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drank Winter in Løv by Løv Organic
2432 tasting notes

Yay, my Løv Organic order is here! I’ve been wanting to try this company’s teas for a while now (I think they’re the same company as Kusmi) so I was happy to see a $50 credit for $25 on Rue La La a couple weeks ago. I ordered the biggest sampler and then a tin of this tea (I was originally going to order a box of sachets, but I needed two more dollars for free shipping, so I upgraded to the tin). I’m not usually one to order a large amount of a tea I’ve never tried, but I figured what the hell. Even if I hate it, someone else around here will love it! Visually, there isn’t a ton of black tea in this blend. It’s a mix of crushed up pieces of cacao shell and various spices with a few leaves in there. Dry scent reminds me of Verdant’s Campfire Blend – it has that creamy spice element, but without the orange.

Mmm, nice aroma! It smells creamy and spicy with a definite sweet edge from the licorice. I can smell a hint of cacao as well. Wow, I’m actually really surprised that this isn’t a licorice root bomb! Meaning I don’t get that odd sweet aftertaste that licorice root usually gives. Instead, I can actually taste the licorice/anise-like flavor. There is also definitely a lot of clove going on, and I can taste dark chocolatey cocoa in the background, providing a nice base note. I think I can also taste a little bit of marzipan-like almond, but it’s blending pretty seamlessly with the licorice so it’s hard to tell them apart! Something in here is making my mouth a little bit tingly, possibly the ginger? I added a little touch of sugar to the second half of my cup, and yum! Definitely an improvement. Overall, I don’t regret this one! It’s a nice little chai with some chocolate and almond notes.

Flavors: Clove, Cocoa, Creamy, Ginger, Licorice, Marzipan

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Mikumofu

sounds really lovely! or should I say Løvly :D

Fjellrev

Oh yummy, it sure does sound great.

Cameron B.

I’ll have to send out samples since I bought a full 4.4 ounce tin of it, hah! :P

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Mikumofu

sounds really lovely! or should I say Løvly :D

Fjellrev

Oh yummy, it sure does sound great.

Cameron B.

I’ll have to send out samples since I bought a full 4.4 ounce tin of it, hah! :P

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Hi, I’m Cameron! I’m a 30-something software engineer currently living in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two pugs, Gobo and Ume. I tend to cycle between my different hobbies, and they include knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, bento, baking, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is collecting hobby related-things… ;)

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I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I will often sweeten iced tea. I brew Western style, and fluctuate between using mugs or teapots with small cups depending on the season. Occasionally I’ll brew Gongfu style when I’m in the mood. I also use a kyusu for Japanese teas.

I am always up for a swap! Just let me know if you’d like to try something in my cupboard.

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Tea Preferences:
I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms. These days, I drink mostly flavored teas, and I tend to gravitate most toward black, green, and oolong varieties. I do have a special fondness for straight Japanese green teas, however. I also enjoy maté, rooibos, honeybush, and herbal tisanes. I love matcha and drink it often!

Fruit: All of them! My ‘go-to’s tend to be in the red fruits, stonefruit, or citrus spectra. I also really love apple, banana, berry, fig, lychee, melon, pear, and rhubarb flavors. Tropical fruits aren’t among my favorites, but I still enjoy them once in a while – especially passionfruit, mango, and pineapple. I am not generally a fan of coconut in tea, though there are some exceptions.

Dessert: I love creamy vanilla and marshmallow flavors, along with anything in the caramel family such as butterscotch, toffee, or maple. Chocolate is also a favorite, though I’m often disappointed by it in tea. And don’t forget anything buttery, cakey, or cookie-y!

Floral: I’m a little bit more particular in this category. I very much enjoy jasmine, even strong jasmine, along with sakura and chamomile. But I’m not crazy about rose or lavender flavors, and I prefer hibiscus in moderation only.

Spices: I don’t generally find myself drawn to masala chai, but I do enjoy spices combined with other flavors. My favorite spices are the warm ones, especially cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, and cardamom. A bit of heat from black pepper or chili is okay too, as long as it’s not overwhelming! Ginger can be a lovely accent, but I find it difficult to drink as a starring flavor.

Aromatics: I’m obsessed with Earl Grey! I also love cooling flavors such as mint (especially spearmint), pine, juniper, and eucalyptus. I am not a fan of strong rosemary or sage in tea.

Favorite Purveyors:
3 Leaf
Bird & Blend
Dammann Frères
Kusmi
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms
Lupicia
Taiwan Tea Crafts
TeaVivre
Yunnan Sourcing

Tea Rating Scale:
90-100: Outstanding! Permanent cupboard resident
80-89: Great – a possible staple
70-79: Good, but I wouldn’t buy it
60-69: It’s decent
50-59: Meh… I may or may not have finished the cup
40-49: Ick. Couldn’t finish it.
00-39: Repulsive, I spat it out

I will sometimes refrain from rating a tea if I feel I’m too biased due to my personal dislikes, or if I suspect the sample has been compromised by age.

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