1958 Tasting Notes

Took one more vacation day to “rest” (read that: do half a dozen loads of laundry, change bedding, unpack, rake leaves, gather notes for next writing project due way too soon) and it’s time for a quick feet-up.

And so, in asking, “What would taste good with rake, broom, and leaf crispies?” I saw the orange tin out of this batch on my whatnot shelf and something made the mental connection that this would be tasty. It really isn’t bad for a cheapie gift set; nice orange-zest-peel flavor rather than eye-watering tartness.

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drank Golden Wheat Head by Red Leaf Tea
1958 tasting notes

Don’t see this one on the Red Leaf website currently, but I am pleased to have found a couple of cups’ worth in a tin that woozled itself all the way to the bottom of the basket.

Because its fluffy and doesn’t stay in the teaspoon well, I doubled up, kept water temp coolish and time medium-ish (about 2:20). Honey colored and sweet grain flavored. Lovely for a crispy leaf-blowy afternoon at—finally after a long weary week at writers conference—home. (My back yard sounds like Chex.)

Em

Woozled is a great word!

gmathis

Writer’s prerogative. ;)

Red Leaf Tea

I’m sorry but the supplier of this tea became to unreliable and we had to drop him and his tea along with him :-(

gmathis

Sorry to hear that. It was so pretty!

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Triply good because I am enjoying it at HOME out of my own mug instead out of hotel styrofoam.

Black tea buddies, this one is a good evening substitute. The scent is a little spicy and clovey.

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drank Green Tea Decaffeinated by Salada
1958 tasting notes

Not stellar, but not bad—a little of the sweet, cereally flavor associated with a better-grade green tea in this one.

K S

I recall saying this one was like a little oasis in a tea barren wasteland.

gmathis

One year, I got some Salada regular green for my m-i-l for a stocking stuffer and she went on and on about how good it is. At the time I snickered and just attributed to grocery-brand taste, but this was a real surprise.

K S

Oh I didn’t notice this was decaf. I’ve had the regular. M-i-l is correct. Now if I run upon the decaf one I’ll know to grab it as well.

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drank Masala Chai by Peet's Coffee & Tea
1958 tasting notes

Thought this sample bag from Spencer might be strong enough to overcome the unfamiliar water issue—and it does. The little bit of coffee residue from a shared Kuerig even blends in pretty nicely. Looking forward to a pure, unadulterated, familiar cuppa of anything very soon.

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Another “alien mystery bag” that supplied a pleasant surprise. Usually I avoid Yogi because of the ridiculously cloying licorice that shows up in most of their blends. No licorice in this one—and it does have a nice, light, fruit-juicy quality. Like Juicy Fruit fruit-juicy.

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Working outside my normal environs this week, but it allows me to pick through other people’s tea stashes, intrepid explorer that I am. Considering that this one was clumsily made in a Kuerig that still had some coffee backwash in it, it’s pretty pleasant. Never had ginkgo before so I’m not sure what my tastebuds should be hunting for, but the green/citrus combination does cancel out potential green tea bitterness.

May swap another bag with something of my own so I can try it in more…sanitary? fortuitous? circumstances.

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drank Awake English Breakfast by Tazo
1958 tasting notes

Wonder if the formulation of this has changed…it’s been a while since I’ve had it. (But then, we’re talking out-of-town water and styrofoam cups.) Strong and adequate.

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Ever notice how insomnia kicks in, not prior to a day when you don’t really need to be at peak performance, but immediately preceding a day that will be physically and/or mentally exhausting on general principles.

Yeah, well, after losing a wrestling match with the blankets last night and early morning, I gave up at 3:57 a.m. and realized my heart was going like I had been engaged in a WWF grudge match. So this was my morning tea instead of something caffeinated. It didn’t do a thing for mental clarity, but it did ratchet down the boogity-boogity adrenaline and palpitations.

If you have nothing else in your medicine cabinet this winter, get some of this and some peppermint and you’ll be well armed against 90% of what ails ya.

Spencer

Well-chosen! Pity about the insomnia, though.

gmathis

I think this one is like chamomile…there are a zillion different bagged varieties and tulsi blends, but for economy and effectiveness, you just can’t beat the straight-up stuff bought in bulk.

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drank Original Blend by Red Rose
1958 tasting notes

It may be flavor inflation because it’s my put-your-feet-up tea after an extremely long travel day, but this is delicious. I need to get me a box for general pantry purposes. I need more tea. Yeah.

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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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