1893 Tasting Notes

Ahhhhhhhc—-tober, finally! Sweats and nippy mornings and leaves starting to turn and cuddle-up evenings caused me to upend the stash and pull out some oldies but goodies. My personal box is an oldie; the tea is a goodie. Wonderfully sweet and stevia-free (sorry, y’all; can’t stand it) with a lovely balance of apple flavor. And I like chicory. May the first breath of autumn give you a chance to catch your breath and count your blessings this weekend.

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drank Kettle Corn by Savoy Tea Company
1893 tasting notes

Ever been to Silver Dollar City? One whiff of this and I was hiking in the Deepwoods on the way to Rube Dugan’s Diving Bell (long gone) to see that cute Junior Dugan guy that asked me to marry him…but I digress. All that sentimentality caused me to throw three bucks at a packet from the Savoy sample rack.

At five minutes (max recommended time) this was a little too heavy on the cinnamon and light on the maple corn, but was still a tasty, sweet autumnal snack in a cup. Will let up on the time next round to see if that changes the mix a bit.

Nichole

My parents were obsessed with Silver Dollar City. We went there for several family vacations.

gmathis

We’re incredibly sentimental about it … but only in the fall when it’s cool; not mid-summer when everything smells like wet swimsuits and melted asphalt :)

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
1893 tasting notes

Oh…with a little curious kitchen alchemy, I think I have whipped myself up a new friend: equal parts chicory, cocoa nibs, lemon peel. Long five-minute steep. He’s mellow, sweet, chocolatey, healthy, low-caf, and chocolatey. Did I say chocolatey? Next time, we’ll see if he plays well with milk. Or orange peel instead of lemon. This could be the beginning of a beautiful relationship…. ;)

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Confession: I did not buy any of this, as I’m not much of a lapsang souchong fan, but the smokey, leathery, fruity, pipe-tobacco scent relocated me temporarily to Holmes’ Baker Street or the offices of Cyrus Barker. (Barker & Llewellyn series by Will Thomas. You need to read them. But I digress.) Just thought I’d pass this along to all you smoke lovers.

Savoy has recently started selling in tins—for those of us who are close enough for live store visits, the young lady who took care of us said they’re offering 10% off when you bring the tin back for a refill.

The trip to Savoy was part of a (semi-milestone) anniversary date…I’m giving away my geezerness here, but part of my present from hubby was the Sears and J.C. Penney mail order catalogs from Fall 1985. I’l be up all night compiling my order :)

Nicole

Congrats! :)

Veronica

From one geezer to another, that’s an awesome gift! Talk about a trip down memory lane! :)

ashmanra

That is a really cool gift! I may need to check out Savoy. This sounds great. And the books will definitely be on the library order.

gmathis

“Some Danger Involved” is the first in the series.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
1893 tasting notes

With all due respect to the vendor, when I saw “Chamomile Black Tea” on a seller’s website (can’t remember whom) the Cheapster started whispering in my ear: “Don’t buy that. You can make it!” And so I did. Tossed a teaspoon of bulk-bin chamomile leaves in a steeping basket with some good-quality leftover Keemun. Badda-bing! A very pleasant afternoon treat. The Keemun toned down the strength of the chamomile; the chamomile added a little uptick to the black tea. This will be a repeat blend in my kitchen!

Nicole

Hm. Might have to try that. Certainly have the ingrediments on hand.

gmathis

Next time, will try a different black base to see what happens—some decent Ceylon might be a nice complement.

Ze_Teamaker

>Cheapster
So I’m not the only one who does that. aahhah

gmathis

Absolutely not! :)

Kristal

Totally here you. For me, I have a chamomile and mint blend that I’m trying to use up. I will never buy it again because I always have chamomile and mint loose leaf tea and I can easily mix them together if I feel like it.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
1893 tasting notes

Green tea doesn’t get enough love at my house: especially when I’m given the opportunity (Liquid Proust, I think this came from your stash) to try something new and fine. This is a tai ping hou kui of unknown provenance, but oh, how refined and smooth it is! Big ol’ wide, flat leaves that were generous and accepting of my sloppy, Midwest-farmer-messy-kitchen-western-style—steep. Was the color of good, light olive oil and satiny on the tongue. Tastes like sweet hay mown from a field that has honeysuckle growing in the fencerow. Thanks for the intro to this variety!

Liquid Proust

Is this something I gave you months and months ago?

gmathis

Yep, at least I think so. Sorry about that! Little packet had woodged itself to the bottom of my “samples to try” basket. It held up nicely.

Liquid Proust

That’s good :)
Green teas seem to be the ones that go bad the quickest, I’m glad it held up!

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Truthfully, I like this a little less each time I drink it. It’s strongly rooibos-y (which I don’t mind) with just not a lot of chocolate. Eh, almost at the end of the tin; I’ve put it in my work stash for those afternoons when I just need a viable cup of something to warm my hands on.

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drank Kaimosi CTC by Harney & Sons
1893 tasting notes

Labor Day weekend was not the restful idyll I had hoped for (unscheduled elder care needs at Dad’s farm, followed up with minor yucks of my own, and a day of catching up what I had to let go the other two days) so this morning called for some MUSCLE to get me moving. This Kaimosi fills the bill: stout, sharp, and a little fruity undertone I had not noticed the first time I tried it. I still intend to try it with some milk, but to this point, I’ve needed the tea hit so fiercely each time I’ve steeped this, I haven’t stopped to dilute it!

ashmanra

I hope you get some times of refreshing soon soon soon! Glad you had the tea to buck you up.

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drank Orange Cookie by Savoy Tea Company
1893 tasting notes

Oh, oh, oh, you need to try this with half and half! Like a sugar cookie with orange peel!

Nicole

Ooo… sounds yummy!

Sil

noms! that sounds really tasty

ashmanra

Whaaaaaat?

gmathis

Straight up, it’s a cousin to Constant Comment (orangey-spicey) with some vanilla. Milk just upped the vanilla-smooth part.

gmathis

(Interestingly, I just double checked ingredient list and saw no vanilla in it…)

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drank Sunset In Seattle by Market Spice
1893 tasting notes

Our new little gourmet store (imaginatively called Gourmet’s ;) is an allowance trap baited with gadgets and gimcracks and candles and spice mixes and—-what I can’t pass by without stopping—a small but intriguing selection of bulk teas. At $1.39 to, oh, around $2.99 an ounce…one little bag can’t hurt!

This smelled yummy in the jar and came home with me. The dominating flavors are chamomile and vanilla, very sweet without that coating your tongue. (Didn’t pay very close attention to the ingredient list, but I think it is sans licorice, which is all right by me.)

It’s very similar to the Sleepytime Vanilla I brought home recently and enjoyed immensely, just lighter on the mint.

Teatotaler

Just added yet another tea to my ever growing wish list. This definitely sounds like a tea for me!

gmathis

Haven’t cruised it much, but it looks like Market Spice has a pretty neatly organized website.

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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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