April 14, 2015

Stash Mango Passionfruit Herbal Tea Single Cups Review

Stash singlecup mango cupshot

We continue our look at some recent Stash tea single cups by checking out the Stash Mango Passionfruit Herbal Tea Single Cups. We rather enjoyed their Pomegranate Raspberry Green Tea Single Cups and are hoping that this flavor will be on par with that experience. Let’s find out.

Brewing these Single Cups resulted in tropical aromas of sweet mangos and exotic passionfruit filling the room with a rather pleasant, almost floral scent which reminded us (oddly enough) of a Glade Hawaiian Breeze Plug-In. Flavor was pretty much identical as we detected some mildly tart passionfruit notes up front quickly followed by sweeter mango notes on the back end. We suspect that since this is billed as an herbal tea that it’s likely a tisane of the primary ingredients mixed into a brew without the inclusion of any actual teas since we didn’t detect any green or black tea notes whatsoever. If we had to declare a primary flavor in the mix, we’d give the upper hand to the passionfruit notes as they emerge as the stronger of the 2 compared to the mango. Again, much like last time, there’s no mistaking the primary ingredients as you get a strong flavor vs. something weak or watery. 

Stash mango singlecups brewer shot

Acidity was on the light side with only the mildest sour notes coming from the passionfruit flavoring from what we could notice. You’d think this would result in a weak cup, but the strength of the namesake flavors prevented this from occurring. Body yielded bright shades of yellows tinged with amber when held to a light source. The initial colors during brewing more than matched the namesake flavors with a deep orange color emerging overall. Mouth feel was on the lighter side being a tea and while some may think it’s too watery, we found the strength of the main flavors kept things nicely balanced. Finish was slightly dry overall with some mild sweet mango notes in the aftertaste.

  • Aroma – 10 – Strong, rich aromas of tropical passionfruit & mango quickly swirl about the room during brewing and had us thinking oddly enough about tropical air fresheners from Glade or Febreze. No shadow of a doubt that this was a passionfruit/mango blend. 
  • Acidity – 7 – On the lighter side with only the mildest sour notes coming from the passionfruit flavoring, but this didn’t result in too weak of a cup due to the namesake flavors’ overall strength.  
  • Body – 10 – Vibrant shades of yellows tinged with amber burst forth when held in front of a light source, but the resulting color while brewing is just as stunning with a clear, deep bright orange being produced. Fits the namesake ingredients perfectly.
  • Flavor – 8 – A tropical blend of slightly tart passionfruit up front quickly followed by mildly sweet mango notes in the background. We’d have liked a wee bit stronger mango presence, but aren’t going to complain too much as things could have turned out much weaker. 
  • Mouth Feel – 7 – A bit on the lighter side & while some may say it’s too watery, we thought the strong flavors helped keep things balanced overall.
  • Coffee Drinker – This obviously isn’t a coffee, but if you like tropical flavored drinks, then this should be right up your alley. Unlike Stash’s Pomegranate Raspberry Single Cups, we think the flavor here might not be strong enough to hold up when brewed as an iced tea, but it’s worth a try. Bottom line, if you like passionfruit & other exotic flavors, you should enjoy this.

Overall Rating: 92– Exceptional

Mango cup stash cup shot

While we haven’t had a chance to try out some of the other flavors in their line-up yet, Stash has proven to be a worthwhile alternative to the more common licensed brands if you’re looking to save a few dollars while getting a top quality product. Those who thought the advent of DRM in the 2.0 would prevent competitors from releasing new products have nothing to fear… as a matter of fact, some are even releasing new products which have DRM-compatible foil/plastic lids now, just like the licensed versions. While there’s a small percentage of fruit-flavored teas from other brands on the single serve scene, we haven’t seen that many which opt for exotic ingredients (although Lipton just released a Berry Hibiscus K-Cup we’ll be trying soon). The standard fruit-flavored fare tend to be the usual lemon variants and we’re glad that Stash has decided to experiment with something as unconventional as a mango passionfruit tea. 

Sure, there have been others who’ve tried unconventional ingredients (Starfruit, anyone?) but the final results were mixed and yielded an off-putting, almost chemical taste which most folks didn’t like and ultimately resulted in the products quietly being pulled off store shelves and online stores. Stash have succeeded in creating great-tasting teas without creating any harsh chemical overtones & we’re hoping they’ve got more tasty surprises for us in the coming months ahead. 

Stash Mango Passionfruit Herbal Tea Single Cups work in all Keurig K-Cup Brewers BUT NOT Keurig 2.0 and are available at various retail & grocery locations across USA & Canada. You can also order these Single Cups online in USA directly via the company at StashTea.com or Amazon.com, and in Canada online via ECSCoffee.com. Please also note that Single Cups will NOT work without using adapters in Keurig Vue brewers.

A special thanks to SH for providing this Single Serve Coffee staff review. We would also like to thank ECS Coffee for sending us some samples of these Single Cups for the purpose of this review.

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