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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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Can’t find this one on the website to provide a description or picture; no surprise, as it was in a clearance bin at this nice little shop in NW Arkansas.

I wish there were an aftershave with the scent of the dry leaves—dark and peaty and malty. Then I wish I could get my spouse to wear it…but he probably wouldn’t like me sniffing him all over :)

Steeped as prescribed at 5 minutes, the flavor isn’t as representative of the smell as I had hoped, but it’s still a fair breakfast tea, leaning to the strongish side of Assam. Not a thriller, but not a disappointment.

Going to propose the theory that the folks at Savoy do much better at blends and flavored teas then they do straight-up stuff.

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drank Wake Up Call by Savoy Tea Company
1833 tasting notes

One of those mornings where about two sips of hot tea are all you get to before the outdoor temps make hot anything unnecessary—so this was a good morning choice. The ginseng gets stronger as it cools, which is OK by me—I don’t like ginseng hot, but cold or iced it hits the spot. would like to get some more of this.

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drank Wake Up Call by Savoy Tea Company
1833 tasting notes

I have really been digging this one—light, almost citrusy green flavor with the kick of a good British breakfast tea.

The only downside is the steep time—just two minutes. Which means it can’t be left unattended while one schleps around the house in morning routine mode. Funny how something that piddly can make your groove un-groovy.

All the same, I want more next time I’m at Savoy; I’ll just save it for the mornings when the minutes don’t matter as much.

Hesper June

No. I know exactly what you mean.
I always set the timer and then estimate what I can do till the timer goes off.
If its a short amount of time you just end doing that impatient dance around the teapot, mumbling “brew, darn you, brew!”

ashmanra

I can pee and make it back to the kitchen in under two minutes. True story.

Hesper June

That is what I call a tea-drinkers super power, Ash;)

Terri HarpLady

I tend to wash a few dishes or something while I’m steeping. I used to got sit at my harp, thinking I’d have time to play something, LOL. I never did.

gmathis

Pee timing (chuckle). One of those things I never thought about much when I was 18.

Lynxiebrat

When I got a tea with that short of a steep time, I’ll grab whatever current book I’m reading or a magazine, lean against the wall where I can watch the stove clock and keep an eye on the time. Otherwise, I probably would forget!
If it’s even less then that, then I don’t even bother grabbing something to read, I’ll just count till it’s done.

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drank Wake Up Call by Savoy Tea Company
1833 tasting notes

Equally nice iced when you double up on the leaf. Crisp. If I didn’t know what was in it, I’d tag it as good, plain green tea.

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drank Wake Up Call by Savoy Tea Company
1833 tasting notes

This green tea blend with a mate’ kick is very refreshing on a hot summer morning, and as mentioned previously, you don’t notice the ginseng flavor much. Would try some cold, but I keep drinking it up before any makes it to the fridge. Larger purchase predicted. Oh, shoot—that means a trip back to the tea shop. What a tragedy :)

K S

It’s a dirty job but someone’s gotta do it.

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drank Wake Up Call by Savoy Tea Company
1833 tasting notes

Curiosity prompted the purchase of this sample rather than taste preferences; ginseng is traditionally too “rooty” to be very pleasant.

It’s a pleasure to be mistaken in this case—this is a nifty little combo with enough green tea to counteract the ginseng bark-i-ness. Just tastes fresh. The mate’ is doing something in the bass line as well, though I’m at a loss for an accurate flavor adjective.

At any rate, nicely done and a good eyes-open tea for those of you who really don’t like the dark, deep, builders’ blends.

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drank Queen's Garden by Savoy Tea Company
1833 tasting notes

I always approach floral teas cautiously; I’m not a perfume-y person and so many of them taste like cheap cologne (sorry, flower lovers). But this, a tastelet from a work friend who ran to our favorite little shop in NW Arkansas, is nothing to be afraid of.

The flavors run as advertised. Black tea—mild; lavender—plenty; jasmine—mild to minor, but that’s OK by me; natural flavors—I’m catching some vanilla behind it all.

One for milk and sugar and china cups and big hats and feather boas and stuffed animals.

If you haven’t, today you might say a prayer for the little girls in Moore, Oklahoma, who are without a “lovey” to hug. When I think where we were—physically and emotionally—24 hours post-storm, my heart hurts for those families.

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drank Cocoa Tango by Savoy Tea Company
1833 tasting notes

Posted an hour ago on FB, sharing here for your amusement:

Career tip: I strongly advise against taking up cat juggling, particularly after the age of 40. You’ll likely end up sitting woefully balancing a bag of frozen chicken noodles on your sprained foot and picking sawdust out of your backside.

I’ll leave the highly unglamorous details to your imagination. A tango it wasn’t.

Pride is bruised as much as the tootsie. I needed something sweet to make it all better. Cocoa with orange, bag in.

K S

And the cat?

gmathis

Schnoozing like a lump next to the foot and the ice bag.

