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drank Caramel by Kusmi Tea
1279 tasting notes

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Normally I make this with a water temperature of about 90°C, but on a whim today I tried lowering it even further to 80°C. I’m not sure why I did that. It was just one of those things.

I was craving this one today for some reason. My day went a whole lot better than yesterday, and I just figured some truly awesome tea would be a good thing to add to it.

Actually, that’s a lie. It was the vanilla from yesterday, really, that I fancied, but then I decided to do that thing with the temperature and thought it would be better to do that with one I knew inside and out and sideways so that I could really compare the results.

The result is that 80°C is too low for me. The tea seems a bit watery and weakly compared to my usual experience, as if it has not been able to fully develop during steeping. It lacks a lot of creamy-ness that it usually displays so prettily.

Okay, then. That’s useful knowledge. 90°C really is a very good temperature.

TeaBrat

this seems like the one from kushmi to try…

Angrboda

It’s my very very favourite from them and my perfect Caramel black. Bit subtle on the flavouring and the less than boiling temperature is important, though.

TeaBrat

I tried one at Samovar a few weeks ago, it was ok but I did not notice anything amazing…

Tamm

Seeing this made me want some of this so I brewed up a cup! :) mmmmm perfect for super-chilly November basement days.

cteresa

I have been looking for this, loose leaf, based just on your love it. Well, must check again the places where they usually have Kusmi loose leaf tea. Beautiful as Kusmi tins are, i do not want to invest too much, since so far me and Kusmi teas have not quite hit it off – though not for lack of trying on my part. But this one, ah it sounds like it might be the one for me.

Matt

My amazon wishlist thanks you. I look forward to this one!

Angrboda

Cteresa, unless you can find a sample tin of it, I think the smallest you can hope for is 125g. Alternatively, if you like, I can totally share a sample with you. :) Shoot me a pm if you are interested in that.

Matt, you are quite welcome. I hope you will like it. :)

cteresa

Ah, thank you so much for the offer, but I will keep looking. Some local places got 5 or 10 kg bags of Kusmi (and more usually Mariage Freres) tea which then they sell by the gram, the 50 gr is the usually minimum you can buy and quite reasonable a price to try (it´s usually around 70-80 euros a kilo for loose tea, so much more reasonable a way to try than a full tin. Though if you are going to not use it all very fast, it is better if kept in some airproof container) . Thank you so much for you, I will keep lobbying the local stores to have this particular Kusmi blend in that by-the-weight format.

Angrboda

Okeydoke. :)

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TeaBrat

this seems like the one from kushmi to try…

Angrboda

It’s my very very favourite from them and my perfect Caramel black. Bit subtle on the flavouring and the less than boiling temperature is important, though.

TeaBrat

I tried one at Samovar a few weeks ago, it was ok but I did not notice anything amazing…

Tamm

Seeing this made me want some of this so I brewed up a cup! :) mmmmm perfect for super-chilly November basement days.

cteresa

I have been looking for this, loose leaf, based just on your love it. Well, must check again the places where they usually have Kusmi loose leaf tea. Beautiful as Kusmi tins are, i do not want to invest too much, since so far me and Kusmi teas have not quite hit it off – though not for lack of trying on my part. But this one, ah it sounds like it might be the one for me.

Matt

My amazon wishlist thanks you. I look forward to this one!

Angrboda

Cteresa, unless you can find a sample tin of it, I think the smallest you can hope for is 125g. Alternatively, if you like, I can totally share a sample with you. :) Shoot me a pm if you are interested in that.

Matt, you are quite welcome. I hope you will like it. :)

cteresa

Ah, thank you so much for the offer, but I will keep looking. Some local places got 5 or 10 kg bags of Kusmi (and more usually Mariage Freres) tea which then they sell by the gram, the 50 gr is the usually minimum you can buy and quite reasonable a price to try (it´s usually around 70-80 euros a kilo for loose tea, so much more reasonable a way to try than a full tin. Though if you are going to not use it all very fast, it is better if kept in some airproof container) . Thank you so much for you, I will keep lobbying the local stores to have this particular Kusmi blend in that by-the-weight format.

Angrboda

Okeydoke. :)

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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.

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