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Thanks to the awesome JoeCool (Nichole) for sending me some of this tribute to Jane Austen. I am in LOVE with this blend! I’m a nut for anything Jane Austen (well, maybe not the movie adaptations of some of her works), plus I go crazy for blackberry so this blend will always have a place in my heart – and in my cupboard!

I brewed this up longer than I should have the first time around, so I ended up with more blackberry than vanilla. (What a shame.) 2nd infusion/cup I carefully brewed for about four minutes and now the flavor is the perfect balance…although I still taste slightly more blackberry. Whatevs. It’s delish regardless. A must for blackberry fans. An essential for Jane Austen tea drinkers. This one rocks!

KeenTeaThyme

P.S. This is my 100th tasting note! YAY! :)

Uniquity

Yay!! This blend sounds so yummy. If I ever venture into Adagio territory I will have to give it a go. : )

Cofftea

I’m addicted to blackberries. No, seriously. Mom brought home a pint yesterday for me and I literally did the whole “little kid at Christmas” routine lol. Eating blackberries sets my maturity level back about 20 years lol. Sadly, I’m not sure I’d like this- I’ve had the blackberry straight up and didn’t get much blackberry flavor… I’ve also had a blend w/ only 10% cream and it really consumed the blend. The idea alone makes me giddy though!:)

Nichole

Its soo good. I def enjoyed this one and I too am a blackberry addict :)

gmathis

Having had to pick my own (under duress) as a young’un, I am just now getting over a berry-phobia induced by dozens of chigger bites and the worst wasp sting I ever had. This, however, sounds very good!

ambientqueenie

Some of Austen’s movie adaptations have been highly questionable, yes! As a BA-carrying member of the film studies set and a Jane Austen mafioso (mafiosa?), I can attest to filmic adaptations of Austen novels being quite an undertaking when transitioning to a visual format — Austen did not use half as much dialogue as that which occurs in most films today. People had more time to read back then, after all, as well as more time to think, drink tea, and not be besieged by fast-paced cuts between conversations and scenes in every single modern-day Hollywood film. ;)

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Austen too! I’m enjoying your tealog more and more.

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KeenTeaThyme

P.S. This is my 100th tasting note! YAY! :)

Uniquity

Yay!! This blend sounds so yummy. If I ever venture into Adagio territory I will have to give it a go. : )

Cofftea

I’m addicted to blackberries. No, seriously. Mom brought home a pint yesterday for me and I literally did the whole “little kid at Christmas” routine lol. Eating blackberries sets my maturity level back about 20 years lol. Sadly, I’m not sure I’d like this- I’ve had the blackberry straight up and didn’t get much blackberry flavor… I’ve also had a blend w/ only 10% cream and it really consumed the blend. The idea alone makes me giddy though!:)

Nichole

Its soo good. I def enjoyed this one and I too am a blackberry addict :)

gmathis

Having had to pick my own (under duress) as a young’un, I am just now getting over a berry-phobia induced by dozens of chigger bites and the worst wasp sting I ever had. This, however, sounds very good!

ambientqueenie

Some of Austen’s movie adaptations have been highly questionable, yes! As a BA-carrying member of the film studies set and a Jane Austen mafioso (mafiosa?), I can attest to filmic adaptations of Austen novels being quite an undertaking when transitioning to a visual format — Austen did not use half as much dialogue as that which occurs in most films today. People had more time to read back then, after all, as well as more time to think, drink tea, and not be besieged by fast-paced cuts between conversations and scenes in every single modern-day Hollywood film. ;)

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Austen too! I’m enjoying your tealog more and more.

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Hello fellow tea fans!
I’ve been a tea enthusiast for years but just recently started brewing my own. I’ve created some blends, and enjoy researching about new teas. I combined my love of tea and writing to create a tea-devoted blog, Keen Tea Thyme. I have been writing for most of my life and am a former journalist with a degree in Communications and Social Psychology, and a minor in Writing. Journalism is in my blood, so that means I’m inquisitive by nature, will double-check sources and/or get a second opinion as needed, but also fair and balanced in my reviews. If my reviews seem more positive, energetic and have high ratings, it’s because I love tea. :)

If you are a tea company, I’d love to review some your tea! Free samples are always welcome so I can fully enjoy the freshest selections. I’m also open to tea swaps as I always have too many teas on hand to drink & would love to share with other tea enthusiasts! :)

My Simple Rating Scale (as of Feb. 2011)
>50: I’m NOT a fan. I could barely finish the cup, if I even did. I wouldn’t even recommend this to my worst enemy. Not worth my time nor yours.

51-65: Good aroma, good flavor. Just nothing pops to give the tea that special kick. Recommended to try; our tasting palates differ.

66-79: Yes, finally, tea – unique flavor profiles, great aroma & flavor. Recommended to try; our tasting palates differ.

80-99: These are cupboard essentials – delicious, aromatic and perfect everyday teas. Re-steepable (beyond at least one steeping). Highly recommended, fun for all ages.

100: These are my favorites, the ones I would take with me if stranded on a desert island. Beyond Highly Recommended.

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Toasted Marshmallow
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If you have a signature blend you’d like me to try, we can swap teas! PM me for details! :)

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