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thanks again variaTEA (can you tell i’m finally getting to your sample box this weekend? lol) this one was actually quite pleasant. I’d need to be in the mood for a lapsang as this is a little more smokey than not smokey but it was a nice cup. hints of mint and…something else? made it more interesting than just a boring old lapsang heh
thanks again VariaTEA as these have been fun to try. this might be my favourite of the lot so far, except that there’s a bitterness in this one that i dislike. it also leaves me mouth feeling super dry. heh. BUT all that aside, this is a nice enough chai like sort of tea with just a hint of something sweet running through it. apparently that’s caramel but i am just not finding that..just “sweet” to me.
18/28 sipdowns (home stretch! lol)
VariaTEA sent this one my way and so today i thought it would be fun to go through as many of the Serenity Fandom teas as i could. This one was from earlier today as i’m still working ugh Sadly this one was just a muddling of flavours to me. i didn’t get much in the way of orange or chocolate..just a blend of a vaguely fruity sort of adagio black tea. :( it wasn’t bad but there wasn’t much distinct in here for me
This is much better cold brewed than hot. The mint is still the only flavor I am getting but it is not as harsh as it was in the hot cup. Still, I think I will count this as a Sipdown and pass the rest on to Roswell Strange because even though I enjoy this more, I think she would be more appreciative of this blend than I am.
I noticed both Roswell Strange and Cavocorax rated this an 80 and tbh I feel as though I am having a completely different experience. This is probably my least favorite Firefly tea of the ones I have tried so far. I mean, it is not bad by any means but I am just finding the spearmint to be overpowering for my tastes. There might be a hint of nuttiness in here but it is not present in a pleasant way. Instead, I am finding that the mint and the nut combine and end on an earthy/vegetal note that comes off almost drying as the sip ends. Perhaps I might enjoy this more cold brewed but if not, I will probably just pass the rest along or drop it into my swap box.
So my very first sip of this tea tasted like DAVIDs Sugar & Spice tea. It definitely was not what I was expecting at all. As I continue to sip, I am picking up on hints of lemongrass and notes of sweet coconut. I am actually enjoying it despite thinking this would be one I would immediately want to toss into the swap pile. As it is, I don’t think I will be stocking it anytime soon but this is one I will most likely enjoy drinking while I have it.
Cold Brew Sipdown (141/149)!
Thank you VariaTEA for sending along more of this one for me to enjoy and play with. I was highly interested and amused with it the first time around, and this time I thought I’d try it a different way and see if it still carried the same intrigue.
So cold brewed, I thought this tasting more dominantly of spearmint than hazelnut but both were definitely still present. I still can’t get over that flavour combination; it’s so weird and contrasting and by not working at all, that somehow manages to make it work? That doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but it’s true. This is like drinking two different teas at the same time.
Also, I really like that this one showcases hazelnut without pairing it with chocolate. I feel like I said that last time I reviewed this, but I want to drive that point home because the two flavours are not mutually exclusive.
Anyway, I drank half of this refreshing blend while getting ready to leave the house, and then the other half on the bus ride to my destination. Where was I going? DAVIDsTEA, of course. But what was significant about this trip other than my planning on picking up the fall teas? I was headed off to a date. A first date.
Basically, it didn’t really go too awesome. It’s not so much that he wasn’t nice and that I didn’t enjoy what we did, but there was zero spark… None.
I’ll elaborate in the next few tasting notes though, since I had a few different teas while we were out.
So the plan was to drink this while watching Serenity but Tre highly distracted me tonight with conversation and now I’ve long finished the tea before starting the movie! Argh! Plus it’s 1 AM and I have work in the morning. I should have just told him to leave so I could watch it…
Anyway, this was I think the weirdest of all the ones VariaTEA sent me. Like, it was super distinctly Hazelnut and Spearmint. Maybe even perhaps the most distinct Hazelnut flavour I’ve had in any tea. Hazelnut on steroids which was also weird because there was no chocolate flavour and I’ve kinda learned to associate the two. And then Spearmint and Hazelnut apparently DO NOT mesh together not that I really expected them to anyway.
It was very much like drinking two totally different teas, just at the exact same time. Which, I suppose, I was technically doing? Because that’s sorta what the fan blends at Adagio are. And as weird as it sounds this was really good though; just super mind boggling. The really problematic part is that now I want more of it because it was good; just not 3 oz. more. Something like 1 oz. would probably be more than enough. Except that’s not an option.
Bleh. So frustrating.
