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drank Earl Grey Cream by Tea Guys
1675 tasting notes

’Here’s Hoping’ teabox Round #4 – Tea #2

I always have to try any EGs I find! Somehow the first steep tasted like a Lapsang Souchong for some odd reason. I thought the description would mention a smoky base, but it doesn’t seem to be. Otherwise, the depth to the flavor is decent. It seems like a mid-quality bergamot to me: not great, not terrible. The creaminess seems to be lacking. The second steep tasted like more of a “normal” EG. Glad to have finally tried this one! I might stock up on this one if all of my other favorites disappear.

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drank Hydrate by Tea Guys
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drank Golden Grapefruit by Tea Guys
252 tasting notes

Cold brewed this one for work. This is one of my many sample sized teas I got from the tea guys a while back. I was hoping that this would be a good replacement for Butiki’s Grapefruit Dragon. It’s close, but it’s got none of that tongue numbing goodness.
I really shouldn’t compare, this is an ever so slightly different tea. I sense a more tropical take on grapefruit, with a hint of pineapple. The Chinese sencha is a really nice base, and the hue of the cold brew is a luminescent green. The dominant flavor is the grapefruit, but it is not as loud and fresh as Grapefruit Dragon. It’s slightly artificial tasting without being offensive. Well, I slorped this down really quickly, so it mustn’t have been that bad!

Flavors: Grapefruit, Green, Pineapple

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Carrot Cake by Tea Guys
6064 tasting notes

Another tea from kimquat! I’m not sure how i feel about this tea. It was a pleasant enough cup to drink but was it carrot cake? not really. I mean it had that vaguely cheesecakey icing sweetness feel to it, and the dry smell was really nice..but i wouldn’t call this carrot cake. So good cup of tea..but not carrot cake! lol thanks for sharing kimquat!

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Horribly disappointing in a cough syrup sort of way.

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drank Apricot Afternoon by Tea Guys
59 tasting notes

Apricot aroma is pleasant. The tin is pretty and bits of fruit and flowers in the loose tea add to the overall aesthetic. Does make a nice addition to my afternoon choices but not one I could drink every day.

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Sipdown (118)!

Thank you TheLastDodo for the sample! Definitely not my usual jam; not too big on lemongrass, ginger or green tea. But I gave it a shot, and I did my best to be as open minded as I could be!

I cold brewed most of the sample; I was impressed with the smell of the dry leaf actually – it smelled surprisingly like really sweet, fresh squeezed lemonade! No noticeable ginger. The taste, however, wasn’t quite as good. It definitely wasn’t bad – and like in the smell, I couldn’t taste ginger at all despite seeing several sizable pieces in what I had measured out for the brew. That was a plus for me. The lemon was intense though; and while some sips tasting a little more like natural, sweet and tart lemon flavour most of it tasted just like lemongrass – which I’m really fickle towards. Not really sure why. It’s just… different and weird.

The base itself was ok; definitely grassy but for what’s in the blend it works well and comes together pretty seamlessly. It definitely wasn’t the problem with this blend, for me that is.

Thanks again TheLastDodo – it was pretty average overall with definites negatives and positives. I was more than ok with passing the rest of my sample along to a coworker though.

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drank Root Beer Rooibos by Tea Guys
59 tasting notes

I received this tea as a free sample from Tea Guys. Overall it’s a mild flavored tea. It grew on me the more I drank, but I’m not sure I’d drink this on a regular basis. Sassafras is the strongest flavor that comes through, but it’s a well-balanced blend overall. That’s impressive considering root beer is a difficult blend to do well. It seems like it would make for a good afternoon tea and might appeal to people who prefer coffee and/or soda over tea.

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drank Maple Sugar by Tea Guys
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This is a pleasant enough evening tea— I like the full flavor, flavor and mouthfeel remind me a little of a black breakfast tea. Unfortunately, I am not noticing much of any caramel, sea salt, or molasses. IF you like very subtle flavored tea, this tea might be for you.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Carrot Cake by Tea Guys
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Yum, yum, yummmmm…. I am definitely going to order some more of this. Similar spices to eggnog but starts off with a lovely maple flavor and then salt and butter take the forefront as the tea cools. Undercurrent of bourbon throughout. Highly recommend with a little cream.

