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drank Chocolate Kiss by Savoy Tea Co
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I’ve never been a fan of nutella as I think its too sweet, but this is pretty close. Chocolate up front and nutty goodness on the back. All made from puerh, so a different base than other chocolate teas. I think this could find its way into my shopping cart sometime soon (along with the salted caramel puerh)!

Flavors: Chocolate, Hazelnut

Shae

I always feel like I’m the only one on this planet who doesn’t really like Nutella. I’m glad there are two of us at least!

Martin Bednář

Make it three!

Courtney

Four :)

gmathis

That’s funny … I pulled up my tasting note for the same name (it’s 6 years old) and I was raving about strawberry. I think Savoy must switch out their labels every so often.

Michelle

Gmathis – I mean chocolate goes with everything, right?

gmathis

I haven’t experimented with fish or broccoli yet, so the results are still out…

Michelle

If you covered broccoli with dark chocolate, I’d probably try it. I have a friend who said she would pulverize broccoli and put it in brownies to get her kids to eat some veggies, never got a chance to taste them, but her kids didn’t seem to mind (or know!)

gmathis

Couldn’t be any worse than the V8 juices that taste fruity.

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drank Sweater Weather by Savoy Tea Co
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A unique take on a chai, with cardamom and a methol finish. I’m not sure this is spearmint or peppermint flavored, but there is both a spicy and cooling aftertaste to this tea. Its different, but it reminds me of a blend I would concoct on my own, not purchase from a fancy tea store.

Flavors: Cardamom, Menthol

gmathis

I saw this one, but haven’t tried it. (And you’ve just reminded me I found a little jar of cardamom pods on my shelf that I’ve done absolutely nothing with.)

Michelle

I can send you a sample if you want to try.

gmathis

(No hurry, but it would be fun to compare notes!)

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I tried this grandpa style with about 5 pearls in a cup. I liked this way of brewing and watching as the leaves unfolded. The brew was malty with notes of brown sugar. Added water several more times and it continued to provide a nice cuppa. I’d add this to an order :)

Flavors: Bread, Brown Sugar, Malt

gmathis

I’m clearly way too chintzy with the pearls—my previous reviews are all kind a whiny that it’s good, but not strong enough. Next time, I’ll loosen up!

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drank Citrus Mate by Savoy Tea Co
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A refreshing blend of grapefruit and orange without being bitter or ‘mate’ tasting. I am enjoying this change of pace from cinnamon and other winter flavors. It seems to have enough caffeine to jump start me this morning, and I’d certainly give this a go as iced tea. The second steep has more of a sweet grapefruit flavor. I might need some of this in my cupboard!

Flavors: Grapefruit, Orange, Sweet

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Yum, this is a smooth and smoky version of whisky, the peated kind without any alcohol. I might need more of this in my cupboard, and Kentucky Bourbon pales in comparison here. I wish I had more than just a sample so I could see if it could get bitter with too much leaf or overbrewing. I would add it to my next Savoy order!

Flavors: Caramel, Smoke, Smooth, Whiskey

gmathis

Two for two!

Martin Bednář

Well, this jumpes into wishlist and I am thinking gifting it to my brother who likes whisky.

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Milk chocolate without any weird aftertaste, and a hint of vanilla. What’s not to like? I might need more of this in my cupboard.

Flavors: Milk Chocolate, Vanilla

gmathis

Oh, you ordered from them? Will be watching for your notes!

Michelle

Yes I got a bunch of samples!

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Advent Tea: Day 9 from Michelle
This one smells and tastes similar to the 52Teas Spiced Rum Raisin Cake tea. I got the same sort of grape flavor but it’s supposed to be plum. I haven’t had too many plum-flavored things so that is probably just what plum flavoring makes me think of. It’s a nice spiced grape/plum tea. I enjoyed how the spices didn’t overpower the flavor of the fruit. Thanks, Michelle for including so many fun holiday blends in our advent swap.

Flavors: Spices

Preparation
Boiling 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

And immediately “Pump Up the Jam” is stuck in my head LOL.

Michelle

I didn’t get plum from this one either, but more berry flavor. Nicely spiced for holiday sipping!

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drank Golden Snail by Savoy Tea Co
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After two solid weeks of coughs and cruds, a couple sub-zero nights, one dead battery, cabin-crazy cats, and one leaking radiator, I am reminded of The Gospel According to Seuss:

…Stood puzzling and puzzling: “How could it be so?”
“It came without ribbons! It came without tags!”
“It came without packages, boxes or bags!”
And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!
“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.”
“Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”

Today, there’s a little joy in this rich, wheaty, cup of curls, in a warm house (in fact, the heater is stuck on “on” and won’t cycle off), brilliant sunshine on the snow, warm socks and peace from knowing these winter woes are momentary. Hope you’re surrounded by joy this weekend, too. Merry Christmas, y’all.

