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drank Darjeeling Green by Stash Tea
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drank Sweet Honeydew by Stash Tea
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A melon green tea? Sign me up! :P

This is a very pleasant bagged tea. The honeydew tastes like it’s on the underripe side to me, so it has more of a refreshing cucumber-esque note to it, rather than a syrupy and juicy ripe melon like Lupicia’s. The green base is mellow and grassy, which goes well with the lighter, more crisp melon flavor.

Not one I would order, just because I always have Lupicia’s Melon Oolong in my cupboard and I think one melon tea is enough. But if I wanted a convenient bagged version, I would consider picking this up. I bet it would be lovely for cold brew too, and much more cost-effective.

Flavors: Cucumber, Dry Grass, Grass, Hay, Honeydew, Melon, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Cinnamon Vanilla by Stash Tea
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I made two lattes tonight using sample teabags from Stash. I have had these for about nine months, so they are not fresh but not too old, either. Honestly, this one smelled pretty bad to me, and now I realize it was the sarsaparilla. If you love sarsaparilla, you will probably like this more than I did. But it was mainly the aroma of the dry tea bag that I disliked.

I tasted this one before handing it off to Ashman, who said he really liked it. He has a real sweet tooth and he is working late and has a lot still to do, so after tasting it and finding it to be a bit bland, I jazzed this up with half water, half milk, our homemade vanilla extract, lots of sugar, and whipped cream on top.

The thing is, this is what it would take to make this enjoyable to me. It is not a tea I would crave or relish as a plain, hot cuppa. Not something I plan to order, but thankful for the sample, and so glad that he enjoyed it on his work break.

Note not about the tea: has anyone tried Bakers Tennis Biscuits and are they worth hunting down?

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drank Decaf Pumpkin Spice by Stash Tea
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This is a sample teabag that came in an order about nine months ago.

Ashman is working late at home and feeling peckish, so I made a cheese and cracker plate and thought it was a great time to get rid of these two decaf samples as nice, filling lattes.

Sadly, when I opened the little wrapper the tea (both this one and Cinnamon Vanilla) had a strange and unpleasant aroma. It was a familiar smell, and I think I have decided it is mildew. Like someone threw a wet swimsuit in a hamper and left it and you don’t find out for a week. Ick.

I steeped it strong in just half the water called for and then added sugar and milk and tasted…and added more sugar and some vanilla, because there wasn’t much flavor. The strange smell was nearly gone, although when I tipped the mug back to get the very last of the drink, the smell hit me again. But at least it tasted better than it smelled.

Maybe it is just an off night for my taste buds or something, but this was very non-spectacular. We would have been better off having a cup of hot milk and adding our own spices.

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I guess this is technically a sipdown, and I could technically count it under the “chocolate tea” prompt for the monthly challenge, but I only had a single bag from a TTB, so it seems disingenuous to count it!

Anyway, I’m a sucker for any chocolate-mint combo, and this bag smells divine! Brewed, it’s definitely more mint than chocolate, but it does have a hint of cocoa to boost the mint and give it some body. I added a bit of Not Milk (that’s the brand; my current fave alt milk!) and now it’s super creamy and delicious. There is no discernible oolong to my palate, but the overall effect of the base tea is perfectly fine.

I’ve had a sore throat for a few days and this is helping. For a bagged tea, it’s more than serviceable.

Flavors: Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Peppermint

Cameron B.

A sipdown’s a sipdown, no matter how small! :P

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drank Chocolate Mint Oolong by Stash Tea
1639 tasting notes

I don’t get a lot of chocolate from this, but I taste some herbal mint and a little something else, maybe more like white chocolate. There’s something about it that I don’t love, possibly the oolong base, but it’s all right. It reminds me of a less gross version of S&V’s white chocolate mint tea. Thanks tea-and-cats! I think this is my last sample from our Christmas swap!

Cameron B.

Uh oh, I just ordered the Simpson & Vail white chocolate peppermint tea, ha ha! Hopefully it doesn’t taste like potato skins to me! XD

AJRimmer

Ha other people seem to like it, so hopefully you do too!

Cameron B.

If not, I’ll have plenty of other teas to console myself with! :P

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drank Chai Green by Stash Tea
1639 tasting notes

The green base is very mild so you can’t really tell it’s green tea. The spices are quite mild as well. This one is pleasant, but it doesn’t have a lot of character. The spices blend so that none are stronger than the others, but it would have been nice if this tea had a little more intrigue. It was nice to try a single bag from a TTB anyway!

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drank Earl Grey by Stash Tea
1843 tasting notes

Mastress Alita’s Monthly Sipdown Challenge
August 2022 → A cheap tea

I didn’t actually compare prices, but Stash comes to mind when I think of cheap tea so here we are. I don’t have anything against bagged tea, there are some that I really love. I think Stash seems cheap to me because there aren’t many Stash teas I’ve had that I’ve actually liked. Maybe only one or two. I’ll have to go back and confirm that.

