1942 Tasting Notes

drank English Breakfast by Pique Tea
1942 tasting notes

One of my first (4-year-old?) kitchen responsibilities was to make the Nestea. Mom would tell me how many spoonfuls to put in the pitcher, and then I got to stir it! (My cooking skills haven’t improved much since then.)

Pique’s crystals allow you to experience the sophisticated version of the same process, and it works admirably for convenience, ease of prep, and dissolving nicely without getting gritty. The little sleeve K S sent my way recommended 8 ounces of water, so I stuck with that (roughly), even though I drink out of significantly larger mugs and tumblers most of the time.

At that powder-to-water ratio, the English Breakfast is very strong. Builders’ tea strength. I was surprised! Good stuff, just proceed knowledgeably if you prefer a less stout wakey-uppy.

K S

I’m a weenie. I used a 10 oz mug. I used around 12 iced and strangely I found it stronger cold. Glad you found it worthy.

gmathis

I ended up putting half the mug over ice with a little extra water, and it was great. Would be excellent summer lawn-mowing tea.

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drank Typhoo Decaf by Typhoo
1942 tasting notes

This is fast turning into a favorite. Quick and easy decaf that doesn’t taste watery or chemically, and a kitten-teeth size bite that makes it clear you’re still drinking tea.

Rabbit chasing: was watching a Call the Midwife rerun yesterday—I just love Sister Monica Joan and her rabid, unfulfilled sweet tooth. As she welcomed a new nurse, she said resignedly, “Were it up to me, I would offer you China or India tea—alas, we have nothing but Ty-phoo.” (This may be a fans-only chuckle, but I sure did.)

ashmanra

I wish I could remember what I watched recently in which a character asks “China or India?” when preparing tea for a guest. Possibly Sherlock? Something British, surely.

gmathis

That’s also the final line in one of my favorite detective novels—“The Limehouse Text” by Will Thomas. (Have I turned you on to that series?)

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(ashmanra, let me know if I’ve got the company info wrong :)

The downside for those of us who love heavy builders’ teas in the morning is that sometimes your mouth feels like it’s lined with Kleenex after you drink them. First thing I said to myself upon sampling this one was, “Hey, this makes me not thirsty!” The juiciness makes me wonder if there’s a good bit of Darjeeling in the mix. Tea description on the Joffrey’s website doesn’t give much away.

Flavor-wise, it’s smooth, sweet and toasty and yeah, I’m getting the “hints of caramel” mentioned in the product info as well. Nice.

Sil

sounds like a good morning cup!

dragondrool

“…lined with Kleenex” is a FABULOUS analogy for the effect of builers’ tea. Sometimes that fuzziness lasts a good half a day or so, I find.

ashmanra

That is the correct info! My daughter picked up a number of Joffrey teas
when she was in Florida. This is a breakfast blend that my wimpy self can handle. Most builders’ teas make me cower. Glad you liked it!

ashmanra

Oh, and the pouch it came in doesn’t enlighten me, either.

Superanna

They’re the tea and coffee providers for Disney! I love their chai more than anything. They have a store in Disney Springs and kiosks in the Disney parks. Here’s where my favorite Disney blog went and reviewed their store: http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2015/07/06/news-and-review-joffreys-tea-traders-cafe-at-disney-springs/

gmathis

Thanks for the link!

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My memory of this type of cookie goes back before GS adopted them: at the time, they were Sunshine Yum Yums, they were rectangular without a hole, and I would scarf a box at a time while recovering from various angsty junior-high romantic breakups and listening to Dan Fogelberg. Hey, don’t laugh. You were fifteen once.

So…this gets a plus simply for nostalgia. As far as flavor goes, I’m still thinking about it. The presence of coconut and caramel is definitely there, but there was a hint of something a little chemically-tasting as well. Of course, I’d just brushed my teeth…this may not be one to imbibe first thing in the a.m.

We’ll give it another whirl with some milk and see what happens. I want it to be really, really good :)

K S

I don’t know where you shop, but I wish we had the same variety on the shelf. We have Lipton, a tiny amount of Twinings, Tazo, and CS, and more Lipton.

gmathis

I’ve been hitting the jackpot lately with our Food 4 Less, which I think is a Kroger stepchild. Since fall, there’s been a boxed Bigelow display every couple months with the new flavors. Their standard selection is pretty basic—pretty much what you just mentioned.

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drank Thin Mints by Bigelow
1942 tasting notes

Clever, clever marketing: Bigelow has (as best I can tell) repackaged their Peppermint Bark herbal tea—which is mildly chocolate, briskly mint, and generally pleasant—with a Girl Scout cookie wrapper and set it back on the shelves for another season. Hey, it worked—box caught my eye and was in my hand until I read the ingredient list and realized I had plenty of the same stuff at home.

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drank Typhoo Decaf by Typhoo
1942 tasting notes

Another review of this calls it “The king of bagged decaf black tea." Not sure about king, but I’d certainly dub it an Earl. Maybe a Viscount. (Isn’t that what Edith’s Downton Abbey sweetie is?) After a five minute steep, it was dark like a good morning builders’ tea…with a recognizable bit of sharp builders’ tea flavor. Well done, Ty-phoo!

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drank Sweetheart Cinnamon by Bigelow
1942 tasting notes

A surprise from my sweetie. Name, art, and description made us expect a flavor like cinnamon red hots. Nope, it leads with the apple—which makes it better-er. Very pleasant.

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52

This just plain picks me up when I’m feeling like an armadillo on I-44. Tossed a cinnamon stick in just because. Nice!

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drank English Breakfast Decaf by Twinings
1942 tasting notes

Messy life making sleep difficult and fussy steeping inconvenient, so this’ll do (attempting a no-caf day after my morning builders’ tea in hopes of falling out hard and early tonight). Leave the bag in and you’ll get at least a shadow of Twinings’ original version.

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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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