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I was inspired to try this one again. In my previous attempts I’ve had some difficulty in getting the steeping parameters right. It doesn’t seem to be a very forgiving blend, and I have a strong suspicion that it’s the Darjeeling that I’m nearly certain it contains that is mocking me. Indian blacks can be so stubborn sometimes.

I think I’ve got it right now though. The aroma is very sweet, honey sweet, and there’s a subtle spicy note underneath. It’s still a very dark brew, but it doesn’t look like coffee this time.

Ah yes, the taste is much much better this time too! I think I said my original guess as to a rating would probably be around 75-80 points, but I think I’ll give it a little more than that. As horribly bitter as it can get when not done right, as lovely it will be when it is.

There is an Assam-y/Ceylon-y note and there is also the one that I think is Darjeeling, but it’s under control here. Instead of being overwhelming with the grass-y bitterness as in the two Fail pots, it’s lying under the surface, lending the blend a little freshness. Perky, even.

I’m not really sure where the Chinese blacks are in all this. I suspect they’re bullied out by the Indians and the Ceylon, cowering somewhere in a corner. There is a cocoa-y note somewhere in there, but it’s not very pronounced. It’s like a stealth note from the Chinese that doesn’t really come to its right.

It’s a nice blend if you can figure out how to brew it best, but given the amount of Fail it can be when not done right and how much experimenting I’ve had to do so far, I don’t think I’d ever really want to buy a larger quantity of it. Maybe a sample tin now and then, but that’s it, really. Give me a Chinese black any day. They’re less finicky.

Andreastt

Try their Grand Yunnan, if you want a black tea from China.

Angrboda

I’m not particularly interested in their plain unblended blacks, to be honest. I prefer chinese and I fulfill the majority of that need from Teaspring.

Andreastt

There’s only 1 unflavoured black tea from Kusmi Tea I love, and it is Russian Morning, also their Irish Blend is one of the worst unflavoured teas I have tasted…

Angrboda

I found the Samovar blend quite nice, but then again I have a bias towards smoky teas. :)

Andreastt

I love smoky teas :) Also their Smoky Earl Grey is quite tasty, because it got some freshness in the aftertaste…
Imperial Label is also very, very good, but it’s very underrated!! What a shame.

Angrboda

I’ve had the smoky earl grey once when visiting friends who lived in Paris at the time. I can’t remember much about it as I wasn’t paying that much attention to it at the time, but it’s the only EG that I’ve actually had any interest in actually purchasing. Haven’t done it yet, though. Found a shop where they have a large selection but the Smoky Earl Grey was only available as either the large 250g tin or some sort of loose weight fill-it-yourself bag with no way of knowing how many times the canister had been opened and how many hands, washed or unwashed, had been in it. For that sort of thing I tend to prefer the clerk measuring out, rather than help yourself. Mix your own sweets and fruit/veg that I’d rinse anyway are really my only exception to that.

Joe Maliga

No Darjeeling in the Russian Morning No. 24. It’s in the Irish Blend, which Kusmi states is Assam And Darjeeling.

Angrboda

Really? I remember it tasting very Darjeeling-y at the time, but they’re not super-informative about details in their description. ‘Tea from India’ is a pretty wide concept, really.
I haven’t tried the Irish Blend, I don’t think, but if it contains only Assam and Darj. I think I might steer clear of it. I’m not super-fond of Indian to be honest. I much prefer Chinese.

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Andreastt

Try their Grand Yunnan, if you want a black tea from China.

Angrboda

I’m not particularly interested in their plain unblended blacks, to be honest. I prefer chinese and I fulfill the majority of that need from Teaspring.

Andreastt

There’s only 1 unflavoured black tea from Kusmi Tea I love, and it is Russian Morning, also their Irish Blend is one of the worst unflavoured teas I have tasted…

Angrboda

I found the Samovar blend quite nice, but then again I have a bias towards smoky teas. :)

Andreastt

I love smoky teas :) Also their Smoky Earl Grey is quite tasty, because it got some freshness in the aftertaste…
Imperial Label is also very, very good, but it’s very underrated!! What a shame.

Angrboda

I’ve had the smoky earl grey once when visiting friends who lived in Paris at the time. I can’t remember much about it as I wasn’t paying that much attention to it at the time, but it’s the only EG that I’ve actually had any interest in actually purchasing. Haven’t done it yet, though. Found a shop where they have a large selection but the Smoky Earl Grey was only available as either the large 250g tin or some sort of loose weight fill-it-yourself bag with no way of knowing how many times the canister had been opened and how many hands, washed or unwashed, had been in it. For that sort of thing I tend to prefer the clerk measuring out, rather than help yourself. Mix your own sweets and fruit/veg that I’d rinse anyway are really my only exception to that.

Joe Maliga

No Darjeeling in the Russian Morning No. 24. It’s in the Irish Blend, which Kusmi states is Assam And Darjeeling.

Angrboda

Really? I remember it tasting very Darjeeling-y at the time, but they’re not super-informative about details in their description. ‘Tea from India’ is a pretty wide concept, really.
I haven’t tried the Irish Blend, I don’t think, but if it contains only Assam and Darj. I think I might steer clear of it. I’m not super-fond of Indian to be honest. I much prefer Chinese.

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Ang lives with Husband and two kitties, Charm and Luna, in a house not too far from Århus. Apart from drinking tea, she enjoys baking, especially biscuits, reading and jigsaw puzzles. She has recently acquired an interest in cross-stitch and started a rather large project. It remains to be seen whether she has actually bitten off more than she can chew…

Ang prefers black teas and the darker sorts of oolongs. She has to be in the mood for green and white, and she enjoys, but knows little to nothing about, pu-erh.

Her preferences with black teas are the Chinese ones, particularly from Fujian, but also Keemun and just about anything smoky. She occasionally enjoys Yunnans but they’re not favourites. She has taken some time to research Ceylon teas, complete with reference map, and has recently developed some interest in teas from Africa.

She is sceptical about Indian blacks as she generally finds them too astringent and too easy to get wrong. She doesn’t really care for Darjeelings at all. Very high-grown teas are often not favoured.

She likes flavoured teas as well, particularly fruit flavoured ones, but also had an obsession with finding the Perfect Vanilla Flavoured Black and can happily report that this reclusive beast has been spotted in a local teashop near where she works. Any and all vanilla flavoured teas are still highly attractive to her, though. Also nuts and caramel or toffee. Not so much chocolate. It’s a texture thing.

However, she thinks Earl Grey is generally kind of boring. Cinnamon and ginger are also not really a hit, and she’s not very fond of chais. Evil hibiscus is evil. Even in small amounts, and yes, Ang can usually detect hibiscus, mostly by way of the metallic flavour of blood it has.

Ang is not super impressed with rooibos or honeybush on their own. She doesn’t care for either, really, but when they are flavoured, they go usually go down a treat.

Ang used to have a Standard Panel of teas that she tried to always have on hand. She put a lot of thought into defining it and decided what should go on it. It was a great idea on paper, but in practise has been discovered to not really work as well.

Ang tries her best to make a post on Steepster several times a week. She tends to write her posts in advance in a word doc (The Queue) and posting from there. This, she feels, helps her to maintain regularity and stops her from making five posts in three days and then going three weeks without posting anything at all.

Angrboda is almost always open to swapping. Just ask her. Due to the nature of the queue, however, and the fact that it’s some 24 pages long at the moment, it may take a good while from she receives your parcel and until she actually posts about it.

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