1959 Tasting Notes

(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
1959 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
1959 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
1959 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
1959 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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The search for a superlative decaffeinated black tea continues. This is fair-to-middlin’, but I’m beginning to think that middlin’ is as good as it’s going to get. This one gains a little strength as it cools and is a little astringent. I guess decaffeinating just sucks out flavor, no matter how conscientiously it’s done.

tea-sipper

The decaf options from Simpson & Vail are pretty good and there are plenty of options.

gmathis

Unflavored?

tea-sipper

plenty of both! flavored and non. svtea.com

gmathis

Will check it out!

ashmanra

Can’t remember – did you try Decaffeinated from Harney and Decaf Ceylon Orange Pekoe from Southern Season? Those two have the most flavor of a plain decaf for me. Vanilla Comoro is good, and I hear Decaf Paris and Decaf Hot Cinnamon from Harney are good, and they would be if they are using the same plain base.

gmathis

Love Vanilla Comoro; haven’t tried the other H&S’s. Research will continue :)

ashmanra

I thought their decaf Darjeeling and one other were dreadful! But those were good! Oh, and Midsummer’s Peach was decaf and QUITE good.

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drank Elyse's Blend by Harney & Sons
1959 tasting notes

I’ve always had trouble with the honey flavor in this one (not unpleasant, just stronger than I prefer) and so the tin is getting old. But you know what a cheapster I am…would rather saw off a leg than throw out tea! Halved it with some plain generic Ceylon. That did the trick. Quite suitable now for a morning when I’m not being choosy and just need to get out the door.

ashmanra

I had a weird relationship with this tea. Sometimes I loved it, sometimes I didn’t. I don’t know if it is finicky or if I just didn’t get it right every time. I finally gave up on it.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
1959 tasting notes

Bone-chilling wet weather prompted me to go rogue and make a cup of a Christmas gift—Trader Joe’s mint cocoa. Prepped it with water (package calls for either water or milk) and it was thick, bittersweet chocolate with strong mint. Like a less sweet Andes’ mint. Very tasty and a pleasant change.

ashmanra

I wonder if that is heading our way? We have been in the upper 70’s and low 80’s, and tomorrow is supposed to be 79F. But late this afternoon a chilly wind started blowing and the temp dropped fast, and it had rained a little. The worst I see in our forecast is highs in the 50’s this weekend with lows in the 30’s.

gmathis

Headed northeast, I think, rather than your way. Woke up this morning, finally, to NOTHING coming out of the sky—much, much needed down here. We are OK but tons of flooding damage in the area.

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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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