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Review: Stash Decaf Premium Green Tea

Overall rating:

Taste: 4.5 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 2 of 5 leaves — this tea is high maintenance but worth the effort.:

Katie says:

Tea Type: Individually packaged bagged tea
Temperature: @180 (below boiling point)
Steeped: 2 minutes
Served: With a touch of honey

I LOVE this tea. I love that it’s organic and I LOVE LOVE LOVE that it’s decaf but still has flavor. This tea has the nice earthy/grassy taste you expect from green tea but in decaf form! This tea is delicious both hot and cold and is a great choice for someone like me who hates drinking plain water but loves tea. My recommendation is to make a hot cup in the morning and then immediately resteep (3-4 minutes for the 2nd time in little water, 1/2-1 cup). Let the 2nd steep cool and pour over ice for an afternoon drink. This will be a staple in my tea cabinet for sure!

Taste: 5 of 5 leaves – Outstanding, a must try!
Steepability: 2 of 5 leaves — this tea is high maintenance but worth the effort.

Stash Premium Green Tea Decaf

Abby says:

Tea Type: Individually packaged bagged tea
Temperature: @180 (below boiling point)
Steeped: 2 minutes
Served: nothing added

On dreary winter evenings, a fire in the wood stove, Downton Abbey on the TV and a steaming hot cuppa tea can’t be beat! The problem is, there aren’t many decaf teas that I enjoy drinking. I had high hopes about Stash Premium Green Tea Decaf and I wasn’t disappointed. It has a bright, grassy green flavor as if it were caffeinated tea.  Though, bagged, the tea still has a bold flavor. A tasty, quick option for a satisfying cuppa!

Note: Be careful not to oversteep! And.. don’t forget to resteep, you can get two cups from this tea bag.

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 2 of 5 leaves — this tea is high maintenance but worth the effort.

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 Review: Stash Organic Pinhead Gunpowder Green Tea

 

 

Overall Rating:

Taste: 4.25 of 5 tea leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate.

Katie says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @200 (below boiling)
Steeped: 2 minutes for the first steap and one extra minute for each use after.
Served: with a touch of honey

What a nice, strong, green tea! It has a very classic and pure green tea taste: mostly grassy, a bit earthy. This tea does get bitter quickly, but when done right it has a very clean taste and can be reused again & again! I also love that if this tea gets cold just toss in some ice because this makes a delicious iced green tea! For the 1st steep I’d recommend morning but you could reuse all day since after the first steep most of the caffeine is gone. Yum. I’ll keep this in my pantry for sure!

Taste: 4.5 of 5 tea leaves – Quite a good cuppa!

Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate.

 

 Abby says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @200 (below boiling)
Steeped: 2 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Organic? Check. Fair trade? Check. Beautiful gunpowder tea? Check! What more could you ask for? Stash’s rolled greed tea has tons of strong, earthy tea flavor. It gets bitter quickly, because it’s a delicate tea, so don’t over steep. For the first steep 1-2 minutes should be enough. For resteeps add another 15-30 seconds each time. You will get a beautiful golden yellow cuppa full of grassy flavors and antioxidants!

This tea resteeps for days! I resteeped it fours times and still got good, albeit, light, flavor! If you enjoy potent green tea, give this one a try.

Taste: 4 of 5 tea leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate.

Get yourself some of this tea here:

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Review: Stash Organic Earl Grey Black and Green Tea

 Overall Rating:

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability:5 of 5 leaves — this tea is easy to make!

Abby Says:

Tea type: Bagged
Temperature: @200 (about boiling)
Steeped: 3 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Here we are again, reviewing another Stash Tea. We’ve enjoyed reviewing Stash tea in the past and jumped at the chance to do it again! This time we’re talking about Stash Organic Earl Grey Black and Green Tea. It is as it sounds, a blend of black and green tea with a hint of bergamot to give it the classic Earl Grey flavor.

For me this tea is decidedly black, but lighter… I can clearly taste the nutty black tea flavors, but I don’t taste the typical green tea flavors of earth and vegetation. But, somehow, I can still tell that the green tea is there. Maybe it comes through in the mouth feel or the aroma? The citrus bergamot flavor is also light, presumably to allow you to taste the blend of the two tea types. In terms of Earl Grey tea alone, this is not my favorite. I usually like a strong black tea with a lot of bergamot when I drink Earl Grey. But, this tea is able to stand out because it’s a unique take on Earl Grey and I can appreciate that for sure!

