Saturday, December 25, 2010

Stash Tea Christmas Morning

This blend is what I like to call a kitchen sink tea because it has a little bit of everything. Stash lists the ingredients as including Darjeeling first flush, Indian assam, China keemun and Yunnan, southern Indian teas, Formosa oolong, and jasmine flower. I made this tea in my Breville One-Touch Tea Maker with 212 degree water for two minutes. The leaves were mostly dark in color with the occassional jasmine flower peeking through.

Steeping time for this tea was tricky because it was such a mix of different teas. I started with five minutes but found that to be too strong and bitter. Two minutes seemed to be just right. The flavor profile was really interesting because at times I could taste the individual teas that make up this blend. At other times it just tasted like a rather decent tasting black tea. This is a nice wake up tea and I would definitely recommend it.

3 comments:

  1. I was in the Stash Tea Store a couple o' days before Christmas and tried this. It was one of the better odd blends I've tried. The Formosan Oolong and green tea really worked well together.

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  2. This sounds like a fascinating blend. My first impression would be that it would be too muddled, and the individual characteristics of each component tea would be lost. But I'd be curious to try it.

    I have yet to try any loose tea from Stash, only their tea bags, which is a shame, because they started as a loose tea company!

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  3. It is an odd blend but somehow it works. When I steeped for longer than 2 minutes it was muddled and not very pleasant.

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