But thank you VariaTEA. This officially finishes off the Firefly teas you gave me and I think it was the perfect excuse/reason to watch and get into the series. And, while I definitely didn’t like all of the teas I found each of them interesting! And I will get around to watching Serenity eventually, just maybe not tonight…
Flavors: Hazelnut, Spearmint
VariaTEA is awesome and let me try all the firefly blends. i haven’t had a chance to dig most of them out of the box of fun that i have in terms of samples but since today is SIPDOWN DAY! i figured i’d start with this one…because BLERGAMOT blech River is most certainly not full of blerg. says me. because i love river…hell i love them all and this is not her. because i don’t like it lol.
this is just not only blerg like but very floral to me. I appreciate the share a ton though because firefly is awesome. and fan blends are fun!
This is the last of my Firefly teas from Cavocorax via Variatea, and I saved this one for last because I fully expected to hate it, on account of it’s rooibos.
I’m pleasantly surprised that I don’t really taste the rooibos in this one! I actually taste the lemongrass, apple and blueberry, with a tartness that I presume comes from the hibiscus. And isn’t entirely delicious, that part.
Sooo yeah! Not terrible! Which is high praise coming from me, as far as rooibos goes.
Thanks ladies, for sharing!
I sadly have to say that I finished watching Firefly the other day, sadness. I plan to watch Serenity with the hubby this week, so at least there’s that to look forward to.
I’m ashamed that it took me this long to watch it, the huge Joss Whedon fan that I am. It was way less juvenile and cartoony than I expected (based on Buffy and Angel, which I loved loved loved)…. I totally see why people were pissed when it was cancelled. So sad.
Now I’m up to my eyeballs in season 2 of Orange is the New Black season 2….. SO MUCH AWESOME.
Flavors: Apple, Blueberry, Lemongrass
I thought finishing with the Captain might be nice (though technically I still have Serenitea left) so this is the last of the character teas that VariaTEA sent me. At first I thought the flavours in this one really didn’t match the character, but Amy Zen’s description really sells it and now I see how this is a very fitting blend for Mal.
Taste wise, I’m finding it the tiniest bit bitter, and I think the fruit flavours in this one come off as very thin – but the chocolate is definitely thick, rich and indulgent and the best aspect of this cup by far. It kinda baffles me that there’s hibiscus in this: I don’t get any familiar hibby characteristics.
So overall not a bad blend; definitely befitting of Captain Malcolm Reynolds – but as far as chocolate/orange blends go I think Butiki’s Three Friends blend definitely trumps this one by a landslide. But if you’re really into the character and don’t mind chocolate or orange then having 3 oz. of this might not be a terrible thing.
Now that I’m reflecting on character blends I think that I’d really like to see ones for Saffron/Bridget/Yolanda/Whatever her name is (juicy red fruits like cherry?) and one for Niska as well. Even though they’re only in a few episodes each I think there’s definitely enough to go on for a character blend…
Out of all the Firefly teas Zoe’s blend is the one I am/was most terrified of. I took a sniff of the dry leaf when I first got it and immediately scrunched my nose right before having a sneezing fit. It smells like solid ginger – and that makes me really uncomfortable because fuck ginger, that’s why.
But I’m gonna have to get this over with eventually so we’re finishing this one off sooner rather than later. As predicted, I don’t much like it; it tastes pretty solidly like ginger to me and I’m finding it rather bitter to. However, the caramel and the cloves are small redeeming factors in this blend so I wont be as harsh and critical as I would like to be. It is drinkable; but barely.
Also, I can’t deny that this is a really good match for the character so there’s that. Like, if any of the characters were going to be “spice heavy” it’d be Zoe. Personally, I didn’t like her at first but she grew on me. She is a fiery, strong willed and independent woman and who can’t respect that? Plus the dynamic between her and Wash is so perfect, and cute.
Goodbye Zoe; I’d definitely not seek you out again but I can see why others would love you!
Flavors: Bitter, Caramel, Clove, Ginger
Nothing like starting your day with a hot cup of Lapsang…
I have to say, out of all the Firefly blends I have this one definitely seems like the most accurate to the character. And I just love that the blender, Amy Zen, didn’t take the cliched route of adding Gunpowder green tea to the manly/“soldier” type character. Woot! But the description and what she did use seem super on point. And the apple pieces this is accented with were such a nice touch! I really feel like this one was the most thought out in regard to the character.
Jayne was a favourite of mine from episode one, but largely because of my already existing love for the actor who plays him – Adam Baldwin. I’m very happy to be able to say though that I really did find a connection with the character. Jaynestown was one of my favourite episodes, if not my favourite episode. I adore that he stayed gruff, and I think him turning on the team and ratting out Simon/River was such major character development because the act itself was such a Jayne thing to do but then how he reacted to it showed some major growth.
Plus, he was such a cutie in his silly orange wool hat!
I’m not the biggest Lapsang fan though, which is probably the sole reason I put this off for so long. It definitely was strong; but I think the cocoa helped a bit to sweeten it up so I was able to finish the cup and it was pretty palatable. I got fleeting apple notes and fruitiness, but nothing strong or consistent – so I guess that matches the character too. I’m rather sad because I would have liked to have gotten mint or candy from this but I found those flavours completely absent from my cup.
