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Grabbed this at a Kusmi store in Paris, and thought it was Kusmi until I tried putting it into Steepster. Uh.. okay, so similar branding, different company? Got it.

The smell in the tin was divine, so I thought, why not, I’ll grab a tin… you can only buy a tin of this. Sadly, I couldn’t bring the tin home. Brewed up it’s okay, but I want more flavor to it. It’s really, really subtle. Might be lovely as an iced tea, like Sil suggested? It’s just that blueberry isn’t as yummy as I want it.

Fun fact: blueberries are called bleuets in Québec, but myrtilles in Belgium, France and Swizerland. This led to a heated debate between me and a Starbucks employee in Grenoble, France, trying to figure out just what those blue things were a the muffin.

1.5 tsp in 12 oz. water, 185F for three minutes.

Flavors: Blueberry, Coconut, Drying, Soap

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mikumofu

“Blue things in the muffin” LOL!

OMGsrsly

Oh that’s so funny. :) And yes, Quebec/Canadian French is quite different.

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Sipdown! Process of elimination makes me think that this was from Roswell Strange, so thanks! I had to add it to my spreadsheet just now, because I apparently missed writing down a bunch of teas from before… sigh…

Anyhow! This is really interesting. Pineapple + mint? I swear I’ve seen pineapple mint at the garden centres before, but haven’t ever tried it, nor do I know if it actually tastes like pineapple + mint, or whether it’s called that for a different reason. Either way, it kind of works in this tea. The mint is subtle and tastes like fresh mint as opposed to peppermint (which is good!), and the pineapple is light and fruity. The green rooibos is not particularly distinguishable, which makes it work well here. Red rooibos or honeybush probably would have ruined this for me.

Overall, not a tea that would fall into my favourites, but a very interesting try, and not a tea I’ve had anything remotely like previously! Thanks Roswell!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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70

This is a fun tea with many flavours and fragrances, good for the summer months. I do find it difficult to brew, as it becomes sour if you steep it for too long. The sour aftertaste is something I don’t like about the tea, sometimes, it even makes me more thirsty. Despite this, it’s a unique and fresh tea, a good companion when lounging in the sun.

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85

In general I ‘lov’ this brand! I finished this tea in a record time. For me, this was the perfect black tea throughout the winter months. It is strong and therefore a good morning tea, as it helps wake me up. You can taste hints of red fruits, although, the flavouring is very subtle. In my opinion, the balance between the slight fruity flavours and the black tea leaves is perfect.

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80

Not sure about this tea yet. I haven’t had many good experiences with rooibos nor with white tea or fruity tea. Because of its fruity flavour, I guess it would be nice as an iced tea. I will try it again but I’m not sure yet I would repurchase it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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73

Another from MissB This one smelled like it’s name but the taste wasn’t one that i cared for until it was almost completely cooled. Warm it fell flat, but cooled it was a really subtle blueberry coconut tea. Smooth and quite refreshing. No need to keep this in my cupboard but warm brewed then cooled is the way to go with then one imo. Not sure if a straight cole brew would work, but someone should try haha

sundaysipping

Oh this sounds yummy! Coconut comes across as “baked goods” to me so I’m totally picturing this tasting like blueberry cake. Yum!

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78

Another from MissB that i had today. This is a really nice peach, blackcurrant tea. I’ve been sick of “peach” teas for the last while but the addition of the blackcurrant to this one makes is a really pleasant cup that isn’t just PEACH. This was my favourite of the two lov organic’s i had today from missb :) Thanks as always!

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80

I really, really like this, however I’m having a hard time describing it. It smells like a hot, tart grapefruit and tastes more like a sour orange, or sweet grapefruit, or a bunch of citrus with a hint of floral that I just can’t place. It’s more robust than say a juice… I’m really perplexed and need to review the ingredient list. Regardless, it’s refreshing and I can easily drink this often.

Flavors: Citrus, Grapefruit, Orange, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

sounds like an SB tea heh

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72

Hm. Loved this in Europe, not so much at home. Perhaps brewed at too low of a temperature? (I let the water sit a bit before using it). Took quite a bit of sweetener to get the peach to pop this time around, and even then, it was really drying. Hm.

