1917 Tasting Notes

Where did that second cup go?
And where did my Saturday go? Wasn’t it just 7 a.m.? I’m not done yet!!!


I think there might be a weekend grinch of some sort.

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Don’t let the “Assam” fool you: British builders’ tea this isn’t. Mild, sweet-potato, starchy, toasty tea it is. If your black tea preferences lean toward the lighter side, this is well worth a trial taste.

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Well, if I can’t find my apple chamomile at the store, this is a plausible substitute. Enough sweet fruit to tone down the chamomile; hopefully enough chamomile to tone down the tension after a long day.

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drank Hampton Breakfast by Ahmad Tea
1917 tasting notes

Woke up feeling like a 2 × 4 somebody pounded on then left out in the rain; so builders’ tea was in order. Heaping teaspoon of leaf; easily six minutes steep time. Strong as an ox, little milk. Hey, it got me out the door.

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Little skinny grassy leaves, about two minutes, and ooh! Serendipity! Instead of green-grassy-vegetal, we get sharpish-springy-fruity: golden raisins or white grape juice-ish. Not a lick of bitterness. Nicest surprise in a cuppa green I’ve had in a long while.

Greenies, you’ll like this one!

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drank Red Dragon Pearls by thepuriTea
1917 tasting notes

Vendor description says: Try it with breakfast, brunch, grilled duck or dark chocolate. Something about grilled duck makes me chuckle, especially since we have two little white neighbor ducks across the street.

After two good strong steeps of these cute little yarn balls, I’m at a loss to pin the flavor down. The inner chocolate addict notices the cocoa first; maybe some of the baked apple vibe when I frown and really concentrate. A very good “think about” tea for a deliciously foggy Sunday morning. Thinking of you, Terriharplady, with a smile as I drink it. Thanks.


i really think these are neat :)

Terri HarpLady

They are tasty! :)
smiling back at ya!

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drank Autumn's Walk by Custom-Adagio Teas
1917 tasting notes

Don’t you love how a slow, all-day rain turns a gotta-do Saturday into a legitimately luscious, lazy afternoon? Cease-fire declared on household chores; harvest coffee candle scenting the room; hubby’s homemade steak chili in the crock-pot scenting the kitchen. PBS travel shows to escape with. Tazo the Serial Killer innocently snuffling rabbit-breath while he naps with a paw over his eyes. Ah, fall.

Thus, nothing more fitting for the occasion than this rich, thick choco-nutty blend concocted by keenteathyme. I’m cool with honeybush and rooibos, but for those of you who aren’t, it politely steps out of the way to make room for the lovely hazelnut. Little half and half turns it into dessert.

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Well…there goes a carefully crafted tasting note (don’t you hate when that happens)? Deep breath—-now what did I say that was worth repeating?

First, thanks to the Little Red Cup crew for the sample. Eyebrow tea is just cute. Perky, short, curly, happy leaves.

Went to the long side of the recommended steep time—2 minutes. I’m always pleasantly surprised when I can taste a green or white tea. Rice Chex with honey at the front of the sip; little bite of bitter (dark red leaf lettuce) at the end. Grain and veggies. I feel healthier already.


I have started to load my clipboard with a copy of my tasting notes before I say okay to publish it. That way I can paste in back in when it gets eaten. :)

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drank Earl Grey Decaf by Bigelow
1917 tasting notes

Neither being a huge fan of Earl Grey nor decaf black tea, wasn’t expecting a great deal—-but the office air conditioner was set to “blizzard” this afternoon and I needed to warm up. Exceeded expectations! The bergamot didn’t taste like cheap cologne—couldn’t detect much personality in the base, but it wasn’t bitter or astringent. Good utility tea.

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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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