I was shuffling through my teas in person and on Steepster and realized I never added this one to the cupboard or reviewed it. I swore I added it to the database in Steepster long ago.. oh whatever.
Lover’s Cup – there’s a story to this. This was around when I was starting to drink more tea, mostly bagged stuff. I was with my now-husband (then almost boyfriend) visiting him in LA. We were at the Farmers Market (“T” Tea Shoppe) and at a store that sells Silver Leaf tea. I buy a few packets (brain not understanding non-metric so I didn’t get much tea) with the last $10 cash I had left for my trip.
I discover that the tea “Lovers Cup” was flipping amazing when I got back home to Canada. I drank it all and was all sad it was all gone. Every time I visited I demanded to go to the shop and I’d buy more. My guy, being the sweet-heart he is (but he dislikes tea and is completely clueless about tea) buys a POUND of it and takes it with him as a gift when he visited me… also getting in crap with Canadian customs as apparently you really need to claim tea and it was a little nutty he had a pound of it.
The problem became now I had a pound of tea that I used to use sparingly because it was hard to come by. Very good tea, but having a cup or two a day wasn’t denting it. My coworkers were tea drinkers too, so I started giving lots of it away and one LOVED this tea and swapped me for some yummy teas from Victoria, another giving me a good tin of fruity tea. FYI, the husband doesn’t know I often trade this tea or give small samples to friends/family, he thinks I drank through a pound of tea.
Annoyingly, the store didn’t give me steeping times for this tea, so I wing it. Overall, don’t oversteep or go for boiling so the black doesn’t nuke the tea.
DRY: Floral. Rosey, jasmine. The mix smells interestingly sweet and peachy.
STEEPED: Light brown, very floral smell.
TASTE: Perfumey floral. A bouquet of rose and jasmine. Flavors of jasmine green come out with hints of black tea.
WHO’d LIKE THIS TEA: Floral tea lovers, you know who you are. Also people who are into green teas.
COMMENTS: I’m not sure why jasmine + rose teas = peachy smell.
I find this tea pretty simple but a great pairing. I love floral teas, and mixing different types of tea is awesome too. On a side note, I tried this tea iced and it didn’t work so well.
A similar tea is DavidsTea “Three Wishes” which smells more fruity (mysteriously) but with much stronger black tea (and more fidgety with temperature to combat bitter black tea) compared to Lovers Cup, which I think has more green tea in it.
This tea is a regular of mine and high rated more out of memories – I continue to purchase more of it too. It’s my go-to when I was tea and have no idea what to have, despite having so many other teas.