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In some breaking news, the amazing JacquelineM has won the “Courtesy Death Match” that we had going on for a swap. I received her package today and was blown away. Check out these most adorable tins:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rabstea/4629760163/

And those labels? Each one is hand colored and decorated with absolute charm:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rabstea/4629760379/in/photostream/

Yeah, she’s amazing — and the teas she gave me are amazing too. I’m am unworthy! And I’m also apparently dead cuz she won the Death Match. ;)

A&D’s Earl Grey won out as the first tea I selected to try: an Earl Grey sort of fit my mood this afternoon. Oy — this is some yummy tea! It’s subtle and gives me even more warm fuzzies (if the Courtesy Death Match hadn’t already done me in, then the sheer amount of warm fuzziness I’ve had lately would’ve done it. I’d be a warm pile-o-goo).

I think that I like my Rosy Earl Grey more. It’s got a bit more oomph and the Frou-Frou Factor. But this is absolutely lovely. And it has pushed me over the edge to purchase this series as soon as possible. Thank you so much JacquelineM!!!!! TG

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Stephanie

Gorgeous!!! :)

Stephanie

Oh and lol! on the “Courtesy Death Match”! At first I thought this was some sort of online game that I was not privy to, but then I thought oh it’s a variation on “killing with kindness” or something—how cute! Is it?

JacquelineM

I love the way you photographed them!!!

Rabs

@ Stephanie: LOL! I could imagine “Courtesy Death Match” on Adultswim.com, but you’ve got the gist. We were being so uber-polite and considerate (me being particularly hyper-sensitive since it was my first swap) that JacquelineM joked about the “Courtesy Death Match.” Sheer brilliance!

@ JacquelineM: thank you so very much! I wanted to try to do them justice! They’re so pretty that they’re proudly displayed on my bookshelves so that I can easily see them. I had them for about 10 seconds in my cupboard before I had to look at them again, so to the bookcases they went! :D

sophistre

Those are adorable!

AmazonV

Amazingly cute!

malomorgen

aww cute :D love that angel thingy too

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Stephanie

Gorgeous!!! :)

Stephanie

Oh and lol! on the “Courtesy Death Match”! At first I thought this was some sort of online game that I was not privy to, but then I thought oh it’s a variation on “killing with kindness” or something—how cute! Is it?

JacquelineM

I love the way you photographed them!!!

Rabs

@ Stephanie: LOL! I could imagine “Courtesy Death Match” on Adultswim.com, but you’ve got the gist. We were being so uber-polite and considerate (me being particularly hyper-sensitive since it was my first swap) that JacquelineM joked about the “Courtesy Death Match.” Sheer brilliance!

@ JacquelineM: thank you so very much! I wanted to try to do them justice! They’re so pretty that they’re proudly displayed on my bookshelves so that I can easily see them. I had them for about 10 seconds in my cupboard before I had to look at them again, so to the bookcases they went! :D

sophistre

Those are adorable!

AmazonV

Amazingly cute!

malomorgen

aww cute :D love that angel thingy too

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Proud all-around nerd, crafter, and brand-new Assistant Library Director. Give me an engrossing book and a wonderful cup of tea and I’m in heaven.

After being a barista for almost a decade it wasn’t until 2010 that I discovered loose leaf tea. Now I’m hooked.

How I use Steepster has been evolving since I joined. Yes, I use it for my personal “to buy or not to buy” info, but I’m enough of a goofball that I hope it can amuse others more often than not.

I’ve also started to become anal about my tea (times and temps). That’s surprised me. I finally realized that I should respect the leaves like I used to respect the beans. I also take my tea plain unless otherwise noted.

There’s really nothing remarkable or noteworthy of how I rate teas. I do take it a tiny further step to help clarify the muddled middle grounds for myself. TG is a definite repurchase. Anything below that is less and less likely.

TG=Teagasm
NE=Nice Enough
M=Meh
GA=Gods-Awful

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