1742 Tasting Notes

Ever have one of those weeks where you feel like you’ve been tied with a bungee to the back of an emotional roller coaster car and drug up and down the tracks?


Then you know what a blessing a full, deep night’s sleep can be. So for a change, a full-strength, industrial grade morning cuppa wasn’t necessary. Instead, opted for something with a little “refresh” in its personality. This is; a little astringent (makes me keep licking my lips) and the apple-peel bitterness that makes this tea distinct.

Anybody try this sweetened? I keep forgetting.


Yeah for a night’s sleep, and yeah for getting to ease into the day.

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This was a thoughtful and welcome treat from a friend. I am neither a huge fan nor a not-a-fan of red velvet; but this didn’t seem to have quite the chocolatey richness of red velvet cake I expected. Maybe next time a double bag and a little sweetening.

(But on the plus side, caffeine free and surely the beets have to be good for something that ails me!)

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I’ve had two bags of this now and I’m not impressed. Bitter. Granted, Bag #2 didn’t get a very fair shake. We’re still on hospital water and a dirty travel mug.

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drank Genmaicha Satsuki by Den's Tea
1742 tasting notes

This was tucked into an adorable little envelope courtesy of Claire.

Looks like popcorn, smells like sesame, leads with a roasty-toasty flavor, even when I didn’t research proper steep time and let this go well past 2 minutes. (The recommended sweet spot, per Den’s, is 30 seconds.) Eagerly anticipating doing it properly next time!


I usually steep mine about 45 seconds to a minute, although I think it really doesn’t suffer much from letting it go longer. It’s a tolerant tea!

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Woke up with a crazy craving for this…it had bubbled up to the top of my half-drunk-up basket when I was rummaging yesterday. Vanilla mint. It still doesn’t make me think of candy canes, but it’s sweet and perky. (This morning I am neither of those…must do it artificially!)

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Combine hospital water, a weird cafeteria microwave with controls I didn’t understand, a poorly rinsed-out Tervis Tumbler, and you get … a cup of warm something that tastes mildly of chocolate, maybe. But is warm and comforting in unfamiliar surroundings.

Always, always, always keep emergency teabags in your purse!

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About halfway through an Upton sample size of this one, and I’m really liking it. The only Kenyan tea I’ve tried in the past was very dark; very earthy. This Tinderet is none of that. An easy steeper that reminds me of melba toast and fruit. Really nice!

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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Life has done a number on our family this week—sick mama, medical trauma, severe storm drama, (I’ll throw in commas and llamas and pajamas, too, just because they rhyme).

Thus and therefore, I am in dire need of a full night’s sleep to have the energy to face more of the same. Tulsi to relax + chickweed to replenish whatever nourishment I’ve neglected to intake this week. About 1/3 of the chickweed to 2/3 tulsi. The spiciness of the tulsi keeps the chickweed from tasting too weedy and barky.


Sorry to hear about all the “amas.” Hope things improve.


Hope everyone and everything gets better soon!


I’m a day behind but – peace to you and yours.

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drank Green Tea by Unknown
1742 tasting notes

Coworker’s hubby returned with tea from a trip to China and she shared. Big, curly green leaves—trying to place the smell, my husband said he was whiffing “peppery” and “nutmeggy.” Steeped up into a gently spicy green broth. When I get the chance, I’ll try to pinpoint city an region, but what a nice treat at the end of a long day!

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drank English Breakfast by Twinings
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After a sleep-deprived day and a half nursing shift at my parents’ farm (and lemme tell ya, when you get me as your nurse you’re scraping the bottom of the barrel!) I probably couldn’t have told you whether I was drinking coffee grounds or sawdust.

Bless either Dad or my sister, one of them thought to stick a fresh box of Twinings on top of the microwave. Bucked me up, settled my stomach, and kept me upright most of the day today.

Sometimes the tea you need the most isn’t the fanciest.


I am sooooo glad that someone put that box of Twinings there for you :)

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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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