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yummy puerh after a big lunch.

i’m answering a question a day for journaling purposes…

yesterday’s questions was:
If a doctor gave you five years to live, what would you try to accomplish?

Starfevre

Taste all the teas in the world! Only partially kidding.

Alphakitty

Write write write! If I only had 5 years to live I’d want to leave behind something to be remembered by, so my dream would be to travel around the world and work on novels. Well, actually, that’s my dream even if I have a hundred years to live…

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
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so i have this weird thing where i feel like oolongs NEED to be brewed in my gongfu pot. so i can watch them get fat and bulk up. like i have to be able to witness the leaf puffing in order for the tea to be brewed.
and i recently realized that this has basically kept me from drinking my oolongs.
sad i know.
so today i have brewed this in my timolino (using a tea bag cuz that basket is tiny)
and the smell is heavenly.
but you knew that already.

i’m turning over a new oolong leaf. let’s celebrate.
more bulk!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0naDFDPe9Q8

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drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
715 tasting notes

one of my many samples from davids.
(i’ve been hoarding them all up, for emergencies)
http://instagram.com/p/Wh6qBZIc__/
i didn’t expect this tea to be this delicious! i mean i’m not gonna go buy some asap or anything, but i didn’t expect it to taste so fancy.
it still reminds me a bit of Stormy Night or basically any of Davids chocolate/coconut/vanilla teas. and it’s a yum.

Cavocorax

That’s an impressive sample stash!

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drank Big Apple by DAVIDsTEA
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omg i’m so excited!
omg what did i just do?!
i swear i was just gonna LOOK at the davidstea stuff…
but then all of a sudden i had The Earl’s Garden, Bamboozled, and Big Apple in my cart
PLUS
TWO Timolino Travel Mugs?!?!?!, one White and one FUCKING AWESOME Mate Purple!!!!
i couldn’t help myself! it was just so beautiful!
our eyes met and my knees immediately went weak. and i’m so excited to hold it close.
also i left my timolinos at home today by accident. weird. and it’s also raining and snowing at the same time right now out my window. help me Big Apple.

whatshesaid

I am heading over to DT on my lunch break to check out the new stuff. I was just eyeballing (eye-molesting, really) the timolinos online but told myself only if they have the colour I want! The new white elephant perfect tea mug WILL be mine though, oh yes.

Jackie T

the energy and excitement in this post just MADE my morning!!

Shmiracles

PURRRRRRPLLLLLLE!!!!!!!!!

canadianadia

2 timolinos! I’d be excited too! :D

Alysha

Purple is my fav color so I had to look up that timolino (even though I already have a white one) and it is a beauty! Perhaps I also need two? haha

Cavocorax

Seems like the elephant is the clear favorite! I want one too!

Hee – enjoy your timolinos!

whatshesaid

I didn’t get the mug because I’m worried the images won’t last, I can see an edge on it so I wanted to be safe…. Probably will go next payday though

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i haven’t tasted this yet because i’m still waiting for it to cool.
but it has been brewed in my brand new black timolino.
!!!
now i have a black timolino for black tea and a green one for green and white tea.
(i just need to do a good cleaning on the green one is all)
i feel very satisfied with this arrangement. i use my timolino always. even when i’m not traveling. because it keeps the tea good and hot and i’m a slow sipper.

Fjellrev

Wow, you’re colour coordinating. That’s great haha. You can never have enough of them. I love mine too.

Shmiracles

i’m glad they don’t have the brown timolino anymore. cuz then it would be hard to not go OVERBOARD and get a white one for white tea and a brown one for herbal/mate. and i would never admit this thought to other people, but since we are all obsessed i trust you guys understand ;)

Fjellrev

It totally makes sense though, especially since DT colour coordinates like that too. Why not do the same! I think I’m happy with my robin’s egg one though. Don’t need another, don’t need another, don’t need another…

whatshesaid

I might have to get one of those… my DT travel mug is peeling and doesn’t look cute anymore…. cute > functional, plus those Timolinos come in nice colours! Also I trust you enjoyed this tea because after Santa’s Secret it’s my other all time favorite!

Shmiracles

hey natasha, yes i do like the cream of earl tea. it’s actually only my second time having it so it’s hasn’t written it’s name on my heart yet, but i find the teas i love are the ones i can still smell even when i’m not brewing them. and this tea does certainly have a noticeable and lyrical scent.

whatshesaid

My heart is engraved with this stuff. Sometimes it hurts. If they ever discontinue it I might actually die!!

whatshesaid

Where did I post my name?

