1763 Tasting Notes

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drank Ceylon Pekoe by Tea At Sea
1763 tasting notes

This was my first free sample from Tea At Sea! I’m happy they are providing us a chance to review their teas, and I adore the packaging these came in. The little cork boat was an awesome add-in too!

I only asked for 2 samples, and they snuck in a third. So they get bonus points there!

Now I thought I’d try this a tea that’s not too challenging, and I was right. This is a nice pekoe, but doesn’t seem to have a lot of depth. I’m enjoying it but I’m not lingering over every sip. I would drink it if I had it around though!

I’m far more excited about the other two samples though, and this one doesn’t disappoint. I just want the other ones more. :D

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Huh. To be honest I didn’t expect to like this because I’ve had bad luck with cheesecake flavoured tea, because… how do you do that? It’s a subtle thing to recreate!

But this worked! It was light and fluffy and creamy and tasted a little sweet and a little like irish cream.

I’m happy I was able to snag this from ShadowFall!

Preparation
1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Tabby

How do you bold text now?

Kaylee

asterisks, same as always
i.e. * bold * (without the spaces)

Tabby

Weird, it didn’t work for me when I tried it right after the update.

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And another sipdown! (180)
This one is ok, but I won’t buy it again. I’m done with Teavana. You lost me because you didn’t care enough about me. :P

But it’s time for bed. Today was a success! I kicked butt at work, I fixed my de-DRM plugins for Calibre, I converted some fic, I updated some pins, I read some awesome fic, drank some tea, read mostly everyone’s logs, rearranged my tea cupboard, took pics to prove it, decided not to post them, watched a movie with J and did a load of laundry and tons of dishes.

NOT BAD. And if I go to sleep right now I’ll almost get 7 hours sleep.
Challenge: accepted.

I’m not going to talk about this tea though because it’s an oily mess and Teavana is awful.

But here’s a pic of the cute samples from Tea-At-Sea: http://oi58.tinypic.com/14ay6tc.jpg

Stephanie

Those are cute samples!

Cavocorax

I know! So adorable.

carol who

Do you want to have a sailboat race? I’m not sure what to do with mine but it’s almost too cute to throw away. :D

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Mmmm. Thank you MissB for giving me some of this! The first cup was unremarkable, but I added a dash of millk to the second and now I am enjoying this!

I haven’t really had any Gingerbread black teas (that I know of?) but this is much better than the Rooibos I had from DT.

Thank you for letting me try it! :D I would definitely drink more of this so long as I can add a little milk to it!

(sipdown – 183)

Preparation
2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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(SHERLOCK SPOILERS OMG YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED)
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Did you? DID YOU MISS ME? DID YOU?!?!?!

So I sorta found this tea right after I watched the Sherlock 3 finale. As in, I was browsing the Adagio site like 2 days after. I didn’t stand a chance. I wanted it.

This blend is much better than I expected. It says GINGERx3. I usually only want GINGERx1. And there’s all these sour parts but it works. It’s not obnoxiously strong. Strangely enough, it’s almost endearing. The cinnamon adds a bit of charm to the mix, while the chai complicates everything. Smoldering, dark, brilliant…

And, with all that ginger in it, this tea lingers long after the last sip.

DID YOU MISS ME?
(this tea doesn’t give you a chance to)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Hello.Kiki

I just had a cup of the Moriarty blend, and holy ginger! I can’t even imagine what GINGERx3 would be like! O.o I do love the idea of the fandom blends though :)

Mercuryhime

That was quite a final episode wasn’t it? :)

Cavocorax

I think the ginger in this was toned down because of the recommended low temperature/short steep time. I could enjoy it! (And that was unexpected).

And that last episode was so good! I was on live-tweeting it to… well myself mostly, and I just couldn’t help but exclaim at EVERYTHING. Like Mary? WTF? And the whole mind palace scene; there’s Molly being awesome and trying to smarten Sherlock up and he has his dog and… Moriarty is chained up? And he can’t bear to think about John because it was MARY that shot him and everything is twisted around… It was such a great scene. And Magnusson was such a terrible person that you instantly hated. Well done.

