Hide

Welcome to Steepster, an online tea community.

Write a tea journal, see what others are drinking and get recommendations from people you trust. or Learn More

Love is Tea (LIT)

Recent Tasting Notes

81

Found this sample lingering in the bottom of the basket where I keep swaps and small samples. It’s been there for a year (in a clear plastic bag), so this tea could be past its prime. Still, it sounds yummy, so into the brew basket it goes.

There is a good amount of creamy vanilla flavor here, but there’s not much blueberry. I get little hints of berry as the tea cools, but this is more of a vanilla tea than a blueberry one. I’ll have to go back and look at my original tasting note to see how I felt about this tea when it first went into my swap basket.

Edit: I read my original tasting note for this tea, and my thoughts about it were pretty much the same. At least I’m consistent. :)

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

85

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!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

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!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

95
drank Thai Tea by Love is Tea (LIT)
1569 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.

oOTeaOo

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.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

89
drank Almond by Love is Tea (LIT)
1569 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

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

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

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

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.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

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

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

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

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

67
drank Genmaicha by Love is Tea (LIT)
1569 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.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Thai Tea by Love is Tea (LIT)
448 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.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank ChocoMint by Love is Tea (LIT)
448 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

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

79

Thank you yssah for this sample. This is delicious cold brewed herbal! It is sweet and has a nice fruity flavor.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

67

Well, it’s certainly very berry. Tartness from hibiscus detracts from it though. Tastes slightly like watered down fruit juice, which is not my favourite kind of ‘tea’. Thanks to yssah for the sample.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

81

Thanks to yssah for this sample.

This is very fruity. Somewhat citrusy from the lemon but very fruity, though I’m not good at picking out ‘mango’ flavour from anything unless it is an actual mango. Pretty decent blend.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

35
drank Jasmine EG by Love is Tea (LIT)
1851 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!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

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.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

52

Thanks yssah for the sample.

This is a tolerable fruity tisane, but nothing particularly special. The lemony part of it is quite present, but so is the hibiscus. Glad I had only a bit.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

40
drank Blackcurrant by Love is Tea (LIT)
1851 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 :(

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

53

Thanks to yssah for this sample back in December or so. Just now getting around to drinking it.

I’ll have to steep the next herbal LIT sample for less time than I did this one, because the hibiscus is quite strong in it and it is drowning everything else out. It tastes slightly peachy, but more just generically hibiscus-fruity.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.