773 Tasting Notes

adagio sent me a new bag and it has all the proper sprinkles and orange peels in it. and just as i’m sure you expected, this tea is totally weird. just like our new Bill Wiggins character. (who reminds me of Super Hans.) (and the actor was also in a few episodes of Inspector Lewis.) (and now i’m wondering what a Wallander tea would taste like… probably loneliness and dust and the leather seats of a car. because that guy is always driving far and away. and that show is pure visual poetry.)

I just received this tea from adagio, and it doesn’t have the SPRINKLES!!! So sad.
I’m gonna have to message them. And my cup of billy is gonna have to wait :(


Oh no, no sprinkles. :-(

Sami Kelsh

CRUMBS. I’m hooked on sprinkle teas. :(


they replaced my bag :)
so now i have two teas in my cupboard. one named “billy wiggins” and one named “wiggins fail”.

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omg so much horrible mood.
i’m sorry Bofur, even your big fuzzy hat won’t fix today.

who wants a beer and french fries?
Bofur wants a beer and french fries.
me and Bofur, we’re gonna call out of work and go get a beer and french fries
and read fan fic on our kindles.

okay okay that’s not the truth. but i sure wish it was.
i’ll review you again later oh fuzzy Bofur.


I want a beer and french fries! Only a few hours to go. It’s sad tho when some mate doesn’t even help your day. I have 23 minutes for lunch today – let’s see if there’s a short and satisfying fic to help me…

Sami Kelsh

Dude, can I join you and Bofur for french fries? I didn’t want french fries until you said french fries, but now I really want french fries. Steamed salmon and spinach just ain’t gonna cut it this eve.


Sami, it is a lesser-known fact, but if you eat enough french fries it does in fact qualify as a meal. oddree and i are living proof!
see ya at happy hour :)

Sami Kelsh

I’ve been known to eat french fries for dinner. One of the perks of living alone and consequently not having anyone round to judge you (or share with) :p

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yumm spearmint!
yumm lemon!
requesting this tea in a swap with jump62359 was a no brainer.
this bright floral green with a citrus flair is best very hot and any time of the day.
i know i have a few bags of this, but i still just re-steeped the teabag trying to get as much as i can from each taste.
easy peasy lemon squeezey.

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“Brainy’s the new sexy.”

this tea is kindof similar to the 221Tea blend. which was very weird but at the same time totally enjoyable.

the cup has an edginess and wispy darkness about it that suits Mrs Adler very well. this blend is almost a balancing act between a clever and feminine flair (honeybush vanilla), a passionate and daring heart (dewy cherry), and a devious and calculating temper (lapsang souchong).

the problem is that this tea has less lapsang in it. but also has just as much hibiscus. it’s very low caffeine since it’s mostly honeybush so it was a good tea for late at night sipping. and the blend itself if very creative because i think anytime anyone is daring enough to add fruit flavors to a lapsang they get points. but i’m glad i’m splitting this sample tin with moraiwe so i get to try it but don’t have to slog through the ounces. (what a great plan we made! we are brilliant!)

“I don’t understand”
“Try to.”
“Because you cater to the whims of the pathetic and take your clothes off to make an impression. Stop boring me and think. It’s the new sexy.”

Roswell Strange

This one, imo, perfectly captures her character.


i do LOVE that about a good blend. i can review the tea on two levels – is the tea tasty, and is the tea an accurate representation!?
and i agree with you! completely. (i’m even gonna update my note to elaborate)


Bendict delivers his lines so fast that there is so much brilliance I miss while still lost of deciphering the last sentence! I need subtitles to keep up with that show.

