The Jane Austen Mafia

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  • “ILU Jane Austen Mafia. I’m almost halfway done my bag because this tea is from Adagio, which means it’s rare to spot up here in the Great Wild North. It’s silly that the idea of ordering from...” Read full tasting note
  • “Still working on my baggie of this from Azzrian! I think I oversteeped a bit today, as it’s kind of astringent and there’s definitely some bitterness going on. Or, it could be because the tea...” Read full tasting note
  • “Thank you Josie Jade for sharing. This is truly a tasty cup. The blackberry is the most prominent flavor but the vanilla and cream are detectable as well. There is no astringency and the base is...” Read full tasting note
  • “Please excuse my exuberance, but I cannot contain my deep feelings of joy this tea brings. Since my last encounter with this elixir, I have resolved to secure more by purchase. But alas, at...” Read full tasting note

From Adagio Teas

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a literary tea drinker in possession of an empty teacup must be in want of a delicious libation. Fit for socially-satirical English Roses everywhere, this blend weds sweet blackberry and sensible vanilla with poor-but-pretty cream tea in a highly suitable marriage for all flavors involved.

I like Jane Austen. You like Jane Austen. We all like Jane Austen. Join the Jane Austen Mafia and proceed to bump off — allegedly, of course — those who simply can’t understand what it means to be part of our witty, verbose Austen ‘family’ of old literary souls. Just remember the rules of our ‘organization:’ don’t be prejudiced, have sense, use persuasion, stick to known territories like parks or abbeys, and always use the code name ‘Emma.’ (That last one is reaching, but hey, you try referencing Austen’s sole name-only novel title in an appropriately whimsical way.)

Created by: Christa Y
Contains: blackberry, vanilla, cream

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hello, who are you? certainly neither mr. darcy nor elizabeth bennet…. not that that matters, i will strive to evaluate sensibly and without prejudice (just too many opportunities, sorry, well kinda).

Cavocorax has sent me a mystery! dry scent: a blue hued black tea with notes of mallow. twisty mallow though…! very cool. jane austen would be horrified…. i have images of booberry cereal floating through my brain!

i like this! i want a longer steep, and i want to try it with cream…. then i will will add numbers.

i really do get blueberry marshmallow….. let’s see what happens when i break some rules….. =0)

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I’m glad you’re enjoying it so far!


I think part of this tea’s charm is the description:


did you read my follow up? after all the rule breaking?

thanks again Cavo….

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So! My alernator died in my car Wednesday (which was just a horrible day for me in general, but this was kind of the cherry on top). I had just finished up a really awful consulting job that ended up taking far longer than it needed too because of repeated hang ups, and I stopped at my parents’ house. My dad’s on business, so it was just my mom and the dogs and almost 9 pm, so I left after maybe 60-90 minutes.

I get in my car and it seems to start okay, and I get about 2 miles from my house and everything just goes south. First my ABS brakes disable, and at this point I’m like. ‘Well. That sucks.’ Then my dash lights start dimming just little by little. Then my airbags disable and my air conditioning flips off. Then the radio. And at this point I’m not quite panicking, but I am bargaining with my car. “Rememeber all the fun drives we’ve had together? Just a little further, baby.” “I’ll get you that fancy oil you wanted if you get me home. I know you can do it.” Then the headlights just die. From there I’m driving down a county highway, no headlights, keeping my fingers crossed I both don’t get pulled over, and make it home.

I didn’t realise I was holding my breath until I was parked and the car was off. Needless to say, it won’t start now.

I’ve been on an iced tea kick since Wednesday now for whatever reason. I probably have about six thermoses lined up in my fridge right now. It’s pretty awesome.

So, backlogging from yesterday.

I finished off the sample shmiracles sent me of this as a cold brew. And I think I like it better this way. I added a few points onto the score, as well, because I didn’t expect to enjoy this cup as much as I did

I really liked how strongly the vanilla and cream came though. It had a definitely vanilla flavor with almost a milky-flavor quality. The blackberry is really syrupy and it didn’t need any sweetener.

I could definitely see myself picking this up down the road.

Iced 8 min or more

eeeps hope you can fix it!! :(

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My first cuppa The Mafia….. I had been wanting to give this tea a try, as did a friend over the border, so we worked out a swap. There is just something about the juxtapositon of Jane Austen and the Mafia that makes me wonder how Jane would have handled herself in the time of Al Capone…… This one just arrived today. I have to say, it is pretty good. The flavor blends do work, and it almost doesn’t need additions. I do normally sweeten a bit, and this one just tasted better with a touch of sweet. It is mostly blackberry with a light amount of vanilla, even though I could smell some cream in the dry tea. The tea base has a slight bitter edge, but just enough to add interest.

