1811 Tasting Notes

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Nice with a cinnamon stick, though the chamomile keeps it from getting too cider-y. (Also nice with The Great Pumpkin, although my husband observes it’s just not the same without Dolly Madison commercials. I loved chocolate Zingers.)

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Two in one cup, little half and half, little honey. Still can’t fool your tastebuds into believing it’s really dessert, but it’s a plausible chocolate-ish teaser when you are pie-less or bereft of cake.

Interestingly, with dairy added, it turns orange.

Nicole

Bereft of cake. That is a horrible state in which to be.

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Bingo! Thoughtful Hubby stuck his Thoughtful Nose into The Other Store, The One That’s Expensive, and scored a box of this Rare and Gentle Treat. (Don’t ask me why I’m in a capitalization mood, Pooh; I’m a Steepster of Very Little Brain.)

Two bags are better than one, but one is just fine, left in the cup, with or without sugar. Apple and chamomile in a very even balance.

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drank Pu-erh by Unknown
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We are loving this bulk bin pu-erh. Dark, earthy, tasty, cheap. (Fifty cents an ounce. Seriously.) What more could you ask for? This pitch-dark and rainy morning, I threw in a half-spoonful of cocoa nibs. Yum. Bakers chocolate for breakfast. Already gone.

K S

Fifty cents and it is not fishy? Wish we had a shop like that around here. Yep, jealous. ;)

Where do you get cocoa nibs? I have a world food mart that is probably my best bet. Is it with the spices in your store?

gmathis

Nope, not getting any fish—a little minerally at the end, is all. Definitely gotta get more. Cocoa nibs—same store, bulk spice aisle. Wonderful drop-in ingredient for numerous varieties, but this was a perfect pairing.

ashmanra

Jealousy! Bulk bin tea? And cocoa nibs? Green.

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Experiments continue with this one; particularly what it blends with in order to tone down its weediness. Half-and-half with some bulk bin green tea worked well with a short steep—which is kind of self-defeating; herbs need to be stewed well to soak out all the health benefits. But it’s a nice savory cup.

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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
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One more upside to this one—appears to be un-ruinable on a Monday morning. Have no idea what either temp or steep time was (one of the days when the eyes aren’t open till after lunch) and, regardless, it was full and rich and deep and perfect.

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Lovely to find a little dab of this left—it’s been a green-craving weekend, which is unusual under my roof. This is satiny and cereally and not very finicky: perfect specs as far as I’m concerned. Third steep from the same teaspoon and it has plenty of personality left.

ashmanra

I am drinking one of their Dragonwell teas tonight, too!

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Sometimes the sipdown is the best cup because you have just (—) that many extra leaves so you just drop them in since they won’t make another full cup——and the result is richer and deeper and better than the rest.

Happened here. Thick, dark, caramel-chocolate. Think unsweet bakers chocolate, not Hershey Bar. Good stuff.

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drank Misty Meadows by Savoy Tea Company
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Be amazed: we did a frivolous and delicious autumn run to NW Arkansas yesterday (primarily Eureka Springs for those of you familiar with the geography), stopped at Savoy on the way home, and I restrained myself to two small packets of tea. This was one of ’em, because I know of no other source for a similar orangey, almondy, cookie-y green tea. This is gooood!

I associate green tea with focus and clarity; need lots. The closest I come these days to algebra and geometry is figuring out the composition of a teacher resource pack: you get X units of Y kind of paper (three different weights) and you have to leave Z units unbespoken for required items, so what’s left is like trying to fit 9 shoes in 4 shoeboxes without the lid coming off….oh, my hurtin’ head….

Nicole

We skipped the Eureka Springs trip this year. I was happy with where we went, but I still missed that autumn drive to Arkansas. Maybe I can talk Mom into it in a couple of weeks if the weather holds…

gmathis

The drive was the best part. We got off 49 at Bella Vista and took little 2-lane back roads the rest of the way.

MsWhatsit

I love Eureka Springs, but the winding roads between here and there make me crazy. Glad to hear you made it with your sanity intact.
You do know that Misty Meadows is Mistletoe renamed, right?

gmathis

I do. Found that out by accident—love it, no matter what the label says!

gmathis

(And I had forgotten how STEEP Eureka is! Hadn’t been there since…high school?)

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drank White Chai by Remedy Teas
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I classified this one as “unknown” the other day because I hadn’t yet verified the vendor—but this is it.

This is a satiny white tea you can taste. The blenders are pleasantly light-handed on the chai spices, which give it a great October-evening personality, but don’t overwhelm the light tea.

For my Steepie buddies that love subtlety in their cups, this would be a great fit.

CrowKettle

Oh, that sounds neat!

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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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