220 Tasting Notes
Unbrewed leaves smell sweet, and almost floral.
Brewed, it’s a yellow liquor. Not too veggy, not too astringent. Not too anything really. Very basic, not unpleasant, but not that really impresses.
I’ll drink the rest of the sample, but I probably won’t reorder – it just doesn’t make an impression.
Before brewing, the leaves have a sweet, molasses-like scent that reminds me of good pipe tobacco.
After brewing, it becomes a light, but slightly smokey, good basic black. It stands up on its own without sweetening or milk/cream. It can steep forever in my Lock & Lock tea bottle where the leaves stay in, and it doesn’t get bitter.
This is my go-to at work for something that can be taken straight, allowed to cool off and still taste good.
I’m beginning to think Kusmi can do no wrong with black teas. This is the 4th I have tried, and it’s very good. Latte’d it up today, because it’s just one of those days where you’re lucky I got out of bed. I did take a few straight sips that seemed like they’d be ok if I weren’t in That Mood.
Forgot my tea bottle this morning, and didn’t feel like dealing with loose leaves with the metal basket for the mug I keep at work. So I grabbed one of these, tossed it in a cup, and after brewing went with a packet of splenda and a little creamer tub. Basic coffee room fare. It was all right, but I really wanted some loose Keemun.
Got a single teabag of this as a sample with my Kusmi order. Wouldn’t mind one more to try it again in more controlled circumstance. Making it at work didn’t result in a likeable cup.
Was very grassy, and the mint had the “wet washrag” taste I’ve referred to before, that I get with some herbs.
Small tin from the Russian sampler. Drinking plain, no cream, no sugar. In my Lock & Lock Double Wall Tea Bottle, which means the leaves stay in it.
On smelling the unbrewed tea, I was a little doubtful. It smells like candy from an old lady’s purse, or something. But it seemed like there was potential there.
On brewing, that scent goes away, and I’m left with an Earl Greyish taste that doesn’t jump up and slap you in the face. Good for a morning where I want a gradual return to awareness, instead of something to wake me up right now.
It’s morning, and my allergies are kicking my boo-tay.
This tastes a little burnt instead of like carmel. Just an undertone though, not enough to make me not like it.
I’ll have to try it on the weekend when I can brew it in something I can remove the leaves from.
I wish this tea had the ability to let me go back to bed and start the day over.
I purchased some tea from Kusmi, one part of the order being their Russian sampler. This is part of that sampler.
Hubs actually requested some Earl Grey this morning, so I made him a latte with my Adagio. I could probably use up the countless EG tea bags I have on him, but when I’m making tea, scooping and smelling are part of the ritual. To make good tea for me and mediocre for him… Eh. I should just take the bags to work for other people.
So back to the Prince. This stuff smells wonderful – I’m not sure what element of it is so pleasing to me, but it might be the grapefruit. I’ve not had that in tea before, so that might be why my brain doesn’t analyze it as grapefruit.
I went latte with mine too, probably should have tried it straight for the first tasting (though I did take a quick straight sip to get room for the milk – brewing in a cup with a basket doesn’t leave enough room for frothing! – and that was good). It’s not as intense as EG, which I thought it might be similar to, but it doesn’t have the bite that EG always seems to have. I think hubby might like this. I know I do.
So between the Captain the other day, and the Prince today, I’m hanging around with some title people lately. ;)