Bought this one on a whim at the grocery store, the flavor combination sounded too good to pass up, and I’ve been enjoying rooibos blends lately. Pleasantly surprised that the teabags inside the box are individually wrapped!

I was a little worried looking at the ingredients because of the hibiscus, and I saw quite a bit of pinkish red coming out of the bag while it was steeping.

Luckily, the hibiscus doesn’t take over here. If anything, it supplements the somewhat tart apply flavor that is the star. I also get quite a bit of sweet maple, which the tartness also tempers nicely and keeps from being cloying. It’s not the most natural-tasting maple in the world, but honestly I’m not bothered by it. It reminds me a bit of maple brown sugar instant oatmeal, which I’ve enjoyed in the past.

I do get a tad bit of cinnamon, and a lovely oat-y pastry note, I assume from the rooibos? So for me, this comes off as a slighty tarter apple crumble, with cinnamon and oats from the crumble topping.

I’m very happy with this, especially for the price and convenience of a teabag. And the fact that they’re individually wrapped is an added bonus.

Flavors: Apple, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Green Apple, Hibiscus, Maple, Oats, Pastries, Sweet, Tart, Wood

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

I’ve had this one and liked it. Stash doesn’t get much attention from me these days; but in my earliest Steepster phase, I considered Stash and Republic of Tea to be the IT things :)

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I’ve had this one and liked it. Stash doesn’t get much attention from me these days; but in my earliest Steepster phase, I considered Stash and Republic of Tea to be the IT things :)

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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… ;)

~ July Sipdowns: 23
~ Total 2021 Sipdowns: 391

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.

Current Subscriptions:
Bird & Blend
Dessert by Deb
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms

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. 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.

Favorite Purveyors:
3 Leaf
Bird & Blend
Dammann Frères
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms
Taiwan Tea Crafts
Yunnan Sourcing

Tea Rating Scale:
90-100: Outstanding! Permanent cupboard resident
80-89: Great – a possible staple
70-79: Good, but I wouldn’t buy it
60-69: It’s decent
50-59: Meh… I may or may not have finished the cup
40-49: Ick. Couldn’t finish it.
00-39: Repulsive, I spat it out

I will sometimes refrain from rating a tea if I feel I’m too biased due to my personal dislikes, or if I suspect the sample has been compromised by age.

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Austin, Texas



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