1740 Tasting Notes

Just something different for a Friday morning! Sweet apple notes with the sharpness of black tea.

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Finally, time for a big pot of tea, before jumping into looooooong meetings.

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No time for making anything better just yet.

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Cutting down the caffeine a bit, now.

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For the last of my sample, I am making a big, four-cup pot of this. Having not before made it in such a quantity, we will see how it goes.

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drank Lychee Black by Vital Tea Leaf
1740 tasting notes

Coming into the office, all I wanted was a big pot of fruity black tea.

I got it.

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After drinking nothing but hojicha, yesterday, I am glad to be back to my morning matcha. I am afraid that the first cup is not as good as it could have been, as I was in a rush to get to meetings, while also prepping a cup of Stash Double Bergamot Earl Grey (in anticipation of a very long meeting…which actually lasted ten minutes).


Yay for early outs! (RARELY happens to me!)


Rarely happens to me, too! It just so happened that only one other person came to the daily status meeting. Easy updates!

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Enjoying a cup of the bagged version, this morning. Quite the tasty cuppa!

The loose leaf version would be even better, I imagine.

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I have not had hojicha for at least ten years, and this was a pleasant change.


Why so long?


Many other teas to try in the meantime, and I never came back to trying any other hojicha. The first one was a vanilla hojicha that I had, when I was a complete tea n00b. I actually bought this on a whim, while browsing for another tea at a Japanese grocery store.

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“I love trading tea and trying new teas. My favourites are oolong (mainly Chinese) and pu’erh.
Will gladly talk all day about tea.”

The above was my bio when I joined five years ago, and I felt it needed to be updated. I still love pu’erh, though I have begun to take preference toward cooked, shou. Oolongs are certainly still a go-to tea for me, but I have expanded my horizons to begin including greens and blacks based upon the weather and how I am feeling.

Still more than glad to talk about tea – anytime, anywhere, anyplace.
Additionally, if fountain pens, books, music, or computers are on the discussion list…

My ratings, this “personal enjoyment scale” about which I talk, are just that – based on how much I enjoyed the tea. I might have enjoyed it immensely, yet do not keep it stocked for various reasons. On the flip side, I have a few teas that are “good” but not “great,” which I keep stocked for various reasons.



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