759 Tasting Notes

what a clever blend.
both sweet and strong at the same time.

i drank this on friday evening, right before leaving work. so i’ll admit it was days ago and i was a bit distracted at the time.
so hopefully i’ll add more notes later when i drink it again soon.

as of yesterday my very good friend has finally started watching Sherlock. she’s only watched the first episode so far…

[text from bff:] did you slowly develop a crush on benedict cumberbatch as you got more into sherlock?

[my response:] you just described everyone who has watched bbc Sherlock. Ever.

[my PS:] what’s martin freeman? chopped liver?!?!?

then i proceeded to send her every picture of martin freeman that’s saved to my phone. (fyi. it’s a lot a pictures. and a lot of dapper suits.)

Sami Kelsh

YAY SALLY! I think I like Sally Donovan more than even the show likes Sally Donovan. I’d watch a show about Sally Donovan.


I think I like Watson & Sherlock equally! I especially loved Watson’s badassery in the last episode. “I know how to sprain your arm, I’m a doctor.”
I REALLY want an Adagio blend based from the last episode’s really weird ostrich/cupid/katana statue they kept showing!


I don’t really get Bandytoots. Watson is my jive for this BBC version. :)

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Cinnamon Vanilla Chai first, with a hint of Almond.
mild and tasty. you know the dark oolongs. easy to drink and drink and drink.
i wanna say nice things about this tea because it is very nice, but i am kinda tasting noted out.

text from Mr Shmiracles:
I had a dream that I was visiting a family and a violent gang led by Ted Danson invaded their house, kidnapped their baby, and locked us in a pig pen.
One of the gang had no arms.

i’m about to walk over to the post office and mail many teas to several people.

a local cafe is celebrating the addition of 8 more taps to their bar tonight, so that’s where i’m gonna be for a little while after work.

yay friday.


The dream is sensational!


Your tasting notes have been great! Ted Danson is always scary in dreams. I can’t believe I have 2 more hours until beer :(

Sami Kelsh

That dream is flipping insane.

(The tea sounds like a nice combo, too.)

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One hell of a butler.

this tea is kinda confusing…

but maybe, for some, so is the idea that a Faustian contract can maybe turn into love.
your soul for all your wishes.

i think it’s going to take a little practice to get the coconut to come out for me. mostly caramel and vanilla is what i taste. i bet cream and sugar will also inspire music and dancing with this tea. the raspberry leaves might be the weird part? but hell, that’s appropriate. Sebastian is a Demon. and he may be reliable, but he’s also unpredictable.
heartless and sadistic and sarcastic.
his demon form might include black wings and high-heeled stiletto boots. duh. just sayin.
he loves cats!
he keeps at least thirteen hidden in his closet to prevent Ciel from finding out.
so ya know he can’t be all that through and through bad.


13 hidden closet cats, yes exactly.


Black Butler is awesome although the manga is still ongoing and the second season of the anime was dissapointing. I’m rewatching it on Netflix :D


Black Butler!

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“Pain tends to heal as time passes, but personally I don’t want time to heal my wounds.
You may think you’ve escaped the pain and forgotten it, but that’s nothing more than stagnation.
You can’t move forward without the pain.”

yes quite the dramatic goth, i know.
(raise your hand if you relentlessly danced to Bauhaus in the early 90’s!)
but the show, Black Butler, so amazingly poetic.
the whole show was poetry of sorts.
… and how often does that happen?

not quite as chocolatey as the description might have you believe. and i kinda drank it really fast before i had to run out the door for work. tea taste fail i knowww.
but this tea is definitely dark in flavor mood. there is no slight upturn on the corners of this tea’s mouth.

i suspect that over-leafing and brewing directly in hot almond milk on the stove with make this tea dominate. i’ll brew it that way soon.

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“I am burdened with glorious purpose.”

oh Loki.
delicate jasmine flavor, inspired by your pale features no doubt.
and perhaps the mint is a cold crisp stab to the heart.
the gunpowder is your brilliant mind, i know that for sure. dark and solid and swarming with hope and pain.

also i can have this tea later at night and not feel bad about the decision since it’s mostly spearmint and rooibos. and due to this fact, on top of which i love minty teas in the evening, it will probably get drank very fast.

i’m lucky enough to get to split this 3oz bag with jump62359 who had a brilliant idea. because, did you know that Adagio has a separate warehouse on each coast!?!
if they are out of stock of something you love…check with your tea buddy from another time zone! i am so impressed with jump62359 for figuring this out. (because now Brucey will get to join all the other BFF avengers in my cupboard.)


Ice person!

Sami Kelsh

Once, when they were out of Leela blend on the east coast but not the west, I had it shipped to a friend of mine out west who ordered it for me, in exchange for a handknit tea cozy as a token of my gratitude. Thank GOSH for two warehouses!

Also, Loki’s my favourite Norse god (nerdnerdnerd) so mad props to him for being a badass tea blend. La dee da.


