Market Spice

Recent Tasting Notes

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This smelled WONDERFUL! Really rich, warm, and buttery – and rum fragrance too. Just an absolutely gorgeous aroma. Good strong tea (I add creamer to my black teas), be sure not to overstep. Good especially with vanilla or sweet cream creamers, brings out the subtleties of the brewed tea.

Flavors: Butter

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’m not sure how to describe the aroma other than very fruity and light, almost like blueberries wafting from the cup, but slightly different. With creamer the tea tasted a bit like blueberries and cream (well, huckleberries and cream). Good strong brew, despite the decaffeination (which means for those of us who are affected by caffeine have an alternative).

Flavors: Stonefruits

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Many thanks to RogersCK for including this in my Secret Turkey package. I like this blend so much that I’ve actually been hoarding it a bit. Alas, all good things must come to an end. This tastes like spiced apple cider, only much less sweet. The base is just present enough to assert that this is in fact a tea. This is really lovely and will be much missed.

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This is a sad sipdown this morning. This tea has grown more and more on me. I will definitely be picking up more. Now to work Seattle into the Vancouver trip.

I overslept this morning, which shouldn’t have happened, but sometimes I just don’t care.

Now I’m sitting down with my delicious oatmeal and maple syrup and this awesome tea. I leave in less than a week for Jamaica and I need to focus on all the things I have to get done for school because my concentration has not been up to snuff.

Thanks EvaGrimm for this delightful tea.

Sil

yaaay jamaica!

Stephanie

yay Jamaica indeed! Oh that sunshine will feel so good I bet :)

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It was another long 12-hour day at school. I’ve only gotten 4 hours of sleep the last two nights because I’ve been working on conservation, and tonight will be the same. But tomorrow night I will be able to get at least a full night of sleep. Now to just make it to then…

I came home and wanted something comforting and thought of this tea. Breakfast teas are amazing, and although I love black teas, I haven’t too many straight ones around. And the ones I do have are special ones that I don’t want to drink all the time. Thats where this tea comes in. Comforting? Check. Black? Check. Not too unique that it will be ruined by drinking it too often? Check. Thank you Northwest Breakfast.

You know, I may need to add this to my cupboard.

TeaBrat

hang in there!

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drank Earl Grey Creme by Market Spice
616 tasting notes

I received a sample of the from Eva, so thank you very much!

Honestly, I wouldn’t have known this was supposed to be an EGC if it wasn’t for the label. There’s very little bergamot in here, and what’s there is almost fruity. Not citrus fruity, but a little bit like a semi-sweet berry. The cream element, though, is very nice. It’s rich and milky and covers up the weak base.

This tea definitely tastes pretty good, but I’m still not sure about the EG element (or lack thereof).

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

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This is a great breakfast tea. It’s about time for supper, but breakfast teas are my favourite and I drink them at all hours.

This one is just a lovely mixture of black teas. It’s not anything overly special, but it’s got that comforting black tea thing going on, and I would happily pick up some more.

Thanks EvaGrimm!

It looks grey outside, and like it might rain. I love the rain. The smell, the sound. It’s all so calming. But it never rains here. I just checked the weather forecast – no rain. Le sigh.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
Memily

raises hand I too love everything about rain.

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drank Cranberry Creme by Market Spice
678 tasting notes

This tea is confusingly tasty. There is a definite creaminess, but the cranberry is playing some sort of game with me. It’s there, and then it isn’t. There is also some sort of carbonation-likeness going on in the background. Not immediately, but I get a carbonation after-effect at the back of my throat.

I tried it last night as well, and the confusion was there as well. Perhaps the flavours will become clearer as it cools. Despite all these bizarre happenings, I am really enjoying my cup.

Thanks EvaGrimm. :)

Kittenna

Sounds interesting! Can’t say I’ve had a cranberry cream tea before.

Courtney

It is interesting. I love cranberries in tea. :) You should definitely try one!

Fjellrev

There ought to be more cranberry teas in this world. I haven’t had one since I was a kid, some Celestial Seasonings one.

Courtney

I agree! I’m currently waiting on a cranberry mint one to cool enough to drink now haha. I appear to have a treasure trove of cranberry tea samples.

