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drank Verbena Mint by Kusmi Tea
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Yesterday, we went to the zoo. When we got there, we went into their restaurant and had some cake and hot beverages of choice. They had an offer for coffee and cake, but uncharacteristically I chose to have tea instead. Primarily, because I saw they sold Kusmi as their tea, rather than the average mediocre super-market tea brand. Even more uncharacteristically, I chose one which wasn’t even tea.

I’m not sure what made me go for this, but as I looked at their selection it was just the one that was standing out to me the most.

It was actually quite pleasant. It was a bit subdued in flavour, but I put that down to the rather non-optimal brewing conditions, and also the fact that I probably could have let it steep for longer than I did. Just… I was thirsty.

I’m not normally much of a big mint-fan, but this one was minty without tasting like a mouthful of toothpaste. It was not a minty tisane as much as it was a tisane with a fresh touch of mint to it.

I’m not very familiar with verbena, though. I’ve had it a few times before, but have no memory of what I thought of it. In this blend I couldn’t quite pick it out as an individual flavour, but it seemed to support that minty touch quite well, giving an overall flavour of something quite impossible to pin down but still very nice.

I was really quite pleased with my choice and I might choose it again if having tea out somewhere where they offer this brand. I probably wouldn’t buy it for myself though, because I can’t quite see myself drinking it at home very much.

Points given not on a general scale of nom-ness, but in comparison to my usual attitude towards herbals.

(Of course then when we came home, my next stop turned out to be at the emergency vet’s with Luna for re-stitching. Stupid cat. She’s home now, with new stitches and wearing a green bodystocking which makes her look frightfully silly. Hopefully this will be enough for her to have a chance to heal up properly.)

Vicki Guillem ☀

Is this a popular brand? I want to try it!

Angrboda

In Denmark, it’s getting relatively well known, although you won’t find it in most supermarkets. Some department stores have it and actual tea-shops tend to have a selection of it as well. Slowly, they seem to be getting out to cafes and such like.
I don’t know how common it is in America, I’m under the impression that it’s not as much, but that you might be lucky and find someone who sells it. If memory serves me right they should have an actual Kusmi shop in New York somewhere. But that’s just because one of the other Steepsterites visited it while on holiday or similar and I think they were in New York.

Winter Salo

I’m just so impressed that the Zoo serves such good quality tea, good on them! When I read the name of the tea all I imagine is drinking the verbena shower gel from L’Occitane because that’s the only thing I’ve ever had that’s been verbena scented and it is lovely and I could really imagine it as a tea (minus the shower gel part). I don’t think we have that brand in Melbourne but I’ll have to keep an eye out for verbena tea because you have intrigued me greatly!

I hope Luna’s stitches stay in place this time around. :)

Angrboda

They’re worming their way in at cafes and similar it seems. I can’t say I disapprove of that. :D

As for Luna, the little bodystocking seems to be doing the trick. She hates it and is leaving small smelly protests outside the catbox, but she actually passed Tummy Inspection today. :)

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Vicki Guillem ☀

Is this a popular brand? I want to try it!

Angrboda

In Denmark, it’s getting relatively well known, although you won’t find it in most supermarkets. Some department stores have it and actual tea-shops tend to have a selection of it as well. Slowly, they seem to be getting out to cafes and such like.
I don’t know how common it is in America, I’m under the impression that it’s not as much, but that you might be lucky and find someone who sells it. If memory serves me right they should have an actual Kusmi shop in New York somewhere. But that’s just because one of the other Steepsterites visited it while on holiday or similar and I think they were in New York.

Winter Salo

I’m just so impressed that the Zoo serves such good quality tea, good on them! When I read the name of the tea all I imagine is drinking the verbena shower gel from L’Occitane because that’s the only thing I’ve ever had that’s been verbena scented and it is lovely and I could really imagine it as a tea (minus the shower gel part). I don’t think we have that brand in Melbourne but I’ll have to keep an eye out for verbena tea because you have intrigued me greatly!

I hope Luna’s stitches stay in place this time around. :)

Angrboda

They’re worming their way in at cafes and similar it seems. I can’t say I disapprove of that. :D

As for Luna, the little bodystocking seems to be doing the trick. She hates it and is leaving small smelly protests outside the catbox, but she actually passed Tummy Inspection today. :)

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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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