TEA OF THE WEEK: STASH'S CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT TEA
With the aroma of chocolate and hazelnut richly permeating from the kitchen when making this tea, it's easy to discover why this could fast become not only a favorite dessert tea but also a delectable way to satisfy your sweet tooth without all the calories and guilt. I usually drink hot tea with no sugar and rarely with milk but this delicious tea demands a little milk and a cube of sugar( or Splenda if you must) and you will then have one of the most aromatic and delicious flavored teas that your taste buds will have the pleasure of meeting. I also added a nice cube of Dove dark chocolate to nibble on, just to really enhance the chocolate effect. Tea and chocolate mesh quite well together yet most of us tend to think of coffee and chocolate over tea.
Stash's Chocolate Hazelnut is made with 100% all natural ingredients. It is a naturally decaffeinated black tea with natural chocolate, vanilla nut, and hazelnut flavors. Contains: peanuts and hazelnuts.
The History of Stash Tea Company:
( From www.stashtea.com)
The Stash Tea Company is a privately-held company headquartered in Tigard, Oregon, a suburb of Portland. Founded in 1972, Stash Tea 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 is enjoying steady growth and has become one of the largest specialty tea companies in the United States, with products available through foodservice, grocery stores, tea and coffee shops, club stores, mass merchandisers, natural foods stores, mail order and the Internet. Stash Tea is also available in Canada and in several foreign countries.
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 still is used to denote anything put away carefully because of its preciousness.