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when i talk about avengers stuff, i call him Steve.

i say “Steve is distressed and resilient and everyone he knew has died.” i say “Steve is such a good man that he can’t be a good soldier.” i say “breakfast burritos are one of Steve’s favorite foods cuz they didn’t have them in 1940 and they are not only delicious but make so much sense!”

mr shmiracles laughs every single time saying he likes how me and the captain are on a first name basis.

if you don’t know anything about the first avenger you probably just think of the suit. it’s garish and flamboyant and overtly patriotic. i agree it’s pretty bleck. but that’s part of the charm. and that suit might be Captain America (blindingly precise strategist and graceful unflinching fighter), but it’s NOT Steve Rogers. Steve Rogers is an immensely caring, sensitive, awkward and stubborn rebel who probably likes a day at the Museum.

this tea!
i’ve accidentally let it oversteep every time i’ve drank it. and every single time it’s still delicious! this tea doesn’t care at all! it loves the steep! must always oversteep! steep away!

hot spiced apples! drink it plain! it doesn’t need anything!
i would have NEVER assumed i would like this tea as much as i do. and see, THIS is why the fandom blends are good. inspired by my admiration of the patriotic meatball, i bought a tea i would usually breeze right past. and i’m so very happy i did. (i wonder moraiwe is gonna like it just as much.)

i’m gonna make this on the stove with milk and just let it simmer. it’s gonna be heart stopping delicious!

let’s just consider that since Steve spent like over 50 years frozen in ice. and substances like caffeine and alcohol have no effect on him. he probably just drinks tea all year round. at very least he probably drink hot drinks. so duh TEA!


there is one rather stressful fan story in which Steve was semi-awake/cognizant during the entire 70 years he was buried in the ice. i’ve never been able to forget it. i don’t like torturing my Steve, but i guess i kinda enjoy considering the emotional fragility and thus resilience of all my fictional heroes. blame the feeeels!


Oh man. Poor Steve! I think after being buried in the ice, he might always want a cuppa nearby to keep the chills away.


I love this one with a bit of honey; it’s so good!

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reviewed Bubble Teapot (24 oz) by DAVIDsTEA
773 tasting notes

i know it sounds strange, but i didn’t really understand teapots until we were finishing up some home renovations.

i was always like, why would i brew that quantity of ANY tea at one time? i have a hard time drinking 12oz still warm, i could NEVER drink more without it turning chilled.

but when we were renovating and i was staying up late painting walls at all hours, i could brew a full pot and then pour a small cup, drink it, pour a small cup, drink it, pour a small cup, drink it etc etc over a longish period of time and it was usually still hot/warm.

sure there are better methods for all of this. definitely. but at least the teapot isn’t useless haha! and most importantly it is PRETTY. :)

i have the winter tree bubble teapot along with 4 bubble cups. the teapot is fairly thick and has a rubber kind of seal on the lid and these two traits i guess tends to keep the heat in.
i have other teapots that aren’t as insulated that would NEVER keep tea warm, but this one does a pretty good job at least.

and THAT’S when i was like Ohhhhhh I Get It Now.

i’m glad i bought this in my early days of tea fandom. and it’s still in frequent use today.


Such a pretty teapot! I could buy dozens of teapots. I like to stare at them in museums. Teapot teapot teapot.


it retains the heat well? i too don’t understand teapots.


I don’t understand them either. I use them if I plan to drink 26 oz of one tea, which is rarely the case, or just when I want to look at my TARDIS pot. It just seems more practical to steep in my cup.

The winter pot is pretty though!

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i don’t own and haven’t drank this tea. YET.
but someone please go to this link on a computer and explain to me WHAT the heck is happening?!?!?!?!


Yessssss glow cloud. This tea sounds really delicious actually, all the rest with the floating armadillos is just a plus… ALL HAIL GLOW CLOUD


I love that Adagio does stuff like that.


The glow cloud does not need to converse with us. It does not feel as we tiny humans feel. It has no need for thoughts or feelings of love. The glow cloud simply is.
All hail the mighty glow cloud.
All hail.



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reviewed DAVIDsTEA Filters by DAVIDsTEA
773 tasting notes

i know these are over priced and that i can get much cheaper and less fancy tea bags from many other places. but i can’t help it! i just LOVE them!

these tea bags are just freakin fun to use!
and i am freakin lazy about cleaning out steepers.

i use teabags to steep everything in my timolinos. (i never use the basket that comes with them) (so ya if you want an extra basket i could probably send you one.)
i also use teabags to steep anything that has candy in it, like sprinkles or tiny candies or whatever. i mean, not every time, but often. cuz i dislike the film it tends to leave on the cup if it’s a tea i drink a lot of.

anyways, you get the idea. i use a steeper basket once in the morning and once in the evening, and basically use teabags on the go or at my desk the entire rest of the day.
there is really something to be said about easy clean-up!
i add a box of 100 teabags to my cart anytime i need to push an order over $50 for free shipping.


