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drank Ginger Peach by Market Spice
1286 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
1833 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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drank Orange Creamsicle by Market Spice
1286 tasting notes

How… strange that there’s no review of mine for this tea. I grabbed a sample package of it, hm, last summer? Dunno, while in Seattle at Market Spice – a true haven for tea and spice lovers. Have had probably three large cups out of this $1 USD sample, and it was so incredibly worth it. Creamy, orange-y (although Canadian stevia is totally ruining it for me – in Europe, stevia doesn’t seem to have that weird after taste it does here. Anyway…) I could see this being absolutely fabulous iced, if I ever get around to sipping down some of my obscene amount of tea.

1.5 tsp in 12 oz water, steeped 2.5 minutes in 185 degree water

Flavors: Butter, Creamy, Orange

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

sounds tasty!

VariaTEA

That is very strange about the stevia. I will have to try some while I’m there.

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drank Lychee Rose by Market Spice
3 tasting notes

It can be a bit ambiguous with the dominant lychee scent, but you can definitely taste rose more prominently than the other. Lychee is there, faint, but still there.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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’Here’s Hoping’ Teabox Round #4 – Tea #19

An interesting decaf choice – it’s supposedly caramel though I don’t see any of those caramel cubes. There are rose petals and apparently a little mint. The mint seems to only be noticeable at the top of the cup with mild rose flavors. There is an odd sweetness, not sure how that happens… apparently the “flavoring”. Both steeps were sweet but on the second steep, the rose and mint somehow disappeared completely.
Steep #1 // just boiled // 3 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min

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Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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This is my wife’s favorite tea, and I find it very tasty as well. I like tea sweet – even though others think it’s a little too sweet, I still add a touch of honey when I make it. The tea is robust, but not overpowering, and is good for several steeps with a lot of flavor. If you like cinnamon and orange, you owe it to yourself to try this.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange, Sweet, Tea

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Jingle Bell by Market Spice
154 tasting notes

Smell, Dry: Sweet, reminds me of brown sugar and maple nut candies, with a hint of rum.
Smell, Wet: Much stronger maple and molasses smell that finishes with brown sugar and then black tea astringency

Tastes: very sweet, almost like a slice of fruitcake or gingerbread with a sugar glaze. As it cools, I get rich fruit notes such as plums and dates. The sip finishes with lightness and even slight cooling taste that keeps it from getting too heavy.

This is a very resilient tea that can stand up to long steep times. I wish it wasn’t pre-sweetened as it can get a little heavy and rich if not drinking as a dessert tea.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Dates, Maple Syrup, Molasses, Peppermint, Plums, Rum

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Caramel Apple by Market Spice
6146 tasting notes

HGTTB caramel? Yes. Apple? not really. I did brew this at the lower temp suggested on the bag and i’m glad I did as i’m fearful that at boiling this would be overly bitter and undrinkable. At 180 it’s pleasant enough but just not really very caramelly or appley. It’s a decent cup though and as always i love trying new teas :)

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I just love the name of this blend; it paints a beautiful picture in my mind. The actual tea itself is none too beautiful, ahahah. It reminds me of when my vacuum becomes full, and I need to dump out the dust bunnies. I share that not to discourage anyone, but its the truth. The aroma is a strong and sharp mint. I can hint a slight floral undertone. The flavor is consistent with its scent. It begins with a sharp mint freshness and then simmers down with a vanilla and floral flavor. The flavor then continues with a sweet essence. I can hint at various herbs and spices. This a very unique blend and I love how it sticks out rather then fits in with the rest. I am not one for minty teas though.

Flavors: Frosting, Herbs, Mint

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Peach Ambrosia by Market Spice
2 tasting notes

A novelty tea from Pike Place Market in Seattle. Hints of peach that exude a light fragrance upon sipping. Big downside is that the tea leaves are too minuscule. They slip through the filter and float to the top, impeding the drinking experience. Consumption created a sensation similar to chamomile, albeit fruitier. Also seems a bit blacker than the herbal teas.

