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This smelled nice and tart-fruity in the packet, so it was chosen to be tried next.

I didn’t look at the description before trying it, and was confused by the somewhat strong toasted nori aroma with the tart fruit. It turns out, it actually is supposed to be seaweed-like, which makes me feel better. I’m not familiar enough with gooseberry or sea buckthorn to be able to comment on those, but the fruitiness here is tart and bright, and it comes off a bit green apple candyish? Not quite, but that’s the closest thing I can think of. Somewhere between pineapple, green grape, and green apple?

It’s pleasant and I’m enjoying it! The seaweed isn’t actually very strong in the taste, so it’s mostly the fruity element. Yummy!

Flavors: Candy, Dry Grass, Fruity, Grapes, Grass, Green Apple, Pineapple, Seaweed, Sweet, Tart, Umami

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Dustin

I have a cape gooseberry plant. The berries taste like a mango coconut mix. Not sure if all varieties of gooseberry are similar in flavor.

Martin Bednář

I don’t think that cape gooseberry is similar to “pure” gooseberry. It has been ages since I had it; but certainly I wouldn’t call it mango-coconut like. Rather similar to unripe grapes I guess.

Courtney

The gooseberries and sea buckthorn I’ve had definitely have a tart element. :)

Cameron B.

Unripe grapes sounds about right for this tea, Martin. I’ll have to see if I can fine gooseberries at the store sometime…

Martin Bednář

I wonder if you will be lucky to get them… while here they were actually quite common, I can’t recall seeing them in stores!

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Another one from Courtney (and VariaTEA)!

Black, green, and white tea? Really…?

Anyway, the first time I tried this one it mostly tasted like a generic peach green tea to me. Inoffensive but nothing special. Odd, because there’s no peach here.

This time, though, I’m getting more of a grapefruit and quince situation, which I like much better. I’m also getting more of the hay notes from the white base. There are some nice honeyed notes too, and perhaps a bit of rhubarb?

Anyway, it’s tasty! Not something I would order because of the weird base situation and the inconsistency, but I enjoyed the second cup.

Flavors: Dry Grass, Grapefruit, Grass, Hay, Honey, Peach, Pear, Rhubarb, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I haven’t been getting any tea done lately! Yesterday I just wasn’t in the mood for some reason, and I ended up only having two teas and a London Fog… (shrugs)

So today I tried a lower temperature for this tea, to see if I could bring out the green tea a bit. Perhaps there’s a bit of grassiness here? I didn’t see much green tea in the dry leaf anyway, but I think it’s a very grassy Chinese sencha so I can still taste it a little bit.

I’m getting peach, though I know it’s supposed to be mango. There’s a hint of pear-like quince with a slightly honeyed note. I’m also happy to report that today I’m getting a hint of rhubarb! Mostly at the end of the sip, there’s a lovely rhubarb-y tartness.

Overall though, it’s just not a great tea in my opinion. The flavors are all a bit muddled in together, the base teas included. The black base is quite flat. And the peach/mango dominates too much, when I’d like more quince, rhubarb, or strawberry. It’s fine, but not great!

Thanks Courtney and (indirectly) VariaTEA for the share!

Flavors: Grass, Honey, Peach, Pear, Rhubarb, Sweet, Tannic

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Courtney

I understand completely. Our grocery order will be delivered today, and even though I’ve been drinking tea, I ordered a new vegan creamer and I’m so excited to make a French press of coffee haha (the monkey covering it’s face emoji would be perfect here)!

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drank Mermaid Tea by Østerlandsk Thehus
1128 tasting notes

2021 sipdown no. 42

A lovely tea from VariaTEA!

I quite enjoyed this one. The fruitiness is slightly generic, but there is definitely a sea buckthorn tartness that I really like. The green tea blends into the background and accents nicely.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Mermaid Tea by Østerlandsk Thehus
1128 tasting notes

A sample from VariaTEA :)

This one is meant to have flavours of sea buckthorn, gooseberry, and seaweed. There is a tartness here that’s reminiscent of sea buckthorn and gooseberry, but no seaweed (which I’m grateful for tbh)!

This is a nice fruity-esque green that’s perfectly enjoyable. Thanks VariaTEA!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
VariaTEA

You’re welcome. Also, I was very glad I didn’t really get seaweed either.

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2021 sipdown no. 73

Sad sipdown of this one from VariaTEA. I really enjoyed this one because for whatever reason the blend of ingredients created a great balance with the bergamot and it just tasted wonderful to me.