Flavors: Drying, Peach

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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72

Grabbed at Kusmi, had no idea it was a different company until I tried to put it in the database. It smelled like heaven at the store – sweet, sweet peach and apricot. Flavor wise, it’s a sweet peach mostly with blackcurrant in the background, and an aftertaste of apricot. Light yet creamy… Wow.

Flavors: Apricot, Black Currant, Creamy, Peach

Sil

sooooo you went to kusmi store and bought not kusmi tea? heh

MissB

Yes! It looks like kusmi, like it’s just a different line or something… I’m thinking its their line of organic teas.

Sil

internet says they share a parent company :)

MissB

Ah, see? That’s why I had no idea. I mean, the address on the packaging is the same even.

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Backlog- The thing I remember the most about this tea was the cinnamon was not overpowering. I like cinnamon but I’m not one of those cinnamon lovers. I don’t remember getting any orange from this tea and that was a bit disappointing. It seemed to be a pretty pleasant rooibos tea but lacked something that would make it stand out.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Rooibos

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75

Tried out this sample today ( from CameronB) when I needed less caffeine. There are times when I am just so happy to stick a teabag in a cup and add boiling water.

I wasn’t expecting much from this tea. Most fruit teas in my experience have hibiscus and I really do not like hibiscus. When I looked at the tea bag I couldn’t see very much hibiscus so I was hopeful. My first sniff of the tea was mostly peaches but I could pick up a bit of the pineapple and mango after awhile. I really quite enjoyed this tea. The hibiscus was so light it actually enhanced the fruit instead of overpowering it. It was an enjoyable cup.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Mango, Peach, Pineapple

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drank Løv is Good by Løv Organic
417 tasting notes

I don’t know how I can ever remember all these Lov names for their teas. They all seem to sound alike after awhile although their tea packaging is cute.

This one is a mild herbal chai blend. Definitely strong on the anise/Fennel flavour. The other spices are not too strong and it was a pretty pleasant tea. Even though I don’t hate anise/licorice it’s just not my thing when it comes to tea but I’m glad I got a chance to try this tea.

Flavors: Anise, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove, Fennel, Licorice, Spices

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Enjoying this tea this evening. This was a sample from CameronB.

I like how each tea has it’s own special colour on the package for the tea bag. This one was a dark French blue. It seemed this tea would appeal to me since I like mint and lemon.

It’s definitely mint and verbena with the verbena being the stronger of the two. To me verbena isn’t quite lemon though. It has it’s own special flavour that comes across as a bit medicine flavour to me. I guess I’m just not liking the verbena that much but I can appreciate that this is a nice herbal blend with no artificial flavouring. It would definitely appeal to those who love verbena. Glad I got the chance to try it!

Flavors: Mint

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drank Løv is Zen by Løv Organic
417 tasting notes

Mmmm this one is tasty. It’s orange , caramel rooibos. It’s got a nice light sweetness and the caramel (or orange) isn’t overdone either. Orange is sometimes a hard one to get right in the teas. I’ve had some pretty bad teas with orange in them. Caramel is another thing I hate when it’s too sweet or overdone. There’s a good balance in this tea.

Flavors: Caramel, Orange

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This tea was a bit of a disappointment. I love rose teas and was looking for the rose buds in the tea. NONE. Only rose flavouring. They put in lavender petals though. Another concern. Lavender is great in bath and body products but it’s a bit strong in tea.

When I brewed this tea, it seemed to taste better in the first few sips. Maybe the super hot water blinded my taste buds to how strong the lavender was. When the tea cooled down, the lavender seemed to dominate the tea. Yeah, it was mixed in there with the rose but to me it seemed too intense. I guess there were apple pieces in there but I couldn’t taste them , just lavender & rose.

I like the idea of a rose-linden tea but this one was not the greatest. If they had used real rose buds and dropped the lavender, it might have been a winner.

Flavors: Lavender, Rose

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Løvely Night by Løv Organic
417 tasting notes

Enjoying this tea tonight. Another one from CameronB. I can taste the camomile, faint cinnamon & apple. Rounding it out is a bit of licorice that doesn’t dominate but seems to blend in very well. In fact it was hard to pick the licorice out right away because it’s a bit toned down and I’m used to licorice being strong and bold.

