1681 Tasting Notes

drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
1681 tasting notes

I love this tea! It’s such a great tea for a really busy but awesome day.

Some of you know I work at a special makeup effects shop. Well they need to make a toddler for a tv show and I volunteered my child as a model to make the mold. So we set up a swimming pool, filled it with toys, and then spread warm goop all over her (arms, legs, whatever we could get a hold of) and then distracted the heck out of her so she wouldn’t move while it set. And it worked! Who know a 23 m.o. could be so still! :D I can’t wait to see how the molds turn out and how the finished toddler looks. :D

(So that’s why I haven’t been logging today. It’s been a long busy day)


Your job sounds super fun :-)


That is so hilarious! Glad she was able to be still. :)


It is! Some days definitely more than others! :D
I just got this picture of the first results: https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=488591CF5D9E872AAHSUEl5REszhWP0&v=3&ithint=photo%2c.jpg


Wow, that is awesome! The little hands are so cute! I really wanted to go to special effects school in LA for a while, but I never ended up making it happen. So what worked to distract her so thoroughly? I’m about to fly with my little one and could use any suggestions to distract!


We had a few strategies – new toys, gumky candy, people to talk to her and distract her, and my tablet with Kung Fu Pands. I’m not sure that’d work for your flight, but I wish you the best of luck on your flight!


You work at a special makeup effects shop!? So cool!
Hubby and I are obsessed with watching Face Off, it’s so my dream job!


Just saw the pic, awesome! How did you get into a job like that?


Thanks! And it was mostly luck. I have a lot of history with Admin/Office Manager roles and my sister-in-law works at a shop that needed an Office Manager. So she gave me a recommendation and I was in after a short interview. I don’t do any of the hands-on stuff – I just order supplies, clean-up, make sure we get paid, and I had to create the website (http://www.mindwarpfx.com/)

I think if you’re trying to be a special fx technician you have to go to school for it? There a one-year course in Toronto, but I don’t know the name of the school. Seems like a lot of people do that, then get hired as an intern to get experience, and then it’s’ ALL about reputation and word of mouth to get recommended for other jobs.

It’s really cool what they do, but it’s not at all a lifestyle I’d like. With the Hannibal tv show we had 2 weeks at most to build everything for each episode and that lead to a lot of days where those guys worked 24 hour days, or only had 5 hours sleep total over several days. No thank you! And it’s all contract so you don’t have as much stability as you would elsewhere. But you get to create the best stuff so that is such a huge plus!


You got to see them work on stuff for Hannibal? Awesome!

Yeah I know the reality of it isn’t glamorous but it sure is cool :)
Sounds like you have a good view from your position!


It is always nice to get a reality check on “dream” jobs that never came to fruition, so thanks for that! I don’t think I’d like that schedule or the instability. I have been a body piercer by trade for a long time and the unstable income gets tiring after a while.


It is really cool. :) I even got to go check out the set for Hannibal, although most of it was locked up so I didn’t get any pictures. :| Hopefully we get Season3 and then i will. hahaha.

Yeah, it’s a tricky one. If you’re the type of person that just wants to work until the job is done, then it’s the perfect industry for you. I was very clear that I need to be 9-5 for my role and they were happy with that so it worked out extremely well!


(And I’m so freaking obsessed with Hannibal. Was before I started on the job! haha)


If I move to Toronto can you get me a job as your assistant?
Lol I will make you tea alllll day long ;)


Oh that looks so awesome! I have a friend who’s in specialFX, and it’s a long hard slog for new artists. She’s done a bunch of internships, worked on a few movies, but it’s so hard to find work. Especially if you move cities. It is ALL about networking.

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drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
1681 tasting notes

Sad. I’m not getting much bacon to this – just a little bit of maple. Definitely NOT enough maple. I should try again with a longer steep!

Thanks MissB for letting me try it.



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So, no one has reviewed this yet? Oh. No pressure then…

It’s a really nice black tea, but that’s to be expected. I haven’t been disappointed by a Hugo tea yet. Unfortunately I’m tired and will probably need to drink this AND the resteep before I’m awake enough to properly review it. It’s a little sweet. A little fruity. I think there’s the slightest hint of smoke too.

C’mon brain – wake up! (I’ll be back to update this)

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Oooh, this is rather nice. I forget how good a chai can be, especially with a bit of milk to tone down the cinnamon!

Thanks MissB for sending so much of this along!

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drank Cider Guayusa by Butiki Teas
1681 tasting notes

I grabbed a cup of this from the MTTB because I’d never had it and was curious about the guayusa. Guayusa… I wonder if I’m saying it right? :P

This basically tastes very apple cidery and it’s delicious! Buttery golden apples and sweetness. It’s a great cup for a rainy miserable day like today. (Why did I wear sandals? I should have looked harder for socks for shoes…)

Roswell Strange

I love this one :)


Sandals! You’re wishful thinking :)

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drank Momoko by Lupicia
1681 tasting notes

Thank you Sil for sharing this sample with me! (170)
It’s a nice light tea – peach and vanilla as described.
It’s strange, but I think I’d like it more if it were all peach or all vanilla, but with both I feel like the flavours are too muted. It’s probably just me though!

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drank Tiramisu Oolong by 52teas
1681 tasting notes

Hmmm. I’m not having much luck with 52 Teas lately. This one tastes mostly like a buttery oolong. I’m not getting anything else from it, but I appreciate Roswell Strange letting me try some of it!

Thanks! (172)

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So dopey today. Ugh. I almost feel like I get more done on week days than weeekends because one day is blitz chores/shopping and the other day is our roleplaying game which takes the entire day.

I was sad earlier because I thought I was out of wake me up mate teas, and then I remember I had all the Night Vale teas!

How do you know when you have too much tea? I’ve figured it out – when you can’t remember how each one tastes! So that means I have too much and need to drink more. All these NV ones blend together.


oooor…you have too many adagio teas :P


Ah, the Apache Tracker, valiant saver of Carlos: “Can you believe this guy said he used ‘Indian magics’? What an asshole.”


Hahah. What an asshole, indeed..

And maybe I do, Sil. Maybe I do.
(I just checked – I have 25 – not too bad? It’s gone down a bit)


Cavo…yes but at its peak you had like 80? giggling


:P Yeah. Something like that! /0\ Figures all my adagio swaps would arrive together!

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drank Berber by Tay Tea
1681 tasting notes

This was a surprise tea, but I like it. It’s what it promises to be – spearmint and green tea and a little gunpowder. Good! (I’m just so tired today – I don’t have words)

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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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