1708 Tasting Notes


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If I liked rose just a little bit more, this blend would be amazing. Sweet rose, bergamot, vanilla… it’s light and floral and not as simple as it appears. I like it! I just wish it were a little less rose and a bit more vanilla.

Thanks VariaTEA! (204, +50 at Sils?)

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Sipdown! (205) This is another one from the generous VariaTEA! I love Pumpkin Pie!!! And she saw that and gave me a little more. What a sweetheart. :D


I am glad you liked it. This has actually traveled quite a bit as I got it from Roswell Strange who got it from aislings of tea

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Here’s another lovely sample from VariaTEA! Thanks! :D (206)

It’s a very relaxing spearmint tea, with a bit of green tea in the background, and the ocassional comfort of hazelnut rising to the top. Thumbs up!


(…actual count 245…)


Yay! I am glad you have been enjoying them.


245? Noooooo..
Oh, I forgot about the Bayswater/BC teas!!! LOL

And I really am enjoying them so far! I’m trying to try them so I can send the rest to whatshesaid!


i’ll snap a picture lol

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Sipdown! (207)
This is another sample that I was so lucky to try out and review. It’s a nice assam, with just the right amount of malt, and the hint of juiciness underneath. I think that if the price were right it’d be a good one to stock up around drink for every day use!

ETA: This tastes even BETTER once it’s cooled a little. Bumping my rating up in appreciation!

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Sipdown! (208)
I’m sending the other half of this on to whatshesaid so she can experiment with Adagio’s zany teas, but I want to thank VariaTEA for giving it to me in the first place! FIREFLY!!!

I didn’t realize it was an oolong but I can taste it in the base – just a little bit of roastiness lurking below. I can also taste a little bit of chocolate sweetness and some orange! It’s a nice cup, but not one that’ll linger in my memory for days, so no need to restock. (Unlike Thor. Or Loki… Come back to meeeee)

Thanks again for letting me try this!

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And… onto my third Firefly tea, courtesy of VariaTEA! Thanks. :D

This is an interesting tea. Wow. So strange.
It’s rooibos, and coconut. Lavender! And just a little bit of bergamot to make Sil and others cringe. I guess there’s black tea somewhere in there but I can’t really taste it under all those crazy flavours.

Again, this one seems to be a nice match for the character it was named for. I don’t think I’d want too much of it though.



You’re welcome :). Hope you are enjoying them, even the weird ones :P


Oh I definitely am! :D It’s neat seeing how some ppl represent characters that I really enjoy!

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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
1708 tasting notes

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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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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