I just really want to know what’s going on with Mary. I’m very protective of John (and Sherlock). :| Especially because it doesn’t really make sense that she was not trying to kill Sherlock when she shot him because he really nearly died!

I AM looking forward to a year (hopefully not too much more) of fic fleshing everything out and exploring all the angles.

And yes. What’s going on with Moriarty? I just assumed it was a set up that Sherlock’s new buddy (forgot his name, the drug addict guy?) set up as a way to get Sherlock off the hook, but that seems too easy…

OMGsrsly

Eee!!! Ginger! Also, live-tweeting to me. LOL. I still haven’t watched it. I feel like a terrible fan.

Cavocorax

Hahah. I tried not to be spoil anything with my tweets – there was just a lot of emotin and surprise!

And nope. Not a terrible fan. There’s all sorts of reasons to hesistate before finishing the last available episode of any series. I stalled for 6 months on Doctor Who…

OMGsrsly

I just stalled out part way into the second episode because Sherlock was being SUCH a jerk! I’ve heard the last episode is better, but do you think I could skip the second?

Shmiracles

i keep reading and re-reading what OMGsrsly just wrote, but, i just can’t seem to understand the sentence…

OMGsrsly

Shmiracles, Jeremy Brett is the Sherlock Holmes of my heart. New Sherlock is verging on abusive.

Shmiracles

oh snap i totally get it i luv Granada too! (and remember when jude law showed up in that one ep? i made everyone in my house witness it haha) but sherlock is always kinda, well, verging on arrogant at times isn’t he? and John is so stubborn and admittedly has weird boundaries when it comes to sherlock and at the same time he’s a total BAMF and can totes take care of himself. so ya know, big boys playing rough. but i also have SO MUCH faith in the writers so i always assume that if i’m uncomfortable there’s a good reason.

i also realized i’m assuming you mean ep 3.2? but maybe you mean 1.2?
but if you do mean 3.2 then keep watching! cuz there are some amazingly moving scenes in that one between Sherl & John. definitely.

but none of this matters!
because there is a Sherlock for everyone. and you’ve found yours! and Jeremy Brett is so SO beautiful. (when i was watching the series i would literally pause netflix just so i could open it on my phone and take screenshots shhhh.) (did you happen to read any of the books about him? i’ve always been curious…)

OMGsrsly

I mean 3.2! I want to watch it. Want want want. But yeah… swoon Jeremy Brett. I haven’t read any books about him, but I did some cursory internet research at one point. I need to start reading more than just fanfic again. Maybe. :)

OMGsrsly

Damn, I need to get a bigger HD for my computer so I can more easily watch my old shows. Right now I have to transfer them one by one from my ooooold external HD.

Mercuryhime

Cavocorax, I totally agree with the confusion over Mary shooting Sherlock. He actually did die. The doctors were cleaning up shop cause they gave up on him and then his eyes opened again cause John. OMG. I think my heart stopped for that whole part from shot to eyes opening.
Anyway, if she didn’t mean to kill him, she could have done something different. I mean…she just basically wanted to buy time to convince him not to tell John her secret…without killing him? She must realize it’s inevitable considering how close they are so…was shooting him really necessary?
I do believe she would never hurt John physically, but will she continue to lie to him to protect him from the worst of her past? Sherlock was worth killing once, will she think so again? I want to like Mary, but I’m not sure I trust her.

I also think Moriarty is a trick. He can’t be alive. No waaaay. So Sherlock comes back now and solves this and then they just forget he murdered a guy (apparently) in cold blood? I guess no one really wants to punish him though…

Anyway!

Mercuryhime

Also, can we talk about the symbolism in Sherlock’s Mind Palace? OMGGGGG.

As for Sherlock being a jerk…well, that’s part of his charm, weird as it sounds.

Cavocorax

Yeah I never understood why she did it. Was it because she didn’t want to shoot Magnussen with John in the building because he’d get caught, but then she needed to deflect everything away? I…. I really don’t understand. Lots of people have good theories on tumblr though.

