1803 Tasting Notes
A few years back, we bought a peppermint plant at a local farmer’s market. At any rate, it was sold to us as peppermint. It was the only living thing we were able to salvage when house and yard were destroyed. Hubby put it in a pot, coddled and cultivated it, and we now have a healthy little crop in a bed nestled next to the new place.
It’s not peppermint. It’s spearmint. I would swear to it in court. Spouse continues to defend “Patty” as peppermint and will with his dying breath. (Funny what you take defensive issues over after 28 years of marriage :)
So, to preserve the peace, it’s just mint. Mild mint at that, but I used a tablespoon of dry and crumbled leaves to make me a pint of chilled tisane last night and it was refreshing, genus and species notwithstanding.
Well, whaddya know…a sipdown. Haven’t had one of those in a while…
This one has been a nice, gentle introduction to the wild world of pu-erh, which I still don’t know that I understand. You experts with your sheng and shu baffle and impress me :)
At any rate, this is gently dark, accurately cherry; smells like pie. Pie is always good.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?