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Sipdown (177/183)!

Final Doctor Who tea in my small round of Doctor Who inspired teas from different companies. I think it’d be very wrong to do a round of DW teas and not include an Adagio fan blend…

Perhaps interestingly though, I think this is the one Adagio fan blend that I may have been more interested in because of what’s in it as opposed to the character it’s inspired by. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I adore Rory! In fact, I think Rory is my favourite of Eleven’s companions. But I’ve been super fascinated by the idea of Sweet Potato Tea since first hearing about it, and I’ve been dying to get my hands on any Sweet Potato tea to try it – and this has Adagio’s SP blend in it so that’s where my attention was/is most focused.

Steeped up, this is really really interesting. It’s got such a unique flavour with components that I’d struggling a little to pick out. The most noticeable is the creamy vanilla and then I think I do taste the sweet potato. It’s a familiar sweet, starchy flavour and I think it compliments the vanilla really well. Reading other people’s reviews they compare it to sweet potatoes with brown sugar and marshmallow and I believe I’ve also read similar comparisons on other Sweet Potato teas especially when tied into Thanksgiving. Is that an American thing? I’ve never heard of someone having that particular combination in Canada. It sounds weird to me, but good as well.

I wish I had more of this so I could play around: I think it’d be good with milk and I’m wondering if a pinch of salt would bring out the sweet potato more in the same way that salt brings out the potato flavourings in Butiki’s Potato Pancakes and Applesauce Green Blend (which I find I am now craving). I’m going to add this one back onto my wishlist because I think I would order it – and I’d definitely drink it again.

I want more Sweet Potato things! Thanks Sil for this sample!

EDIT: Oh, and yeah – I think this was a good blend for Rory. Seems to match to character, so go Cara!

Flavors: Sweet Potatoes, Vanilla


I’ve only seen sweet potatoes with marshmallows a couple of times but it’s definitely very American (and very delicious!)


Definitely an American holiday classic! Best results are obtained using mini marshmallows, which brown more evenly to produce a delectable crust. ;-)

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So this is Doctor Who tea #2 and company #2 for my round of three DW teas! I feel crazy for waiting so damn long to try this after getting my sample from the crazy generous 221Tea (who I haven’t seen log anything in a while; hope she’s doing ok and didn’t have a massive tea overload). Seriously though, I look at this every day and think “I’ll try it today”, and then I don’t for one reason or another. It’s “too late” for black tea after work or “I don’t want to try it in my timolino and waste a cup if it doesn’t travel well”, etc.

Well I’m drinking it now and I may be a little late to the party, but let my just add in my own “Damn!”. This is pretty fantastic: strong coconut notes, sticky toffee, ripe bananas, and some nuttyness. I wont lie though, there was some fairly strong astringency for the first little while until the tea cooled down a ways – but then the astringency just went away!

I think this is a really perfect blend for River Song – and I’m really enjoying it right now. I have one more cup worth so we’ll see how my thoughts change with that cup but right now I’m going to say that I want more of this. Maybe not nearly as much as I expected to want – but definitely at least an ounce of it. Mmm!

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drank Weeping Angel Tea by 52teas
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Next round of tea for the day features three Doctor Who inspired teas! Interestingly, all three are from different companies! Can you guess which ones? Heh…

So I used to love this but it feels seriously degraded in flavour from when I first had it (I just feel overwhelmed by the 52Teas base) so I’m sipping it down but trying to do so in more creative ways. So this time I added a smallish scoop of vanilla Greek FroYo. BAD IDEA. The Frozen Yogurt melted and got really thick and waxy, and while the flavour is not so bad the texture is really revolting. Ew.

So chugged this down quickly (and maybe burnt my tongue a little) and now onto DW tea #2 which is already looking much more promising…

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Sipdown (178/184)!

Another Nina’s Paris sample from VariaTEA. I made it this morning in my giant Adeline poppy mug and that used up the whole sample. It was good timing really because I woke up with a killer headache and the mint was very soothing and nice and made me feel better. Like, I probably would have reached for this because of the mint even if it hadn’t been in my morning line up already.

Admittedly, I wasn’t really excited about this blend because it was a green one until I stupidly realized, weeks after getting it, that it was pretty much just a fancy Moroccan Mint. Ok, I can get behind that! I love MM.

And yeah, that’s pretty much what this one was: fancy Moroccan Mint. It was tasty and pleasant and soothing with a really smooth spearmint flavour, but not something I’d stock over other MM blends especially when it is so hard for me to get a hold of. The name is really cool though, I’ll give it that!

