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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.
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. :)
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
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
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.
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. :)
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? :)
Wee! Thank you Nichole for sending this to me!! I’m kind of a hit or miss with chamomile teas – but this flavour just called to me! The tea in the bag smells like honey, not in an overpowering way but in a sweet way. I over steeped this one by quite a bit while I was cooking myself a grilled cheese, but the tea tastes like honey too! I actually don’t really get any vanilla taste from this… which seems odd but I like it anyway! Should be named Chamomile Honey maybe? Haha
Another 5 am conference call, another chance to stay at home in my pajamas and drink tea samples while pretending to pay attention to people all over the world for a couple of hours before going into work… I don’t know what I enjoy more… being able to stay in my pajamas for a couple of extra hours in the morning or drinking as many delicious teas as I possibly can for a couple of hours to help keep my eyes open.
This initially started out tasting a little bit like a chai tea (I think it may have been a case of cross contamination) but as it cooled a little, it took on a serious toasted coconut taste similar to a coconut rough or a toasted coconut cream pie. There was a chocolate scent but I didn’t get much of this flavor from the tea when sipping. Big thanks again to Inkling for sharing!!!
Ordered a sample of this, because of COURSE I had to try the carrot cake….
Again, like the last two Tea Guys’ rooibos (I just googled ‘what is the plural of rooibos, and found that ’the plural of rooibos is rooibos’…. I did not know that.. lol) I tried, I added milk and sugar to this.
This is another really yummy evening treat… I’m not always looking for this type of thing (creamy/sugar tea), but when I am, I really love it.
There are definite ‘carrot cake’ spice notes, along with the vegetal sweetness of carrot…
This one’s a keeper for me, especially as a decaf option.
This was one of the many of sample sizes I got with my Tea Guys order at the beginning of this year. This is the first one that I have tried and it’s really pleasantly scented! I brewed a cup hot for myself and then cold brewed the rest for my smoothies. The fruity cup of goodness is very strong on the papaya and pineapple. Maybe it was just my sample, but I hardly got any ginger notes to speak of.
This was a strong tea ices, and I could taste it very distinctly through my green smoothie. Not that it was a bad thing, I’m just used to my tea in my smoothies is be a very light addition to them.
I am glad to have tried this tea both ways, and while I cannot say that it would be my fist choice for a repurchase, it was lovely to test out!
Note: this is was a listing for a white blend, Tea Guys sells this as a green and white blend. I’ll make the update in a second.
Flavors: Green Beans, Pineapple, Tropical
This is my second rooibos from Tea Guys, and I’ve gotta say, I’m liking their rooibos.
Upon opening the bag, I was hit with a most definite sea salt caramel thing… there are nuggets (mine are round, not square like the picture) of caramel mixed in, and I’m a sucker for that… When I’m going for a flavoured tea, I love when I can SEE a bit of what’s going into that flavour. These aren’t little nuggets, either.. They’re pretty substantial for a tea. It’s great!
I might like this one even better than the bourbon egg nog one last night, because this one isn’t as sweet on it’s own. Being in control of the level of sweetness (if any at all, even), is something I really do appreciate, and this tea totally hands that control over to the sipper.
I know that I could add sugar to this right now and amp up that caramel taste, but I’m enjoying this with a little cream at the moment… The scent is very caramel-y, while the sip is a little more subdued… It’s really nice, actually.
I can see myself craving this as a night-time treat
ETA: halfway through this cup, I added just a sprinkle of raw sugar. Oh, man, is it good! This is a super yummy rooibos, and I’m really glad I grabbed 3oz of this. :)
Finding myself out of decaf teas, I went online searching for rooibos, and decided to place an order with Tea Guys (the flavours all sounding amazing…).
I ordered a sample of this to try, and I’m really liking it.
The scent when I opened the bag was fantastic… bourbon-y, maple goodness.
I added a splash of milk to this, since I tend to like spicier rooibos with milk, and thought it would bring out the ‘egg nogg’ feeling… It did.
This tea is downright decadent treated that way, and I’ve got it steeping for a second round right now (I usually get 2 steeps out of my rooibos, even though the second is oftentimes far less flavourful than the first… ).
The sight of this was happy – it’s a colorful, full looking tea. The smell hits you right out of the freshly opened bag – whoah, nice aroma, cinnamon and spice and everything nice.
The brewed cup color is a nice red that reminds me of autumn, cranberries, and fall happiness. Now on to the tasting…
The taste is interesting and nice – a hottish cinnamon touch with the background of cloves, followed by a brief impression of bitterness from a fruit rind. I don’t get much of the orange effect, but I’m guessing the bitter rind is the part of that; I’d say a citrus zest.
I’m not a bitter fan but this is only a mild bitterness – very good stuff.
Flavors: Bitter, Cinnamon, Citrus Zest, Clove
Being a Canadian I have been searching for a perfect maple tea… and I think I may have just found it. As soon as I opened this up and I was hit with the delicious aroma of maple. Once brewed there is a nice smokiness from the tea base that helps offset the sweetness of the maple. I found all the of the flavors worked with one another and this one was best enjoyed once it cooled to around room temperature. If you are a fan or even remotely like maple, this is definite must try!
Flavors: Cocoa, Maple
Very surprised by this one. The dry leaf was nice but just okay, but once brewed – yum! This tastes just like German chocolate cake … if it were a tea. The blend is spot on and is incredibly smooth from start to finish. I drank this one straight and can’t wait to try the latte recipe!
Maple. Sugar. Creamy. Cinnamon. Cookies.
This tea is so much more than I expected! There’s so much in it. It’s so full and rich. This is definitely another win from the Tea Guys!
My only complaint is that I can taste the black tea base a little too much. Think I need to steep it around 4 mins instead of 5 and a half. But once I figure out the steeping, this tea is gonna make for an awesome cuppa!
A must try for any dessert tea lover! :D
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cookie, Creamy, Maple, Sugar, Sweet
Sample sipdown-yah! Well, kinda yah…Don’t know if this actually counts since I sipped this sample down the same day I got a 3oz pack of it in the mail xD But I’m gonna count it!
This one has really grown on me. At first I hated the dry leaf smell, but it’s kinda grown on me. Don’t know how much I’ll love it after 3oz, but since I’m drinking a crap load of decaf teas these days, it will be nice to have another creamy vanilla tea to add to my selection! Still pretty impressed by how well they blended this tea! Delicious!