Savoy Tea Company

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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.

IllBeMother221B

What would you suggest if one were to want to purchase 3 of their teas?

gmathis

Just three? Ouch! I like their Cherry Pineapple green tea, Autumn in Vermont (green tea with maple brittle), and Paris Morning—black tea with a caramel/bergamot thing going on.

One I really liked but isn’t available any more was called “Wake Up Call.” It was a green tea with mate and ginseng—made a really nice summery breakfast tea with enough strength to be effective. The guy at the store said they were working on a new green tea/mate formulation, but not ready for public consumption yet.

Fjellrev

What a darling site! Love the photography and the prices are so reasonable. I’m going to bookmark and order someday. :)

gmathis

They have a couple locations…the one I visit is in an outdoor shopping mall/promenade. They serve cupcakes and smoothies as well as tea and have a nice selection of teaware. And a friendly staff that isn’t quite as, uh, aggressive as that other mall tea chain :)

Fjellrev

Sounds like a fantastic alternative to have in your backyard! Their selection looks great.

IllBeMother221B

Well, three to start with. I could easily buy more, but I might have blown the tea budget for the month! ;)

gmathis

Not quite backyard—about an hour away. That’s probably a very good thing!

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This is my favorite maple tea ever. Tastes like maple pecan brittle, or pecan pancakes. The green tea is just vegetal enough to keep it from being sticky or oily tasting; the other goodies make it feel like dessert.

Tabby

This reminds me that I really shouldn’t go another winter without some maple tea. :9

gmathis

It’s a comfort flavor, isn’t it?

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Temperature is about 10 degrees warmer than it’s been all week, but the sky is heavy and gray and threatening snow flurries, which makes the chill penetrate deeper. I am freezing after a traipse out for lunch and a bit of shopping.

Correction: I was freezing. Starting to thaw out with this wonderful flavored green tea. It’s warm and creamy in texture, smells like maple walnut brittle, leaves sweetness on your tongue, and disappears from the cup way-y-y-y too fast!

tantonino

I’m afraid of what the rest of the week feels like!

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I am trying to justify a run to Arkansas soon to snag more of this while it’s in season. Green tea and maple isn’t a combination I would have though of on my own, but it’s perfect. A little sweetening is built into the dry mix (I still haven’t had the packet in hand when the laptop is handy to pop in the ingredients), but it isn’t cloying.

Perfect for a warmish coolish afternoon while resting my feet after a wonderful browse in a flea market/antique mall that just kept going and going and going and going…we’re on the hunt for a few vintage blue glass medicine and apothecary bottles for the newly updated bathroom. Lost count of the times I caught my breath and said, “Oh! I remember those!” or “Grandma had one just like that…” They even had old Sears print catalogs from the 70’s and 80’s. Forget Amazon. You haven’t lived until you’ve spent an evening poring over every page of a 900-page catalog.

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Have frittered away too much of the morning and I need to get to church before my kiddos do, so I’ll edit in the actual ingredients later. Generally, this is a green tea—looks like long sencha leaves—with nuts and maple brittle. It doesn’t seem sweet at first, but after several swallows, you have a smile on your face and waffles on your breath :) (Without the buttery, calorie-laden guilt.)

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drank Sweet 16 by Savoy Tea Company
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Sometimes you have to jam your hand down to the very bottom of the basket to see what’s there. This was.

Sweet 16 is a cheerful, sweet little concoction with a red kool-ade scent that might make you feel nostalgic for church multipurpose rooms and sandwich cookies on napkins. You get “generic fruit” more than you get papaya, but it’s good all the same.

I love sunflower (which is in this) and calendula (which isn’t) in teas—they just give it a happy taste. Definitely not strong enough for workday mornings, but it’s adding a little serendipity to a gray Sunday morning.

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drank Sweet 16 by Savoy Tea Company
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This one smells and steeps like fruit punch. I was a little leery, since it contained green tea, of the recommended 4 minute steep time, but it worked well. The sweetness stays on your tongue, but doesn’t coat it like licorice. A tasty one for fancy cups and feather boas and sparkly junk jewelry tea parties.

mj

Grown woman here….still want to go to that tea party :)

gmathis

I love my sparkly junk jewelry :) Hubby’s grandma recently gave me a small treasure trove of 60’s-70’s era brooches, necklaces & scarves. So much fun to paw through!

