1985 Tasting Notes

Not bad. I think maybe the flavor is dissipating after all these years. What little flavor is left tastes kind of like . . . stale smoke? Not exactly delightful.

Flavors: Smoke, Stale

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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86
drank Indonesian Gold by Teavana
1985 tasting notes

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drank Pure Vanilla by DAVIDsTEA
1985 tasting notes

This is also on my January sipdown list so I chose it for a caffeine-free option tonight. I took one sip and realized this is not what I want right now. It’s not bad or anything. It actually tastes a little fruity which I would normally love. But it just sat there while I looked at it and debated whether or not I wanted to take a second sip. I watched it and moved it around the table and left it in the kitchen and reheated it in the microwave until eventually it went cold (a second time). I just couldn’t bring myself to finish it. Maybe another day I’ll try again.

Flavors: Red Fruits

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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86

Oh I’d forgotten how delicious this is! It’s bold and smoky, a perfect breakfast tea. I still have quite a bit of it too! I bought a vacuum sealer a few weeks ago and have been sealing everything I can get my hands on (gosh, I’m such a grown-up). Of course I had to try sealing a bag of tea too. This one was not packaged well to begin with, just a flimsy sort of plastic bag, but I was able to seal it without anything burning or catching on fire. Success! This is one of the teas I’m focusing on for my January sipdowns, so it may not be around too much longer. Now it’ll hopefully stay fresh(ish) until the last sip.

Flavors: Ash, Earth, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Earl Grey Decaf by Twinings
1985 tasting notes

This decaf Earl Grey does not compare to the original Twinings EG. It’s okay but it’s not nearly as flavorful as the other. Not anything special really. I don’t plan to restock anytime soon.

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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86

Oh wow, I completely forgot how delicious this tea is! It has so much flavor – it’s chocolaty, nutty, and smoky all at once. Another 52Teas blend that I’ll be so sad to see go.

Flavors: Astringent, Dark Chocolate, Nutty, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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74

This one is finally starting to lose its flavor. I can still taste the peppermint but it’s not nearly as potent as it used to be. The cacao nibs have retained some of their flavor but not enough. I have one cup left so I’ll probably try to finish it off soon. It was good while it lasted but I’m sure I can find a good replacement for it.

Flavors: Cacao, Peppermint

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
AJRimmer

I’ve seen these teabags at Target, and the price is sort of outrageous compared to when I could buy this loose leaf. But I really miss this one, so at some point I’m just going to have to splurge!

Shae

I haven’t seen it in stores here, but Teavana had it on their website for a while so I was hopeful I could get some. Now their website redirects to Instagram and they haven’t posted there since last summer I think. I don’t know what’s going on with them these days.

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drank Decaf Iced Black Tea by Lipton
1985 tasting notes

Ehh, this didn’t turn out great. I added a bag of Twinings Earl Grey Decaf to the mix as usual, but it’s pretty bland. I bought a huge box of the Lipton quite a while ago, so maybe its age is finally catching up with it. Might add an extra teabag or two next time around.

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drank Eggnog Chai by 52teas
1985 tasting notes

Another chai, another favorite. I have a bit of eggnog left over from Christmas, so I added a splash just because. I’d say this one is probably more flavorful than the pumpkin chai I had earlier. Of course, I did add the eggnog so I’m not sure which flavors are coming from the tea and which from the eggnog. A very nice bold cup.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Lifetime student. Lover of books and paper and ink. Kitchen dweller. Aspiring herbalist, excessively proud cat lady, and tea fanatic. Thirty-something elder millennial. She/her.

I love flavored black teas most of all, always with cream and honey. I enjoy floral and fruity teas, as well as flavored or scented ones. I’m not overly fond of green or white teas, but I’ve found a few that I enjoy.

I’m open to tea swaps and/or just sharing what’s in my tea cabinet! Please reach out if you see something I have that you’d like to try. I do my best to update my cupboard regularly.

Favorites
Any and all black teas, smoky teas, raspberry, strawberry, red fruits, bergamot, chai spices, floral teas, caramel/toffee, jasmine, rose, vanilla, peaches, plums, valerian root, cinnamon, cardamom

Not a huge fan
White teas, green teas, artificial sweeteners, sarsaparilla, licorice, lemongrass, lavender, hot hibiscus, hibiscus in black tea blends

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband, James, who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-49: This tea is not good, but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

50-69: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

70-79: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

80-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

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