1958 Tasting Notes


Find myself gravitating to this one when I’m worn to a nubbin by winter…breaking open the bottle a month early! No brains, no wait, no steep, add water—warm and cuddly.

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drank Chai by The Boston Tea Company
1958 tasting notes

This was among the bags that came in my Christmas tea chest. I don’t do chai often. However, today’s weather called for something with a warming personality.

Made this mugga (as opposed to a cuppa) with nothing but milk. (Anybody else drink unsweetened chai? Or by definition, should it just be drunk sticky with syrup or sugar?) Can’t tell if it’s the cloves or cardamom, but one spice is overpowering the others.

But for a bagged variety, it is decent, especially when you’re sitting in a warm sunbeam with a napping cat. That just makes anything taste better.

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drank PG Tips Loose Leaf by PG Tips
1958 tasting notes

When there’s a (-) in front of the number on the thermometer, nothing else will do. Strong and warm as wool socks.

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This packet is getting old but has held up nicely. With a light temperature and steep time, it is rich and caramelly and soothing on such a wickedly raw day. Already got word that we get a rare snow day tomorrow (generally, even when school is closed, administrative staff is expected). I may have to have another cup then.

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Picked this because it’s a cold, cloudy, raw afternoon; need to be slamming away at a due-too-soon writing project instead of tasting notes, so I’m anticipating multiple cuppas to keep me going—-resteeps should keep the caffeine level manageable.

Used water that was a little too warm on this one, so it’s heavier on the “bite” than my previous experiences. But sometimes a little bite, judiciously applied to the proper spot, is what you need to get off your keister (keester? keyster?) and get to work.


Interesting that the archaic definition is a suitcase…the original junk in the trunk? (Sorry, couldn’t resist!)


Nailed it.

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With one round of snow and ice just now beginning to recede and another barreling toward us at full speed, something with a little “spring” to it is needed. Tonight, this smells fresh and tastes mildly floral—-bringing to mind the scent of potting soil and greenhouses.

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drank Chamomile Citrus by Mighty Leaf Tea
1958 tasting notes

I was falling out of love with this one; a little too much hibiscus in the citrus side of this blend, but there’s a lot left in the pouch and I refuse to admit defeat.

Tried a little honey and a cinnamon stick. Smoothed out the edges nicely. I think we may be back to the holding hands stage :)

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First trial of this bagged green in microwaved work water, so there is much room for improvement there. There’s something somewhat floral about the pomegranate, rather than fruity, but still a decent cup. Will see what better attention to detail does to it.

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drank Ginger Snappish by Bigelow
1958 tasting notes

Temps dropping, snow coming, I’m chilling (figuratively and literally), so this is a pleasant evening warm-up. Addition of a cinnamon stick doesn’t alter the flavor a great deal, but oh, what it does to the scent! This one is well on its way to the Shabby House Cheapster Steepster Cupboard O’Fame.

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This was a little surprise in a small box of treats sent from a friend. I’ll have to ask her about its origin; whether it was a local purchase or a pass-along (she and I regift with no qualms whatsoever). No English on the box except company name and the awkwardly humorous description I transcribed for you.

I wasn’t expecting a lot. Surprise! This is mouth-wateringly pleasing. Big, flat, ragged leaves with the scent and taste of nutmeg and citrus. I’m going to enjoy this immensely.

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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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