767 Tasting Notes

thank you moraiwe! you sent an awesome box and i let my sister immediately select an herbal tea to share :)
it’s a yummy enough tea, if not strangely ….. oily?
it’s got an oil film goin’ on. you know the kind. but what’s not to ENJOY about an herbal tea with No rooibos in it?!? hah
also plus chocolate. also plus caramel. didn’t really get a bunch of sea salt. but adding salt to caramel is the hip thing these days isn’t it. totally acceptable.

let’s be honest. british television writes women WAY BETTER than any american show ever has. like. ever.
it’s so embarrassing.

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wow. um. i must really not like chamomile.
i mean, everyone likes verdant mostly, and i figured why not get this sample, cuz heck there’s chocolate in the name. but um no thank you.
there was a whole dried flower in the bag and i’m really not into it.

i now have two boxes going. they are 12 × 16 × 6 size boxes. one box is samples & swaps i have tasted and the other is samples & swaps i still need to taste. this might be adding to my tea blahs. it kinda looks like a big task when i have it all piled up like that.

jeez i wish i had brought a giant matcha latte with me today. that probably would have fixed me right up!

also, sleeping more instead of staying awake and reading sherlock slash until 2am would probably be a good idea too.


Awww. You’re turning tea into work! :| I spent yesterday sipping down and it made me feel like I was forced to drink tea, so today and I am drinking the ones I know I enjoy like Butiki’s teas, and DT’s Checkmate.

Also, aaagh. I need more Sherlock recs. :P


ah but recommending fan fic is so hard. because people’s tastes vary so much! like crazily so. but when i find an author i like, i tend to read any pairing they write for that i’m interested in.


i didn’t love this one either…it was ok.


Haha- no worries. I wasn’t asking you specifically to get me fic. I just should go out and do it. I just don’t? Even when I can email it to my kindle. :|


haha bingo, that’s exactly why i have so much. damn you kindle. no one understands me like you do kindle. hahaha


I got all distracted by the shiny new Aura from Kobo, but then realised I can’t ever leave Amazon until Kobo comes up with a way to email content. (Not like I need a new one anyways… my Kindle Keyboard still works fine and SOME DAY I will knit a Tardis cover for it.)


i have the kindle keyboard too. and love it forever.
my sister used her’s until it busted from overuse and had to get the paperwhite version. and since she doesn’t talk about it giddily and at random times, i will guess that she likes it equal to or less than the keyboard version.
i like the keyboard kindle’s simplicity. it’s all i need.
(i have a fire and never use it except for when i’m on a random comic book kick)

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i had my first CTC teas. two of them in one day. which is a great way to learn probably.
i steeped each two times. and i experimented with steeping times, as in drinking after 1 min and 2 min and 3 min. and i really do like CTCs. dark and malty. niiiiice.

i will investigate and try more!

thank you Shelley_Lorraine! such great great variety you sent me.

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i had my first CTC tea today! i had two of them and this one was my immediate favorite.

i feel like i say i’m ‘putting something on my shopping list’ often. and kinda mostly mean it.

but for this tea i entirely mean it. i’m a person who likes lapsang. and puerh. and dark funk teas. for example i’m a stout beer gal. i like it strong and when it bites back. not exclusively. but i think it says something about my preferences. and this tea was like smooth melty blackness.

brew time 1 min? not for me. if i remember correctly, i steeped for 2.

thank you Sil!


What is a CTC tea?

Hesper June

Heather, it stands for Crush, Tear, Curl.
Here is more to explain:)
Shmircles, this tea sounds tasty! (I am a stout beer girl too;)
I like how you said “I like it strong and when it bites back”


I love CTC teas! CTC Assam is my favorite.


What is the advantage or benefit of CTC?

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oh snap i’m probably speaking too soon but think i found my butiki green.
the dry leaves smell super duper. and the taste is cozy nutty and a little vanilla smoothness. it’s like it’s IN the tea leaves though. ya know? just a whole new creature.
i did two steepings of course.

thanks so much Shelley_Lorraine! i have enough for a second cup and very pro packaging too!

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okay. sigh. i just had to write this here because this is where i come to say everything i wanna say.
and i wanna say that i just ordered a long navy silk robe online.
it will be perfect for tea drinking.

della terra,
you make the most wonderful chocolate teas. i don’t care if they all kinda taste the same because it is the exactly chocolate tea that i will love forever. i am forever in your debt.


A tea drinking robe! I love it…


er, maybe i should call it a dressing gown?

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thank you Sil!
i remember liking it. i mean, hello, caramel! how could i not?!
but i suspect i’m getting green tea burn out.

i feel a strange amount of responsibility to review every single swap tea in as much detail as i can muster. but i’m realizing it’s just not going to be humanly possible. because even though i tell everyone how much more time i spend on here than on any other site and also that i love tea drinking so very much, i simply don’t have the time. i just don’t.
it’s a bummer. but i have limitations. pouty face.

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drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
767 tasting notes

Sil is a classy lady, so i’m sure she will forgive me for drinking this tea almost 7 days ago and not writing about it and basically forgetting my thoughts on it, but at least i remember that i did indeed enjoy it.
and i meant to write notes days ago but really, i’ve been too busy, what with watching all of Merlin and reading mountains of awesome fanfic in the sun until i got sunburn and then drinking wine til 2am after running miles and miles in the local cemetery. (i run in the cemetery cuz it has lots of hills). just too busy i say!
you understand.
i know you do.


Yay glad you liked it and of course I do. Sometimes it’s all just about the yes I liked it or no I didn’t :)

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omg somebody stop me i can’t possibly justify buying any sherlock cosplay stuff. no matter how comfy it sounds to me to walk around DragonCon in a navy satin robe. just no!
and i CERTAINLY can’t justify those sherlock teacups shipped from the UK. nuh uh.

i need to get out of this seat and go run 10 miles. if i keep procrastinating i’m not gonna be home until 11pm or something hah.

oh today.

i have more of this tea. so i’ll give it more chances.
i suspect i just had too high an expectation going in. (kinda like star trek 2) i’m sure i’ll love the second brewing of fresh leaves better. but right now i’m on the second steep of this cup and i’m wanting to love it more than i do. it’s possible blueberries in tea just aren’t really my thing. it’s subtle, don’t get me wrong. and i love the color of this tea. curiously murky. thank you Shelley_Lorraine.

let’s go to the gym now shall we?

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you know what is a great idea, distracting yourself from a pile of work with a little compulsive shopping on etsy!
i ordered two vintage tea cups & saucers this morning.
(one for john and one for sherlock) (i’m totally making fun of myself there)

gently dark and sweet and subtle.
i will say i think the second steep worked out WAY better for me than the first. i didn’t even time the second one. but man this is delicious.
i definitely get the peachy oak in this second go. mmm

thank you again Shelley_Lorraine


cute cups. :)


Ooo, pretty!


Nice cups! I kind of collect tea cups, and have a dozen waiting in the cupboard for me to remember to use them.


my dad gave a set to my sister, and i asked if i could use one for a little bit, and now i completely get it. i realized the importance of design, and mostly the handle. and i’m hooked on a good tea cup and saucer.


Oooh, I really like the antique Victoria one!

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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.

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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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