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drank Krampus Brew by Handmade Tea
148 tasting notes

I am still in love with this. Not much more to say about it except I wish it was available FOREVER and I am almost out. But, I do have what I think is a funny story for my fellow steepsters about me, my tea thermos, and OMG GERMS.

We can’t have any food or drinks inside the department of the library where I work. The materials we have are too old/valuable and it’s one of those things where no one ever thinks they will spill but then they do, and holy crap that 400 year old copy of Dante’s Inferno is ruined. So right outside our double doors we have a little table where people can set their drinks or snacks. Last Friday I was working on foldering old newspaper clippings when I spotted a man lurking just outside the door. I looked up from my work and realized that he was touching my tea thermos. And not just touching it, but unscrewing the lid, looking inside, etc.
I should note at this point that I can be a real neat freak, and I am most definitely not okay with random strangers touching things that go near my mouth. So basically I was screaming on the inside at this point, but I managed to compose myself, got up and opened the door. I asked him, “Can I help you?”
He looked at me, then back to our various thermoses and drinks on the little table and said “Is all this trash?”
I said something like “No, it’s not trash, these belong to the people who work here. That is my thermos.”
Now I THOUGHT at that point he would buy a clue and put it down. But nooo. Instead he says “Oh”, and continues playing with the lid and looking inside. “Is this a tea thermos or something?”
I said “Yes. It’s MINE,” in my most notsubtle-ohmygosh-stoptouchingmystuff voice.
At that point he finally put the lid back on, set it back down and said “Oh okay. Have a good night.”
Steepsters. I had to soak that thermos in so much hot water you would not even believe it. DEFILED.

Sil

Lol I shouldn’t laugh but just thought of this interaction really makes me chuckle. Some people!

Claire

It’s okay to laugh, I thought it was funny after the fact! I told my aunt (raised me for most of my life) about it over the weekend, and she was laughing so hard she was crying. Probably because she knows me well enough to know how much I was FREAKING OUT.

Invader Zim

For some reason Jeff Dunham’s act with Achmed when Achmed yells “Stop touching me!” was going through my head! Only “stop touching my stuff” instead of me!

Miss Starfish

Oh dear! Perhaps for next time? “Dude, just step away from the thermos and no one gets hurt. I know all about papercuts, trust me, you don’t want that world of pain brought down on you.”

Claire

Oh man Miss Starfish, I get so many papercuts at work, he’d better watch out! ;)
Invader Zim – It was at all socially appropriate to yell that at him, I probably would have.

Kittenna

Uh….. that would probably bother me to the point of not having a thermos at work again. I’m always concerned with thoughts of people slipping things into my drinks….

Claire

Kittenna – For now we moved the table so it’s more easily visible while we’re inside. The problem is if I don’t bring a drink I’m stuck with using the water fountain.

Kittenna

Yeah. I’m usually in a similar situation; food/drink are not allowed in the lab, and I’m wary of leaving things outside the door! So I am bad sometimes and keep my thermoses tucked in my backpack (which I’m also technically not supposed to have with me). I still go out of the lab to drink, but feel waaaaay safer. I’m guessing that that isn’t an option for you :(

Claire

Kittenna – yeah, it wouldn’t be good if I told other people the rules and then they saw me break them. ;)

Earl Jeff

Lol wow. What a sheister, that man….. :P Boundaries, anyone?

That tea sounds delicious, by the way. I am currently lamenting its recent unavailability. :(

Michelle Butler Hallett

Oh my GAWD! I’d be freaking out, too!

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Sil

Lol I shouldn’t laugh but just thought of this interaction really makes me chuckle. Some people!

Claire

It’s okay to laugh, I thought it was funny after the fact! I told my aunt (raised me for most of my life) about it over the weekend, and she was laughing so hard she was crying. Probably because she knows me well enough to know how much I was FREAKING OUT.

Invader Zim

For some reason Jeff Dunham’s act with Achmed when Achmed yells “Stop touching me!” was going through my head! Only “stop touching my stuff” instead of me!

Miss Starfish

Oh dear! Perhaps for next time? “Dude, just step away from the thermos and no one gets hurt. I know all about papercuts, trust me, you don’t want that world of pain brought down on you.”

Claire

Oh man Miss Starfish, I get so many papercuts at work, he’d better watch out! ;)
Invader Zim – It was at all socially appropriate to yell that at him, I probably would have.

Kittenna

Uh….. that would probably bother me to the point of not having a thermos at work again. I’m always concerned with thoughts of people slipping things into my drinks….

Claire

Kittenna – For now we moved the table so it’s more easily visible while we’re inside. The problem is if I don’t bring a drink I’m stuck with using the water fountain.

Kittenna

Yeah. I’m usually in a similar situation; food/drink are not allowed in the lab, and I’m wary of leaving things outside the door! So I am bad sometimes and keep my thermoses tucked in my backpack (which I’m also technically not supposed to have with me). I still go out of the lab to drink, but feel waaaaay safer. I’m guessing that that isn’t an option for you :(

Claire

Kittenna – yeah, it wouldn’t be good if I told other people the rules and then they saw me break them. ;)

Earl Jeff

Lol wow. What a sheister, that man….. :P Boundaries, anyone?

That tea sounds delicious, by the way. I am currently lamenting its recent unavailability. :(

Michelle Butler Hallett

Oh my GAWD! I’d be freaking out, too!

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I mostly drink straight tea, and some of my favorites are green teas and oolongs. I almost always have some sencha and tieguanyin in my tea cupboard (and if I run out, awesome, an excuse to buy tea). I do like some flavored teas, but can’t stand really sugary stuff so if it’s very sweet I probably won’t like it. I can’t drink milk so all my reviews are of tea without milk and sugar!
I’ve been getting into puerh the last few months.

Outside of Steepster I’m an English Lit major, and will FINALLY be graduating after the Fall 2013 semester. After that I plan on applying for graduate school to obtain a Master’s in Library Science. Currently I work as a student assistant in the Archives and Special Collections department of my school’s library.
I also like reading (of course) and playing video games when I have time for them.

I’m happy to send samples to anyone in the US or Canada. Just ask. :)

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San Francisco, CA

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