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Market Spice

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82
drank Rum Butter by Market Spice
2221 tasting notes

Sipdown! 800.

Definitely catching more of the buttery/rummy notes in this last cup than I did a few weeks ago. Yum! Not a tea I’d likely pick up again, but perfectly enjoyable to drink. The flavour is a bit muted, but I’m quite certain that it’s age-related.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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I happened by the Market Spice shop while in Seattle for a conference. If they would not have had a sample in the store I would have walked right by it. As it happens, this being their trademark tea and all, the samples were present and I was hooked! I literally drank this everyday all winter. For me it’s the perfect fall/winter tea. A few notes:
1) When you open it up and take a big whiff of the dry tea (and yes, I mean BIG- you’ll thank me later) it smells very orange-y.
2) When you steep it-the cinnamon really shines through! It isn’t so overpowering that you feel like you just dumped a Sam’s Club size tub of red hots in some water and washed it down with 3 packs of Big Red, but if you love cinnamon (like myself), then you’ll be in heaven!
3) Yes, the dry leaves do have an oil on them, but don’t let that stop you. It’s simply the deliciousness pouring through the leaves! :)
4) I’m reordering the giant 3 pound bag from Market Spice very soon-only half or so will be mine. I’ve successfully turned on just about everyone I know to this tea.
5) This tea doesn’t really survive to a second steeping (sadly). It’s about the only negative.

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82
drank Rum Butter by Market Spice
2221 tasting notes

Sadly, I think this one has lost some flavour. Also, I think it’s suffering from being drank in the company of the oh-so-delicious Vanilla Comoro. Oh well. I rated it pretty highly previously, so it must taste good when fresh!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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I picked some of this up in teabag form when I was in Washington a couple weekends ago, and I have to say it’s a pretty good standard black tea. Good for first thing in the morning. It’s a little better quality than your usual black tea in teabags…I think because there is more depth to the flavor, perhaps since it is a blend of black teas. I’ve had it a couple of times, and have enjoyed it. Leaving this one and the huckleberry tea at work, since bagged teas make life easier at work!

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drank Market Spice Tea by Market Spice
3 tasting notes

This was the best tea ever. Now they’ve changed it. Why? The new “Market Spice” is nothing like the old one – not sweet, way too much cinnamon. I don’t think I can drink it. I encourage all lovers of the old taste to comment here, comment to Steeps, write, call, do whatever to try to get them to switch it back. Please Steeps, market spice at night was a highlight of my day. Please bring it back

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78
drank China Mist by Market Spice
6770 tasting notes

This is kind of like liquid patchouli. At least that’s the first thought I had when I smelled it and when I sipped it. For a more masculine tea this is pretty good. I’d agree in saying it’s a unique blend of Green and Oolong! Not bad!

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drank Huckleberry Tea by Market Spice
426 tasting notes

Taking the day off today after a fabulous weekend, filled with family visits and a Steampunk-themed wedding, which also was sort of a college friend reunion for me. Totally had a blast!! So much fun!! Glad I took today off though, because our flight was delayed 2 1/2 hours last night, so we didn’t get back until 2 am!

So, we went to Pike Place Market in Seattle yesterday, and I discovered this shop! I had seen it on Yelp! because, prior to our trip I was curiously searching for tea shops up there, and I totally ran into it without even knowing it was at Pike Place! Score! I was overwhelmed by their wall of tea canisters, but I found some 10-bag sampler packs, which I promptly picked up. I only got two, but now I’m considering an online order. Their tea is really inexpensive, surprisingly.

So, this huckleberry tea is pretty good. I couldn’t help myself and opened the sealed foil package to smell it while we were stuck at the airport. Totally huckleberry! Reminded me of the huckleberry taffy my friend sent me a long time ago. I brewed some up this morning. The teabags were oddly moist, but the tea tastes great! This one has a lot of huckleberry flavor….pretty much straight-up huckleberry. I would have maybe liked a little more tea flavor, but I still enjoyed it, a lot. I think it might be fabulous iced! Definitely a taste of the northwest, and a great end to a wonderful weekend! :)

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drank China Mist by Market Spice
712 tasting notes

a dark oolong (i think imo) with jasmine and almond from the Traveling Tea Box!
now listen, again, i have sealed the box up and i weighed it before i took anything from it and after i was done.
and it went from 2.72 lbs to 2.93 lbs.
so TeaEqualsBliss better feel comfortable with removing lots of tea from the thing if she plans to add any. haha
and i’ll do better next time. i’m pretty sure. at least i hope.

this tea IS a weird one! wow i had no idea. it sounds so different. i mean i read the taste profile and it sounds one way, but it tastes like shoes. in a good way! it tastes like shoes in a good way!
you drink tea, you know what i mean.
maybe it’s the green mixing with the oxidized oolong? i don’t really know what i’m talking about. we all know that.

tea drinkers: we’ll drink something like your shoes.

