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I stopped by Tea Guys again yesterday and filled up on new teas (almost have 100 in my cupboard now :D) and I snagged this guy.

The apple flavor is there but not super strong and it’s mellow underneath the black tea. It’s a similar apple flavor to that in Apple Cider which I really enjoy. I do taste the fig but it’s not totally obvious to me (partially because fig as a flavor is not one I’m super familiar with.) The flavors all blend together well and it has a smooth feeling to it. It smells like quintessential New England and it reminds me of Autumn. This is definitely one I’ll hold on to and probably pick up another ounce after I finish up the ounce I have already.

Flavors: Apple, Fig

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This is actually a fantastic Earl Grey, the rooibos is definitely not the star of the show here and it tastes exactly like it’s caffeinated sibling, the traditional EG.

The bergamont is sharp and the cream is much more of an aftertaste but it’s not as harsh as some black Earl Greys I’ve tried.

Flavors: Bergamot, Cream

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drank Ruby Tang by Tea Guys
244 tasting notes

I’ve had this for awhile now and finally got the courage to try it. It’s similar to the Lemon Mango Punch that I got from Physical Graffitea last summer but has a little bit more of a berry flavor to it.

Out of the bag, the fruit was… sticky and hard to measure out. I let it steep for about 5 minutes and the citrus flavors were very prominent and tried it again at 10 minutes and the flavors had blended together a bit better by then. It doesn’t taste like grapefruit entirely but is definitely citrus!

Flavors: Berry, Citrus

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drank Caramel Maple Walnut by Tea Guys
244 tasting notes

I had this again today and it’s just okay. Definitely not something I’ll be picking up more of. The most prominent flavor is the walnut and the caramel and maple flavors are really mellow. It’s not particularly sweet but could make a nice dessert tea probably.

Flavors: Green, Nutty, Walnut

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drank Caramel Maple Walnut by Tea Guys
244 tasting notes

I thought I had this one before, but supposedly not. It was not my favorite, but fairly good for being a green tea. I’ll have to try it again before rating as I had it with corn bread for “dessert” and the flavors melded together really really well to the point that I’m not sure which was which :P There was definitely some sweet, vanilla notes, probably the caramel flavor, peeking out.

Flavors: Caramel, Vanilla

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This tea is bizarre to me. It tastes exactly like how it smells, but I can’t pick out all the flavors. I can definitely taste the pistachio notes, but also a bit of almond(?) and I taste some floral as well but it doesn’t taste like biscotti at all. Normally, I hate floral teas but this one is alright.

Interestingly enough, this tea reminds me exactly of the Tea Guys Factory store in Whately.

Flavors: Almond, Floral, Nutty

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This is definitely growing on me, looking back at my previous notes for this tea I’m in complete awe. I definitely used to not like this tea at all… I’m not sure what happened!

I still couldn’t taste the chocolate so much but I’ve come to terms with that and the other flavors do really speak for themselves. It’s very minty and after taking a sip I get the same cooling feeling as you do after brushing your teeth (but in a good way!) and there’s some vanilla notes that I overlooked in the past. I’m really enjoying this one.

Flavors: Cream, Mint, Vanilla

TastetheTea

Cant believe you didnt like this to begin with! This is now one of my all time favs! Each to their own though! <3 Happy Sipping

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This tasted better today, maybe it’s getting closer to Hot Chocolate season so it just felt more natural. This felt very, bedtime-y to me. The chocolate and the mint are both on equal grounds, the chocolate has a strong first flavor and the mint follows with a nice smooth end to the sip.
At first I thought I wouldn’t pick up more of this but it’s turning out to be one of the few chocolate teas I enjoy. Just need to add a little bit of cream to get it just right.

Flavors: Chocolate, Mint, Rooibos

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This one is alright. I don’t normally care for mint teas, or chocolate really. But I figured I’d give this one a shot since I do like rooibos.

It’s definitely minty and I can’t taste any rooibos undertones at all. When I added some cream it turned into a “healthy, minty hot chocolate” so I think I’ll have to throw this one to the back of the cupboard and wait for winter to come to fully appreciate it.

Flavors: Chocolate, Mint

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Very pleasant tea- not at all cloying, citrus-balanced with a fruit-heavy nose and mouthfeel, velvety chocolate undertones. None of the creaminess of red velvet in its entirety, but plenty of the piquant beet notes in the cake and some of the cakey, fresh flavors, especially in the tang. Really excellent. Bags are flawed and often fall apart, highly recommend looseleaf.

Flavors: Earth, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Lemongrass, Raspberry

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Roasted Pumpkin Mate by Tea Guys
244 tasting notes

I smelled this the other day at the Tea Guys factory store and loved it! It smells delicious! Unfortunately, I steeped a cup and it just wasn’t for me, the flavor of the rice was definitely present and the pumpkin was lacking, in my opinion.

Flavors: Rice

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drank Coconut Truffle by Tea Guys
244 tasting notes

I guess I’m in a coconut mood today, I made myself a cup of this to forget about my cup of Haute Chocolate earlier. I love how this one has a nice chocolately flavor that doesn’t particularly need any sugar and the coconut really solidifies the blend.

