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85
drank Maple Sugar by Tea Guys
476 tasting notes

Maple. Sugar. Creamy. Cinnamon. Cookies.
Holy Shanghai!
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

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78
drank Chamomile Vanilla Bean by Tea Guys
476 tasting notes

Again with this tea company being underrated!!
Seriously, you guys. If you’re into flavored teas, check this company out! They really make their blends spot on!
This tea was shockingly good too. I hated the dry leaf smell, reminded me of a hookah I smoked once. xD But can’t place which flavor that tobacco was.
The tea itself was actually a good mix of sour chamomile and the creamy, smooth vanilla bean flavor. The vanilla bean dominated this tea, but you could still taste the chamomile. Really well done-especially for a chamomile!
Another win from the, Tea Guys!!! :D :D

Flavors: Creamy, Smooth, Sour, Sweet, Vanilla

sundaysipping

Wow, this sounds good! I need to find another place that has Tea Guys stuff. My favorite tea shop carries some of their blends, but not this one.

Ost

Well their shipping on their online shop is pretty cheap, and they sell samples. Definitely worth picking up!

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79

Soo Tea Guys is so insanely underrated. I’m not even joking. I don’t see why they aren’t more popular. They were one of the first companies I ordered from.
This one really surprised me. When I opened the sample bag it smelled super strong of egg nog. Like way stronger than DTT’s Winter Nog.
Oversteeped it on the first steep, so had to dump it. Second steep wasn’t as strong, but I definitely tasted egg nog and creaminess. There was definitely woody notes in there too from the rooibos. I think the first steep would have been better. But the second steep wasn’t that bad. I’m excited to finish off this sample! :D This really is a great egg nog tea! If you like egg nog I think you’ll like this tea! :D

Flavors: Cream, Creamy, Eggnog, Smooth, Wood

carol who

Okay… I think I have to go to bed now… I just read the name of this tea as Maple Bourbon Eggroll. :D

Ost

Haha wow! Now that would be interesting XD

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drank Coconut Truffle by Tea Guys
582 tasting notes

This is a very good coconut cream, made less impressive by a little chocolate scratch-n-sniff flavor. :)

It’s already creamy. With the addition of some actual cream and minus the chocolate this could have been a favorite coconut. I’m glad to have tried it! Thanks, Flyawaybirdie!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Blackcurrant Cassis by Tea Guys
400 tasting notes

I like cassis, one of my favourite ice cream blends is cassis with coconut. I like the mix of tart and sweet and that unique black currant taste.

I am of two minds about this tea. There is something off putting about the scent where it does occasionally remind me of what ifjuly found ( cat urine), but at times the flavour is pleasant. It has a tartness to it which is rather hibiscus like but there is also cream, a reference to the sweet and slight spiciness of cassis, and a certain depth and richness to the base. It is not as sharp as some blackcurrant teas I have had. This is probably not a tea I would buy but it is not terrible if you can avoid that occasional smell.

Thanks * JustJames* for the experience.

Cameron B.

I don’t know whether you’ve tried Cassis & Blueberry from Lupicia, but I liked that one a lot. :)

yyz

Thanks for the recommendation! I actually haven’t tried any Lupicia, but I’ll probably attempt the phone order option someday. They have a number of teas I’d like to try someday.

Cameron B.

I’m planning on doing an order soon, so let me know if you’d like me to add anything for you.

yyz

Thanks!

OMGsrsly

Good tip, Cameron B. I’ll have to check that out when I run out of Melon Oolong! :)

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drank Dragon's Well by Tea Guys
219 tasting notes

Standard straight green tea. It gets a bit astringent as it cools.

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drank Sweet Pumpkin Spice by Tea Guys
422 tasting notes

There is a store across the street called Lollicup. They mostly are known for their boba (sp?) tea, but they also offer loose leaf. It isn’t kept well, but it is cheap. They get their tea mostly from Adagio and Tea Guys and a lot of the teas are only .25 cents more than what I would pay online, so I don’t feel too bad stopping in. I wasn’t quite prepared for a fall of mostly caffeine free. I am running dangerously low on options. I ran across a few rooibos and honeybush options at Lollicup when doing our mid week banana run today.

This is okay. I didn’t mind it as a latte. There is some spice and there is a weird taste at the beginning that at first I wanted to call tobacco, but after sipping a bit it was probably nut? I do not get pumpkin out of the blend, but I know that is a really hard flavor to get right. This is okay. I think I will drink up the rest of the ounce I bought, but I would not buy this again.

Cameron B.

Aw, I miss Lollicup! :(

TeaTiff

Is it a chain? Or do you mean from your visit?

Cameron B.

I think it’s a chain. I never went to one in Kansas City.

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drank Honey Pistachio Biscotti by Tea Guys
400 tasting notes

The dry leaf smells a lot like butter pecan flavoured coffee which reminds me a little of this wonderful woman I worked with when I was in university. She often brought me food and coffee when I worked with her. She kind of mothered me but her kindness was always appreciated.

