1788 Tasting Notes

drank Birthday Cake by Savoy Tea Company
1788 tasting notes

Celebrating a string of several days that won’t be governed by an alarm clock or time clock—so this was in order.

(Actually, I just woke up craving sugar and we have no ready-made frosting in the house to break into.)

White cake flavor is spot on with this one; the sprinkles are cute but just make it a little cloudy. Easily remedied with a dark-colored mug.

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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 Chance Combinations by Custom
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First experiment with blueberry-bergamot: halvsies; Tropical Tea Co. Blueberry Black and jacquelinem’s Earl Grey Melange, which is bits and bites of miscellaneous varieties of EG. In the fridge overnight.

Plausible, but came out just a touch more bitter and perfumey than I had hoped. Won’t stop my drinking it—it’s cool and not unpleasant, but I think I’ll back off the EG a bit next time.

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In the interest of frugality (and the fact that I love this stuff hot), I cold-steeped a small second steep out of the same sachet in the fridge.

Second time around, there’s more choco than apricot, which isn’t the proportion I was hoping for. (I was hoping that the fruity taste would hold out, chilled.)

Didn’t stop me from drinking it all, though.

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How this, according to its label, contains no nuts, is a puzzle. Being a Bear of Very Little Brain, I plan not to overload my overloaded synapses thinking on it too awfully hard.

Instead, I shall revel in the unique apri-chocolateness of this lovely and unusual tea and not ask too many questions. You could smell this steeping clear across the kitchen this morning.

Anybody try it iced yet?

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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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Husband and I took a much-needed, irresponsible, AWOL, just-us day in Northwest Arkansas today. Discovered The Fresh Market in Rogers, which is the identical twin of a Whole Foods with a different name slapped on the front.

The “big names” in the tea aisle made me dance and giggle—Steven Smith Teamaker! Two Leaves and a Bud! Adagio! Harney and Sons! And a handful of Ambessa tins, one of which just had to come home with us. A treat I can’t wait to break into.


I love the Fresh Market even though I hate the prices. Lots of neat stuff there.

Terri HarpLady

What??? They have Steven Smith Teamaker there? Whole Foods doesn’t even have that!


Oh, yeah—could easily blow a week’s grocery budget on a handful of items there.

The Steven Smith varieties available were pretty basic—-an Earl Grey and one or two more.

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drank Calm by Tazo
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Work has been so mind-numbingly nuts of late I’ve been gasping for quiet and moments with no demands made of me.

Enjoying a few of those now, with a half-cup of Calm as a companion. Left the bag in, wonder if that’s the reason the licorice is coming through stronger than usual. The mint and other goodies in this blend keep it from getting too out of hand.


Hope work will calm down soon.


Thanks. Fiscal year end. (Working for a school district for decades, I would be a rich woman if I had a quarter for every time someone asked, “And what do you do all summer?”)

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drank China Lychee by Upton Tea Imports
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This one has been languishing unopened (that’s so wrong. Not opening new tea?) because my luck with Upton flavored teas has not been very good to date.

In this case, the advantage goes to Upton because I wouldn’t know a lychee if you bounced one off my forehead.

The unpleasant sticking point with the flavored Upton stuff is that it tastes very artificial and syrupy. This tastes floral, not artificial and not perfumey. Decent black tea base. Whether they’ve nailed lychee flavor, another expert will have to decide.

Could have good iced tea potential.


i cannot recommend the butiki lychee oolong enough. god god… felt like star crossed lovers when i tasted it. best i’ve had by far.

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Hadn’t broken into the raspberry tin yet. Fair-to-middlin’ green tea base with a hint of a natural raspberry flavor. Not a bit tart. It’s time to try some from this assortment iced.

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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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