I really will enjoy finishing this one. (They did send a little more than I was expecting, so I have some to share.) However, after sampling at other tea companies, Adagio in general seems kind of average. I do so appreciate their variety, ease of ordering, and that they were my gateway into the vast world of tea.
ETA: I have shared all I can this round…..

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Would you consider a benevolent cuppa for a total stranger? :) It sounds wonderful!


I’ve been wanting to try this one, too! Sounds yummy.
I completely agree with your opinion on Adagio. Their tea isn’t the best, but the ease of ordering makes it a popular choice!


QofT…I added one to your Valetine’s package….(sounds like a late holiday package!)

And with that, I am out of samples if I want to have any to drink myself. I did contact those who asked, and I am sending some out tomorrow!

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If Jane Austen Mafia were a band I’d buy every song in their catalog, and I’d wear my band tee long after they sell out and go mainstream. That’s the kind of dedicated fan I’d be!

Jane Austen Mafia isn’t a band even though it is the best band name ever. Jane Austen Mafia is a tea. A pretty damn fantastically grand flavored black tea! Vanilla and blackberry combine with black tea for a marriage built on equality and true love worthy of a 19th century novel penned by an idealistic forward thinker.

This tea sample tasted particularly sweet because it was given to me with sacrifice in the spirit of true tea-friendship. Teawing sent me the very last bit of Jane Austen Mafia that he had left and it’s one of his favorite teas. Who other than a true gentleman would do such a thing? I owe him a huge debt of gratitude!


Ah shucks, no big deal… Just passing along some of that tea joy that has come my way since becoming a regular here. I am so glad you liked it. I agree, it is the perfect name for a band.


I have heard so many good things about this tea…I think I need to hunt down some of it!


I wish this flavor was avaiable on a better quality base. I am not much of a fan of Adagio’s flavored tea base anymore. It is kind of flat in my opinion.


available. It is too early!


And for the record, that last bit I sent Jenn came from SimplyJenW!


That has to be one of the most awesome names for a tea ever.


Teawing, ah ha! I owe SimplyJenW an even bigger debt of gratitude now as well. There’s no such thing tea-debtors’ prison, right?


@Jenn If there was, I would surely be an inmate…


Me too….aren’t we all essentially totally endebted to QuiltGuppy! She has sent me so many wonderful oolongs to try, but I am trying to work out my kettle situation so that I have some temp control! And BTW, I love to share tea, because it makes me happy…the sharing and the drinking. :D (It is funny because I accidentally typed ‘live’ instead of ‘love’, and actually both are quite fitting.)


SimplyJenW, I love to share tea with other excited tea-folk as well! I think that our little group here on Steepster is a particularly generous bunch though, and I can’t even begin to communicate how much I owe to the QuiltGuppy. She’s like our Godmudder :)

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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!


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


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


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!:)


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


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!


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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Another winner from the Traveling Tea Box! I think I’ve been fond of every tea so far from this box with the exception of the Butter Truffle, and even that one wasn’t too terrible! I wasn’t sure what was in this Jane Austen Mafia blend, but I had read many favorable reviews of it, and decided to give it a go. I was happy to discover that it is blackberry, vanilla and cream. Adagio’s cream is one of my all-time favorites. The dry leaves smelled like maple syrup to me, but the tea itself is all heavy cream with a hint of berry sweetness. The flavor of this one is absolutely perfect – juicy blackberry with a sweet cream finish. The strong aftertaste is of blackberry and vanilla and it lingers nicely. There are also delicious malty undertones that keep me wanting to take just one more sip! This one is definitely going on the to-order list. Thank you, Traveling Tea Box, for making my wish list that much longer! :)

-Dry blend has medium black tea leaves and twigs with pieces of green blackberry leaves.
-Dry leaves smell of cream and maple syrup. Tea liquor aroma is of heavy cream with a hint of berry sweetness.
-Tea liquor is a clear dark reddish brown color.
-Juicy blackberry flavor with a sweet cream finish. Strong blackberry and vanilla aftertaste that lingers. Delicious malty undertones.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Excellent tea. Perfect blackberry and cream flavor with a note of maltiness.

