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Another sample from Inkling. This is decent for a breakfast blend, but where’s the lychee? Minus points for false advertising, yet again. That said, if I hadn’t been expecting something different, I can’t say I’d have any real complaints about this one, though it’s not the most complex or exciting blend of straight black teas.
Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Six – Tea #38
I’m finishing the last of this I had seen before in the teabox and removed it before the teabox went on its way. I thought I tried this one before but don’t see a tasting note. It’s an okay chai. It seems to have some extra ingredients like vanilla and nutmeg that make a chai special. Am I tasting these things though? Not really, it just seems like an okay chai. I wish the effort of the ingredients had shown through in the flavor. Just about any chai is good enough for me though (except for maybe that chai I had the other day that was WAY too much like dirt in appearance and flavor)!
I’ve been a fan of Republic of Tea’s Ginger Peach blend for a long time, so I decided to purchase this one the last time I ordered from Market Spice to see how it measures up. The verdict? I love it! I find myself reaching for this one several mornings a week. The strong, malty base and the spicy kick of ginger are the perfect wake-up brew and the peach flavor is spot-on…sweet and natural and perfectly balanced with the ginger. A new staple in my cupboard!
Flavors: Ginger, Malt, Peach
Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Six – Tea #20
Marketspice teas sometime surprise me for some reason! The flavor here on this (probably) Ceylon base is really lovely. I was cringing waiting to see or taste hibiscus… but NO. There is more of the “cream” flavor than the cranberry, though there are definite hints of some sort of berry. The cream is like the vanilla flavor from the Adagio Vanilla I had the other day. I might keep a couple teaspoons of this one out of the teabox for later, since there is a lot here. Two tasty steeps full of flavor.
I tried the decaf black variety as an individual teabag.
Firstly, i couldn’t finish the cup because the cinnamon was sickly sweet to a gross extent. The orange flavour could have been stronger. The black base was unremarkable, but the cinnamon was absolutely disgusting. This is coming from someone who loves cinnamon.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Honey, Medicinal, Orange Zest, Spices, Sweet
This is one of the lamest rooibos blends I have ever had. It is labelled as “true vanilla” (vanilla rooibos blend). I didn’t notice it had stevia in it until later that day when I went to through out the package, but I didn’t seem to get a stomach ache from it, so that is good news. The stevia was unnecessary IMO, and I couldn’t taste it anyway.
The rooibos is very woody and tannic, it tastes like really cheap rooibos that is overly processed or is very stale. A bit of vanilla, but it doesn’t really add anything to it. I couldn’t taste any chamomile at all.
Flavors: Almond, Drying, Rooibos, Tannic, Vanilla, Wood
Mmm, this is so lovely! I’ve had other “gingerbread” blends that burned my throat with too much sugar or overwhelmed me with their cinnamon kick, but this one is perfect. It actually smells like you’re baking gingerbread while its brewing and the flavor is pretty much spot-on: a warming blend of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and something bread-y that really makes it taste like a cookie in a cup. Everyone I’ve shared this with has enjoyed it, even those who aren’t really into tea. Almost done with my first 4oz and will definitely be re-purchasing for the winter!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, Vanilla
I love this tea—though it feels more like an herbal with a bit of tea in it than a flavored tea. Once I brewed it in my office and a colleague commented on it and admitted she’d rather meet in her office than stay in my office while it smelled so strongly. So, if you like cinnamon, go for it! If you’re not as into it this one might not be for you.
I’m greatly confused by the other tasting notes here, but here goes…
For an orange creamsicle flavor, I didn’t taste any creaminess or smoothness. Maybe my tea was old? It was already kind of unappetizing covered in white powder, which I assume imparts the cream flavor. The first sip is like a punch in the face: bitter citrus, astringent, short lasting. After the funky flavor disappeared (which it quickly did), the tea just tasted flat. Not even black, not even orange, just dead. After three cups, each lightly steeped, I threw away the 1 oz bag.
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Citrus, Orange, Vanilla
A sample from Miss B! Clearly I’m in a peachy mood at the moment, because yesterday’s sample pick was Tetley’s Bellini which is also peach-flavoured. Maybe because it’s warmer outside now and I’m thinking of summer? Anyway, I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 3 minutes in boiling water, no additions. This is another blend that I think would be good iced, but it’s also pretty good hot so I’ve no complaints about today’s preparation method.
Peach is the main flavour, and it’s a wonderfully sweet, fuzzy, yet natural-tasting peach. Like peach juice, really. There’s a mild undertone of ginger lurking around in the background, but it doesn’t really deliver much of a kick. If anything, it just serves to emphasise how sweet the peach is. The one thing I did notice is that this tea doesn’t have much of an aftertaste – it seems to become very flat-tasting quite suddenly at the end of the sip, which I don’t think I’ve ever really encountered before.
On the whole, though, I enjoyed this one. It’s nice to find a peach tea that isn’t hopelessly artificial, and the ginger here is a welcome addition and not at all overpowering. A great cup on a hot day!
I was going to try this again today. Opened the bag and the smell was downright revolting. I couldn’t bring myself to try brewing another cup. To add insult to injury, just opening the bag got the oils on my fingers. I’ve washed my hands three times now and the smell is still overpowering. Coworkers are complaining.
This can’t be right. This does not smell like cinnamon and orange. Maybe cinnamon and orange that have gone rancid and chemically. People talk of sweetness. There is no sweetness here. I ordered from Amazon. I wonder if it were old stock. Maybe I’ll get a chance to get down to the market this summer. If so, I’ll give it another try then and see if there is a difference.
I have to admit, I am a massive junkie when it comes to the flavors of orange and cinnamon. Seriously, I love them with a passion. So, when I heard of this tea, I assumed that it would be a number one favorite.
That said, something here is not right. I could kind of smell the orange and cinnamon but they weren’t very strong. Something else was, however. Something that seemed wrong.
No difference when brewed. That something else, something wrong flavor was quite dominant. I couldn’t taste the tea at all, which is sad as it could really use a base for the flavors to stand on, not that the flavor it had was worth the effort.
I’m going to try again tomorrow. See if its just me today. I really badly want to like this. Could I have a bad batch?
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
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.
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
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.)
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.