759 Tasting Notes

Happy Birthday Sherlock Holmes.
your fictional birthdate will be on my calendar forever.
i will drink Russian Country all day and pour each cup in honor of you.
excuse the all the feeelz! last night was a heartbreaking episode. and compounded with the inordinate cloudy and overcast and freezing sky, it’s just got me in “a mood”.

i drank this tea yesterday morning as i watched the first 2 episodes of the new Community season with oddree and my boyfriend. it was a very satisfying viewing. and breakfast was a very british toast and beans with a fried egg. plus earl grey.
(i was already in sherlock mode. my early morning cup was 3 fandom blends all mixed.)

this mint chocolate tea might be a little weird for me. it’s just not what i’m used to or what i think of when i go to drink a chocolate mint tea. it’s totally mint. and i’m pretty sure it’s chocolate. but they just kinda balance and blend strangely?
i feel like i’m being hasty to judge. i’ll have another cup soon i’m sure. and i’ll get back to ya.


I started watched Sherlock for the first time on Netflix last night, because of all the raving comments I read here on Steepster! I’m a believer now, he’s so darn cute and witty, I love how humorous and smart the show is, what an entertainment!


Ooh, you have lots to look forward to, TeaFairy :)
Yesterday’s breakfast was great. And I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. Yay, Community’s return!
Today is also Lily Lam’s birthday too, and tomorrow is Cary Grant’s. Good week for classy British men over 100 years old. You know, if Sherlock existed in RL, but still…


YAAAAAY i’m so glad you enjoyed it teafairy :)

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i drank this the other morning,
and was gonna make a note about it tonight.
but then i watched the new sherlock episode (3×02)
and now i’m so bittersweet-sad that i can’t bring myself to do anything further.

(… it’s next morning)
i made this cup of tea by steeping the “leaves” on the stove in unsweetened vanilla almond milk with agave added. since i never ever make lattes it felt EXTREMELY decadent. and when i added the herbal tea to the milk the kitchen filled completely with a rich chocolate smell. i sister smelled it immediately from far across the room. the flavor was a little strange to me at first? but i think i could get used to it in a very good way.
the true bonus was just making a latte and being reminded that i really should encourage myself to enjoy them more :) so much yum.


I have been trying to watch the episode for over 2 hours now but it keeps buffering. The episode is so great but it sucks watching it in like 5 minute chunks :(


oh VariaTEA, that is seriously no way to watch quality tv! (my house has several film & movie snobs in it’s ranks, and if i watched like that i would seriously risk ostracization! hah. or at least get made fun of a whole lot)(but i understand. desperate times call for desperate measures!) i hope you go through the episode and enjoyed it.


That latte was awesome, yes. Super creamy chocolate.


I have to find the time to watch it tonight…


I definitely agree Shmiracles but I introduced my sister to the show and she refused to watch on the laptop which meant that I had to hook it up to the television and if it went into sleep mode while waiting for it to load the sound would only play through my laptop speakers as opposed to the televisions ones, which also she was not okay with. That left me with the option to stand there and tap the laptop for an hr waiting for it to load or to watch it section by section :(

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drank Atomic Lemon by Dammann Freres
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haha suprise mate and tea. it says tisane on the bag and it lead me to assume wrong.
and here i am trying to stop drinking caffeine after 2pm. well, at least it’s a friday. !!!
i’ve been trying to play viola more. i am very much a uber beginner. and can’t read music or anything. i just figure out the main melodies to songs i like and then play them poorly.
my fortune cookie on new years day read “Do it because you love it”.
that’s a pretty nice reminder.


don’t let the music snobs spoil your love of music—reading music can come in handy for sure, but also handy (if not more necessary, imho) is having a great ear and a lot of fun! My fiancé is almost completely blind (as am I), and although he can read braille music, he doesn’t read it at all anymore and learns everything (very quickly) by ear, and works as a music therapist (his primary instrument being the piano). I sing, and when he and I are learning pieces/songs together, it’s all about ears! :)


sounds like you’re doing the kodaly method. very good for strings, very good for emphasizing intuitive playing. =0)


hey thanks for the cheerleading! yay!
i play bass by ear because that’s what you do in bands. but when i started viola the first time a few years back i took lessons and tried to use a book and it just basically sucked all the fun out of an instrument that is already WAY difficult! i quit lessons and put it away for a few years. so now it’s time for a re-do! 2014!
if all i do is play the Hobbit Misty Mountains song and Lykke Li’s ‘I Follow Rivers’ on repeat then so be it.




