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1397 Tasting Notes


I chose this because Hannibal is on again tonight, and I would be an easy sipdown before passing the rest to Sil, but…

but then I turned on my computer and got my notification from DAVIDsTEA. My tea is outside the house! So this will be the last cup I drink in my fall leaves cup!

Now that I’ve unpacked it, I have to say that the color changing thing is a little weird. Maybe I would have liked the Perfect Mug more? It basically looks like the whales are stickers just stuck on top of the lid. I can even see a bit of white lining the sticker on the whale that’s on the mug! (http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=2hdpgde&s=8) Maybe that’s just how it works with the changing color mugs? And I never noticed because my Fall leaves cup had delicate lines every where so they felt like they were actually part of the mug? Either way. I’m not disappointed yet. For the most part, my leaves are in tact, so I’m sure I can care for my whales.


Oh, also, Hannibal… This is an odd tea. I actually don’t like it at first but I do after a few sips. It’s just spicy and surprising. I can taste the pomegranate, ginger, and the cinnamon mostly.. A lot of cinnamon. And that’s surprising.

I wonder why the blender chose Cinnamon? Is that muskiness going to be the last thing you smell before he kills you? Hmmm…

(sipdown 190 – woah what happened to getting to 150? lol)


omg your tea is here! I can’t wait to read reviews. Also, I’m glad you love your whale mug. I’m scared of the colour-changing ones because I somehow managed to wreck my Christmas one and am still really annoyed about that. But omg yes mugs and tea!


That’s fast, right? I can’t believe it! My original plan was to go to the store on the weekend and buy some then, but that depends on us having time to go out there. I really didn’t expect to get my order now! :O

Part of me wishes I’d grabbed the Perfect Mug version so that I could have the whale inside the mug and not worry about tacky stickers falling off or something, but… I love the dark blue of this. It’ll be fine. I’ll be happy once I commit and use it. :D I can’t wait to read your reviews too! We need some nice fresh spring teas to get out of this winter funk!


Oh yeah, you’ll love your mug! I’m so glad you’ve opened it. I, like, keep on walking past my new mug and going over to feel the box, but you know how it is: once it’s open it’s open,and you can only open it once and I can’t decide which tea to have in it first and aaahh


Hahaha. I bet the longer you let it sit there, the more pressure you’ll have to break it in with the perfect tea.

Just drink Queen Catherine. :P

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I nearly reviewed the wrong Will Graham tea! I was very confused why it said it was all decaf. I thought I had been tricked! :O

But this is most definitely not decaf. This IS my Will Graham. This is the cup for frazzled shaking hands in search of something to steady them.

Lala So fitting that this is Will Graham tea and you were confused and felt tricked. Ha ha. True to character.

Hahaha. Yes – that’s a very good point. :D

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Here’s a nice easy, afternoon sipdown! (186)
I may have under-steeped it, but I’m still being cautious about eating. >:|
This is a rather nice gentle tea though, orange cinnamon, but maybe, I think maybe, I can taste some white tea under there. And that’s rather impressive.

Thanks OMGsrsly for passing this on to me in December! :P


You’re welcome! Hope you feel even better tomorrow.


Thanks! I feel much better. I’m even eating chocolate. Bwahaha.

Sami Kelsh

Eating chocolate is always a good sign! snuggle

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drank Infinite Good Feeling by RiverTea
1397 tasting notes

Well after dealing with some really terrible food poisoning, I can REALLY go for some “Infinite Good Feeling!”

And this tea really delivers. I was worried about the hibiscus, but I have no problem with it. Each sip is slightly tart, and super sweet, with strong raspberry notes, followed by a lingering creamy vanilla. It’s really delicious. I used my entire sample in my 24 oz mason jug which is great for now, but I wish I’d left some to try iced. I suspect I would drink gallons of this in the summer, and I could share it with the kiddo too!

I’m really happy I gave this sample a try – I wasn’t that sure I’d enjoy it.
(sipdown 186)

205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

Oh no! I’m glad you’re over the food poisoning though.


If there’s anything to make you want to rip your stomach out with your bare hands, food poisoning is it!


Also…hell yeah, mason jar!


Now I’ll be thinking about bare handed stomach ripping LOL


LOL. There’s wasn’t much of that. (thx for the visual!) Just me being super pathetic and afraid to move. I think I lay on my bed for 14 hours yesterday? After waking up every hour that night? I don’t wish it on anyone.

This tea though, yes. I would share it if I had more. :D

Sami Kelsh

That is genuinely the best name for a tea. I want to hug it.


I totally agree Sami! I had to buy it for that name alone!

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drank Chai On Life by DAVIDsTEA
1397 tasting notes

So I haven’t had tea since Sunday! :O What the heck?
I’ve been sick. So terribly sick. I just started eating again too, but this seemed like a good cup to ease back into things with. It’s low caffeine so it won’t upset my stomach, but it should have a little bit to avoid withdrawal :P I under-steeped it a little to make sure it wasn’t too spicy.

Yay for being able to drink again! :D

Also the little bear is sick (again? Holy man, do kids stop being sick???) so we’re watching non-stop cartoons today, and listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-GLuydiMe4


Oh no. I hope you guys feel better soon!


Sorry you’ve been sick. :-(

Kids are such little incubators. I wasn’t sick for years, then after having kids I started getting sick several times a year from the gunk they brought home from daycare. The good news is there’s a big drop off on the sickness front when they get old enough to stop putting everything in their mouths. ;-) Then there’s another drop off when they learn about handwashing and it’s even better when the school enforces handwashing. The year of the big H1N1 outbreak we didn’t get sick at all because the kids were washing hands all the time at school.