Flavors: Chocolate, Coconut

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drank Coconut Truffle by Tea Guys
244 tasting notes

This is the best chocolate tea I’ve had so far! I was actually making chocolate whipped cream while my tea was steeping and figured I’d drop a dollop in and it was so so good! I also liked it without the cream but it definitely helped flavor it. I’m thinking I’ll have to add a little bit of cream to all my chocolate teas when I make them now… D:

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I had an eggnog tea show down yesterday morning (this vs. Bigelow’s Eggnogg’n) and this guy was unfortunately not the winner. The flavors when compared to Bigelow are less Eggnogg-y, still creamy and spiced but not as spot on Eggnog as it was when I first had it. The upside to this tea is that all of the flavors come from natural sources compared to Bigelow’s which uses Eggnog flavoring. So for the production of the flavor, this one gets a lot more credit in my book.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Cream, Eggnog, Nutmeg

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On the first day of sipdowns my true love gave to me…

Okay this one doesn’t even count as a sipdown because I held on to the last tea bag long enough that I was able to pick up a tin of it at the factory store before finishing it off but here goes…

The excitement of this tea has gone away, it still is very eggnog like, but the cream notes were more subtle and the nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice combo was much more prevalent. I still loved it, and I’m happy I was able to pick up some more in loose leaf rather than in bags.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Cream, Marshmallow, Nutmeg

Liquid Proust

This sounds like a Butiki tea :p

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Today was a busy, busy day so I threw a tea bag of this in my travel mug and went on my merry way (twice) today.

As it cools, it loses a bit of it’s flavor but it’s still outrageously wonderful. I’m getting a little too close to the end of this box for comfort though, I will definitely have to reorder!

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95

Hnnng. I love this one, oh so much.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Cream, Nutmeg

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Flavors: Clove, Cream, Nutmeg

Preparation
16 OZ / 473 ML

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I’ve been on a mission to find the perfect eggnog tea and this one might just be it! I picked up a box of tea bags yesterday (unfortunately they were out of loose leaf :/) and tried one and it’s spot on. I’ll have to try making it again with some cream in it!

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Not My Cup O’ Tea TTB

I had a cup of this yesterday. It smelled very fragrant with the Juniper and Coriander being at the front. When stepped it was far less intense than I had thought it was going to be. It was a nice cup with interesting flavours, but not as exotic and thrilling as I thought it may be. Definitely drinkable though.

Flavors: Coriander, Pine

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Caramel Chai Pu-erh by Tea Guys
2249 tasting notes

Thanks for this one, Nicole! I figured this one was the Fusion blend but I LUURRVE that one. It seems like the same to me, as I know a lot of their blends are the same (so I don’t know about the “handcrafted caramel” they mention in the description). This one is a great rich pu-erh with caramel pieces and lovely spices that really enhance the pu-erh. The caramel adds some sweetness. A fantastic blend all around. It really doesn’t seem like pu-erh to me, but a really raisiny black tea. All the elements just WORK for me and it’s better than I remember every time I sip a fresh cup.
Steep #1 // 1 heaping tsp // 10 min after boiling // 2-3 min steep
Steep #2 // few min a.b. // 3 min
Steep #3 // later

Teatotaler

LUURRVE” – I just had an “Annie Hall” flashback! :)

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drank Caramel Popcorn by Tea Guys
746 tasting notes

Sipdown…though I could swear I already made a steeping note on this one, but I guess not. I seem to remember from my initial steep of this, that I had added milk, and while it was tasty, the base was quite mild, and the milk masked a bit of the tea’s flavour, so I vowed to go without milk when I made it next. So this brings us on to today’s steep!

I woke up quite cold, and it was chilly in the room, and I was super tired, so I wanted a back tea to wake me up, and something to wrap me in a comforting warm hug, so I pulled this one out. I used the rest of the packet, which was a little more than the suggested serving size, but remembering the weaker base, I was not too worried about over leafing. My mind was in a weird space at work today because I basically had to go in and finish the project I had started yesterday. I got pulled away from doing it for a few hours, though I did what I could when I had the chance. Normally, this project, which is weekly, takes several hours…4-6 and sometimes more, depending on how many distractions and interruptions I get. Anyway, I was in a mood because I had to finish this stuff this morning, and they have rearranged things in the back, and I hate it. I can see some of the benefit of the change, but I also see issues. Anyways, that stuff plus my throat being sore and being tired and moody, I just kinda sucked this down like liquid comfort, and didn’t pay much attention to what I was drinking, other than it was tasty.

Take two, and I am at home, and it is chilly in here, and I decided to resteep the leaves from this morning, for one more cuppa. It’s smooth and sweet with caramel, but I am unsure I am getting much popcorn, other than maybe a light starchy feeling. Admittedly, I am not picking up the flavours that well, as I am having it with my dinner (leftover harissa chicken and veg with quinoa pilaf from when we went out last night with a friend in town). I have a bazillion insane and amazing flavours in my mouth from the food.

I do really like this tea, actually, and I’d love to have more where I could play with using more so that I could milk it up as a latte for more decadent comfort. Thanks for sending this one to me DeleriumsFrog! It was a winner!

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Hm. Not sure I could pick this out as pu-erh but then I am not the most experienced with that type of tea. There are little soft caramel bits covered with tea in the mixture and it smells like chai. It wasn’t an exceptionally strong chai, more a scent of caramel and spice. I added some sugar about halfway through the cup and the spices popped a bit more. Nothing really stands out to me here but it wasn’t horrible either.

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