when comic peers ask me lately what projects I’ve been working on I don’t really know what to say. But then I look at all that art that I’ve made for the tea labels and it’s like… I HAVE been doing stuff. I swear. I just don’t know how to explain “….tea….?”
These are all just so awesome.
Okay I’m really pleased with the rest of the Doctor Who blends now that I’ve finally put them together, so I’m posting a preview of the flavors now. The links and everything will go public later tonight after I’ve finished the label art <3
- Captain Jack Harkness: [ceylon sonata, rooibos almond, chocolate chip] A smooth, timeless blend guaranteed to charm anyone off their feet. You can take it to bed, but it will probably keep you up all night.
- River Song: [earl grey moonlight, coconut, rooibos lemon cloud] I could describe this tea, but that would be spoilers.
- Rose Tyler: [ceylon sonata, raspberry patch, earl grey lavender] A fun, bright, sweet blend. Painfully loyal and filled with love and comfort. Careful though, can come on a bit strong and may not be to everyone’s taste.
- Martha Jones: [assam melody, sesame, rooibos caramel] A calm, rational tea with an edge of bravery (don’t question how a tea can be brave, it just CAN). The perfect tea for thrill seekers.
- Donna Noble: [irish breakfast, cinnamon, orange] At first glance you may assume this tea is plain, simple and maybe not very interesting, but let it stick around for a while, and you’ll discover what a comforting (and often exciting!) presence it will quickly grow to be.
Yaaaay until Gale and Finnick arrive next week, this is the last of my teas that I have to review!
Sailor Moon Serenitea: Oooh goodness in the bag this tea looks and smells adorable. The mixture of bits of fruit and bright blue flowers in the tea is so awesome. The citrus and floral notes really shine in the smell, and surprisingly doesn’t compete with the smell of bright hibiscus and cherries.
After steeping, the smell of the cherries becomes dominant, but not powerfully so. Flavor-wise this tea is a lot more complex than I was expecting and….. adorable. It just. Tastes…cute.It’s tart from the hibiscus, which also pairs with the earl grey to make it floral as well. The notes of cherry and orange help to round out the cup and make it very sweet and pleasant. I think this is another one that doesn’t need sugar, but I always try all the reviews with some, and adding some really brings the earl grey back to the front, which I personally like, since I’m more of a fan of earl grey than hibiscus. A small splash of cream… doesn’t really do this tea any flavors. It’s lovely by itself *w*
The Lemon Is In Play: Whoooahhh I don’t know what to think about the smell when I open the bag. It is strong and almost aggressively lemon to me. But not like, artificial lemon scent lemon, which is good. It’s like, lemon cream pie. So it’s a little unsettling, I think? I’m just not used to lemon teas! XD; BUT once it’s in the cup, the lemon mellows out A LOT, thank goodness. I was really shocked. The Ceylon is the strongest smell now, which is nice, and I’m still getting a whiff of the cream. The taste is much the same. The black teas are the strongest flavor, by far, with a little bit of bitterness from the lemon at the end. I was honestly not expecting this to taste like such a…. normal tea. Adding a spoonful of sugar definitely starts to bring out the lemon and cream flavors a bit more which is lovely. I added some cream, and man this tea is just lovely. I Remington came in at this point and demanded a taste and he said “hmmm… yes, definitely very creamy and traditional at first… but then after that initial taste you get a zing of lemon at the end. That’s weird.”
Shut up Rem, it’s not weird, it’s delicious. The lemon literally is hiding in plain sight. You just have to work to find it. Gosh, the more I drink this, the more I really like it.
Polar Bears are Brilliant: The smell of this one is also really surprising… very grassy, and it took me a minute to realize that I was smelling sweet pear…it smells somewhat bubblegum-y. Rem described it as cream soda. The loose tea itself is really… odd 8D; Like… it looks half made up of tiny sticks. I had to break it up a little bit to even fit in my tea ball. Since this tea is a white and green with just a little bit of black-ginger, I didn’t use boiling hot water to brew with, but I sort of wish I had now, since it seems to be brewing a little weak. The smell in the cup is just lovely though, and the pear scent is gorgeous. The taste is very bright and fruity, and as I said, it brews up a bit weak. I think I’ll try the water hotter next time, and brew it a bit longer. I also wish the ginger was just a bit more present, but again, I’ll probably have to increase the temperature and steeping time to bring it out. Rem actually sat and ate bits of the tea (the sticks and chunks of dried pear) out of the bag while it was brewing and was sad that the flavor of the cup did not match the flavor of the tea bits. He’s… weird. Anyway. Adding sugar makes it taste like bubble-gum/cream soda a bit again. Not unpleasant, and honestly, if we’re thinking of a tea to suit Arthur Shappey, it quite fits the bill.