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drank Cocoa Tango by Savoy Tea Company
1833 tasting notes

Informal inventory of my decaf stuff reveals I’m way overstocked on rooibos/chocolate and rooibos/vanilla blends. Not a problem; drinking up the inequity will hurt no feelings here.

This particular blend smells luscious. (Yankee Candle, are you listening?) Thick, rich chocolate orange. Double up on the teaspoons, drop in a few extra cocoa nibs, walk away for 10 minutes…dessert!

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drank Cocoa Tango by Savoy Tea Company
1833 tasting notes

This isn’t currently on the Savoy Tea website; it can’t have been that long since we were there…picked this up…uh, in September-ish?

It’s a nice blend of chocolate-orange; more orange than chocolate after a (recommended) monster steep time of 9 minutes. Rich and thick.

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Savoy Pomegranate Grape Green

One thing I’ll say for this tea, it does smell grape-y. Like green grapes, very distinctively. Yeah, I know, the first ingredient in the name is Pomegranate, but that’s not really the flavor I get from it. To me, it
tastes a little like green tea and a lot like grapes.

A better tea snob than I might be able to distinguish the various dried fruits and elements. I’m nowhere near that discerning, but can say it’s a pleasant tea to start my day, mild and amiable. With pomegranates, red currents and raspberries on the ingredient list, I would expect this to be a bit tart. Instead, they blend together to give the whole thing an underlying sweetness.

It’s an unusual tea, not one I would choose to have every day. It isn’t that I OBJECT to it’s grape-y goodness. The flavor is amiable enough, but grapes don’t readily come to mind when I’m thinking of tea. There are times when this flavor is just not something I’m craving at teatime.

I line my tea boxes and packets up in the cupboard and when it’s time to have a cup, they each get their turn. (It’s my method of making sure nothing gets forgotten and pines away for the next twenty years.) Admittedly, there are days when this particular blend gets banished to the back of the cue because I’m just not in the mood for it. Some teas are very assertive in their flavors, like a friend with a big personality that can be great fun on some occasions and terribly annoying on others. There have been days when I’ve greeted this tea with great enthusiasm and others when my response was “not that one again!”

But by golly, if I’m in the mood for something grape-y, this is definitely my go to. It’s good hot or cold and stands alone just fine without any sweeter, an unusual quality in a fruity tea like this one.

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This is a quirky, odd duck of a black/rooibos blend. But oddly, the apple fits with the rooibos which fits with the chocolate; it just leaves you a little pleasantly puzzled. Like those days when you discover a plaid jacket that doesn’t exactly not go with some pinstriped pants and you decide to take a fashion risk and then wonder all day if they really match or not. (Or maybe that’s just me :)

Rooibos fans will like this, I think.

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drank Orange Oolong by Savoy Tea Company
1833 tasting notes

More than really needed for one cup, but not enough for two…aw, heck, let’s just throw it all in and see what happens.

Figured an attitude like that would get me a bitter cup of citrus flavored mud, but with a 4 minute steep, we’ve got a nice dark toasty oolong with pleasant “show me your citrus peels” flavor. Sheldon would approve, even if it isn’t tangerine.

Anna

(Extra points for Sheldon!)

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drank Orange Oolong by Savoy Tea Company
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Work buddy surprised me with half a sample packet of this. She says it takes a little sugar well, but I had it straight.

The orange flavor trumps the oolong personality, but it’s pleasant stuff. Nice pithy-rindy-peely orange flavor, not tart or fakey.

Azzrian

Sounds delicious!

gmathis

I have been really impressed with this little tea shop in Northwest Arkansas…I don’t think they blend their own, or much of it, but there’s nothing that gives away their wholesaler.

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Drinking this today, cold brewed from the fridge with nothing added. It is just awesome this way. I liked it well enough warm, but cold…well, it looks like I’ve found a new favorite. No temptation to add anything. It is pleasant, refreshing, just wonderful.

Unless you hate cardamom. Not a problem for me. I love cardamom, oranges, spices, everything in it. MMMMMM.

Terri HarpLady

So when you get around to sending me a sample box, feel free to include some of this one ;)

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I used to do a lot of whole grain baking. The flour I used featured a recipe on the label for orange cardamom cookies. It’s one of those recipes I always intended to try and never got around to but it sounded good. I always imagined it would taste like . . . Well . . . Like this tea.

This is good. Nice mild orange flavor with no nasty acidity, pleasant cardamom, and a hint of vanilla. My only complaint is I am strongly tempted to add cream and sweetener, cause I know they’d be awesome.

I guess I’m just a sucker for a good dessert tea.
Bonnie

Funny that I just made orange cardamom pancakes. This tea sounds delightful.

MsWhatsit

Mmmmm, orange cardamom pancakes sounds good. Maybe I’ll make me some of those too.

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Sipdown, easy steep, pleasantly chocolatey—-reminds me of a very “lite” chocolate Zinger. Mate’, do your stuff—-the to-do list has already beaten me today and my eyes aren’t even open.