I love to see tea companies embrace the organic food movement. I’ll admit that I don’t always eat organic food, but when given the choice because and non-organic option and one the is organic, usually I choose organic. Giving people choices about what the put in their bodies is so important and I love that Stash gives people that choice.

Taste: 3 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability:5 of 5 leaves — this tea is easy to make!

Katie says:

Tea type: Bagged
Temperature: @200 (about boiling)
Steeped: 3 minutes
Served: with a touch of honey

For Halloween Abby and I certainly got treats and not tricks with a box full of stash tea! I really enjoyed this black and green blend. This is still a black tea, but a lighter version. In a string black tea I like a splash of milk and honey. However, this tea is really nice with just a touch of sweet. I like to bring my own tea when I travel and I’d consider traveling with this so I can have a tasty miring cuppa without needing to find milk.

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa.
Steepability:5 of 5 leaves — this tea is easy to make!

Review: Stash Coconut Mango Oolong

Overall Rating:

Taste: 4.5 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves — This tea is easy to make!Abby says:

Tea type: Bagged
Temperature: @200 (about boiling)
Steeped: 4 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Tea blended with coconut flavors is one of my favorite things right now! I just love how the sweet and creamy flavor of balances and enhances the earthy flavors in black and green tea. Stash coconut mango oolong goes a step further adding fruit to the mix! I really like this combination because it is smooth, creamy and soothing to drink, but isn’t something that will put you to sleep. Its interesting! The oolong gives you mild earthy tea notes and the coconut and mango add interesting fruit and cream notes without adding too much sweetness. Altogether you get a relaxing tropical feel from drinking this tea. What could be better in the last few days of summer?!

Give this one a try, hot or iced, if you are looking for a something different and interesting to try. Or, if you’re looking for a little tropical vacation in a cup!

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves — This tea is easy to make!

Stash Tea - Coconut Mango Oolong

Katie says:

Tea type: Bagged
Temperature: @200 (about boiling)
Steeped: 4 minutes
Served: Iced with a touch of honey

OMG this tea! I had a sip hot, and then forgot about it. oops. Hot it was pretty good but since it had cooled off I decided to try it iced. Iced this was amazing! I love tropical flavors for iced tea, especially mango. The lightness of the oolong tea is the perfect base for this tea. You get nice oolong flavor but it allows the coconut and mango to come through. Seriously, while its still nice and warm out, make this delicious iced tea!

Taste: 5 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves — This tea is easy to make!

Black Friday #Tea Deals Online

Stay home and shop friends, there are plenty of deals to be found!  Here’s a short and of course, incomplete list of online tea deals for today…

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1. Rishi – 20% of site-wide using code Holiday20 today only

2. TeaForte – select items on sale and free shipping on order $24 or more

3. Chateau Rogue – Black “Tea Tin” Friday Sale – 20% of online sales using code 8WQ5UA3YRCBL at checkout

4. Amonda Tea – Black teas are 25% off today using code BLACKFRIDAY

5. Harney & Sons – 10% off tea gifts

6. Stash tea – up to 50% off select gifts – whatever that means

7. David’s Tea – FREE shipping on all online orders.  Also three samples with every order AND with $75.00 purchases get a white timolino free using code FREETIMOLINO (Ends 12/1)

8. Teapigs – Black Tea Friday, 20% off black teas using code BLACKTEA

Happy shopping!  If you come across online tea deals please post them in the comments to share the love 🙂

 

Review: Stash Christmas in Paris

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Happy holidays everyone!

Overall Rating:

Taste: 3.75 of 5 leaves – a decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves — this tea is easy to make!

Katie says:

Tea Type: Bagged
Temperature: @ boiling
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: With milk & honey

It is Christmas Eve and I’m drinking a cup a Stash Christmas in Paris tea with my Dad. (He likes it too) As usual, I’m writing my blog post at the last minute! (Love ya Abby)  This is my favorite of the holiday teas that Stash sent us. The tastes of mint lavender & chocolate go well together with some chocolate candy. I have to say, the vanilla flyavor is so mild you might miss it! I’m using a coconut milk creamer, and that adds a nice flavor as well.

My favorite part about this tea is the cool feeling of the mint mixed with the warmth. Very refreshing! The lavender makes it unique. Perhaps I’ve found a new Christmas Eve tradition? Merry Chistmas to our wonderful readers and gratitude to the awesome companies who’ve sent us tea throughout the year!

