Pros: rich taste, excellent with milk or eggnog added
Cons: a little pricier than other supermarket brands, but well worth the price!
I think my husband is beginning to understand how hazardous it is to send me to the store all alone. There are times, though, that I realize in the middle of the night that I just used the last diaper or that the toilet paper just ran out and have to run to the 24-hour grocery store in the wee hours of the morning. It's times like these that I feel I deserve a little something extra for the inconvenience of running out when everyone else is asleep or, at very least, lounging around with fuzzy socks on watching TV or playing with model trucks (and yes, I'm still talking about the husband).
He always knows...I come home from the store and immediately head for my teapot. It's just my wonderful luck that the only grocery store open 24 hours in this town is also the one with the best tea selection. Just the other night, it happened again. I'd sent my son to visit my mom for a couple of days and had packed almost a whole package of diapers in his bag and didn't realize until I was completely out that she had somehow managed to go through 20 diapers over the course of two days. Oh darn, I guess I better haul myself off to the store again.
Now anyone will tell you (except a true tea lover, that is) that I have more than enough tea. However, I haven't even tried all the types at the local grocery store yet, much less tapped the vast reaches of cyberspace for all the teas not available locally so, with an evil little giggle I make yet another selection from the tea aisle and head to the checkout. This time, Stash Decaffeinated Chocolate Hazelnut.
I can't wait to try this tea! I absolutely love dessert teas, and since it's decaffeinated there's nothing wrong with me brewing up a cup right then and there even though it is almost midnight. According to the box I am enjoying blended black teas, natural flavor of hazelnut, natural flavor of chocolate, and natural flavor of nutcreme in this delicious tea.
I brew up the first cup, let it cool just enough to not burn, and drink it down. Now that was pretty good...I've had better, but pretty good. The scent is that of unsweetened cocoa, an aroma I happen to be fond of.
The next morning I brew a second cup but think, this would be much better if it were creamy, and so milk and honey go into the mix. I drink that down. Again, pretty good, perhaps even minimally better than the first cup. I think it would taste better with sugar rather than honey, but my husband is diabetic and I generally prefer honey anyway so we don't keep any sugar in the house.
Third cup...I get a wild hair. What if we made it even creamier? I glance around for something to achieve that with and, lo and behold, there is some eggnog in the refrigerator. You might think, eggnog in tea? What is this chick smoking?!?! If you think about it it's no worse than putting milk in it, right? I fix up the cup and pour in a nice dose of eggnog, let it cool a tad, then take a sip...
Oh dear lord I'm in love!!!
Seriously, you have got to try this. If you're a fan of dessert teas I haven't found any better flavor than this chocolate hazelnut with a dash of eggnog. Now I used the non-alcoholic off-the-shelf nog because it's sweet and much thicker than milk, you're welcome to try it with alcohol-containing nog if you like, in fact I think it'd probably taste pretty good, it's just not something I've tried yet.
In short, if you're looking for something truly indulgent, sweet and rich with a festive holiday flavor, brew this tea up hot with some eggnog! Just look for a brown "gravity box" (the type that feeds individually-wrapped tea bags through a slot on the bottom) in your tea section...in the only two stores I've seen Stash teas they've it's been on the top shelf and just over $3.00 per box of eighteen.
There are instructions on the box for fixing iced tea out of this but I personally haven't tried it and I'm really not sure I could guess whether it would taste good or not. Without any additives like honey, sugar, milk, or eggnog this tea is smooth and has a mild flavor so it's a great before-bed indulgence as well.
This review is part of cmaw63's and sleeper54's Food for Food Write-Off