768 Tasting Notes

let me tell you what happened.
i got this awesome swap from jump62359 and i just started enthusiastically drinking them. dove right in.

however, it seems that 3 teas i picked in a row to try from the swap all had chai in them. chai chai chai. and this tea itself was so kinda dull, that i just kept procrastinating making a note. and then i would brew another cup. and try to pay better attention while sipping. and maybe figure the tea out more. maybe it would click or something? but nope. not this one.

(i would brew it. taste it. taste it some more. i would get bored. it would get cold.)

what i do love about this tea is that it makes me think of Elementary’s Sebastian Moran who i thought was very good and menacing. and still i “felt something” for the man. he was cast very well. (i suspect casting is why Elementary has grown on me so strongly.) (also the show has/had a trans-woman casted and portrayed it and not in any kind of weird or outlandish way, she was written and acted with depth and nuance.) (also all the women on the show (all two of them? hah) aren’t annoying. which is basically unheard of on american tv.)(i ramble…)

the other thing i like about this tea is that Tea Sipper apparently loves it! she has a much more sensitive palate than me. i can say that with confidence and very little background information because basically EVERYBODY has a more sensitive palate than i do!! hahah
i still have a few more cups of this so i will give it a rest for a while and then try again, while channeling Tea Sipper through my brew. i love the learning puzzle that’s sometimes tea.


Oh good, I’ll be channeled :D I wouldn’t say I have a sensitive palate.. I don’t know. I tried watching Elementary a couple times but I kept figuring out the twists way before Sherlock. I do not like to be smarter than my Sherlocks. :D I’ve got too many shows to watch anyway.


too many showz,… ikr tell me about it!
and i confess, i may be a huge sherlock and ‘magic’ and scifi show watcher, but i do have my consistent share of guilty pleasures (SVU & Bones basically). so yes i agree that Elementary basically falls in that category. ie; formulaic non-magic-themed american tv.
i wouldn’t really encourage anyone else to watch it, but i also have no intention of stopping myself! :)

tea-sipper I’m very happy I recently learned the BBC Sherlock isn’t really going to stop.. they will just keep taping new episodes whenever they feel like it!

that is the MOST exciting! and sure i’d like more episodes each year, but really each episode is SO rewatchable and the quality is so high, that i wouldn’t wanna trade quantity for quality ever.

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Phil Coulson!
the original fan boy!
(and who wouldn’t be for a captains uniform like Steve’s)
(now come to think of it, it’s pretty easy to imagine Phil drinking tea. it goes with his suits. and perhaps he’d swap samples with Bruce and Natasha.)

it snowed last night and i was hoping for a snow day so i could stay home and drink all my new tea that arrived yesterday. that didn’t happen, but i did still try my first Coulson cup as i tried to watch the opening scene to Agents of Shield. (problem there was no new episode last night)

keeping my story long, i didn’t know what the ingredients were in this blend. i just wanted to get to know Phil. so 30 min later when i was yellllling with enthusiasm at my sister about fanish things while we were trying to defrost her car. i HAD to calm myself down and wonder aloud, ‘what was in that tea’

maté. the answer is maté.

which i never drink. but i should probably drink it before every party.

i think this was my gateway maté.
also, it’s very strong. it’s for when you need to bring out the big guns. and that is totally Phil Coulson.

the smell of this tea is delicious cuz anytime you put adagio’s chestnut or caramel or hazelnut teas in a blend it takes over and smells like cake. yay cake.

so at first the flavor i got from the tea was confusing because i didn’t know it was maté. but now that i understand what i was tasting, i declare Agent Coulson’s tea BADASS. i seriously enjoyed the toasted maté sample i got in a swap way back when, i even thought about buying more, and this is the best way ever to buy more!

i suspect i will be able to get my boyfriend addicted to this tea cuz he’s the real maté drinker in the house, and then i will have an excuse to ALWAYS buy more Phil Coulson if i want.

Agent, report.


Ahaha you’re going to get your bf to drink Coulson tea. And yes, you were yelling with enthusiasm, but it’s fannish stuff and mate is a good excuse. Well, Coulson is a fanboy, so.


Haha! That’s awesome! Mate before every party indeed. :)


I’d like to… buy… some Coulson.