Tealizzy

Congrats on your first Steepster revew! What kind of filter do you have? Finum makes a good in-cup tea filter that’s very fine mesh. I typically use DavidsTea in-cup filters (they come with the mugs I bought) and they are a fine aluminum.

Jackie

Thanks! I tried uploading photos, but they don’t appear to have gone through. I used long-handled steel filters:
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41dO-Nb8L6L.jpg

But I guess they only work for really large leaves. Small ones slip through the holes and the gap, which sometimes doesn’t close all the way. :P

Jackie

What a neat design! I’ll have to try it out. Thanks for the rec! :)

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Cooking TTB #17

I’ve tried a few caramel apple teas this fall and haven’t been impressed with any of them until now. This actually left me feeling pretty satisfied! The sweetness was finally identifiable as caramel instead of just sweet apple and the apple wasn’t the tart green type I’ve found in others. It tasted like gala apple slices dipped in caramel sauce, while all the others have tasted much more like those fluorescently green lollipops you get around Halloween.

Flavors: Caramel, Red Apple

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drank Caramel Apple by Market Spice
272 tasting notes

Cooking TTB #3

This is exactly what the name promises…a cupful sweet, fruity, caramel goodness! The base is nice and smooth and doesn’t compete with the other flavors. I’m going to be keeping this one!

Flavors: Apple, Caramel, Smooth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Caramel Apple by Market Spice
875 tasting notes

From the Cooking TTB.

Hmm, not bad. The dry leaf smells like caramel apple, and the flavour reflects these notes as well. I wanted this a little sweeter than it was naturally, so I added half a teaspoon of sugar and it became quite sweet.

This tea delivers on what it promises but I’m not wowed.

Flavors: Apple, Caramel, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Lychee Rose by Market Spice
581 tasting notes

This is the first tea I’m trying from the Tea & Cards TTB! (Which I will call T&C TTB in future tasting notes). I went through all the teas yesterday and created a little “to try” pile. This one just happened to be on top of the pile when I was reaching for tea today. As it was steeping up, it did seem a bit perfume-y from the rose petals, which made me a bit nervous. Thankfully, the tea itself was not too perfume-y for my enjoyment. I think when the tea was hot, the rose flavor was more prominent with bits of fruitiness from the lychee. As the cup cooled down, I actually think that the juicy lychee flavor started taking over with rose taking a backseat. It’s been a very interesting cup to taste. I think I prefer it with the lychee flavor up front. I may have to set some aside to cold brew with later. Off to a good start with this TTB!

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drank Sunset In Seattle by Market Spice
624 tasting notes

HHTTB

I didn’t know if I’d like this one, but I think I do. I can pick out the vanilla and spearmint which has a slight cooling effect. I also get a slight lemongrass flavor. It’s been a long time since I have been in Seattle and I don’t know that I paid attention to the sunsets, most likely because I was trying to track down the things that had been stolen out of my van and find my way through the city, but I’ll have to pay more attention next time I visit and think of this tea!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Back after a long hiatus! I’m currently drinking my favorite earl grey blend which includes lavender and rose hip. The bergamot is fragrant but not overwhelming in taste. It is balanced well with the lavender and rose which makes you feel like the princess/prince that you are!

Flavors: Bergamot, Lavender, Rose

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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drank Princess Grey by Market Spice
4825 tasting notes

Backlog:

I like this twist on the classic Earl Grey – the black bergamot flavored tea has been enhanced with the additions of lavender and rose. It’s nice. The bergamot is a bit softer than most traditional Earl Grey teas I’ve encountered, kind of like the softer bergamot notes you might experience from an Earl Grey creme but without the vanilla notes.

Normally I do prefer a stronger bergamot presence but I like that it’s softer here because it’s allowing me to experience the lavender and rose. Sweet, delicate, feminine – I like the balance between citrus fruit and florals.

A really pleasant blend.

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