The following is my "love note” to Love Note from T By Daniel… which is a black tea blend curated as an ode to their customers, complete with big candy sprinkles in the shape of hearts, which only further proves that this tea was made with love. And nothing but it. The thing that drew me to Love Note the most, besides the touching sentiment, is the combination of my two favourite fruit flavours: strawberries and peaches! T By Daniel has an amazing tea catalogue, and out of the handful of teas I’ve tasted from this company, this is definitely one of the stand outs (along with Mama Bear Magic)!
Love Note comes in brown biodegradable packaging with the option to re-seal. There is a white label plastered on the front, complete with all the need to know information about this tea, as well as some of their signature bowtie imagery. Apart from the cute, pink heart sprinkles, the appearance of this loose leaf is pretty basic otherwise. The tea leaves are of a significantly dark brown colour (with some lighter brown pieces peeking through), and are somewhat consistent in size. The listed ingredients are: black tea, sugar hearts, natural strawberry and peach flavouring. The scent of the dry leaf is both sweet and fruity, but there’s also a maltiness from the black tea base present.
T By Daniel suggests steeping Love Note for 1-2 minutes in boiling water. In slightly cooler water at 95°C (200°F), I steeped Love Note for two minutes.
Two full minutes later, Love Note produces a pretty dark brown coloured liquor. The sweet scent that results is similar to that of the dry leaf, but it is somewhat muted at this point. There is a pleasant natural sweetness contributed from the heart sprinkles. There is also a slight level of astringency, but ultimately, it is tolerable and the cup is smooth tasting overall. For me, I find that the peach is just a touch stronger than the strawberry, but both fruits come through nicely in each sip. I love how the fruit plays up the rich, robustness of the black tea base.
When it comes to T By Daniel’s Love Note, it was quite literally love at first steep. I really appreciate how well both fruits were represented in this blend, but you could ultimately still recognize it as a flavoured black tea. There is a great overall balance. Not only that, this tea is super versatile! As much as I enjoyed it hot, it was even better the more that it cooled down. I have yet to try Love Note with milk added, but I can imagine it taking milk just fine. If you haven’t already, you should really find the nearest computer and order some of this tea!
Which fruit do you prefer? Strawberry or peach? Sound off in the comments below!
Stay tuned for an oolong, green, and white tea all in one!
Until we steep again…