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I took a road trip this weekend down to Monterey as a reunion of sorts with the other two lady coworkers. The one who still lives in the Bay Area was kind to pick me up in San Francisco on her way down from the East Bay. We took the coastal route, Highway 1, and stopped for lunch at a Mayan restaurant in a house called Cafe Capistrano in Half Moon Bay. I had a killer meal of cochinita pibil and a mug of this tea.
The tea was not so good. I mean, it was good enough but not what I was expecting from a Chai Spice tea. In a 16oz mug, 1 bag produced a cup tasting purely of moderately spicy cinnamon oil (almost artificial like red hots) and clove. The ginger and cardamom were nowhere to be found. I think brewing this in a smaller amount of water would make an overwhelming cinnamon tea. The black tea base added some body but I couldn’t taste it. I am happy that the restaurant provided a decent selection of bagged teas in a basket and that I wasn’t served Lipton.
Oh my god berry. Lots of berry. Overwhelming berry. Berry up front and proud. If you are looking for a berry centered, berry flavor dominated tea, this is it. The berry flavor itself is good, I have to admit. It’s crisp and wet and refreshing, just as it should be. I have a hard time calling this a “tea”, or even a “blended tea”, since there isn’t any actual tea in it, but hey, it still hits the spot. Does the job. Berry well.
The “natural cinnamon flavor” overwhelmed everything else in this tea.
It tastes like the cinnamon scented pine-cones you see at the grocery store around Xmas time.
We have a box of this at work. The best cup I’ve been able to create was with one bag of this, one bag of english breakfast tea, water at a full boil, steep 3-4 minutes, and then a generous helping of half-and-half and brown sugar.
Even then, it tastes more like cinnamon tea than an Indian Chai tea.
Ingredients: Blended black teas, cinnamon, ginger root, allspice, natural cinnamon flavor, clove bud oil, cardamom oil.
This tea tastes like a cardboard box with some bitter fruit added in.
I probably could’ve made it through the iced tea I made with this, but why? What would be the point?
I put it my remaining bags (most of the box) on the break room table with a note that said “free tea! take me home!”
About thirty seconds later, as I was rinsing out my mug, someone came along and said “wow!” and took a sachet. I want to ask her a follow-up question about how she felt about it — but I also don’t want to divulge that it came from me, in case she finds it as offensive as I did. I don’t want to lose a friend.
PS — I love how “cardboard” is a selection option down in flavors. That’s a good mix of funny and sad.
Flavors: Bitter, Cardboard, Citrus Fruits
Although I enjoy the spice blend Stash uses in this tea (the right balance of cinnamon, cardamom, and clover with none overwhelming the others), I thought the black tea base was too weak to support so much spice. I might try brewing this along with a bag of English Breakfast to amp up the base.
Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove
I’ve tried this chai made a few ways, straight (meh), with a dash of cream & a tsp of sweetener (not bad), steeped in milk (ok), and today I made it with frothed milk & two teaspoons of Splenda (next time I’ll cut it back to just one).
I prefer it the way it was prepared tonight, but it’s still a very weak chai. I let it steep for ten minutes in the milk, and wish I would have used two bags instead of one. It’s not bad, I am enjoying it, but the only flavors that I’m getting off of it are cinnamon & light clove. Doubt I would buy this again, and I’ll probably get some loose leaf chai once I run out of this.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves
Tea 5/6 from the fruit tea sampler I got off of amazon. I bought these teas with the intention of making pitchers of iced tea. To try this tea, I put 1 bag of of this tea in 8 oz of cold water and put it in the fridge to steep for about 1.5-2 hours (cold brew).
When it comes to the taste of this tea, it is very light (not surprising since the main ingredients are floral) with a mild tart taste from the hibiscus. As for any taste of mangoes? None whatsoever. I drink a smoothie every morning and often I make them with mangoes. I have also had Mango Fruit Punch tea from DAVIDs. Those things tasted like mangoes, this- not even close. I can’t comment on the passion fruit because I don’t recall ever eating that fruit, but this tea to me is just mildly tart and nothing else. Very disappointing since this is one of the teas I was most excited for. I will be mixing this tea with others to use up but otherwise I will not repurchase at all.
I haven’t had the final tea from the collection (Meyer Lemon) but reading the ingredients it is almost the same as the Lemon Ginger tea, and I have a good idea of what that will taste like. With that being said, I can say with confidence this is the worst tea out of the bunch.
Tea 1/6 from the fruit tea sampler I got off of amazon. 6 boxes of tea for $26 or a bit over $4 per box. Not too shabby! I bought these teas with the intention of making pitchers of iced tea.
I decided to cold brew this one. I put 4 tea bags in my 2L pitcher and let it sit in the fridge overnight (about 12 hours?). When I took a sample this morning I was underwhelmed. There isn’t much tartness from the hibiscus (a good thing), but overall it’s pretty weak and the main taste is a slightly bitter aftertaste (maybe from the chicory root? Acai berry?- can’t say I’ve had either or those things before so I’m not really sure).
I’m going to try hot brewing the tea then leaving it to cool in the fridge, or maybe use 2 tea bags of this tea plus 2 of another kind to make it better. Otherwise I will not be repurchasing this tea (which is disappointing because I had high hopes for these Stash teas). Hopefully the other kinds in my collection will be better. So far I have tried 2/5 of the celestial seasonings teas and they were both amazing, which was very surprising as I had low expectations for that brand.
I’m new to the world of chai, as I usually stick with herbals or green teas, but I’m trying to branch out-broaden my horizons if you will. I grabbed this one because it looked pretty and steeped a quick cup as soon as I got home. I added a splash of almond milk and a little bit of sugar and it was exactly what I wanted it to be. It has definitely encourage me to try some other brands and spice variations of chai.
I’m not going to lie. I mostly wanted it because of the mango on the label. I thought i was going to be a more higher volume of flavour, but maybe i added way to much water, Or not enough tea bags for me cup. I love the smell. I guess i was just too weak for me.