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Sipdown (179/185)!

This is the first thing I’m having from the newest package of teas VariaTEA has sent me; it was the easiest to work into my tea line up for the day because I just made it alongside the other cup of matcha I was having this morning.

Man, this smells strong! What’s the flavouring level here? Because I cracked open the package from you and literally this is the first thing I could smell. It was intense, even after VariaTEA double bagging it! Good intense though; like marzipan and yum!

Whisked into milk, it frothed up at a seriously insane level. Like, I had to wait for the froth to go away so I could pour more milk in the cup – the froth was taking up all the space! And it tasted pretty good; really strong and very rich and marzipan like. I would have enjoyed it an awful lot but I found that there was a faint chemical edge to the aftertaste. Like it was almost too much almond concentrated into the one cup of cold milk.

I have to say, I’m glad I got this from you because I was semi curious about it, and it’s Red Leaf’s free tea sample of the month for June so I think I would have picked up the free sample if I hadn’t got this from you. But now trying it I can say that yeah this is really good but just the one experience is probably enough to keep my satisfied especially given how much matcha I have on hand right now anyway.

Thanks VariaTEA!

Flavors: Almond, Marzipan


NayLynn was actually the one who sent this to me and she was the smart one who thought to double bag it. I simply passed it along so you can try all the matchas too :)

Roswell Strange

Thanks to NayLynn too then!

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So I bought vanilla frozen Greek yogurt, frozen raspberries, and bananas last night after work so that I can make some matcha smoothies, but my bananas aren’t ripe yet so that’ll have to wait a little longer. I still had matcha this morning though after my “hibernation”. Two cups actually, because I got some from VariaTEA this morning in the mail.

I thought this was the best cup of straight White Chocolate matcha (by which I mean not mixed with other matcha, because this was in cold milk) that I’ve had to date. It actually tasted like slightly more than just really creamy milk: it tasted like white chocolate!

So now to decide what to do with it next. One more cup of this and it’ll be a sipdown. Not sure whether I want to have it straight or crack open my coconut matcha and mix it with that because that combination was good. Or do I want to try using it in a matcha smoothie? I can imagine it being good with the frozen raspberries. Maybe I want a white chocolate/coconut matcha and raspberry smoothie/milkshake?


COCONUT MATCHA!!! Once I get my matchas under control, that is the first flavor I am ordering.

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Sipdown (180/186)!

Tea Twins at it again; like VariaTEA I also finished off my Lemon Chiffon last night (and freed up a tin for some Butiki Coconut Creme Pie!) but I prepared mine in a pretty drastically different way than she did hers.

Mine was cold brewed during the duration of my work shift and strained a few hours after I got home (12 hour steep in total) but then because I was a little bored of the usual ways I’ve been having this I decided to really mix it up and take a risk and pour some milk into the cold brew as well. I was nervous because there was this background feeling that the lemon would result in curdling – but mostly I knew that was irrational.

It worked very well though and was this insanely creamy, milky lemon drink. It’s totally something really different than what I’ve ever done with this tea and the risk worked out. In fact, I can see this as something I’d serve in the summer to my family if they were visiting because it was so “summery” and I think non-threatening enough that my primarily non-tea drinking family would have loved it.

Personally, again in contrast to VariaTEA, I will not be restocking this one. I prefer to keep Lime Chiffon around which I find to be significantly more creamy and yummy but I now know I will be trying lime chiffon in this exact same way. I think the payoff will be amazing!

Goodbye Lemon Chiffon; what a way to send you off!


I didn’t have Lemon Chiffon last night. Weird.

Roswell Strange

I wonder who I’m confusing you with then? Oops. My bad.


I’m not sure. I wish I had lemon chiffon though.

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Sipdown (181/187)!

Again, thanks to Sil for this one! I finished off the sample by making it in my timolino and taking it to work. I think it traveled well in the timolino because the flavours were consistent with what I remember them being with my first cup here at home. It’s definitely good to know that if I do decided to order this one it’ll be something I can take to work with me when I’m in need of that all important caffeine boost.

The big difference I found was that I actually let part of this get cold and I thought it tasted better cold! Not nearly as much guayusa flavour which could be good for this who dislike the taste of guayusa – and I thought the lime stood out much more prominently. This makes me excited for the prospect of a cold brew with this one, which I had initially considered but ended up deciding against.

I should really update my profile description because I drink cold brewed tea about 50/50 with hot tea now. Welp.

