Satyr Dreams

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Tea of the Day: Satyr Dreams by Dryad Tea

Description: The dreams of Satyrs have long been speculated to be great things full of whimsy and beauty. This tea was created to embody those dreams in deep black teas and floral notes with a very light undertone of hazelnut.

Dry tea smells like dried roses

Liquor is a light chestnut brown in the cup

Steeped tea actually doesn’t have much of smell and its flavor is very mild. Floral and sweet. This tea needs more time to steep than you would think, as the longer it steeps, the better the flavor is. I noticed that the flavor got stronger towards the bottom of the cup, but I think steeping it for a full 5 minutes instead of just 3 would have the same effect.

Tea Rating.: 4/5


 

They say:

“Put down roots”

Or

“Go back to your roots”

In such tones that imply that this is always a good thing

 

Like any other blanket statement,

this idea is flawed.

 

Adapting to change and growing

sometimes means moving “uprooting” if you will

This is an important part of life

 

Also, going back to where you came from

…when where you came from almost killed you…

Is not what I’d call “a good thing”

 

And sometimes,

(more than we’re usually comfortable admitting)

we put down roots on empty air

and only think that we’re secure

 

via Daily Prompt: Roots

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The Oncoming Storm

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Tea of the Day: The Oncoming Storm by Dryad Tea

Description: Dark and full of bold flavor and a deep thoughtfulness. There is a promise of a storm on the horizon with this tea

Dry tea smells berry-sweet but with a rich zing

Liquor is a dark red-brown in the cup

Steeped tea smells sharper than the dry, a bit like damp earth, but still sweet.

The tea has a sweetness to it, but it is not timid, the flavor fills the whole mouth and lingers after it’s swallowed. I could easily just drink it without sugar, but I added a bit just to see. That little bit of sugar really made the berry flavor pop and also allows you to really taste the earthiness you can smell. Quite possibly my new favorite tea

Tea Rating: 5/5


Book Review: A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage.

Back of the book blurb:

From beer to Coca-Cola, the six drinks that have helped shape human history.
Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period.

A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola. Beer was first made in the Fertile Crescent and by 3000 B.C.E. was so important to Mesopotamia and Egypt that it was used to pay wages. In ancient Greece wine became the main export of her vast seaborne trade, helping spread Greek culture abroad. Spirits such as brandy and rum fueled the Age of Exploration, fortifying seamen on long voyages and oiling the pernicious slave trade. Although coffee originated in the Arab world, it stoked revolutionary thought in Europe during the Age of Reason, when coffeehouses became centers of intellectual exchange. And hundreds of years after the Chinese began drinking tea, it became especially popular in Britain, with far-reaching effects on British foreign policy. Finally, though carbonated drinks were invented in 18th-century Europe they became a 20th-century phenomenon, and Coca-Cola in particular is the leading symbol of globalization.

For Tom Standage, each drink is a kind of technology, a catalyst for advancing culture by which he demonstrates the intricate interplay of different civilizations. You may never look at your favorite drink the same way again.

The Review:

I picked this book up because the cover caught my eye, as covers are meant to do. I brought it home with me because the premise seemed interesting, a take on history I had not previously considered. Plus, two of the six beverages (coffee and tea) I drink daily so I knew I’d enjoy at least a third of the book.

I was right, and also wrong.

Rather than just enjoying a third of the book, I enjoyed the whole thing. Honestly, my only complaint is that when it gets to the modern era, its facts are from 2004 or earlier. This is not a failing of the author; the version I read was published in 2006. The book so thoroughly caught my attention, though, that I found myself wondering if the trend of influence has continued since that point, and what might have changed.

Because this book is not a fiction novel, not much can be said about the plot or characters. However, it is not dry or boring by any means. It frames the history of the world in a way that is more relatable than your “normal” history book. It’s something like Connections by James Burke, albeit more focused.

One thing to note, though: this book will make you thirsty for whatever beverage you’re reading about!

Book Rating: 5/5

RavenSong

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Tea of the Day: RavenSong by Dryad Tea

Description: A delicious blend of spiced lemon and a touch of raspberry. This tea is the autumn call of the raven. Delightfully fruity and spicy all at ones, great with a dash of sweetener.

Dry tea smells rich and slightly spicy

Liquor is a cinnamony-brown color in the cup

Steeped tea is cinnamon in scent and flavor with an aftertaste of ginger and sweet berry. It’s not quite as complex as the description suggests, but does deepen in flavor as it cools. Adding sugar brings out the cinnamon flavor, which is not quite what I was hoping for.

Tea Rating: 4/5


Advice I’d give to my younger self:

Listen, your time and energy are too precious, and life is too damn short, to waste any of it on all the stressing you’re doing.

It’s like you think you have to make up for every angry thought or uncharitable action by letting people walk all over you and treat you badly like that’s what you deserve.

You don’t.

Obviously, this doesn’t mean be a dick. Be humble and kind and positive because that’s you but quit beating yourself up when you can’t. Even light bulbs burn out.

You’re giving yourself high blood pressure and nightmares and panic attacks over people who won’t be in your life in a few years.

And, it’s not your job to fix anyone. Be supportive, sure. But fix? No way

You’ve got bigger fish to fry.


via Daily Prompt: Fry

 

Tibetan Rapberry

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Tea of the Day: Tibetan Raspberry by Xanadu Tea

Description: Highlighted with real raspberry for additional color and flavor, this tea is a real treat from the secret garden.

Dry tea smells like warm raspberries with a stronger smell behind it, something like you might expect having just picked berries in your own garden.

Steeped tea smells very similar to the dry, but with a touch more depth and bite

Liquor is a chestnut brown in the cup.

You can absolutely taste the raspberry, which is great because often flavored teas that do not have pieces of the source of the flavoring do not match their smell. It’s very drinkable without sugar but adding sugar does not detract from the flavor or diminish the pleasantly smoky finish. It also tastes like it would take milk well, although I did not try it.

Tea Rating: 4/5


I live a life where I know that dreams can come true.

I know this because some of them have.

I day dreamt about the perfect place for my fiance and best friend could live together without too much wanting to kill each other (even in my dreams I know that relationships are never exactly perfect). And, a year ago, we found it and secured it.

I’ve spent many hours of my teen and adult life dreaming about a truly good romantic relationship, one that will last through good times and rough patches alike; I’ve recently celebrated two years with the man I’m going to marry next year.

Because of these, and many other smaller dreams and goals I’ve met or achieved, I find that my dreams are expanding.

I dream about the wedding itself, and the honeymoon, and at least one awesome vacation I’d like to go on with my future husband.

But, and I think more importantly, I dream of the bigger things I’ve never before considered could be a reality.

Some of them are a little more grounded, like the one about becoming a counselor a bit later in life and helping people work through life’s pains and hopefully come out stronger people. Because of where I work getting the degrees required for that dream is a very possible thing.

Others a little more outlandish, like traveling the world pulled by my camera to take pictures of all the beautiful things, even the ones that are a little sad as well.

Who knows, though? Maybe both of those things will someday come true. And in the meantime, it’s fun to dream

 


Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”Ashley Smith