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:
The Hobbit: Van Unexpected Journey
VAN Hell Zing
The Van Who Wasn’t There
A Van with No Name
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!!
i love tea!
“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”
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.
GREAT JOB ON THIS TEA EM!!
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.
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!
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.
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)