1953 Tasting Notes

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
1953 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
1953 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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Good morning. May your year be full of hope.

As I am blessed with the first unscheduled day in I don’t know how long, I thought a multi-steeper might be a good choice. I’m still highly inexpert at petrified clumpy tea, but I think I’m finally on the downside of the learning curve with this one. After a quick rinse and a short steep, it is mellow with little or no metallic/mineral undercurrents.

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An orange bag from this set this afternoon to accompany some puttering and piddling; putting away bits and pieces from Mom’s … you know, those things that are not valuable to anyone but you: her red hat, her earring collection, a miniature (real) cast iron stove with tiny cauldrons and skillets…but no teakettle.

I’ll continue my “this isn’t bad for a gift set” rating for the entire series. Orange is mild in this one; pithy instead of tart. Further proof that one should not discount the value of bagged tea. It serves a valuable purpose.

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Close to a sipdown on this one, but it has been a great occasional change-of-pace tea with apple-accurate flavor. Real peel, not Jolly Rancher. Because it requires a short-ish steep time, probably better for elevenses or afternoon instead of early morning, but it has a lovely refreshing personality.

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Finally. Feet up with a lovely cup of cookie sweetness. But it’s “proper tea biscuit cookie” sweetness; not pastry-shop sweetness. The flavor balance tips toward almond. Oh—like those windmill-shaped cookies with the almond slices in them. Remember those? Grandma used to get ‘em. (My week has been filled with “Mom used to…” or "Grandma used to’s.")


This sounds so interesting.


Might have to look into this. Mom loves those windmill cookies but she can’t have them anymore since she is now allergic to ginger.

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drank Original Blend by Red Rose
1953 tasting notes

The need for easy tea continues as I run back to the farm to help Dad deal with Mom’s things. So glad y’all introduced me to this one. Strong enough to wake you, smooth and a little nondescript so as not to trouble you.
Looking forward to a quality tea morning soon.


I’m always confused by Red Rose. They say it is Mountain Grown Tea…but never where it is grown.

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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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