Shmiracles

haha i just visited your etsy site is all. (i’ve totally got this internet thing down yo!) hah

whatshesaid

Haha oh you’re a sly one

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drank Coco-Lemon Thai by DAVIDsTEA
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i ordered it! and it arrived today! and it smells heavenly!
i love all the ingredients in it. so i knew i had to get some.
and when i realized i have no interest in any of the other spring teas coming out tomorrow, i just went for it!

it’s supposed to snow here today.
and i have been so so very blue feeling.
i’m supposed to be marathon training but i can’t seem to get myself motivated.
what’s your favorite feel good tea?
and also what’s your favorite ‘escape’ crap telly?
i mean that’s what overcast dull snowy days are for.

Alphakitty

Favorite escape tv—Grey’s Anatomy! I know it’s a glorified soap opera, but god dangit I love it!

momo

I’ve been watching The Vampire Diaries. I simultaneously hate and love it. It’s like sooooo obvious about what’s going to happen and it makes me roll my eyes all the time, but I get started and can’t stop.
as for feel good tea…anything that tastes like dessert in hot, liquid form.

Shmiracles

oh hah my sister read the Vamp Diaries books in high school. and i am a big Supernatural fan. for some reason mentioning VD has reminded me that i was considering trying Teen Wolf…hmm

and yes i used to sit on the floor of my old apt with my roommate sprawled on the sofa and we would tear through entire seasons on Grey’s Anatomy at lighting speed. highly addictive escapism definitely.

momo

I was thinking about Teen Wolf too since it’s on Netflix, but about a month ago they were filming TVD right outside a building at my school…and I was in there…and I had no idea what was going on. Then I remembered how I had a crush on Ian Somerhalder when I was like 12 or 13 and yeah….23 episodes later…

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this is a fine puerh. i like puerhs a lot. they are dark and brooding. they have an undercurrent and a pull to them.
they have gravity.

personally, i do not want to cheer a puerh tea up with berries, or cajole a puerh with coffee beans. …however the sour flick of citrus always seems to do a puerh a graceful and sultry kind of compliment. basically i love a blood orange puerh. purrrr.

alas, the story ends strained because i have been spoiled.
here in my city a tea shoppe called Carytown Teas has the most amazing Blood Orange Puerh i have ever sipped and probably will ever sip. and it has changed me. i’ll never be the same. amazing when a tea can do that. (but davids tea blood orange, i have found my true love and you will never again touch my lips. we’ll just have to go our separate ways. the distance will do us good.)


When My Ship Comes In (i play bass on this song)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EhEnphW7xw

Bonnie

I gave mine away…

Shmiracles

ya, i might try a cup again, but it’s more likely this will go away with the tea spring cleaning.

Marcel Duchamp

I’d like to try this one at some point.

Bonnie

It’s strong!

Shmiracles

Marcel, maybe after my sis moves in and i do some tea reassessment i’ll send you my sample if i still have some left.

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oh thorin, all of your bravado, greed, and loud warrior spirit still can’t mask your warm and oversized heart. no matter how hard you try.

i bought this because i love thorin and the hobbit and also i’m on a puerh kick. so i felt like they made this tea just for me. or that basically i love thorin because he is like puerh?

also if you were paying attention you will know that i already love Richard Armitage. (http://steepster.com/shmiracles/posts/149839) and if you don’t love him after watching North and South then i can’t help you. oh swoon.

so analysis shows that in fandom blends
armitage is to puerh (guy, thorin),
as cumberbatch is to lapsang (sherlock, smaug),
as freeman is to irish breakfast (bilbo, watson)

this tea may be a blend of 3 teas but really it is a puerh with other hints thrown in. the puerh is the star of this tea show. it is soft and earthy and full of body. wet, earthy body. (hubba hubba)
the puerh dante tea is described on the site as “a clean, damp forest aroma, dried mushrooms, leather and earth. Some sweetness of figs or dates and a slight creamy flavor. Mellow and grounding.”
…. thank you universe, for always putting Armitage in leather.

grounding. such a beautiful and accurate word. for both thorin and this tea.

assam melody adds some pungence and maltiness and astringency to the cup. (if you wanna go there you can think “dwarf sweat”) agitation and short tempers. an edginess that is palpable.

the ginger and cinnamon and orange peel from the gingerbread tea is faint. it’s mostly overpowered by it’s company. but it’s absence would be immediately missed. it ads a touch of added warmth and sensitivity.
and like thorin’s bright blue eyes, when the orange peel pops out i pay attention.

and then lastly, the cocoa nibs add a small layer of darkness. deep and brooding. so subtle, but it is there. like the weight of thorin’s responsibility, and the difficult memories he still carries, that never seem to give him true rest. (until perhaps sometimes when bilbo the zen master is there.)

