1917 Tasting Notes
I’m not going to enter a new listing for this one as it isn’t on the Savoy Tea Co. website, which is too bad, because I’d like you to try some of their Irish Cream.
At least that’s the label on the lovely little sample I picked up about a month ago. (Wondering if it was a seasonal renaming or relabeling.) Rather than something stereotypically minty, this has black tea and safflower with strawberries and cream flavor. Love me my strawberry teas, and this is a good one. Nothing chemical about it, nice tea-to-flavor balance. Hoping I can find it next run to Arkansas.
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.
Decided to depart from my normal heavy-builder breakfast tea routine. And a departure it was, with this very scented, very flavorful sachet from k s. It’s a cross between something very floral and very chai. Lots of cardamom. My unintentional overuse of the word very evidently implies subconsciously that everything in it is strongly defined. Probably not something I would choose for myself, but a very welcome change of pace. (Thanks, friend!)
Birthday treat from a fellow DA (Downton Addict). Despite the presence of the dreaded hibiscus, I rather liked it. The hibby is hiding behind some very prominent raspberry flavor and what little rose I could pick up (not much) just sweetens the deal. I think this will be another good one chilled when the weather warms up. (Chilled tea. How rebellious. What would Cousin Violet have to say about that?)
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.
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.
Hubby picked this one out; his comment when he took a test sniff was, “Orange Crush!” I get that. Sweet without being sugary; smooth with no tartness.
The differences between rooibos and honeybush are very subtle. You can correct me if your palate doesn’t agree, but to me, rooibos is nuttier and shines when it’s paired with ice creamy flavors like vanilla and chocolate. Honeybush is a little brighter and fruitier, so it is a good match for the orangey goodness Twinings added to this blend.
I just did an Arkansas “fun tea” run, so I’ll have some new lovely loose leaf to yammer about soon, but recently, I’ve stumbled on some very pleasant, fuss-free bagged options that make life a little simpler. This is one of them.
Equal parts yerba mate leaf and dragonwell at a slightly lower steep temp make a wonderful warmer-weather wakey-upper. I guzzled mine this morning like I’d been dehydrating in the desert for a week. When the weather gets unpleasantly hot, I intend to try this cold with a little mint to see if it has the same eyes-open effect.
When I reviewed this some years back, I didn’t give it much love at all. (Time passes.)
When I picked this up at Big Lots (cheapster!) for not very much at all, I had no memory of trying it previously. I may have mellowed, or adjusted my standards some, but this is a not unpleasant little black tea with a very mild whiff of dark cherry. But it’s good cherry—not like cough syrup or soft drink additives. It’s like if you close your eyes and think about it hard enough, you can see the battered old pie tin cooling on the kitchen counter and you just can’t keep from pinching a little edge of the sugary crust off, even though Mom told you unequivocally that that pie was for a church dinner and you were not to touch it…but the crust with cherry on it is the best part….