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This is not the vanilla tea you’re looking for.
I’m probably rating this a little harshly, as I’m comparing it to my favorite vanilla tea (Colonille from SerendipiTea). The base tea is less smooth, more of a bite to it. Not exactly astringent, but a little bit of a darker tea flavor. Unfortunately, the vanilla doesn’t come through as powerful or as pleasantly. So, I’m not really terribly fond of this as a vanilla tea. I mean, it’s not terrible. It will probably be decent iced. But, it really has zero chance of supplanting Colonille in my cupboard.
Win some, lose some.
Oh my! Spicy is right!
mmm I love it though. My favourite part is the black pepper taste, more than the tellicherry pepper. This is by far the most peppery chai I have ever had! I want to try it with chocolate milk, but right now it’s starting my day (and clearing my sinuses) with milk and honey – paired with my creamy maple syrup rice pudding.
A good way to start the day before work takes over at 12:30! We’re only allowed water bottles at work, but everyone else sneaks in redbull, so I will find a way to drink my tea!
Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending this my way! It’s spicy goodness – I LOVE IT
Alphakitty! Thank you SO MUCH!!!
This smells like EG, Lavender,and Rose. I can see those ingredients as well. It infuses to a mellower-medium brown color.
The flavor is comforting, creamy, slightly Earl Grey – more Bergamot than the stereotypical astringency I usually taste in a EG, plus, floral…mostly lavender and a touch of rose.
My favorite traits of this tea…the citrus and the creamy. Very nice!
Generous sample from TeaEqualsBliss.
This smells like pipe tobacco!
The dry leaves, and wet, as well as the tea brewing.
But,good quality pipe tobacco.
Something my father would sit outside on a summer’s eve and smoke.
Beautiful red in color.
Tastes mainly of Rooibos, a twang of vanilla on the back of the tongue.
I might play around with this tea.
Maybe mixing some of this with a Chai I have.
I think this is my fave of Marketspice’s teas thus far…see previous notes…
I’ve had this for a while, but I keep forgetting to log it when I drink it. Mostly because when I am enjoying it, it is later at night and I’m not sitting at the computer … but I was determined tonight to write the note!!!
This is one of those teas that tastes better than it smells. When I first opened it, it kind of had a tobacco-y kind of scent, and I like the smell of tobacco (so long as it’s not burning in a cigarette) but, not to drink … you know? I mean, it’s a pleasant smell, but it’s not something I’d think “mmm…that’d be good to drink.”
But, like I said, it tastes better than it smells. It tastes of vanilla, first and foremost, with a hint of apple-y chamomile. I taste a bit of the woody tones from the rooibos, but it melds nicely with the vanilla notes. Overall, it’s a very pleasant tisane – and it’s really nice to have on hand for those evenings when you want something smooth and easy to sip.
Another one headed to Liberteas :)
See previous notes :)
In my ongoing “pretend it’s October” theme—I chose this one today. It’s nice and cloudy for a change which is helping with the pretending. I think I overshot my goal because my coworker walked in and said “WOW! It smells like Christmas in here!” Oops. I didn’t quite want it to be December yet!
Spicy and ORANGE. Orange oil, orange peel. Good tea flavor, not bitter or weak. Constant Comment on steroids (and you know Constant Comment pushes all my Leonard Cohen/nostalgia buttons :)
Many, many thanks to Kayshap for this tea. I enjoy it so much!
This is sort of a bread and butter tea, it’s nice and cheap, it’s comforting, and the sweet rum flavor on the tea itself is very calming. It’s a great kick-back-after-a-long-day tea.
We brewed this up today to compare it to the Pot O Gold from 52teas. It falls a little flat in the flavor comparison. It’s still good, and it’s still probably going to be a permanent collection tea, because of the price. It is an awful lot of enjoyment for $0.94/oz.
I cold brewed this. It’s kinda stale tasting so maybe there’s nothing actually wrong with the tea when it’s fresh. My version, however, was lacking in flavor. The banana was minimal and I didn’t taste the pineapple at all. Slightly tart. It was okay to drink iced on a hot day, but I wouldn’t go to this for the flavor. A whole teapot full was consumed without fuss. Not rating cause of possibly old tea.
In any case, I’m always grateful for the chance to try something new! Thanks TeaEqualsBliss!
Sending the rest o DaisyChubb
Yay! I finally got my Moroccan glasses today, so at last I can do the tea face off between four types of Moroccan Mint. The Serendipitea version and this one were provided generously by Missy. Thank you, Missy!
I noticed that this tea had the most fluffy little “bits” and I thought briefly that it might be a lower grade of gunpowder green. Then I realized that the bits were mint, not tea! This tea came in second for me in the taste off, behind Tin Roof Teas. The peppermint in the mix doesn’t appeal to me as much, but the green base is nice, not smokey, and the spearmint is refreshing! This is very minty and good! All of the teas were tasted both unsweetened and sweetened.
