1983 Tasting Notes

drank British Blend by Tetley
1983 tasting notes

I know this sounds improbable, but I was running low on tea at work—there’s the big random tin where I keep odd ducks and scraps and last-bags-in-the-pack, but sometimes you just need Just Plain Tea. Un-goofable Just Plain Tea that’s hardy enough to survive less-than-pristine mugs, an impotent work microwave, and sitting untended during the million petty interruptions that make up a “normal” work day.

This fits the bill. Smooth, didn’t get nasty when I accidentally oversteeped, not too sharp and acidic. Nothing stellar, no singular stand-out flavor, but I think it’ll Do What Needs to Be Done.


This was recommended to me years ago by the mother of some of my students who was actually British. This was our main tea until we found out about WHOLE leaf and sachets and fancy pants stuff like that! It was one of hubby’s faves for a long time.


Working in a century-old school building (literally), the heat operates about 30% of the time, so tea gets cold in about two minutes; sometimes a cup gets reheated two or three times, so my main office tea criteria is “takes abuse.”

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
1983 tasting notes

We did our family-tradition run to Branson for Christmas lights, musicals and my annual Christmas Cry (Little Altar Boy gets me every time)…and my souvenir from the trip is a good old-fashioned nose-drippig, sneeze-induzig, throat-scratching cold that has kept me at about 30% power all weekend. (Aw, shucks. Didn’t get to finish raking the back yard.)

So, at this point, flavor, delicacy, and nuances would be wasted on me. Full throttle, strong-as-you-can get ’em tea is needed at a time like this. The weekend menu has included, in order of strength:

Bigelow American Breakfast (heavily caffeinated, but not a biting flavor)
Bulk peppermint leaf, steeped a good ten minutes
Good Earth Sweet and Spicy (tastes just like cinnamon red hots)

..and this morning, Twinings Irish Breakfast spiked with a spoonful of Bulk Assam. If that doesn’t clear things out, I’ll just have to try Drano. I have a roomful of 10-year-olds to talk over this morning!


Time to break out the Yorkshire Gold. That will cut through anything, and it tastes better than Draino.


YG in the travel mug this morning. I had to come back to work today, phlegm what may.

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drank Tazo® Joy™ Full Leaf Tea by Tazo
1983 tasting notes

Been a few Christmases since I’ve had this. Its description now reads:

A jubilant blend of black tea, oolong, jasmine green tea & hints of peach.

Memory may be failing (my family would instantly confirm that), but when this was first released, I recall it being primarily green/black without the more delicate peachy, oolong-y highlights. Still a good sip, just a different one.

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At our house, we’re suckers for free samples and dollar-off coupons. That’s why there’s a new little looseleaf jar of Pure Leaf on the kitchen shelf.

It’s definitely a waker-upper. There’s the cat-scratch sharpness of the Ceylon on top of each taste, then you get the deep breadiness of the Assam—you know, that floor-reverberating thump of a big dog’s tail. Milk makes them play nicely together.

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drank Black Tea with Vanilla by Pure Leaf
1983 tasting notes

Walmart was giving away free sample bags last weekend. The first thing I noticed about the pyramid bag was how fresh and sweet it smelled. (I don’t have the adjectival chops to tell you how I differentiate between fresh and not-so-fresh, but it was.)

Steeped, even with the disadvantage of water from a work microwave, it has the pastry-cookie vanilla sweetness of Harney and Sons’ Vanilla Comoro, which I know is often held up as the gold standard for vanilla tea. The Pure Leaf jars run a little pricier than boxed grocery store favorites, but this one earns its keep!



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After weeks of too-warm weather, break-yer-neck schedules, and two wearying sojourns out of state, it was pure bliss to tool around the yard on the mower mulching up leaves and watching the sun through the oranges and yellows still on the trees. It was even chilly enough I had to warm up when I came inside! Bliss.

This was my warmer upper. Not stellar, but respectably decent. The chocolate flavor is mild, but you can detect it. A little half and half accentuates it nicely. And after clutching the cup for a while, I can feel my fingers again.

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1 bag Yorkshire Gold, 1 teaspoon smooshed pecan pieces, steeped long and strong while I was bundling up for work (yes! it’s bundle weather today!), added a splash of half-and-half. Nutty stick-to-your-ribs goodness.

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drank Double Ginger by Flora
1983 tasting notes

Random grab from the just-take-it basket at work, so I don’t have many details or specs. However, I think this is just plain nothin-but-ginger. Not fall gingerbread, just straight up spice with no sweetening and a lovely hot tingle at the back of the throat.

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drank Paris Morning by Savoy Tea Company
1983 tasting notes

Nothing new to say about this tea’s carmelly-lemony goodness, but it tasted ten times better about 6:30 this morning sitting in the backyard glider silently holding hands with my husband. 31 years and counting. We watched the stars go down and the sun come up.

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Oh, how good to be home where the tea doesn’t taste like plastic hotel utensils or coffee spit (Keurig)!

Enjoyed a cup of this after a cool saunter through our local Third Thursday event (medium-size town in a predominantly rural area throwing an urban-style street fair). Nice balance of flavors without any tartness. Next time, to autumn it up, I’m thinking about chunking in a cinnamon stick. Yes, autumn is a verb.

Super Starling!

Autumn isn’t just a verb. It’s what my elementary school teachers would call an “action verb.”


Love this tea. One of my favorite herbals, which is a shocker considering it`s bagged.


I like this one, too! My son-in-law gave me some way back before he married SuperAnna.


Been a freelance writer for a long time I’ll verb anything if it makes my point!


Didn’t care for this one, I ended up giving it away! Glad you enjoyed it!

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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.


Southwest Missouri

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