1921 Tasting Notes

drank Cherry Almond by Market Spice
1921 tasting notes

New little gourmet store in town has a fair selection of bulk teas from Market Spice, priced comfortably enough to allow for a little experimentation. One sniff of the bulk jar ensnared me.

Steeped up lightweight and creamy, but heavier on the almond than on the cherry; the cherry is sweet/syrupy rather than fresh off the tree. The search for the most perfectly accurate cherry tea continues.

On the flipside, this is pleasant, will likely chill well, and would be a good choice for you to offer at your next feather boa-and-red-hat-tea-party.

ashmanra

I believe you have just helped me solve a mystery! A friend of mine goes to Greensboro a lot and visits a kitchen store there that carries lots of tea. She brought me some blackberry black tea and it was really good. I finished it in no time. (It was a tiny bag, maybe two ounces.) She told me how muchs he paid for it and I couldn’t believe it – so very inexpensive and really tasty. I knew a tiny shop like that was buying it from SOMEWHERE and this has to be where! I just checked their prices against what she gave me and it is about right. I hope to have her pick up some Cherry Almond next time she is there because my best friend loves the one from Stash and I would like to see how they compare.

gmathis

Our shop had about 10 varieties, anywhere from $1.19 to $2.99 an ounce.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
1921 tasting notes

First tea of the season from the Junkyard Tea Jar after squirreling away a pint’s worth of unflavored scraps. It was tasty both hot and chilled—lots of Keemun flavor today; who knows what we’ll get when I shake the jar tomorrow? As Sheldon Cooper says “What’s life without whimsy?”

Tealizzy

What a fun idea!

gmathis

This has worked wonderfully in the past—last half teaspoon that you can’t bear to throw out; save it, mix it and it’s like the Everlasting Gobstopper of black tea. Someday I’ll get crazy and do a little jar of (at least partially compatible) flavored fruit teas and see what happens.

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drank Orange Cookie by Savoy Tea Company
1921 tasting notes

A number of us have mentioned how reliable ol’ Constant Comment was a gateway tea for our addictions. This is a Constant Comment sugar cookie! A wonderful, light warmer-weather alternative to chai. Enjoying it straight up, but a little dairy would make it even creamier.

K S

…. but I already have soooo much tea….

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Guessing this is fairly new to the website; ingredients and instructions aren’t currently posted. But Savoy’s Keemun is exactly what Keemun should be—deep reddish brown in the cup, with a deep and lovely hay barn and burlap scent and personality. Little molasses and dark grape juice thing going on there, too. Excellent. Straight up. Don’t mess it up with milk :)

scribbles

This one also seems like a great way to start a morning :)

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Savoy Tea Company, my favorite little shop in Northwest Arkansas, does flavored teas really well. Have had less experience with their unflavored products, but it bodes well for future experimentation.

This blend leads with Fujian tea, which I love. Leaves a light breath of cocoa flavor on your lips after you swallow. The label says it plays well with milk and sugar, but it’s very tasty on its own.

IllBeMother221B

What would you suggest if one were to want to purchase 3 of their teas?

gmathis

Just three? Ouch! I like their Cherry Pineapple green tea, Autumn in Vermont (green tea with maple brittle), and Paris Morning—black tea with a caramel/bergamot thing going on.

One I really liked but isn’t available any more was called “Wake Up Call.” It was a green tea with mate and ginseng—made a really nice summery breakfast tea with enough strength to be effective. The guy at the store said they were working on a new green tea/mate formulation, but not ready for public consumption yet.

Fjellrev

What a darling site! Love the photography and the prices are so reasonable. I’m going to bookmark and order someday. :)

gmathis

They have a couple locations…the one I visit is in an outdoor shopping mall/promenade. They serve cupcakes and smoothies as well as tea and have a nice selection of teaware. And a friendly staff that isn’t quite as, uh, aggressive as that other mall tea chain :)

Fjellrev

Sounds like a fantastic alternative to have in your backyard! Their selection looks great.

IllBeMother221B

Well, three to start with. I could easily buy more, but I might have blown the tea budget for the month! ;)

gmathis

Not quite backyard—about an hour away. That’s probably a very good thing!

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drank Cape Paradise by Savoy Tea Co
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This one had me at the first whiff (Savoy’s tidy little shop has a scent jar for each tea). Just smelled fruity and springy fresh. Requires a long and patient steep, 7-10 minutes, but what you get is a fruity, juicy concoction that reminds me of apple-peach cobbler. (Yes, mangoes are not peaches, but the two are awfully similar in my sensory vocabulary.)

I foresee a jar of this, chilled, in the near future.

Christina / BooksandTea

Sounds delicious!

Fjellrev

I swear most mango teas taste like peach to me anyway! Yet, the fresh fruits don’t taste anything alike.

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Two screaming weeks at work have left me chugging primarily tea I don’t have to taste. Today, on the other hand, I have taken a mental health day and enjoyed a cup of Windsor Castle in the a.m. sunshine with the cats. Ahhhh.

First conclusion was that this is a pretty mild black tea blend, but as it cools, the malty rye-bread Assam and that little Darjeeling uptick are there just before and just after you swallow. You just have to have a little time to think about it.

caile

Enjoy your day! :)

ashmanra

Oh, enjoy! You deserve it! Dark clouds and drizzles for us! I would love a sunny spot outside right now.

Fjellrev

Glad to hear you’re looking after yourself!

sren

Ooooh, I adore mental health days. Good for you.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
1921 tasting notes

A friend recently had an Irish houseguest who brought her some tea from home. She tried and deemed it too strong, so I’m the beneficiary of what I think may be Lyons brand tea. Experts familiar with the brand: does it come in natural parchment-style pyramid bags?

At any rate, it’s good strong breakfast tea, smooth rather than sharp, pleasant with milk.

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drank Cherry Green by Simple Loose Leaf
1921 tasting notes

Funny, last time I reviewed this, around Christmas, I mentioned that Bob was on my lap sniffing it. Today, too. It must be a magic ingredient other than catnip that appeals to those of the feline purr-suasion.

My other conclusions haven’t changed much over the months, either; it is a decent green tea with cherry flavor that’s more soda-fountain than off-the-tree. Could pass for dessert with a little sweetener.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
1921 tasting notes

In need of some disposition sweetening. (Ask my family; they will vigorously agree.)So I broke out some St. John’s wort. The nice part about St. John’s is that it doesn’t taste like much of anything. It’s a good blender. So hiding it in some thick sweet Tropical Nut Paradise (Teavana rooibos blend), you’d never know it was there.

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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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