Overall, I have to rate this high just because of how solidly this matches the character – but I also want to rate it fairly high because, for a blend with Lapsang in it, I thought it was really good too. I would be tempted to pick up the full 3 oz. of this – but I already have The Woman and that blend also includes Lapsang; and I definitely DO NOT need two Lapsang heavy blends around when it’s a flavour that I do not largely crave. And overall I think The Woman did taste better…
Flavors: Apple, Ash, Cocoa, Roasted, Smoke, Tobacco
I might be done watching Firefly, but I still have some Firefly teas to get to because I break out Serenitea to drink alongside Serenity! So I made this one up last night; honestly I wasn’t looking forward to it – mostly because of the Rose and the green tea in the blend. These last few blends I have left seem like the least promising ones to me.
But this wasn’t bad; it just tasted like a straight up Cream Earl Grey to me. No Rose, no Green tea – just smooth EG. I can get behind that and I enjoyed the cup, but honestly it wasn’t at all special so I wouldn’t order it just because of the character name – especially when, if I’m being honest, I didn’t really like River that much.
It wasn’t so much that I disliked her; I just felt like her character didn’t progress or develop at all: there were no significant signs that she was getting better at all and it was harder to relate to her over many of the other characters. However, the sad truth is probably just that Firefly probably just never got the chance to explore her more and to show any real progress of her getting better because it was cut short.
It’s a shame.
Anyway, thanks VariaTEA for the sample. This was a nice EG to wind down with, if nothing else.
Flavors: Bergamot, Cream, Vanilla
Second last Firefly sample from Cavocorax
Thanks for passing it along!
Weird, I thought I’d hate this, based on the ingredients description. Sounds to me like a bunch of stuff thrown together randomly and the tea blender was daring us to drink it so she could laugh.
Ok, that’s a bit of an exaggeration but you get my point of view. Hazelnuts and mint? Wtf?
But it was actually comforting in a bizarre sort of way. It kind of seemed to work well, despite the varying personalities of the individual flavours….wait a minute.
Well played, Amy Zen…well played.
Also made this one while Tyrell was over, and I kinda felt like I had to fight through just how terribly bad it was because he was over. Like, for whatever reason I felt like if he saw me just dump it that would have popped some might illusion he has about me being this “Tea Saint”.
But really, this was bad. And that makes me really sad because as I watched Firefly Wash definitely grew on me a lot which is awesome because first few episodes he just seemed so boring to me. But how can this be his blend!? Seriously, what’s the reasoning?
Because I steeped this one up and instantly I was all “Oh, it’s just like a black version of DT’s Jessie’s Tea blend – I suppose I can get on board with that flavour wise even if I don’t think it fits the character”. But no, I can’t get on board with it. It’s like Jessie’s Tea on fucking steroids. Like, I took one sip and it was like I was drowning in overly floral lavender hand lotion.
Worst one I’ve had so far. Wash deserves better.
Flavors: Bergamot, Lavender, Perfume
So I’ve now finished Firefly; I absolutely adored it and I of course hate where it ended. I still need to watch Serenity, but I’m going to wait until I’ve finished off all the character blends first and then finish this kind sampler from VariaTEA off the the Serenitea blend and Serenity movie. Something about that just seems, I don’t know, “Serendipitous”? Just a touch.
However, when I had this one I had not finished it off yet. I think I was on episode nine to be more specific? I feel like I definitely got to know more about Simon’s character in those last few episodes though; especially in regards to his relationship with Kaylee. I wonder if I’d think this was more accurate to the character now? Although I thought it was a good fit before; I just couldn’t pinpoint why. Maybe I could now? Not the peaches really; but more the ginger.
I hate ginger, so personally the presence of that in this one was a bad sign; as well as the peach; one thing I hate and one I’m fickle towards didn’t look too promising. Wasn’t actually so bad though. I think the gingerbread was a nice touch for the character though; to me gingerbread says “comfort” and the holidays/family and that seems like a good way to reflect Simon’s relationship with River.
But yeah taste; (I feel like I’m jumping around; also the j and the h keys are way too close together) I didn’t dislike it so that’s good – I feared I might. But I wasn’t in love either. I think overall I really just felt like I could love it but I’d need to try it again to really pull my mind together (there’s a horrible pun somewhere in there…) and I can’t see that happening soon.
But here’s what I typed in my notes:
- Lots of ginger initially (WHY DOES THIS BLENDER USE SO MUCH GING’)
- As it cooled more peaches/cream and molasses (Gingerbread?)
- Oolong held its own with the black
There ya’ have it. That’s my very jumbled take on this one.