Himalayan Black Dragon Oolong in Golden Wheat

Himalayan Black Dragom and Golden Wheat

Today, I’m pouring Rakkasan Tea Company’s Himalayan Black Dragon Oolong, served in Homer Laughlin’s Golden Wheat pattern with 22K gold trim.  The flat cup and saucer set sell for $5.99 at replacements.com china.  I bought a set of two cups and saucers at an antique store somewhere in Texas.  Golden Wheat was manufactured c. 1949-1966.Oolong in Golden Wheat

Himalayan Black Dragon oolong is another Nepalese tea, grown in Ilam at an altitude of 5,000 feet.  It combines green and black teas that are

…hand plucked…withered in sunlight…spread on bamboo mesh trays…heated to stop oxidation at 45%…rolled and separated into the unique ball shape.

It is silky smooth, with barely discernible floral notes and a somewhat leafy green aroma to me; Rakkasan tasting notes label it “high floral notes with a hint of grapes.”

The tea is in a rounded pellet shape, which unfurls and displays the mix of green and back tea.  Also in the Golden Wheat collection of tea cups, I scored the lid to a sugar bowl in Roswell, New Mexico.  Mom and I were on a trip to Ruidoso for a retreat while I worked on my dissertation.  I have long collected single lids and use them as toppers for glass jars of various sizes and shapes.

I grew up in the 1950s when Duz detergent gave away pieces of Golden Wheat in boxes of detergent as a means of boosting sales.  The dishes were a part of my grandmother’s kitchen, and like many others my age, hold a nostalgic memory for me.  The pieces are readily affordable for the most part, but rare pieces can go for much higher prices.  I am not so nostalgic that I wanted an entire set, but I like having the tea cups, and have various wheat design cups.  I will share another tomorrow, with a green tea for a bit of a change!

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9 Responses to Himalayan Black Dragon Oolong in Golden Wheat

  1. I remember those cups and Duz detergent! Some detergents came with wash cloths and oatmeal would come with a small green glass or saucer. I love going to resale shops just to see things I remember from my past and still have some of those old pieces. Enjoy your tea!


    • Suzassippi says:

      And there was Breeze, that came with towels. Dolly Parton was on the Porter Waggoner show, and they would do live commercials, where Porter would tell her “you can’t buy them” and she would reply in astonishment “I kaint buy them!!” in her strong accent, and he would say because they came absolutely free in boxes of Breeze!


  2. Beth says:

    Oh sweet memory of Golden Wheat china! I seem to recall that my grandmother had a few pieces, perhaps she had collected them in her detergent. Wheat was a popular pattern motif in the 1960’s. We had a set of Melmac type dishes with a wheat design. My mother carefully chose the pattern although I missed using her “wedding pottery”, California Ivy by Poppy Trail.


  3. janebye says:

    I had the Oolong today, too! I do not remember Golden Wheat but I do remember Duz! Hadn’t thought about it in many years, though. And we certainly had our share of Melmac. 🙂 I believe my mom also collected dishes she purchased with Green Stamps and I think she gave me some cutlery for my first wedding that she purchased with cereal box tops. Those were the days.


  4. Suzassippi says:

    Thanks for joining in ICTG! I did not know that about Green Stamps/Points, so thanks for the update. My mother never shopped where they gave Green Stamps (or Gold or whatever the others were called) believing the prices were higher and she was loyal to the independents as that was what supported most of the small rural communities in which we lived.

    I am glad you are enjoying the tea posts–it has been my “self-care” since the drastic changes in all of our lives.


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