773 Tasting Notes

Waiting for the bus in the rain, in the rain, Wait-waiting for the bus in the rain. Waiting for the bus in the rain, in the rain, Wait-waiting for the bus in the rain….

i’m listening to my first Nightvale episode ever. well, actually now i’ve moved onto my 2nd episode. but you know.

i guess i started out a bit more confused with the whole podcast than i thought i would be? not that i was really trying to make sense of it, not at all, but more like i’m not sure i speak their creative language yet.
guise don’t jump on me okay i’m just along for the ride :)
the ride on the bus.
that i’m waiting for.

i picked this tea because it was the first thing he said that was a tea i have here.
a vanilla forward scented blend, with vanilla creme and a kind of warm oily note from the sesame.
this MIGHT be one of the FIRST blends i’ve had that i REALLY get each of the teas in the taste. all the teas are present and accounted for.

i’m gonna try to listen to 1 or 2 episodes a day while i do numbery stuff at work.
welcome to nightvale shmiracles!


Sami Kelsh


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got some swap boxes in the mail friday evening!
thanks to moraiwe for this decadent pumpkin elixir! it is probably the most buttery and natural pumpkin scented tea i’ve had yet. and it really does feel like i’m sitting next to the oven.
it has an illusive quality to it. and it’s so truthful in it’s flavor that i don’t think i can really define this cup. like it’s so front & center and close that i can’t even see it.
i’m not sure if this sounds as flattering as i’m intending it to, but seriously, if you’ve had this tea you probably already know what i’m talking about.
tasting is believing.
at the end of this cup i added just a touch of agave and cream to see what that was like, but really, i recommend this tea plain. it’s got secrets in there that won’t be revealed with additives.
and holy crap does moraiwe have good taste knowing that this is a perfect contrasting & notable tea to add as a mystery swap bonus. whew!

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wow does THIS blend suit the character perfectly!

earthy gunpowder mixed with creme and aniseed.
like an old leather jacket.
it has an edge. and a mystery is just built into the uniqueness of the blend that will probably get me drinking it more often than i would have ever expected.


Ooo. This one is going on my list. :D

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i’m not the hugest Teen Wolf fan out there or anything. but there would have to be something wrong with me if i couldn’t see the appeal of a show that has a fan base like this one does.
and good casting is just good casting amiright?!!!
i totally watch episodes here and there.
usually because oddree will tell me something about the plot and then i’ll just have to go see this wonderful nonesense for myself.

so i ordered this tea cuz this is totally my sister’s ship.
but also, the blend sounded freakin delicious! definitely not really flavoured like my other teas.
and i declare this to be a very good choice i made. (yay self! yay tea!)

it’s totally a cherry tea. i mean the smell in the bag isn’t very appealing, but like many adagio teas, it’s much subtler after it’s brewed. blends nicely with the almond notes.

all the kids on this show get drama-show tortured and tormented. it’s hard enough being a teenager without all the magic ya know?? when i watched an episode this weekend, i think i must have said “poor so-and-so” at least 15 times. sheesh. sigh.


YAY! I totally appreciate the ship support – and these teas are pretty great, too. Also, the After After Show. And helping to pass the time while rolling out pierogi dough. Happy Moonday!


yay Stiles! i’ve only seen seasons 1 and 2 but i was super surprised how much i dug it.

Sami Kelsh

All I know about Teen Wolf I know from tumblr. Which means that if Wolf weren’t in the title, I’d think it was just a show about a weirdly intense dude and his snarky little boyfriend and some other people who sometimes show up I guess.

Oh tumblr. Don’t ever change.

Adagio cherry has kind of a cough-syrup note to its smell for me in its dry state, but it’s so nice when it’s actually brewed.


I watched season one and jumped ship. From episode recaps, etc, I’m kinda glad I did!


Sami, I’ve been laughing at your description since yesterday hahaha! I can’t defend the show, really, and I can’t take fanwank anymore, but when I OTP, I OTP, and I’ve been having a blast since last summer with this ship, I just choose my fics and tumblrs wisely. Even if I wasn’t watching the show, I’d try to catch the After After Show online.


i mean, i haven’t kept up but that WAS pretty much the show, really, at least 1 and 2. ha.

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what a clever blend.
both sweet and strong at the same time.

i drank this on friday evening, right before leaving work. so i’ll admit it was days ago and i was a bit distracted at the time.
so hopefully i’ll add more notes later when i drink it again soon.

as of yesterday my very good friend has finally started watching Sherlock. she’s only watched the first episode so far…

[text from bff:] did you slowly develop a crush on benedict cumberbatch as you got more into sherlock?

[my response:] you just described everyone who has watched bbc Sherlock. Ever.

[my PS:] what’s martin freeman? chopped liver?!?!?

then i proceeded to send her every picture of martin freeman that’s saved to my phone. (fyi. it’s a lot a pictures. and a lot of dapper suits.)

Sami Kelsh

YAY SALLY! I think I like Sally Donovan more than even the show likes Sally Donovan. I’d watch a show about Sally Donovan.


I think I like Watson & Sherlock equally! I especially loved Watson’s badassery in the last episode. “I know how to sprain your arm, I’m a doctor.”
I REALLY want an Adagio blend based from the last episode’s really weird ostrich/cupid/katana statue they kept showing!


I don’t really get Bandytoots. Watson is my jive for this BBC version. :)

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Cinnamon Vanilla Chai first, with a hint of Almond.
mild and tasty. you know the dark oolongs. easy to drink and drink and drink.
i wanna say nice things about this tea because it is very nice, but i am kinda tasting noted out.

text from Mr Shmiracles:
I had a dream that I was visiting a family and a violent gang led by Ted Danson invaded their house, kidnapped their baby, and locked us in a pig pen.
One of the gang had no arms.

i’m about to walk over to the post office and mail many teas to several people.

a local cafe is celebrating the addition of 8 more taps to their bar tonight, so that’s where i’m gonna be for a little while after work.

yay friday.


The dream is sensational!


Your tasting notes have been great! Ted Danson is always scary in dreams. I can’t believe I have 2 more hours until beer :(

Sami Kelsh

That dream is flipping insane.

(The tea sounds like a nice combo, too.)

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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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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.

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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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