773 Tasting Notes

drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
773 tasting notes

chocolate and light. sssssslightest bit of mint.
it sweetens and it deepens.
matching the christmas eve sky.
here is a poem for you to enjoy.

by ee cummings

if in beginning twilight of winter will stand

(over a snowstopped silent world)one
spirit serenely truly himself; and

alone only as greatness is alone —

one(above nevermoving all nowhere)
goldenly whole,prodigously alive
most mercifully glorying keen star

whom she-and-he-life ifs of am perceive

(but believe scarcely may) certainly while
mute each inch of their murdered planet grows
more and enormously more less:until
her-and-his nonexistence vanishes

with also earth’s
—“dying” the ghost of you
whispers “is very pleasant” my ghost to

warning, fitness-centric post!

so first things first, i use myfitnesspal to try to keep reigns on my eating so that i don’t out grow my pants and so i can continue to progress at running. today i added a category for tea hah! it goes TEAS, breakfast, lunch, dinner. duh should have done that long ago.
i also add every tea i drink to the database, even if they are adagio fandom blends and i’m the only person who will drink them. i love seeing bilbo or sherlock names when i go to log food.

now, i have also registered for a relay race in October. it’s usually a relay of 12 people but this year we are doing and ‘ultra’ team which means we each run twice as much over the 30 hr race. about 33 miles each person is the estimate. since i prefer long distances i’d have it no other way.
we need a name for the team, so i’ve been brainstorming puns. the race is 6 people in a van, 1 person runs at a time, and if you can decorate the van for a theme it’s even better. the first round of punny names include:
Repo Van
Vando Calrissian
Encino Van
Vans Labyrinth
The Hobbit: Van Unexpected Journey
VAN Hell Zing
The Van Who Wasn’t There
A Van with No Name

ohfancythat (whatshesaid)

I use MFP too, I will have to search for the teas!!


they are ALL on there! especially DavidsTeas. it’s kinda crazy. i like knowing that other people also log tea. makes me feel warm and fuzzy. also i add teas to the database all the time.

ohfancythat (whatshesaid)

Makes me happy to see them there too…. Though they are all zero everything so logging it isn’t helpful really


The ones I have found so far are zero on MFP — except Bollywood Chai is 10 cals/cup!! It must be the candy coated fennel seeds – but how can that be more than the chocolate in RML or some of the other teas?!

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
773 tasting notes

wow hah!! another one i drank for the first time almost a year ago.
and here i am kinda revisiting the tea. that taste in 2013 was just a sample i’m sure. this time i bought a 4oz tin. i guess it kinda stuck with me that whole time.

and THAT is why i want to declare that I LOVE my tea cupboard right now.
and i never realized it before but when you love your tea cupboard very very much, and you have a very big teapot you also love very much, and aren’t afraid to brew full pots and drink them down anytime you want, all the tea gets drunk much faster! and buying more tea samples and full oz of teas to re-fill the tins becomes an exciting and ongoing endeavor!

it took me over a year to figure out what it is that i like and to recognize a potential super favorite tea when i taste it. and i can also see how my taste is continuing to change. (like i never thought i would enjoy unflavored tea blends as much as i recently have. it clicked all of a sudden and now i’m inspired.)

this tea has a darkness about it. a moodiness. many of my other chocolate teas have a more playful and twinkling chocolate flavor to them. but this is a chocolate tea for adults. and exactly why i bought it to drink at work. because work is the place i’m most adult. ever.

(i’m gonna update my cupboard cuz i’m pretty sure it’s about to be swapping time!)

good morning steepsters!!
it’s friday!
i love tea!

“Good Morning!"

“What do you mean? Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?”

“All of them at once”


The Hobbit??


yes master hobbit, yes :)


Gandalf has the best lines in ALL the movies.


doesn’t he tho!?!?!
he’s always like “BAM!”. wizdom.


status report! i totally updated this tea note…

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have you seen Prometheus?

did you like it?


It wasn’t my fave, I found it slow – but visually gorgeous.


well i freakin loved Prometheus! i mean, i know i know iknowwww you can tell me about all the plot issues and character problems and how blabbity blab made no sense and i will agree with you. and i will still love it! my beau says it’s a B-movie with a big budget. and that it’s kinda okay cuz it’s in the vein of the original in that regard. he did not like it the way i do. i just sent 10 articles about the movie to my kindle for weekend reading.


I like that – a B movie with a big budget. I don’t find that offensive to the movie at all – it’s actually quite an awesome way to think of it. B movies have always been my fave – I think I will watch it again with that in mind! :)

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i steeped this one for a longer amount of time with water that was not boiling. in fact it was kinda just hot water. see, i was impatient and i had boiled the water 3 times already and forgot it every time. so i just used it at the temperature it was out of self annoyance. hah


ok. you were warned. just sayin.

