767 Tasting Notes

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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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.

this tea!
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!


there is one rather stressful fan story in which Steve was semi-awake/cognizant during the entire 70 years he was buried in the ice. i’ve never been able to forget it. i don’t like torturing my Steve, but i guess i kinda enjoy considering the emotional fragility and thus resilience of all my fictional heroes. blame the feeeels!


Oh man. Poor Steve! I think after being buried in the ice, he might always want a cuppa nearby to keep the chills away.


I love this one with a bit of honey; it’s so good!

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reviewed Bubble Teapot (24 oz) by DAVIDsTEA
767 tasting notes

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.


Such a pretty teapot! I could buy dozens of teapots. I like to stare at them in museums. Teapot teapot teapot.


it retains the heat well? i too don’t understand teapots.


I don’t understand them either. I use them if I plan to drink 26 oz of one tea, which is rarely the case, or just when I want to look at my TARDIS pot. It just seems more practical to steep in my cup.

The winter pot is pretty though!

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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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