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drank Paige Turner by Savoy Tea Company
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I usually save green tea and oolongs for leisurely Sunday afternoons. Haven’t had many of those for a while—have been serving on a committee at church for several weeks in a row (a good thing; but a time commitment all the same). However, mission was accomplished this afternoon. I’m celebrating by ripping open my little sample packet of Paige Turner.

I am a lavender enthusiast for medicinal reasons, but have always thought it was a little florally much in tea. The sweet vanilla in this blend tones it down gently and pleasantly. The green tea base is nice and crisp. Holds its flavor well for a 2nd steep.

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It’s been way too long between leisurely mornings when there is actually time to think about one’s tea. So, gratefully, with feet up, I’m sipping something a little less hi-octane this morning.

I’m not much of a floral tea person. No jasmine, please; lavender in moderation; but there’s something about rose that is sweet and gentle without tasting like cologne. There’s just enough in this blend to complement the black/green/fruity combo and make it taste a little like fruit punch. May make a second round and ice it down to see what happens.

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New leaves from Arkansas! Neither the label nor the website description are real specific about what fruit flavors are used, but I think I’m getting citrusy/mango-y/could be strawberry. The rose petals aren’t obnoxiously cloying, and the overall effect is gentle, soothing, and sweet. Perfect for a fancy teacup.

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I don’t know that I’ve ever had snails of my very own :) Snagged a sample pack of this one yesterday, and it is exactly as advertised—has that lovely dry cocoa scent, which translates precisely into a dry cocoa taste when it’s steeped. I have half a swallow, cold, still in my cup, and it still smells rich and wonderful.

I think this is one I’d buy by the bushel, but since this is one of Savoy’s pricier samples, I’ll have to stretch the lifespan of what I have. I did get plausible second steep out of the leaves.
Nicole

Black snails are soooo good.

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drank Sweet Heart by Savoy Tea Company
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Recently a friend texted me from Arkansas: “I’m at Savoy Tea. What would you like?” Best message I’d received for a long time! And of course, I went blank; I was out of town at the time and couldn’t check my pantry stock. So I went with “surprise me!”

This was the surprise. Authentic, natural tasting strawberry chocolate. Luscious.

Christina / BooksandTea

You have awesome friends!

gmathis

Yep! Adding that to my blessings to count on Thanksgiving Day. (I’m already running out of fingers and toes :)

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drank Kettle Corn by Savoy Tea Company
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After a hard week of just-get-me-out-the-door builders teas, I made time for some more fanciful selections yesterday afternoon … this is a lighthearted take on cinnamon/caramel popcorn. Lighter steep time = heavier on the popcorn flavor; longer = more cinnamon. Fun and tasty either way.

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drank Kettle Corn by Savoy Tea Company
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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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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 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 Orange Cookie by Savoy Tea Company
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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 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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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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Tazo and I are curled up watching Shogun. (Forget Richard Chamberlain, I’ve got a crush on the young John Rhys-Davies!) Therefore, green tea seemed appropriate.

It is 35 degrees with a stiff gusty wind that is drives the rain into you like nails. (4+ inches in 24 hours; lots of ugly flooding) Therefore, something indulgent seemed appropriate.

This light, sweet confection from Savoy is the best of both. Green tea with nuts and maple sugar. Just what we needed. Tazo warmed his nose and chin on the steaming cup while I warmed my hands. Purrrrrrrrrr.

Christina / BooksandTea

Shogun was cool, and John Rhys Davies totally steals the show. It’s too bad his character didn’t show up more.

tea-sipper

I’m a Toshiro Mifune fan but I haven’t seen Shogun yet.

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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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