Love is Tea (LIT)

Recent Tasting Notes

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Yum! I love Adagio’s blueberries & cream (I think it was a custom blend). I haven’t ordered it in a long time because of my enormous tea stash, but this was very refreshing reminder. Yssah sent this to me a long time ago during a swap.

I love the warm and creamy blend with the hint of blueberries. The blueberries wasn’t tart, and for that I love this blend so much. I don’t like tart.. well too much tartness is not good. This is excellent especially with milk and sugar. The flavors come out more. This is a good dessert tea!

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83

CharlotteZero sent me a few teas I really wanted to try along with the mint for my headaches! thank you so much! I really appreciate it! It’s the fault of your nice tasting note that I wanted to try this one, but you shouldn’t have sent it all if you liked it so much! Luckily, I love it. :D Two delicious steeps. I’m guessing the name “black lagoon” comes from the almost entirely black color of the first cup. With the second steep you can actually see the bottom. No worries about finding the creature from the black lagoon in the second steep! How is it I have never see that movie? Anyway, the flavor is like assam – bread, rye, chewy. Just enough briskness but no astringency and some sweetness. Very nice!

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drank Thai Tea by Love is Tea (LIT)
1592 tasting notes

I received this from yssah a long time ago as well! I have always been a fan of thai tea, and I used to make a lot of it at home too. This one is exactly like the tea I used to buy! I can’t smell very well right now because I’m sick, but I can sense slight hints of that warm slightly lemongrass-y, slightly medicinal scent that it usually has. I am awful at describing this scent, but it smells.. well.. just like thai tea. I had to use a finer meshed tea bag for this as there is a little dust in there. It brews a beautiful wild, orange! I brewed this in a mug and added sugar and milk to it. Usually I make this over the stovetop and use sugar and condensed milk. Must do that next time!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Ze_Teamaker

hmmmm, thai tea. I always get it at this sushi/thai restaurant I got too. They don’t put lemon grass in though I think.

Charisma

There’s no lemongrass in it that I could see. It is definitely a different taste. I can’t really describe it. :)

Ze_Teamaker

Tamarind? I hear that is an ingredient sometimes.

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drank Almond by Love is Tea (LIT)
1592 tasting notes

I received this from yssah a long time ago. I finally was able to sample this. I love the bits of almond in this black tea, and almond tea is one of my favorite teas to drink. I love almonds and almond milk … and I love the warmth and the amaretto taste to it. It is delicious. It goes great with milk and sugar and definitely a good dessert tea.

Flavors: Nuts

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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91

Why is this tea so good when I have no idea where to find it again? Oh well. This was my second small pot of this tea, and I’m sending the remaining to Tea Sipper tomorrow. I hope she enjoys it as much as I have!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML
Tea Sipper

You should keep it if you love it! But I’m looking forward to it if you do send it along.. :D

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91

Yum. I’m really enjoying this tea. I’m a sucker for a strong cup of assam, though, and this one is certainly that. It was really nice to have after a bowl of homemade Massaman curry over rice. This isn’t too bitter or too drying. It’s a nice smooth cup of tea.

Yesterday I did my taxes and was sad to discover that I owed A LOT in state and federal taxes. I’d thought I’d be getting a refund, because when we set up payroll services through Paychex, I told them I’d prefer them to deduct too much as opposed to too little. (Insert your five favorite expletives.)

Casey was so nice to me, though. He saw that I was sad and went online and bought me the FORLIFE glass teapot that I’d been eyeing, but hadn’t purchased because I’d promised not to spend any more money on tea or teaware until my birthday in March. I completely forgot about the taxes owed and was suddenly feeling incredibly fortunate.

Flavors: Caramel, Cream, Earth, Malt, Tannin

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML
Terri HarpLady

Nothing like new teaware to make us feel better, eh?
I have yet to do my taxes, but being self-employed, there is always a certain level of nervousness.

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94

The first cup I steeped I seriously over-leafed. I had just eaten a big brunch of tofu scramble, avocado, and potatoes and I’d covered everything with nutritional yeast and hot sauce, so I’d thought I’d need a very strong cup of tea to wash it down with.

