1917 Tasting Notes

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1917 tasting notes

Another evening homebrew experiment—honeybush with a couple skinny teaspoons of Pappy’s Sassafras concentrate. Works. Could’ve strengthened the sassy part some.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
1917 tasting notes

One of you fine folks was talking up a lemon-pepper tea the other evening, so I decided to whip up a homebrew. A spoonful of some 52 Teas Lemon Drop Cooler (rooibos) with a smattering of szechuan peppercorns cheerfully smashed with a hammer after a trying and tedious workday. Results were positive; the pepper didn’t heat up the tea, but did add a little perk and zing to the smooth rooibos. Bet you could do this, too, with your favorite Cheapster Steepster lemon tea.

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I have been parsimonious long enough. I hoarded some Christmas funds and waited (f-o-r-e-v-e-r; I have needed some new tea for so long!) to place an order timed to arrive at the most seasonally depressing time of my year.

And yay! It’s here! New packets to paw through! First up was this really nice, mild Assam. Sweet and creamy, not a nip of bitterness. Not fruity, exactly; but some of you use raisiny to describe black teas and that might apply here.

I’d think about it some more, but…well, it’s gone. Turned out to be a guzzling tea instead of a sipping one.

Let me commend Single Origin Teas to you—very reasonably priced teas and speedy shipping—-worth a look, especially for black tea Steepsters.


nice! thanks for sharing. I’m hoping to try them eventually..when my cupboard stops multiplying when i’m not looking…

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This is fine stuff. Cocoa plus oolong, which grows oolonger as the cup cools.

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Boston Tea continues to impress with its reliable and adequate line of bagged teas. Quick, unpretentious, easy steepers, all of them. This EB is bright and crisp and brassy; not much going on in the bass line, but that makes stopping for milk unnecessary. A good morning grab-n-go.

Half a tumbler left. I shall revel in its adaquacity. (Thank you, News Radio, for one of my favorite unwords ever.)

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Downed a cup and a half before breaking down and actually peeking at the ingredients I couldn’t identify…odd that I’m not overfond of rose, jasmine, or bergamot individually, but together and with a light touch, they combine to make a properly civilized and elegant cuppa.

Anne Perry, one of my new favorite authors (she’s been around a while), writes a Victorian mystery series about detective Thomas Pitt, who married above his station. His wife, Charlotte, relies on her proper society connections and adventurous Aunt Vespasia to assist Thomas in infiltrating the ugly underbelly of the London uppercrust. I would proudly pour up a pot of this for either of the ladies.


I have added the first book to my “to read” list! Hopefully I can get the library ebooks working on my reader. :)


Anne Perry is deliciously prolific. She also does a Victorian series featuring William Monk; his “hook” is that in the first novel he has amnesia and has to rediscover himself while solving a murder; also a World War I series with three siblings in varying roles. All good. I’ll be hunting her down in used bookstores for months and months to come.

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Spending the morning with TOL, an old friend that is consistently sweet and faithful. This one might make it to the elusive “if you only had ten teas” list. Creamy, fruity, easy to steep.


One of my favorites, I must say.

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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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