1873 Tasting Notes
My applemint is going bananas :) It’s been cool and rainy, with just enough sun in between to make it grow visibly. Practically.
And as every bone, fiber, joint, and brain cell in my weary carcass aches (moving to new offices at work)…I’m hoping that a cup with generous spoonfuls of mint, chamomile, and St. John’s wort will melt what’s left of me into a sleepy puddle.
Don’t see Ginseng Oolong on the Savoy website yet, but I grabbed it at the recommendation of the nice store guy when I whimpered that I could no longer find their Wake Up Call (green tea-ginseng-mate blend).
I’m not sure the ginseng is highly obvious, but it has the Juicy Fruit taste of a very good oolong. Probably no reruns of this one for me, but it’s not a disappointment.
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.
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 :)
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.
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.
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.
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.