775 Tasting Notes

i’m not really a green tea girl. i drink them and i’m always looking for one that helps it all click for me, but i don’t seem to have found it yet.
the apricot is nice, the vanilla gives it a smoothness, but for me it’s ultimately just too light. i drank most of it but i didn’t finish the cup before it got cold. then i put a plate over the mug to protect it from cat mouths and just added some hot water in the morning before i gulped it down.
it’s an appropriate tea for Thranduil, but not for me. (maybe my sister will like it :))

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my second Nightvale tea.
i drank it before leaving work, chugged it basically, only because i didn’t want it to go to waste.
it’s very earthy, as toasted mate tends to be. it has a somewhat dark mood to it.

i’m real behind on my tasting notes.

there are inches of snow and ice outside.

my cat almost climbed into a hole in the bricked-up fire place tonight and if i hadn’t caught her legs i might have never seen her again and it was terrifying.

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this might be one of my top faves from my recent Adagio order.
who am i kidding i like so MANY of them!
i’ve gotten much better at knowing what i prefer and what will taste good in a blend. and it’s an exciting feeling when you know you love all the teas in your cupboard and that you have many cups of them to drink in your future.

for me this cup came off as more of an almond tea, like a warm earthy berry and dry fruits and the sun drenched bark of a tree.
i really need to have it again so i can pin the flavor down more, but that is probably why i enjoyed it that little bit extra. sometimes if a tea has a vagueness to it, or a blend where the flavors really mush together in a special way, it sticks in my brain. to puzzle it out. like a subtle plot twist.


I never know what to expect with the Adagio blend because the description is a big jumbled mess of ingredients that are ALSO just three different types of tea blends mixed together. And my brain doesn’t separate them well enough. And so I just dive in and hope for the best!

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school/work closes at 4 today and is ALREADY confirmed closed tomorrow!
thank you snow.
i have already packed up all of my tea samples. priorities!! prioriTEAS!!

moraiwe went halfsies with me on her sample tins and sent me a great swap box last week. she even took the time to photocopy the tin covers as labels, and i have the tea samples all lined up pretty in a box on my desk.

this tea MAY have hibiscus in it, but it’s balanced by the spice and lemon grass, so it’s actually just a sort of berry juicy cup. definitely juicy. this tea has ‘springtime drinking’ written all over it.


You’re so lucky re everything tomorrow being cancelled!


My toner decided to take a dump somewhere in the middle of the photocopying, so um. Sorry about that. I was mostly just hoping they were still legible. :X


^Your labels with all the brewing info are great btw! Super helpful!

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this was my ‘sidekick’ tea this morning.

i have a small 6oz teacup and saucer at my desk plus a large 24oz mug. (they are both beautiful beautiful things.) so on the special days, the days when i really really need the help, i will basically brew a whole 30oz of tea at one time.
and delicate teas, nuanced teas, and cherished or small samples usually get the tiny sidekick treatment.

and this EG Creme was a darling. warm and smooth and soothing.

it’s supposed to super snow tonight …well, i’m sure MANY of you would laugh at our version of ‘mega snow’, but southerners do have a tendency to enjoy the drama when they can, plus southern Virginia doesn’t usually get much snow in general, in fact i hear that some years ago we used to get no snow. so everyone is still in that mind-frame and thus generally ill-prepared.
the city gov isn’t even really good at consistently plowing the streets because they don’t budget enough for what used to be a very rare occurrence.
you get the idea. DRAMA-RAMA!

since i might not have work tomorrow, i’m gonna bring all my swaps and samples home with me tonight. Wishful Thinking!!

thank you Eva for this warm and tasty bonus!

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Eve sent me this in our recent swap and i had a giant cup last night as i watched 2 Teen Wolf episodes.

i would have never expected that i would like this tea as much as i do!! i usually kinda avoid vanilla by itself cuz it’s a bit fakey sometimes. but i didn’t mind this at all. not at all. it’s a mellow mild vanilla. and the tea is still warm cozy tea. it’s just real nice. reeeeal nice.

i am reminded yet again that i should just kinda stay away from rooibos and super herbal blends and just keep my caffeine free options simple. ginger, mint, decafs, and buckwheat, etc.
i’m glad Eve had some to give me. it was a great reminder.


I’m the same with vanilla. I want to find the perfect vanilla black, but I don’t want to suffer through fake vanilla blacks haha!


might want to read angrboda’s tasting notes on her hunt for the perfect vanilla tea :)


Thanks Sil!

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“This drink… I like it!”
“I know, it’s great right?”

“It was delicious! I want another!”
“You could have just said so!”
“I just did!”

against my better judgement i just brewed 24oz of this.
i think i will avoid ppl for the next few hours so i can sidestep the possibility of literally tackling someone with enthusiasm.
so much mate. so so very much mate.