This ones not bad at all though. It’s an Earl Grey without any bells and whistles but sometimes that’s all I want. It’s all I want this morning. I decided on an Earl Grey because I read that EG is good paired with prunes and I just finished making some spice muffins with prunes mixed in. Doesn’t sound at all appetizing, but I like prunes so they turned out to be really tasty. And a good match for this Earl Grey!

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
AJRimmer

I love prunes! I make prune cocoa powder smoothies, and they’re the main fruit we use when we do British puddings, so those muffins sound great!

Shae

I hadn’t thought of combining prunes with chocolate, but those smoothies sound good!

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drank Christmas In Paris by Stash Tea
1639 tasting notes

This has a nice, gentle flavor. I taste the cocoa shells and a light floral touch from the lavender. I’m drinking this cold sweetened with milk, and it’s a pleasant enough cup that I’d actually consider buying a box of it. Everything combines to be a little desserty and very relaxing. Thanks tea-and-cats!

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drank Christmas Eve by Stash Tea
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I received a sample of this tea in my order last November or December and am just now getting around to trying it, thanks to my recent tea reorganization bringing it to the front.

I made this at about 1 am since I wasn’t sleepy ( I am about to fall off my chair with grogginess now) and sipped it in my rocker. It was sweet to be up all alone, in a mostly dark house, with everyone quiet and that contributed to the enjoyment of having tea, but the tea itself was just okay. It was a bit thin body-wise but at least it was not heavy on the clove. The mint was okay, as I prefer spearmint to peppermint anyway,

An acceptable cup, not one I want to buy, but nice to have another sample off the shelf.

Kelmishka

There’s something magical about being awake all alone at an odd hour!

Leafhopper

Agreed, whether it’s late at night or early in the morning.

ashmanra

Indeed, magical is the word!

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drank Asian Pear Harmony by Stash Tea
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Mastress Alita’s Sipdown Challenge – a tea that reminds you of a family member.

This is pear tea but it tastes and smells like those soft orange peanut-shaped candies that we call Circus Peanuts. Why are they called Circus Peanuts when they are not peanut flavored? Why banana? And why does this pear tea taste like banana candy?

My mother loved those Circus Peanuts so when I was in a store that had them (they were rather hard to find) I would buy her some.

The tea is fun and tasty, not an expensive tea and easily accessible. It would have been a good tea for the “cheap tea” prompt, too.

I was going to make it for lunch to go with our salads when I remembered that Ashman doesn’t like pear and says it tastes floral to him, so I ended up having this and he got Glazed Lemon Loaf.

Mastress Alita

Circus Peanuts are my most hated candy (though I also hate all things banana). I think I’ll avoid this one, heh…

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drank Christmas In Paris by Stash Tea
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This is a sample from last year’s Christmas order. I have a student who loves Stash White Christmas and a daughter who probably has it running through her veins. They both usually get some Stash tea for gifts.

I fell asleep at 7 pm last night and woke at 11:40 pm unable to sleep again, so I decided to grab a good book and make a cup of caffeine free tea and get rid of a sample.

At 2 am, this is a surprisingly decent tea. It is nothing worthy of comparison to Cuppageek blends, but there we have it. The chocolate was in front for me with mint running alongside, and the lavender was very mild.

I would possibly even buy a box at Christmas if I didn’t have so much other tea I need to finish.

Cameron B.

I still have a set of six Christmas teas from Stash that my mom sent me last year, unopened… XD

ashmanra

I put my tea that had been inside a chest with other tea stacked on top into a small bookcase so I can see it all and reach it more easily. I am now cringing at how much too much tea I have, how much I have never added to cupboard, and how much I am fully intent on re-ordering,

On a happy note (and you know how happy this made me, Cameron) I found an unopened pack of CAROL!!!

Cameron B.

Ha ha yaaaaaay! A gift from your past self! :P

And you know you’re preaching to the choir here about “too much tea”… I probably have at least twice as much as you! XD

ashmanra

Thank you, Past Me! Ha ha!

I would be thrilled to be down to half of what I have right now!

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Bit more of a kick than I thought, nice lemon flavor as well and mint and green tea, perfect chilled for an afternoon tea.

Flavors: Lemon, Mint

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drank Earl Grey by Stash Tea
26 tasting notes

Weak, especially compared to Whittard of Chelsea’s bagged Earl Grey.

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank White Christmas by Stash Tea
1639 tasting notes

This tea turned out super mild. I taste an intermingling of ginger and mint, but it’s not spicy. I don’t taste the white base at all. I would have guessed that it’s an herbal tea, in fact. It’s just a little too basic and mild to have again. Thanks for sharing tea-and-cats!