But ultimately I have no idea whether this is something I want more of. It’s good but it’s not necessarily that good. I feel like I’ve discovered a lot of areas it has great intentional in though; cold brews, travelling. So I think it’s going to depend on the mood I’m in when I place my order and possibly where I need some extra stuff to reach the free shipping thresh hold? Bleck. Lots to think about and consider. I mean, I don’t really need more tea, so…

Flavors: Berries, Lime, Rainforest


I think guayusa blends travel very well especially iced! Have you tried Good Morning Sunshine? That is my other fave Guayusa! Super lemony and creamy :)


Ooh, iced! Stephanie that is brilliant. I can’t wait to place a Butiki order and get some of this one for myself. Seriously awesome idea.

Roswell Strange

I’ve had Cider Guayusa and Good Morning Sunshine (prepared at home and as travel teas). Sometimes I think GMS travels well, othertimes not so much. I far prefer Cider Guayusa to either of these, and I think I prefer this to GMS.

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Sipdown (182/188)!

So I just got up from a fifteen hour sleep. Sometimes I think I have a small “sleep problem” because I don’t think normal people are supposed to sleep that long. But then, I realized the bigger problem is the tea problem because I woke up looked at the clock and immediately thought “Fuck, that means I’ve missed out on a few hours worth of tea drinking!”.

Anyway, this is backlog from yesterday. I cold brewed it as per VariaTEA’s idea and that was enough to finish it off. I’m very happy to report to you VariaTEA that the cold brew for this? Phenomenal. In fact I was especially worried because I had forgotten it was cold brewing so this cold brewed in the fridge for about 28 hours. Yeesh!

But no, this was the most intense and flavourful maple walnut flavour with just a touch of chocolate! It was as rich as I can possibly imagine it could have been, and it was insanely thirst quenching too. It really almost makes me want to go buy 50g more just for cold brewing; and maybe I will someday but I definitely wont be right now because I also got VariaTEA’s package for me today which pushed my cupboard up by 22 more blends! Yikes!

They all look awesome though, and I’ve worked a few into the rotation for today. I’m sheepishly admitting too that while I love you essentially sent me the Adagio Firefly sampler I haven’t actually watched Firefly, so I feel guilty considering drinking the teas when I have no point of reference for how they match the characters…

EDIT: Oh, I bumped the rating on this up because of how awesome the cold brew version is.

Flavors: Maple, Walnut


Yay!!! I am glad the cold brew was tasty. I had a feeling it would be good.


And I thought you had seen firefly. No worries though. Now you will just have to drink the teas as you watch the show so you can see how you feel about them.

Roswell Strange

I’m gonna try watching the first episode once I’m done making my (very late) supper. But yeah, I thought that since I haven’t seen it there could be some fun in drinking the teas as I get to know the characters. I think I’m going to be prejudiced towards Zoe though; I took one whiff of her early today and couldn’t stop scowling (except for when I was sneezing) – way too much ginger. Funnily, I thought Inara smelled awesome. That’s probably what I’ll try first.


Heh. I bet Inara DOES smell awesome! :O
Time for a Firefly re-watch!

Roswell Strange

Watched the first episode last night and loved it. So far I’m loving Inara, Mal, Simon, Kaylee, and Jayne (mostly because the actor plays my favourite character on Chuck). I want to love Wash because I love the actor, but so far he kinds bores me. Same with Zoe. Haven’t seen enough of River – and just based on the first episode I’m not liking Book.


Yay for firefly! And I love wash though I think Alan tudyk has a lot to do with that.

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drank Cha Yen Thai by Teavana
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Sad Sipdown (161/167)!

You know, I actually had a really good run with this one and I’ll miss it a lot. Not enough to deal with Teavana, but pretty significantly none the less. For the most part I enjoyed the samples of this I received from both VariaTEA and 221Tea as cold brews, but I saved the last little bit to try hot and I’m happy to report that it’s equally as good hot as it was cold.

Hot, the fact it’s basically just a sweetened Chai was a touch more noticable as the cinnamon and other spices stood out a little more and the pineapple/coconut blended a bit more into the background but all in all each of the usual flavours such as the aforementioned and vanilla/caramel/star anise were all still present.

I enjoyed sipping on this (and Captain Jack) while watching George of the Jungle, but now I think I’m really for an early bedtime as I work early tomorrow morning (but then I have Monday off – so hooray for that!). This was probably the best tea to end the night on, and I got in several sipdowns today and have several more I can get to tomorrow/Monday! Plus, I had nearly all the teas I’d set aside and even a few I hadn’t!

Yay for an awesome tea drinking day!

