Stash English Breakfast Black Tea
A rather unflavorful Black Tea
Summary : The tea is ok, but not destined to become
one of my favorites anytime soon due to a lack of strong flavor.
Review : I really do my best to avoid having no preconceived
notions about what a tea will taste like. Indeed, I didn't even start
drinking hot tea until 2005 - at age 37! So, it's not like I have a huge
reservoir of tea tasting experiences to draw upon.
And so it was that I came across some stash English Breakfast Black
Tea one night in my local supermarket bulks food section - sold individually,
which is always nice on the wallet.
Before I began drinking tea, I had an "image" of what tea
would taste like. This image was fulfilled precisely in Stash's English
Breakfast Black Tea. The tea itself, right out of the foil, had very
little aroma - something I wasn't entirely use to since most teas I drink
have a pretty strong aroma.
The taste of this tea, well, its pretty much what I expected of tea
when I first began drinking it. Not sweet, not tasteless, but rather
a "hot beverage" with a different taste. Really, what this
tea reminded me of, oddly, was unsweetened Iced Tea (something I'm not
entirely fond of). In short, I found this tea nothing to write home about.
Now, this probably isn't really the teas fault here. I do have a sweet
tooth - no denying it. However, I can live without the "sweets",
so I'm not totally strange. That said, I really DO require a robust flavor
to something in order for me to like it (which is why Tofu is not on
my list of favorite foods!). And I found this tea, well, rather lacking
in the sweet category as well as the flavor category.
Now, this tea DID have a strong taste to it. However, the taste of the
tea wasn't flavorful - if you know the difference between the two. Then
again, black tea really isn't supposed to be flavorful unless various
things are added to it - so I shouldn't have been surprised by this little
revelation as this tea consists of pure black tea leaves.
So, who will like this tea? If you like a more traditional, non-sweet
taste I think you'll like this tea. And if you like unsweetened iced
tea, drop everything you're doing now and run out and get this tea as
you will most definitely like it. However, if you are looking to satisfy
your sweet tooth or to experience a new flavor, well, leave your money
in your pocketbook as I don't think you'll enjoy this tea that much.
This tea will be ok - you won't dump it down the drain - but it won't
be very satisfying, either.
Recommendation : If you like unsweetened iced tea,
then this tea is for you - as the taste is nearly identical. Otherwise,
find something else to sample.
Tea Information and Brewing Instructions
- Tea Reviewed : English Breakfast Tea
- Manufacturer : Stash
- Available from :
Stash Tea at Amazon
- Type of Tea : Black
- Leaf Type : Bagged
- Date of Review : December 16th, 2006
- Tea Rating :
- Brewing Instructions : Pour one cup boiling
water over tea bag. Let steep 3-5 minutes.
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