Zombie Blood Orange

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Zombies short on brains will love the tangy Zombie Blood Orange. This is a caffeine-free herbal tea blend of blood orange and sour apple. You’re sure to crave and beg for more “tisaaaaanes” after drinking this tea – so don’t say you haven’t been warned.

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D&D&Tea, day 1, roll 1: 1

Yawning, Cait staggered across the room and slung herself onto a barstool. The innkeeper rolled her eyes and wordlessly pushed a steaming hot mug of pu-erh into Cait’s hands.

“Thanks,” Cait mumbled, inhaling gratefully.

“Someone over there’s been looking for you,” the innkeeper said. She waved toward the back of the room and Cait saw a robed figure turn and stare in her direction.

“Thanks,” Cait said again, and slid off the barstool a little more gracefully than she’d arrived. “Mind if I join you?” she asked the robed figure.

“I’ve been hoping you would,” the wizard — it had to be a wizard — said. “My name is Rabs. I’m looking for the winner of last week’s tournament.”

Cait puffed up. “Why, that was me! News must travel fast.” She took the other chair at the table and did her best to look heroic.

Rabs sighed. “Actually, I meant to be here to see the finale — there were gremlins in the — look, don’t get me started.”


“No, never mind. Here we are now. So! What I need is an adventurer.”

This was it! This was the big break that everyone talked about! Sitting here in this inn all week waiting for mysterious quests had finally paid off! “Well!” Cait said, still puffed up. “You’ve found one!”

The hood of Rabs’ cloak tipped forward. “A hardcore adventurer?” she asked.

Cait clasped one hand around her steaming-teapot talisman and patted her trusty club with the other. “I’m ready for anything!”

“Are you ready for this?” Rabs asked, and spread her hands apart. Between them swirled a vision of a deceptively simple chest whose lid rose to reveal bright treasures inside.


Cait gasped. Rabs smiled and flicked her fingers again. The chest tipped to the side and its wealth poured out in shining jewel tones.


“What must I do?” cried Cait.

Rabs set her hands palm-down on the table. When she lifted them away, a scroll and quill rested there. “I desire a set of magical scrolls,” she said. “I can send you to the magic, but you must inscribe them and return each one to me.” Carefully, Cait lifted the scroll and quill and tucked them into her bag. “When this scroll is ready, snap the quill and you will return here. Now go!” she cried, and Cait realized that her chair was actually sitting in a circle of matcha—

…and, now, was sitting in the middle of the woods. “Time’s a-wasting, I suppose,” Cait said. “Now which way do I go from—”

This was, of course, when the zombies attacked.


They lurched out of the brush, a bare armslength away, and Cait had her opportunity for her first heroic act as a questing adventurer, which turned out to be shrieking at the top of her lungs, tangling one foot in the inn chair, and falling on top of the zombies. The zombies toppled onto her, painfully heavy, and Cait shrieked again, lashing out with her fists until she could get her hands free to pull out her traveling mug, unscrew the top, and douse the monsters with holy water. The zombies screeched and steamed — it was hot holy water — and Cait swung her club in two short, deadly arcs.

“I,” Cait said, “am so glad to be working alone instead of in a party of people who would have witnessed that.” Then she turned and walked into the woods in the direction from which the zombies had lurched—

…only to find her feet sliding out from under her as she tumbled down the hillside and thumped against a rotting stump—

…from which swarmed hundreds of angry bees.

AAAAAAARGH!” screamed Cait, and started running. To the left, there was a smell of something pungent, and she ran straight into a cloud of the sourest fumes she’d ever known. Fortunately, the bees didn’t. In the center of a hollow, a cauldron bubbled softly.


Feeling a tingling from her shoulder bag, Cait drew out the scroll and quill (thankfully unbroken). “This is the magic I was sent for?” she said. “What do I do?”

The cauldron bubbled. Cait bit her lip, then held out a hand to try detecting poison. The spell was slow to answer and seemed a bit uncertain, but there didn’t seem to be any other options. Shrugging, Cait scooped up a bit of the contents into her mug and sipped.


“Yeoooow!” she said, then grabbed her own tongue and muttered, “C’re ’ight ’oundth.” Just like a novice cleric in her first tea ceremony. So heroic. Sighing, she blew across the top and took a more cautious sip. Tart, very tart, but juicy enough underneath to work with. She nodded to herself and worked her careful way back to the tree stump with the bees. They had quieted, and Cait was able to nab a piece of honeycomb and dunk it into the tea. Yes, much better. The honey definitely brought out the apple undertones and gave the tea a better texture in the mouth. Pleased, she drained her cup and, as she tipped back the dregs, felt the magical runes explode into her mind. She scribbled them down across the scroll — the jagged strokes of the orange, the soft curlicues of the apple, the dark swirl of warning with the strong hexes of honey around it — and then paused, quill ready to snap, as something moved in the misty fumes.

“Detect Undead,” Cait whispered nervously, and the fumes seemed to light up all around her with the tangy orange signatures that would now and forever characterize zombies, she knew. Eyes wide, she clenched her fist around the quill until it snapped and found herself standing beside Rabs’ table back at the inn.