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drank Holiday Tea by Market Spice
678 tasting notes

Today I required approval for two things. One for a social psych presentation, and one from the biology department to take a spring course. Not just any spring course. I took histology last term, which is actually a med school course, but they offer it at my school for health science students, and other science students that are brave enough to take it. I did, and it was the hardest thing I’ve done in my years studying biology, hands down. I still have nightmares about it, literally. They’re offering another histology in spring, which promises to be just as challenging (or more, considering it’s completed in half the time), so of course I wanted in. I am always up for a challenge, and the prof is absolutely amazing and highly intelligent. I was fully prepared to be denied, because first priority goes to health science students and the cap on the class is only 10 students (eep!). But my request was approved! YES. I may have done a wee dance outside the bio department where my friend was waiting. Hopefully the prof didn’t see that. :P

I’m home now, working on conservation, and having this tea in celebration. This tea is a delight. I’ve been impressed with the three Market Spice teas I’ve had so far. This one had mint leaves clearly throughout the dry tea, but I always secretly hope they won’t be too prominent. Success! The main flavours here are raspberry, followed by more subtle chocolate. The mint is barely there at all. I find I absolutely love raspberry teas when they are well done. And this one is. :)

Thanks EvaGrimm for sending some my way!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
OMGsrsly

That sounds cool. :) It’s always so exciting to get into a super interesting course, especially one taught by an awesome prof!

Courtney

It is! She teaches only 2-3 courses because she is near-constantly publishing. By far one of the best profs I’ve ever had. :)

OMGsrsly

That is still a lot of courses. Most profs at my uni only teach one per year.

Courtney

What?! I’m not at a big university, and I was speaking to another prof the other day and she’s supposed to teach 4 courses with labs per term. There are less than 20 full-time bio profs though.

OMGsrsly

I think they’re supposed to teach two classes, but most profs buy themselves out and only teach one. We have lecturers who might teach 3-4 courses per semester tho. Which is RIDICULOUS.

Hello.Kiki

Congrats! Histology is tough! I know it’s definitely an upper level biomed class where I did my undergrad. Even better that it’s a great professor. I find that can make all the difference.

Courtney

A great prof does make all the difference. It was definitely challenging the first time around, and I’m looking forward to this next one.

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This tea is every bit as delightful as I remember. But what’s even more delightful? EvaGrimm who sent this amazing swap package.

http://s770.photobucket.com/user/courtneyns/media/Steepster/6D6C2F0D-20BF-4660-B7AF-DFD56C55193E_zpsddhzo62u.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

The Star Trek handmade mug cozy. OMG. I can’t even. Star Trek is one way to my heart guys. The other way is marine biology.

OMGsrsly

“Page cannot be found.” So sad! That sounds AWESOME.

Courtney

Oh no! It opens for me. :( Maybe because I’m signed in, or maybe because my Insta is locked down? I’ll upload to Photobucket so I can share.

OMGsrsly

Probably because you’re locked down. :D

That is SO AWESOME! Wow, I totally need to make me something like that somehow. :)

keychange

For all things marine themed, I suggest david’s tea’s spring everything. That is all!

Courtney

Haha keychange, don’t you worry. I was in there as the mall was opening buying my Perfect WHALE mug.

Courtney

I was so impressed OMGsrsly. I have zero creativity haha. Such a thoughtful addition to the swap package.

__Morgana__

So pretty!

Stephanie

That is amazing!!!

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drank Lychee Rose by Market Spice
616 tasting notes

Rose and lychee are two things that play together better than I could have imagined.

I typically like lychee when it’s a perfectly balanced fruity floral flavor, but the rose here really emphasises the floral qualities of the lychee, while not being super potent (but certainly present) itself. The result is a delicately perfumed but not overwhelming cup that I enjoyed quite a bit and could see filling a lychee or a floral tea fix. Everything is in balance and even the base is present in the cup, which is sometimes a miss is floral teas.

Thanks for the sample Eva!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Caramel Apple by Market Spice
141 tasting notes

Thanks Eva! I never would have thought to try this because the few apple teas I have tried did not smell or taste that great (bag tea). The dry leave smells like fresh sweet apples and it taste like a tangy apple dipped in a little caramel and still smells wonderful, I keep sticking my nose in the cup because I can’t believe how good this smells compared to the other teas I have tried and I bet this taste even better with a tiny bit of sugar.

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drank Princess Grey by Market Spice
73 tasting notes

This has been a crazy weekend of running errands. Thankfully in the midst of the chaos (mostly of stuff that I didn’t want to do), I included a quick trip to Seattle to visit Market Spice. Being in Pike’s Place Market, the place was packed! I went down my long list of teas to try and was sad to see that they didn’t carry a lot of the ones listed on their site. This shop is small and limited on space, so if you visit, just know that they don’t carry all the teas on their website. I just wish the site included a list of teas that are in stock at their shop (and steeping instructions)!

This was one that the clerk recommended so I purchased 1oz. to try. I’m already a big fan of Earl Grey but never had one that included lavender and rose. The lavender isn’t overwhelming and actually pairs well with the bergamot. The rose is a subtle background flavor but I’m surprised that I can taste it at all against the bergamot and lavender. This tea is delicious and I really regret not buying more of this!

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Courtney

Eeee, Market Spice!

EvaGrimm

I’m mailing it out tomorrow! :D

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drank Licorice Spice by Market Spice
332 tasting notes

I received a sample of this from Eva in our Mystery Swap. Thank you.

