739 Tasting Notes
when i talk about avengers stuff, i call him Steve.
i say “Steve is distressed and resilient and everyone he knew has died.” i say “Steve is such a good man that he can’t be a good soldier.” i say “breakfast burritos are one of Steve’s favorite foods cuz they didn’t have them in 1940 and they are not only delicious but make so much sense!”
mr shmiracles laughs every single time saying he likes how me and the captain are on a first name basis.
if you don’t know anything about the first avenger you probably just think of the suit. it’s garish and flamboyant and overtly patriotic. i agree it’s pretty bleck. but that’s part of the charm. and that suit might be Captain America (blindingly precise strategist and graceful unflinching fighter), but it’s NOT Steve Rogers. Steve Rogers is an immensely caring, sensitive, awkward and stubborn rebel who probably likes a day at the Museum.
i’ve accidentally let it oversteep every time i’ve drank it. and every single time it’s still delicious! this tea doesn’t care at all! it loves the steep! must always oversteep! steep away!
hot spiced apples! drink it plain! it doesn’t need anything!
i would have NEVER assumed i would like this tea as much as i do. and see, THIS is why the fandom blends are good. inspired by my admiration of the patriotic meatball, i bought a tea i would usually breeze right past. and i’m so very happy i did. (i wonder moraiwe is gonna like it just as much.)
i’m gonna make this on the stove with milk and just let it simmer. it’s gonna be heart stopping delicious!
let’s just consider that since Steve spent like over 50 years frozen in ice. and substances like caffeine and alcohol have no effect on him. he probably just drinks tea all year round. at very least he probably drink hot drinks. so duh TEA!
i know it sounds strange, but i didn’t really understand teapots until we were finishing up some home renovations.
i was always like, why would i brew that quantity of ANY tea at one time? i have a hard time drinking 12oz still warm, i could NEVER drink more without it turning chilled.
but when we were renovating and i was staying up late painting walls at all hours, i could brew a full pot and then pour a small cup, drink it, pour a small cup, drink it, pour a small cup, drink it etc etc over a longish period of time and it was usually still hot/warm.
sure there are better methods for all of this. definitely. but at least the teapot isn’t useless haha! and most importantly it is PRETTY. :)
i have the winter tree bubble teapot along with 4 bubble cups. the teapot is fairly thick and has a rubber kind of seal on the lid and these two traits i guess tends to keep the heat in.
i have other teapots that aren’t as insulated that would NEVER keep tea warm, but this one does a pretty good job at least.
and THAT’S when i was like Ohhhhhh I Get It Now.
i’m glad i bought this in my early days of tea fandom. and it’s still in frequent use today.
i don’t own and haven’t drank this tea. YET.
but someone please go to this link on a computer and explain to me WHAT the heck is happening?!?!?!?!
i know these are over priced and that i can get much cheaper and less fancy tea bags from many other places. but i can’t help it! i just LOVE them!
these tea bags are just freakin fun to use!
and i am freakin lazy about cleaning out steepers.
i use teabags to steep everything in my timolinos. (i never use the basket that comes with them) (so ya if you want an extra basket i could probably send you one.)
i also use teabags to steep anything that has candy in it, like sprinkles or tiny candies or whatever. i mean, not every time, but often. cuz i dislike the film it tends to leave on the cup if it’s a tea i drink a lot of.
anyways, you get the idea. i use a steeper basket once in the morning and once in the evening, and basically use teabags on the go or at my desk the entire rest of the day.
there is really something to be said about easy clean-up!
i add a box of 100 teabags to my cart anytime i need to push an order over $50 for free shipping.
my tastebuds have some kind of weird block against this tea i think. every time i’ve tried it i ended up in somesort of uncertain flavors realm.
i’m not even gonna mess with a tasting note really. it was just that confusing. i’m pretty sure this tea is delicious and i don’t trust myself.
thanks to jump62359 for this memorably weird experience!
