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81
drank Earl Grey Creme by Market Spice
171 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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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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83
drank Indian Tea by Market Spice
348 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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68
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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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 this in a Mystery Swap from Eva. Thank you!

Wow! This rocked my world today. Creamy, raspberry, and calming white tea all mixed into one. I wish I had way more of this to play around with. This seems like it would be good iced as well. Thank you Eva.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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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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Yum raspberry! I love a good raspberry tea. This is reminding me of the raspberry in 52Teas Raspberry Cream. The white base works great here, and the raspberry comes through clearly, with a hint of creaminess to round it out. Really a great tea. I would consider reordering this one.

Thanks for sharing VariaTEA!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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75
drank Lychee Rose by Market Spice
348 tasting notes

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

I have been really leery of floral teas. I had a few in the beginning of my tea drinking that just make my mouth hurt from the over powering perfume-y taste. So this tea had me scared, but while I was trying rose teas I thought I might as well give this a go. I was pleasantly surprised. This was nice and very well balanced with the black tea base. I have not had a lychee tea yet. I think I could pick up on this taste separate from the rose but was not 100% sure. I will enjoy the rest of the sample and this tea has opened my mind to lychee and rose. Thank you Eva for expanding my horizon.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
EvaGrimm

It definitely seems to have more of a rose then lychee flavor. I’m glad I could offer something new!

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Sipdown!!

Thank you Eva for sharing this with me. I could not find any information whatsoever on how to make this tea so I brewed it at the same temperature as the other white I was making. Unfortunately, I didn’t think it would hold up to 5 minutes of brewing so I cut the time in half which has left the tea tasting weak. The sip is very smooth though and the aftertaste is 100% raspberry. I wish I had some sort of guide as to how to prep this but it didn’t turn out too bad.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
EvaGrimm

I’m surprised that they don’t offer steep directions on their website (or in store). I’ve been steeping it at 200F for 3-5 min with decent results.

Courtney

That’s how I steeped it this morning. I want more!

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59
drank Earl Grey Creme by Market Spice
348 tasting notes

I received a sample of this tea from Eva in a “Mystery Swap”. Thank you!

I have been sampling EGC’s lately, I have had a few leading up to this one. This was meh for me. It was a pretty weak base with a really low level of bergamot. I was busy cooking so the cup cooled and I took a sip of it cold. Despite it not being my favorite hot, the cold version was pretty tasty. The creaminess shone through and covered up the weakness of the base.

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83
drank Sunset In Seattle by Market Spice
348 tasting notes

This came to me via a “Mystery Swap” with Eva. Thank you so much for sharing this with me. This is one I would have never picked for myself because it has rose chips and Chamomile, but am absolutely in love with!

There are very few herbal teas that make me think man I want more. This one is going to have to go on my caffeine-free want list. This is so nice and calming. I get, mint, I get lemon and I get vanilla with a hint of fruity. The cup keeps getting better as it cools a bit. This sample will not see tomorrow!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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78
drank Caramel Apple by Market Spice
1888 tasting notes

Sipdown!! (204)

My tea drinking is slowed due to visitors so I may not hit 200 today but that hasn’t stopped me from trying.

Good bye tasty caramel apple tea and thank you Eva for the chance to try it!

Flavors: Caramel

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78
drank Caramel Apple by Market Spice
1888 tasting notes

It seems like I am the first to leave a tasting note. This is so much pressure but here goes nothing…

When I experience teas from a new company, I am always a bit hesitant that I won’t like it. That doesn’t stop me from trying because you never know unless you try. I think if I expect the worst, than I am always pleasantly surprised (and very occasionally not-so-pleasantly justified). This is definitely a pleasant surprise that I got to try courtesy of Eva.

The black base is smooth and muted, leaving room for the caramel apple to shine. Honestly, this is like a slightly less sweet version of the tasty caramel apple chips by Seneca (the company, not the college: http://www.senecasnacks.com/index.cfm?navid=20). However, whereas with the chip it is clear you are having caramel and you are having apple, in this cup, the two flavors blend together for a sweet and yet fresh tasting cup. Thank you for sharing Eva! I was definitely pleased with this tea :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
EvaGrimm

It’s one of their “better” ones. The next time I make a drive into Seattle, I’ll pick up some that you haven’t tried and send a little surprise pack (the surprise part being the timelines).

