1942 Tasting Notes

Working outside my normal environs this week, but it allows me to pick through other people’s tea stashes, intrepid explorer that I am. Considering that this one was clumsily made in a Kuerig that still had some coffee backwash in it, it’s pretty pleasant. Never had ginkgo before so I’m not sure what my tastebuds should be hunting for, but the green/citrus combination does cancel out potential green tea bitterness.

May swap another bag with something of my own so I can try it in more…sanitary? fortuitous? circumstances.

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drank Awake English Breakfast by Tazo
1942 tasting notes

Wonder if the formulation of this has changed…it’s been a while since I’ve had it. (But then, we’re talking out-of-town water and styrofoam cups.) Strong and adequate.

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Ever notice how insomnia kicks in, not prior to a day when you don’t really need to be at peak performance, but immediately preceding a day that will be physically and/or mentally exhausting on general principles.

Yeah, well, after losing a wrestling match with the blankets last night and early morning, I gave up at 3:57 a.m. and realized my heart was going like I had been engaged in a WWF grudge match. So this was my morning tea instead of something caffeinated. It didn’t do a thing for mental clarity, but it did ratchet down the boogity-boogity adrenaline and palpitations.

If you have nothing else in your medicine cabinet this winter, get some of this and some peppermint and you’ll be well armed against 90% of what ails ya.


Well-chosen! Pity about the insomnia, though.


I think this one is like chamomile…there are a zillion different bagged varieties and tulsi blends, but for economy and effectiveness, you just can’t beat the straight-up stuff bought in bulk.

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drank Original Blend by Red Rose
1942 tasting notes

It may be flavor inflation because it’s my put-your-feet-up tea after an extremely long travel day, but this is delicious. I need to get me a box for general pantry purposes. I need more tea. Yeah.

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Neither weather nor schedule (writing conference; intense planning followed by marathon knocking out of curriculum content) next week are conducive to much time outdoors, so I’m trying to tank up on fresh air—a teeny bit of leaf sweeping followed by a long session in the glider sopping up the gold and orange tree color that’s so strong you can taste it.

This is what I chose to enjoy while tanking up my personal solar battery. Smooth and gentle green tea, a little cereal sweetness to it. Ignore the package instructions (1 minute)—it takes two well, and it resteeps well. Perfect for an afternoon so quiet you can hear the leaves rustle.


It has been an absolutely gorgeous autumn! Now, though, after our wind this week, a lot of leaves are gone. :( But it was a lovely day today!


Down here, leaves were slow to turn, then gorgeous for about three hours, then gone! (I exaggerate a little—there are still some red maples hanging in there.)


I’m seriously lacking sun lately. Your day sounded so nice though!

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Made this a little longer and stronger than usual today in hopes of focusing addled brain (“Oh my ears and whiskers, so much to do!”) and getting a lovely rye melba toast taste from it.

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Fruity and cheerful up front; little muscle to back it up when you swallow. Still trying to pick a Single Origin Teas favorite and they are all so good I’m hard pressed to decide.

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drank Earl White by Empire Tea Services
1942 tasting notes

A surprise packet that had weaseled its way to the bottom of the basket. This is a nice take on EG for those of us who are a little wary of it. The orange peel ensures that the bergamot tastes like citrus instead of cheap cologne.

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drank Xiao's Blend by Peet's Coffee & Tea
1942 tasting notes

Nice. Like Adagio’s Foxtrot minus the alto notes of the rooibos. Thanks to Spencer for my first Peet’s taste test.

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
1942 tasting notes

You’d want something sweet and fragrant, too, if you were awakened at 4:15 a.m. by a rogue stink that made you panic that the central heat unit was burning…and then you realized that the stink was skunk skinking around outside somewhere. Love rural-burban life!

Since I first met Marco, I’ve also been introduced to several taste-alikes that are equally fruity and a little less persnickety (this one requires a careful steeping eye). H & S Tower of London comes the closest according to my palate. Still, Marco Polo is the gold standard that I judge fruit teas by.


I’m glad nothing was burning. I also love Marco Polo, but it is a little picky.


skunk, now that sounds like an interesting event (there are none this side of the atlantic, it almost sounds awesome)! And yes, you need a nice cup to recover.

Do you find Marco Polo complicated? I have been mostly lucky, but might be just luck. Wedding Imperial, OTOH I find very very finicky but been treating (So far so lucky!) Marco Polo with a lot of abuse and it has been pretty forgiving. But then again, it might be a matter of water, tea really reacts differently to different tap waters!


Awesome is one word I would not choose to describe skunk scent :) Fortunately, Tazo did not mistake him for a black-and-white bunny rabbit, so he moved on before long.

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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.


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