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The chocolate-vanilla-mate balance is even; it’s pleasantly drinkable without additional milk or sugar, but if you’re hoping for the sugar buzz of a buttercream truffle or a glop of Pillsbury fudge frosting … not quite.

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drank Mistletoe by Savoy Tea Company
1833 tasting notes

Cheating is such an ugly word, so let’s just say we caught Savoy in an act of creative relabeling. You know how when you shuffle the basket of half-packets just so, sometimes one bubbles up to the top you haven’t seen for a while? And when it bubbles right next to the one labeled “Misty Morning” and you notice the ingredient lists are identical, well…

Not that it’s an issue with something this tasty. Orange, almond, peppercorns, a little sweet vanilla flavoring. It’s all good, no matter what’s on the package.

Lynxiebrat

Sometimes companies will do that so their product seems fresh and exciting. It’s a marketing…ploy for want of a better word. That one doesn’t bother me much..worked retail for several years.

Calochortus

I guess it’s because of my background with plant pathology, but I think that a Misty Morning would taste better than Mistletoe… It sounds really good, nonetheless.

gmathis

A work friend brought a bunch of Scentsy samples (those wickless wax warmer thingies) to work and I was amused at some of the scent names. Business Casual? Skinny Dippin’? Sheer Innocence? Oy.

Lynxiebrat

I love Scentsy! Was dissapointed that there wasn’t a Scentsy seller at Motercity Pride this year…last year the seller was very cute ok sorry for that digress. Yeah the names for a lot of the scents are hilarious. I tend to like more woodsy smells and avoid the overly flowery ones because they make my sinuses flare up.

gmathis

In all fairness, the ones in their “simply” series … like Simply Berry, etc. weren’t bad.

SavoyTina

The real story behind this tea is that we brought it in for Christmas last year and kept selling out! It was so popular we decided to keep it year-round, but didn’t want to keep a seasonal name. We conducted an on-line contest to come up with a new name. After receiving over 120 suggestions, we put it to a vote with our customers and “Misty Meadows” won. No cheating involved or intended! Promise! Thanks for your support and reviews of our tea. Blessings.

gmathis

Hi, SavoyTina! I never thought to ask, when I’ve been in, if Savoy folks hung out here. Rest assured, I don’t care what you call it, it’s wonderful. Your flavored green teas are great!

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drank Mistletoe by Savoy Tea Company
1833 tasting notes

After a lovely week of downtime, I’m wrestling with a case of post-holiday, here-comes-January-and-taxes, darn-I’ve-gotta-take-down-the-tree, my-favorite-jeans-don’t-fit blues. Seasonal depression breathing down my neck like cold orc shadows.

In an attempt to keep from drowning my glums in the last of the Christmas candy in one gnarf, I made myself the tastiest tea I currently have to hand. I haven’t had marzipan in years, but this is what I think it tasted like. The orange-almond-vanilla combo in this is so sweet and confectionary, it’s a good dessert substitute.

A sample-sized packet was not enough of this!

Spencer

Hopefully the winter cold is not blasting upon your back and face like the whips of cold orc overseers…

gmathis

Snow threatening. Mostly just threats today. Told hubby & son, after we saw Hobbit, I want a nice warm warg to park in front of my desk at work to scare…well, whoever I sic him on :)

Spencer

Better threats of snow than fighting mountain giants.
Haha, perhaps the scarred, white one?

gmathis

Yep, that’s him! I also want a bunny sled like Radagast.

Spencer

Absolutely!

MsWhatsit

Mmmmm you’re making me hungry. Seriously, I probably ought to try this tomorrow, before the holidays are officially over.

JacquelineM

I’m arriving to that place, too. I have been in yoga pants since December 18th happily knitting, reading, and eating feasts and am dreading the world of work, taxes, and… clothes on January 2.

JacquelineM

Oh, also! I agree about the bunny sled and a few hedgehogs would be nice, too.

gmathis

Who said fleece lounge pants with neon polka dots were unprofessional???

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drank Mistletoe by Savoy Tea Company
1833 tasting notes

Manomanomanoman, oh, man…I wish I had Smell-O-Net so you could get a whiff of this, dry. The smooth, marzipanny almond is so rich it’ll make your eyes roll back in your head. I want a candle that smells like this. I want pillows that smell like this.

The first fresh cup was fabulous—tasted every bit as good at it smelled. Orange and almond predominate, with the rest of the godies serving as backup singers (doo-wop!)

Second steep is still smooth; more almond, less orange, and oh, wow—there’s some pretty decent green tea under there!

Unfortunately, this isn’t on the Savoy website—must have been an in-store holiday-only treat. Locals, grab it while you can ;)

MsWhatsit

Ha, you beat me to it! I have some of this from my last tea buying trip but haven’t tried it yet. Looking forward to it now. Sounds good.

gmathis

Their little smelly jars are one sneaky marketing trick! Hubby was hoping to find some tangerine oolong when we were there; he sniffed it on his last trip in but didn’t get any. None in store, though.

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