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drank Huckleberry Tea by Market Spice
186 tasting notes

This was… dry and a bit tannic, medicinal. Generally I tend to like Marketspice so I was excited to try something new from them (I almost took this one from the Holidays TTB without tasting it) but it ended up really messing with my stomach :(

It definitely tasted like berries, but an unfamiliar berry, so I’m going to guess that’s the huckleberry flavor.

Flavors: Berry, Huckleberry, Medicinal, Tannic

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drank Market Chai by Market Spice
1427 tasting notes

A sample from Miss B! It’s pretty much properly winter now, so I’m finding that I’m drawn more and more to warming teas, and particularly chai, once I get to work on a morning. I like how they can vary so much from blend to blend – it’s like there’s always something new to discover, even though there are usually strong similarities too. I used 2 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 4 minutes in boiling water. I added a splash of milk. I’d love to try this one as a latte, but it’s western style for now because it’s just not really feasible to faff about heating milk at work. Sad as that is.

Anyway, the tea. The initial flavour is very gingery, which I’m enjoying. Sometimes ginger in chai can get a little lost amongst the stronger flavours, but it’s here in all its glory. There’s also a touch of corriander, which is no surprise as there were so many corriander seeds in my scoop. If anything, I thought it might actually be stronger because of that, but it seems like a pretty mild chai as they go. That’s good in one respect, because it allows the orange and vanilla to come through pretty confidently, and they’re nice flavours to have in a chai. This makes for a smooth, creamy, sweet chai with the slight sharpness of orange zest, a good warming kick of ginger, and a swirl of more generic “spiciness” floating around in the background. I enjoyed this one.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp

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drank Egg Nog by Market Spice
186 tasting notes

I made a pot of this because I’ve been drinking so much tea today but I really need to sit in one place and get stuff done. It’s not nearly as good as I remembered which is a total let down.

The first cup I had after around 4 minutes of steeping and the flavor of the spices was very weak and definitely overpowered by the tea. The second cup was closer to 6 minutes and the flavor of cloves is very strong and overall the “eggnog” flavor is much more robust and the tea is more of an aftertaste.

Generally it’s good, it could use some cream, but it’s not my favorite Eggnog tea.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove

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Flavors: Berry, Creamy, Earth, Tea

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drank Rum Butter by Market Spice
1891 tasting notes

Not that I really know what to do with it, but because it just looked like fun, we bought a couple ounces of maple syrup powder at the health food grocery. Not knowing what to expect strength-wise, I only used a little bit in the Rum Butter I bought yesterday; maybe a quarter-teaspoon.

At any rate, that was IT—-the “it,” the depth that the tea was missing on its own. Yum. Sweetened me up considerably for an afternoon of dealing with octogenarian bookkeeping and crop insurance issues. (Great googly moogly, agricultural paperwork is complicated. Salute the next farmer you see.)

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drank Rum Butter by Market Spice
1891 tasting notes

K S, you can have the last laugh. I set my neck on fire while using an ear candle. Little scorched hair and a sore patch under my ear. (Chuckle not, lest ye be chuckled at.)

While I am swallowing my pride and dignity, I’m also swallowing a small cup of a new discovery at my current favorite local by-the-ounce place. $1.39. Who could resist?

The last time I had a butter rum tea (Stash, maybe?) the rummy part was too strong for me to enjoy it much. This is much, much milder; getting plenty of butterscotch-iness and not much rum. With that said, though, I’m thinking this will be a good base for milk and sugar or maybe some maple syrup. At this price, I can afford to experiment a little.

P.S. Our smoke detector works just fine.

ashmanra

OH dear, oh dear! If your ear is hurting, perhaps direct the warm air of a blow dryer gently in! I will try not to giggle, as I once got a hot curling brush stuck in my hair and had to lie on the sofa and await rescue from hubby, who had to dismantle the brush. My bestie went out and bought me a curling iron that day, and I use it still.

Maddy Barone

Oh, my gosh! Ouch! The tea and the price sound good. Your poor neck, though… Hugs!

K S

Ouch! Though if its like my house you probably confused everyone. The fire alarm sounds and we all head to the table like Pavlov dogs. For the record, I did say an honestly concerned ouch before I chuckled.

gmathis

More soot than scorch. :) First candle mishap in 20+ years…I still swear by them.

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drank Cranberry Creme by Market Spice
186 tasting notes

Better than I remember it, but the creaminess overpowers the cranberry for me.

