50 Tasting Notes

90

I got a sample of this on my last order.

Its a rainy and cold day. Just got into work and decided to give this one a try. As it was steeping, all I could think was someone had brought french toast into the office. Its not a sweet tasting tea, but the flavor reminds me of a rich pastry without the sweetness.

Its difficult for me to explain, but I really like the aroma and taste of this tea. I hope there is still some left when I’m ready for my next order.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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75

Got this as a sample with my recent order so thought I would give it a try.

Its described on the package a breakfast blend with hints of dark malt and light citrus. Honestly I don’t notice either. However, I also have a cold. While my sense of taste has seemed ok, I’m sure my sense of smell is borked. I could have sworn when I drank this at one point that I kept tasting eucalyptus.

I’ll give it another go once I feel better and I can trust my senses a little better.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

Wow, this stuff is rolled tightly. The little balls are so tiny but expand hugely. Start off with just a few small balls in my infuser and after steeping, it comes close to filling half the infuser.

Flavor is good, not bitter or astringent. I still prefer Golden Snail, but this is pretty good as well.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Too green for my personal tastes

Preparation
0 OZ / 0 ML

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76

I don’t normally enjoy breakfast teas as they are usually too brisk for my liking. This one, however, has a nice mellow flavor that I have found I enjoy.

I can easily see this becoming a staple, especially since Market Spice is local and a few local tea shops also carry it. Its not my beloved Golden Snail, but its a lot easier to get. :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70
drank Market Spice Tea by Market Spice
50 tasting notes

I finally got my hands on some more. And yes, the stuff I had before was rancid. This smells of oranges and cinnamon as you would expect. In fact, the entire office now smells of cinnamon and orange.

I’m much happier with this. I can’t say for sure if this will exactly be a staple, but I can easily see me drinking this when I’m in the mood. I bet by fall I will be buying it in quantity as my mood will fit the flavor profile better.

Oh, I should note, I have no clue what the base is. In fact the flavoring totally over power whatever the base might be.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange, Orange Zest

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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70

Not a flavor I’m wild for. Almost anise like, but mild

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80

On my first try, I did not like this. It was toasty, the flavor seemed strong, and I wasn’t a fan. Disheartening as it would have been my second oolong to try, neither of which I liked.

And then, about a week later I tried it again. And all of a sudden I really liked it. It still has a toasty flavor. All I can think is that I was not in the mood for it on the first attempt. (I am extremely mood driven when it comes to flavor.)

I have since been trying to ration myself, draw out that single ounce as long as possible as the price makes me feel a bit guilty. not too much however. My husband had an addiction to hard drives (very very long story) and so far my tea doesn’t even approach his cost. :)

Anyway definitely staple quality. And the first non black to be labeled so. :)

It seems the rating system won’t allow me to use fractions or decimals. I actually use about 1/2 teaspoon to around 8oz of water. Those leaves are rolled up really tight and expand hugely while steeping.

Flavors: Toasty

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank Coconut Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
50 tasting notes

I just realized I have not yet reviewed this tea as loose leaf. Yes, I went out of my way to order the loose leaf version and I totally and utterly regret every penny I spent.

This isn’t the first time this has happened to me, that I have purchased a loose leaf version of a bagged tea I love and find it is utterly undrinkable. Its bitter, astringent, no coconut flavor to be found, no creaminess, no spiciness, and totally and utterly dominated by CLOVE!!!! I tried different steep times, different temperatures. Utterly undrinkable.

Well at least its easy to find the bags.

Not changing my rating as I find the bags really are quite good.

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95

I’m upping my rating. The last time I had this tea, I was back in the midwest for 2 weeks in horribly hot weather in September, with amazing stress levels through the roof. As I had only received a sampler and was constantly interrupted trying to have a morning cup, I didn’t have a decent chance to really think about it, I was just trying to gulp down as much caffeine as I could get.

I like this one. I really like this one. If I could realistically afford it, this would be the one I drank most of the time. No bitterness, no astringency. A nice mouth feel, almost creamy or buttery like. A flavor element that makes me think of freshly baked whole wheat bread.

Added note – there is a small amount of astringency present once it goes cold. I wonder why that happens as this isn’t the first time I’ve noticed that with a tea.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Butter, Creamy

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Rating Details:

100 – Amazing!
91-99 – Love it
76-90 – Staple
61-75 – If I’m in the right mood
46-60 – If it’s what is available
31-45 – Will finish out of guilt
0-30 – Gave or threw away

All reviews are purely subjective based upon my personal preferences alone.

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