MissLena

I really like this review :D

Em

“if you don’t love him after watching North and South then i can’t help you. oh swoon.” Love it ;)

Shmiracles

this one is rated teen, so there shouldn’t be any awful suprises (ie no scarring mpreg) haha – http://archiveofourown.org/works/615212?view_full_work=true

Shmiracles

I am the son and heir
of nothing in particular
You shut your mouth
how can you say
I go about things the wrong way
I am a dwarf king and I need to be loved
just like everybody else does

Shmiracles

(i apologize for that. it was the epitome ridiculous and i wouldn’t blame you for a second if you unfollowed me asap.) (otherwise rock on!)

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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26/02/2013
so yeah, i’ve kinda been absent lately.
the seasonal affective depression thing has kicked in, and marathon training is a struggle and a time suck (though good when it’s good!), and i’ve been escaping by reading too much fanfic and slash, and i’ve also been trying to cut down on my caffeine (gasp!).
no more than 3 cups a day. and only in the morning. but i used to just drink it whenever i wanted and it was heavenly.

but now i’m trying to come back, and i’m excited about the new david’s teas spring collection. and the eventual turn of the clocks. and maybe even being able to leave the house wearing only 1 hoodie instead of 2.
and i swear i’m gonna send Courtney that box of tea samples this week! at least i feel like it might happen this week…

17/12/2012
i’m surprised this tea didn’t stand out the first time i tried it.
it’s touchingly subtle, and yet brave at the same time.
super balanced.
a mellow sugar and clove sipper. and it smells like no other tea i’ve had yet.
the sparkles are a gimmick, and if the tea wasn’t unique they wouldn’t matter,
but because this tea DOES feel like somewhat of a special loner to me, the glitter just makes it that much more romantic.

i’m gonna save my last cup worth to have on Xmas day as i watch Doctor Who (after a cuppa weeping angel of course).

Courtney

Haha! I’m waiting patiently, no worries :)

Starfevre

I didn’t sleep last night due to fanfic, though there was sadly no slash (at least not yet, it’s an unfinished fic). HP/Avengers.

Shmiracles

haha omg starfevre! i know what you mean. it’s so hard to go to bed when there is so much wonderful fic to read! just one more story. just one more hour. just just just. (my sister is my curator so i never have to read bad fic, which i am lucky to have, because bad fic makes me the saddest person ever and reading it hurts my soul.)

Starfevre

Ah yes, badfic. When I’m in a ‘searching for new fanfic’ mode, I end up reading a lot of badfic usually. There was a particularly scarring mpreg with no warnings that I read last week. Just all kinds of not good.

Shmiracles

bwahahahah ikr! hilarious. blerg.

OMGsrsly

Ahh yes. When authors don’t warn for mpreg or major character death. :)

Cavocorax

Oh wow. :P I haven’t spent enough time on AO3 so I didn’t know what mpreg is but google showed me. DNW!!! /0\

Shmiracles

haha surprise!

Starfevre

I’m more bothered by unannounced major character death. I’ve stopped reading actual book novels right in the middle because someone I liked died. I can never pick up the book again. Bothers me tremendously. Mpreg is just briefly mentally scarring. I did it again last night though, slept only 4 hours due to HP/LOTR

Shmiracles

is that your current pairing? a crossover?
i’m all about thilbo, or baggenshield, or whatever weirdo smushed up combo word for Thorin and Bilbo there is now. and yes i stay up waaaay toooo laaate
(also my goodness do i wish there was some decent Green Arrow stuff though!!)

Starfevre

It was a crossover. On fanfiction.net (hangs head in shame). In my defense I only read the stories with over 500 reviews…

Shmiracles

naw that’s the way to do it :) helps weed out the …weeds.
my sister has taught me much :)

OMGsrsly

Starfevre, I totally hear you about novels and characters dying. I mean, ghost stories where you expect it are one thing (oi, paranormal romances!), but surprise!death in an otherwise amazing story sucks.

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so good!
with apple pie and hobbit talk and discussion of things to do and see while i’m in paris.
then i went to the gym and ran/walked over 17 miles as i read some super fun hobbit fanfic.

the tea was brewed perfectly. i mean i’m not a lavender person at all, and my sister accuses me of actually not liking earl grey (i argue that i don’t buy it cuz it’s everywhere though i do certainly like it!) but the tea was so perfectly balanced. i have to say that carytown teas seems to always consistently have the best best teas. i feel lucky that it is in my city every time i go there and buy a new tea.

whatshesaid

That sounds really tasty, I love lavender scented things (never drank it though!) AND earl grey

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THAT’S NUMBERWANG!

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.

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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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