Flavors: Cranberry, Creamy

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This tea has a robust, yet not overpowering flavor. I enjoy this blend best with one or two lumps of sugar and a bit of milk. It is best brewed loose, slightly under or at boiling (as are most black teas).

Flavors: Bitter, Herbs

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Cranberry Creme by Market Spice
1356 tasting notes

After all this time, I’m finally back home where I left practically all my teas behind. This means I get to continue exploring many new ones, including the grab bag (if you can call it that) I received from MissB a few months back.

This smells like sweet berries ‘n’ cream. Not an obvious cranberry, but more like a mixed berry, and combined with the creaminess, the scent evokes images of berry-flavoured frozen yogurt.

The base is a little strong, and the flavours are muted. It’s a vague sweetened cream.

Thanks for including this one, MissB! I regretted not taking the time to take a trip to Seattle and explore their tea companies while I was living on the west coast, so it’s nice to get a taste of something from there.

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drank Sunset In Seattle by Market Spice
1891 tasting notes

Our new little gourmet store (imaginatively called Gourmet’s ;) is an allowance trap baited with gadgets and gimcracks and candles and spice mixes and—-what I can’t pass by without stopping—a small but intriguing selection of bulk teas. At $1.39 to, oh, around $2.99 an ounce…one little bag can’t hurt!

This smelled yummy in the jar and came home with me. The dominating flavors are chamomile and vanilla, very sweet without that coating your tongue. (Didn’t pay very close attention to the ingredient list, but I think it is sans licorice, which is all right by me.)

It’s very similar to the Sleepytime Vanilla I brought home recently and enjoyed immensely, just lighter on the mint.

Teatotaler

Just added yet another tea to my ever growing wish list. This definitely sounds like a tea for me!

gmathis

Haven’t cruised it much, but it looks like Market Spice has a pretty neatly organized website.

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drank Lychee Rose by Market Spice
715 tasting notes

Here’s Hoping TTB (round 5)

Maybe I shouldn’t say this… but, I am quite confident I know how to recreate this with 99% accuracy because this seems to be the same lychee black tea that comes in bulk… let’s just pretend I didn’t say that.

I found it odd to pair rose with lychee, but this was pleasant. Not amazing and not bad, ideally I would drink this while I had some sort of bread item.

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Out of all the teas I’ve never drank, this is the second to make my stomach hurt. Not sure why since it is just some black tea… but, it was no fun.

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drank Cherry Almond by Market Spice
2107 tasting notes

Thanks to GMathis, my best friend and I got to try this and compare it to Chery Almond from Stash Tea. We had it this morning for breakfast with a strawberry cloud pastry from The Fresh Market. What a breakfast, right?

These two teas are completely dissimilar. Stash is more highly flavored with predominantly almond, then cherry, then the smooth base tea, while this one is smooth black tea with cherry, then almond flavor. Both very nice, both very different. If you are a purist, the Stash would be too much for you, and if you love flavored tea this might be a little on the light side for you. I think this one may be more economical than the Stash.

Thank you, GMathis! It was a fun comparison!

gmathis

Oh, my…a Fresh Market that close would be my undoing.

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drank Huckleberry Tea by Market Spice
1891 tasting notes

Correct or incorrect, my official pronouncement on what puts the “huckle” in a huckleberry is a cross between a blueberry and a blackberry. Market Spice Huckleberry was tasty this summer iced; had a little sharpish sourness at the end. It’s also quite tasty on an almost raw, cloudy October morning in a pottery mug. I put a spoonful of dried elderberries in the steep as well (immunity kick continues). Those remind me of raisins and shaved off the sharpness nicely. (P.S. Tazo, purring in a loaf on my lap, roused long enough to monitor this note for accuracy. He approves.)

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drank Huckleberry Tea by Market Spice
1891 tasting notes

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drank Huckleberry Tea by Market Spice
1891 tasting notes

Made this with the intent of three warm sips, then ice it down at work…and suddenly I find there is very little left to ice. (Ever do that? Just look down and your cup is mysteriously empty?) Unsweetened, it has a little bit of a bitter edge to the sip—not sure if that’s sloppy steeping or if it’s a natural trait of huckleberries. You sweet people might like a bit of sugar or syrup in this, but otherwise, it’s a natural for summer sipping. Chilled, if you can let it alone that long.