Tea 1 Pu-erh Dante
giving Sir Guy a pu-erh makes complete sense. scents and flavors of damp forest and black leather. you sexy evil lonely man you. have i been biting your leather armour?
Tea 2 Tiger Eye
the tiger eye tea is chocolate and caramel tinged, which seems like mostly to serve as a vehicle to lessen the pu-erh and segue into the hazelnut. steady now.
Tea 3 Honeybush Hazelnut
basically the hazelnut part of this tea really kicks the ass out of any other smells in the blend, or maybe the hazelnut and chocolate and caramel all mix into one new beast. because it smells like over the f#ing top maple pancakes!! like wowza! like knock you over pancakes! like breakfast with Guy at his manor pancakes!? …maybe? … oh come here you big angry warm heart of a man you.
(the scent of hazelnut pancakes is NOT as strong in the brewed tea, though it is still perfectly present and i love it. i think milk and maybe a touch of sugar would really make this tea too delicious to bare, but i rarely add anything to my tea. also i really don’t think Guy would approve. he’s a no nonsense kinda dude ya know. also he’s the ‘bad guy’. and we all know bad guys don’t like sugar. though perhaps if i’m ever in the mood for some punishing i guess i might consider it.) (i know, i went too far there.) (i’ll revise this once my embarrassment kicks in.) (probably.)

poor Sir Guy, he’s constantly pulled between good and evil. between who he really wants to be and who he is. so beautifully conflicted. so totally goth. aren’t we all really? aren’t we all.



LOVE You are amazing! This was the best tasting note I’ve ever read. Awesome and hilarious :) Thank you for brightening my day!! My favorite highlights: “you sexy evil lonely man you. have i been biting your leather armour?” “oh come here you big angry warm heart of a man you.”


giggles…goth doesn’t work at 65 outside of Hollywood. You’re put in a home with a locked door.

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drank Winter White by Carytown Teas
773 tasting notes

enjoyed this at Lamplighter Roasting Company along with a vegan cookie and the sunset.
it’s a subtle and delicate tea. that’s why i chose it.

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it’s like when you love a song so much that you wanna play it for the world to hear!
i wanna play this tea for the world to hear.

today i’m buying more.

this tea is ONE of a KIND!
Lapsang, Candy Cane Tea, and Ginger Tea?!?! all in one cup.
i still laugh when i read the ingredients, but it is really an amazing cup. not upsetting in the least. but it is quite feisty. and precarious. the lapsang is big on the nose, but really it’s the ginger that carries the whole cup. a little cinnamon pinch on the cheek & marigold flowers to pat you on the head.
smaug is a complex and quite lovable dragon.

smaug you are one crazy tea dragon and we will be friends forevah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

obviously i am the only one drinking this tea.

i never give teas actual ratings because it’s seems arbitrary to me. i mean it uses so many people and so many diverse opinions and tastes and they all end up in the same 15 point range that i don’t see how it’s very helpful. but whatevs. i’m not complaining, just explaining why i don’t really rate stuff.

BUT I’M GONNA GIVE THIS ONE 100 BOOM cuz everyone needs to try it at least once.

from the website:
1. lapsang souchong – famously smoky aroma and flavor. clean and slightly cool smokiness in the aroma, like menthol. Sweet, refreshing smoky flavor, crisp and edgy.

2. candy cane – Premium black tea from Sri Lanka flavored with minty candy canes.

3. ginger – Fresh, warming heat of ginger with the rich tang of Ceylon black tea.



I should try the package of this that I have. I’m a bit concerned because there’s a lot of individual ingredients that I don’t like in it. :(


well, that would make me apprehensive too. i personally do like lapsang, especially when it is mixed with something. i basically do like all the ingredients in this, i just would NEVER consider putting them together. i am amazed that it works on every sip. so glad i bought this tea on a 50% fandom influence.


It sounds intriguing. Also, I like the smaug fan art.


not exactly related,…ok not related at all
do NOT go to etsy and look up tea cups. you’ll end up poor. and with lots of tea cups.


Of course, I am on my way to etsy right now….


I love the smaug art too, and etsy is something I never should have stumbled upon.


if you buy anything tea related from etsy can i see?!?!?


damnit. i only have one cup of this tea left!!
will i dare try to place an order for just ONE bag of tea? is that even humanly possible?


IKR those are so cute! (but too expensive really.) (but totally cute i love them lots)


If I wore jewelry other than extremely delicate tiny stuff, those would totally be on my list.


The other day my father asked me “so when is my smaug coming in?” And I told him, “what do you mean ‘when is it coming in?’ did you order any??” My parents are getting to accustomed to freebies. haha. Lucky for him moraiwe offered to send her left over bag of plain Lapsang Souchong.