Bro, that’s right, I’m Team Hawkguy, bro.
i have Hawkeye on my phone lockscreen. i have Hawkeye on my phone wallpaper.
i have digital copies of the all around awesome Fraction comic series as well as the monthly issues and the then compiled editions because i love the art and i love the story and i love agent barton and i love pizza dog. the comic series doesn’t have any huge action battle scenes. very un-comic book like. but what it does have is lots and lots of panels of Clint’s face. usually confused or stressed or bruised or surprised. he’s just a man. a dude. kinda a mess of a dude. he’s all sore muscles and avoiding phone calls and a haphazard yet easy-going landlord that can’t seem to hook-up his own cable connection. he drinks too much coffee and seems to only eat pizza and is bad with all kinds of relationships. he wears a santa hat and watches Dog Cops and fights the mob.
he’s a human dude with a lot of bravery and vulnerability. and despite all the quippy jokes and clowing around this prankster sometimes makes, i’m not sure this blend seems very Clint Barton to me. my Clint is a mix of damaged yet optimistic fuck-up and confident independent killing machine. and the flavors here are bit too bright to express all his complex qualities.
but OBVIOUSLY i have a lot of Hawkeye feeels so i suspect that maybe just maybe my vision is a little muddied.
the gunpowder wasn’t really noticeable in my first cup, and i hope that comes out more in the future. i’ll brew it for longer next time for sure. on the plus side, the lemon grass and coconut flavors make this a very very drinkable tea overall. so i’ll have no problem enjoying the tea itself :)
“Boomerang Arrow, Kate— it comes back to you in the end. Boomerang. Respect it.”
“Why the hell do you need an arrow that comes back to you after you shoot it, Clint?”
“So, in fact … You-you mean …”
“I’m your … … best …”
“Yeah, ’course you are. ’Course you’re my best friend.”
John watches with interest as he takes a long slurping drink of his tea and then swallows.
“Well, how was that?”
i had NO idea i would like this tea this much. seriously no idea.
it has cinnamon in it for heavens sake. so, maybe, just maybe, cinnamon isn’t my problem? or maybe the apples and oranges balance it out nice?
it does have a kinda spiced cider flavor to it almost.
i’m really surprised.
it’s like this strange balance between fruity and dry, and maybe even a tad idea of salty? probably the puerh.
it’s definitely a weird kind of tea. not normal. and after reading my reviews for over a year you probably know right away that that’s why i respond to it. i like it weird. beautiful things are usually a little lopsided. i like the flaws and imperfections. or as Frances Ha said, “I like things that look like mistakes”. that’s where the art and magic of life is.
“The game is something.”
“Yeah, that. That.”
what a light and bright cup! and earthy too!
i’m so glad i bought this. i love black teas most, but i am certainly always searching for a good dazzling green tea with heart. something i can gulp regularly that has weight but isn’t dense.
“What a couple of lightweights. You couldn’t even make it to closing time.”
the flavors in this blend are strong. so i’m not sure how resilient it will be for the long haul. but tonight i brewed it short and sipped it casually. and i enjoyed it’s stoic freshness very much.
perhaps someday i could even try it with a side of limoncello.
“He’s clueing for looks.”
holy crap steepster looks so different! i love it. looove it!
and TAGS!?!? we are working with TAGS NOW?!!! that is so cool. i hope it becomes an awesome and beautiful and messy and poetic world of tag chaos. this is gonna be good :)
but seriously, i’m not really serious enough of a tea drinker to take the time to record the amount of tea i brewed in what amount of water i used. so now i will just proceed with ignoring that part of the review process details along with how i have always ignored the steep time and water temp questions. but HECK am i glad that there are tea drinkers that are patient enough to do this!! so you, yes you! thanks!
this tea IS chocolatey-ish i guess. and it is kinda cinnamon-y i suppose. it’s not bad or anything, it’s actually pretty nice. it’s just also a little flat i think? idk. i’ll drink a cup again soon and re-write this when i feel differently.
thanks as always to jump62359 for this fandom sample!!
“There’s another bedroom upstairs, if you’ll be needing two bedrooms.”
“Of course we’ll be needing two bedrooms.”
“Oh, don’t worry. We get all sorts ‘round here. Mrs. Turner next door’s got married ones.”
i’ll be honest. this cup of tea is really very good.
i’m not sure that the half-a-sample-tin i’m splitting with moraiwe will be enough. it’s basically just assam and almond tea. simple.
and yet it tasted like old quilts and warm cookies. so warming and cozy when i brewed it first thing this morning! maybe i’m extra sensitive and susceptible first thing in the morning, but i’m still looking forward to another cup tomorrow :)
and i’m gonna have it with tea biscuits then too!
finished my sample up as i packed up tea swaps to mail tomorrow. there was something i really liked about this tea and if i keep considering it for weeks to come, which leads to buying some of my own or at least getting more in a swap, i wouldn’t be surprised.