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oh Watson!
“Does yours rub off too?”
“Are you going to keep that?”
“Seriously it’s not a joke, you’re keeping that?”
stiff upper lip and all that…
this fuzzy tea is irish breakfast with a crumb of chai. not too much chai.
(that was really my main concern you see. balance.)
but it’s yummy! yummy like john.
keep the ‘stache john! you’re an independent man! celebrate!
you go gurl!

what am i even saying, we all know john is, well, maybe not entirely that.
john is in pain. and this tea is comforting. comforting like the little blanket he has there on his upper lip.

thanks so much to the darling jump62359! this was the tea, that lead to the swap, that started it all.

fyi i’m looking for fandom blend swap buddies


haha gotta love Sherlock!


Blanket on his upper lip! That just gave me the heebie jeebies! :)


Ah, I just rewatched the moosetache episode. :D

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drank White Christmas by Lupicia
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from my shinny brand new swap with jump62359! it’s definitely past christmas time, but there is snow on the ground for the first time this season, so this tea,…still appropriate. :)
i stared at the little white nodule that was in the tea bag for a long time. still not sure what it is. haha i love a mystery. …
… but now that it’s steeped the white node is gone, so i’ll assume it’s sugar. made to be pretty!
between the bold fruit flavor and the sugar pre-added, it’s definitely a sassy cup. this really is the most apricoty apricot tea i’ve tasted. it’s very apricot. and not really chocolate at all. (but maybe steeping the bag a second time will be different.)

this cup, and the snow covered ground, and my giant office window, and my giant mug, goes well with the Bach Partitas i’m listening to. (insert ‘ilovespotify’ rant here.)

i have a dance class tonight i’m already looking forward to. counting down the hours.

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
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this is seriously one of the best rooibos teas i’ve ever had. i thought i was done with rooibos all together. but here is green lupicia rooibos proving me wrong.
if you have a chance to try this tea you really should.
i steeped every last drop of flavor out of this first tea bag.

thank you jump62359! thank you so much for sending me this great swap!
it started so innocently on my part, all i wanted was to try Watson’s Mustache. (cuz i love Watson! but i kinda don’t love chai.) simple plan and all.
and next thing i knew, i was hyper-ed up about getting to try lots of hobbit blends i thought i’d never get to taste! (boyfriend called them contraband. i’m gonna re-sell them on the black market for top dollahh!)

this honey dew tea was an uber bonus to the swap. uber uber.

other news:
i also received a new big fat beautiful mug in the mail yesterday too
so i may have over done the tea a bit today haha

btw, if any of you who follow me have ADHD chat me up in a message! i wanna talk about how tea may or may not effect you.
when i say i drink a lot of tea, i’m not sure other people understand, and it’s definitely different than coffee ya know…


Green rooibos is slightly more tolerable than regular IMO…cute mug too :)


green really is better. i have david’s 3 lemon green that i also find very tolerable, …i might even say i like it hah.


That is a nice fat mug – so cute!


I had David’s Green and Fruity…and it was drinkable :)


I had found myself getting alittle weary of rooibos and then having a green one knock my socks off.


hmmm might need to try this sometime

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idk. this tea is one of those times when you know that it’s a good tea and many people seem to like it. and even though i know logically that it’s good, i still just can’t bring myself to like it.

so that’s, that.

in other news.
my boyfriend has been working on these shelves for quite a while and he just finished them.
he had basically NO building experience when he started.
So not only have his woodworking skills grown, but i can attest that his profanity vocabulary has also increased nicely.
they are proof that he is an insane optimistic determined and visionary man.


His ‘patience’ really paid off. Those are awesome! Yea, I am not a huge fan of this tea, either. It is all right.


OMG those shelves are amazing!


those shelves are awesome!


Yep. Also don’t like it. I did the very first time I had it, and then not so much.


That’s pretty sweet!


NO building experience? WHOA. I love the empty/full pictures.


that’s really fun!

Sami Kelsh

DUDE. Feel free to send your boyfriend to mine if he feels like building more shelves. My storage situation here basically amounts to an ikea side table and matching storage cube (which I’m proud to say I assembled all by myself!)
I had that tea once in New York with my girlfriend at the time. She ordered that one and I ordered Paris blend and halfway through we swapped because we liked the other better, and then I couldn’t remember which one she liked best and bought her a tin of each for Christmas. Now it reminds me of my ex-girlfriend, which is an uncomfortable cross between nostalgic and awkward.


