Review: Stash Cinnamon Vanilla

Chamomile Tea, Cinnamon Tea, Rooibos Tea, Sarsaparilla Tea, Stash, Vanilla Tea Add comments
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Thumbs up!"This offering is equivalent to drinking a cinnamon roll. It will be playing a leading role as a desert tisane in my cupboard! "
Sophie’s Teaview: 8.3/10
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Stash is one of my go-to companies when I'm in a pinch, looking for bagged tea at the grocery store. In this kind of setting, their products seem to be of higher quality than the mean. They also have an extensive line of reasonably-priced organic teas. So I was pleased to have a chance to try this unique blend. This bagged tisane features a warming mixture of cinnamon, chamomile, rooibos, sarsaparilla and vanilla extract. The tea bag is a traditional paper affair. Not too surprisingly, it holds small shreds of the above ingredients. Its aroma intersects where hot cross buns and root beer floats meet, courtesy of its strong sarsaparilla and cinnamon scent.

Beyond the steeping time, there weren't any brewing instructions on Stash's website. Fortunately, even loose, these types of herbal teas are fairly fool-proof to infuse. I relied on my usual methods for rooibos in this case, steeping the tea bag in boiling water for 5 minutes. The coppery-red cup's aroma is dominated by the cinnamon. The combination is equivalent to drinking a cinnamon roll. It's perfect as a desert tisane. The creamy and smooth body also adds to the decadence of the blend. The ingredients all give quite a bit of natural sweetness to the mix. The cinnamon is again most prominent but the sarsaparilla and the vanilla come in a close second and third, respectively. The rooibos' nutty aspect is also detectable. Only the chamomile seems rather shy. However, if I really try hard I think I can pick out its floral tinge in the finish. On the whole, the ingredients blend so seamlessly together, it's hard to pin point their exact contribution. This tisane can be steeped indefinitely with no adverse effects. I did try to re-steep the tea bag. I do not recommend this whatsoever. The results were as bland as dishwater. Fortunately, the initial steep is well worth it on it's own.

I've never come across a mix of rooibos and chamomile before. Now that I think about it, it seems to make perfect sense, each enhancing the other's natural sweetness. It's a wonder it doesn't happen more often! Kudos to Stash for coming up with this satisfyingly sweet concoction. I recommend this to those looking for a caffeine-free, pastry-like treat.

— To purchase Stash Cinnamon Vanilla, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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