“Excellent!” cried Rabs. “Sit, sit, you look tired. I’ve pulled up another chair.”

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AWESOME note. I especially loved the bees because 1. random bee mishaps are Always Funny and 2. Then they turned out to be a plot point. GENIUS.

Also, what is up with you geek contest winners and low rolls? It seems like twos and ones all around!


What a fun note!

Meghann M

Wow, you started off with a low roll as well. the lowest of low rolls. I was in the same forsaken pit of bad tea. Another orange flavored tea as a 1….I see a trend with Rabs and her tea! Hope things improve from here…I had a great time reading your note!


Thank you guys so much! I’m glad you’re enjoying my low-rolling fun. :)


I love how you worked the pictures into the story line!


I am absolutely floored. I read this (I love the “illustrations” as well) with a mixture of laughter, tears, and overall awe at how cool this note is. Loved the AD&D manual in the one pic. Loved the whole story (zombies and bees!). Loved the wonderful humor and creativity. And loved that I’m a hooded wizard. All the spells made me giddy. “Winner of last week’s tournament” made me squee. Thank you so much Cait for the amazing note — I can’t wait to read more!!!!! :D


::beams:: Thank you thank you!


one of the best reviews I read in a while..still wondering though…why the low marks? or did the zombies just warrant a luke warm extraction and didn’t boster the saving throw at all?

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This is one of those teas I can handle the hibiscus in. The lovely orange flavor powers through the pucker my face tart of the hibiscus. With a bit of sugar you get some thing like orange and red fruit lemonade. Pretty good drink especially iced.

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Love the name!


I love the little tins in this set as well. There is Pirate Chai, 1up Jasmine and Tea Earl Grey Hot in it as well.

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Well, at least I have one of the coolest sample tins out there. This tea is nasty. I feel bad that they’re marketing this for new-to-loose-leaf tea drinkers. There are no instructions on time or temp, so I really had to guess on what to do. It looks like there are green leaves mixed in with a ton of dried chunky fruit. But they say it’s herbal. What are the leaves? Do I treat this like a tisane or a decaf? I get the blood orange. But beyond that it’s a tangy sour mess. It’s a bit like what I’d imagine an orangey dish detergent would taste like. Cup is tossed. I’ll try again next time with different steep temp/time and treat it like a decaf and see what that does. GA

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I nose! Am so sad :( I’m really hoping that I botched the preparing of this and that the second go-around will change my feelings, but I’m not optimistic. I’m focusing on how utterly awesome the tin is.


On the other hand, perhaps you should just be happy that you survived drinking zombie blood. ;-)


Lol! Too true ;)

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411 tasting notes

I apparently am not a zombie, as I found this amazingly foul.


Good news about the zombie thing, though. ;)

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This was probably the one I was least excited to get in the sampler pack from ThinkGeek. I’ve had Adagio’s Blood Orange before and wasn’t thrilled with it. This doesn’t appear to be the same thing though… there are definitely some green leaves in there, yet ThinkGeek describes it as an herbal tisane. Whatever the mystery is, it’s actually really good.

I brewed about half the tin (~0.5oz – just eyeballed it) as directed (212 for 5 min), then poured it over ice and added a splash of orange vanilla seltzer. Oh, it’s fantastic. I think I may actually order more Blood Orange from Adagio and keep it in my summer stash!

It’s tart from the orange and the sour apple, but the vanilla seltzer gives it a little bit of creaminess. Delicious!

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This one WAS good! It just takes so much of it and the tin is so tiny! I have been eyeballing the Blood Orange at Tin Roof Teas. They should MAKE me buy it snce I have sniffed all the aroma out of the jar huffing it when I go in there! LOL!

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I like a nice sour fruit tisane, so I think this is pretty good. It is curious that there is no identification of the green leaf that appears in the blend, but it doesn’t seem to do much to the flavor.

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Got the four-tea sampler for Christmas. Found this pretty boring. No idea how long it was in those little tins. Not awful, but nothing I’d look for again.

Flavors: Orange

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237 tasting notes

I’m not sure how this managed to be so watery-tasting. Based on Adagio’s brewing advice for other blood orange versions, I used a generous 2t of dry tea, boiling water, and gave it a good 10 min steep time.

I couldn’t discern any flavors besides teeth-punching hibiscus.

It was slightly better when it had cooled to warm-but-not-hot, so I thought I’d try pouring the rest over ice. Turns out it suits me no better cold. (Diluting with melted ice probably didn’t help when it was already weak. Though the hibiscus was still too much—so there is probably no balance that I’ll like.)

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This is way too floral for my tastes, but not entirely undrinkable…

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Due to the hot water spigot on the coffee pot in my office not working right, this was a rather tepid steep. The water is nowhere near as hot as it should be. Consequently, I don’t know as I could count this as a valid test for this tea, particularly as it’s my first try of it. I tried to compensate with a much longer steep, but it just doesn’t have the same effect.

REGARDLESS… very sweet citrus taste to it from the blood orange. Definitely no additional sweetening required with this one. Beyond that, I can’t really discern much from it. I’ll give it a more proper judging when they get the hot water issue sorted out.

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