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I have this tea as “Toasted Almond Cookie” by Par Avion Tea; it is sourced from TeaGuys. TeaGuys used to have it as “Toasted Almond Cookie” with the same blend ingredients that are listed on my tin (this was gifted to me in December of 2017, but who knows how long the little knick-knack shop my friend found it at had it before that!), but TeaGuys has since renamed the blend to “Vanilla Almond Coconut” and changed the blend ingredients a bit. I’ve noticed this quite a bit on several of these old TeaGuys blends I’ve had in these Par Avion Tea tins. This just happens to be the OG version of the tea! (Hopefully the coconut isn’t bleh, but I’ll know soon enough. Honestly, I don’t even see any in the leaf, despite it being listed in the ingredients… another thing I’ve noticed about these Par Avion repackages… I almost wonder if they got the… uh… rejects from the TeaGuys factory or something, because several of the other tins have been like that, missing flower petals or having them in when the ingredients don’t list them, weird things like that…)

The steeped black tea smells quite malty; the aroma doesn’t smell all that different from a breakfast tea to me. There is maybe a touch of graham cracker to the aroma? The flavor… The black tea is at least quite smooth and not leaving any astringency, but I’m not really getting any real flavor. A touch of small cinnamon toward the end of the sip, with a slight candied sweetness to it rather than a spicy note, but I’m not getting any nuttiness/almond flavor. Maybe a very subtle marzipan-like flavoring? But it is quite subtle. And definitely no coconut (I really don’t think there is any coconut in this leaf at all). All in all, a completely forgetable cup and I’ll be happy when it is sipped down.

Flavors: Artificial, Cinnamon, Graham, Malt, Marzipan, Smooth, Sweet

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 400 ML

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drank Chocolate Chai by TeaGuys
484 tasting notes

Herbal and Decaf TTB.

I’m pretty sure I reviewed this before, but my note seems to have disappeared. This tea is a weird one. It has a strong chocolate flavor that reminds me of tootsie rolls, and is pretty heavily spiced, with ginger coming through most strongly. I’ve tried this a few times, and I usually like the first sip, but I don’t know that I’ve ever actually finished a cup of it. The more I drink it, the less I like it but I still want to like it. I followed the recommended brewing amount of 1.5 tsp/8 oz (I really wish steepster allowed decimals for tsp.)

Flavors: Chocolate, Ginger, Spices

Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Chocolate Chai by TeaGuys
562 tasting notes

Herbal TTB

This tisane may win the award for strongest chocolate scent of any blend I’ve tried so far! My kitchen smelled like I was baking brownies while this was steeping. Chocolate is definitely in the forefront of the flavor as well, with the chai element coming in as a gingery heat at the end of the sip. Personally, I would call this blend “Chocolate-Covered Ginger”. It’s not my favorite combination, but I’d be interested in trying some other chocolate teas from this brand, because their chocolate flavoring is excellent!

Flavors: Chocolate, Ginger, Spicy

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Chocolate Chai by TeaGuys
149 tasting notes

I really like this one.
I used 2tsp in a 12oz cup, but I didn’t fill it all the way, knowing I’d be adding milk. I steeped for 5 minutes in boiling water.
There is a definite chocolate thing going on here, and the mouth feel almost borders on a coffee thickness (this could be because I used half & half in my tea instead of just milk…. ). Being a chai, I also added raw sugar to this, and it’s delicious.
I’ve had my fair share of chai roobios, and I have to say that this one would be right there in my top faves. The cocoa element is really nice (like real cocoa nibs), and the cardamom rushing to the front is appreciated.
Another great rooibos from Tea Guys. :)

ETA: Second steep is still really yummy. I think I added a little too much sugar (need to remember that for next time), but other than that, I’m really liking this cup. The spices are more subdued in this resteep, but there is still a chocolate flavour happening. I really like this one!
Ok….back to my Ms. Marvel Vol. 1… I read the whole volume today in one sitting, and now I’m rereading it. This comic makes me feel SO EXCITED for the future of comics, as a woman, a mother of two girls, and as a fan of great writing and fantastic artwork. Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel…. man, I really love comics sometimes. :)