I found that out when I bought my Hobbit blends sampler last year!
I just really wanted Bilbo okay. But I saw that Bilbo was out of stock, but the sampler was available and I was like WELL HECK LOOKS LIKE I’M JUST GETTING THE SAMPLER :)
It did take much longer for the package to get here, but they let a note and said that they had to ship from.. Jersey I think? Because they didn’t have the tea to make my blends.
Ahh well. At least I know who to go to if there’s a blend that isn’t in stock in California :)

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“I believe in Sherlock Holmes.”

if you haven’t seen the Sherlock short that takes place before season 3 begins, i recommend it. i mean, not mind blowing or anything, but lots of feelings. and you get to see Anderson’s beard. it’s the short that made Philip Anderson more than just a one dimensional annoying loser.

so maybe like Anderson, this tea doesn’t seem very popular but i still kinda like it. it will be very easy for me to finish my half-tin sample quickly. so yum.

i like blood orange teas a lot cuz they are a great contrast and variety to the usual chocolate and cookie flavored type teas i tend to drink most.

hooray the beard-o weird-o!
i would totally drink a cup and let Anderson rattle his theories off to me.
and then i’d buy him lunch, cuz he IS , ya know, all unemployed now and stuff.

Sami Kelsh

I feel Anderson’s pain (unemployment bro-fist!) but also, it was nice to see him get a bit more development in series 3 beyond just sort of being a dude who a) doesn’t like Sherlock; and b) isn’t as smart as him, either. Now I just live in hope that Donovan gets more than a cameo in series 4 ;)

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adagio sent me a new bag and it has all the proper sprinkles and orange peels in it. and just as i’m sure you expected, this tea is totally weird. just like our new Bill Wiggins character. (who reminds me of Super Hans.) (and the actor was also in a few episodes of Inspector Lewis.) (and now i’m wondering what a Wallander tea would taste like… probably loneliness and dust and the leather seats of a car. because that guy is always driving far and away. and that show is pure visual poetry.)

I just received this tea from adagio, and it doesn’t have the SPRINKLES!!! So sad.
I’m gonna have to message them. And my cup of billy is gonna have to wait :(


Oh no, no sprinkles. :-(

Sami Kelsh

CRUMBS. I’m hooked on sprinkle teas. :(


they replaced my bag :)
so now i have two teas in my cupboard. one named “billy wiggins” and one named “wiggins fail”.

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omg so much horrible mood.
i’m sorry Bofur, even your big fuzzy hat won’t fix today.

who wants a beer and french fries?
Bofur wants a beer and french fries.
me and Bofur, we’re gonna call out of work and go get a beer and french fries
and read fan fic on our kindles.

okay okay that’s not the truth. but i sure wish it was.
i’ll review you again later oh fuzzy Bofur.


I want a beer and french fries! Only a few hours to go. It’s sad tho when some mate doesn’t even help your day. I have 23 minutes for lunch today – let’s see if there’s a short and satisfying fic to help me…

Sami Kelsh

Dude, can I join you and Bofur for french fries? I didn’t want french fries until you said french fries, but now I really want french fries. Steamed salmon and spinach just ain’t gonna cut it this eve.


Sami, it is a lesser-known fact, but if you eat enough french fries it does in fact qualify as a meal. oddree and i are living proof!
see ya at happy hour :)

Sami Kelsh

I’ve been known to eat french fries for dinner. One of the perks of living alone and consequently not having anyone round to judge you (or share with) :p

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yumm spearmint!
yumm lemon!
requesting this tea in a swap with jump62359 was a no brainer.
this bright floral green with a citrus flair is best very hot and any time of the day.
i know i have a few bags of this, but i still just re-steeped the teabag trying to get as much as i can from each taste.
easy peasy lemon squeezey.

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“Brainy’s the new sexy.”

this tea is kindof similar to the 221Tea blend. which was very weird but at the same time totally enjoyable.

the cup has an edginess and wispy darkness about it that suits Mrs Adler very well. this blend is almost a balancing act between a clever and feminine flair (honeybush vanilla), a passionate and daring heart (dewy cherry), and a devious and calculating temper (lapsang souchong).

the problem is that this tea has less lapsang in it. but also has just as much hibiscus. it’s very low caffeine since it’s mostly honeybush so it was a good tea for late at night sipping. and the blend itself if very creative because i think anytime anyone is daring enough to add fruit flavors to a lapsang they get points. but i’m glad i’m splitting this sample tin with moraiwe so i get to try it but don’t have to slog through the ounces. (what a great plan we made! we are brilliant!)

“I don’t understand”
“Try to.”
“Because you cater to the whims of the pathetic and take your clothes off to make an impression. Stop boring me and think. It’s the new sexy.”

Roswell Strange

This one, imo, perfectly captures her character.


i do LOVE that about a good blend. i can review the tea on two levels – is the tea tasty, and is the tea an accurate representation!?
and i agree with you! completely. (i’m even gonna update my note to elaborate)


Bendict delivers his lines so fast that there is so much brilliance I miss while still lost of deciphering the last sentence! I need subtitles to keep up with that show.

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i have a cat named House Party 3.

i drink my tea plain.

vegan. fine arts major. bass player. runner. yoga do-er. childfree. scifi fan. e-reader fanatic. knitting newb. ADHD club member (ie; all my exclamation points are for realz!!)

i’m always aspiring to read more books.

i don’t care what you say, chamomile is barfaroony.
i’m so over rooibos.
evil hibiscus is evil.

some tea pictures!

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i only log each tea i taste once.

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ALWAYS interested in reducing my tea stash, so please ask if you want to swap or sample something! even if it’s just one tea.

every tea in my cupboard is swapable! (at least i TRY to keep it up to date)
every tea i have tried is listed in my rated teas.


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