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drank Market Chai by Market Spice
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I am on an ongoing (and thus far fruitless) quest to find a replacement for TeaSource’s old Reena’s Chai blend. Thus, every time I place a big tea order, I tend to throw in one of that company’s chais to see if it might be “the one”. This one is…fine. A pleasant, well-balanced chai with ginger and cinnamon and a malty assam base. It smells great and takes milk well. But it tastes exactly like a dozen other chai blends that I’ve tried for other companies. Nothing special or unique here and definitely not my dream chai that I’ve been looking for. The quest continues!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Malt, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
tea-sipper

I hope you find the best chai!

Inkling

Thanks! Open to recommendations for sure. :)

Martin Bednář

Not sure what is your preference in chais, but I liked (from recently) Cha Cha Chai from Cup of Té.

tea-sipper

I have been drinking older chai, so have no idea what the hip new chai is… or definitely not the chai that stands out from the rest. ha

Inkling

Thanks for the suggestion, Martin! I haven’t tried that one, so I’ll have to add it to my list. :)

Martin Bednář

You are welcome!

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55
drank Caramelized Pear by Market Spice
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I wish that Market Spice would offer samples of their tea blends or even just let you order sizes smaller than 4oz. They have some wonderful blends that I love so much, but I’m always leery about trying something new from them because I know I’ll have SO MUCH to figure out what to do with if I end up not liking it. Unfortunately, this turned out to be one of those situations. I love caramel and I love pear, but this tisane doesn’t really taste of either! I do smell a bit of pear in the dry leaf, but for some reason they added cinnamon and ginger to the blend and those flavors are completely overwhelming everything else. It’s not a terrible tea, but it’s definitely not what I was hoping for.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
tea-sipper

Yeah, I like Market Spice’s Cranberry Creme and their Cinnamon Orange, and I think that is 2/2 of the Market Spice teas I have ever tried.

Inkling

Haha, well that’s nice that both of them worked out for you! I LOVE their Gingerbread Rooibos (one of my all-time favorites!) and they half a dozen others that I’ve really enjoyed. But there have been a couple of real duds too..

tea-sipper

Adding Gingerbread Rooibos to the wishlist!

Inkling

Would you like a sample of the Gingerbread Rooibos? I have a bunch and would be happy to share so you can try it out without committing to the full 4oz. :)

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Day 4 ADVENTGINGERBREAD ROOIBOS BY MARKET SPICE

My roommate and I opened up our little present this morning and she squealed with delight when she found out it was gingerbread – she told me to just go ahead and make the whole pot. I don’t like ginger, but this was a mild cookie like flavor that I liked, it wasn’t spicy, and overwhelming. It was nice and smooth. I had three cups and she had two, and we’re refrigerating it for her in the morning! Thanks for sending this!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 27 OZ / 798 ML
Inkling

Glad you and your roommate both enjoyed it! This is one of my go-to herbal teas to share with people who think they don’t like tea. ;)

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This one definitely has that flavor of red hots, like Harney’s hot cinnamon sunset. Except this is a green base, so the only thing you really taste is the flavoring with a tiny bit of the tea beneath. I think I do prefer it with the black base to give it the added depth. So this tastes all right, but there are better versions of this flavor profile. It’s just a bit more muted than I prefer.

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80

We’ve really been enjoying this tea. It’s kind of the epitome of Hot Cider tea. Not sweet either though we’ve been adding a bit of basswood honey to each cup. It’s quickly become one of our afternoon mainstays especially as it’s begun feeling like Autumn.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Clove, Lemon, Nutmeg

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec

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80

This one’s a treasure. All the right autumnal notes. Sort of a perfect stereotype in a cup. Heavy on the apple notes plus the requisite amount of spice notes: cloves cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Is that all there? Yessiree!!

Flavors: Apple, Nutmeg, Spices, White Grapes

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 30 sec 6 g 18 OZ / 532 ML

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85

I bought this for my partner on a whim as he’s become a fan of passion fruit of late. I thought it’d be nice to have a good black tea to mix things up in the afternoons. The fragrance straight out of the package was bonkers good. It’s hard to describe but a punch of fruit forward joy! It’s a solid black tea with just the right amount of perk. A pleasurable cup to be sure!

Flavors: Candy, Passion Fruit

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85
drank Macadamia Nut by Market Spice
795 tasting notes

My last Market Spice order was definitely a mixed bag, but this blend was one of the hits for me! I’m a sucker for nutty dessert teas, but I don’t remember trying anything that was macadamia nut flavored before. The nuttiness combines super well with the vanilla and the base tea is present but not too assertive. Really lovely with milk!