Martin Bednář

Merry Christmas!

CrowKettle

Merry Christmas! :)

Kelmishka

Enjoy the holiday! :)

Cameron B.

Merry Christmas!

ashmanra

Merry Christmas!

Michelle

Merry Christmas!

derk

<3 Merry Christmas, g!

Nattie

Merry (belated) Christmas!

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drank Golden Snail by Savoy Tea Co
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Took the rest of this week off for mental health and a little R&R, and I had been saving the inaugural cup of these adorable little golden curls for a morning when I had a little extra time to enjoy them.

The rye bread scent was delicious from the moment the water first hit the cup. I pulled the steeping basket out of the mug, stepped away from the kitchen for a minute, and before I could get back, the scent had already captured my husband, he sneaked a couple of sips, and had already pronounced it delicious. That’s sayin’ something.

Crusty, wheaty, maybe a little bit of burnt caramel…it’s fine stuff.

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I absolutely love chocolate and orange together—my mother-in-law and I share a propensity to snarf boxfuls of those chocolate-orange jelly sticks without realizing how much we’ve just decimated.

However, the notion of chocolate and grapefruit never crossed my mind until we saw and sniffed this blend at the savoy shop. Straight off the steep, the grapefruit hits you first; however, after it cools, you realize there’s a really fine chocolate base underneath. The problem is leaving enough in the cup to allow some to cool. Good stuff.

Sil

oooh sounds intriguing. i too am a chocolate orange lover

gmathis

I tossed in a few bulk cocoa nibs and second steep was perfectly acceptable as well.

Skysamurai

ooo that is interesting blend!! Glad it sounds like it came out good!

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drank White Christmas by Savoy Tea Co
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The last one from my small Savoy sample order. This is a white chocolate and peppermint black tea, similar to something like DT’s Santa’s Secret (although I think that one is creamy vanilla and peppermint, but close enough). I guess it’s closer to Candy Cane Crush, but without all the candy bits and stuff.

It’s pretty good actually. The flavoring does actually taste like white chocolate, it has a buttery richness to it along with creamy vanilla. And there’s definitely some mint flavoring alongside the peppermint leaves, it’s nicely fresh and cooling without being over-the-top and reminding me of Vicks or something. The black tea is smooth but not super flavorful, mostly just adding a bit of body and hints of wood.

Would consider ordering this, maybe. I set aside one serving for my DIY advent calendar, because I don’t have a similar tea and I think I’ll enjoy having this in December. So we’ll see how I feel about it then!

Flavors: Butter, Creamy, Menthol, Mint, Peppermint, Smooth, Sweet, Vanilla, White Chocolate, Woody

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I think this one is currently winning for me in terms of pumpkin spice teas.

It has a great balance of desserty and pumpkin-y combined with spices that are strong enough to make it a chai – the cardamom in particular stands out nicely. And it’s a rooibos base, so it’s caffeine free, plus the rooibos just goes so well with the flavors.

Yep, definitely winning. I went to order a tin of this and they’re out of stock, boooo! Onto the restock notification list I go. :P

Flavors: Cake, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove, Creamy, Pumpkin, Rooibos, Smooth, Spices, Sweet, Woody

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
gmathis

(Regretting not checking out that one closer when I was at Savoy last week!)

Mastress Alita

Actually, it’s only the tin that is out of stock. Looks like the teabags, samplers, and 4 oz. bags are still in stock.

Cameron B.

I saw that Alita, but I would rather have the tin since it’s only 3 ounces versus 4.

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This is a nice enough apple & cinnamon herbal blend. The apple tastes fairly similar to apple cider, and the cinnamon tastes like the spice as opposed to candy. The green rooibos also adds an oat-y flavor, making it taste a bit like apple cinnamon oatmeal. I do wish the apple were a bit stronger here, I feel like the cinnamon is the stronger of the two, and that makes it taste more like some kind of coffee cake or crumble, rather than apple cider.

But still, quite nice as an apple cinnamon dessert tisane. I would consider ordering this one if I didn’t already have several new apple teas from Simpson & Vail. :P

Flavors: Apple, Cake, Cinnamon, Herbaceous, Oatmeal, Oats, Pastries, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Braveheart by Savoy Tea Co
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Now we’re talking. A little fruity, a little coppery, a little woody, and strong enough to jump out of the tumbler on its own. (1 1/2 teaspoons to 16 oz.) Added a little milk to get the ranks back in order and it was absolutely delicious.

Those of you who recall terriharplady’s Steepster posts know she often used musical adjectives to characterize a tea. Normally, I gravitate to baritones and basses—dark and deep. Braveheart is a brassy second tenor with lungs like Pavarotti.

