Love & Joy Blend (Amoda)

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Butter, Floral, Flowers, Rosehips, Berries, Cocoa, Honey
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 13 oz / 384 ml

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This blend was adapted for our subscribers from a blend Verdant created in honour of a Minneapolis benefactress Harriet Lovejoy, who gives her name to nearby Lake Harriet. Their goal with the original, that is still present in this adaptation, was to create a refreshing herbal blend inspired by the feeling you would get strolling around Lake Harriet, picnicking on nearby grass, riding the old trolley or meandering through the neighbourhood. Tea can do this! We encourage you to really sit with this tea and let it work its magic to de-stress and revitalize you.

Briefly, we wanted to introduce 2 ingredients. Frankincense, which is dried sap of trees growing in the horn of Africa, and Linden, known for its calming effects.

Ingredients: Marigold (calendula), goji, linden leaf & flower, honeysuckle, chamomile, tulsi, elderberry, cacao, coriander, frankincense.

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1239 tasting notes

Unusual tea, this one. I get mostly chamomile with hints of cocoa, something floral, and a sweet berry-ish flavor – I’m thinking this is the huge pieces of goji in the mix. I doubt I’d ever go out of my way to buy this, however it’s pleasant enough this afternoon as I prepare to go grocery shopping.

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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This was a very, uh, interesting tea. My mouth couldn’t really understand what was going on, there was cocoa notes with flowery, fruity notes with with minty. Too much contrasting going on for my taste. Love the name though.

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Well third tea from the TTB today.
This one is… interesting. It tastes like I’m drinking a flower garden.
I’m not sure I like it. I think the chamomile used in this is probably German chamomile which I’m decidedly less fond of than Egyptian. The aroma is strongly buttery flowers. The tastes are buttery chamomile, sweet floral notes and a lingering sweet, tangy flower that’s probably rosehips.

I am enjoying this cup well enough, but won’t seek out this tea for stocking. If someone were serving it, I’d say “Sure.” But I’m not overly impressed. :)

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Flowers, Rosehips

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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1765 tasting notes


Normally I enjoy the smell of chamomile, and I absolutely adore frankincense. This, however, does not inspire those reactions. This. Smells. Nasty.

Steeping 1.5 tsp in 14 oz water for 3 min. Let’s see how this goes…

Steeped, thank GOODNESS, this smells like a high quality honey’d chamomile. It tastes like chamomile too, but there’s more lurking back there. I think it needs to cool a bit.

Hmm. Yeah. Spicy chamomile. Flavourful spicy, not hot spicy. Really interesting. Definitely like it a lot better than I thought I would, although I likely wouldn’t go out of my way to get more.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

I passed this one on immediately.


But I like chamomile, so I had to try it! :)

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Tulsi strikes again! I thought that I just didn’t like the Tulsi Rose tea, but know I think I just don’t like Tulsi. I liked everything about the tea, but the tulsi flavor ruined it for me.

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I was really quite happy with this tisane. I’m not usually all excited about a chamomile blend, but all the components in this very busy blend work together quite nicely. I like the way the minty/basil-y notes of the tulsi unite with the apple-y notes of the chamomile and the sweet floral notes.

There is a distinct lime note to this as well, and I liked that tangy contrast, and I like how the lime-y flavor brightens the overall flavor. Sweet, warm, tangy, crisp … all these words come to mind when describing this tisane. I do wish there was a bit more from the cacao, but that should come as no big surprise, right? More chocolate always equals better!

That said, I liked this one.
Here’s my full-length review:

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504 tasting notes

I had this one yesterday evening. Whoa, is this one different.

I tasted almost a honey flavor, a floral flavor (probably the chamomile), and a berry something, it was also mildly spicy. Definitely different. I did a second infusion and it wasn’t as honey or chamomile, but it was still different and delicious. I like this. I don’t know that I would drink it often, but I’m glad I have enough for a few more mugs.

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I really hated this one the first time around. The second time, I made the first steep at four minutes instead of two, which made it much more bearable to drink. The first taste is apple, followed quickly by sweet chamomile and honeysuckle. Then there’s the lingering flavor of goji berries on the back end. It’s really well blended, actually. The smell is strange and off-putting though. Like something you’d baste a turkey with. Maybe that’s the frankincense? I have absolutely no idea what frankincense smells like. But the weird savory note actually comes out in the flavor and gets stronger as the tea cools. It’s just not working for me. Happily, I am sending the rest of this off to someone who can enjoy it.


Verdant herbals are SO hit or miss. They make my favorite herbal of all time yet I hate most of the other ones.

Tea Pet

What is your favorite herbal, Stephanie?


Ginger Sage Winter Spa blend!


^same as me haha, Ginger Sage is the best EVER.


What amuses me is that I just swapped with both of you for the Ginger Sage :)


High fives all around then!

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Hmm… wow… I have almost all of the ingredients to make my own Ginger Sage Winter Spa blend at home! Let the experiments begin!

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1022 tasting notes

I received my first ever swap in the mail today from Kaylee, consisting of more of this lovely little tea, some flowering teas from Taiwan and a tea charm bookmark! And the cutest card! Thank you so much!! :)

So receiving the swap totally made my day, and now that I have more of this tea, I made myself a cup of it this evening to relax after another busy day of work. It looks like it might rain here (hoping!) so this tea combined with the rain will make for a very relaxing evening. Soft, sweet, soothing. Quite tasty! See previous notes on this tea :)

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2722 tasting notes

Hmm. Not my favourite, that’s for sure, but this wasn’t too bad. I think I’m just not the biggest fan of herbal blends, and that’s that. It does taste as the description indicates – the chamomile is apparent, and there’s an appley aroma/flavour to the tea. I could also pick out a bit of cacao, but I’m not sure the combo quite works for me; apple and cacao? Chamomile and cacao? I actually think that if the chamomile was a bit more masked, I would enjoy this more – although I’ve learned to tolerate chamomile in blends, I don’t much care for it when I can really taste it strongly, which I can here. I might try this at a bit of a shorter infusion time to see if I came tame the chamomile a bit. The frankincence is also noticeable here (I only know this because of its inclusion in a previous Verdant blend, otherwise I wouldn’t have a clue what to taste for), but i

Second infusion, for I’m not sure how long (4 min?), was similar in flavour, although something else is poking out a bit that I don’t care for. I would have said something like juniper, but that’s not in this blend, so I’m not sure what it would be. I’m not familiar with all the ingredients (particularly linden leaf/flower), so it could easily be something like that.

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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