Resteep was just as good. Malty, full-bodied, and no caffeine. :):):)

Flavors: Butter, Maple, Salt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Really? You’re making me go first??? Awww man. I hate being first!

Oh well! This tea was one of many samples I ordered back during Tea Guys’ Christmas/New Year’s sale thingy. I taste the toffee as a sort of caramelized sweetness and the hazelnut is kind of in the background. The chocolate part doesn’t really seem like chocolate to me, although I do get some kind of roasty dark note that could be coming from that. I liked it, but this didn’t exactly live up to my expectations of a rich dessert tea. It probably would with a little sugar and cream though.

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drank Key Lime Ceylon by Tea Guys
626 tasting notes

This smells great. The wet leaves – ah, I can sniff and dream of pie. A sweet lime scent. The taste is definitely that dry key lime taste. I’m going to use my samples, but I won’t get more. It’s perfectly fine, but I think I prefer my key limes mixed with cream cheese or in a pie rather than in my tea. :)

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drank Maple Sugar by Tea Guys
252 tasting notes

Took this on the semi-short drive to Boulder today. I saved up my pennies and splurged on a lovely B&B for Valentine’s Day with my man. In fact, I am typing this up while sitting on the lovely balcony and sipping on a mug of this!

I chose this particular BnB specifically for it’s emphasis on it’s tea. A tea BnB you say? I am in tea nerd heaven :D they have a 24hr tea service and lovely tea trays to borrow during use. I am already missing my stash at home, but seeing as they a) make their own herbal blends and b) have Rishi tea and athentic branded Japanese greens, I was instantly sold! I will have to post a pic of their tea wall in a sec.

On to this tea! It’s so sweet and maple-y. I do get the slightest bit of dryness in this from the type of black, but it’s minor. I get an almond-malty taste in addition to the candy sweet maple flavor. Sometimes I like to use the slightest hint of maple syrup in certain Assam teas and this blend pretty much does it for me! I know this would be great with some almond milk splashed in. I almost wish I had gotten more than a sample!

Flavors: Almond, Malt, Maple

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Nichole

Sounds amazing!!!

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drank Tropical Green by Tea Guys
252 tasting notes

Super Sample Sipdown Weekend! February 2015

This was one of the samples I ordered in my big Tea Guys orders. I was not impressed with this tea at all. Hot, it was grassy and mildly fruity-sweet. Cold brewed left the grossness behind and brought a sweeter floral and candied pineapple flavor. It was so very meh. The flavors did not stand out and nothing about this tea made any sort of impression on me. Eh, at least I was able to try it.

Flavors: Floral, Grass, Pineapple

Preparation
Iced

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Wow, this tea is so chocolate that they aren’t kidding. It is the PERFECT tea for a mocha tea latte if you are inclined for that – it tastes like tea and chocolate syrup almost. Just like a coffee mocha but without the coffee taste, or a mocha frappe without the ice. Very excellent.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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I got this as a sample with my rooibos order and decided to try it today. I love that there are corn pieces, and little popcorns, and caramel balls in the tea, and the dry leaf did smell like caramel popcorn. Once steeped, though, I could tell that the black base wasn’t really going to do it for me. It really reminded me of Adagio’s black base, and for some reason, I have trouble liking it (I have no idea why, because I know some people love it)… So, I’m sure if you like Adagio teas and you like caramel popcorn, then this tea is going to be awesome for you. It just was not for me.
Their rooibos, though…now, that’s something I can get behind. :)

Sil

adagio black base is yuck

DeliriumsFrogs

So it’s not just me? I thought I was crazy… haha

Sil

naw there are a few of us not a fan…

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I smell more fig than apple but both flavors come through pretty strongly. Sweet but not sweetened. I think I prefer Summer Cherry Fig from Capital Teas. All of this sample will be used, but I probably wouldn’t replace it.

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

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Okay, don’t care for this much. It’s a cup that I can drink all of, but isn’t anything I’ll choose. The scent is offputting. It smells like every cheap flavored black blend with vanilla out there. I’m not saying this isn’t a quality tea – I really am not a good judge of that generally with flavored teas. Just that it smells like that.

I don’t get coconut or almond distinctly. Overly vanilla but not in a good way. Ah, well. It’s a sample size and it was on sale. Try. All .The. Teas. Right? :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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