Flavors: Nutty, Smooth, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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60
drank Emerald Surprise by Market Spice
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This tea tastes like melted gummy bears! The fruit flavor is STRONG, but unfortunately quite artificial. I really didn’t care for it hot, but it worked better for me iced. Glad I found a way to drink it, because Market Spice only sells in 4oz quantities, so I have a LOT of this to get through!

Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Fruity

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

We used to have a little local gourmet shop that carried Market Spice teas bulk. I miss it … they had lots of nifty little novety flavors.

Inkling

Aww, I wish I could get my hands on it locally! They have some blends that I LOVE, but it’s definitely iffy ordering 4oz of a tea you’ve never tasted.

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drank Indian Tea by Market Spice
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It does smell and taste strongly of pumpkin, but the taste is bitter. Next time I’ll try it with some stevia or honey.

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It smelled nice but tasted very bitter. Next time I’ll try it with honey or stevia and review it again.

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drank Jingle Bell by Market Spice
12 tasting notes

A previous reviewer described this tea as “pre-sweetened” and like a “dessert tea,” and the description on the site says it includes stevia leaves for sweetening.

That is exactly what I wanted as I am on a quest to find another sugarless tea that is very sweet to help me keep drinking tea instead of sugary lattes. But I do not taste one iota of sweetness in this tea. It smells like coffee creamer with fruit. It’s pretty bitter, maybe because I was really expecting this one to be sweet and am disappointed? I dislike the aftertaste. This is not a tea I’ll want to sip again soon.

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I’ve been drinking this tea more frequently. In my previous review, I said it could be sweeter, but actually I find myself enjoying it as is. The pear taste is not overwhelming. It’s very smooth. I imagine this is what a ghost-pear might taste like. I get the scent and taste of pear and then it disappears off my tongue. There is a very faint bitter aftertaste that motivates me to take the next sip. This has risen to become one of my favorites.

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90

This tea is sweet, but not as sweet as their signature cinnamon-orange tea.
I like it, but despite being described on the website as “like candy in a cup,” it could be sweeter.

Ingredients: Hunan Black Tea, Cinnamon Chips, Cloves, Star Anise, Stevia herb, Pear and Cinnamon Flavoring.

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From the description on the site: “A cup of this tea will take you back to the amusement park! It tastes and smells just like a traditional caramel apple.”

I just- don’t get that? Maybe because I was expecting this tea to be sweeter, but I don’t feel any nostalgia or feel like this is reminiscent of a caramel apple.
This tea is not for me.

Ingredients: Hunan Black Tea, Lemon Peel, Caramel and Apple Flavoring.

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90

I was a sweet latte drinker and this tea can replace my sugary lattes. It is very sweet, and as someone said, tastes a bit like artificial orange, but it is satisfying in the morning and helped me switch from soy milk lattes to tea.

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80
drank Holiday Tea by Market Spice
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The smell is strong delicious raspberry (it is described on the site as chocolate mint raspberry) and the taste is not bitter but also not sweet. I’m a fan of MarketSpice Cinnamon Orange, which is a very sweet tea, and bought some other flavors to sample. This one is really nice despite not being sweet.

Ingredients: Black tea, Red Raspberries, Mint Leaves and Chocolate-Mint flavoring.

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90

This was an impulse purchase in my last Market Spice order and I’m actually wishing I’d ordered more than 2oz! (Especially since 2oz isn’t all that much when it’s such a heavy, fruit-filled tea blend.) This may be one of the best fruit-flavored black teas I’ve tried! I don’t really get the promised apricot flavor; it’s mostly mango and strawberry. But the combination is lovely and the base tea is the perfect smooth, lightly sweet foundation for the flavors. It’s great hot, but I just tried it iced for the first time and I think I may like it that way even better! A new favorite.

Flavors: Fruity, Mango, Smooth, Strawberry, Sweet

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

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drank Caramel Apple by Market Spice
159 tasting notes

The tea box is here! So many teas to choose from I don’t know where to start. I initially brewed this for 3 minutes and didn’t like the result, so put the leaf back in my cup for another few minutes. It helped a lot, and now as it has cooled the caramel flavor is coming out. Not a whole lot of apple here, maybe as an aftertaste? I’m not sure how to rate this tea, as a flavored tea I’m sure it would be nice with some sugar or honey, but I rarely put in sweetener so maybe this one’s not for me.

Flavors: Caramel

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