That’s awesome. :D I did Suzuki method, which is a lot of listening to tapes with the printed music as backup.

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amazing development! i didn’t hate it!
it must be that currants and blueberry compliment rooibos more than other flavors usually do. ??
i’m not going to buy more or anything, but at least i don’t feel like i have to start hatching a plan for how i’m gonna give the stuff away.
sweet dreams.

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drank Fragola by Dammann Freres
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how nice of dammann to put their hibiscus tea in a red bag. so i can easily know which teas to — RED ALERTSTOPNOT drink.
not even dammann can make hibiscus less hibiscusy.
just not my thing ya know.


I am the same with hibiscus. I look at ingredients and if there is hibiscus in a blend I learned I probably won’t drink it. Herbals are especially upsetting because they always smell so sweet and fruity and then taste so tart – it’s always a letdown.


you and Anna have bonded i am sure, lol. you won’t even sip for science? ;0)

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free sample from dammann.
do your worst rooibos!

not so bad! real mellow rooibos. and real mellow vanilla.
keep’n it classy dammann.


I lol’d too. :)

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i like licorice root teas. they are warming and comforting.
they remind me of the days that i sang in bands and would drink cups and cups while on our scruffy tours in our rattly van.
it sounds more adventurous and fun than it really was. just trust me on that.

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not a tea for me. and not really a great winter tea either. but a good option if you want something light and warm but with less caffeine.
also though, ATR has a black rose tea that is really good and i do recommend.

so yes, my first day back to work after having basically 2 weeks off. i know i know, call out the violins and whaaambulance.
i have my new tea pot and tea cup here to keep me company and help brighten this overcast & cold day in the office.
and a kindle full of new sherlock fanfic to read. starting with the christmas themed stories of course.
and how, you might ask, does a person cope with returning to work after such a wonderful escape? well the answer is by placing a ridiculous order for a couple hundred dollars worth of make-up that you’ve wanted for a very long time. :) i have become a MAC convert over the years. and my new short haircut seems to make lipstick more agreeable on my face than it used to be. i guess it’s a visual balance kind of thing?

oh, yup, i got my hair cut. it’s been a long time since i had it this short. i’m still in the phase where i spend a lot of time thinking about it. but that should pass soon i hope.


Yay, MAC! I approve of your coping mechanism. :D I’ve been tempted to get more eyeshadows since I still haven’t filled up my custom palette yet, but I have. so. much. makeup.

It’s amazing how a haircut can change what kind of cosmetics work for you face.


oh hey! my makeup order arrived, and i wouldn’t care enough to say anything normally, but hell this mascara i got “In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash” is the final word on mascara. forever. so perfect. the reviews did not exaggerate hah

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drank English Breakfast by Tazo
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a cup from starbucks.
i’m kinda convinced that american’s don’t drink as much tea as the rest of the world ONLY because they don’t know how the hell to brew it.
everyone thinks that longer/bigger/more is better. i even see my roommate do this with coffee in his french press. he just let’s it steep and steep and steep. (also aren’t you supposed to not stir the grinds but let the water pour do the mixing? idk)
oversteeping is a painful reality.

this is a perfectly fine bag of tea and i should probably enjoy tea more when i go to starbucks because, you know, those coffee drinks are really too sweet. sugar-free or not.

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i ordered a cup while i waited for my sister to collect me from the coffee shop. (rostov’s tea generally stinks, but it’s hard to mess up peppermint. ya know.)

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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.

!!! SWAPPING !!!

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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