I love them too!!! I use them OR the ones from English Tea Store (which are also available through amazon.com) and are identical to David’s :)

Perfect for taking tea to work!


Like you, I use these to brew right in the timolino (so I also have a few baskets lying around). Love them love them!


I keep a box of teabags at work because I don’t want to mess around cleaning out steeping baskets. It’s just much more efficient to toss it in the trash!

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my tastebuds have some kind of weird block against this tea i think. every time i’ve tried it i ended up in somesort of uncertain flavors realm.

i’m not even gonna mess with a tasting note really. it was just that confusing. i’m pretty sure this tea is delicious and i don’t trust myself.

thanks to jump62359 for this memorably weird experience!

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Bro, that’s right, I’m Team Hawkguy, bro.

i have Hawkeye on my phone lockscreen. i have Hawkeye on my phone wallpaper.
i have digital copies of the all around awesome Fraction comic series as well as the monthly issues and the then compiled editions because i love the art and i love the story and i love agent barton and i love pizza dog. the comic series doesn’t have any huge action battle scenes. very un-comic book like. but what it does have is lots and lots of panels of Clint’s face. usually confused or stressed or bruised or surprised. he’s just a man. a dude. kinda a mess of a dude. he’s all sore muscles and avoiding phone calls and a haphazard yet easy-going landlord that can’t seem to hook-up his own cable connection. he drinks too much coffee and seems to only eat pizza and is bad with all kinds of relationships. he wears a santa hat and watches Dog Cops and fights the mob.

he’s a human dude with a lot of bravery and vulnerability. and despite all the quippy jokes and clowing around this prankster sometimes makes, i’m not sure this blend seems very Clint Barton to me. my Clint is a mix of damaged yet optimistic fuck-up and confident independent killing machine. and the flavors here are bit too bright to express all his complex qualities.

but OBVIOUSLY i have a lot of Hawkeye feeels so i suspect that maybe just maybe my vision is a little muddied.

the gunpowder wasn’t really noticeable in my first cup, and i hope that comes out more in the future. i’ll brew it for longer next time for sure. on the plus side, the lemon grass and coconut flavors make this a very very drinkable tea overall. so i’ll have no problem enjoying the tea itself :)

“Boomerang Arrow, Kate— it comes back to you in the end. Boomerang. Respect it.”
“Why the hell do you need an arrow that comes back to you after you shoot it, Clint?”


Bro, I’m wearing my Hawkguy shirt right now, bro!


bro, totally awesome, bro! mad props ;)


Hawkguy! I keep seeing bits of it on tumblr, and it looks so interesting. :)


I do archery, so naturally I love anyone who shoots. I feel like I should know more about original Hawkeye though. What did you think about Hawkeye in the Avengers movies? Just curious :)


Not enough Hawkeye. IMO. But then, I fell asleep during the Avengers, so maybe I’m not the best source. :D


hey isaila, i feel like i saw you mention archery in a comment once and that’s when i followed you. one of my roommates has a whole collection of these little archery pin awards? and when the weather gets warmer we plan to maybe/hopefully set up some targets in the back yard. (i tried archery out a few times when i was younger.)
the second Avengers movie promises to have much more of Hawkeye in it than the first one. cuz, ya know, in the first one he was mostly possessed and stuff.
as Marvel tends to do, i think their casting in the movie is impeccable. and it’s hard to talk about comics often because there are always multiple interpretations and reinterpretations going on, but in truth, the Renner Hawkeye is kinda what helped bring the new comic/cartoon Hawkeye into it’s modern Hawkguy brilliance.

damnit i could ramble forever about this crap. if you haven’t looked into Kate Bishop Hawkeye you might really like her. she is also in the new comics.
i also love Green Arrow. read many of the comics, enjoyed his Smallville presence, and currently watch the show Arrow with enthusiasm. basically, archers in fiction are perma-loners and their politics tend to be more radical and isn’t there just something so poetic about the bow and arrow?!

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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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