OMGsrsly

It depends on the huckleberries. :) The blue ones are sweeter, and the red ones are tarter.

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drank Huckleberry Tea by Market Spice
1891 tasting notes

As SUMMER has hit with a vengeance—110% humidity and absolutely soupy outside—I couldn’t resist this at the new little gourmet store. Huckleberry. Doesn’t it just sound like a picnic? Made a trial mini-batch of sun tea in a pint jar. I don’t know what makes a berry taste like “huckle,” so I can’t assess the accuracy of the flavor, but it is fruity without being cloying. Maybe like a cousin of a ripe blueberry.

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A wonderfully flavorful tea without being too sweet. Great hot or iced. One of my favorites!

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drank Connoisseur's Blend by Market Spice
1400 tasting notes

Grabbed this when I was at Pike Place Market maybe sometime last summer (?) when I ran into Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes in the elevator of my hotel room. Fun!

This seems like a straight black blend from the description, although I’ve yet to hear of a varietal called Lychee (like Ceylon or Assam). The staffer told me this was her favorite tea (I always buy a small sample that the person serving me suggests when traveling), so $0.81 and about, um, 12 cups worth and a year later, Í’m trying it.

Actually had it yesterday.. going on memory.. was surprisingly sweet on it’s own, full bodied like an English Breakfast, and quite lovely. Very different than most straight blacks I’ve had, with zero maltiness, just a sweetness that I can’t quite place.

Flavors: Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Market Chai by Market Spice
1400 tasting notes

Grabbed this while at Pike Place Market in Seattle (Market Spice, I love you). Thought I’d tried this already… perhaps not. It’s a smooth chai, not as “bold” or strong as the description stated, but still a lovely chai. Some orange in there, a good kick of what I think is nutmeg, maybe cloves?

Flavors: Cloves, Nutmeg, Orange, Smooth

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Peach Ambrosia by Market Spice
1891 tasting notes

Grabbed two ounces when I found this at a local gourmet store (reasonably priced!) because it reminded me of a peach rooibos a friend brought me from a Gatlinburg, TN tea shop. It leads with peach all the way, which is fine with me; sweet with no sugar needed. Makes an excellent sun tea/cold steep.

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drank Ginger Peach by Market Spice
1400 tasting notes

Grabbed this in Seattle, gosh, a year ago? Still love that it’s one of the few places I’ve visited the world over where I van buy tea in as small or as large quantities as I’d like. So in this cae, it wwas $0.59 worth, which ended up being about, uh, 4 tablespoons.

I’ve had this a few times, and it depends on the day how much I like it. Yesterday, I got peach without question but no ginger. Today I’m getting a ginger aftertaste, with a slight peachy flavor, mostly (decent quality) black tea.

Flavors: Ginger, Malt, Peach

Preparation
12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Cherry Almond by Market Spice
1891 tasting notes

New little gourmet store in town has a fair selection of bulk teas from Market Spice, priced comfortably enough to allow for a little experimentation. One sniff of the bulk jar ensnared me.

Steeped up lightweight and creamy, but heavier on the almond than on the cherry; the cherry is sweet/syrupy rather than fresh off the tree. The search for the most perfectly accurate cherry tea continues.

On the flipside, this is pleasant, will likely chill well, and would be a good choice for you to offer at your next feather boa-and-red-hat-tea-party.

ashmanra

I believe you have just helped me solve a mystery! A friend of mine goes to Greensboro a lot and visits a kitchen store there that carries lots of tea. She brought me some blackberry black tea and it was really good. I finished it in no time. (It was a tiny bag, maybe two ounces.) She told me how muchs he paid for it and I couldn’t believe it – so very inexpensive and really tasty. I knew a tiny shop like that was buying it from SOMEWHERE and this has to be where! I just checked their prices against what she gave me and it is about right. I hope to have her pick up some Cherry Almond next time she is there because my best friend loves the one from Stash and I would like to see how they compare.

gmathis

Our shop had about 10 varieties, anywhere from $1.19 to $2.99 an ounce.

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drank Jamaican Fruit by Market Spice
154 tasting notes

This tea is very good and I’m sad to see the last of it go. It smells strongly of vanilla nd tich fruit. The sip leads with astringency, then rich rum-like taste and heavy and sweet fruits. As it cools it becomes more mild.

Flavors: Rum, Stonefruits, Vanilla

Preparation
2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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