The first very strong cup I made was intensely fruity, I’d say the flavor was something like a prune or dried apricot. It was also a little bit bitter, but this was the fault of how I brewed it. The second cup was made with fewer leaves, and hence was smoother and I could pick up some earthiness, maybe a bit of whiskey sour (but these notes were very faint compared to the fruitiness). The disappointing thing about this tea is that it doesn’t have a very strong aroma or finish. I was expecting to dump this tea into my big red canister (where the chai masala making tea goes), but I think instead I will try to find a similar tea to add into my regular rotation.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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88

Tried this one on my lunch break. It was very good. It had just enough fruity sweetness and creaminess. It had only the smallest hint of fresh florals, which I like, but not something I want to be prominent in a milk oolong (as far as the one’s I’ve tasted go). It was also very faint vegetal notes. This is pretty close to the perfect balance of flavors for me.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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drank Genmaicha by Love is Tea (LIT)
1592 tasting notes

I received a generous sample from Yssah! Thank you so much. This tea has some rice and popcorn mixed in with the spiky, green leaves, which look like sencha. Delicious blend. It is roasted with vegetal flavors to it that are not too prominent. This is flavorable, however. Good blend.

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drank Thai Tea by Love is Tea (LIT)
496 tasting notes

Ok, I need to buy some star anise, among other things, to give this more oomph. Today I made it up chai stove style (which is a silly way to do it as there are no spices in this right now). I plopped in some ice cubes, because why not, and added sweetened condensed milk. It sort of worked. Next time I’ll follow a recipe or something.

Cavocorax gave me enough of this to play around with for a while, which is great because I’ll need it!

Sil

sooo i’m a weeee bit tired but the mental image of you tossing tea up into the air cackling came to mind when you mentioned cavo gave you enough to play around with heh

CrowKettle

Ha! It sort of feels that way too, especially after the mess I made in the kitchen with this failed attempt.

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drank ChocoMint by Love is Tea (LIT)
496 tasting notes

This one’s interesting. The flavoring may have dulled down over time, as I’m not picking up much mint. I didn’t think there was any at first but there is something increasingly freshening in the lingering aftertaste, that’s definitely minty. My first impression was of smooth malt balls, actually (maybe that’s the chocolate element). Not a bad cup at all, and it goes well with milk.

Thanks for the sample, Fiddling (I think this one was from you)!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Jasmine EG by Love is Tea (LIT)
1962 tasting notes

Sipdown, 178. Thanks to yssah for the sample. This is the last of the LIT samples that yssah sent me.

This smell pretty innocuous dry; mostly like bergamot. I couldn’t tell if it was black, green, or a black/green blend, but the leaf was pretty dark so I went with just boiling water. That may have been a rather sizeable mistake. The smell of the brewed tea was, quite frankly, horrible. I can’t even describe how, although there were some weird floral notes and perhaps a bit of smoke. I took a sip anyway to try; amazingly it wasn’t actually bitter but that smell was too much for me. Not sure what yssah meant about “interesting” in her tasting note, but I’ve had jasmine earl greys before and the didn’t combine like this. Not rating this one because of the off steep temp for the leaf, but I am not sure that that’s responsible for everything here.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Hallieod

I’ve had green Earl Greys which were lovely, but jasmine Earl Grey sounds a bit — much, even without your tasting note!

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drank Blackcurrant by Love is Tea (LIT)
1962 tasting notes

Sipdown, 176. I decided to cold brew this one because I had just the perfect amount for it, and black currant iced tea sounded tasty.

Unfortunately, this turned out very perfumy. I drank about half the cup but then couldn’t take anymore. I won’t rate it because I don’t know how this would perform warm, but I don’t suggest cold brewing this one!

I went through all my ratings and reset them down. Sometimes I would feel like I was giving a tea too low a score, but I had to remind myself that a 70 is still a “smiley face” on the scale. I think by stretching out the 80s into more of the 70s and 80s it is more accurate in its reflection of my likes. Now to keep it up!

Stephanie

I tried this one iced and decided to not rate it because I disliked it so much, too :(

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drank Kiwi Strawberry by Love is Tea (LIT)
1199 tasting notes

Do parakeets have off switches? The nicer it is outside, the goofier Sebastian acts. I feel bad because I can’t open the windows because of my allergies. The pollen count was 2607 yesterday. Today it is 4151. Thankfully it is supposed to rain tomorrow so hopefully it won’t get 9000+ like last year (seriously. http://www.atlantaallergy.com/pollencount.aspx?year=2012&month=3). It was horrible enough last night when I went to get my mail…you can just feel the large particles in the air. Ugh. And they’re not even the problematic pollen.

