1917 Tasting Notes

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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drank Cape Paradise by Savoy Tea Co
1917 tasting notes

This one had me at the first whiff (Savoy’s tidy little shop has a scent jar for each tea). Just smelled fruity and springy fresh. Requires a long and patient steep, 7-10 minutes, but what you get is a fruity, juicy concoction that reminds me of apple-peach cobbler. (Yes, mangoes are not peaches, but the two are awfully similar in my sensory vocabulary.)

I foresee a jar of this, chilled, in the near future.

Christina / BooksandTea

Sounds delicious!

Fjellrev

I swear most mango teas taste like peach to me anyway! Yet, the fresh fruits don’t taste anything alike.

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Two screaming weeks at work have left me chugging primarily tea I don’t have to taste. Today, on the other hand, I have taken a mental health day and enjoyed a cup of Windsor Castle in the a.m. sunshine with the cats. Ahhhh.

First conclusion was that this is a pretty mild black tea blend, but as it cools, the malty rye-bread Assam and that little Darjeeling uptick are there just before and just after you swallow. You just have to have a little time to think about it.

caile

Enjoy your day! :)

ashmanra

Oh, enjoy! You deserve it! Dark clouds and drizzles for us! I would love a sunny spot outside right now.

Fjellrev

Glad to hear you’re looking after yourself!

sren

Ooooh, I adore mental health days. Good for you.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
1917 tasting notes

A friend recently had an Irish houseguest who brought her some tea from home. She tried and deemed it too strong, so I’m the beneficiary of what I think may be Lyons brand tea. Experts familiar with the brand: does it come in natural parchment-style pyramid bags?

At any rate, it’s good strong breakfast tea, smooth rather than sharp, pleasant with milk.

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drank Cherry Green by Simple Loose Leaf
1917 tasting notes

Funny, last time I reviewed this, around Christmas, I mentioned that Bob was on my lap sniffing it. Today, too. It must be a magic ingredient other than catnip that appeals to those of the feline purr-suasion.

My other conclusions haven’t changed much over the months, either; it is a decent green tea with cherry flavor that’s more soda-fountain than off-the-tree. Could pass for dessert with a little sweetener.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
1917 tasting notes

In need of some disposition sweetening. (Ask my family; they will vigorously agree.)So I broke out some St. John’s wort. The nice part about St. John’s is that it doesn’t taste like much of anything. It’s a good blender. So hiding it in some thick sweet Tropical Nut Paradise (Teavana rooibos blend), you’d never know it was there.

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drank Anniversary Blend by Harney & Sons
1917 tasting notes

If I close my eyes and omit the sugar, this reminds me of Mom’s homemade molasses cookies, especially as it cools.

sren

Great description— totally going on my list

Tealover

That’s so sweet. Nothing quite like a tea that sparks a memory.

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We all have reasons for selecting our teas—more often than not, my picks are based on available time, weather, and emotional state as much as for the tea itself. Conditions this morning (running late, rain for the umpteenth day in a row, ugh-I-don’t-want-to-go-to-work) called for something to break up the rut, but no-fuss.

Boston Teas are consistently good and hard to ruin. This ginger peach definitely leads with the ginger—very warming on the tongue; based on past experience, the peach shows up better when it’s iced. Makes the eyes open in a slightly more creative manner than the heavy black unleaded I generally rely on.

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drank Assam GFOP by Kusmi Tea
1917 tasting notes

Courtesy of Nicole, trying a new wakey-uppey today. First adjective that came to mind after a threeish-fourish minute steep was clean. Interesting to see that her tasting note, which I read after I jumped to that conclusion, used the same word. Great minds!

The longer it stands, the more prominent the good ol’ Assam rye-and-raisin flavor becomes. Would be good with milk. (Can I go home to get some and just stay there today?)

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drank Wedding Green Tea by O'Sulloc
1917 tasting notes

Happy Easter! Where we are, Easter Sunday is more often sullen, soggy, and cold than it is sunny, cloudless, and dry. My poor little fifth grade girls wandered in to class today with their sleeveless dresses and flip flops, blue from the chill! (You’d like this bunch. They’re rowdy, noisy, hilarious, and smart. )

So a warm beverage is definitely in order this afternoon.

By all rights, my packet of this should be exhausted and tasteless. But it must be made with pixie dust, because every time I unearth it from the bottom of my green tea menagerie, it smells fruity and sweet, and still tastes a little cotton candy-ish and a little fruit punchy. Perfect for the day.

Be joyful, whatever kind of sky is above you today.

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Somebody asked me once when I became a tea junkie; I think it dates back to college when I needed caffeine for a 7 a.m. class but chose not to do coffee. My favorite teapot is a medium-sized Brown Betty given to me by my Mema; the painted flowers are chipping off, but the size and feel is perfect. I rejoice when I get a morning to brew a pot of loose tea starting with a kettle; not a bag and a hot pot.

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