The tea smells of coffee, honey and roasted pistachio. There is unfortunately something a little soapy in the scent as well.

The tea has a biscuit like note, with a coffee note, a good dose of honey and a nutty note. The base tea is bready and flowery,with a touch of fruit. It brews to a rich red orange. The flavour is pleasant but the floral note seems out of place. As it cools the floral note dissipates and the base becomes much more fruity with red berry notes. I much prefer this to the floral notes when hot.

This is a nice tea for those who miss flavoured coffee or who like a mix of bitterness balanced by sweetness in their dessert teas.

Thanks JustJames for the opportunity to try another tea guys tea. It suits a certain craving of mine.

TheTeaFairy

Oh, yummy!

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80

Another from the reddit travelling tea box

I got 72 hours with this teabox, so I’m chugging what I can. This one is quite nice – pumpkiny smooth, spice, sweet, nutty and creamy. Apparently there is candied peanuts in this so the flavor is very unique to a pumpkin spice tea. The only thing I don’t like is there is a stevia sweet aftertaste, but probably because I don’t like stevia. I am also at the bottom of a sample pack, and from my experience on stevia’d teas that weird sweetness seems to be stronger at the package crumbs. The rooibos is fine in this and the blend isn’t watery.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Carrot Cake by Tea Guys
106 tasting notes

Thanks to the lovely Ost for sending this my way. I was painfully curious.

It smells freaking amazing in the bag! Not a big fan of rooibos, however, so I went in with some trepidation. I used 1.5tsp for 10oz of water and steeped it for a good 9 minutes. It tastes like carrot, cinnamon, and some nonspecific pastry item. No cream cheese icing that I can tell, though it is awfully sweet. Not bad. It’s close! Unfortunately it left a medicinal rooibos taste in my mouth afterwards and that is a thing I can’t stand. I might keep the rest of it around as a before-bed dessert tea, but I won’t be getting any more. Maybe I’ll try it with milk and sugar next time, see if that helps!

Flavors: Carrot, Cinnamon, Medicinal, Rooibos, Spices

Ost

Oy, bummer about the after taste. Glad you got the package though! (:

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87

i have like 2 minutes, then i have to get back to my final project. don’t believe the number other than mine! lol. this blend is great! very biscotti, very rich, satisfying. funny…. i like it more than the full sized bags i bought. typical!

i have the rest of the sample set aside to go to yyz! hope she likes it?

they sent me a sample…. cucumber mojito…. sounds whacko, tastes great. i need to review my decision making skills.

bye again!

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
yyz

I’m sure I will. Good luck with your project!

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68
drank Blackcurrant Cassis by Tea Guys
379 tasting notes

i am studying for an exam that i have only had 2 classes before. i was not in the mood for surprises. i wanted this tea. everything was fine- it was exactly the same as the last time i steeped and reviewed….. except this time instead of tea with cream and sugar i got curds and whey?!!!!

WE ARE NOT AMUSED.

i refused to drink it on principle. my steeping parameters were identical. the tea was identical. it was sitting in a cool dark area in a dark glass container with a silicone seal. there are no excuses, at least none i am prepared to hear.

my response (after chucking the clumpy mess down the sink)? ‘i want butiki’.

why? because i can count on it.

tea guys, my number is dropping by 20- that’s how ticked i am. and my recommendation is changing from yes to no. if your product changes under controlled conditions in such a short period of time then you either need to a) check product quality or b) issue a statement saying as much so people aren’t surprised.

sherapop

Didn’t they go out of business?

JustJames

i don’t know, but now i’m cross and i hope so. =0[

TheTeaFairy

Good luck on the exam…now go fix yourself a cup of Butiki something! :-)

JustJames

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68
drank Blackcurrant Cassis by Tea Guys
379 tasting notes

oh no! i just caught sight of miss ifjuly’s review!!!! usually we are so evenly matched in our tastes, lol!

i like black currant. i like the aromatic nature of this blend and the slices of plum cut into it. i don’t get smarties, lol…. i do get a sense of the candies people carry in their purses somewhat though.

i really like this tea! i have every intention of doing a cold steep— i think it will be brilliant. oddly i do not like this blend in between hot and cold— it is LESS impressive when it is just warm, though i cannot say why.

smooth, fruity, aromatic, elements of deep mulled wine with black currant and plum.

i will also say that after i went to check out i was hit with an astonishing 29$ shipping rate….?WTH??!!!!! i made a call. they knocked 10$ off and put it in a bubble envelope instead of a box, packed it carefully and made it affordable.

(i’m okay with 19$ shipping for 38$ of tea given today’s prices) thank you teaguys for making the effort!

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75
drank Carrot Cake by Tea Guys
388 tasting notes

This tea is complements of the kind Ost! Thanks so much. I love trying out new teas.
Nice carrot flavor, added stevia and Voila! a lovely carrot cake! Tasty and fun!

