1917 Tasting Notes

drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
1917 tasting notes

I miss a blend called Wake-Up Call that I couldn’t find on my last run to Savoy tea in Arkansas—-it was a light, pleasant green tea/ginseng/mate blend with a great morning wake-up punch.

So, this morning, rogue inspiration hit and I did two parts of an anonymous early 2014 white tea a friend brought back form a China trip + one part mate leaves. Close! Wasn’t in the blend I was hoping to replicate, but I’m thinking a little mint from the back step wouldn’t be amiss next time.

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drank Cherry Almond by Stash Tea Company
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ashmanra sent me a sample of the Stash version of cherry almond to compare with the Market Spice equivalent. Both are nice, but I think quite different (didn’t do a side-by-side). Stash leads with the almond; I think the Market Spice leads more with the cherry. Either would be nice, I think, chilled on a warmish afternoon. (We haven’t had many of those of late!)

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drank Peach Ambrosia by Market Spice
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Grabbed two ounces when I found this at a local gourmet store (reasonably priced!) because it reminded me of a peach rooibos a friend brought me from a Gatlinburg, TN tea shop. It leads with peach all the way, which is fine with me; sweet with no sugar needed. Makes an excellent sun tea/cold steep.

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A work friend found a two pound canister of this Keemun at TJ Maxx for somewhat-next-to-nothing. (Two pounds. That’s commitment.) So plenty to share, and though I’m not seeking out a tin of my own, I enjoyed it. I love the burgundy-rich, grain-and-burlap taste of Keemun; in this instance, both are present, but lightly.

Liquid Proust

That is commitment :p
Glad it’s enjoyable!

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drank Backyard Botanicals by Custom
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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.

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drank Ginseng Oolong by Savoy Tea Company
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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.

stacki

(Sorry for comment 8 months later, but) Next time you get to come in try a cup on Ren Shin Ginseng Oolong. I’m not a fan of the specialty Ginseng Oolong, but the rare one is quite good!

gmathis

Duly noted! I need an excuse to get to AR soon!

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drank Cherry Almond by Market Spice
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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
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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
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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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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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