There were a lot of truly amazing names suggested for this tea when I put up the naming post for it.
Sorry I Stabbed You was offered with the statement that it was a terrible name, but the concept of flowers as an apology combined with how hibiscus tasted for them had brought it to mind.
Initially, I laughed, but agreed that it was likely a terrible name for a tea. 1
It stuck with me, and so many of the name suggestions and the commentary regarding the thoughts the tea provoked fell easily under the categorical umbrella offered by Sorry I Stabbed You.
Loki. Lucifer. Ocean of Sin.
Bloodletting, Aftermath, Secrets Within.
The more I thought about it, the more it seemed to fit.
It even spun a brief flurry of talk in one of the Discord servers I frequent about which part of the Silmarillion the name would best suit, or which pairing of characters.
My own first off-the-cuff thought in response to the name was: “That could be the tea apologizing to the blender of it, given what happened with my first experiments with hibiscus.”
I do not recommend trying to break up whole dried hibiscus flowers with your bare hands. The flowers are quite stabby, and actual bleeding occurred during those first test runs. (No tea was ever blended with flowers that stabbed me – there was just a rather steep (and slightly painful) learning curve in processing the whole flowers into a tea usable format.)
I will admit, I was deeply relieved when one of my suppliers started offering cut and sifted hibiscus.
To deepen the random parts of the appropriateness of the name, when I was recording the first run of the naming post Nimue embraced one of her primary nicknames (The Unsmoothness) and managed to miss while leaping into the back of the chair and got stuck in both me and the chair and raked most of two paws in a semi-panicked fashion down my side. (Needless to say, that take was not the take that was used. There were ow noises. And profanity.)
It just fits.
Even down to the original description that sparked the idea for this tea, especially when combined with thoughts of apologies and metal.
Which wouldn’t make a terrible band name, really, if the genre was a mashup of metal, goth, and industrial with a measure of occasionally upbeat synth – populated by some of the characters suggested in connection with this tea. The colours sported by said band would, of course, be the same as those of the tea.
And now I almost want to find someone to draw that.
Now for the basics:
Organic Ingredients: Lapsang Souchong, Lavender, Hibiscus
Batch Size: 2.4 oz, 68g, 30+ servings of tea
Options: Loose Tea (5 serving sample (Bag or Tin), Full Batch (Bag or Tin)), Teabags (Single Teabag, 5 serving sample (Bag or Tin), Full Batch (Bag)
I should have known better than to think it was something dismissible given my prior track record with names like LV-426.)