And Sherlock being a jerk is who he is and I get that but for me I was NOT impressed with the gag at the beginning of 3.2 where Sherlock blew Lestrade’s big case for NO real reason. Yes I get it was supposed to be funny but I LIKE Lestrade and that was just awful. So awful. It took the fun out of things for a little bit.

But everything got better after that part!

OMGsrsly

I also wasn’t impressed that he faked john out with the bomb. :( :( :( But if it gets better, I’ll see about slogging through. I think I need some tea, though. ;)

Cavocorax

Yeah that part was a little rough too, but I can attribute that to him getting used to being around people after being on the run, and tortured and not knowing how to act, especially around John…? Idk…

Once you get past most of the Best Man’s Speech it gets pretty good, and the third is just Amazing. SO AMAZING. I don’t think I was cringy about anything…

Mercuryhime

He didn’t mean that bit with Lestrade. He doesn’t understand how much people actually care about him. The bomb part made me really mad at him though! But I watched it again and I realized that the only way his huge ego would let him beg for forgiveness like that would be to treat it like a joke. But he truly meant everything he said. Still mean but I think John understands why.
Anyway, it’s all amazing. I want to watch them all again.

Cavocorax

I know he didn’t mean that bit with Lestrade but I still cringe when I re-watch that scene. He’s just SO OBLIVIOUS to what anyone else might be doing that could be important.

And Lestrade deserves better. :| Maybe I should just go read that Mystrade fic that Starfevre rec’d.

Also semi-related: I read the Road Trip series on my way to work this morning: http://archiveofourown.org/series/10114
The first 3 parts are HILARIOUS. The fourth, emotional… Still very good!

Cavocorax

I’m watching the Sign of Three again, and Mrs. Hudson is really sorta annoying eh? Or is that just me?

But I just love Molly. She gets better every season.

Cavocorax

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/hvr13wiklc1hjru/-x9p6OfjIW
And here is the already compiled Road Trip series epub/mobi for those who want one file… :P

Mercuryhime

Lestrade really does deserve better. He’s such a lovely person. I’m rooting for a Molly/Lestrade pairing myself. But he’s not enough of a genius sociopath for her maybe. ;)
I do love the way Molly’s character has developed.
Also, stag night FTW!!

Cavocorax

Hahahha. Yes – that stag night was AWESOME.
Thank you for canon sleeping beside each other…

OMGsrsly

You rock! :D Compiled fics FTW!

Cavocorax

Right? Did you figure out how to do it? I found that automatically grabbing the page/link didn’t work so well or A03 – I had to manually select all and paste to make sure I didn’t miss any chapters. :)

OMGsrsly

No, I didn’t figure out how to do it. Haha. Soooo lazy. :) I mostly use it for Tumblr Fics, but the AO3 stuff that is in parts needs to be combined at some point. I DL’d all the fic off my phone, and am sorting it into Calibre today! Whee. :)

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I’m having this again for breakfast, thanks to VariaTEA and I am trying to be productive at work but I have so much I want to do that’s not work-related. /0\

I need to set up Calibre so that it’ll strip DRM off my books again because they are my books dammit and if I paid for them I want them to work on any reader I have.

I want to reformat some of my fanfic so that complete series are bundled together instead of as multipart books that are on my kindle and then I can never remember what order to read them in… They need covers too.

I need to get Sil a list of teas if I want her to pick me up anything in Florida…

I want to find some good music on Soundcloud. I’ve been doing 8tracks for awhile, but I heard this “This is a Trent Reznor Song” https://soundcloud.com/fredscott-1/this-is-a-trent-reznor-song and I LOVE IT. So now I want to see what else I can find…

Oh and I’m at work and I need to find strange things that I can’t talk about because of SPOILERS for Hannibal and I should get on that because… because… I’m getting paid? Right…

Oh and when I get home I need to figure out how to organize all my new samples/teas because they barely fit on my shelf and it looks awful and part of the solution is to start bundling up teas for MissB and Shmiracles!

So. TL:DR Matcha is GREAT and as a follow up to my coffee I am buzzing with energy and I have no idea how to focus on just one thing so I am now listening to NIN really loud until everyone else shows up to the shop.

