1703 Tasting Notes

drank Wake Up Call by Savoy Tea Company
1703 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 Marie-Antoinette by Nina's Paris
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First time to cold steep in the fridge—apple, apple, apple; happy, happy, happy. (Oh, and there’s a little rose in there, too.)

Bonnie

Not weak apple for a change huh!

gmathis

Love apple teas but there is a surprisingly small number of good ones out there.

Nightshifter

Sounds lovely!

K S

Agreed. Get back to work! lol

gmathis

Smart aleck! Just posted on Facebook that I wonder if Moses was this beat after writing Genesis. Adapted one chapter for kids today, with posters, gameboard, and activities, and I feel like I’ve been dragged through the desert behind a chariot.

Bonnie

Ha ha! My daughter would sympathise with you.
She has 8 kids and has published 2 prayer books for teens. She just finished the dialog for a childrens radio theatre series (her husband has a studio recording set-up). I can’t remember having that energy although I must have had it. She gets up before dawn to pray which is key to it all.
It doesn’t matter that we know the end of the story with the good deeds we do. I know you matter though, and your spirit will shine.

gmathis

Bonnie, that’s so kind! Thanks. I moan and groan while I’m at the keyboard, but I love getting to do this. I have so much fun teaching my bunch of 10-year-olds, I want it to be catching. Way-y-y too few inspired and enthusiastic volunteer leaders working with kids at church these days. (Climbing down off the soapbox now.)

Bonnie

I for one have loved church from my earliest memories on. Almost nowhere else do the varied ages blend. Time is measured by prayers and Liturgies, births, weddings and funerals. Potlucks and music. Summer camp and rummage sales. Coat and food drives for the poor. Mosquito nets for Africa. Prayers and visits to the sick and dying. Fussy children. I do so love the holiness of Church!

gmathis

Friend, that is absolutely beautiful.

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Ohhhh, how I had missed this! And despite the reams of fruit-and-cocoa perfection I could write about it, must cut it short and quit stalling. Deadlines. It’s gonna be a duct-tape day. (…as in, duct taping oneself to the writing chair.)

Sil

good luck!

gmathis

If the weather were beastly hot or wickedly cold, it wouldn’t be a problem. It is sunny, cool, and crisp outside and I want to play!

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Enjoying the last of a sample Nicole shared some months back. Looking at the flavor lineup of Miss Gloria’s Tea House, which I believe used to be Tropical Tea Company, it looks similar to the lineup at Culinary Teas, which sells Metropolitan Tea…so when the dominoes all fall, I’m surmising that this is Metropolitan’s blend. Which is good. Now I know how to find it again.

All that to say that I woke up craving this. It is pineapple-sweet, not pineapple-cloying, and the tea base is very juicy and thirst-quenchy. Pleasant.

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Question: is the mark of a really good tea one over which you linger for a-g-e-s, carefully analyzing every little flavor nuance? Or is it the one you drank so enthusiastically and rapidly, you look at the empty tumbler and wonder, “Darn, where’d that go?”

This morning, Khongea Tippy Golden Assam (doesn’t that sound sophisticated?) fell into Category 2. Out of the potpourri of adjectives used to describe this one, oaky is probably the one that aligns the best. A warm flavor; not temperature, taste.

Delicious day-starter. So was the temperature. 57 degrees in mid-August? Preposterous!

K S

Answer: Yes!

OMGsrsly

It’s both! As long as you enjoy analyzing every little flavour nuance.

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If this breakfast blend is this good (which it is—dark tea fans, it’s worth seeking out), the Steven Smith straight-up Assam must be outstanding.

Smooth, bready. About 1/4 teaspoon left, which’ll do me a thimble-sized cup or add some class to the Junkyard Tea Mason jar. Decisions, decisions…

Veronica

I just found out that my favorite grocery store started carrying SST. I can’t wait to go get some.

gmathis

Grocery store envy!

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drank Ceylon by Nina's Paris
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This is a very smooth, up-quality morning tea with more sharps in its flavor scale than flats. Nice coppery color and taste. Kicks you awake with stylish pointy-toed girl shoes instead of ten-pound army boots.

If you haven’t had a chance to try any of the offerings from the nice folks at Nina’s, you need to. All winners so far!

ashmanra

I seriously need this one!

Veronica

That sounds so good.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Hah! I love your description of this one!

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Great googly-moogly, I am beat. Posted elsewhere that I’m still getting to know a new bunch of Sunday kids—just our second week—but mercy! If I could harness the kinetic energy in that room today, I could’ve water-skiied behind it!

Cap that off with a little shopping and trying to push mow grass with the consistency of wet, muddy yarn, and you’ll know why I’m going ahhh! (or owww!) with every sip of this, chilled.

When I put the jar in the fridge to steep last night, I snipped off a few bits of real vanilla bean. The result is a creamy fruity cool drink that reminds me a lot of the Monk’s Blend (grenadine/vanilla) from Culinary Teas that I bought by the pound.

This particular pouch of ToL is getting a little old; chilling it will be a great way to use it while it still has some oomph. (I don’t.)

Ruby Woo Scarlett

Yum that sounds delish.

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Random adjectives: suede, burgundy, fruit, mahogany wood, smooth, rich.
Watched the sun rise as I sipped, that just took extra words away.

(thanks to Terri HarpLady)

Terri HarpLady

Glad you liked it! This is a really nice & complex breakfast blend, IMO, very well balanced too.
It was really fun putting a package together for you, & I love love love those cards you sent!

yyz

This is my favourite type of morning wakeup, enveloped in a quiet inspiring contemplative beauty sipping something warm.

gmathis

Terri, I rummaged through my Cricut dies, hoping I had a harp somewhere, even attached to a Christmas angel…no such luck. I have peas and corn to go with your radishes, though :)

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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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