This just isn’t for me. The smell alone just didn’t sit right with me. I gave it a go, but unfortunately it is just not my cup of tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Hibiscus by Market Spice
332 tasting notes

I received a sample of this from Eva in our Mystery Swap. Thank you.

I wasn’t immediately like OMG Hibiscus, no way, but after reading so many people hating on hibiscus I was a bit leery. I know that there are some teas that I have liked in the past that have hibiscus in them so I thought I would give this a go. Oh man. Now I understand what hibiscus is used for. Hibiscus seems to be the flavor that adds a bit of tart to fruity flavored teas. eek. So I don’t mind teas accented with hibiscus, but straight hibiscus. Yikes!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Honeyflower by Market Spice
332 tasting notes

I received a sample of this from Eva in our Mystery Swap. Thank you.

I made a cup of this tonight. It is a mix between honeybush and chamomile. The description says lavender, but I do not taste any lavender in the mix. It was a nice relaxing cup before bed.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Orange Creamsicle by Market Spice
332 tasting notes

I received this in a Mystery Swap with Eva. Thank you!

I am beginning to think I just do not care for orange flavor in tea. This is another one of the orange flavored teas that is just not calling me back to drink it again. I only got the orange out of this tea, not the creamsicle portion. I enjoyed the cups I had, but this is just not for me.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I received a sample of this tea from Eva in our recent mystery swap. Thank you

This tea was really nice. It was light on the spice but blended well with the base. I drank my second cup of this with milk and sugar and it was a nice treat.

EvaGrimm

I’m glad you liked it! I’m heading to Market Spice this weekend to stock up on more teas.

Suziqzer

Sounds like a good one :)

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drank Earl Grey Creme by Market Spice
164 tasting notes

Thanks TeaTiff for sharing this one with me with another sample you sent me :)

I’m pretty new to Earl Grey teas & haven’t ventured into them much because I’ve tended to avoid most citrus in teas thus far, especially if they have any main notes in the flavor profile. I may come around to some of them, but grew up not liking the ice tea/lemonade blends that my dad thought were so amazing.

This one intrigued me from the start. The smell of the dry leaf is amazing, sweet and rich.

Steeped this one is a nice base and comes through as creamy, very little bergamot, and I get a peppery finish which I am uncertain about. I’m a lover of pepper on foods, but not sure about it here. I may have to give this one another try at a lower steeping temperature and see if that changes my thoughts on this one. I think I would enjoy this one w/o the end taste of pepper.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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this was my ‘sidekick’ tea this morning.

i have a small 6oz teacup and saucer at my desk plus a large 24oz mug. (they are both beautiful beautiful things.) so on the special days, the days when i really really need the help, i will basically brew a whole 30oz of tea at one time.
and delicate teas, nuanced teas, and cherished or small samples usually get the tiny sidekick treatment.

and this EG Creme was a darling. warm and smooth and soothing.

it’s supposed to super snow tonight …well, i’m sure MANY of you would laugh at our version of ‘mega snow’, but southerners do have a tendency to enjoy the drama when they can, plus southern Virginia doesn’t usually get much snow in general, in fact i hear that some years ago we used to get no snow. so everyone is still in that mind-frame and thus generally ill-prepared.
the city gov isn’t even really good at consistently plowing the streets because they don’t budget enough for what used to be a very rare occurrence.
you get the idea. DRAMA-RAMA!

since i might not have work tomorrow, i’m gonna bring all my swaps and samples home with me tonight. Wishful Thinking!!

thank you Eva for this warm and tasty bonus!

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I received a sample of this from Eva in our Mystery Swap. Thanks!

This one said rose, so of course I have been putting it off and putting it off because rose scares me. I brewed it up, started drinking and thought hmmm where is the rose. This too me has the redbush nutty taste, with a hint of sweet and a hint mint…. Mint, where is the mint coming from. Then I get on steepster and low and behold that is exactly what the descrition says, mint! Woohoo my tastebuds didn’t lie. I like it!

So after drinking this the entire night I was craving it. I had to up my rating quite a bit. When you go to bed thinking about a particular tea it must be good right?

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Indian Tea by Market Spice
332 tasting notes

I believe this was the correct tea. I received a sample of this from Eva in our Mystery Swap. Thank you!.

I love chai and man this was yummy. Holly cardamom! The smell and taste was very heavy on the cardamom, but very good. I drank all 3 cups in one sitting. A little sugar and milk and I was in a very happy place. Thank you for sharing this with me Eva!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Lychee Rose by Market Spice
84 tasting notes

2/10/14 Sample from TeaTiff! 1.8g/6oz/200F/3min. Very light cup with a nice rose/lychee fragrance. I wish I could have leafed this more heavily – I can tell I would love this brewed more strongly. The lychee and rose play well together.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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