Sil

I have a list for lupicia, I’m hoping we can get that and Nina’s sorted by the end of the wekend so that I can order them by Monday. That way they will have lots of time to get where they’re going.

Courtney

Haha I always have an ongoing list of things similar – so many things to keep me from what needs to be done. I hope you manage to get a good balance or work and your list done!

Lala

I can’t wait for the new season of Hannibal to start!

Cavocorax

Ok I will TRY to get on it! If not, worst case scenario is I ONLY ask you to get me Nina’s Japon. :P

Thanks Courtney – I was mega productive this morning so I am taking a quick break from work to look at fanfic stuff again. Woohoo. :P Will organize tea tonight to relax. Things are pretty good if these are all the things I’m worried baout.

And Lala – Me too!!! I’ve read the scripts for Episodes 8-10, but I don’t know what happened in the first half of the season at all, and I want to see how the things we are building turned out!

For those that watched the first season – pretty much all the prosthetics were done by our shop, including that massive/terrible totem pole. I’m amazed by what these guys can do.

OMGsrsly

I set up calibre at work to strip DRM from PDFs. It works about 60% of the time. :)

Cavocorax

Sweet! I just set mine up as well (at work!) I’ve never had it not work before though. :)

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Thank you MissB for this sample and the hundred others (not quite) that you managed to stuff into that envelope. Way to raise the standards on our swap. raises eyebrow

No worries. I will send you amazing things in return!

This was a pretty good chocolatey blend. It’s really rich and dark. So dark. Surprisingly dark. I wish the blend had a slightly nicer base to go with the flavouring, but I wouldn’t say no to drinking more of this.

And this is a great start to trying out all my new samples! (My cupboard is up to 181 now…)

Preparation
0 OZ / 0 ML
Sil

i’m at 158! yay! not that it matters given the teas i wil likely have added to my cupboard by march 1 lol

Cavocorax

Hahha. By Mar 1 I should go down a bit since a lot of those are pretty small samples.

Unless…. unless I get you to pick more up for me while you are in Florida. Definitely, 100% want the Nina’s Japon…

Sil

i’m looking at 3 from Nina and maybe 8? from lupicia…. then there’s the 4 from A&D..

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Thank you Shadowfall for letting me try this! So I just read a really entertaining SPN fic where Dean is actually Lucifer and well, that pretty much throws Season 5 and the apocalypse on its side, and I got to work thinking all about Destiel and amazing angel stuff. (It was this one: http://archiveofourown.org/works/556708)

But I didn’t bring my Destiel blend.

I have this.

And you know what? That’s ok. I went months and months just reading all about John and Sherlock, one romancing the other and usually only after a lot of angst and misunderstanding before those two doofuses worked everything out, and then I realized I had overlooked an interesting pair.

YES. The Government and the Inspector. Mycroft IS so much more than appearances would let you believe – that’s part of what he does, is it not? How else can one man be the Government and walk through society without a billion bodyguards as entourage? He’s like John in that he has BAMF-moments that no one expects. But then Lestrade is totally like John too when he is as straightforward as he seems and uncorruptable and utterly loyal. And I’m just making this all up as I go, but what if these two are like different aspects of John? Huh. Anyway, they are both great men who do not seem like they would be a match AT ALL but now they’ve at least shared some screen time so FOLKS IT IS CANON NOW. That’s how it works, right?

And this tea? It’s an interesting mixture that doesn’t work against itself even though it should. It creates something wonderful and amazing, yet understated.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Shmiracles

becuz of reasonz!!!

oddree

Mystrade! Oh goodness… haven’t read this exactly – girl!Lestrade/Mycroft, yes I have. Which is weird, because that’s technically het. But still. As for Destiel, it was the first SPN pairing I really liked… and I’m still making that one up to all my Wincest friends. Hmm I should try some Destiel tea!

Starfevre

I have a couple Mystrade fics in my favourites. I like the pairing.

Cavocorax

I’ve never read any girl!Lestrade – I haven’t delved into genderswap fic much at all… (or yet, because who knows!)

