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drank Caramel by Kusmi Tea
1258 tasting notes

I can’t believe this is very nearly gone. Again. Only a little left to cover the bottom of the tin. And this is the 250g tin. Which followed the 125g tin.

So am I tired of it yet?

NO!

Now I’ll just have to figure out if I can save money on getting a refill bag from their webshop or if I might as well just buy a new tin. Depends on what their shipping rates and such are like. Or maybe I just don’t want to wait that long.

LauraR

Wow! I might need to order from them just to try this!

Paul M Tracy

Just about every review I read of a Kusmi tea seems to place it in very high regard. Looking at their website, I simply can’t decide where to start. It’s between this one, Spicy Chocolate and every single Russian.

Angrboda

Many Kusmis have that sort of ‘frenchness’ where added flavour isn’t overwhelmingly obvious. They’re more subtle and sometimes don’t really fully come out until on the swallow. I think you’ll have to like that in order to like Kusmi.
If you’re unsure where to start, I would start by just getting some sample tins if you can. They’re about 25g each, which is a generous size for a sample, I think. But after that the smallest tin is 125g, and that’s a lot of stuff if you find you don’t much like it.
I haven’t tried the spicy chocolate myself since I’m not a fan of spicy, but I grew utterly addicted to this one without even realising it. I bought a tin on a trip to Paris and polished it off in about a month. Shortly after (as soon as I could find it) I bought the 250g tin and that’s nearly gone too. It just disappeared so quickly! As for the Russians I had a sample set with six different ones and quite liked most of them. There was one that I absolutely did not like, but in spite of not being all that fond of Earl Grey and all of them containing bergamot in smaller or larger amounts, I found myself generally impressed. I would definitely recommend giving this brand a try.

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LauraR

Wow! I might need to order from them just to try this!

Paul M Tracy

Just about every review I read of a Kusmi tea seems to place it in very high regard. Looking at their website, I simply can’t decide where to start. It’s between this one, Spicy Chocolate and every single Russian.

Angrboda

Many Kusmis have that sort of ‘frenchness’ where added flavour isn’t overwhelmingly obvious. They’re more subtle and sometimes don’t really fully come out until on the swallow. I think you’ll have to like that in order to like Kusmi.
If you’re unsure where to start, I would start by just getting some sample tins if you can. They’re about 25g each, which is a generous size for a sample, I think. But after that the smallest tin is 125g, and that’s a lot of stuff if you find you don’t much like it.
I haven’t tried the spicy chocolate myself since I’m not a fan of spicy, but I grew utterly addicted to this one without even realising it. I bought a tin on a trip to Paris and polished it off in about a month. Shortly after (as soon as I could find it) I bought the 250g tin and that’s nearly gone too. It just disappeared so quickly! As for the Russians I had a sample set with six different ones and quite liked most of them. There was one that I absolutely did not like, but in spite of not being all that fond of Earl Grey and all of them containing bergamot in smaller or larger amounts, I found myself generally impressed. I would definitely recommend giving this brand a try.

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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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