EvaGrimm

-forgot to add that I’m glad you like it!

VariaTEA

Haha. That is so sweet. Honestly I was nervous but really happy with it. I made it at the same time I made a Butiki tea and this was the preferred of the two. I am really glad I have another cup worth. Thanks again :). Hopefully you are happy with your teas as well.

Yvonne

Mmmmm…this sounds delicious.

EvaGrimm

VariaTea YES, I love them! I’ve yet to try the caramel but the Forever Nuts is so good that I shouldn’t trust myself to drink and drive with it. ;) Thank you!

VariaTEA

Haha. Yay! I am glad you like it. I really liked it at first and then it was like a switch flipped and I couldn’t even smell it anymore. I am happy it was sent somewhere where it is being appreciated.

Sil

interesting tea. Looks like they have an online presence as well…another company to bookmark heh

Cavocorax

I had a bunch of samples brought over from a friend, and overall I wasn’t that impressed by the company…

This one does sound pretty good though!

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This is quickly becoming my favorite chamomile tea. It’s delicious and calming.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp

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First sip – Nice balance of chamomile and other herbal elements.

This tea is a wonderful herbal tea with a nice sweetness and a good balance of mint and vanilla. It also has a great chamomile taste that is not bitter, but sweet and blends well with the herbal elements of this tea.

Like others have said this tea looks really strange in the bag, but once it brews it turns into a great tea.

Overall, it’s a great tea that I will enjoy many cups of.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Earl Grey Creme by Market Spice
72 tasting notes

This Earl Grey is touchy-touchy, in that if you look at it the wrong way it could turn bitter. I made this three times and the first time at 205° for 5 min = very bitter, the second time at 200° for 5 min = slightly bitter but not bad, lastly 190° for 5 min= perfect. My cup was roughly 12oz and I used 3 tsp of Earl Grey Creme. I added a La Perruche sugar cube and a splash of cream which made it even more delicious!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Pumpkin Pie Tea by Market Spice
72 tasting notes

Oh my… I purchased 2oz of this only to discover that it’s not to my liking. This one is headed straight to the trading pile. I couldn’t get past the flavor of black tea to the point that this had me questioning if it was mis-packaged. I’ve been fighting off a cold so I do realize that my nose can’t be trusted but I honestly can’t smell even a hint of cinnamon or pumpkin… if I had to describe what I’m smelling, it smells like laundry forgotten in the washer. I may just have to head back to MarketSpice to compare smells because I’m honestly convinced that I grabbed something different.

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32
drank Licorice Spice by Market Spice
72 tasting notes

At first glance this tea just looks like mulling spice and the idea of warm licorice sounds satisfying. All of the ingredients sound alluring but I can literally only taste the licorice. I tried to sip on this one to see if there were any subtle changes but every sip was like a slap in the face.

If you’ve ever had pure licorice nibs, just imagine melting that down and pouring it into water. The last time I tasted licorice this strong was when I purchased a tin of hard candy in Venice. Having been only familiar with Twizzlers as my reference for licorice (hah!), it was quite a surprise. That said, if you like strong (cloyingly sweet) licorice, then you’ll love this!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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84
drank Cranberry Creme by Market Spice
72 tasting notes

I was in Seattle for the morning and decided to poke my head in Market Spice. I’m not sure how great of a decision that was because it turned into a shopping spree. An hour of perusing later and this Cranberry Creme is one of the little goodies that came home with me!

A berry and sweet cream scent fills the air and the smell reminds me of the berry cereals that I would eat as a kid. You know, the ones that are really bad for you and make the milk turn into a pink sugary sludge. I definitely taste the cream but the cranberry flavor is light and almost just a subtle aftertaste.

So far, this and Honey Flower are my favorites of the MarketSpice that I’ve sampled. I noticed that trying one type of tea makes me (almost compulsively) want to try different brands of similar teas, so maybe it’s a blessing in disguise that I don’t live closer to any teashops…

Flavors: Cream

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 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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Yum yum! This is dead on for a spiced cider. I think I underleafed, because this is a bit weak. Still lovely. A bit of brown crystal sugar highlights the apple note, which lingers pleasantly. Thanks for including this in my Secret Pumpkin package, RogersCK!

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