Tea Selection: Chocolate Hazelnut
Company Name: Stash
Location: Tigard, Oregon
Tea Company Comments taken from their webpage:
The Stash Tea Company was founded in Portland in 1972 and operated out of an old Victorian-style house, supplying loose herbal teas and bulk herbs to natural food stores. In 1975, the company broadened its focus to include bagged teas and began to sell a full line of traditional, specialty blend, and herbal teas directly to fine restaurants and through a mail order catalog to consumers.
Stash Tea derives its name from an entertaining aspect of tea folklore. In earlier centuries, tea was a valuable commodity traditionally transported by clipper ship. The ship’s captain was often presented with the finest teas for his personal use. This supply was his “stash”, kept as his “private reserve”. Today, the term is still used to denote anything put away carefully because of its preciousness.
Stash is a large tea company and a supplier of teas to many different venues. I like their teas because they are never just settled with one set of teas, they grow, they change and they always keep us excited about the next line of teas that come out. Today I received some teas and then a new little box, simply stated “new teas”. Inside the box were 10 fun packets of teas and these were not just special to me, you can order them as well. Sample boxes are fun because you can try the tea and see if you like it or not, you don’t have to buy a ton to figure it out, just a tea bag and then if you like it, open up and buy a larger amount. So have some fun and branch out, try a few samples and make sure you let me know now what you tried.
Read more about Stash Teas on their website: Stash Teas.
Organic Darjeeling Green Tea
COSTS: $7.50 / 50 grams loose leaf
Price may vary according to the amount purchased.
Prior to brew: You know you have a green tea when you smell grass, wet grass to be exact.
Brewed: This tea is a slight mild yellow hue, very clear and faint.
Scent: Once brewed this tea really mellowed out, there is hardly a scent at all just a very faint green vegetal scent.
Flavor: This is a slightly bitter tea with almost a burnt sensation or a strong Darjeeling feeling on the tongue. I would expect nothing else from the Darjeeling family, a great lunch tea or even dinner tea.
Sentiments: I’m always amazed at the difference between sniff and brewed tea, you just cannot compare the two scents. A tea can start off strong and end up sweet and mild or visa versa. This tea was a slight bitter tea with a beautiful light color, the flavor was more vegetal with that burnt scent and feeling you get when you eat that burnt part of the charcoal grilled steak.
My Tea Vault score values of 1-10 (10 being the best): “7”.
Till next Tea….