318 Tasting Notes

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drank Morning Tea by Løv Organic
318 tasting notes

Finally, a more likeable tea by Løv Organic! Simply because it is plain black tea so it can’t go TOO wrong. It doesn’t specify what kind of black tea it is but the hint of dried plum makes me think of Keemun. The flavour of black tea aside, it has a special kind of exotic smell/taste that I notice in all teas by Løv Organic… logically it has to be the smell/taste of muslin bags (cos I am drinking their bagged teas. I should try their loose tea some day to see if there’s any difference)! It isn’t all that pleasant to have this strange taste in my cup I must say…

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Løv is Zen by Løv Organic
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I am trying to like Løv Organic’s teas, but it seems that all of their teas taste quite unconventional… I am not sure if it has anything to do with their organic nature. Though their herbal teas are supposed to be their signature blends, I have not yet tasted one that I really like :( This tea tastes more like a tisane than a rooibos. It’s light-bodied, with an undercurrent of zesty orange, apple and some herbal flavours. No sign of caramel, but it is very sweet indeed. If you like tisane you may find it ok… just not my cup of tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec
LaFleurBleue

When I arrived in their shop, I also really wanted to like them.
However most of them were heavily spiced and did not really appeal to me. I bought the only one without a cloying spice scent and am wondering now whether I should throw the remainder of the pack away, as I do not enjoy drinking it.

cteresa

You guys know Løv Organic is by the same people as Kusmi? Just mentioning it because the Lov tisanes I have had (just a couple) seem very similar to the Kusmi tisanes (And their detox, boost, whatever new teas lines). Not my cup of tea to be honest, though the tins do cause me to try to love those!

LaFleurBleue

Thanks for sharing that Cteresa, I did not know.
It gives me one more reason to doubt my friend’s opinion on Kusmi Detox tea…

Devilish

Yes cteresa I know it’s Kusmi’s sister label! That’s why I try so hard to love it because I am a fan of Kusmi (never tried their tisanes though)… :( and yeah, I am a sucker for packaging…

LaFleurBleue, I totally agree with you – it’s that spiciness that really bothers me. Even their black teas seem to have hints of spice or herbal flavours. Weird…

cteresa

I am not a fan of Kusmi (though I am of their tins. sucker for packaging as well) so been pretty wary of Lov as well – but if you check the newer Kusmi teas (sweet love, detox, boost) it´s also of the same “philosophy”, often with spices like cinnamon or ginger or liquorice, random flowers, and other things.

Devilish

Oh really… I have not tasted their newer teas either – their Russian teas are wonderful enough to turn me into their fan! :P After reading your comment, I am glad that the tins for the newer teas aren’t as lovely so I have never thought of buying them!

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64
drank Jasmine Green by Tea Forte
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I am still learning to brew green tea properly. The first thing I’ve got to learn is to be less lazy – I should use a thermometer to measure the temperature of the water before I become capable of visual estimation. This is not the first time I scalded green tea leaves… there’s some bitterness in the liquor along with the expected grassiness and jasmine flavours (which is rather subtle). :( Can’t say I enjoy it… I am glad that there’s still a bag of these left so I have a second chance!!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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Hmm… I like this but I don’t think it’s as impressive as others have commented. White peach is more present in the aroma than flavour. As for the oolong base, it is smooth and decent but I can’t see how superior it is. Maybe it’s because I tasted too much fine oolong in Taiwan in my recent trip…?

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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94
drank White Christmas by Lupicia
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Drink this tea for the second time. It’s even better than I remember! I use a smaller cup this time and it seems to give the perfect taste. Love the rich vanilla-y flavour, it really brightens this cloudy, chilly morning! :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

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98
drank Golden Osmanthus by Lupicia
318 tasting notes

I love oolong, and this is one of the best! I suddenly realize that this was probably the tea that my grandpa in Taiwan used to prepare for us after dinner – so perhaps I give it a high rating partly because of sentimental reason :P The fragrant, slightly roasted aroma is highly similar to that of a good tie guan yin. The golden liquor (so beautiful!) is sooooooo smooth, with a delicate and rounded sweetness. I just love everything about this tea!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 45 sec

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I have never tried real buttered rum, but this tea is buttery for sure! You know, just the same buttery aroma when you buy popcorn at the cinema. :) I can’t really taste anything like rum in the tea, but this is a sweet-smelling tea and I think rum is on the sweet side too? The tea actually can appear a bit oily because savoury butter and fatty coconut dominate the cup! (And you can clearly see oil droplets floating in the cup :P) But you’ve got to admit that it tastes pretty nice and is a warming winter drink!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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60
drank Crimson Nights by Silkenty
318 tasting notes

Something is wrong with this tea… it contains hibiscus but I DON’T hate it!!! It is tart but the level of tartness seems to be right. It tastes like sour cherries instead of tomato pasta sauce, so it’s drinkable. In fact, I kinda enjoy it… I can’t even believe this myself!!!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Tranquility by Silkenty
318 tasting notes

Drank this because it’s in the Silkenty Gift Box, and I was looking for something sans caffeine. Tasted predominantly of chamomile. Flowery and calming. I thought I detected a faint hint of tartness but I had no idea where it came from. I was not sure about the contribution of valerian root either – it’s my first tea with this ingredient. I heard that it tasted awful, but there was nothing too weird about this tea (in fact apart from chamomile, the other flavours were all quite mild) so perhaps it’s not so bad after all.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Korean Sejak by DAVIDsTEA
318 tasting notes

My very first Korean tea, and I am loving it!! :)It is not much different from Japanese sencha actually. Very light, a bit grassy, with a savoury/umami finish – exactly the kind of green tea I like. It makes me want to eat sushi and sashimi right now!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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A devilish girl who lives up to the post-80s youth stereotype – hedonistic, frivolous and rebellious – except I love traditional afternoon tea rather than a quick caffeine fix at Starbucks.

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