I’ve contacted the company a couple times and have yet to find a way to order from them sadly, but still working on it, so hopefully I can one day order this one.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Martin Bednář

Well, I am based in Europe… maybe it would be simplier to share 100 g (minumum amount, oh well!) and making a group order. But at first, after my finals (probably in June)

Courtney

Thanks for the idea Martin. Maybe we can re-visit in June! :)

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I can’t get over how taken I am with this tea. It’s like an earl grey cream, but not overly vanilla-y, yet the bergamot is so mellowed and this cuppa is just perfect. There was even a full rosebud in the leaves today. :)

I have been emailing back and forth with this tea company because I need to have more of this in my life, but they online cart seems to have a glitch and won’t let me check out. I now have one cup remaining from VariaTEA and I am trying to remain calm about it!

I treated myself to this cuppa to power through this paper. I am trying to have it written by tomorrow, then spend Christmas Eve editing and hopefully submitting prior to Christmas!

Thanks for introducing me to this tea that I can’t stop thinking about VariaTEA!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Leafhopper

Have you tried using a different browser? I had to try three before I could get my Camellia Sinensis order to go through.

Courtney

I did! I cleared my cookies (which the error message told me to do), then I tried regular Chrome, incognito Chrome, and Safari without success! I even had my partner try it on her computer, then we tried it on both phones, still without success. I finally gave it and emailed the company haha!

Leafhopper

Yikes! I hope they can fix your issue.

VariaTEA

I’m so glad you liked this one! I was worried because of the bergamot but as far as bergamots go, this one is very nice.

Courtney

It really is! I was completely surprised. Thank you so much for sharing!

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I’m having kind of a sad day, but it’s my 8 year anniversary on Steepster so I thought I should at least smile about that!

I really had a craving for this tea from VariaTEA and I think I might almost be ready to say I enjoy earl grey cream teas? What! This tea is so tasty, I can’t get over it. It’s just perfectly comforting today and I want to drink every last bit that was sent my way!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Martin Bednář

Happy SteepAnniversary!

Courtney

Thanks! :)

Leafhopper

Congratulations on your eight-year Steepster anniversary! :)

Cameron B.

Love you, feel better, and congratulations!

Courtney

Thanks Leafhopper and Cameron! ❤

ashmanra

Happy Steepsterversary! I hope you feel better!

derk

Happy Anniversary! I’m glad you came back :)

Courtney

Thanks ashmanra and derk! :)

tea-sipper

oh, that’s so nice that you remember your steepster anniversary. :D

Cameron B.

It tells you the date you joined on your Dashboard in the top-right corner. ;)

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The teas from VariaTEA arrived today!

Wow, I really enjoyed the scent of this one dried! Lex didn’t and she’s the one who has traditionally enjoyed bergamot.

Also, loving the flavours here. The bergamot is here, but there’s a nice vanilla over it, mellowing it out and just making this a delicious cuppa.

Super helpful for re-focusing on my exam studying as well. Yay!

Thanks VariaTEA! So thrilled you popped this tea in the parcel! :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
VariaTEA

I kept this back the first time b/c I recall seeing you didn’t love bergamot. And then around the time I sent the second package, I noticed you drinking it more often. I am glad you like this one!

Courtney

Thanks! I’m not sure what’s changing, but I really am enjoying more blends with vanilla or a creamy flavour to mellow out the bergamot. Yay!

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drank HC Andersen Blend by Østerlandsk Thehus
12697 tasting notes

another “Meh” for me in terms of teas. I don’t think i have good luck with this blend BUT in alll fairness this is a blergamot tea.

It’s not strong with it’s blergi-ness which is nice…but the black/green blend annoys me to no end AND there’s nothing else going on with this blend to make it worth anyone’s time. lol at least in my opinion haha

Cameron B.

I never like green/black blends either… :|

Sil

they’re the WORST

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drank Mermaid Tea by Østerlandsk Thehus
12697 tasting notes

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORRRRRRIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNGGGGGGGG!

honestly while i appreciate the sample share from VariaTEA this feels just like a generic green fruity tea. yawn

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drank Harlekin Tea by Østerlandsk Thehus
12697 tasting notes

Realised it’s almost december and I still have samples from VariaTEA that i haven’t had time to get to. I try to have samples when i can actually pay attention to what i’m drinking. I don’t love tea blends when they mix green, black, white or whatever. I never feel like the brewing makes sense. This one wasn’t bad but i’m not sure that the flavours really came to life. It’s sort of generically fruity blend for me today.

Oh well, love trying new teas – never know when you’ll find a hit!

Cameron B.

I’m not a fan of mixed bases either, to me it just never adds anything to the blend.

Sil

right?

VariaTEA

Yeah, I wasn’t happy they were blended bases either but still fun to try.

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drank Copenhagen Blend by Østerlandsk Thehus
12697 tasting notes

this one tasted like nothing to me the other day. Not sure what it was but honestly it didn’t really taste like i was drinking a flavoured tea. Sample from variaTEA. I love getting to try new teas but this one confused me :)

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I saw that Cameron and VariaTEA have been drinking this and it inspired me to make a cup.

