767 Tasting Notes

the most memorable review of this tea goes to CrowKettle.
you should do yourself the favor


I’m touched (and very red) that you would say that!

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had a free drink on my starbucks card and it’s gonna expire in a couple days so i had to use it.

large soy chai latte with 2 shots of espresso added.

if you have never added espresso, do yourself the favor! quick before the world ends!

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I’m Sherlock Holmes, the world’s only consulting detective.
I’m not going to go into detail about how I do what I do because chances are you wouldn’t understand. If you’ve got a problem that you want me to solve, then contact me. Interesting cases only please.
This is what I do:
1. I observe everything.
2. From what I observe, I deduce everything.
3. When I’ve eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how mad it might seem, must be the truth.

i brewed this in my timolino to take to the movies.
we were gonna see Lincolin and i felt like the Lapsang was properly oldtimey and candlelight toned to match.
but at the last minute we changed our mind and saw The Hobbit!!
and i’m so glad i did!
honestly had i known, i probably would have brewed my Watson tea for Martin Freeman of course.
or maybe i would have chosen Love Tea #7 for Bilbo’s endlessly endearing honesty.
but in the end, the assam gently softens the lapsang in this deeply grounding tea, and the earthiness of this blend always tastes like home to me.
i had a great evening.

this tea is exactly like it’s described. exotic and mysterious and i’m not even exaggerating.

it smells and tastes like thoughts and sensations. like the air pressure dropping in the weather. or your legs hitting a pocket of cold current while swimming in a warm ocean.

this is a tea for when i am in a serious mood. which is often.
this tea is goth.


(umm, and who’s seen bbc robin hood? hello richard hi there.)


:) Love BBC Robin Hood & Mr. Armitage. Have you seen the show MI-5? He’s beautiful in that.


wha what?!
all 10 seasons of MI-5 are on netflix? and huh? Rupert Penry-Jones is in it too?!?!

i spent ALL of xmas last year watching ALL of robin hood. nonstop. no exaggeration.
apparently i will be spending ALL of this xmas watching MI-5!! hah!
Em! thanks for ruining my productivity,…i MEAN ….. thanks for the exciting and timely nudge towards HOURS of FUN! yay


:) I hope you like it. Also has Matthew Macfadyen of Mr. Darcy fame and Max Brown who is on the new show Beauty and the Beast. All of the actors play in different seasons, but it’s worth watching all the seasons. In fact, this discussion has inspired me to watch season 7 where Richard’s character is introduced :) Keep me posted on what you think of the show!


Macfadyen! I liked him as Darcy but I LOVED him in Any Human Heart. (a pbs/bbc creation) Something about it was like watching a poem. an actual poem.

I guarantee that I will watch MI-5. fo sho.


:) I’ve not watched Any Human Heart, but now I’m going to have to check it out. I just played around on Adagio and made some Robin Hood blends. That’s what you do when you don’t feel like going to sleep :)


OMG!!!! your guy of gisborne tea is so awesome! haha i’m gonna buy some, eventually. probably.
oh sigh, robin of locksley.
i have too much tea!!!!!!!!
also i wanna re-watch all of robin hood immediately.
also i want to drink robin & guy tea! (and i’ll add single rose from another tea, so lady marian can join in too) it’s a threesome, …er…a….i mean teasome.

(steepsters, thank you in advance for letting me dork out as much as i embarrasingly want and not immediately unfollowing me. like seriously.)


I love your “dork out”! I should make a Lady Marian tea too. It was getting late and I decided to go to bed :)


bed shmed!!!
haha kidding
i mean, i drink tea so i don’t have to sleep. right?

…i stayed up till like 2am watching the two recent episodes of Elementary.


That’s a good reason to stay up until 2!


a week later…
i have not watched MI-5 yet
i have ordered the guy and robin teas


Bummer about MI-5, but I feel honored at your ordering of the teas :) I still haven’t, but I think I will with the Christmas money I have!


Em! the Guy of Gisborn tea smells amazing!!!


AWESOME!! I plan to buy some when I get a little cash. Looking forward to your reviews :)

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drank Graveyard Mist by 52teas
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i’ve been unlucky with the 52teas i’ve been trying.
until now!
it took me maybe 4 different steeps with 4 different teas before i finally learned that i need to handle 52teas more delicately. i need to make sure the water is not too hot. and i need to steep for 2 min or less. and i need to be a bit more strict about it than i have in the past.
this is a valuable lesson!
as an enthusiastic newb i thought that being ‘close enough’ would be fine. but of course this devil-may-care attitude won’t work with tea.

i definitely like this tea.
it’s brisk.
and i especially like the creepy picture on the label.


I have the same experience with 52Teas. The base teas can be very strong so even though I want to go a little longer for more flavour it isn’t always smart. Keep a tight grip on the temp and time though and you can get a pretty good brew! :) Glad you found your trick!


it’s with advice from steepsters such as yourself Uniquity that proved the most helpful. now i’m excited to go home and try the previous 12 days of tea and do it right.


It is a great picture!

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i went to WPA bakery (Well-made Pastry Alliance) and had a piece of chocolate banana rum walnut pie and a cup of tea. they also sell pots of tea!
i was there alone and i read my book (Shade it Black) and slowly savored my pie and tea.
i can’t wait to go back.


I love Carytown Teas :)

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drank Black Velvet by SerendipiTea
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i don’t taste too much ginseng in this tea.
it’s a nice balance of anise and peppermint and licorice.
both refreshing and warming in the morning.
clears the gunk out of my eyes while i eat my favorite vegan burrito.

drank at Harrison Street Cafe in Richmond Virginia.
i love this vegan cafe!! i just wish they had slightly better tea is all.

the tea is fine enough. but all the other really good places here in RVA sell the local blow your mind awesome Carytown Teas. so obviously they should too. tea is so often treated as an after thought isn’t it.

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drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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i used the http://www.jaydeee.net/pickatea.php tool to help choose this tea last night.
it was great!

and then i put my roller skates on and did spins in the living room (before we refinish the floor and move the furniture back in).
did i mention i used to competitively roller skate? like what they do on ice skates on tv.
i had some pretty rad costumes.


rollers skates and rad costumes…what a fun tealog :D

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drank Flu Fighter by Carytown Teas
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a local punk dive bar has this on the menu. it’s tonic and kinda bold. great for the long sip on a late evening out with friends. (i also hear it’s nice with some whiskey in it).

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drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
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i just remembered that i made tea in my dream last night
i remember scooping out a teaspoon worth, inspecting it, and then putting it back in the canister repeatedly trying to get the right balance of tea elements on the spoon.
i know you know what i mean.


There’s never enough of the good clumpy stuff when you get to the bottom of the package!


Yeah, I know what you mean! :D

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drank Peppermint by Bigelow
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a local delicious lunch/dinner spot for cheap fried food and huge fresh salads and wonderful vegan burritos is a place i go to WAY TO OFTEN. they have a dozen amazing craft beers always on tap, but only bigelow tea.
yet every time i have this tea, i end up thinking ‘this is refreshing!’
‘i should drink more mint!’
so it’s nothing special, but i always like it.
it went great with the slice vegan mexican chocolate cake.

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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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