When feelings have no flavor February 06 2021
One interesting component of Lexical-Gustatory Synesthesia is the difference between word flavors and feeling flavors. What I mean by this is that the word "happy" tastes one way, but the feeling of being happy tastes entirely different. When I read the word "happy," my tongue is coated with sweet orange oil and the sensation of catching a snowflake on the tip of the tongue. Pops of...
Behind the Blend: Moon Princess January 07 2021
Before we get into this dreamy perky explosion of teen magical girl flavor, a word about synesTEAsia:
Synesthesia is a neurological cross-wiring of the senses that leads the individual to experience sound as color, numbers as personalities, words as flavors and so on. There are a lot of different forms of synesthesia, and it is not uncommon for synesthetes to experience multiple forms to...
Behind the Blend: Writer's Fuel May 07 2020For those new to our blends, welcome! Our themed teas are mostly developed from CEO Friday Elliott's neurological superpower, lexical-gustatory synesthesia. These BTB (behind the blend) posts serve as a dissection of Friday's process and experience.
|Caffeine jolt with a leather body and smoke underbelly|
You know that energy dip that hits about 70% through a writing session? The total drop in...
BTB: The Excelsior January 30 2020
My parents met in their high school Star Trek club, and so naturally baby's first fandom was the one to which I literally owe my existence. I've lost count of the number of conventions I attended growing up. The Klingons I've met surely number in the hundreds at this point. This may not have made me the coolest kid growing up, but I can honestly boast the ability to paint my body...
BTB: September's Blend September 17 2019Fall is here and we are ready ready READY for autumnal flavors. I'm personally using the season as an excuse to highlight one of my favorite fandom teas, inspired by an ill-tempered and irascible young girl from Omaha, Nebraska.
September is the protagonist of Catherynne M. Valente'slush and heartbreaking Fairyland series. When the series begins (the first book is titled The Girl Who...
BTB: Ranger's Blend July 09 2019Today's episode of Behind the Blend features my personal favorite of our RPG character class collection: Ranger's Blend!
The inspiration for each character class blend is an archetype, rather than any specific character. Rangers are sly, observant, and physically dexterous. They have a close relationship with the forest, a kinship with the natural world.
|Toasty green mélange of foresty delish.|
BTB: Rohan's Research Blend May 19 2019For today's episode of Behind the Blend, I am delighted to highlight our first ever Chari-tea: Rohan's Research Blend!
|Rohan's Research Blend|
BTB: Raise the Dead April 29 2018Today's episode of Behind the Blend may feel a bit out of season, but it's a particularly chill and blustery April morning and I've been thinking a lot about death and seasonal shifts lately. So, for today's foray into synesthetic perception, I would like to introduce you to an old Friday Afternoon fave: Raise the Dead.
|Raise the Dead|
How does it taste? (Love) June 22 2016As you probably know, I perceive the world with my taste buds. My dominant form of synesthesia is Lexical-Gustatory. This means I literally taste words, ideas, feelings, personalities, etc. The overwhelming majority of my blends are direct translations to leaf of the flavors my brain-mouth is experiencing. Today, I wanted to share with you the way I experience one particular flavor profile: Love.
Synesthesia And Blending As Sensory Art April 18 2013I am frequently asked how I get ideas for my blends. Where does my inspiration come from? Which comes first, the blend or its name?
I'm proud of how original my blends are, and how different from blends you'll find by any other company. This is largely due to the fact that I have synesthesia(meaning my senses are cross-wired and abstract concepts, personalities, colors, weather, etc. all translate...