Anyone with a certain amount of musical hipness has made a mixtape (or CD or mini-disc or wax cylinder depending on who you are and what you believe in). From ancient Make Out Club threads to movies starring John Cusack, a lot of time has been wasted on figuring out how to get your mixtape just right.
As someone who used to be into that sort of thing I will say I always tried to use variety within a theme. For instance the theme of the tape you make for that slender legged gal that caught your eye on the L train might be I Want to Have Sex with You (preferably soon). The variety then might include a range from the playfully forward “Never Say Never” by Romeo Void to something a little more flattering like “She’s a Rainbow” by The Rolling Stones.
In this sense the tea sampler pack is a lot like a mixtape, there is variety built around a theme. The theme of this Stash sampler is green tea and the variety ranges from chai to decaf. What follows are some of my thoughts on the nine flavors included.
Chai Green (Blended green tea, cinnamon, ginger root, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon flavor, clove, clove bud oil, and cardamom oil):
Never had Green Chai before, didn’t know it existed Nutmeg and allspice make themselves known The green smooths out some of the spiciness Surprisingly pleasant
Fusion Breakfast (Indian Assam black tea, Indonesian black tea, Chinese green tea, Japanese green tea, African black tea, and Japanese Matcha):
Peachy green aroma Dark amber brew Generic flavor Like too many stars crowded into a mediocre movie Good but no big standout
Fusion Green & White (White tea, Japanese green, Chinese green, Assam green, Darjeeling green, and organic green teas):
Clean floral scent Mild green tea flavor Flavor could be fuller after such a rich smell
Ginger Peach (Green tea, ginger root, peach flavor, and Japanese Matcha):
Have you ever been punched in the nose by the ginger bread man while walking the peach orchard? My least favorite of the sampler
Organic Premium Green (Blend of organic green tea):
They only give you one Much like the Premium Green albeit a little lighter Tastes the same as any other green tea in the box
Moroccan Mint (Green tea, spearmint, lemongrass, and peppermint):
Rich peppermint smell Rich peppermint flavor Just enough of a whisper of green Top marks
Pomegranate Raspberry (Green tea, chamomile, hibiscus flowers, orange peel, citric acid, pomegranate flavor, raspberry flavor, and Japanese matcha):
Sharp pomegranate odor with a dash of hibiscus Not too much raspberry Tamer than your average pomegranate product Not too much zing
Premium Green (Select blended green teas):
Grassy fresh odor Light green liquid Roasted green tea flavor Very good for a bagged tea
Decaf Premium Green (Select blended naturally decaffeinated green teas):