I had this iced last night, it was a lot more subtle than I hoped for. That might be something I can change by adding agave or sugar or something. I didn’t really get kiwi, just a tiny bit of strawberry in there.

I’ll finish it but I far prefer the 52teas kiwi strawberry margarita white tea I still have a bit of…gonna have to have some more of that today. I think these flavors may be better suited to something more delicate than black tea. This is overall a pretty good black, it tasted great iced and was really smooth.

Ze_Teamaker

Is that a over 9000! joke I see?

momo

haha yes, I think it’s everyone around here’s favorite over 9000 joke.

Kittenna

I love that my boyfriend introduced me to said joke a few months ago, so I get what you’re talking about :D

Ramvling

Everything on my campus is literally coated in yellow dust. D:

Terri HarpLady

I used to have parakeets & other birds. I raised canaries for awhile, not intentionally, but because my kids got me a pair of them & they kept having babies! Before long, almost every one of my students & friends also had a pet canary (I just gave the babies away), & it was pretty cool! I named them Findhorn & Sedona, & he was a marvelous singer! One time I was recording Canon in D for a wedding client, & when I played back the recording you could hear Findhorn warming up in the background. By the end of the piece he was singing like a soprano in an opera, really into it! I mailed the cassette (anybody remember cassettes?) to the bride with a note: “If you want the Canary, it’s an extra $50.”

Getting birds to shut (the hell) up: Go buy a dark colored pillow case, or other covering item, & anytime you want some silence, cover the cage.

Terri HarpLady

You have my sympathy on the allergies, I feel your pain.

momo

I’m trying to teach him to just even chirp to the tune of the chant of “ole ole ole” because it would be amusing. He’s sort of getting there. And he’s normally very well behaved but lately he just goes on these squawking outbursts that I think he picked up from one of my mom’s birds when we were visiting last month.

That bird continues to chirp and squawk even when covered. It’s horrible. I was supposed to adopt him and his cagemate, Sprite. But it wasn’t going to work, Valentino NEVER shuts up. I guess I’ll just throw the cover over Sebastian when he’s doing his Valentino impression. Like right now, he’s just making these cute little chirps but sometimes he just goes out of control haha.

Terri HarpLady

LOL, probably also because maybe there are more outside birds as the weather warms up, & he’s responding to them?

momo

He used to, he hasn’t lately cared…but I just realized what gets him. He likes the growling and screaming in Vampire Diaries. He likes Daleks and screaming in Doctor Who. I think he might be evil hahaha.

Josie Jade

My parakeet has been crazy lately too. I think he can hear the birds outside and so he goes nuts in the morning and wakes us all up “talking” to them. :)

Lindsey

Ha, I read the first two lines of this and as soon as you mentioned pollen, I instantly had to check your location on your profile to see if you were in Georgia. I used to live in Atlanta and can remember driving around in a pollen-yellow car for 2 weeks every year around this time…

momo

Haha yep, that’s where I am. Today it of course doubled.

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drank Almond by Love is Tea (LIT)
333 tasting notes

This is a nice black tea, not too strong but tasty. At first I wasn’t tasting any almond whatsoever but it came out as it cooled a bit.

Thanks for swapping Yssah :)

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drank Thai Tea by Love is Tea (LIT)
1693 tasting notes

I’d never had Thai Tea before so I thought I’d give this a try. It brews up bright orange! Like, really orange! So strange! I added a dash of milk to it because that seemed the right thing to do and now it’s the same color as butternut squash soup.

I wish I knew what was in this mystery tea. It’s nice, but not heavily flavoured.

CrowKettle

Intriguing…

Cavocorax

Would you like some?

