Miss Detroit III (1918) with 1916 Curtiss V-12 aircraft engine

Legendary boat racer Gar Wood won the 1918 Gold Cup race with “Miss Detroit III” powered by a rare 1916 Curtiss V-12 aircraft engine. Beginning with our first report in April 2012, we have been following the story of vintage hydroplane enthusiasts Ken Muscatel and Ike Kielgass and their quest to one day reunite the Curtiss V-12 with “Miss Detroit III”.

– Michael McBride photo


Darjeeling The Champagne of Tea

From the foothills of the Himalayas within the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India, a unique type of tea is grown. Due to the high altitude, climate, and lightly acidic soil within this region a one of a kind flavour is crafted. Contrary to most tea produced in India this is not an assam variation of camellia sinensis but of the sinensis variation. The tea leaves are small and only partially oxidized in processing, generally only leaves from the first or second flush are used. Although considered to be a black tea, Darjeeling is actually a cross between black and oolong tea.

Darjeeling gets its nickname from the distinct floral, almost grape like aroma, which really brings to mind the aroma of champagne. The Tea has a unique muscatel like flavor and vibrant golden colour. This tea is best enjoyed black or with a small splash of milk.        

- The Tea Drinkers Guide 

Muscatel Valley is not just a pretty place with a pretty name. They also make some of the finest Darjeeling #tea, like the one we are sipping right now. This one is a crisp first flush 2015 from the garden with a delicate bouquet of citrus, floral and nutty notes. MV happens to be a division of the famous Goomtee Tea Estate that is in its third year of Organic conversion. #teaholic #teatime

Clary {Salvia sclarea}

Also Known As: Clary Clary Sage Clear Eye Muscatel Sage The herb known as the clary is botanically named – Salvia sclarea, which means the clary sage. The plant is familiar to many herbalists. Clary sage can be grown as a biennial or a perennial plant. The striking herbaceous plant has a long history of being used in the preparation of many herbal remedies. Traditionally, the clary sage was well…

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