773 Tasting Notes

the mystery swap tea box i got from TastyBrew came with a note. it said the box contained “teas i don’t love as well as some of my favorites”. so The Game Is Afoot!!

actually, i realized that i have already cheated cuz i’m a big peek-er. and i looked up tastybrew’s opinion already. haha oh wellz

fact is, i love lapsang blends.
i really do. cuz lapsang seems like a tea that wouldn’t be blended with anything well and it’s always a surprise.
i also read a lot of sherlock fan-fic. and last night i stayed up till 4am in the morning getting half way through a really long story. and lapsang is always sherlock.
but i digress.

the vanilla and coco nibs are mild, but i can get a hint of the vanilla. i would have never thought of a vanilla added to lapsang but i now realize it’s OBVIOUSLY a great idea and i will hope to find a really good one someday.
i do think this tea itself is pretty mild. and i brewed it according to instructions. but next time i will probably try brewing it longer. (that is, when i brew my last cup. cuz i already drank 3 cups of this hah)


i picked this up with my order from steapshoppe so i’m looking forward to trying it. I think it sounds really interesting!

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i’ve been loving these tulsi samples i’ve been finishing up. i seriously need to buy some loose leaf tulsi. i have a feeling it’ll benefit me in many ways.
if anyone has a brand they like let me know! :)

now i will go to sleep super early so i can wake up at 5am and run a half marathon in the woods and rain with my sister. i’m totally looking forward to it. i have my pre-run and post-run teas already picked out. and we will go to the twisted branch tea house for lunch. xo


I am very interested in tulsi! I’ve tried one blend from, uhh, Georgie’s Tea Emporium, who gets it from Tea Affair.

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Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton – Detective Daughter
Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton – Doctor Blind

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christmas in May!
orange yay, almond yay, vanilla yay, and spices…hmmm i’m skeptical of you “spices”.
and it’s pretty mild.
i probably need to steep it longer.
i was worried there would be cinnamon with a capital C.
instead it’s just nothin to write home about.


no need to steep it longer…it remains mild…so mild…


hahahah …..so mild…..

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so, i’ll have a real cup of this soon, cuz i kinda messed up the brewing. i just know that it steeped for way too long. and i didn’t even dare taste it in that state.
i poured my tea from my tumbler to let it start to cool and i added more hot water to help with the oversteep. and then i added a little agave to the first cup. and this is pretty nice!
i actually like the taste of the tea more than the smell. i don’t really like chai teas, but i do like ginger teas. lots. which is probably why i requested this tea in my swap with Shadowfall. and i’m glad!
apple and ginger, apple and ginger, apple and ginger.
i can taste the chai-ness. the cardamom and orange peel. but it’s part of a blend and sufficiently muted for my tastes.

well, i also requested this tea cuz i’m SHERLOCK obsessed. (half way through the Two Two One Bravo Baker fic now.)
i own a lot of apple teas actually, and this tea makes me think i should try maybe mixing them with a little of the Super Ginger tea. Experiment! blending teas experiments! — more tasty than keeping severed heads in the fridge.

nothing to do with anything.
Ask is by far one of my favorite Smiths songs. it should be played 5 times at every wedding so i can dance to it over and over.
Ask by The Smiths

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oh ploppers. i wanted you to be tastier.
i mean, i guess since it said chocolate first it would be chocolaty-er.
it’s a good cup!! but maybe just not as tea dark and chocolate dark as i would have liked. maybe i’ll brew a second cup right now with a longer steep. that’s probably all it needs.

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drank Rose Green Tea by Kusmi Tea
773 tasting notes

eh, i’m not really a rose tea person. but the good news is that my sister is.
this from the 5 tin sampler pack i bought in paris. and i mostly bought it for my sister cuz she loves the Kusmis a lot. (hahah right on cue! she just sent me an email and i quote "this green rose tea is beautiful. kusmi teas are lovely and subtle but hard to screw up, and really pretty tins. plus lots of flowers. and french/russian. all good things.) i love her.
tea #280 tasted!

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once a goth, always a goth….
approx 1996

#not an actual tea review

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this tea smells really nice dry! a blend of floral and malty and nutty. i’m guessing the floral note is the vanilla oolong. as it cools the mellow vanilla note becomes a tad bolder. what an intriguing cup! i love adagio blends they are so fun!!

you can thank Shadowfall for the following crazy person rant! cuz she gave me this fun tea to try!

honestly, if you haven’t seen the film Hair by director Milos Forman, you should. he did One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Amadeus for heavens sake. also, i was a dancer and NEVER liked Twyla Tharp’s choreography, that is UNTIL i saw it in Hair. and the it all made sense. you don’t have to like musicals to like this movie. i swear.

i’m deep in fandom today. like too deep.
like, i just googled “fandom is unhealthy” deep.

let me list some famous Aquarius men for your entertainment and artspiration.
Tom Hiddleston i watch in Wallander. sure sure he’s Loki, but he is Magnus Martinsson first for me.
Simon Pegg is a brilliant man and one of the only celebs i follow on twitter. you MAY wanna look up the new The World’s End movie trailer that was just released. it’s gonna be so much fun. (and can’t wait to read the slash fic.)
David Lynch is awesome duh.
Seth Green is awesome duh.
Justin Hartley is only ever gonna be Smallville’s Green Arrow. but i love Green Arrow in every genre. cuz he is a rule breaker. and totally anti-authority. and loves spicy chili. and they quickly made it a point to have Justin take his shirt off in EVERY SINGLE EPISODE. quite frankly i’m shocked there isn’t a fandom youtube edit of them all.
James Spader is brilliant in so many things, cuz i was a teenager in the late 80’s, but he rose to the top in the movie Secretary. i only own 4 actual DVDs and this is one of them.
Henry Rollins, the person i’ve seen play or perform live more times than anyone else. the second time i went to see live music i was 15 and at the first Lolapalooza. the opening band was The Rollins Band. i can still sing every word to every song on Weight. don’t EVEN get me started on Black Flag. i always own two copies of Get In The Van, so i can give one copy away when the mood strikes me.
François Truffaut. start with The 400 Blows. it’s a movie that every other great film maker loves.
and lastly, Phil Collins is also an Aquarius. this song is one of my karaoke songs forever.
Genesis – Misunderstanding

PS i just got the david’s tea email about the t-shirt. i don’t wanna buy it, but i have to. i seriously have to.


I told my husband that DavidsTea had new “tea”-shirts, haha!! They’re cute!

ohfancythat (whatshesaid)

Omg I just looked them up. Cute.


Um, you forgot to add me to your list of Aquarius Men…Im soon to be famous!!


haha YES
ALSO Froogle_jimmy! future awesome sportscaster and fellow tea lover!


Thank you….much better :D

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i love apple teas. i love chocolate teas.
della terra is bold with the deserts. and you can smell this tea before you even pull the bag out of your purse!
it wasn’t as chocolaty as i was hoping for. but forming expectations is usually my problem anyways. after my first few sips i added a little agave, which is crazy cuz i rarely do that. especially on my first cup.
still, i love apple teas, and this apple tea is a warm apple flavor, as opposed to a fresh apple flavor.
oh wait i just had a crazy idea, what if i added just a tiny sprinkling of PB2?!? omg ! to be continued…


What’s PB2?


hey CHAroma, PB2 is a powdered peanut butter. it’s good for smoothies and can really make some icky tasting protein powder taste way better hah. it’s usually right next to the peanut butter in the store.


Wow, funky. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks! :)

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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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