But a 'tea' in the north-country depends for distinction, not on its solids or its savories, but on its sweets.
savories, on the contrary, are a whet to the appetite and clear the palate for the due appreciation of the dinner.
The same remarks apply to savories, which last ought always to be highly seasoned, whether hot or cold.
savories, a species of salt fish and cheese sandwich, is served in England hot, about the end of dinner.
"pleasing in taste or smell," c.1200, from Old French savore "tasty, flavorsome" (Modern French savouré), past participle of savourer "to taste" (see savor (n.)).
aromatic mint, late 14c., perhaps an alteration of Old English sæþerie, which is ultimately from Latin satureia "savory (n.)," a foreign word in Latin. But early history of the word suggests transmission via Old French savereie. In either case, the form of the word probably was altered by influence of the Middle English or Old French form of savory (adj.).