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Stash Premium Green Tea Review
The Definition of a Bad Green Tea...Found in a Chinese Restaurant Near You
Summary : If this tea is your first "green tea tasting"experience, most likely, it will be your last. Worse yet, this tea is probably the most commonly found green tea in chinese restaurants...the main reason chinese restaurant teas are so awful.
Review : I just knew, knew I tell you, that I was going to have an unpleasant experience with this green tea from Stash Tea. The reason I just KNEW this was because I've had this tea before, in countless no-name chinese restaurants. Inevitably, the green tea always served is from Stash. Why, I don't know. But now...looking back...all those restaurants are no longer around. Who knows? Maybe it was the bad tea that drove them out of business.
Yet, I AM a tea reviewer, unsophisticated as I may be. And so, finding a single packet of Stash Premium Green Tea available in the "bulk foods" section, selling for 8 cents, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to try the tea out "officially" for this site.
Here is how Stash describes this tea on their website : "Steamed fresh from the garden, our Premium Green tea retains its color and natural flavor, leaving it rich in antioxidants. Pale green in the cup, with slightly sweet flavor. Sip it plain."
Now normally, I'm not a fan of adding anything to a tea. I want to enjoy the tea "as is," without milk, sugar, cream, lemon, salsa, salt or whatever added into the tea.
Yet, I'll make an exception for this tea. If for some odd reason you really are in the mood for self-flagellation, and have a pressing desire to drink this terrible green tea, please be sure to add something to this tea. OK. What you add is up to you...it doesn't matter. Truthfully, it probably won't help much either. But whether you add in soda, pancake syrup, beer, amaretto or anything else...most likely...it will make this tea taste better, because I really don't think you'll ever find a worse green tea than this one.
In short, using creative additives can only likely make this tea better...not worse. So why not give it a shot?
Then again, why bother with this tea at all? You see, this tea is just bad. It has a semi-tantalizing aroma out of the bag, but that is about as far as it goes I'm afraid. The taste is terrible and is also bitter. You can tell Stash scoured the world over here for the highest quality of green tea leaves for this tea...NOT. And believe me, it shows.
But, maybe that isn't such a big deal for Stash. After all, this tea is mainly probably used in chinese restaurants that are on the verge of going out of business. And most likely many of the customers have drank a bit too much or are sweating out a hot and spicy dish. To those people, even a awful tea like this one might...in a pinch...taste tolerable.
Recommendation : No. There are a million good green teas in the world today, literally speaking. I see absolutely no reason to indulge yourself in this awful green tea, unless you enjoy self-torture. This tea does, however, make for an excellent "punishement tea." Threaten to serve this tea to anyone who doesn't want to do what you want them to...watch instant obedience flow over that person as if by a miracle.
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