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Here’s another one from VariaTEA! I had to sneak this sipdown (215) in because Jayne is a bit of trouble, and sometimes needs to be seperated from the other teas, due to his forceful nature.

(i.e., the overpowering smoke!)

ANd yes, when I sip this I definitely get lapsang souchong. But there is a little bit of chocolate mint hiding at the end of the sip. I’m enjoying the cup but I so rarely drink smoky teas that I would never order 3 oz of this. Not even with all the maple in the world to add onto it. :P

But thank you VariaTEA! And I agree, this blend definitely suits the characters, just like the Kaylee one suited her!


what about if you had all the maple in the ’verse? :P


Hee! Maybe? :D


LOL @ ’verse!

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drank Handcrafted Oolong by Justea
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Well, it looks like Justea has branched out into oolongs! And I’m the first to taste it here! :O

And it’s an odd oolong at that. It has that dark thick mouthfeel I get from Kenyan teas, but can never fully describe, and yet once I get past that I can taste floral and fruity notes. It’s an interesting and enjoyable cup. Once it cools a little, the light and the dark notes come together and balance themselves out a bit.

I’m not particularly fond of this type of oolong but I think people will enjoy it! I’ll pass the rest of my sample to Sil/Terri! (bc we know they need more tea!

(Sipdown: 216. Will I ever hit 200?)

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Tea Sipper

Oh, if their oolong is anything like their other teas!


You can make it to 200! Go you! :) (Oh man, this seriously makes me want to go to one of their Volunteer Tuesdays.)



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drank Rhubarb Meringue by Cornelia Bean
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Thank you VariaTEA! I don’t drink many green teas, but I enjoyed this one last night. It was a nice creamy rhubarb with a pleasant green base and the cup didn’t last long enough for me to properly review it!

That and our massive combined Lupicia order was distracting me. :/

:) I’m happy I was able to try this though! I should drink more greens.

ETA I accidentally logged this as strawberry meringue. Thanks, VariaTEA for pointing that out!


I should give you the rest of this one as I am not really a lover of it.


We could trade something for it? :)


I would say that is not necessary since I have so much tea but that is like the pot calling the kettle black in this situation given you have even more :P. If you would prefer to trade, we can do that too but I am happy just giving it to you.


Hahah. Well I’d love to take it. And you know my cupboard is always open…


Awesome and thank you :)

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Yay! This is another one from VariaTEA. She actually gave me the entire Firefly set as samples and I know I’m going to have fun trying them. I had to start with Kaylee though. She’s probably my favourite. Also, I did sorta name my daughter after her (her middle name is Kaylee) because this character is so awesome, full of heart, and incredibly talented at something not typically done by a woman. I consider that makes her a good role model. :P

It was funny. I was searching for names and as soon as that popped into my head I couldn’t think of any others. My bf came up with the first name because I was idea’d out. :P

So anyway. THIS TEA:
It’s dark chocolate (and really flavourful for an Adagio tea!) mixed with sweet strawberry goodness, and back by floral notes. I’m not generally into floral teas, and that was what made me hesitate about this one, but it makes me think of desserts, and valentines day, and happiness and everything shiny.

Y’know… I could maybe drink 3 oz of this. Eventually. :D


Yay for a successful Kaylee tea. I was going to be sad if you hated this one.


:) I wouldn’t want it all the time, but it’s not good.


I mean, it IS good. /0\

carol who

Shiny! Kaylee is one of my favorite characters from Firefly. It’s hard to choose just one because all the characters are awesome! How did this get cancelled! I have to get some of these teas :-0

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This is not your average S’mores tea! It’s not filled with chocolate chips, graham crackers and fake sweetener. And as you would expect, it doesn’t taste the same either.

This is a good thing.

Instead, this tea takes you to the experience of making S’mores. I can taste a little bit of the smoke from the campfire, and beneath that I get subtle chocolate and marshmallow notes. I swear it gets a little sweeter as it cools.

Overall, it’s a very interesting experience!

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

I ordered this one last night.


This intrigued me but the smokey tea thing scared me out of ordering it


I didn’t find it to be very smokey – not nearly so bad as a lapsang. You can just sorta get some of it in the mouthfeel but it’s not scratchy on your throat or harsh like some smoky teas. I think you can order this without smoke too!


you can


I also excluded this one from my order due to the smoke. But yay for enjoying it!

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drank Rhubarb & Strawberry by Lupicia
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Sipdown (212!)
I liked this one, and I’ll miss it. Sadly I oversteeped it had to tone it down with milk. But with milk it’s still strawberry goodness and tart rhubarb.

I need to sip, sip, sip so I can get more lovely Lupicia teas!


haha i haven’t started my half of this one yet


Look at you go with your sipdowns :)

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This was from my first Simple Loose Leaf box, purchased as part of the deal!
It’s a nice black, with apricot notes, and a little bit of honeyed sweetness. I’m not generally a huge fan of darjeelings but I like this one. It’s a little tart but not astringent. I find myself reaching for another cup after I’ve finished this one!

So far, it’s a great start to this subscription!

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Sipdown (213!)
It was so busy with people over last night; two spent the nights it was get up and go, go to breakfast, drop our friends off, run around, visit family and do more stuff. It was a really great day. We went to the garden center and picked up some pots and plants and tomorrow the kiddo and I will mess around and plant them and make a mess. :D I can’t wait.

The only bad part of my day is that I didn’t get my first cup of tea until 9:00pm!!! But I didn’t get a caffeine head-ache until then so that’s maybe a good thing?

This was a nice white tea. Frankly, I’m so exhausted that I can’t really figure out what exactly this tastes like, but it’s nice.


I love gardening :)


I’m so new to it, but my mom and I would always do a planter for Mother’s day when I lived with her, and now that I’m across the country, I thought I’d try it with my daughter instead! I’ll just plant, and see how it works out, and then learn for next time. (And keep those tags the plants came with close so I can look at them whenever I forget what’s what and how much sun it needs)


You’ll probably pick it up fast. I enjoy watching them grow and fill in the planters.


It’s addicting! I’m stuck with only houseplants because I live in an apartment, but once I successfully kept the first plant alive, it escalated. I now have 8 plants in my apartment and 5 at work :-).

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I think Tulsi is a more acquired taste. It’s ok, but I don’t think I’d reach for this one.


I agree: definitely an acquired taste!


i’m not very effected by homeopathic type things. my body’s internal system tends to react better to the freight train approach. and i’m a skeptic of skeptics, …and of skeptic’s skeptics.
but i seriously notice that tulsi totally relaxes me.
taste acquired! hahahah

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Tea: I just started drinking loose tea in the fall of 2012, and once I started I had to get more and more and try ALL THE TEAS. Joining Steepster made this worse/easier.

So far it seems that I prefer unflavoured black teas, although I still drink a few that are flavoured each day too. Oolongs, greens, puerhs and white teas are all very good, but I just don’t crave them as often.


Me: Ok. Random things. I like animals, I have a baby girl and a devoted bf, and … I’m a geek. I like Lord of the Rings, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Supernatural, pen&paper RPG’s, online RPG’s, video games, silly internet memes, puzzles and a bunch of others things! I taught myself to knit and I’m considering crochet but I need to make time for all these things!

1-50: Bleh.
51-64: It’s ok.
65-75: It’s good.
76-85: It’s very good. (Buy 1oz+)
86-100: Amazing. (ALWAYS re-stock)


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