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drank Marango by Savoy Tea Company
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Temps warm enough for (a) flavored tea (b) iced tea and © both simultaneously. This is fruity-strong enough to take icing well. Mango-peach-apricot-ish.

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drank Marango by Savoy Tea Company
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Chose this one for its scent—-one of those you could just bury your nose in and leave there. Not being a mango expert, the fruit flavor reminds me more of apricot/peach, but it is deep and rich and sunshiny tasting. Nice change of pace.

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So what were you doing 28 years ago today? We had just washed the Just Married shoe polish off the Buick, jettisoned a few balloons and streamers along Highway 54 and eaten our first meal as a married couple: chili dogs at the Sonic in El Dorado Springs, Missouri.

Our anniversary lunch today was a trifle classier (Italian at Johnny Carino’s), but other than that it’s been a decadently lazy day puttering at home, ironing, and watching a DVD of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel nabbed cheap at Dollar General. Part of developing a lifetime relationship is learning to love being companionably boring together.

Sorry. Tea.

Heavy lunch needed a nice, light counterpart. This is. A sweet melange of fruitiness. Raspberry really needs equal time in the title, but Pomegranate Grape Raspberry Green is a little long—you can only fit so much on a label.

yyz

Congratulations!

Nicole

Congrats! Companionably boring is a very sweet way to put it and very true.

scribbles

That’s awesome! Congratulations!

Jillian

Congrats :)

ashmanra

Congratulations! We will have #27 next month! And now I want to head to our Dollar General and see if they have a copy of that movie! We saw it at the little art house theater downtown.

Tealizzy

Congrats!

gmathis

I don’t think Maggie Smith is capable of a bad performance. She was hilarious.

Terri HarpLady

28 years ago I lived in Rolla, MO, & was pregnant with my daughter Arianna. Congrats!!

Calochortus

Congratulations! Twenty eight years ago I was… erhm, nonexistent.

yyz

To answer your question 28 years ago today I was either at a friends house, visiting my grandparents, or possibly my mother and I were out on one of her pick a direction and drive adventure in the countryside. That year I had the infamous ‘harridan teacher’ of my school. I never had a huge problem with her other than having more homework than I ever had again (including university and high school). A lot of people transferred out of the school early in order to avoid having her again.

K S

Congrats! 28 years ago my wife and I were living in a mobile home in my parents back yard. No kids at the time.

I used to see older married couples sitting silently in a restaurant and I thought that meant they couldn’t stand each other. Now I completely understand and better yet I now have a term to describe it!

Terri HarpLady

Although I don’t seem to be able to pronounce “companionably” , I totally agree with that statement. Once the newness of a relationship wears off a little & you really get to know the person you’re with, with all their idiosyncrasies & baggage, it really boils down to that.

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Savoy, our wonderful little regional (wish I could say local, but it’s 70 miles) tea shop does flavored green teas really well.

This one is right up to the mark: a well-rounded blend of several fruits (I’m getting lots of raspberry in this particular cup). Smells wonderful, both dry and steeped. Drinking my inaugural cup according to prep directions, but thinking the next round needs to be chilled.

MsWhatsit

Ah yes, I remember that one. Very Grape-y.

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drank Kona Cove by Savoy Tea Company
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Chocolate candy for breakfast this morning.

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drank Kona Cove by Savoy Tea Company
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This one isn’t on the Savoy website any longer. It’s just one ingredient away (no chocolate chips) from their Chocolate Cream Truffle. It would stand to reason the Savoy folks streamlined it from their product line since the two are so similar.

Enough chitchat. What does this taste like? A Russell Stover chocolate coconut candy, heavy emphasis on the coconut. Sweet, thick, heavy on the tongue.

A little pricey for this cheapskate ($2.50 for a half ounce sample) but it is tasty.

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drank Misty Meadows by Savoy Tea Company
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Flipping back through recent notes on this one, it seems to be the subconscious go-to for moments of mild creative frustration: in this case, it was losing a wrestling match with a Cricut mat that is losing its sticky (those of you who know how expensive those confounded mats are understand the need to beat them into submission until they’ve lost their last iota of tackiness).

