Stash Tea Company English Breakfast Loose Leaf Tea, 3.5 Ounce Pouches

Founded in 1972, Stash Tea Company originally operated out of an old Portland Victorian style house, supplying loose herbal teas and bulk herbs to natural food stores. Starting in 1975, the company broadened its focus to include bagged teas and then began to sell a full line of traditional, specialty blend and herbal teas directly to fine restaurants and through a mail order catalog to consumers. Today, Stash Tea Company is one of the largest specialty tea companies in the United States. The company derives its name from an entertaining aspect of tea folklore. In earlier centuries, tea was a valuable commodity traditionally transported by clipper ship. The ship’s captain often was presented with some of the finest teas for his personal use. This supply was his “stash,” stowed carefully as his “private reserve.” Today, the term is still used to denote anything put away carefully because of its preciousness.

Quick facts

  • Pack of three, 3.5 ounce pouches (total of 10.5 ounces)
  • Old-time favorite, full-bodied, stimulating, invigorating, good with milk and sugar
  • Classic blend of Ceylon, Assam, Nilgiri and Keemun black teas from around the world
  • Pouch is reseable to maintain flavor freshness
  • Blended in the USA, with natural ingredients from around the world

Top reviews

Daughter’s first choice

My adult daughter is “into” saving the planet, tigers, water resources, trees, etc. She chose this chai tea after discovering an old tea infuser in the kitchen drawer thinking it would be grand to make tea “the old fashioned way”. She realized with the first brewed cup that loose tea has a much fresher, intense flavor than teas in a bag. I doubt that she will go back to using tea bags again and will probably research and request more Stash tea products in the future.
AngelMapleton, IA

Tastes like a Campfire!!!

The product description says, “assertive, dark, smoky fragrance and flavor” and they ain’t kiddin’!!! It barely tastes like tea at all… more like they took a cloth, let it hang in campfire smoke for a week, soaked it in hot water and wrung it out into my mug. Seriously!

I’ve tried taking half of a pinch of this and adding to other tea leaves when I brew a pot. That turns out pretty good. But straight? You’d better like wood smoke!

MarvinNew Meadows, ID

Not really an Earl Grey tea

This tea is spiced with other spices than bergamont and while the tea seems of good quality its taste it unlike an Earl Grey. It tastes almost sweet and more like an herbal than a black tea. If you are looking for an Earl Grey, this certainly is not it.
CarolynBourneville, OH

Not Strong enough

The tea is Ok but if you like your tea strong or with a dash of milk, this is not the best!
TifanyLake City, SC

Good for Indoor Smoking

Great for making “smoked” ribs in your oven! (But I don’t think I’d ever drink the stuff)
DonnPocasset, MA

Convenience of Auto Delivery

I find it very convenient to have some of my grocery products automatically delivered to my door. However, when I did postpone an order because I didn’t need it yet, it was a problem getting it delivered sooner when I did run out.
TiffanyLenoxville, PA

Not what I expected

The price + being organic is what drew me in to try the Stash brand… but the taste is nowhere near the Jasmine tea that I can get at my local teashop.

I have tried several different ways of brewing, and the sweet jasmine aroma & taste is barely discernible.

It is drinkable though, and like I said, the price was very good. I hope to try the Numi brand next — I have heard rave reviews about their Jasmine Pearl teas!

JuanCallaway, MN

Very strong…

This is my first bag of chai tea and I have to say, it’s extremely strong if you try to drink this straight. I can barely taste the tea itself, just a bit of bitter, and an extremely strong spice taste.

It gets better if you water it down a lot, or take it with a lot of milk (basically a chai tea latte), which I suppose is how it’s supposed to be drunk. But you start losing the base tea and only get the other spices.

HanaNewsoms, VA

Bitter Grass Clippings

I don’t much care for this Stash Premium Loose Green Tea. I’m no tea expert, but I’ve got several problems with it. Flavor-wise, I find this tea to be bitter with a grassy taste (that’s not a good flavor, to me). Texture-wise, the tea “leaves” range from almost half-inch long thin shards of leaves down to 1/16th of an inch sized remnants (I’ve uploaded a picture so you can see for yourself). The mishmash of textures makes it difficult to portion out the leaves and results in a lot of the small stuff making its way through the infuser of my Bodum YoYo Personal Tea Set with Infuser and 12-Ounce Glass (admittedly, a finer meshed infuser might not have as much of an issue here). Also, the wide range of textures indicates (to me) that these tea leaves might not necessarily have been chosen for inclusion. Instead, it feels like they might just have been leftovers from other processes (that’s merely my non-knowledgeable feelings and not based on any hard facts). On a positive note, I will say that the steeped beverage does have a very nice yellowish green color. Overall, though, I have to rate this tea at a not-very-good 2 stars out of 5. A green tea that I do like is Twinings Green Gunpowder Tea, Loose Tea, 3.53-Ounce Tins (Pack of 6).
FredHinckley, NY

Great tea

My husband’s favorite loose green tea. He drinks every morning, and it is a little better price than from Stash.
MistyBryant, AR

Very poor tea

I bought 3 bags of this tea and found each to be just as bad as the last. This tea has a very weak/poor flavour. I tried to brew it very stong but it still ends up tasting bad.
RachelleCedar, KS

Smokey tea!