The big questions is, are there enough shelves for your stash?

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drank Chocolate Tea by Harney & Sons
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holy whoa.
i had a cup of this yesterday. it was nice, but not notable. i kinda forgot about it right after drinking it.
then i came here and read Miss Starfish’s mention of steeping longer and thought that was a good idea.
so this morning, after my 5 minute steeped cup, i was WIRED! and it was delicious! or maybe that’s the caffeine motivated positivity talking.
who knows. who cares!
when i place another harney order i’ll probably throw a sample of this in again. i don’t need 4oz of it, but an enjoyable cup or two is definitely in the ‘do want’ column.

oddree and i were too tired to watch Sherlock on Sunday night, so we watched last night. and i’m not gonna say any spoilers. but episode 3 was kinda bonkers. all over the place. and i SERIOUSLY need to re-watch this whole season. the show is so fast paced that i get TONS of new things from re-watches. (i feel like the creators know that and have made each season even more complex than the previous one for this reason.)


Bonkers is right! I’m watching it now, and holy moly…


I couldn’t be bothered to find a stream or tv so I’m waiting for the dvd to come.


Every hour or so I remember the episode and go “Whoa!” all over again. Like, did that really happen? All of that? Will def have to rewatch about 10 times, like with the last 2 series. With lots of tea. Sherlock-themed tea.


Watching an entire season sounds like a lot of work!


I still have only watched part way into the second episode because I can’t get them to stream without excessive lag and that is no way to watch Sherlock! You are definitely right about picking up on more during the rewatches. One thing I thought was kinda cute was they used Benedict Cumberbatch’s actual parents to play Sherlock’s parents :)

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ya right, the scent of this tea is pungent! but it tastes much mellower thank goodness. my sis immediately said it smelled like cough syrup (granted she also has a cold at the moment hah). but the taste of the tea is very much currants and very little cinnamon. which both work for me pretty well.

it’s not one i need to get in my cupboard again soon, but i could see myself buying a sample from time to time for some variety in my cupboard.

a lot has happened for my head space in the past 24 hrs.
unrelated, issue #1 of the new Black Widow comic series is released today. i’m not a collector or anything. but i was an art major. so i think i’ll go pick it up. i’m super curious. and all the covers and most of the art is gonna be by Phil Noto (philnoto.tumblr.com/) …who has been supplying me with phone & computer wallpaper for a few years now. (please please i hope she is written smart please please please) (don’t fuck it up Marvel!)

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my morning was kinda a mess. nothing went accoring to plan.
but somehow i got 2 cups of tea down my gullet before i left the house.
that’s a small win.
my sis was right, this does have a strong peach tone to it. the ginger is just a slight slight hint at the very end of the swallow. which is fine. it’s just a touch of fruit zest!
it’s a very nice cup. glad to have this sample.

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Happy Birthday Sherlock Holmes.
your fictional birthdate will be on my calendar forever.
i will drink Russian Country all day and pour each cup in honor of you.
excuse the all the feeelz! last night was a heartbreaking episode. and compounded with the inordinate cloudy and overcast and freezing sky, it’s just got me in “a mood”.

i drank this tea yesterday morning as i watched the first 2 episodes of the new Community season with oddree and my boyfriend. it was a very satisfying viewing. and breakfast was a very british toast and beans with a fried egg. plus earl grey.
(i was already in sherlock mode. my early morning cup was 3 fandom blends all mixed.)

this mint chocolate tea might be a little weird for me. it’s just not what i’m used to or what i think of when i go to drink a chocolate mint tea. it’s totally mint. and i’m pretty sure it’s chocolate. but they just kinda balance and blend strangely?
i feel like i’m being hasty to judge. i’ll have another cup soon i’m sure. and i’ll get back to ya.


I started watched Sherlock for the first time on Netflix last night, because of all the raving comments I read here on Steepster! I’m a believer now, he’s so darn cute and witty, I love how humorous and smart the show is, what an entertainment!


Ooh, you have lots to look forward to, TeaFairy :)
Yesterday’s breakfast was great. And I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. Yay, Community’s return!
Today is also Lily Lam’s birthday too, and tomorrow is Cary Grant’s. Good week for classy British men over 100 years old. You know, if Sherlock existed in RL, but still…


YAAAAAY i’m so glad you enjoyed it teafairy :)

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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!

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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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