2939 Tasting Notes

Have I previously and frequently mentioned how much I love this tea for waking up and bucking up in the summer? Yup.

Have I previously and frequently mentioned how good this is on ice?
Yup.

(Just wanted to make sure you knew. Happy Thursday.)

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drank Braveheart by Savoy Tea Co
2939 tasting notes

This was on the “essential restock” list when we hit Savoy last week. It’s brash and brassy, especially when it’s overleafed and oversteeped, which I purposely did this morning. Enough of a bite to get the eyes open (first half of the tumbler) and sufficiently strong to accommodate ice (second half—our office AC has been off all weekend).

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drank Congou by Oliver Pluff & Company
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Air’s so thick you could swim through it this afternoon. Something on ice is a must, and with its fruity undertones, this is delicious cold steeped in the fridge.

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drank Assam Brahmaputra by Savoy Tea Co
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Savoy tea is in business and thriving, but the storefront we visited yesterday is preparing to relocate, so what we found there yesterday was a little hodge-podgey. (Mind you, this did not keep me from restocking several favorites.) This was the only one of its kind on the sample rack; I saw “Assam” and grabbed without examining it closely.

At any rate, it is one of the least Assam-y Assams I’ve sampled in the recent past…has a fresh floral smell (lilacs from across the yard, not lilacs under your nose) and that carries over to the flavor. It’s more oolong-y than Assam-y and needs a lighter touch than I gave the first cup…is a little bitter now that I’m toward the bottom. Next time I’ll back off the steep time to 3 minutes instead of the sloppy 4 I gave it.

Last word; it’s a tea party-pinky up Assam. Not for sleepy mornings.

ashmanra

I would love to hear how you like it with new steeping parameters! Are they relocating to a place where you can still easily access them?

gmathis

Sounded like they were looking for a nearby option. They have another storefront in Fayetteville (AR) about 30 minutes further south—we just generally have no need to venture that far.

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drank Brigadoon Breakfast by Adagio Teas
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There has been enough of a lull in May Missouri monsoon season to dry us out and make it possible to sit in the glider without the wet cushions soaking you clear to your skivvies. To celebrate, I broke out the good stuff! I’m still pondering which element in the blend is the one that makes me smile every time I sip it, but it may be the cornflower which adds a little sweet starch to the Assam base. Doesn’t have the caffeine kick I need on workday mornings, but for a leisurely Sunday among the tomato plants…perfect.

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Wanted something quick and different, so I grabbed this bag out of the ancient random leftovers I save to spring on my Sunday kids. By ancient, we’re talking several years, so I wasn’t expecting much. The fact that the flavoring hasn’t turned to pure chemicals is notable. None of the three fruits stands out singularly, but together, it’s a nice little fruit punch blend for a spring evening watching the cottonwood snow on the back yard.

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drank Glazed Lemon Loaf by Tazo
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My infatuation with GLL has worn off a little since the blend was new, but I’m the fickle one, not the tea. Still right on target with the pastry flavor, but I’ve been pastry-ing for a month (birthday, end-of-year celebrations at work, Mothers’ Day goodies). Something a little less desserty and more citrusy may be what my oversaturated tastebuds need…any suggestions?

Courtney

Moondrop Dreams from B&B is quite nice. Lemon and lavender, with a lovely creaminess to it.

gmathis

That does sound nice!

Martin Bednář

I agree with Courtney, that may go well with your tastebuds.

Cameron B.

I love lemongrass for a citrusy herbal tisane – it tastes like lemon drops to me!

Michelle

Savoy has a citrus mate that isn’t bad. And Maya’s Good Morning Oolong has a gentle lemony citrus kick.

gmathis

Ooh…we’re going to Savoy country next weekend! I may have to pawn some jewelry ;)

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drank Congou by Oliver Pluff & Company
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Mother’s Day morning started early—woke at 5:00 a.m. for no discernible reason, but it was worth the early start. A basket of goodies was beside my chair, containing a t-shirt bearing the Royal Warrant, cat socks and stickers, and what is likely to be a five-year-supply of Congou.

But that’s OK. I love this stuff.

I stuck my nose in the packet and left it there for a while. Then I made a rich cup, redolent of dark cherries and dried apple, and drank it leisurely in the backyard glider in my old flannel robe watching the birds wake up. Delicious. All of it.

Mamas, happy Mother’s Day. You’re doing just fine and your children are beautiful.

ashmanra

Happy Mother’s Day, my friend!

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drank Mango Ceylon by The Republic of Tea
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Shared by a coworker and regarded more favorably than when I reviewed it 13 years ago. More mango than Ceylon in this cup, but it’s a pleasant, mindless office-sippy. Wouldn’t be bad on ice.

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drank Lemon Drop Cooler by 52teas
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A well-deserved and long, long, overdue sipdown. There are only hints of lemon left and the rooibos has started to taste barky. But what flavor’s left is in keeping with my Granny’s-tonic-and-detox theme for the week, and I can pretend it’s helping me feel more sprightly.

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