1965 Tasting Notes

drank China Classic Oolong by foojoy
1965 tasting notes

This was served with lunch at a local noodle and curry place in an old-fashioned light-bulb shaped decanter like they served diner coffee in when I was a kid. (Sort of clashed with the elegant rectangular platters.) Anyway, for a bagged oolong, it wasn’t bad. No subtlety, just warm and a little nutty.

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Was able to connect briefly with my best tea drinking buddy while on the road and she brought me a do-it-yourself kit with this blend and several packets of turbinado sugar.

Tasted it straight up, then after adding the sugar crystals, and couldn’t taste much difference.

I do like this better than most chai blends because of its naturally sweet personality…most chais to me taste like somebody randomly emptied the contents of their spice cabinets into a tin. Not getting any citrus from the Samurai Chai part of the mix; but plenty of the cinnamon and pepper from the Ayurvedic half.

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drank Premium Ceylon by Bigelow
1965 tasting notes

Had this on an American Airlines flight. While it had the potential of being a nice, smooth Ceylon, it was hard to tell—-when you travel, it all tastes like hotel water and the styrofoam cup :(

ashmanra

I got tea at Barnes and Noble once, and never again! The tea was so hot I think it defied laws of physics because it should have turned to vapor at that temperature, and I could taste was paper cup! I decided if I ever get tea there again, I will take my Joemo and just ask for the bag! Hope you have a better tea experience soon!

gmathis

Looking forward to a couple of unscheduled days at the end of the week to do exactly that.

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drank Clearing Tea by Sacred Rose®
1965 tasting notes

Sampled this one for www.itsallabouttheleaf.com; review pending. I need to do a little research about which, if any, of the ingredients have a diuretic effect (could have been coincidence), but drinking this before bedtime resulted in a much-interrupted night’s sleep, and it wasn’t because of any caffeine :)

Cofftea

By the name it wouldn’t surprise me!

Geoffrey Norman

I actually have this one to try but haven’t yet.

Cofftea

Just looked at the ingredients… not sure about the others, but I know spearmint is a diuretic for sure. Anything that says detox is.

gmathis

Not a bad thing; next cup, I’ll just time it a little differently!

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drank Monk's Blend by MlesnA
1965 tasting notes

Made a big pot this morning specifically for the purpose of icing down after an afternoon of pending yard work. My tin is beginning to remind me of the widow’s jar of flour (if you’re a prophet Elijah fan, you’ll get it :) … every time I think I’m getting to the last scoop, there’s just enough for one more…

Cofftea

Totally get that and LOVE when teas do that. My matchas and chais do that a lot.

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First iced tea of the season. (Yay, spring!) Hadn’t had this for a while; it’s pleasantly light but still enough blueberry that after icing it down there’s some taste on your tongue.

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The write up of my first clumsy, but not entirely successful experience with pu-erh is up:

http://www.itsallabouttheleaf.com/2070/tea-review-grand-tea-year-2000-7542-green-pu-erh/

gmathis

Whoops…not entirely unsuccessful.

Gary

Great Review I Liked the Description “Almost maple-sugar sweet and leafy”
Thats the kind of Tastes and Flavors that I like to “Pur Sue”
Keep on Steepin

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drank Leaf Tea (Loose Leaf) by Typhoo
1965 tasting notes

A treat—-was able to pick up an experimental ounce bulk at my getting-better-all-the-time favorite little health food store. Looks just like PG tips—ground fine, but used in the same proportions, seems to be just a tetch lighter and brighter in flavor (not in appearance). Would have to do a side-by-side comparison to be sure, and tea geeky as I am, I’d love to do that, but time is going to be a tight commodity this week. (Sigh. Not a great thought for an early Monday morning.)

Michelle Butler Hallett

Oooh, Typhoo. Haven’t sipped that in years. Must keep my eye out for the loose version.

ashmanra

gmathis, I love you! You made my day by saying “tetch”. I haven’t heard that since my mom passed away. My oldest relatives used tetched, het, yonder, riled up, and such regularly! I know exactly how much is “a mess” of collards. Sigh. The Southern language is truly a child of Shakespeare, having descended nearly unchanged from Elizabethan English.

gmathis

Yep—a mess of spinach for salad, and it looks like it’s clabberin’ up to rain outside today. Just holler if you want to compare further Ozark/Southern Missouri vocabulary words… and if you haven’t read “Christy,” you need to, for the colloquialisms alone!

Michelle Butler Hallett

Souther US English bears some resemblance to Newfoundland English, which remained very much unchanged from the late 1600s to about mid-20th century. Back in university, I sounded out a phonetics-written speech from Shakespeare (Juliet, “What’s in a name?”)m the phonetics supposedly showing how Elizabethans pronounced the words. Know what I heard? A blend of Newfoundland and souther US accents.

I’m all for learning to read and write in Standard English, but the dialects are often much richer in vocab. Cuppa tay, now.

Michelle Butler Hallett

You might hear “tetch” here, too. More often pronoucned “titch.”

gmathis

In the book I’m going on and on about (set in Cutter Gap, Tennessee, circa 1912), one of the discoveries of the main character is the wealth of Scots-Irish heritage that’s been buried under years of neglect, including the ballads that hearken back to Bonnie Prince Charlie.

ashmanra

Since I was a musician and performer from age 7, many people thought I was British when I was growing up! I spoke like the people I listened to all the time – namely Rex Harrison and Christopher Plummer – my heroes! But I can do terrific impressions of several Southern accents and lapse into one when I speak to a real Southerner. The Southern Belle is the most fun. My elder sister actually speaks that way! She used to lean toward me when my parents best friends visited and whisper, “They don’t know better, they’re Yankees.”

Someone asked me once if we pronounced “aunt” as “awnt” or “ant.” The answer was….neither! If you are saying, “This is my aunt,” you pronounced it “ant.” But if you were calling your aunt by name, it was “aint!” I had an Aint Ethel, and Aint Inez, and Aint Neal….they would have died laughing if we had said “awnt” and would have accused us of putting on airs!

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This one’s in the queue at www.itsallabouttheleaf.com, but it’s good—really good! The word ambrosia was used in the review. And rightfully so. :)

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Hooray for inexpensive bulk buys! This smells great dry and has huge leaves—all leafy and lawn clippingy. The tangerine is light and pleasant. Had my trial-run straight up, but I’m thinking I might actually toss in a little sugar to see if the citrus kicks up a little.

Geoffrey Norman

Oooooh, my word. I love tangerines. And white tea. This sounds perfect.

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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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