As others have said, “if you like your tea to taste like the smell of a campfire”, then this would be the tea for you. I personally don’t like it, but my friend loves it. He calls it “smokey tea” instead of it’s real name.
It’s one of those things that you either will love it or hate it, there’s no in between. If you liked smokey flavored things, you will probably like this tea. It does taste better with sugar in it too, kind of “softens” the taste, but make no mistake…IT’S A STRONG FLAVOR!
RichardLebeau, LA

Stash Darjeeling Tea

I was disappointed with this tea. The taste was no better than Liptons Yellow Label Tea. I expected more from a Stash loose tea since I have had good expereience with some of their tea bags.
FidelMinocqua, WI

tea4me

Great tea. Like dessert in a cup. Only 4 stars because Numi is better.
JulietteRidgeville, SC

Go for Pinhead Gunpowder instead…

Having purchased a package of this tea and one of Stash’s Pinhead Gunpowder Green, I can safely say that the Gunpowder is much better tea. The “Organic Premium” is unacceptably heavy on stems and twigs, with an unpleasantly mulchy taste. The Gunpowder, on the other hand, is much lighter and more delicate. Same price, same distributer, both organic. Stash Gunpowder is simply better.
VinceHuson, MT

About right…

My experience so far with black organic teas is that they tend to be lighter in flavor that their non-organic counterparts although I can think of no good reason for this. Stash’s Organic Ceylon is no exception – it has a good, but subtle flavor.

The quality is good: the leaves are small tips and there is very little tea “dust” or stems in the bag.

I have blended this 1:1 with Stash’s Organic Assam for an easy drinking English-style tea.

MargeryHomosassa, FL

Good product

Most Earl Grey teas taste similar. This product has a sense of freshness that reflects Earl Grey at its best, and is reasonably priced. To those who do not regularly use loose tea, the tea bag (Teebeutel, sachet) definitely does not taste as crisp and refreshing as the comparable tea when brewed as loose tea.
DixieHazlehurst, MS

Vegan Organic Kosher Choice

Vegan. Organic. Kosher. Nice beautiful loose leaf jasmine tea. Great for brewing a cup at a time with an infuser or for larger amounts with my TeaDrop. Loose leaf tea is very economical even for premium brands compared to tea bags. Bulk loose tea is also typically better than the powdered teas used for tea bags. Stash is a leading organic tea brand. You can also make any amount using a method common in India by adding the tea leaves into roiling boil water in a pot on the stove for a 3-7 minutes (to taste) and then using a strainer to remove the tea leaves. Longer boiling makes darker tea, but any tea can also become more bitter if boiled longer or too long this way. It is also not advisable to leave the tea leaves in the tea after boiling for the same reason. Use a timer and boil a test batch. Dip a ladle and pour through a strainer into tasting cups at one minute intervals. Set them aside and taste test after finished. Choose your preferred time and strength for future use. This review is out there for those for whom this makes a difference. See all of my reviews for more great choices. Check out “Vegan Grocery Favorites” and “Vegan Grocery Top Ten” in Listmania. Your “helpful” votes count and will be greatly appreciated to benefit the search of others. Thank you.
KristinPlainfield, NH

a darn good pitcher of tea

I have been making black tea in my bodum iced tea pitcher and wanted to try a nice loose green. This one works perfectly. It has a mild taste that is very fresh.
KaleighTurtle Creek, PA

nice organic Assam

Satisfactory but not completely satisfying as some other tea growers’ Assams are but priced reasonably.
LynGallman, MS

Doesn’t taste like English Breakfast to me.

I usually drink Twinnings or Bigelow English Breakfast tea in bags, but I’m trying to switch to loose teas and this was my first attempt at English Breakfast. The dry tea smells like English Breakfast to me, but once it is brewed it smells and tastes totally different, and I don’t like the taste at all. I followed the directions and I have tried different brewing times (2-5min), adding different amounts of milk and/or sugar. Other people might like it, but be aware that it may not taste anything like what you expect.
CarryDixie, WA

Terrible

This was the worst loose tea I have ever had. I love Stash teabags, English breakfast, but this is bitter and not smooth.save your money
MarioSouth Harwich, MA

Solid, Strong Green Tea

This is a pretty good all around tea. You can make this pretty strong very easily. Nothing too special about. I will probably go on to try other teas.
KassandraSpringfield, OH

No bitterness

This tea is delicious. No bitterness, and great flavor. The only downside is that it is only good for one brewing, but the cost was low enough that a single brew is acceptable.
ErmelindaWestfield, WI

Little too strong for me

It’s okay, but I wouldn’t buy it again. My absolute favorite green tea is made by specialteas.com. It’s a decaf apricot green tea. I always end up going back to that after trying other teas. I’ve even gotten used to drinking it plain without any sweeteners. A cup sounds pretty good right now!
LondaTohatchi, NM

Stash Irish Breakfast

This is a great loose leaf tea. A very fresh taste for the first cup of the morning.
KarylRainier, OR

Avoid this one

Buying tea online is a risky proposition. I’ve enjoyed Jasmine teas for years–just not this one. Consider Stash’s Organic White instead. Stash Premium Tea, Organic Premium White, Tea Bags, 18-Count Boxes (Pack of 6)
EstebanMount Vernon, TX

Good, but not great

Unlike most Stash teas, and most premium loose teas in general, this tea is not identified by a region of origin or a method of preparation. Fittingly, the flavor is very typical of unadulterated green tea. Before infusion, the dry leaves smell of sweet hay, but after brewing, the smell and the flavor is a bit more mild and earthy. There are plenty of stems mixed in with the tea leaves, which is disappointing in a “premium” tea. The most important thing I can say about this tea is to only infuse it for 2 – 3 minutes. The recommended infusion time of 3 – 5 minutes is way too long and results in a very bitter cup of tea. Overall, this is a fine tea for the price, but don’t expect anything outstanding.
KarleenEagan, TN

great strong tea

Use 1/2 as much tea as you normally brew and still have a stronger more full bodied tea.
LucilaConshohocken, PA

Good value but…..

This tea has a very grassy, vegetal taste and smell, which can be good or bad depending on your preference.
MarcelineLeonardo, NJ