1954 Tasting Notes

Oh, the weather outside is frightful! This was a day for staying in, but freezy drizzle re-jiggered plans and we had to make a farm run to batten down the hatches and deliver groceries to housebound elder family members. Put down ice melt, covered vents, insulated pipes, fought our way through Walmart on Barton County Shop-With-A-Cop Day…so when we finally slid into home, my one overwhelming urge was “FUDGE!” Which, fortunately, is currently in stock at our house. This Bigelow tea was the chaser.

This isn’t my favorite Bigelow flavored tea. It leads with plenty of coconut; not much caramel follow up. Not spectacular on its own, but with milk and a good sweet treat beside it, it’ll do on a cold day.

Indigobloom

Mmmm love fudge. Homemade?

gmathis

Not this batch—little locally-owned candy house closed after many years of business and broke our hearts. It’s recently been reopened by a couple who bought the premises and recipes both. This was our celebratory purchase.

Indigobloom

ooooh I daresay that is even better than homemade!

Tabby

I want this tea to be good! :( I love Samoas.

gmathis

There’s a little bit of artificiality to it, but it can be toned down with dairy & sweetener. (I love Samoas, too!)

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drank British Blend by Tetley
1954 tasting notes

I know this sounds improbable, but I was running low on tea at work—there’s the big random tin where I keep odd ducks and scraps and last-bags-in-the-pack, but sometimes you just need Just Plain Tea. Un-goofable Just Plain Tea that’s hardy enough to survive less-than-pristine mugs, an impotent work microwave, and sitting untended during the million petty interruptions that make up a “normal” work day.

This fits the bill. Smooth, didn’t get nasty when I accidentally oversteeped, not too sharp and acidic. Nothing stellar, no singular stand-out flavor, but I think it’ll Do What Needs to Be Done.

ashmanra

This was recommended to me years ago by the mother of some of my students who was actually British. This was our main tea until we found out about WHOLE leaf and sachets and fancy pants stuff like that! It was one of hubby’s faves for a long time.

gmathis

Working in a century-old school building (literally), the heat operates about 30% of the time, so tea gets cold in about two minutes; sometimes a cup gets reheated two or three times, so my main office tea criteria is “takes abuse.”

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
1954 tasting notes

We did our family-tradition run to Branson for Christmas lights, musicals and my annual Christmas Cry (Little Altar Boy gets me every time)…and my souvenir from the trip is a good old-fashioned nose-drippig, sneeze-induzig, throat-scratching cold that has kept me at about 30% power all weekend. (Aw, shucks. Didn’t get to finish raking the back yard.)

So, at this point, flavor, delicacy, and nuances would be wasted on me. Full throttle, strong-as-you-can get ’em tea is needed at a time like this. The weekend menu has included, in order of strength:

Bigelow American Breakfast (heavily caffeinated, but not a biting flavor)
Bulk peppermint leaf, steeped a good ten minutes
Good Earth Sweet and Spicy (tastes just like cinnamon red hots)

..and this morning, Twinings Irish Breakfast spiked with a spoonful of Bulk Assam. If that doesn’t clear things out, I’ll just have to try Drano. I have a roomful of 10-year-olds to talk over this morning!

K S

Time to break out the Yorkshire Gold. That will cut through anything, and it tastes better than Draino.

gmathis

YG in the travel mug this morning. I had to come back to work today, phlegm what may.

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drank Tazo® Joy™ Full Leaf Tea by Tazo
1954 tasting notes

Been a few Christmases since I’ve had this. Its description now reads:

A jubilant blend of black tea, oolong, jasmine green tea & hints of peach.

Memory may be failing (my family would instantly confirm that), but when this was first released, I recall it being primarily green/black without the more delicate peachy, oolong-y highlights. Still a good sip, just a different one.

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At our house, we’re suckers for free samples and dollar-off coupons. That’s why there’s a new little looseleaf jar of Pure Leaf on the kitchen shelf.

It’s definitely a waker-upper. There’s the cat-scratch sharpness of the Ceylon on top of each taste, then you get the deep breadiness of the Assam—you know, that floor-reverberating thump of a big dog’s tail. Milk makes them play nicely together.

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drank Black Tea with Vanilla by Pure Leaf
1954 tasting notes

Walmart was giving away free sample bags last weekend. The first thing I noticed about the pyramid bag was how fresh and sweet it smelled. (I don’t have the adjectival chops to tell you how I differentiate between fresh and not-so-fresh, but it was.)

Steeped, even with the disadvantage of water from a work microwave, it has the pastry-cookie vanilla sweetness of Harney and Sons’ Vanilla Comoro, which I know is often held up as the gold standard for vanilla tea. The Pure Leaf jars run a little pricier than boxed grocery store favorites, but this one earns its keep!

Sil

nice!

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After weeks of too-warm weather, break-yer-neck schedules, and two wearying sojourns out of state, it was pure bliss to tool around the yard on the mower mulching up leaves and watching the sun through the oranges and yellows still on the trees. It was even chilly enough I had to warm up when I came inside! Bliss.

This was my warmer upper. Not stellar, but respectably decent. The chocolate flavor is mild, but you can detect it. A little half and half accentuates it nicely. And after clutching the cup for a while, I can feel my fingers again.

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1 bag Yorkshire Gold, 1 teaspoon smooshed pecan pieces, steeped long and strong while I was bundling up for work (yes! it’s bundle weather today!), added a splash of half-and-half. Nutty stick-to-your-ribs goodness.

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drank Double Ginger by Flora
1954 tasting notes

Random grab from the just-take-it basket at work, so I don’t have many details or specs. However, I think this is just plain nothin-but-ginger. Not fall gingerbread, just straight up spice with no sweetening and a lovely hot tingle at the back of the throat.

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drank Paris Morning by Savoy Tea Company
1954 tasting notes

Nothing new to say about this tea’s carmelly-lemony goodness, but it tasted ten times better about 6:30 this morning sitting in the backyard glider silently holding hands with my husband. 31 years and counting. We watched the stars go down and the sun come up.

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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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