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oooh! Sounds like a good blackberry blend. Must go on shopping list to try!


Ooooh, I ordered some of this. I can’t wait for it to arrive!


I’ll have to try Adagio’s Cream since Adagio & cream teas are some of my favorites on their own. :D

Josie Jade

I really liked this one, hope you do too. And Tea Sipper, Adagio’s cream is definitely worth a try! I like cream teas a lot too :)


This is on my wish list for the name alone!


Haha. It’s half the reason I bought it, truth be told. That and TARDIS – I got someone on Steepster in the US to order both of those for me and send them to me in Canada just so I could finally get my hands on it.

Josie Jade

I loved the name, too! Glad the tea was awesome also! :)

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i feel tired and nervous and wrong. off and wrong and i want to go lay in bed and be sullen. i oversteeped this tea but the berries and vanilla are still there. thank you thank you. i want this tea to comfort me. but it might be too tall of an order on such an overcast and drizzly day.
(i think i’m just too hungry and tired and it’s making me feel wrong. i ran 14 miles this weekend,didn’t eat enough last night to fuel my tired muscles, and stayed up until 1:30am because i made lunches for the week and tried to paint our renovated bathroom too late. also i’m out of my protein powder.)


So sorry to hear it’s been a rough morning. I think you need a little Mr. Darcy or Edward Ferrars to cheer your day up.

Hope this helps :)


Well, the Darcy one sure helped me!


me too! it helped me too! omg magic!
and then it led to this one


So glad it helped!! Love Emma! Jonny Lee Miller is awesome as Mr. Knightley and Mr. Holmes :)


Hahah. The first one was great but I was like OMG this is taking forever to get started and saw someone’s comment about how this was ‘the longest walk’ ever and that cheered me up.

I totally need to watch P&P sometime again soon. But which version? :O


i know it’s not many peoples favorite but i didn’t read the books so i really like the 2007 Persuasion. it’s one of the most beautiful cinematography versions for my taste.

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2005 tasting notes

Beware! This tea will give you an uncontrollable urge to read Little Women!

(Just kidding. Sorta. I’m itching to go blow dust off my copy right now.)

Thanks to SimplyJen, I have just been introduced to what could be one of my favorite fruit teas ever! I’m getting more of a blueberry scent and taste than blackberry, but the cream/vanilla punctuation makes this really outstanding.

Hoping I can muster up the self-control to ration enough of this to try a small batch chilled.


Incidentally, I am aware that Jane Austen had nothing to do with Little Women. You read your favorites, I’ll read mine :)


I know what you mean! Downloaded a few
of her books to my Kindle after my first cup.


He hee – I got that urge recently after finding a copy at my local used book store – can’t figure out where my childhood copy got to. I really enjoyed reading it, and found it much more…tumultuous than I remembered! :)


Oh good.. I was a little worried about the Little Women comment : )

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Backlogging from yesterday.

Hubby stayed home yesterday, so I used the free babysitting to do my grocery shopping in peace. Coming home I knew I needed a cup of tea, and offered to make some for him as well. I’m determined to get him to a point of asking for tea, rather than me needing to ask him. He said he wanted “something fruity or sweet.” This fit the bill. I made three cups’ worth and we had the first two, but I made myself wait until I finished cleaning the kitchen before I let myself have the last cup. Now there’s some motivation!

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I realize I might be in the minority here. This particular blend did not make it into my home because I love, like or even really know much of the work Jane Austen has produced. I’m not a literary buff, let alone much of a novel-reader. Sadly, I just don’t have the attention span. I do love a good blend and if it combines vanilla, cream and some kind of fruit, I’m in!

Second tea of the day and I’m hoping for better results.

The leaf smells promising – My nose is quite happy with the blackberry and creaminess of vanilla. Yum! I already have plans to dirty up this blend, latte style.

Brewed up the regular black tea route (boiling, 3 minute steep), using 4 tsp. for 8oz. I know I used quite a bit of leaf, but I do plan on putting half and half and simple syrup in it. I did taste it pre additives. It’s quite bitter, but not in a spine-tingling way. The blackberry is less noticeable, but the creaminess is still there. I imagine I’d like this without the additions, but with less leaf.

Post additives, it’s decent. I lost some of the blackberry. It’s still there, but more subtle. The creamer and sweetener added to the creaminess of the tea. This version is really comforting.

Next time I’ll try this a little less dirty…

EDIT: As my latte cools, the blackberry is peeking out more! :D

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