Swooping is Bad is now available, too!
Irish breakfast, vanilla oolong, green rooibos bonita, with mango pieces, raspberry pieces, and sprinkles
Well, I’m surprised at this one. Based on a quick sniff of the bag, I was positive this one would need to go back to the drawing board, but it’s actually really delicious!
The more I drink this blend, the more I like it. The aroma in the bag is overpoweringly fruity-sweet, almost cloying, so I thought the blend would be too candy-like. But the aroma and the flavors mellow out when brewed into a nice tea that’s hard to pin down. It has elements of black tea, rooibos, green tea, and oolong, all of which mingle together in the base flavor. The fruity notes are more in the aroma than the taste, but there is an almost tropical fruit note in the flavor in the finish. The vanilla oolong helps smooth over all the other flavors and tie them together.
This blend has been linked up in a ship with Widowed Queen, for a discount on both if they’re purchased together. (My other Alistair blend is shipped with a Warden blend).
Beautiful backgrounds by Romain Trystram (he works for animation projects and comic books).
Widowed Queen is now public!
Gunpowder green, ginseng green, lemongrass, and clove.
This is a really nice green tea blend with just a bit of bite. The smoky, robust green tea flavor of the gunpowder is the first flavor I notice, with highlights of lemon. The ginseng is there if you look for it, but otherwise it just helps add a bit of lightness to the rich taste of the gunpowder. The clove adds a bit of heat, particularly at the finish. How much spice you taste depends on how much clove you get in the mix on each cup/pot. They’re pretty easy to spot, so I can kind of tailor the amount of heat per cup by choosing more or less cloves for that batch. Brewing the tea a bit longer seems to balance out the green tea a bit more with the clove. I think it’s a good blend for Anora - classy but strong, with that bit of sharp spice. This one might do well with a touch of sugar or honey.
If the “Swooping is Bad” blend test batch turns out well, I’ll probably link those two up in a ‘ship for a discount, since this is my “non-romanced Alistair” blend. (The “Lamppost in Winter” blend is shipped with a Warden-themed blend).
merry christmas, ferelden
Opening Your Day: Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete
Let rise the dreams of your heart.
at my wedding, I want 9 people dressed up as the members of the fellowship of the ring to attend and halfway through the vows they stand up and start arguing until the one dressed up as Frodo shouts “I will do it, I will take the ring to the bride!”
then it just falls silent as he slowly brings me the Ring of Power
Oh my goodness, I will remarry my husband just to have this happen!
If you didn’t cut last night, I’m proud of you.
If you didn’t purge last night, I’m proud of you.
If you ate something last night, I’m proud of you.
If you calmed yourself down during an anxiety attack, I’m proud of you.
If you didn’t let the bullies get to you, I’m proud of you.
If you stayed alive for another night, I’m proud of you.
Just a sketch of my favorite pirate. This is mostly just me trying to get the hang of Isabela’s features, which I still haven’t gotten nailed down, but I really like how the eyes turned out in this one.
Moonlight Legends by Eric J. Pietrangolare
Sailor Cosmos: Julia Khoroshilov
Sailor Neptune: Crystal Zhang
Sailor Uranus: KrisRix
Sailor Pluto: Loranny Inocencia
Sailor Saturn: Olivia Luccardi
Sailor Galaxia: Brianne Osorio
Make-Up By: David Terzian
Big thanks too: Michael McGrail, Crystal Reed, Raisa Cordero Ferrer, Alyssa Holley, and Lacey Shreffler!
Check Out Part One here: http://ericjphotography.tumblr.com/post/64717569384/welcome-to-the-universe-outers-coming-soon#notes
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Don’t you wish they sold sample sizes to us blend creators so if we made something that needs tweaking, we weren’t stuck with $10 of tea we may not like?Yeah… I understand why they don’t - mixing correct ratios in smaller amounts would be pretty time-consuming and tedious… but it sure would be nice! I actually threw out my first test batch of Andraste’s Grace. Usually the test batches aren’t terrible, they might just need some tweaking but they’re still drinkable. That blend was one of my first, and it was absolutely awful.
Flawless Gemstone is now public at Adagio!
This is a good, solid, savory black tea - a nice change from all the flavored, fruity, or sweet teas I have in my collection. It’s very earthy, with the chicory notes of the mate standing out a bit above some of the other flavors. The mate was a bit strong in my test batch, so I took it down a notch for the final public version. The aroma has notes of cardamom, but it doesn’t show up much in the taste other than a lingering peppery flavor. It might take well to a bit of milk, so I’ll have to try that sometime.
I think it’s a good blend for Shale - robust and straightforward, without any overly complicated flavor notes. But it does have pretty blue cornflower accents for just a touch of feminine whimsy.