At any rate, this lovely orange-almond green is perfect for an afternoon, slightly sweet, easy to steep. One I will chase down next trip to Arkansas.

TheTeaFairy

I love tea names…Misty Meadows, how inspiring, I would purchase just based on that :-)

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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 Misty Meadows by Savoy Tea Company
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The name of this one conjures up images of neither mist nor meadow. I don’t think any of the ingredients even grow in a meadow, unless it’s a safflower, maybe.

Vocabulary and imagery differences aside, this is still mightily tasty. Orange and almond sweetness; not a tart nor a pucker to be found. (I splurged and made sure a dried orange slice made it into my measuring spoon tonight. Hey, it’s been a rough week. I needed a little perk.)

SavoyTina

We did an on-line contest to name this tea and received over 120 suggestions. When we put it to a vote “Misty Meadows” won! Sometimes it’s just the voice of the people! Thanks for drinking our teas! Blessings

gmathis

I’ll have to keep a better eye on your website :)

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drank Misty Meadows by Savoy Tea Company
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drank Misty Meadows by Savoy Tea Company
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“Misty Meadows” sounds so much more refined than “green tea with almond and orange.” But orange and almond it is, and an excellent blend at that.

Almonds have this pesky habit of going bitter in a black tea. With the lighter temp and steep time required for green tea, the flavor is just perfect. Not sure the peppercorns are kicking in much kick, maybe a little uptick at the end of each sip.

Enjoying this on a morning when a quick wake-up isn’t necessary, but it’s definitely not a hurry-up morning tea. Much better for afternoons or “prevenings” when you have time to rock and relax.

Score another one for Savoy’s pleasantly-flavored green teas.

gmathis

Lazy prevening confirmation: still good on 2nd steep! Just cut back the amount of liquid a bit.

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This is a decent, lightweight IB. This is not the tea to drink at 6 a.m. when it’s the only cup you’re going to get all day because your workday is screamingly nonstop from the moment you walk in and then when you get off you have to run screaming in another direction to take an elderly father to the E.R.

Thank you for indulging me in a bit of self-pity :) Surely there is hot water around here somewhere. I have a bag of Twinings on me….

scribbles

Oh no! I’ve had days like that…I hope your father is ok.

__Morgana__

Yikes. Hope your dad is ok.

Nicole

I hope things are better for everyone now.

OMGsrsly

Oh, I hope everything ends up ok.

gmathis

Thanks!

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Ever notice you’re getting fond of a tea precisely at the time the packet is getting distressingly thin and you can’t find it any more?

This is a cheerful, smooth, and bumble-friendly breakfast tea—not heavy work-boots stout; more like a sturdy pair of sneakers to help you stride out the door.

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Brrr! First cold snap. We tried to tough it out and forego turning the heat on last night; hubby woke up with a cold looking at he’d been hit by a truck, and my joints were screamingly painful. So WARM trumped any other tea quality this morning.

This is a decent morning cup that takes absentminded steeping well. Smooth, not sharp.

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This is better with a longer steep. Easily more than five minutes this morning (was trudging more slowly than usual), and it is much deeper, juicier, with a hint of slightly overdone caramel toast at the back. It grows on ya.

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Which is worse: a week with no time to drink tea, or a week so nuts you’ve been drinking it all along and failed to enjoy it? It’s falling somewhat toward the latter here.

So, in keeping with the “brainless” theme, picked a morning cuppa that apparently needs no thought whatsoever. This is good, but awfully mild for an Irish breakfast; just a half-tone shy of a Ceylon, a trifle less sharp than that. Takes long steeps with no problem; I may have to double up on leaf and time and see what happens with the rest of the packet.

K S

You and Tazo need one of those cups that stops time – even if it is for only a moment.

Hesper June

I feel ya’!
Lets hope we can slow down and actually enjoy some tea soon:)

gmathis

Good to see you back. Hope the camper experience was a good one…?

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This morning, I’m picking up some nice fruity tones along with the malt. If I were consistent enough to be consistent with numeric ratings, I’d bump it up a few numbers closer to the green smile.

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