Now that we snagged the variable temperature kettle from Lexa’s mom, I feel invincible! I brewed this one and it was just perfect. There’s a sweet rhubarb scent and while not much of the sweetness comes through in the flavour, the rhubarb does and it’s lovely. There’s also some generic fruitiness, but I enjoy it.

This is a good one for enjoying, but not thinking too hard on. Thanks VariaTEA for sharing so much!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Cameron B.

Yay variable temp kettle! \o/

Lexie Aleah

Those things are Gamechangers!

Courtney

They really are! Though I do have an attachment to my other kettle haha!

Martin Bednář

Oh well. I wish for long having variable temperature kettle. Maybe once I live somewhere else; not with parents who consider it as useless thing.

Courtney

Martin Perhaps one day! We were lucky because Lex’s mom had this sitting around her house for years, unused!

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Another sample from VariaTEA! Thanks!

This one is another fruity tea that while, tasty, the fruits are somewhat difficult to distinguish. I would say there’s a rhubarb quality and I think I’m getting a hint of strawberry. It’s definitely tasty though, and I like the black and green base.

I started steeping this when my grandmother called and accidentally steeped for waaaay over time, and it’s a-okay. That’s definitely a point in its favour!

Lex could smell is from the other end of the couch and swooped in to have half my cup XD. Lex says she’s tasting a lot more mango with strawberry.

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I always gravitate towards this one due to the dry scent over Copenhagen, but I really do prefer the flavour of Copenhagen.

This one has that sweet scent that doesn’t translate to as sweet in the flavour, which is nice. But it has more of a peach flavour here mixed with hints of tartness that could be raspberry, but peach is not my favourite in tea. It’s still a tasty cuppa, but between the two Copenhagen rhubarb will always win out!

I’m enjoying having these teas in my cupboard, courtesy of VariaTEA. I wish the company would get back to me about how to order beyond their website glitch.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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Sipdown! Lex loved this one and Copenhagen Blend so much that she requested I look at an order from this wee company!

Thanks for sharing VariaTEA!

VariaTEA

I can send more! I have so much that I doubt I’d get through it!!

Courtney

Lex was quite happy with this! But please feel free to go through my cupboard as well! :)

VariaTEA

I am trying to remember if I sent all the teas from Copenhagen or just a few… but yes, I definitely have way more than I can drink of both this blend and the Copenhagen blend so I am happy to share with someone who would enjoy it!

Courtney

That’s so generous of you! You sent this one, Copenhagen Blend, then Hygge from Det Gamle.

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A sample from VariaTEA :)

This one smells quite fruity but tastes less so. I’m finding it difficult to distinguish which fruits exactly, but I am enjoying the scent and the cup overall. As the tea cools, I’m getting a hint of grapefruit, which is fun. I also enjoy the mixed tea base of black, green, and white.

Thanks for sharing VariaTEA!

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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drank Admiralitetsthe by Østerlandsk Thehus
12697 tasting notes

Sipdown sample from variaTEA. This one was a pleasant cup of black tea. I enjoyed it quite a bit even if it was pretty middle of the road in terms of things going on.

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drank Admiralitetsthe by Østerlandsk Thehus
12697 tasting notes

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drank Admiralitetsthe by Østerlandsk Thehus
12697 tasting notes

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Iced Latte Sipdown (198)

I haven’t been drinking much tea but a couple nights back I got inspired to attempt to make vanilla sweet cream (which can be used to make cold foam). I ordered French Vanilla syrup and it arrived this weekend so I made some up.

I made the first latte yesterday using Hummingbird by AQ2T. Funnily enough I asked Roswell Strange what I should do with my concoction before making the latte and her suggestions were an Earl Grey or Bananas. Without actually seeing this, I made it with a banana tea yesterday. I debated an Earl Grey but wasn’t interested in that flavour profile. I laughed when I realized we had the same idea though.

Anyways, today I thought the Earl Grey would be fun and as one of my oldest teas, I thought it would be a good call to finish this off. Plus I tend to enjoy this as an iced latte anyways and thought the French vanilla in the cold foam would compliment the rose in this tea nicely. I was right since drinking this was delightful. It was like an affogato almost since the cold foam has a thicker/creamy consistency with a classic vanilla custard/ice cream profile thanks to the French vanilla flavouring. That combined with the soft notes of bergamot and rose made for such a lovely drink. A wonderful way to see this off.

I think I will get other flavoured syrups for further experimentation. So many options…

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It’s just past 3 am. I have submitted a paper for school and placed two Black Friday tea orders. I should probably go to sleep before I spend more money. Though I do have plans to possibly buy something at noon tomorrow…I guess today.

I drank this tea much earlier as an iced latte. It had a whole lot of rose to it, which can make this nice. However, sometimes the bergamot tries to compete with the rose, which makes this too floral and that happened slightly with today’s…well yesterday’s…latte.

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73

Had this as an iced latte.

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