I imagine that you would likely tackle people with or without caffeine. .don’t know where I get this image of you from ;)


Hahahahaha, that ^^.


ALL the EXCLAMATION points!!!!!
if only you knew me when…
when i used to do cartwheels in all the wrong places.
if alien gods were real, i would ask them nicely if they could take me back to my Amazon days.


Ah Thor, how I love you so.


I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only one who read it in Thor and Darcy’s voices ahha


yes, Schmiracles, it could be the exclamation points, or maybe the random use of ALL CAPS, or possible just your username, lol. It’s a good thing I am here to keep this forum balanced. I am the grumpy cat half of your excessive enthusiasm. and btw, if you read my note that referred to webkinz, and even if you didn’t, some of you may be interested to know that there will be a grumpy cat Webkinz plush released on valentines day (such an appropriate day, no?) haha.

Sami Kelsh

Heehee, that’s a dangerous amount of Thor, yo.


Shelley – that’s pretty awesome. I love Grumpy Cat. Well, as much as Grumpy Cat allows.

And yesssss, where would we be without Shmiracles’ crazy enthusiasm!

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okay so if you don’t wanna ever have to consider or think about fictional characters having gay love moments then scroll away now!!!
because i read a story once in which Greg knew Sherlock when he was young and in college and kinda a mess with drugs. and Greg saved him from lots of law problems. Sherlock’s brilliance being obvious and even more blinding when compounded with youth. and Sherlock being anti-social and friendless even more alienating when compounded with youth. and in this story young Sherlock seduced the pained and haunted detective. making them kinda forever grateful and changed and connected through a familiar understanding of i knew you then when things were so ugly and we were islands.
we were islands.
and that is my Lestrade.

the new series has him with a strained warmth that more vintage versions of Sherlock Holmes don’t quite embody.
and i love modern Lestrade so so much.
also this tea does smell kinda like the idea of his well used car/leather shoes/stubbled face/old coffee cups.

it’s the rare and strained warmth of a sensitive BAMF.


Duuude. Lestrade though. He was the first of the fandom blends that I bought and I kinda died when I finished the last of him last year!


I’d have to agree with you. BBC Sherlock’s Lestrade is my favorite incarnation of the character.


Oooooh, that’s an interesting match! I’m so used to thinking of Lestrade with that OTHER Holmes, (and boy, have I grown to like him too…)


Also, you should start ALL your tsating notes witih warnings like that so I know which ones I need to hurry and scroll down to the best parts for!

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come on Wizard! work your magic!
i have lots to do today!
wave your staff!
look angry!
swish your beard!
fire and brimstone!
make it happen!


I do love your fandom blend notes.


Right! I wish I could like them more than once!

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Here to fore be known as “Grumpy Wizard”.

step 1.) avoid cleaning your room for 2 months
step 2.) tell yourself all day that you’re going to clean your room as soon as you get home form work
step 3.) brew a big cup of gandalf and organize your fic until 2am instead
(a large part of that time was taken up searching for one specific story that i just read maybe a week ago but i’m convinced now that i must have made it entirely up because it is NOWHERE to be found! wtf!)

pretty nice tea for the evening cuz it’s mellow.
but this wizard’s magic was totally no help with the chores.
thanks thanks thanks jump62359 for the opportunity to try the original Gandalf.

my cat tried to drink out of the cup, but don’t worry i punched her. (*no i didn’t. chillout peeple i wouldn’t really punch a cat)


UGH I hate when that happens! The wandering/missing/did it ever really exist??? fic.


Was it a dream? I don’t even know what that fic was but the fact that you spent so much time searching for it has convinced me that it must be on the top of the rec list and why haven’t I read it yet? /flails/


I have spent weeks before looking for that one story with that one line I like so much but can’t remember perfectly. Weeks. So I understand.


funny enough i found a tumblr the other day that was ONLY ppl describing random fic plots and the moderators would help them find the fic!
i thought it was hilarious.

anonymous said:
it’s a clint/phil story where they work together and then they sit on the couch at Shield and then Hawkeye shoots arrows pew pew and then they get drunk/trapped/lost/camping/etc and kiss goodnight… can you help me find it thanks!?

here it is, dragon!clint / merman!phil meet at a pub linklinklink enjoy!

(i’m joking. it was actually a helpful blog. and accurate! they are achieving the impossible! dreams can come true.)


oh, but it was only clint & phil plots. and the fic i lost had neither dude in it.


That’s an amazing public service.
Also, I think I need to start tagging my fic with !‘s (Demon!Dean, Child!Sherlock etc). I will never be done tagging. I should probably stop so I can just read more fic but my brain won’t allow it.


They have a journal on Livejournal that was just for fic finding. Usually one sentence was enough for someone to recognize it – kind of hilarious.

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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!

Steepster’s Ultimate Fan Fic Thread!

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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