Review: Stash Cinnamon Vanilla

Chamomile Tea, Cinnamon Tea, Rooibos Tea, Sarsaparilla Tea, Stash, Vanilla Tea Add comments
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Thumbs up!"Somehow, the unorthodox ingredients come together in a pleasurable away."
Laura’s Teaview: 7.4/10
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"Spicy, warm cinnamon blends with sweet vanilla, soothing chamomile, rooibos, and sarsaparilla for a tea that's both soothing and satisfying." ---Stash website.

In my most recent shipment from Teaviews, I received this bagged tea offering. I was initially thinking this would a rooibos blend with a strong presence from both cinnamon and vanilla. The addition of not only the chamomile, but especially the sarsaparilla threw me for a bit of a loop...and intrigued me. Stash lists the ingredients in this one in the following order: cinnamon, chamomile, rooibos, sarsaparilla, and vanilla extract. I should point out as I do in pretty much every review of a bagged tea, that I am a bit of a tea snob and really only consume bagged teas upon occasion at work and while on business travel. However, I am also well aware that there are many readers out there that still primarily drink just bagged tea blends.

Neither my tea bag nor the Stash website offered up any brewing instructions, so I went with my default for most rooibos blends and used boiling water and a 5 min infusion time. The cup brewed up fairly light in color for a rooibos blend. The flavor profile is fairly full and is dominated by the cinnamon and sarsaparilla. They are an unorthodox pairing that somehow works despite the fact that I continuously throughout the cup thought how odd the pairing was. It somehow tastes like a cinnamon bun that is maybe spiked with something. I think the vanilla adds a nice touch of creamy sweetness, but it just that--a touch despite the name of the blend. The chamomile was pretty much lost on my tongue, but I'm sure it contributed to the relaxed feeling that I now have for the very first time today. I did enjoy this best with a pinch of German rock cane sugar. I also tried this with a splash of dairy. I can't say that it made it any better but it was still tasty enough. The dairy mostly succeeds in toning down the sarsaparilla a bit.

Overall, this blend gets a lot of points for uniqueness. I have never come across an ingredient list quite like this even though I have had the privilege of trying a couple 'root beer' flavored blends in my day. Somehow, the unorthodox ingredients come together in a pleasurable away. However, it is this same uniqueness that would likely make this a blend that I would probably only reach for once in a great while. Nevertheless, it is tasty and I would be happy to find a few bags of this floating around in my hotel room when on business travel. Thumbs up!

— 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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