Taste: 4 of 4 leaves – quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves — this tea is easy to make!

Abby says:

Tea Type: Bagged
Temperature: @ boiling
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing to start then added milk & honey

Nothing compares to a hot cuppa and freshly baked christmas cookies on a cold winter evening. Baking, and the of course eating, Christmas cookies is one of my favorite holiday traditions.  This year my husband (the true baker in the family) and I made traditional sugar cookies, snickerdoodles and Hershey’s kiss cookies. Serious yum!

This year I ate a few of these fresh-out-of-the oven beauties and sipped on a nice hot cup of Stash Christmas in Paris tea. This tea combines two classic flavors, peppermint and chocolate in a light caffeine-free package!  To round out the flavors, lavender and vanilla extract are also added.  Though I couldn’t identify them on their own, they added a little complexity to the overall taste. This sweet and minty blend goes so well with well with the seasons sweets, but had enough body that it is worth drinking by itself too! Adding milk and honey helped bring out the sweetness and made it all the more comforting and cozy, as an evening tea should be.

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves — this tea is easy to make!

Review: Stash Holiday Chai

Overall Rating:

Taste: 3.25 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves — this tea is easy to make!

Katie says:

Tea Type: Bagged
Temperature: @ boiling
Steeped: 2 bags for 5 minutes
Served: With milk & honey

This is a mild holiday tea. Along with the typical chai flavors of cloves & cinnamon you also get a hint of gingerbread. If you like your tea strong, I recommend two bags. I used 2 bags for my travel mug (see below).  For me the milk & honey bring out the flavors even more. This is a nice change from my usual morning black tea. The only reason that I didn’t give this a higher rating is because I wish it was a bit stronger.

However, the good thing about it not being too strong is that it won’t overpower the taste of your food. I had a grilled egg & cheese and this was a nice black tea to enjoy on the side. What is a grilled egg & cheese you ask? Well, it’s a breakfast sandwich that Abby & invited when we were camping. We had a frying pan, eggs, cheese, butter & bread. You can’t really toast bread over a campfire but you can make a killer grilled cheese. Fry up an egg and stick it in the middle for a more breakfasty version of this classic sandwich. Mmmmmm, I can smell the campfire & smores now.

Taste: 3 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves — this tea is easy to make!

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Abby says:

Tea Type: Bagged
Temperature: @ boiling
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing to start then added some honey

We are in full-on Christmas mode around here now.  The tree is up and sparkling in all its glory, the stockings are hung and the (LED) candles are glowing in the windows.  This time of year, I am always looking for a special holiday tea that will fit the festive mood.  Stash Holiday Chai has made it into my rotation! It is a decidedly winter tea that boasts: black tea, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove, ginger, gingerbread flavors Jamaican rum flavors and nutmeg oil. In the first few sips the nutmeg and allspice flavors nutmeg and maybe a hint of clove came through with the tea and the festive rum taste lingered at the end.   After adding some honey to boost the flavors a bit, it all blended nicely for a romantic holiday experience much like a traditional hot toddy on a cold winter night.

Though this isn’t my favorite holiday tea, it makes for a nice change a of pace and it is fun to drink. Also, I didn’t find the spices bold enough to label this a true chai tea, but it still tastes good! Many holiday teas are decaf, so this one is nice for the morning because it does have caffeine, though it isn’t strong tea.

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves — this tea is easy to make!

Review: Stash Maple Apple Cider Herbal Tea

Stash Tea was kind enough to send us samples of their new holiday teas for us to review.* Thank you!

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Overall Rating:

Taste: 3.25 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves — this tea is easy to make!

Abby says:

Tea Type: Bagged
Temperature: @ boiling
Steeped: Left teabag in the cup
Served: Nothing added at first, then a little honey

Stash has a new line of herbal/caffeine free teas for fall. Now that its October all I want to drink are warm comforting teas. Maple Apple Cider herbal tea hits the mark there. The name is a bit confusing because although you get the sense of apple cider, this tea isn’t apple cider. For me, it seems more like apple herbal tea. That being said, I like it. Because I left the teabag in my cup to get the most flavor from the tea, the fruit notes became a little bitter. However, adding a little honey balanced the apple flavor and helped to bring out more of the sweetness and spices.

Because it is caffeine-free this can be anytime tea. I love having an option for chilly nights here in Maine. I think this tea would work well for most people. Roobios has a very distinct flavor that not everyone loves, but in this tea it is more complimentary with the other flavors and doesn’t stand out too much.

