remind you are drinking “tea”. I hesitate to say this is “bad” tea. It isn’t. In fact, the tea is quite a good base. It is sweet and not bitter with a pleasing saltiness and a hint of bergamot and a gentle lemony nose.
But that gentleness is really the problem here. The tea is weak and lacks body and the bergamot flavor compliments the tea strength perfectly.
I made this first cup with 8 oz boiling water and steeped for 4 minutes. To get more flavor I will try using two tea bags and 5 minutes steep next. If it takes two tea bags to get enough flavor for one cup of tea then this is expensive tea to drink. Still, with nothing else in my cupboard, this is Mexico so I am happy to have it. Recommended with reservations.