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Anybody have a clue where I got this? Me either. All the same, it’s a decent, low-fuss bagged green tea with a nice fresh-cut vegetal flavor. Today, when the AC choices (I use the term choices loosely—our environment is controlled remotely by capricious thermostat genies) at work are “hot soup” or “cold soup,” it worked well both hot and iced.

ashmanra

Your tea bag Christmas tree from coworker, perhaps?

gmathis

Those were all Harney & Sons, but a good guess! It may have been the leavings from another office cleanout, though.

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drank Christmas Morning by Stash Tea
1639 tasting notes

I’m enjoying this more than I expected. The only ingredients are supposedly black tea and jasmine tea, but it tastes like there’s more in there. Maybe it’s just because the black tea is sort of interesting with good depth. Regardless, sweetened with milk, this tastes pretty nice. Thanks tea-and-cats!

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Geek Steep S2E25 – The Music of John Williams

This episode was an incredibly fun one! I mean, I always enjoy our episodes but I think this was the most excited I was to record in quite a while because we went all out with our pairings not just for this “fandom” in general but for specific compositions of William’s.

The only con, really, was that we recorded about six hours before I was going to be on a flight to LA – so I was really in that sort of pre-flight nervous energy mode where I had completely washed all my dishes and done all my laundry and just didn’t want to start anything new at all. So I kept my tea pairing as simple as possible for recording – a bagged tea that I would be able to sip while dirtying the fewest amount of dishes possible! It was kind of just a nice bonus that there’s a musical motif to the ENG/FR name of this blend.

It’s a good tea and I’ll write a nicer tasting note about the flavour some other time because I think there’s something pretty interesting and unique here about Stash’s decision to take such a novel type of pear and bring it to grocery shelves. For now, I think it suffices to say that this one does really taste a lot like pear but in a sweet and juicy sort of way, and where I actually don’t hate the green tea base as much as I would’ve expected to.

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drank Breakfast in Paris by Stash Tea
1639 tasting notes

This definitely tastes lower quality than the usual EGs I drink, but it’s okay. I taste the bergamot and a nondescript black tea. At the end of the sip, I get a sort of strange tang that I wish weren’t there. I sadly didn’t taste any lavender here. I don’t think I’d like to drink this one again.

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drank Holiday Chai by Stash Tea
1639 tasting notes

This chai is a little boring. I taste some clove and not much else. I wouldn’t say it’s spicy or has much depth. It’s decent sweetened, but not amazing. Still, thanks for sharing tea-and-cats!

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This black tea is pretty weak and not full of delicious depth like a high quality black tea would be, but I guess that’s not too unexpected from decaf. I don’t taste hazelnut specifically, but I get a mild chocolate. It makes an okay drink sweetened with sugar, but I wouldn’t buy this.

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For my lemon tea, I am having this one iced and sweetened. It doesn’t taste like lemonade made from Meyer Lemons, but has the lemon herbal vibe I expected. It is not tart really, but you can tell it has rosehips. The lemongrass isn’t too oily, as it sometimes can be. This would be good with honey for a sore throat if you don’t have lemons/lemon juice around.

This is not a repurchase for me, as I would prefer to just make lemonade if I want that flavor. We just discovered rose lemonade with salt thanks to The Spice House and now I am just craving that instead. Just stuck a gallon in the fridge to chill.

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I saw this one at Christmas Tree Shops and immediately thought of gmathis, because she was the first person who ever told me about Meyer Lemons. I had never heard of them.

It is hot as blazes here already, nearly 90 today, although we do get some respite late at night, but this is our busiest yardwork time of year as we must get the azaleas pruned (we have lots and they are huge) and four shrubs growing prominently out front have started to die and had to be dug up and replaced. (Thankfully Ashman is as strong as an ox.) My job was to chop the shrubs to bits so they would fit in the yard trash cans. Six cans are full, one shrub remains to be chopped and disposed of.

With all that in mind, the thought of icing this one appealed immediately so that is just what I did.

It reminds me a little of Lemon Zinger from Celestial Seasonings. The hibiscus is not powerful and the steeped beverage is lightly pink/orange. I feel like I mostly taste lemongrass so I expected Ashman not to like it but he said it was fine. He and Superanna do not like lemongrass, and I get it when people say it reminds them of lemon cleaning products like Lemond Pledge. But there is plenty of more natural lemon flavor here as well, enough to make it pass muster for Ashman.

I thought it was decent and will finish this box of bags off pretty quickly making it iced by the pitcher, I expect. It was fun to try!

I feel like this would be very welcome hot with honey when one has a sore throat.

gmathis

90? We’re still having frost advisories. Having to cover up the tomato & pepper plants nightly.

ashmanra

We are hot by day and not very low at night, but in a couple of days we will have a low of 48. Then Thursday only 73.

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