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Tea!
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So, do you love tea? More importantly, have you felt a strong desire to drink Ancillary Justice-themed tea?

Now you can!

Click on over to Adagio Teas, where I’ve made three novel-related blends:

Justice is a green tea–the main component is kukicha, with a bit of cucumber white and some coconut. If you’re not a green tea fan, this might not be your thing. Kukicha is leaves and stems, and very…it’s the sort of thing reviewers at Adagio call “grassy” which, I guess I can see. I like it a lot, personally, but if you don’t, you’ll probably prefer….

Propriety, which is a white tea with apricot and cornflowers. Very mild, just a bit fruity.

Or you could go for Benefit, which is a black tea, with orange and chocolate. This tea smells amazing in the bag, and it’s the one my daughter and her friends drank all up last winter.

Benefit, by the way, is in a ‘ship with Propriety, which in Adagio-speak means that if you order both, you get ten percent off.

Oh, and some fandom blenders over at Adagio make the most beautiful labels, but…well, you can see from my labels just exactly how skilled I am at graphic design. Which is to say, not very. Well, it is what it is.

Now, you’re probably wondering what I get out of this deal. So, it works like this: when someone buys one of my blends, I get points that I can apply towards the purchase of more tea. Like I need more tea! (It is all research, I swear!) So one bag sold equals essentially one dollar towards my next tea purchase at Adagio.

The website says they ship overseas, too, btw, though I imagine it’s kind of expensive to do so.

And no, I don’t have a tea problem, I can stop any time, I swear.

Mirrored from Ann Leckie.


OH MY GOD.

This is so wonderful. I can put on my Ancillary Justice *PIN*, courtesy of cafenowhere and drink Ancillary Justice TEA.


Also, gotta love the names.

:D

I also have (but have not marked "public") blends for each of the four Emanations. One or two of them I am still thinking about, and may mess with the formula yet.

Dammit. I may be a tea addict, but alas, international shipping has defeated me.

*admires from afar*

(I get most of my teas from Palais des Thés - they have a retail shop in Dublin, and mmm, browsing.)

Hah!

I actually have to be kind of careful about tea shopping. I started out at Harney and Sons and Republic of Tea (which has a warehouse just across the river so it ships here fast), found Adagio and got lost in blending things a while, and then discovered that I can buy stuff straight from China on ebay, including varieties I couldn't find at my regular places. Then I found a website selling Japanese tea that also had things I couldn't find at my regular places. And then I had to repeatedly remind myself that I couldn't afford to build a tea warehouse in the back yard and I am not allowed to order more tea until I've drunk a significant fraction of what I already have.

No, I do not have a problem.

*impressed*

Blending and buying direct is hardcore. I've only got... twenty? Thirty? Something like that, anyway... varieties from Palais des Thés (and a couple of weird instant teas from Whittards of Chelsea: instant tea is a thing so bizarre I had to bring some home), and a couple of things that a friend brought back from China and Czech Republic. More than I could drink in a year even if I worked at it really hard - and since I don't drink a pot every day, I'm not working at it really hard.

But there are so many flavours! And combinations! And new teas to try!

And the local Palais has stopped giving me sample packets...

Make a note in your calendar to visit Camellia Sinensis and Yumchaa - both tea shops (one near Regent Street, the other in several London locations including Soho, an easy walk from the first.)

Not that I want to encourage other people's tea habits, you understand...

Not that I want to encourage other people's tea habits, you understand...

Hah.

*makes the notes*

I love Harney and Sons. They serve it at my local B&N, and I fell in love with several blends.

I have a "buy 2, get one free" for it from B&N right now. ::must buy more tea::

Oh, that's so awesome!

I love tea and am always willing to give new blends a try. Will check them out right now.

Are you working on the Orsian tea-that-doesn't-taste-like-tea?

I need to introduce you to an editor-friend who also does not have a tea problem.

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