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Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Seven- Tea #24
First, someone included a tea this round that expired in 2014. Hmm. No wonder no one wants to join the teabox (that I decided will take a break for now and possibly start again in the future when there is more interest…. my teabox fun certainly hasn’t waned!) Otherwise, the black tea here, though decaf, was super pale and tasteless. Which was probably the case when fresh too. I think a chai should either be strong with black tea OR just be a herbal chai with no black tea at all and only spices. Can’t judge this one fairly though, as the bag says it is quite old. Sure, I drink old teas, but I wouldn’t pass them on to other people.
This is very chocolatey – in fact it tastes more like chocolate than orange. Even the smell is overwhelmingly chocolate. And its more like a dark chocolate taste. I can barely taste the orange at all. Not that it’s a bad tea, I’d just like more orange.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Dark Chocolate
While I am not traditionally a fan of ginger teas, I am a big fan of orange flavor and having never tried an orange tea before decided to give it a go anyway.
Hot Tea Review:
Initially steeped the bag for 3 1/2 minutes at 190 degrees and then 5 minutes, but felt both times produced a weak flavored tea so I put the bag back in the water for another 5 minutes. The final tea was steeped for 10 minutes at 190 degrees.
As it steeped the tea produced a nice orange and ginger aroma. I found myself catching whiffs of the orange as the tea sat next to me, but, sadly, that aroma doesn’t carry through in flavor unless you add sweeteners. The sweetener helped considerably to draw out the orange flavor. I’m not a fan of ginger so I was thankful that it was not overpowering the tea.
I found this tea to produce a weak flavor as a hot brew, but I bought this primarily to try as a cold brew, so I’m not terribly disappointed by this.
Cold Tea Review:
sigh Well, I had really hoped that this tea would shine as a cold brew. While I am not a fan of ginger teas, as a hot tea the ginger didn’t overpower the tea so I was hopeful that this would translate in the same manner as a cold brew. Sadly, it did not.
The ginger was just too much and the orange just not enough. All-in-all this tea was a bust for me and one I’m unlikely to buy again.
Flavors: Ginger, Orange, Tart
Mint is not one of my favorite flavors of tea, but this one isn’t too bad. The tea bag gave off a nice strong spearmint aroma, but the tea’s flavor ended up being a subtle mint.
Unfortunately mint teas are either too strong or too subtle for my palate rarely leaving a middle ground for me to enjoy.
I’ve been steeping this tea with a chocolate tea that I wasn’t a big fan of, either, creating a sort of chocolate mint. With a splash of milk and sugar the combination provides a nice sort of dessert-like tea.
If one is craving a strong mint tea this one may mislead you in what to expect for flavor, but I do prefer the (spearmint) flavor of this tea compared to Celestial Seasonings peppermint tea.
If I based my review solely on using this tea as part of a combination brew (like my chocolate mint) I would rate it a 50.
Flavors: Mint, Spearmint
Not a tea I’d ever try as a cold brew (even the thought as one seems off-putting). However, as a hot tea, this is, hands down, one of my favorites, and, as a bonus, the cost is low so it makes buying it a guilt free pleasure. This is a tea you will always find on-hand at my house.
The tea has a strong black licorice aroma that, usually, carries through in flavor. I say usually because every now and then I get a bag where the flavor doesn’t match the aroma. It’s the only flaw I have found, thus far, with this tea.
I rarely find the need to enhance the tea’s flavor with sugar or milk. Once I added milk to see how it affected the tea and disliked it so much that I have never added it since. Whenever I happen across a weak bag I will add a bit of sugar or a piece of licorice root to draw out the flavor.
This is a tea I recommend to anyone that likes black licorice.
I’m not usually a fan of Chais, so I’m surprised that I found this one to be one I would drink. Based on other reviews, it seems some of what it’s lacking to make it a chai favorite for others is probably why it’s one that I do enjoy (I am not a fan of teas with a strong ginger flavor).
Not a tea that I would drink plain, as I find most chais to be, but with a bit of honey powder and milk, this makes for a nice alternative to what I regularly drink.
There’s a small ‘spicy’ flavor, but mild, again, to other chais I’ve had.
Again, not a favorite, but, likely, one I enjoyed at a low enough price point that I’ll probably keep a box on-hand for those nights where I’m craving something a bit different or for company.
