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26 Tasting Notes

89

Black tea with oranges and who knows what else, the can says it’s got a vodka-like aroma and notes of orange and grapefruit, and they’re really not wrong. Described by a family member as the “Screwdriver” of teas, as it smells just like the popular mixed drink.

Once it’s brewed, however, the story changes. I tried it at 6 minutes (two above the encouraged 4 minute steep time) and it’s still a tad weak for my tastes. Tastes like standard black tea at first, but the finish is all oranges all the time. It’s like drinking warm orange juice, but with a tea twist. A great accompaniment to breakfast. I enjoyed this one, but need to let it steep a little longer next time.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Detox by Kusmi Tea
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Tastes the way freshly mown grass smells. No thanks. Glad this was a free sample.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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79

I can definitely taste the citrus more strongly in this than in its black counterpart. The green tea seems to add a smokiness that was not present in the black version, either. Red fruits are less present, but the caramel is here in force. An enjoyable cup.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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79

Almonds, vanilla and spices. Does what it says on the tin, but the tea manages to overpower the added flavours, and also taste somehow weak. It does not evoke a sense or the spirit of Christmas to me, so I think I prefer the French name. I swear I taste rooibos in this.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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96
drank Imperial Label by Kusmi Tea
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Love it. While I can’t taste much Sencha (or tea at all, really) in it, it definitely has a strong flavour that borders on sweet without crossing the dessert line. Smells as good as it tastes. I’ll definitely purchase this again.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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64

It claims to be “Earl Grey with citrus fruits and flower petals”. It tastes like an oddly spiced soup with lemon. Not at all like tea. I’m almost getting a hint of mushroom… an oddly savoury beverage. Not really my bag.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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86
drank St Petersburg by Kusmi Tea
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Tastes like a warm candied (caramel) apple, minus the sugar. I quite enjoy it, though it doesn’t feel like I’m drinking tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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66
drank Kashmir Tchai by Kusmi Tea
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It’s chai. Most reviews and such I saw online said it was radically different than a run-of-the-mill chai, but it simply isn’t. It tastes about on par with chais I can get far cheaper, so I shan’t be purchasing it again.

Not terrible, not even bad. Just uneventful. I expected more, but perhaps that’s due to reading up on it before trying it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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72
drank Anastasia by Kusmi Tea
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A weak Earl Grey, with lemon and other citrus. Move along. Nothing to see here. Probably a fine cuppa for those who want more of a citrus note to their Earl Grey, but I’m all about big, bold, boastful bergamot.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Prince Vladimir by Kusmi Tea
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Spices. Nuttiness. Warmth. Autumn in a glass. I love this tea, especially when it’s cold outside. I couldn’t see myself enjoying it in a warmer climate or during the summer. It tastes like sitting by a fire.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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