Thank you, Missy! :D
When I have a bad day, I reach for something herbal usually. Not really sure why, since perhaps a cup of rich dessert tea might be classified as more comforting, or even a really nice oolong. However, herbal is what I want when I’m not feeling my best, and I just happened to have one in my samples from LiberTEAS.
I was a bit worried about the hibiscus: I can handle some tart but it’s easy to overwhelm a blend. This is nicely balanced though, tart and a bit sour at the beginning of the sip from the hibiscus & rosehip, then minty and citrusy at the end. I’ve been pleased with the herbal blends I’ve tried from Marketspice so far and this one is no exception, though I think I’d like it a bit heavier on the mint and a tad less hibiscus—but that’s probably because I just really like peppermint.
My final backlog from yesterday. I finished off the last of this tea last night. I like that this is tangy, but not so hibiscus-y as you might imagine, the tangy notes are well balanced – not just HIBISCUS but also citrus-y. I love the way that this is all so nicely balanced: peppermint isn’t overwhelming, it is tart yet sweet and just very mellow for a tisane of this nature. Definitely one that is worth a try.
Missy & Dylan sent along a sample of this one so I could compare it to DavidsTea’s Buttered Rum, which I got around to doing last night. Thanks guys!
The aroma is malty and rummy, with a hint of butteriness mixed in. The flavour is very much a malty tea, but I can definitely taste the alcohol flavour with a hint of sweetness. There’s clearly less flavour than in Buttered Rum – after drinking it, this one just tastes like a malty tea. The base tea here is far superior though. Although I can drink this easily without adding milk and sugar, I suspect they’d amp it up a little. Also, it reminds me of 52teas Pot O’ Gold from earlier in the night… similar base tea, maybe?
Second infusion (96C/5min): Not a lot of flavour; it is now mostly just a weak, malty black tea with a bit of rummy sweetness.
This, iced, is quite possibly one of the most enjoyable things in the world, ever. It’s pretty much ruined all other iced tea for me. It is so good. So, so good.
Brewing the last little bit that I have of this tea … I do love this one, and I was inspired to brew some after finding some soap on etsy that was inspired by this tea: http://www.etsy.com/listing/68514508/spice-market-tea-soap-cinnamon-orange
I must get some of this soap!
Oh crap. I can make this by microwaving the milk for four minutes instead of standing at the stove for twenty. At least it’s delicious, but my milk intake is probably about to skyrocket.
(everything says to make it with skim milk, but I have 1%, and it’s damn fine. I’ve always thought skim milk was weird. I’d love to try this with whole milk some time.)
I just about don’t drink flavored teas. But this and Twinings’ loose-leaf earl grey are I supposed my guilty pleasures. I don’t even like cinnamon, but I love this.
I only make it with milk, however (and then make a liter and drink all of it and feel gross), so I can sort of pretend it’s just really tasty milk and not flavored tea. I purchased this after having Blackflower and Co’s Signature Chai, which seems like it’s more or less the same sort of thing. Both with that rich-in-oil sheen on the leaves, and those little bits of orange. I’d also heard of it all over, but never realized that it was from right here in Seattle (I live nearby).
If you almost-but-don’t-quite like this tea with water, I strongly recommend making it with milk. 1tbsp/8oz of milk. Mmmm.
You will, however, want to daub off the little sheet of warm-milk-stuff/oils. It comes off in one piece, though, and is also sort of neat and weird.
It just tastes all warm and snuggly.
I decided to try this iced and it was an awesome idea. I think I prefer it iced to hot. I still get the creamy vanilla and orange flavors. However, I feel the iced tea helps the association with the popsicles I used to eat. That association is the reason I was interested in this tea in the first place. I’ll have to remember to get more of this next summer.
Another herbal that I ended up liking a lot more than I thought I would. Sweet, tangy, and a cool crisp mint undertone that really freshens things up. Soothing and enjoyable.
Missy and Dylan THANK YOU! This tea was SO SO enjoyable last night! I had some both hot and cold – both excellent! This may make it to my perm stash even! Its not like the most complex tea in the world but the flavor is spot on, its not scummy with oils floating on top, its quite natural in its flavors. No astringency, no bitterness, smooth, and soothing. Thanks also for being quite generous with the sample! This should get me by until I can place an order with market spice, which will be my first time with them.
I looked in my Indian Tea tin and it’s low. Oh noes! I decided I should try it iced. It’s excellent iced. I brewed 12 perfect teaspoons in a pot with 32 ounces of water. I then filled my pitcher with ice. Pour brew over ice and voila!
Cinnamon, cardamom and clove are all present in the iced version. Since they are balanced rather well no one flavor takes center stage here. I’m not sure what they use as a base tea. It’s strong enough to show up but maintains a secondary presence to the spices.
I tend to think of those spices to be used in the cooler months, but this is rather good as an iced tea. It’s refreshing in a different way than mint or lemon. I’ll have to try this again some time soon when it’s warmer outside.