736 Tasting Notes
once a goth, always a goth….
#not an actual tea review
this tea smells really nice dry! a blend of floral and malty and nutty. i’m guessing the floral note is the vanilla oolong. as it cools the mellow vanilla note becomes a tad bolder. what an intriguing cup! i love adagio blends they are so fun!!
you can thank Shadowfall for the following crazy person rant! cuz she gave me this fun tea to try!
honestly, if you haven’t seen the film Hair by director Milos Forman, you should. he did One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Amadeus for heavens sake. also, i was a dancer and NEVER liked Twyla Tharp’s choreography, that is UNTIL i saw it in Hair. and the it all made sense. you don’t have to like musicals to like this movie. i swear.
i’m deep in fandom today. like too deep.
like, i just googled “fandom is unhealthy” deep.
let me list some famous Aquarius men for your entertainment and artspiration.
i watch in Wallander. sure sure he’s Loki, but he is Magnus Martinsson first for me.
is a brilliant man and one of the only celebs i follow on twitter. you MAY wanna look up the new The World’s End movie trailer that was just released. it’s gonna be so much fun. (and can’t wait to read the slash fic.)
is awesome duh.
is awesome duh.
is only ever gonna be Smallville’s Green Arrow. but i love Green Arrow in every genre. cuz he is a rule breaker. and totally anti-authority. and loves spicy chili. and they quickly made it a point to have Justin take his shirt off in EVERY SINGLE EPISODE. quite frankly i’m shocked there isn’t a fandom youtube edit of them all.
is brilliant in so many things, cuz i was a teenager in the late 80’s, but he rose to the top in the movie Secretary. i only own 4 actual DVDs and this is one of them.
, the person i’ve seen play or perform live more times than anyone else. the second time i went to see live music i was 15 and at the first Lolapalooza. the opening band was The Rollins Band. i can still sing every word to every song on Weight. don’t EVEN get me started on Black Flag. i always own two copies of Get In The Van, so i can give one copy away when the mood strikes me.
. start with The 400 Blows. it’s a movie that every other great film maker loves.
and lastly, is also an Aquarius. this song is one of my karaoke songs forever.
Genesis – Misunderstanding
PS i just got the david’s tea email about the t-shirt. i don’t wanna buy it, but i have to. i seriously have to.
i love apple teas. i love chocolate teas.
della terra is bold with the deserts. and you can smell this tea before you even pull the bag out of your purse!
it wasn’t as chocolaty as i was hoping for. but forming expectations is usually my problem anyways. after my first few sips i added a little agave, which is crazy cuz i rarely do that. especially on my first cup.
still, i love apple teas, and this apple tea is a warm apple flavor, as opposed to a fresh apple flavor.
oh wait i just had a crazy idea, what if i added just a tiny sprinkling of PB2?!? omg ! to be continued…
i had to look up who Queen Toothiana is.
and duh! “Toothiana is the Tooth Fairy.” “She is the Guardian of Memories.”!
now who can’t relate to the tooth fairy!?!
Shadowfall asked if i was interested in trying this tea, and when i looked it up my answer was a certain yes. i love the adagio fandom blends because, well sure cuz i’m a fan-girl, but also because i love the sometimes randomness and obviously endless variety that blending teas can offer!
this tea is a black & oolong & white blend, full of peachiness, apples, apricot, and tangerine. it’s nimble!
i think i over steeped it just a tad. but as it cools it’s found it’s balance. not even slightly dry. it’s very delicious! the spring into summer time is MADE for a tea like this! just beautiful.
so glad i got to try it.
this tea smells amazing! intensely orange and rich chocolate. oh sweet honey pow!
i brewed it at home and brought a new teacup to work to enjoy it in. :) my standard process is, i brew the tea in my timolino, and then pour a few ounces at a time into my desk teacup as i drink. keeps it hot!
i’ve been using a melamine teacup and saucer for months and months. this is because when i came to my current job 3 years ago, i had my favorite thrift store cup and saucer all ready to take with me to my new job, and dropped it on the kitchen floor moments before i stepped out the door. shattered into pieces. first day at a new job in a new city and i was all nerves and anxiety. i was so sad. it was MY CUP! there was nothing special about it and i loved it! so after that i used the blue melamine cup, cuz melamine doesn’t break. hah
(but melamine does tend to stain so if anyone has any advice for removing the stains i’d love to hear it!)(i did try the denture tablets 2 times already but it didn’t seem to make any improvement.)
so hello new cup!
welcome to my desk!
this is a nice smooth chocolatey tea. interestingly enough i still find the scent of the tea, both dry and steeped, to be much stronger than the actual flavor. if i was trying to be critical i might say i wish the orange was stronger i guess? but the orange is great to just add an edge and tone to the airy chocolateness and teaness. it’s not a deep broody chocolate tea, it’s a festive chocolate orangey tea!! great for a sunny morning!
thanks so much Shadowfall for letting me try this!! i’m glad to have more to brew too, cuz this MAY not have been the most accurate brewing i’ve ever done. in which case i will update my notes. whooten whooten!
thanks for this chocolate morning Shadowfall!
i’ll be honest, a part of me is such a cheerleader that i want to love every single swap tea i receive just because i’m so grateful for the gift and for the steepster community. now sure, i know that’s not practical or realistic, but it’s where my heart lies.
this tea was ‘meh’. when it was hot hot it was a subtle chocolate warming drink. but as it cooled, it just became watery kinda chocolate maybe tea. made me crave some of that intense della terra dubble chocolade. sorry chocolate chip. no hard feeling :(
Shadowfall! i recieved your swap box!
and i’m so excited to try them all, so many of them smell amazing!
but since it is late in the day my sister and i made a pot of the herbal tea :)
we just had to have this tea. it’s scent was a big peachy bomb the minute i opened the bag. perhaps it’s the fact that it’s a gift from a fellow steepster or that i’m sharing a pot with my sister, but it was not too tart and not too sweet and really warmly peachy. i thought i didn’t like the fruit teas too much, but now i finally realized it’s the fruits they choose. i’m all for something more subtle like peaches as opposed to something like the usual pineapple and cranberry heavy blends. if i happen to be near a teavana, i MIGHT even consider buying this.
i went to the post office to mail of some swaps and then on my way back to the office walked through the big ritzy Jefferson hotel that is a block wide. so when i say ‘walked through’ i mean took a short cut through the hotel to the next block over haha.
then decided to get a cup of tea.
they have a small to-go shop on the lower lever and i looked at their tea list and the special blends include ‘richmond blend’ from rostov’s coffee & tea. …. the only cup of tea i’ve ever paid for and then dumped out.
(rostov’s is a local business here and the first place i bought loose leaf tea. and they sell their tea in plasic ziplock bags and as i drank more tea as a newbie i eventually threw them all away and didn’t finish a single bag of their tea once i learned better.)
this does not bode well for my chocolate high tea reservation at The Jefferson in a few weeks.
this green tea is NOT from rostov’s. but the notes and ratings on this tea from Mighty Leaf are not so great either. however, personally, i think this tea is fine.
i did understeep it, cuz i was walking with the paper to-go cup and understeeped is WAY less annoying than over-steeped. the green tea is fine and the fruit is just a nudge.