1965 Tasting Notes

What’s funny about this one, at least to me, is its source: the Flying J Truckstop on I-44 just east of Joplin MO. (Revolution just seemed a little upscale for the venue.) And be ready for a long wait if you ask just to buy the teabag…that really throws the clerk!

No particular standout characteristic, but it’s smooth and pleasant. Nice on its own, didn’t need dairy to tone anything down.


Love that you found a good tea at that location. What a nice surprise!

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drank Eggnogg'n Tea by Bigelow
1965 tasting notes

Another local-store serendipity; this is rarely in stock here!

If you did a side-by side taste test with real bona fide eggnog, I don’t think they’d be very close. Truthfully, this reminds me more of iced sugar cookies. (And what’s wrong with that?) Sweet, pleasant, just a hint of spice, great with milk; and before you know it, there I am staring at an empty tumbler and wishing I’d brought another bag with me.

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drank Ginger Snappish by Bigelow
1965 tasting notes

Husband is the primary grocery shopper at our house and tried a run to a different store a little closer to new house. Glad he did—I’ve had trouble finding Bigelow’s Christmas blends, and he knows how much I like them, so he snappished up a box to surprise me.

I still don’t think this one tastes anything like a cookie, but the lemon-ginger balance is just perfect, especially from underneath a soft blankie in a comfy chair on a clear evening when the whole block is gently lit with Christmas lights.

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drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
1965 tasting notes

When I first tried 52 Teas’ malted genmaicha, I commented that it was like drinking the inside of a Whoppers.

This was like drinking the inside AND the outside of a whole carton of Whoppers! Not sure if it’s the cure for a chocolate craving or if it’s making them worse :)


I love Whoppers… and I can’t find them in Ecuador… I think this tea has to be next on my shopping list!

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Nice end-o’-day treat following a little too much snacking at work and a little too much hubby-made pizza at home (if you haven’t tried Pastorelli pizza sauce and like spicky-kicky tomato, it’s worth the search).

Sweet, a little thick, and not picky in personality. Bag stays in the cup. In retrospect, should have had the pizza chef save me the juice out of the pineapple bits to add.


My dad makes homemade pizza sometimes, and we ALWAYS use Pastorelli’s!

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drank Mamma Mia by The Simple Leaf
1965 tasting notes

A vintage treat—this one has been stored well and sealed until this morning. First taste after a 5 minute steep was a surprise. Much sweeter than I expected for a Darjeeling, even a little cereally.

After cooling, the sweet backs off a little, but still good.

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drank Oolong Châtaigne by Dammann Freres
1965 tasting notes

Did a pot this afternoon and let it go the full recommended five minutes. The mild sweetness I got when at three minutes is now downright rich and almost milky-creamy, but it’s making the oolong base a little more bitter than I care for. All the same, this is a really, really good pastry-ish tea.

Next time I’ll put time right in the middle zone and expect nothing but awesome.

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I waxed poetic about this elsewhere, so I’ll make this comment concise. Straight-up, no nonsense quality Ceylon—a cup with clarity that’s just so good it doesn’t need to call attention to itself with flavorings or other bells and whistles.

Hoping for the same sort of clarity this morning. Many words to write before I sleep. Deadlines are no longer looming; we are two weeks post-loom.

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drank Gingerbread by Adagio Teas
1965 tasting notes

This particular tin was a little elderly, so it may have just lost some muscle, but when I made a cup this morning, there sure wasn’t much “ginge.”

On the other hand, with a little half and half, it turns into liquid graham crackers. Paired with the right munchie, I think this still has some possibilities.

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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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