OMGsrsly

Ooh, I found a recipe for home made Thai Iced Tea that was REALLY good. I didn’t use powdered star anise, instead I used 2 stars. Just… don’t make it in a plastic gravity thing. Mine STILL smells like star anise and cloves, and it’s been weeks. http://www.wishfulchef.com/2012/04/how-to-make-thai-iced-tea-from-scratch/

CrowKettle

OMGsrsly’s recipe makes me want some. :/

Cavocorax

Yeah that sounds really good. Maybe if I’d added star anise and vanilla this would have blown me away. :P I’ve got your addy still so I can send you a bit to play with.

OMGsrsly

Super easy to make! The spices can be found pretty cheap in the “Asian foods” aisle of Superstore or Save-On. Now I think I have to make some. Tomorrow, though. I need to stop with the caffeine tonight.

JennyFur

I used coconut milk when I had this tea, and I liked it a lot. Theres a thai food place by my house that makes Thai Iced teas this way. That tea (almost exactly, but not the right brand), brewed with coconut milk over coffee. I could drink that by itself for the rest of my life and be happy lol. I have no idea how they make it but just throwing some coconut milk in to cool it and drinking it that way was close enough to make me a happy girl.

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Drank the last bit of the sample I got from Yssah. Thought I wrote a tasting note when I tried it first but I guess not. It’s a delicate tasting Earl Grey, not strong so it’s pleasant all by itself.

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drank Lemon Mango by Love is Tea (LIT)
1199 tasting notes

Hey I can do this sipdown with numbers too…62 left in the spreadsheet for herbal/fruit! …cries

Yesterday was a pretty tea-less day because I had two tests and I was going to a taping of Conan! That was awesome. I did have a tea from Caribou while I was studying but eh not worth logging.

So it’s warm again today, and I made this iced while I was starting on gardening.

This is more like hibiscus lemonade than anything, I definitely do not get mango at all in here. It’s very tart and it tastes like lemons and rosehips and hibiscus.

It’s okay, I think I’d add something mango flavored to it if I had more.

Sil

Haha join the numbers club!

momo

Never adding them up…maybe in a year LOL never posting the number of black teas either.

Ze_Teamaker

You got to see Conan live!!!! LUCKY!

momo

Yes! He even did a little string dance! They put the entire episode online (idk if that’s standard, I just couldn’t wait until this weekend when I can see a DVR recording) http://teamcoco.com/video/full-episode-4-1-seth-rogen-and-comedian-earthquake

Ze_Teamaker

ALL HAIL THE STRING DANCE!!!

Kittenna

You totally have more teas than me, don’t you!!

Sil

i’m guessing yes to that kittenna lol she had the teaboxes!

momo

well…one of the tea box’s contents that I kept have yet to be entered in LOL neither has my big Harney and Sons order, or a bunch of other things…last time I added it up it was over 700

momo

ugh morbid curiosity, 825…without adding a whoooole bunch of stuff

Kittenna

I am not alone!!! :D I know my 798 is also an underestimation because LiberTEAS sent me more than 50 samples, and I didn’t check to make sure everything is actually entered (kept finding teas from DavidsTea that weren’t on the list). Anyways, yay tea hoarders!! Haha :P

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Sipdown, 195. Now I can add those other teas and only be at 200 lol. Thanks to yssah for a sample of this tea.

I guess this was another tea that I didn’t really look at the description of before I asked for a sample of it. I didn’t realize it was an herbal, and a medicinal one at that. I love guanabana fruit but this is the bark, twigs and leaves apparently. Annnd that’s what it smells like. Musty, kind of like old hay. And the flavor is odd because it tastes intensely dusty, but then underneath that it is sweet and kind of fruity like a soursop. But man, that dusty taste! It’s almost enough to make me sneeze.

I won’t rate this one because it is really outside of my usual, but it was interesting to try!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Sil

hey! cheater!

Dinosara

:P says the girl who just admitted not adding her bagged teas to her cupboard :D

Sil

i don’t know WHAT you’re talking about…la la la can’t hear you

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Agh! I oversteeped this one too! :| I’ve had bad luck lately.

Happily I was able to save it with a dash of milk and some brown sugar. I tried to drink it straight, but it was too strong. I’ll try it straight another time, and give it a proper rating then. :)

yssah - Love is Tea (LIT)

Thanks for the note! Sometimes when i oversteep, the second steep is still ok.

My Pakistani friend who introduced me to chai always made it with milk and sugar as do my Burmese and Nepali friends so I’m kinda not used to chai without those ^^’

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