This is a very enjoyable cup for the evening. I have to admit I like the sachets too instead of loose leaf all the time. For an evening tea, it just makes it much more simple and less fuss once in awhile.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Licorice

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
yyz

They have this one at Metro on Southdown if you want more at anytime.

Ubacat

Thanks yyz! I had already been there when you mentioned it before but never bought Lov teas because of their price. All I wanted to do was try them out before investing in a tin. Hopefully I can find a favourite (or 2) among the many samples I’ve got.

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drank Løv is Beautiful by Løv Organic
417 tasting notes

This is one of the many Lov samples CameronB sent my way. I had this one this afternoon. It has white tea, green tea, & green rooibos with apricot, mango & pineapple. When I opened the tea sachet I could smell the apricot and pineapple right away.

I like that this tea doesn’t have artificial flavouring, just natural flavouring. Brewed up, it was a dark amber colour—pretty much like a red rooibos. I could taste the pineapple and apricot but it was very subtle. The hay notes from the white tea came through and balanced nicely with it. It was an enjoyable cup!

Flavors: Apricot, Hay, Pineapple

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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72

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According to my box calendar, today’s Word of The Day is… Sobriquet!

Today is definitely a word that I didn’t know; the definition being: A descriptive name or epithet – a nickname. I think it’s going to be much harder to use this one in a sentence today but I’ll certainly try and I challenge you all to do the same.

This tea comes from Cameron B. – it was the only Lov Organic tea I requested from her in our most recent exchange, and that was definitely because of the pineapple in it. I love pineapple; and this seems like an especially weird/outside of the box flavour combination on top of having my favourite tea related ingredient in it.

I think I had a much different experience than she did because I thought the pineapple flavour in this was actually quite strong; and it was very familiar to me as well. It almost, in a way, reminded me of bubblegum and I think what I’m comparing it to mentally is 52Tea’s Pineapple Bacon Rooibos of which I was definitely a fan of. There’s something similar, to me, about the pineapple flavouring used in each tea.

I just read my tasting note on Pineapple Bacon and now I really, really want more of it again…

In addition to a strong pineapple flavour I also picked up on the mint, though it was much, much milder than I was anticipating it being – definitely more of a background flavour just adding some coolness/freshness overall. And, peculiarly I noticed a relatively tart/sour flavour that reminded me of Granny Smith Apples. And no, I’m not mistaking the tartness of pineapple for that weird flavour note – this was definitely something else separate from the tartness of pineapple. The base was well masked; I didn’t even notice it really. Green rooibos usually does a good job of that.

Overall this was definitely weird in a mostly good way and I think falls under the category of “one of those flavour combinations you sort of just need to try”. Definitely not a bad way to introduce myself to this company.

Cameron B.

I’m glad you tasted lots of pineapple! :)

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Ah, the last untried tea from Løv Organic. I guess I find these herbal blends boring, it seems they always get passed over for something a little more exciting. Poor herbal blends! This one actually sounds quite lovely, as I enjoy both mint and lemony herbs. The sachet smells mostly of mint with a slight fresh scent that reminds me of cucumber.

I can smell much more lemon in the steeped tea, along with the mild mint. That light cucumber-y note is still there as well. This is a tasty one. It’s a nice, refreshing blend of mild peppermint and just a touch of lemony herbal flavor. There’s also that little bit of light cucumber taste coming from somewhere. I especially like how the mint pops out at the end and cools the inside of my mouth as I breathe.

Flavors: Cucumber, Herbs, Lemon, Peppermint

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Løv is Good by Løv Organic
972 tasting notes

More Løv Organic! I think after this one, I just have two herbal blends left to try. I really like their packaging – the colors are lovely and happy, and the little bird is super cute. Just from looking at this tea and its ingredients, I didn’t have high hopes for it. It’s basically a mix of spices and licorice root, I guess I would call it an herbal chai. Dry scent is strongly spiced, I can definitely smell fennel/anise and clove.