Well… that’s encouraging! She’s so little that she runs away whenever I try to wipe her nose, and then she just tries to smear it on EVERYTHING. It’s so gross. I want to burn the house down. :O But I’m sure it’ll get better once she learns to blow. I’m just lucky that I can miss work the way I have been each time she gets sick!

And thx!


Oh geez, it seems like you’ve been sick all winter! I hope you feel better soon.


Feel better!


And yeah, I feel like I’m always complaining about being sick. :O :O :O Seems like we are all taking turns. And, enough!

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Mmmm. The perfect remedy to an upset stomach. At least it seems to be helping.

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I couldn’t place it at first, but I definitely smell and taste the rose in my first impression. That would be Sansa then.

After, I taste black tea with cherries and something rich, and a tiny little bit of hibiscus. The Hound.

It pulls together quite nicely actually. It makes me think of spices that aren’t listed in the ingredients: it’s earthier, but also tart and sweet. I think it’s the Ceylon Sonata. I like it! Each sip is complicated, but it’s actually not muddy – it flows between the different notes quite nicely, possibly because the rose is so distinct that I can focus there and go on to the rest.

Ok, non-tea related blabs:
I actually had a Game of Thrones sitting on my book shelf for at least 6 years before the HBO show even aired, and I never cracked it open. I just read the back and kept thinking, huh, politics, and skipped it. WHAT AN IDIOT.

I really enjoy the books, and I like being able to watch the show (and read the comics too! Ha. I have those as well). It’s interesting to see how each medium presents the story slightly different, and how the characters are portrayed. I’ve been trying to read the books so that I’m caught up to the TV show at least, but I’m also trying to do it slow because I don’t want to hit book 5 and not be able to move onto the next.

Sometimes I felt bad that all the fanfic I consume (and book length at that!) means that I can go months at a time without cracking open a ‘real’ book, but whatever. I really need to get back into the 3rd book of ASOIAF though!!! Esp since the next season will air soon and I don’t want to be caught off guard by any more Red Wedding crap. (Cuz yes, I take it as certainty that there will be more terrible deaths by the end of it… Just plz not Arya, Bran, Jon or Tyrion….. Damn. That’s too big a list. I can’t assume they’ll all live. :()

And the rest of this is off to Sil! I hope she likes it.

1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I just hope GRRM actually writes the rest before the TV show catches up. I wouldn’t want to have that sort of pressure, that’s for sure.


My whole family is obsessed with the show/books. I just can’t get into them. :/ Also, GRRM will kill anyone. It’s like he rolls a dice and then just works it into the plot. “If the character gets an odd number, they die!”

Sami Kelsh

I know just enough about Game of Thrones to be really upset by the prospect of any of the characters I like dying, which is why I’ve stopped keeping up with it, so I can pretend that they live happily ever after and they’re all best friends and nothing bad ever happens to them. My little world is a much better place.


Watching the Red Wedding, having already read the books, with people who had no idea what was coming was one of the greatest experiences. It was absolutely hilarious especially given most of them didn’t even think it was necessary to show that particular wedding because it was not between main characters :P.

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So I wasn’t sure what to think of the first few sips of this, but it has grown on me. I like the spices and the ginger. It seems like a brooding brew to me, but there’s definitely that bigger on the inside aspect as the spices gives you more than you would initially expect. I have a feeling that this will be like the CaraM Tardis blend and I’ll find myself thinking about it months later…

I love the idea of the TARDIS as a giant balloon too.
OK, well this is going to Sil!

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I was getting a little worried about the number of Adagio teas I grabbed, and how they sorta all run together in my head when I try to remember which tastes like what, but this one grabbed me on the first sip.

It’s just so utterly green! (And maybe a little black?) It tastes like peppermint chai, which is interesting, but also good.

I don’t know that I’d restock it but I’m happy Aun-Juli gave this to me as an extra! I’ll pass the rest on to Sil. :D (bc her cupboard needs it!)

Sipdown (186)


Lol my cupboard SOooooo doesn’t need it, but I DO love me some new teas!


Come on, sil…SHINY SHINY! :P

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Strange! I thought this was a white, instead of a green. It’s an odd green. I’m not sure what I think. I taste ginger, and I keep thinking there’s grapefruit lurking somewhere along…

This tea is starting to grow on me though.
It will grow on everyone, and then soon it will grow on everyone. Everywhere.

But seriously, I had expected this tea to draw me in with velvet notes, and wrap around me and hypnotize me … I suppose it makes sense that it doesn’t because that’s Cecil’s radio persona. His off-air persona wears his best tunic and furry pants on a date. ;p

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Tea: I just started drinking loose tea in the fall of 2012, and once I started I had to get more and more and try ALL THE TEAS. Joining Steepster made this worse/easier.

So far it seems that I prefer unflavoured black teas, although I still drink a few that are flavoured each day too. Oolongs, greens, puerhs and white teas are all very good, but I just don’t crave them as often.


Me: Ok. Random things. I like animals, I have a baby girl and a devoted bf, and … I’m a geek. I like Lord of the Rings, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Supernatural, pen&paper RPG’s, online RPG’s, video games, silly internet memes, puzzles and a bunch of others things! I taught myself to knit and I’m considering crochet but I need to make time for all these things!

1-50: Bleh.
51-64: It’s ok.
65-75: It’s good.
76-85: It’s very good. (Buy 1oz+)
86-100: Amazing. (ALWAYS re-stock)


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