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After discovering loose leaf, I decided I had to learn as much about in as quick an amount of time as humanely possible; that led me here!

Growing up, the only tea I ever drank was bagged mint tea (especially peppermint), and mint still remains a staple flavour for me. Spearmint is my favourite. At this point in my ‘tea career’ I heavily lean towards flavoured blends; doesn’t matter if they’re fruity, chocolate, sweet, savory, etc. Blacks are my favourite as far as flavoured blends go, with whites a close second. I really enjoy everything but straight Greens though, but I’ll try anything once even if I am wary.

My favourite fruit flavours in blends are cranberry, banana, pear, lychee, melon, passion fruit and especially pineapple. I am also always excited to try anything with Saskatoon Berries, which are delicious and also my city’s namesake. I have a huge weakness towards toffee/caramel and coconut teas and a bit of a soft spot in regard to black licorice. I also adore anything creamy. I am always up for trying soda inspired blends as well because the concept fascinates me. I want to try all the Rootbeer teas! I am also currently trying to try as many Sweet Potato blends as possible.

Tastes I strongly dislike are ginger and raisins. Really, those are the only two things I intentionally avoid. I also have mixed feelings about peaches, mangoes, lemongrass, and chamomile.

In regard to straight teas, I haven’t been nearly as adventurous. I’ve yet to really explore any straight oolongs, except Milk Oolongs which weren’t really for me. In general, I really like straight black teas, especially when they have strong baked bread or malt notes. I like most straight whites, but I have a preference for silver needle teas over other types. Green teas, with the exception of Genmaicha and some Hojicha, make me feel a bit sick and I often can’t finish the cup. I can handle flavoured matcha like Red Leaf Tea sells – but straight matcha is a definite “no go”. I recently survived my first Pu’erh, and it was an alright, maybe borderline enjoyable, experience.

The ratio of cold brewed and hot tea I drink is about 50/50. As far as my cup sizes go, all my daily cold brews are done in a 25 oz. mason jar and my other mugs are 12 oz. with the exception of my Adeline infuser mug which is 16 oz. Unless otherwise specified, these are the cup sizes for all teas I review.

I prefer to drink my tea without adding anything to it, and 9/10 times that will be how I first try a blend. My belief is that milk, sugar or whatever else you add to your tea should be used to enhance an already good flavour: if the tea needs something added to it to taste good then it’s probably not good tea to begin with. The exception is Matcha; I always have my matcha whisked either into cold milk or club soda as “Matcha soda” depending on which way the flavour will be best suited. My roommate, Tre, has a very different philosophy in regard to tea, and that’s to always drown out his cup in sugar – even before tasting to see if it needs any. That’s why I don’t let him drink the good stuff ;)

I’m always up for a swap, but because I have a very low income I can’t really afford to send things outside of North America on a regular basis :(

If you’re from North America and want to organize a swap, just give me a shout and I’m sure we can work something out! Many of my teas are in large quantity so I usually have enough to spare at least a small sample or so.

I’m a vegetarian and have been for more than half my lifetime. I also have a severe allergy to mushrooms, though that isn’t something that has been an issue I’ve had to deal with in regard to tea (at this point, at least).

My roommate Tre is a huge part of my life since he’s one of the only people in town that I know. Currently, he’s taking courses at Siast to become a professional chef which means sometimes I get really nice home cooked meals. He’s a huge Whovian, which means I know way more about Doctor Who than someone who’s only watched a season or so should. Recently he’s got me into Supernatural, and now Doctor Who as well. He knows next to nothing about tea, and he doesn’t really care to learn.

The other important person in my life is my friend Robyn.

I’ve known Robyn since we were in the eighth grade – and she was in all my classes all through high school. For years she was my transportation, since I’m just plain awful at driving and haven’t acquired my license yet. She just so happened to start classes at the University of Saskatchewan the same time as Tre and I were moving here, which worked out excellently. Like Tre she’s a huge Whovian and also a fan of Supernatural (is there even a fandom term for people who like Supernatural?). She was a minor inspiration in regard to this tea obsession of mine (but now I’ve far surpassed her in tea knowledge, consumption, and quantity possessed). Often times I have her over for tea or share my teas with her (and if it’s a tea I dislike she gets first dibs before I start trying to swap it all away here on Steepster).

Some brief “IRL” interests: Clay/Sculpture (or visual arts in general), Improv, Mythology, Big Brother (USA and CA), and an absurdly large amount of TV shows – geeky or otherwise.


Saskatoon, SK, Canada

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