1692 Tasting Notes

Good morning, all. I’m about halfway through this Upton sample packet, and I like it little better than I did at first. This morning’s cup has a little sweet pastry character to it.

Or maybe it’s just a pastry craving. After 48 hours of weather-induced anxiety and halfheartedly gnawing on fast food in various basements the past couple evenings, I’m hungry! (And safe, for which I am much more grateful. Son and husband are threatening to sell our worldly goods and move to a cave.)

Hesper June

So glad you and your family are safe!


that’s good news gmathis


Glad the crisis is over.

Terri HarpLady

Glad to hear you guys survived the night! That was some wild weather last night, eh?

Tea Sipper

I’m happy to hear things are better for you guys now!


Terri, how close did it get to you? Is it very floody up there? I had to wade to the clothesline in mud this afternoon.


i was watching news coverage of the tornadoes while they were occurring last night… scary stuff. Glad to see people safe (and posting)!

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Do your cuppa cravings taper off some as the weather (finally!) warms up? Here, Memorial Day pretty much marks the transition to one decent cup in the morning, then use up all last winter’s mezza-mezza scraps for iced tea until there’s a nip in the air again.

This one is decidedly mezza; one-dimensional. Maybe just a hint of copper in the sip. Eh.


My desire for hot tea does taper off during summer. However, since I work in an office where they can’t seem to get the HVAC system in line, I’ll be freezing all summer so hot tea at work will still happen. Except for the days when it is 90 in my area of the office. Then we’ll all just leave early in protest.


Our AC comfort level is inverse with the weather, too. With temps in the 80’s I have a fighting chance of wearing seasonally appropriate clothes for a week or so. Then, when it’s 90 plus, we’ll be back in sweaters and blankets again.

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Last of the sample, steeped strong outside in a mason jar; little sugar. More drinkable cold than it is warm, but still not one worth repeating. (With apologies to Upton…I hate not liking a tea.)

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drank Gold Peak Unsweetened by Gold Peak
1692 tasting notes

Just needed a swig of something cool after helping mow the mud—er, lawn, since I didn’t have a jug of better quality sun tea in the fridge. (Anybody seen the sun tea jug? How can something that big disappear from a garage?) Gold Peak is my hubby’s bottled drink of choice and the only commercially bottled tea I can stand these days. It’s not rank with citric acid. A good “it’ll do” in a pinch.


A local Mexican restaurant serves this. It is a pretty good swig. Their green tea would also be pretty good if it were unsweet.

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drank Decaf Darjeeling by Harney & Sons
1692 tasting notes

I bought a whole pound of this ages ago, and probably shouldn’t have; though it’s a good decaf, it’s now gone a little flat. Thanks to a suggestion from jacquelinem, I think I can salvage what’s left—a few hunks of brown rock sugar restored its depth of flavor a bit.

Still in search of the ultimate unflavored decaf black tea that has the flavor punch of its counterpart, but this one still qualifies as highly plausible.


I couldn’t drink this one. It was too washed out for me! I finally put it in a tin and have it all set to give away.


I’m beginning to think “washed out” is just what I’ll have to settle for, decaf wise.

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drank Coconut by Adagio Teas
1692 tasting notes

This is one of my Adagio favorites. Sweet and creamy. Had a little steeping snafu this morning…the Hot Shot I use for quick morning out-the-doors was decidedly tepid. So I had to run water through the microwave and throw the steeping basket back in for a bit.

Reinforces the theory that this does better with cooler water.

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drank Queen's Garden by Savoy Tea Company
1692 tasting notes

I always approach floral teas cautiously; I’m not a perfume-y person and so many of them taste like cheap cologne (sorry, flower lovers). But this, a tastelet from a work friend who ran to our favorite little shop in NW Arkansas, is nothing to be afraid of.

The flavors run as advertised. Black tea—mild; lavender—plenty; jasmine—mild to minor, but that’s OK by me; natural flavors—I’m catching some vanilla behind it all.

One for milk and sugar and china cups and big hats and feather boas and stuffed animals.

If you haven’t, today you might say a prayer for the little girls in Moore, Oklahoma, who are without a “lovey” to hug. When I think where we were—physically and emotionally—24 hours post-storm, my heart hurts for those families.

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drank Black Manas by Teajo Teas
1692 tasting notes

Last full cup of the sample, managed to sneak it in before our first really hot and humid day of the season kicked in. (When you live in southwest Missouri, anything above 85 before Memorial Day spells trouble. There’s a giant National Weather Service bulls-eye over our entire corner of the state.)

But I digress. This black tea is stout enough to please heavy-duty Assam-ites, light enough to accommodate those who don’t want a black eye from the punch of the drink, and versatile enough to come out just right no matter how little care you pay to time and temp. Good, good stuff.

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This is not a substitute for a box of Russell Stover cream centers. It’s tasty; you can pick up on the chocolate and coconut, but it’s still light enough your chocolate cravings know you’re trying to put one over on them.

(The only chocolatey tea I can think of that has the “heft” to be a plausible candy bar substitute is 52teas Malted ChocoMate.)

Still, a nice treat and change of pace.


Thanks, now you have me craving a 3 musketeers bar. :)


Nah, Cadbury eggs or a Caramello.

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1692 tasting notes

No, I don’t know why I’ve been hoarding my last two cuppas’ worth of this delectable, pastry-like decaf. As good as dessert. This could well make the Hall of Decaf Fame.


Have you tried the Decaf Paris?


Don’t believe so. Equally as good?


I really liked it. Let me know if you want to try some. ;-)

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Somebody asked me once when I became a tea junkie; I think it dates back to college when I needed caffeine for a 7 a.m. class but chose not to do coffee. My favorite teapot is a medium-sized Brown Betty given to me by my Mema; the painted flowers are chipping off, but the size and feel is perfect. I rejoice when I get a morning to brew a pot of loose tea starting with a kettle; not a bag and a hot pot.


Southwest Missouri

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