(Oh, jeepers…that just completely derailed my train of thought…off to go find a tea that tastes like Rod Stewart or Joe Bonamassa….)

derk

What does “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” Rod Stewart taste like?

ashmanra

derk: I vote O’Connors Cream for that!

gmathis

Or the ratchety no-name Keemun I used to get at our local store that they don’t carry any more. Now if you’re talking Rod Stewart covering old Sinatra standards and show tunes…

ashmanra

True! Needs more sass for Do Ya Think I’m Sexy.

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drank Strawberry White by Savoy Tea Co
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I was craving white tea last night — which, for those of you know know me, was absolutely out of character. After much pawing and rumpling, I found this forgotten pouch (shame on me). Bai mu dan leaves with just a teeny whisper of strawberry. It’s one of those teas that beg you to drink it slowly and calmly. (OK, maybe I was craving the slow and calm more than I was the white tea. But it worked.)

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drank Strawberry White by Savoy Tea Co
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White tea never makes my shopping list due to my strong preferences for the strong black stuff. However, the search for the perfect strawberry tea continues, so when we saw a sample pack of Strawberry White, I caved and brought it home.

Usually, my first white tea internal comment is “where’s the tea?” But in this case, I picked up on faintly grassy, not-quite-flowery tasting whiffs, and the strawberry shards provided delicate hints of the real thing, not candy flavor.

I even ventured into a second steep and tossed in a couple extra freeze-dried strawberry slices of my own. The whiffs have petered out to skiffs and wisps, but both the leaf and the fruit are still detectible, even to my barbarian palate.

Definitely too refined for me to crave on a frequent basis, but when there’s a little time to be thoughtful about what I’m drinking, this will be a nice break from heavier fall and winter fare.

Michelle

Do you think a cold brew would bring out more strawberry flavor?

gmathis

Possibly—-and I’ve got plenty to play with come spring.

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drank Black Dragon Pearls by Savoy Tea Co
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For a Day Out (we get them rarely, so it deserves capitalization), we did a run to Northwest Arkansas yesterday. Highway 12 slithers like a snake through tree tunnels for miles until you find an off-road that leads to War Eagle Mill, a working flour mill with folksy gifts and coarse ground cornmeal for sale. The way back always includes a detour to a picnic area on Beaver Lake—on a Tuesday, it was deliciously silent. We watched minnows do laps around the dock and a bald eagle do laps around the lake.

Um…tea. Oh, yeah.

Eventually, you have to drive back into civilization with some upscale big-city shopping venues, including Savoy Tea. We hadn’t been in the shop since before the plague, and it’s been streamlined—instead of a tea parlor vibe with curlicues and frills, it’s leaner and cleaner and looks like a tea lab.

However, the Great Wall of Tea is just as much fun as it ever was with little sample sniffy jars and we brought home a nice little cache, including these dragon balls, beautiful little dark-and-gold orbs.

The scent of the steeped cup this morning was so promising I expected eye-rolling pleasure, but due to operator error (I over-watered and under-balled), the melba toast flavor I expected was only barely detectible, even though the texture was nice and satiny on the tongue. Eh, there’s always tomorrow!

Cameron B.

I just ordered some fall-appropriate samples from Savory! :D

gmathis

Can’t wait to hear about what you chose! I didn’t see it there, and the rest of my tin is well past its prime, but one of my fall Savoy favorites for years is/was Autumn in Vermont—a green tea with maple and pecans. Matter of fact, I plopped the tin in my work bag to finish up over the next few days.

Cameron B.

I ended up getting Homemade Apple Cider, Pumpkin Muffin, Squashbuckling Chai, and White Christmas. I guess that last one isn’t very autumnal ha ha… Maple pecan sounds lovely!

AmazonV

oh no! hopefully no operator error tomorrow.

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drank Frosted Orange Roll by Savoy Tea Co
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Liking this better with every cup—just gotta make sure you get a little orange peel in each spoonful of dry leaf to enjoy the full orange-cinnamon effect. I have yet to add milk, but I’m thinking that could only improve the frosting-ness.

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drank Frosted Orange Roll by Savoy Tea Co
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One of our favorite weekend goodies has always been those Pillsbury frosted orange rolls in a can. Savoy has captured the scent perfectly and the flavor pretty doggone close. This morning’s cup was a little heavy on the cinnamon, but I think it was sloppy scooping on my part—I didn’t snag much orange peel in the spoon.

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drank Caramel Buttercup by Savoy Tea Co
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The addition of milk turns this into a slightly less sweet take on caramel corn minus the corniness, although the butter flavor is very mildly salty, which fits the theme. Tasty and different!

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drank Caramel Buttercup by Savoy Tea Co
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The Carthage, Missouri square is about fifteen minutes from my front door and is an anomaly in this part of the world—a real working town square with more storefronts open than closed; lots of antique shops and art emporiums, an old fashioned honest-to-pete hardware store, and The Pie Safe. Pie. Oh, such pie.