Terri HarpLady

So…I wasn’t really that interested in trying this one, until I read your review(s) of it! AND there just happens to be a sample of it in the TTB-A. So it’s on…probably tomorrow though.

ohfancythat (whatshesaid)

I still can’t get over the smell of this, lol. I will try it dammit, I will! Just sounds so bizarre!!


it was. . .an experience. . .at least. I felt like surviving this tea was to undergo some kind of tea initiation ritual. (^^)


Oh man. I feel like Smaug after I drink plain Lapsang Souchong. Like I could burp a campfire or something. This blend is hardcore intimidating. :O

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idk what i was thinking only bringing 3 teas with me to work.

idk what i was thinking placing ANOTHER order to davidstea before the last one arrives.

idk what i was thinking staying up till 1am when i knew i have to run 7 miles today.

it’s just not the smoothest of days. but crap am i excited to drink my future new tea!


plus sale teapots.


Oooh! Exciting! (All the new orders that is). Hope that’s enough to keep you through the day!

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drank Winter Nog by Della Terra Teas
773 tasting notes

this tea smells almost too crazy!!
it’s super fun. glad i got this to try.

i’m so tired from the gym but i really need to shower. you know how it is.

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drank St. Petersburg by Kusmi Tea
773 tasting notes

i love my 5 russian tea sampler pack i got from kusmi!
the tins are lovely. each smells so potent and decadent. and the russian theme adds a bit of romantic stoicism to each sip.
it’s a literary cup!
my boyfriend declared that the tea was ‘so smooth!’ on first sip, and he didn’t even know what kind i gave him. he could just tell that kusmi was different from the others i’d been brewing for him. and i think that says something.
i don’t get that heavy of a citrus flavor, but it is there. definitely. it adds to the dryness overall.

has anyone made a spreadsheet for their tea?
if so, what kind of info did you keep in it?
am i over doing it?
i mean, steepster has all the info anyways kinda right, so is this really necessary?
and i could just keep a list of the special steep times for the exception teas?
my sister’s friend said i need TEAHAB.

we all just wanna drink our tea down to a manageable amount don’t we?

many of us have decided to try to not buy more tea in 2013 until we drink what we have and make room for the new purchases. i’m no exception. i also have 2 drawers of tea in my kitchen (*see ref a & b) and a 3 rd that i call ‘the-tea-i-shouldn’t-have-bought’ drawer because i have no proper place to put it. it’s the drawer where i put my new orders when they arrive, as a holding place until i have an empty tin or something available for storing them in.

well yesterday i freed up 3 tins and this morning i just finished this tea, St. Petersburg, as well.
goodbye St. Petersburg. you are a healthy stable cup and i will see you again i’m sure.
and i will also use your tin for years to come.

a.) http://instagram.com/p/Uh6QRIoc-a/
b.) http://instagram.com/p/Uh6GZyIc-N/


I’m just checking out their website now :) What would you recommend?


i’ve only tried the 5 russian tea sampler (http://us.kusmitea.com/tea-set/assortments-of-mini-tins/russian-blends-selection.html) and i got a big tin of the Caramel because it seemed to be highly enjoyed on steepster. but in the future i will just get more of the mini-tins definitely. i will easily buy another mini-tin assortment before the winter is up, so that is what i recommend. just pick one that speaks to you.

(i noticed that some people mail each other tea in snail mail regular card envelopes. idk how they keep the tea from getting all smushed and crushed up, but i’d be happy to TRY to send you some caramel if you want.)


Thanks :) Actually I’ve done some swaps and so far everything has arrived to me intact. I’d love to try some if you’re willing. Was there anything you’d like me to send you?


i think next time i might get the “Afternoon Teas” assortment. that one looks good to me at the moment. :)

i’ll send you a message about mailing!

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drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
773 tasting notes

made my breakfast and lunches for the week! feels good and healthy.

TRYING to decide on a book to read – Ninety Days, Devil in the Details, How Should a Person Be?, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, A Field Guide to Getting Lost, Gone Girl, and Songs and Stories of the Ghouls.
i’m really good at reading the first few pages of each and then not deciding on one. and i’m freakin pissing myself off.
don’t worry, it’s my own burden and i do it to myself.

this tea is not very lavender i don’t think. i say that because i don’t really like lavender. but i loooove myself some coconut.

(i will say that i always have a hard time picking this tea because i made the mistake of listening to the songwriter and song the tea description mentions and the thought of it makes me hate people)


Read them all? Personally, I would eeny meeny miney moe to choose what order and then just dig in.


ya right? like just discipline and turn off the doubting brain and just keep reading one. i’m gonna number randomizer it!


I love the number randomizer.


it generated 2, Devil in the Details it is!
thanks for the nudge.

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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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