Ost

Glad you liked that one! :D

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73
drank Oolong Wu Yi by Tea Guys
11 tasting notes

I haven’t had oolong in a. very long time. I had forgotten how delicious it is. Sweet and smooth and not bitter at all. Brewed with 1.5 tsp leaves with about 8ish oz of water. At my altitude full boil is 200°f. So this is the temp I used. I rinsed once and steeped for 1.5 minutes. Best flavor was not experienced until the tea was abooy 140 or so but lovely throughout.
I did a second steep for 2 minutes and it was even better. Fruity and floral but none of that “perfume on the toung” aftertaste I got with a cheap oolong from the market.
Tasted great right through to stone cold in my cup.
Third steeping was a bit of a wash. I was aiming for 2.5 minutes but got interupted. 8. minutes later I finally got to pour.
The beautiful layered flavors were gone but the tea was still quite drinkable and even tasty. This seems like a good tea for anyone who wants to try brewing oolong but is afraid of mucking it up. A very forgiving tea.

I didnt attempt any more steeps from that pot but I have no doubt this one ccould go on for quite some time.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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86
drank Maple Sugar by Tea Guys
76 tasting notes

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Preparation
3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Blackcurrant Cassis by Tea Guys
613 tasting notes

Dry, like bad smarties-ish candy; steeped, like cat pee. My husband mentioned it and after that I had to pour mine out and make some Chocolate Eclair instead. Eugh.

boychik

Sorry it didnt work for you, but I’m sure you can find some awesome tea in your stash.

ifjuly

yes, thank goodness it was a sample and that was all of it! phew! (:

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88
drank Mango Rose by Tea Guys
7 tasting notes

I’m really torn by this tea. I think it’s beautiful and delicate tasting. I absolutely love the flavor. The mango, for me, comes more as an after taste on the exhale, and the rose is the initial flavor I pick up. I really, really love floral teas, and this one is right up my ally. Just a little funky smelling out of the bag. I’m noticing that with a lot of Two Tea Guys Teas, not sure I’ll be ordering from them again, but this tea is worth trying for sure!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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When I ordered all my TeaGuys samples, this was the tea I had the most hope for. Much to my surprise, I did not get any spice from the ginger OR the peppercorn in this tea, making it a bit of a let down. It just tasted like a mediocre strawberry white tea. I’ll definitely be sticking with Strawberry Paraiso for a similar flavor. If there was more, or any spice to this tea, I probably would have liked it more.

It’s good tasting, but not what’s advertised.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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87
drank Oolong Wu Yi by Tea Guys
7 tasting notes

Nice medium range oolong. Very sweet and clean taste. Great for multiple infusions, I did 5, and still had a nice flavor. Great for iced tea as well. Comparable to Teavana’s Six Summits Oolong before they added all the artificial stuff to it.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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33
drank Green Walnut by Tea Guys
7 tasting notes

I was pretty excited about this tea, because I absolutely LOVE nutty teas. It did smell fairly artificial when I got it, and sadly MUCH more like coconut than the description led me to think.

Once brewed the tea smelled much more natural like walnuts, however, I after taking one sip, I dumped the cup, because there was a copious amount of oil sitting on the top.

Resteeped it after, still a little oil, but not as much. Got through the cup, but I won’t be using the rest of my sample. Too bad, as this sounded promising.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I’ve been kind of…I dunno, not disappointed exactly but not bowled over by most of the Tea Guys samples I’ve tried over the weekend (they often smell fantastic dry and at first in the cup, but the flavor is unbalanced towards tart or bitter, with a base of totally unremarkable tea), so I was expecting to be meh about this otherwise fantastic sounding blend for afternoon tea. R came home out of sorts—had a terrible day at work, complete with another fight breaking out in his classroom—so I tried to cheer him up with my favorite Dead Authors podcast (the one with Nietzsche and Lovecraft!), open-faced toasted apple tahini sandwiches, and some of this. It was better than the others I’ve tried so far (Maple, Chocolate Ginger Bourbon which was actually pretty good leftover cold, I forget what else). Very strong honey aroma and the pistachio’s definitely present too. Still an unremarkable tea base, but I didn’t mind so much with such flavor and aroma. Quite nice, and amplified from the honey in our sandwiches. I’m not sure I’d bother ordering again from Tea Guys unless some of the others are better too, but if I did, I’d get more of this. It wouldn’t surprise me if their stuff generally makes for good fragrant rubs or marinades, or other culinary/cocktail steeping tasks as they’re always fragrant at least.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
__Morgana__

Nietzsche and Lovecraft, the cheer up twins. Adorable. :-)

Anna

I have recently acquired a complete and utter dislike for Tea Guys, so i support this review fully.

Also, Morgana’s comment is perfection.

ifjuly

haha, yes!

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