And also at the PIe Safe…a display shelf with a small assortment of teas from Savoy Tea, a nice little shop in northwest Arkansas. Husband surprised me after a strength-sapping workweek with a chicken pot pie, a mini pecan tart, and a tin of Caramel Buttercup. Doesn’t that sound cheerful?

Caramel Buttercup lives up to its name! I’m not sure what kind of black base they used—keemun or congou? I’ll have to pay more attention to that next cup. The caramel is mild but not artificial, and it’s the butteriest butter flavor I think I’ve ever had in a tea. I kept thinking I needed to wipe my mouth with a napkin.

If I were at the actual Savoy storefront, I might have chosen something different for myself, but it’s a fresh and fun new tin to play with. Next cup, with milk!

AJRimmer

Savoy is a company that caught my eye years ago, and I’ve still never gotten around to ordering from them! It’s so convenient when you can find things like that locally!

ashmanra

The place and the tea both sound delightful. What a sweet gift!

Cameron B.

I’ve seen this company but never ordered from them either!

gmathis

Rogers/Bentonville Arkansas is only about an hour away (also home of Crystal Bridges art museum—you gotta go), but we don’t have routine reasons to run down there…I haven’t been since pre-plague. The Savoy shop is adorable and (at least the last time I was there), had little open-and-sniff samples of everything. Their specialty is flavored, but I’ve gotten some very good quality unflavored black tea there, too.

derk

Thoughtful guy :)

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This is a bright tea that isn’t too sharp, sweet but not cloying. The Savoy website unfortunately has terrible whimsical but vague descriptions of their teas, and it’s definitely not only getting the fruit flavor from bergamot but they offer no hint to what it is. I thought it might be mango or a stone fruit — some kind of summery-tasting fruit — but another reviewer suggests this is a relabel of the Harney & Sons “Paris” tea, which that retailer describes as containing blackcurrant flavor. Now that I get my nose into the mug with that notion already in my head, I agree. I added a teaspoon of Demerara sugar and a splash of 2% milk, so I may be missing the caramel flavor. I do think it has an underlying creaminess to it. It’s lighter and friendlier than an Earl Grey, and softer and smoother than a lot of fruit-flavored black teas.
Preparation
1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Pumpkin Muffin by Savoy Tea Co
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Mastress Alita’s Sipdown Challenge (October) – “A pumpkin tea”

So I ordered a few samples from Savoy, and this was one of them. I think it was Teas by Dani who was talking about them on YouTube? She loves their Squash Buckling Chai, and of course I had to order a sample since it’s the perfect time of year for it… This and two other season-appropriate teas came along for the ride. :P

Anyway, this tea smells so good in the bag. It’s sweet, spicy, creamy – like a pumpkin roll or some other pumpkin confection. Makes sense given the name. However, it’s just not great steeped up for some reason. The flavoring is nice, but it’s not strong enough IMO, and the base tea has an odd musty wood flavor to it. So if I steep it normally I get a somewhat weak tea, but overleafing doesn’t really help because that musty flavor gets stronger as well as the pumpkin. I guess I could try overleafing combined with a short steep? But that just feels too high-maintenance for me, especially for a tea I would probably only drink during the fall.

So still on the lookout for a pumpkin spice tea that I like enough to keep in my cupboard. :P

Flavors: Cake, Cinnamon, Creamy, Earthy, Musty, Pumpkin, Smooth, Spices, Sweet, White Chocolate, Woody

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Pumpkin Muffin by Savoy Tea Co
3314 tasting notes

From my Sips By box for November. Also a sipdown.

This tea smells so amazing in the pouch, creamy and pumpkin-y and luscious. I was so excited for it! Even steeped up, it smelled delicious. I didn’t approve of the mini white chocolate chips, but I was willing to forgive.

Sadly, it’s quite bland. For this second mug, I overleafed by quite a bit in an attempt to get more flavor. Unfortunately, it didn’t seem to help much. There’s some very mild spicing, mostly clove and a bit of nutmeg. There’s also a tiny bit of cream in the background. But mostly it tastes like a musty base tea. And my first cup, with a normal (for me) amount of leaf, tasted like mildly spiced water.

So disappointing after the lovely smell… Ah well, it joins the ranks of many other underwhelming pumpkin spice teas.

Flavors: Clove, Cream, Musty, Nutmeg

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Courtney

It’s such a shame when the scent is so deceptive!

Cameron B.

I was promised creamy pumpkin-y goodness! T.T

AJRimmer

Aw man, I’ve been meaning to try this one for a long time! That’s a shame.

amandastory516

This is one that’s been on my to-try list as well, so it’s a shame to hear it’s disappointing. So many pumpkin teas are.

Cameron B.

To be fair, the other note for this is much more favorable than mine. So it’s entirely possible I’m pickier than other people when it comes to pumpkin spice. :P

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