Flavors: Cardamon, Clove, Cocoa, Spices

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drank Chocolate Chai by TeaGuys
249 tasting notes

This isn’t bad, but it isn’t great, either. It isn’t at all sweet, which is nice to find in a chocolate tea. There’s a definite chocolate flavor – kind of more of a scent and an aftertaste than a flavor, but it’s there. Unfortunately, other than that, all I really taste is ginger, and all the flavors are kind of weak. I brewed as recommended, but I’ll try using more tea next time to see if that helps. It is definitely warming in feel, and I do give it points for not having an artificial flavor. But it just doesn’t thrill me.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Ginger

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I love Teaguys website, colorful teas, names, and pricing. I have four samples to try, and this is the first one I dug into.

The smell of this one is strong in the package – delicious. Smells good brewing as well. Big chunks of almonds -

It’s called Toasted Almond Cookie, but it tastes like an Oatmeal cookie to me. Very smooth, no bitterness at all. I steeped as 1 tsp, but not 1.5 as recommended (didn’t read directions). Next taste test I’ll do 1.5 tsp. and get more flavor.

It’s a rather light tea, but I wouldn’t want real strong flavors of these combos, so that works fine for me. My taste buds picks up some of the cinnamon but I have trouble finding the coconut. Maybe it blends in and is what is making the oatmeal cookie taste? Not tasting a strong almond makes sense since they flavor is almost impossible to come across strong unless you use artificial stuff, and that’s just cloying.

Overall a nice, unique dessert tea that’s good with sweets. I sprinkled on some cinnamon-sugar to sweeten it further. It has a natural sweetness of its own from the cinnamon and flavouring.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Oats

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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drank Very Berry by TeaGuys
828 tasting notes

I’ve had this three times in the past few days. My favorite local coffee shop, Krankies, carries an impressive spread of teas from a local tea shop. However, most of these aren’t decaffeinated or herbal. Luckily this one is, and it’s a good one!

It’s a tart tea, that’s dark enough that I worry I’ll stain my clothes if I spill any. It’s good piping hot or warm, after sitting out for a while.

Laura B

I just got some of this in the mail, along with a LOT of others (as in 14 others :D)… I had to ask Michael (the owner of Angelina’s—Angelina is his daughter) about a few he didn’t specify the maker of on the site (I’ve been correcting a lot of entries on here even though I haven’t had time to review many), and this is made by, to quote his email to me, “TeaGuys in MA” :) I hope that your rating of “wouldn’t actively try to get this tea but also wouldn’t avoid it in a tea shop or restaurant” by your rating guide doesn’t mean this will fail to thrill me, but while I am working my way through the massive list and sort of denying all the teas that fill my 6′×28″×18″ bamboo tea case (I really didn’t MEAN to have that much… they attacked me and threatened to take me prisoner if I didn’t treasure, display, sip, and share!)… but I hope I’ll be able to give it a good rating (after all, I did buy it)! As for Angelina’s, 700+ teas in house (he DOES make many of his own, like black raspberry truffle and a throat soother and such, but they aren’t listed on the web) and SO much awesome, quirky-to-crazy-expensive gear for tea drinking=you MUST go see him. He’s behind Midtown cafe, where btw a mug of his tea goes quite well with their omg pancakes… wish River Birch would stock it; I can imagine quite a few that would make their fantasmic tender juicy duck with raspberry merlot sauce and their chocolate creme brulee absolutely push me over the edge, delighting me into a foodgasm.


This is an awesome comment, Laura B. I have been to Angelina’s but not in a while. You inspired me to make the trip again. :) I also am glad to know you’re the one updating the makers… I’ve been confused about it sometimes in the past. Fun stuff, and I am enjoying your reviews, too (esp. the Aveda tea one!).

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