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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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