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.
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!