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Pass the Stash TTB 2.0

Savory tea, huh? Okay, I’ll be brave. :P There are actually 3 kinds in the box, but I chose this one first because I figured carrot is a pretty sweet vegetable, and I do like curry. The instructions said to steep this in boiling water, but this claims to be green tea… So I did 185 instead, which is higher than I’ll normally go for green tea. Compromise! I originally steeped for 5 minutes and then went up to 10 after a quick taste.

It smells strongly of curry! But in a kind of sweet way, like it has coconut milk in it or something. I am shocked by how good this is! It’s delicious! Much less intense than you would expect from the aroma, and slightly sweet from the carrot. It’s largely a sweet tea with some added curry spice that makes it amazing! There’s also a little hit of fresh cilantro in there, which adds a nice herbaceous, fresh element. Zippy! I definitely don’t taste green tea at all in here, which is fine with me.

I am totally amazed that I love this tea! I would absolutely drink this as an evening tea (the green base is decaffeinated). There are a couple other savory tea flavors in the box, I’m considering trying another one. But I don’t want to deprive someone else… I don’t know how much interest there will be for these… Hm!

Flavors: Carrot, Herbs, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaBrat

wow, I’ve been afraid of trying those savory teas from Numi, this sounds pretty goo though!

KiwiDelight

I thought this one tasted the worst of the lot. I had to throw it out after a few sips. Probably shouldn’t have followed the water temp directions.

Cameron B.

Surprisingly, it is! This makes me want to order the variety pack and try them all. Obviously, if you don’t like curry, you won’t like this tea. :P

Cameron B.

KiwiDelight, I don’t know, could just be not to your taste. I never use boiling water for anything but herbals… Paranoid! :P

Marzipan

There was a tea in the samples only TTB that had pictures of broccoli and asparagus (I think) on it. I noped right on past them.

KiwiDelight

I like carrots, I like curry, but it was NOPE.

Marzipan, that would have been broccoli and cilantro. I can’t remember if I tried that one…

Mikumofu

The tomato mint one was great for cooking, now I’m curious about what this one can be used for too…

Marzipan

I am one of those people who genetically doesn’t like cilantro. Yuck.

KiwiDelight

I should have mixed it with cooked rice, come to think of it.

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TeaBrat

wow, I’ve been afraid of trying those savory teas from Numi, this sounds pretty goo though!

KiwiDelight

I thought this one tasted the worst of the lot. I had to throw it out after a few sips. Probably shouldn’t have followed the water temp directions.

Cameron B.

Surprisingly, it is! This makes me want to order the variety pack and try them all. Obviously, if you don’t like curry, you won’t like this tea. :P

Cameron B.

KiwiDelight, I don’t know, could just be not to your taste. I never use boiling water for anything but herbals… Paranoid! :P

Marzipan

There was a tea in the samples only TTB that had pictures of broccoli and asparagus (I think) on it. I noped right on past them.

KiwiDelight

I like carrots, I like curry, but it was NOPE.

Marzipan, that would have been broccoli and cilantro. I can’t remember if I tried that one…

Mikumofu

The tomato mint one was great for cooking, now I’m curious about what this one can be used for too…

Marzipan

I am one of those people who genetically doesn’t like cilantro. Yuck.

KiwiDelight

I should have mixed it with cooked rice, come to think of it.

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Hi, I’m Cameron! I’m a 30-something software engineer currently living in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two pugs, Gobo and Ume. I tend to cycle between my different hobbies, and they include knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, bento, baking, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is collecting hobby related-things… ;)

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I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I will often sweeten iced tea. I brew Western style, and fluctuate between using mugs or teapots with small cups depending on the season. Occasionally I’ll brew Gongfu style when I’m in the mood. I also use a kyusu for Japanese teas.

I am always up for a swap! Just let me know if you’d like to try something in my cupboard.

Tea Preferences:
I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms. These days, I drink mostly flavored teas, and I tend to gravitate most toward black, green, and oolong varieties. I do have a special fondness for straight Japanese green teas, however. I also enjoy maté, rooibos, honeybush, and herbal tisanes. I love matcha and drink it often!

Fruit: All of them! My ‘go-to’s tend to be in the red fruits, stonefruit, or citrus spectra. I also really love apple, banana, berry, fig, lychee, melon, pear, and rhubarb flavors. Tropical fruits aren’t among my favorites, but I still enjoy them once in a while – especially passionfruit, mango, and pineapple. I am not generally a fan of coconut in tea, though there are some exceptions.

Dessert: I love creamy vanilla and marshmallow flavors, along with anything in the caramel family such as butterscotch, toffee, or maple. Chocolate is also a favorite, though I’m often disappointed by it in tea. And don’t forget anything buttery, cakey, or cookie-y!

Floral: I’m a little bit more particular in this category. I very much enjoy jasmine, even strong jasmine, along with sakura and chamomile. Osmanthus is also a favorite of mine. But I’m not crazy about rose or lavender flavors, and I prefer hibiscus in moderation only.

Spices: I don’t generally find myself drawn to masala chai, but I do enjoy spices combined with other flavors. My favorite spices are the warm ones, especially cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, and cardamom. A bit of heat from black pepper or chili is okay too, as long as it’s not overwhelming! Ginger can be a lovely accent, but I find it difficult to drink as a starring flavor.

Aromatics: I’m obsessed with Earl Grey! I also love cooling flavors such as mint (especially spearmint), pine, juniper, and eucalyptus. I am not a fan of strong rosemary or sage in tea.

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Tea Rating Scale:
90-100: Outstanding! Permanent cupboard resident
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60-69: It’s decent
50-59: Meh… I may or may not have finished the cup
40-49: Ick. Couldn’t finish it.
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