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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

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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Well, this was weird. Perhaps I’m just feeling off today or something…but…this was not tropical at all. I didn’t get any of the fruit I expected and was instead met with a very floral tea. Hmm…I’m going to have to try this again before rating.

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drank Maple Sugar by Tea Guys
67 tasting notes

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

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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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!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Maple Sugar by Tea Guys
647 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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drank Chamomile Vanilla Bean by Tea Guys
647 tasting notes

Backlog:
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!

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drank Chamomile Vanilla Bean by Tea Guys
647 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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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
619 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
427 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
254 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
483 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
427 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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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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drank Carrot Cake by Tea Guys
150 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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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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drank Blackcurrant Cassis by Tea Guys
380 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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drank Blackcurrant Cassis by Tea Guys
380 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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drank Carrot Cake by Tea Guys
416 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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