And I am so hooked on Destiel. I’ve put Johnlock aside now for months now! (goodness! But I needed variety)

I haven’t tried any Wincest because I would probably need bit to be somehow believable in order to read it and an afraid of bad wiring if I go in randomly. This was a fun faux-wincest fic: http://archiveofourown.org/works/995919

And have you posted any Mystrade pairings? If not please do so and I’ll meet you in the fanfic thread!!! :p

Sami Kelsh

IT’S CANON, GOSH DARN IT ALL.

I’ve seen all of the Sherlock show, and for some reason have never felt the need to get into the fanfictional side of it, but for some reason Mystrade is like the only pair I’m invested in.

Starfevre

I just got my Season 3 DVDs today!

Cavocorax

Wooo – that’s awesome Starfevre.

And Sami – I never really meant to get into the fanfic side of things but I was curious, and after I read my first amazing story (The Progress of Sherlock Holmes: https://archiveofourown.org/works/173274?view_full_work=true) I was hooked. I loved seeing how peole would interpret the characters in different situations, and reunite them the way they never would in the show.

I totally need to re-read that fic sometime too… Some time when it’s ok if I’m up until 3AM…

Mystrade is so great. I felt pretty bad for Lestrade in Series three though. :(

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VariaTEA gave me a sample of this and I dumped the entire thing into my mason jar! OH YEAH. This is a mason jar tea. I let it steep for 10 minutes and added milk and it is pretty delicious.

Still a little thin, but, it’s not an actual hot chocolate so I’ll do the best with what i have. And this is enjoyable. Not sure I’d want 100g of it, but maybe 50. Thanks for letting me steal your sample!!!

(And I had better get off to bed. I’ll regret staying up in 6.5 hours. DOH)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 5 tsp 25 OZ / 739 ML

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Sometimes you drink a tea sample, and only have enough to enjoy two cups, and then poof! It’s gone. And months go by, and even a year goes by and you’ve had hundreds of cups of different teas in between, and yet, you still find yourself thinking about this cup. This one that got away.

And then you email the company to see about ordering something similar and is there a way to make the shipping to Canada more affordable, and they reply back that they can offer you a custom black tea package deal and throw in that tea that got away since they can see you’re such a huge fan of it…

And it finally arrives!

And the tins are beautifully packaged and the box smells amazing. There’s no question which tea to try first. And it’s just as good as you remember! Your memory doesn’t fail you. Everything is so amazing!!!

(And I highly, highly recommend ordering from Hugo Teas due to their incredible customer service. I did the entire transaction through Facebook and they were very quick/responsive, as well as adding several dashes of humour.)

Flavors: Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Courtney

Tea companies with great customer service and great teas are the best!

OMGsrsly

Oh, that’s so awesome! So glad to hear about another company with superlative customer service. :)

looseTman

Cavocorax, Agreed, Organic Morning’s Journey is excellent and Tyler obviously cares about customer service. Have you also tasted his Full-Steam Black Tea?

Sami Kelsh

This is such a beautiful story. wipes a tear

Cavocorax

I haven’t tried it yet, but I bought it! I told him that I was interested in his tea, but couldn’t see hitting the free shipping threshold due go the limited selection of black teas, and he loaded me up with four different ones. :). Maybe I’ll go back for some non-black teas in the future. I’m just so impressed!

Terri HarpLady

That’s cool!

Cavocorax

:) I feel really lucky! I’m so happy I facebooked them!

TeaTiff

So when you posted pictures of your orders today in the mail thread I had to look. I saw KC, MO and thought man another tea company here in KC I didn’t know about. I am going to have to hunt down where he sells his tea and pick some up. Shang and Hugo in the same city, who would have thought. I am really interested in trying this now.

Cavocorax

I haven’t heard of Shang, but I hope you enjoy Hugo!

Hugo Tea Company

This is all quite wonderful.

If we still carried Morning’s Journey (aside from the heavily guarded private stock), then we’d post this nice bit of prose on the website—but that would be rather rude for everyone who can’t enjoy it like this.

Thanks for the support.

-Tyler

Cavocorax

Awww. I was hoping you wouldn’t mind my review. I can’t wait to dig into the rest!

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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.

Yet.

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!

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