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I’m always a big fan of vanilla rooibos. This one is creamy and mellow, maybe a touch of smoke in there. And since I got it at Pike Place, drinking this always brings me back there. :) I’ll probably be resteeping a couple times on this wet cloudy night after all this springtime storming.

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70
drank Cinnamon-Orange Tea by Market Spice
293 tasting notes

I made this cold-brewed because I thought it’d appeal to K. Strangely, the orange mostly disappears so it’s like a light cinnamon thing. It’s good but not my fave. K did like it, though!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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81
drank Holiday Tea by Market Spice
499 tasting notes

Man, my kitty is really getting to me today. I’m allergic, you see. I build up an immunity to him when I’m with him every day. He’ll only rarely get to me. But since I just went on my mini-moon and was away from him for 9 days, my defenses have disintegrated. I am a sneezy, runny-nosed weakling this morning. Ugh.

I had a cup of chai tea earlier, which seemed to open my nasal passages with its spiciness. But now the cat is getting to me again, so I’m back to being stuffed up. Time for something else spicy and caffeinated! Oh, this isn’t spicy. For some reason I remember it as “Holiday Spice” not “Holiday Tea.” It’s probably because the company’s name is “Marketspice.” Oh well. I’m drinking it anyway! LOL!

This is a sample from LiberTEAS. Thanks, girly! Oh yeah, and this is a SIPDOWN!!! Wow, the aroma off this cup is great! It smells like fruity mint chocolate tea. YUM! Sadly, my nose seems to be getting worse. I can really only taste peppermint. I’m sure age also has something to do with it, as I’ve left this sample lying in my cupboard untouched for over a year. I imagine it’s divine when fresh and consumed by someone not afflicted by allergies.

Cocoa does show up in the aftertaste. And there’s maybe a hint of something fruity and berry-like. Overall, this is a good tea! It’s held up a lot better than some of these other old samples too. The mint is really helping to assuage my kitty-induced discomfort. Plus, mint and chocolate has always been a winning combo in my book. Thanks LiberTEAS!!!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec
Mercuryhime

Next time you go away, take a bunch of car fur with you and sleep on it like a pillow. I have no idea if it will help, and I’m often told that I have redicilous ideas. But maybe :)

Mercuryhime

I meant cat fur not car fur. And ridiculous. I don’t know where that other word came from.

CHAroma

Hahahahaha!!! I think that could have disastrous results, LOL!

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70
drank Cinnamon-Orange Tea by Market Spice
293 tasting notes

At first I thought this was like the cinnamon challenge (you know, eat a tablespoon of cinnamon straight, go on, I dare you) and could not be done but.. it grows on you? I think that people who love cinnamon hearts (Lauren) should love this tea.

Preparation
Boiling
Cavocorax

The tea itself sorta has a weird artificial texture eh? It’s a weird one, but it does grow on you, thankfully or I’d never have made it through 4oz! (I think I dumped a lot on you though. Hahaha)

Ozli

I think that might just be the nature of cinnamon? But I’m not a big fan of cinnamon, so, you know. You sent me a bunch!! But I like it, so it’s gonna be ok. I think K will end up liking this one, too. I’m curious to try it with milk & sugar, also… like a sweet treat? Have you tried that? Oh it’s got orange bits, I wonder if it’ll curdle….. :s

Cavocorax

I’ve never tried it with milk or sugar – it seemed pretty sweet already. I’m happy you like it though! I do too, even though there’s something strange about it. It became my evening tea for a while there, but 4oz was just TOO much. 4oz of most teas seems like too much nowadays. I like variety… #spoiled

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This tea was a gift from a colleague, and I have been pleasantly surprised by how much I like it, given how much oil covered the tea bags and how nearly overpowering the scent of spices are when the packet is opened. I find the orange oils brighten the cinnamon, without overpowering it or bringing bitterness into the mix. The tea is quite sweet, bordering on over-sweet. Makes a nice evening cup.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I decided to give this sample a go today just for fun. I’m not really into citrus-y flavors, but this one smelled so infectious- creamy, sweet, with some mellow orange undertones. I steeped the leaves for about 5 minutes and I’m surprised with how “quiet” this tea is. I was expecting juicy, bold, orange accents with a milky black base, but no. The orange flavor, while definitely present here, is much more mild, while the creaminess takes more prominence than I anticipated. I think I will have to steep a second cup to see if anything changes. I really enjoy this as is, though.