Flavors: Cloves, Spicy
Pretty remarkable (and difficult to describe) combination. The aroma is incredible, possibly the best-smelling tea I’ve got. Flavor is strongly mint, but clearly there’s a melange of other flavors and aromas here that sound so discordant together but blend into a lovely and particularly soothing combination. This is a favorite.
Leaves: tea bag
Measuring Spoon: no
Color: Medium Amber
Taste: I had picked this tea up a few weeks ago at my local Sprouts b/c it was buy one get one free sale & I had a coupon! I hadn’t tried many Stash teas, so it was nice to add 2 new ones to my collection. Upon opening the packet the scent was amazing it only became even more apparent when i added hot water. The color was medium amber color with great clarity,no cloudiness. As for the taste it was light with a very slight bitterness. I didn’t really pick up on the mango or coconut but overall a very nice cup. Even without a bold flavor the aroma itself makes drinking a cup even more enjoyable.
After the rather disappointing encounter with ML Orchid Oolong today, I wanted something more like what I remember it being, so it’s time to get out the milk-scented oolong! I feel like I’m not going to do this tasting justice today, either, but tea waits for no one. 1 tsp/3g of leaves in 9 oz water, steeped 4 min in water just off the boil.
Dry scent: Green, growing tree leaves, plus creamy milk, with a rather aggressive bright note.
Scent of liquor: Medium bodied oolong with a bright leafy background note, an intermittent stone fruit fragrance, and a creamy overlay with a slight, not unpleasant mustiness. The cream scent intensifies as the tea cools. Makes me think of a sunlit research room filled with long wooden tables and shelves of ancient texts. (Weird? Maybe, but that’s how the inside of my head works.)
Taste of liquor: Light, slightly sweet, with a hint of cream coating the tongue lingeringly. A pleasant, companionable tea that would be cozy on a cool autumn day.
It is a fruity tea that is slightly tart and with a subtle sweetness. It makes a wonderful iced tea and pairs well with honey instead of sugar but whatever you do, do not add milk or cream. I tried this once and my milk curdled from the acidness of the raspberries.
Flavors: Hibiscus, Raspberry, Sour, Sweat
I just want to start off by saying I love Stash, but this one just wasn’t for me. It did hold up to its name though, in the sense that it has strong notes of both chocolate and peppermint. Reminds me of a cup of diluted hot chocolate stirred with a candy cane (the diluted part was probably me). If you like that kind of thing, consider trying this?
So this weekend we took a trip to my Grandma’s house to pay her a visit, and I wound up taking a few small tea samples home with me at the end of the visit.
Even thought this is a teabag, I grabbed one of them because it’s getting to be fall now and since this is something I haven’t tried before I thought it could be a nice one off cuppa. I made it at work, with some milk because milk and chai are just really good pairings. It was pretty good, but actually fairly light in flavour overall. I got a lot of the cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger but not as much clove as I wanted and very little actual pumpkin although there WAS a sweetness to it that was a bit harder to place.
It was nice to sip on, but forgettable overall.
I love this tea so much. Granted, I’m a bit of a sucker for salted caramel, and I was very happy when that flavor combination became widely popular a few years ago. I believe I discovered this tea last year on the shelf. It is one of my go-to teas in the autumn and winter. It smells heavenly. The flavor itself is a little flat if you steep it in too-hot water, but when you get the combination just right it’s so soothing and perfect. I’ll honestly drink it any time of the day or night – especially if it’s bitter-cold outside or rainy. It’s especially nice if you pair it with a creamer/milk. I do a little glop of almond milk with mine.
Flavors: Caramel, Salt
This tea for me gets a B+. Typically this tea is something I turn to in the middle of the day or early in the morning for a bit of a jolt and spice. The tea has a spicy sent to it without being overwhelming, and it goes down smooth. You can pair this tea with honey, but it’s honestly not necessary. It goes best with a light snack in the middle of your day.
Thank you to Stash for sending me this free sample on one of their new fair trade teas.
This has so much potential, it could have been a great cup for someone else. Unfortunately, I am not the best taster for something with dandelion root and chicory, because the roasted root taste is bitter and very…rooty. The chicory is just gross (as is all chicory). I just don’t find any redeeming qualities in a cup of bitter root water. I think anyone who enjoys dandelion root and chicory would really enjoy this, however. The ingredients themselves are high quality and ethically acquired (fair trade).
Flavors: Bitter, Medicinal, Mineral, Musty, Roasted, Sweet, Taro Root, Wood