Taste: 3 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves — this tea is easy to make!

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Katie says:

Tea Type: Bagged
Temperature: @ boiling
Steeped: Left teabag in the cup
Served: Nothing added

Maple flavored tea is a popular item in parts of Canada and New England. In sugar shack gift shops it can often be found as a souvenir. The mention of this tea makes me think or growing up in New Hampshire and eating breakfasts at Parker’s Maple Barn in Mason, NH. Pancakes, french toast & waffles…oh my! 🙂

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Maple tea comes in caffeinated and herbal. Stash’s version has an added twist with apple flavor and hints is cider spice. The strongest flavor in this tea is apple, followed by maple, with a spice finish. The apple and maple flavors work well with the rooibos tea base making this a tasty tea. It is perfect for fall; especially after a visit to a maple sugar house or a trip apple picking. If you want to taste fall in New England just have a sip!

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves — this tea is easy to make!

*Please note that we are just as critical of free teas as the ones we purchase. If we get a sample we don’t like we won’t include it on our blog.

Review: Stash Lime Green Iced Tea

Stash Tea Lime Green

Overall rating:

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 4 of 5 — This tea requires very little effort.

Katie says:

Temperature: Cold, over ice
Steeped: As directed, cold brewed in 4 cups of water in the fridge
Served: Nothing Added

Green tea with a twist. Stash has done it again, this is a great iced tea!! Commercially bottled iced tea can be hit or miss so if you have the time it is well worth brewing your own. This is a great option. Nice green flavor with a hit of lime. I recommend adding honey and some spices of lemon or lime. I’ll be enjoying late summer with this tea.

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 4 of 5 — This tea requires very little effort.

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Abby says:

Temperature: Cold, over ice
Steeped: As directed, 5 minutes with 2 cups of boiling water, then two cups cold water added
Served: Nothing added at first, then honey

Lime Green is such a fun spin on traditional iced tea!  The green tea flavor is great and the addition of a splash of lime makes this iced tea perfectly refreshing.  Obviously not as easy as grabbing a bottled iced tea, but certainly worth the limited effort required. Making your own iced tea also allows you to steep it to your liking.  Typically, I don’t like to add anything to my tea, but in this case a little sweetness from honey complemented the lime nicely. On this last official day of summer I will be sipping this tasty tea!

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 4 of 5 — This tea requires very little effort.

*Iced tea hint. If you like sweetened iced tea but are cold brewing add honey or agave nectar as a sweetener. They dissolve much better in the cold tea than granulated sugar.

Review: Stash Orange Cranberry Herbal Iced Tea

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Overall Rating:

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 4.75 of 5 this tea is easy to make!

Abby says:

Tea Type: Herbal, Oversized tea bag for iced tea
Temperature: @212 (boiling)
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

For me, iced tea needs to be fairly easy to make, refreshing and tasty. Stash hit the mark on all three of these requirements with their Orange Cranberry Herbal iced tea. It comes with directions on the package, but basically you just steep their large teabag in two cups of boiling water, then remove the tea bag and add two cups of cold water. Done. I served it unsweetened, over ice at a BBQ this past weekend. It was a hit! I put out some sweetener (both sugar and honey) but everyone was happy to drink it unsweetened.

This iced tea works because it is easy to drink with the tartness of the cranberry mixed with the citrus of the orange flavor. This will definitely make an appearance at summer time gatherings in the future!

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 4.5 of 5 — this tea requires very little effort.

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Katie says:

Tea Type: Herbal, Oversized tea bag for iced tea
Temperature: Cold brewed in fridge overnight
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: with a little sugar (@ 4 teaspoons for 4 cups)

I agree with Abby, this tea is super easy to make! Although I used the fridge method. Just toss the teabag in 4 cups of water, refrigerate overnight, and voila! Tea! Side note: a standard nalgene bottle is 32 ounces and the perfect size to brew your tea and then take it to go!

I like just a touch of sweet in my iced tea and this worked really well with just a little sugar. Be careful not to over sweeten or iced herbal teas can start to taste more like kool-aid than tea! I found the cranberry flavor to be stronger than the orange but still really enjoyed the combination. This tea was also very tasty mixed with plain coconut water. If you like coconut water mixed with juice try mixing it with an herbal iced tea like this for nice flavor with less sugar!

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 this tea is easy to make!