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

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This is a VERY good mao feng green tea by anyone’s estimation. I LOVE Market Spice, they have very good tea for CHEAP! I’m excited if you can’t tell.
The dry leaf smells floral. When hot this tea smells like, well, green tea as you could imagine. After it cools off a bit I get cinnamon notes and chocolate on the finish. I love this junk and it’s only $50 a pound.

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68
drank Seattle Surprise by Market Spice
1850 tasting notes

Thanks to yssah for this sample! The dry leaf of this tea smells almost exactly like SweeTarts candy, and although normall I wouldn’t be into that, today it just kind of made me want SweeTarts. There are tons of fruit bits in this tea which I assume are the pineapple “gems”, but whatever they are, yssah’s packing skills caused them to get mashed together into one massive lump that I had to break up a bit before portioning out this leaf.

The steeped tea does not smell like SweeTarts, or any other candy really. It smells kind of like a tropical juice blend where I can’t quite separate out all the flavors. That’s pretty much what it tastes like, too. I guess I get definite orange, but the pineapple and mango are somewhat muddled. It’s a decently tasty fruity tea, and if you like tropical fruity teas it definitely fits that niche. The black tea base is kind of lame in that it doesn’t add much to the overall flavor of the tea, but it isn’t bitter or astringent and that is certainly what most people look for in a flavored tea (it is definitely all I used to look for! Now I’m just picky). I bet this would make a really delicious iced tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Sipdown, 198. Except not really, because there are still teas from my swap with yssah that I haven’t added to my cupboard, but I am living in denial la la la la. This one also comes with from my swap with yssah, thanks!

I requested a sample of this one because I thought rose might help me enjoy rooibos more. Except I apparently didn’t look a the tea description. I tasted in and was like mint whaaaat? Yeah, there was some caramel, but mostly minty rooibos, and no rose. Then while logging this tea I noticed in the description it says mint and caramel flavor. Oh. Well. Still, if the name is Caramel Rose, I expect caramel and rose. This should really be called Caramel Mint.

IF this was Caramel Mint, it would be pretty decent. I don’t love minty teas, but it works fairly well with the rooibos overall. If you are looking for rose, look elsewhere.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Alphakitty

This is such a weird blend (but one of the few rooibos that I enjoy)! It reminds me strongly of something from my childhood but I can’t put my finger on what…

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drank Raspberry Splash by Market Spice
293 tasting notes

SO rasberry-y! I want more of this and then to live off of it iced all summer long.

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73
drank China Mist by Market Spice
1850 tasting notes

Sipdown, 186. This is a pretty decent tea, though not one I will be restocking. Almond and jasmine go remarkably well together. The oolong is definitely a kind of generic formosa oolong but it is a bit nutty and slighly roasty (not too much!) which provides a nice background note.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

so jealous of your sipdowns! Mine are just going to go up and up and up! sigh

Dinosara

Haha I am working hard at it since I have more swaps on the way. I’m running out of easy one-cup sipdowns, though.

Terri HarpLady

I haven’t counted mine, but I’m sure my number wouldn’t be anywhere near yours!

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drank Market Chai by Market Spice
262 tasting notes

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This is the cup I made for the bf! He adores cinnamon teas, as does my dad. It seems to be a trait in the men in my life—for example, I think Smaug is probably both of their favorite teas. I like cinnamon in moderation, but strong cinnamon teas aren’t usually my thing, but I grabbed some of this one from the Traveling Tea Box (B) for my boys!

This is…. holy cow, strong cinnamon! Tongue-numbing, mouth-tingling cinnamon. Hot and spicy cinnamon! The orange is a nice background for it, but oh man is this a strongly flavored tea. But if cinnamon is your thing, this is the tea for you!

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73
drank Market Spice Tea by Market Spice
30 tasting notes

I actually liked this tea, but, it’s bad. Very bad. A very bad, naughty, tea. It has destroyed my ingenuitea. I probably should have known, or been wiser, or something. The only warning on the package says that it should be stored in a glass container. I probably shoul d have inferred something was up from this, but I did not. I steeped it for 5 minutes in a 16 oz Ingenuitea, it’s all cloudy and etched from the oils in the tea and I’ve had a heck of a time getting the cinnamon smell out of the pot. I’m not even really sure it’s safe to drink tea made out of my pot anymore with the damage this tea did.

That being said, a tasting note should be a note on the tea, not how destructive it. I find it to be pretty delicious, just disappointed that it’s possibly cost me a teapot.

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drank Cinnamon-Orange by Market Spice
1392 tasting notes

I don’t know why but this tea is synonymous with late-night sipping. Even though it tastes artificially sweet and orangy, i still crave it. I guess it’s like when I crave Big Macs or something like that. :P

Once I’m done drinking the 2 oz I have left, I have 2 oz of this Three Cinnamon Tea my mom brough me from the interior. :D

Ozli

Ehehehe. I haven’t tried this yet!

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