619 Tasting Notes


I have moved to a new apartment! My former upstairs neighbors are good people. Their 7 year old son is autistic, so the noise—running, jumping, etc— wasn’t really their fault.I hated, hated to move away from that location. But I couldn’t beat it anymore.

I have 4 boxes left to unpack, plus hours of trying cram everything I own into a smaller apartment. I am tired and cranky.

Friends very generously gave me a really beautiful cup and a tin of this tea as a housewarming gift. The tin is lovely. The cup is absolutely beautiful. It has a girl reading in a garden and blossoms and butterflies in the inner rim. I really love it. I don’t especially love this tea. I don’t generally care for green teas as I find them grassy and bitter or astringent. This one was bitter. I may have over steeped. I’ll certainly try it again and see if I like it better nest time.

Evol Ving Ness

I totally understand the need to move to save one’s sanity and well-being. That decision looms in front of me.

Well done for getting on with it. That was fast. I hope there will be all sorts of pleasant surprises waiting to reveal themselves in this new location and that you settle nicely and easily.

Maddy Barone

Thanks Evol! It is much quieter. Lots of traffic sounds, since I’m right on a main drag, but that’s the kind of noise that becomes background noise after a while.

Evol Ving Ness

I have lived directly on a very busy street, with my bedroom right on the street, and it was surprisingly just fine. So, yay!

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It was crazy beautiful weather today. If this keeps up it will soon it will be iced tea weather! Tomorrow the northern plains will be hit by blizzard conditions. Except us. Fargo will miss the nasty storm that is going west, south and north of us.

I had a friend from Winnipeg stop in on her way home from Minneapolis. I brewed us a pot of this. You know what she said? She said, “Do you remember that year at Gimli when someone brought their home made peach brandy and we sat around the fire singing and telling stories?” I laughed, because that is EXACTLY what I thought of the first time I had this. My sense of smell is gone again now, so I didn’t have that same reaction, but the tea is still smooth and sweet.


We had a day like that the other day and I thought wow! Is spring here? I guess it IS March after all. But then it snowed the next day and I needed my parka again haha. Mother Nature is such a tease.

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This has been a MONDAY. Yes, all caps. Work has sucked today. It’s only been three hours, so maybe it can turn around. This tea helps. You know, if you like a straight, robust but mellow, smooth, yummy cuppa for the morning, this is a fantastic choice. Now go away, you stupid Operations Coordinator. You are trying to tell me how to do a job that I’ve been doing for 15 years. You’ve been here three months. You shouldn’t make a ton of changes to our policies. And if you do, you should TELL US WHAT the changes are BEFORE they go into effect. Telling me three weeks later and giving me demerits for not knowing the new policy is not going to make me happy. Moron. sips tea


Ooof! My sympathies. That is certainly a MONDAY.


Eeek. That’s not cool. He needs some tea!

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I haven’t written up a note for this tea yet???

I had a bad weekend due to the autistic child upstairs. They are good neighbors. Their TV isn’t loud, I don’t hear them yelling, they rarely have parties. The only issue I have is the running and jumping from their 8 year old autistic son. The running and jumping is a daily occurrence. And every couple of days he has a melt down. This is not something that is in their control, so I try to not let myself get worked up about it. But saturday it began around 7:30. It was still going strong when I left at 10:00, and when I came home at 3:00 it was STILL going on. Sunday was just as bad. And today there was no school, so it was a bad day again.

All that is to say that I wanted to baby myself a little tonight. I made honey toast and a pot of this tea. It is nummy. Probably not going to solve any of my issues, but it is a delicious, creamy tea. Sort of chocolaty (I bet it would be more chocolaty if I could smell it and taste it) and creamy. Just a nice tea that I don’t drink often because I want to reserve it for stressful days like these so I can feel like I am pampering myself.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

Sounds like great self care to me :)

Evol Ving Ness

As someone with neighbour issues, I totally get it. For me now, beyond the various ways that they encroach on my life, it is the repeated and profound intrusion that gets to me. And yes, tea helps.


I’m sorry, Maddy (and Evol too!), it’s too bad that we can’t sound-, smell-, and stupidity-proof our dwellings.

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Last night I wanted a mint tea. I over ate at Mom’s 83rd birthday bash and I wanted something soothing for my tummy. Do I have any loose leaf mint tea? Nooooo.

But this one is quite decent. The flavor is minty but mild. The convenience of the teabag is welcome when I’m not feeling that great and don’t want to mess with measuring and then cleaning out the strainer. So I’ll call this one a win.


Happy birthday to your Mum!!

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Sip down!

My sense of smell has diminished to almost nothing but even so I caught a hint of juicy peach as I raised the cup to my lips. I am sad this one is gone, but there are lots more great teas in the cupboard.

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I have too much tea. How can I ever drink it all??? Is it better to drink one tea faithfully until it is gone? Or should I continue to drink a cup of this one here and that one there? This month is NO Spend February for me. So no more new teas! That doesn’t mean I’ll get caught up of course. But it’s got to help, right?

I decided to have a cup of this tonight after supper. I wanted something dessert-y with no fuss. I still really like this one. Rich and creamy flavor. There is a slight acidic edge at the end of the sip. I may have over-steeped, but I bet some milk would take care of that.

And now I need to decide if I love it enough to re-steep to keep this tea in the cupboard as long as possible, or if I should use a new bag for a new cup and thus sip it down all that much faster. Decisions, decisions.


I think I’ve tried it with milk and liked it that way. What could be wrong, if Mrs. Patmore’s hand is in it ;) (Binge-watching DA Season 6 this week.)

Maddy Barone

One of my favorite characters on the show is Daisy!

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Are we lucky to live at a time in which teas—delicious teas!— are available to us through the internet, or what? Just think of it, 30 years ago few of us would have had such easy access to small unique tea companies like A Quarter 2 Tea. We would still have access to well established tea companies, and that is good. There are several teas from the grocery store that I enjoy like Twinings, Stash, and Celestial Seasonings, but I love the variety available from the small tea makers.

This tea is an excellent example of something you just cannot find at the grocery store. Honeybush and Rooibos, caffeine free. Lightly sweet but not cloying. A smooth delicious flavor. I’m a happy camper tonight.

200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Just the tea name alone makes me melt into a little cozy puddle and wish I were at home with a Redwall book :)


You are definitely right, that we live in a glorious time to be able to enjoy such luxuries. The title of this one sounds epically delicious.

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I love cats. I love alone time. I love sitting indoors on a cold winter night with a book or my knitting while drinking tea. I don’t have a sense of smell, so many of the more subtle flavors of tea escape me. Two of the things I CAN taste are bitter and sour, so any tea that has even a slightly bitter taste is nasty for me. And what others might perceive as pleasant tartness may be horribly sour for me.

I’m also a writer. I love writing, and a mug of hot tea helps me get through the hours sitting in front of the computer. Although I’m a comparatively new tea drinker, I’m jumping in feet first. Feel free to recommend any teas you think I might enjoy.

100-91 – Wowza! I want to keep this tea in the cupboard all the time.
75-90 – Very nice. It would be good to have this tea on hand from time to time.
60-74 – OK. Wouldn’t keep it in the cupboard, but I would drink it again.
45-59 – If a friend served this I would drink it to be polite, but it’s not really my cuppa.
Lower than 45 – Blech. It was too sour or bitter for my taste. Would not drink it again.


Fargo, ND



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