Hmm, this is not what I expected. It’s actually quite mild in flavor, and not at all sharp. The strongest flavor is definitely the fennel/anise combination and the licorice root, which adds a mild sweetness that doesn’t bother me here. I can taste a little bit of the cardamon and ginger (which always seem similar to me) along with the cinnamon and clove. Perhaps the tiniest bit of peppercorn? It’s hard to tell with this many spices together. Overall, I actually don’t mind this one. Surprising!

Flavors: Anise, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove, Fennel, Ginger, Licorice, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Yay, more from Løv Organic! Another fruit tea, which is definitely not my favorite type. They tend to be either weak due to the lack of base, or tart hibiscus nightmares. This one is looking like the hibiscus kind, unfortunately. The packet is a cute and happy hot pink that made me smile. Inside the sachet are very small pieces of fruit (apple possibly?), citrus peel, and hibiscus petals. Dry scent is tart and vaguely fruity.

O. M. G. This is a big ol’ cup of hibiscus juice. I made the most epic pucker face when I tried and sip, and I’m glad no one was around to see it and make fun of me. :P Yeah, I can’t even drink this, such a big nope. It’s like eating a Shock Tart (if anyone else remembers those…).

Flavors: Hibiscus, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Skysamurai

Shock tarts sound better then this tea does lol

Cameron B.

Totally, at the very least you’re expecting sour when you eat Shock Tarts… :P

Cameron B.

This is the first time I’ve ever rated a tea so low… I think I’ll just toss the other two sachets, I can’t imagine anyone wanting them. :P

Marzipan

Puh puh puh pucker face!

Cameron B.

Totally… I felt like my face was imploding on itself.

Cameron B.

Oh, and also… MUH MUH MUH MUH! Or however you would spell that…

Fjellrev

Ech, I just can’t do hibiscus hot.

Roswell Strange

If you haven’t tossed ’em already, maybe try cold brewing? Might not be a lot better, but sometimes that can resolve hibby issues…

Mikumofu

I always brace for something dreadful and/or comedic whenever I see a rating of 1, haha. Hibiscus seems to star in a lot of them!

Ost

SHOCK TARTS!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THOSE
But…in tea form….no….

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Still puttering along, working my way through my sweet little Løv Organic sampler. I think I only have a few left to try! I felt like having a rooibos this evening and I was thinking about Lupicia’s Sweet Autumn, but decided to give this one a try instead. Inside the sachet is a mixture of red rooibos and citrus peel. I was surprised that the dry scent is mostly orange with very little cinnamon. Hooray, this won’t be one of those teas in which the cinnamon overpowers everything else! :)

In keeping with most of the teas I’ve tried from Løv Organic, this is quite subtly flavored. It’s mostly just red rooibos with a little bit of orange, which accents it beautifully. I can taste a little hint of cinnamon at the end of the sip, and I definitely appreciate that it has a very small role here. I do enjoy this one, since I’m a fan of red rooibos. I think the orange alongside the rooibos is a very tasty and autumnal combination. However, I can see others not liking this one because it focuses on the flavor of the rooibos base.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaBrat

sampler packs are fun :)

Cameron B.

Totally! Especially since I was interested in many of this company’s teas. :)

Fjellrev

I can’t believe they even have this many teas!

Sami Kelsh

Ooh, this sounds so nice :) I need to investigate these tea people!

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drank Mint (Menthe) by Løv Organic
972 tasting notes

Another Løv Organic creation! I’ve been liking mint teas more and more lately, so I’m happy to have gotten a couple different types in my sampler box. This looks quite similar to the Kusmi version of the same tea (although it’s Moroccan mint, which is really common). Some of the leaves are rolled into gunpowder pellets and some are more loosely curled. Dry scent is way spearminty!

Meh, I think plain spearmint teas aren’t really my thing. It kind of reminds me of chewing spearmint gum, which is not terribly unpleasant as much as just odd. To be fair, this is the type of tea that people cold brew/ice more often than not, so I should probably be doing it that way. As is, gum tea is weird. :P It’s well done though, no bitterness and the level of mint flavor is nice – identifiable but not overpowering.

Flavors: Spearmint

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
boychik

Perfect in summer . It’s just wrong season to drink I think

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