276 Tasting Notes

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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.

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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.

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

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drank Troika by Kusmi Tea
276 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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67
drank Caramel by Kusmi Tea
276 tasting notes

Drinking plain.

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.

Glumph.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Prince Vladimir by Kusmi Tea
276 tasting notes

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. ;)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank St Petersburg by Kusmi Tea
276 tasting notes

This is a sample from my Kusmi order. I got a sampler tin, and I think this is in that too, so hopefully I like it :D

Smells good, tastes good. Better notes once it cools and I’m done with work stuff. :)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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I don’t like coconut in foodstuffs, generally. Something about the texture of shredded coconut on my teeth just hits me wrong. And generally the scent is overwhelming.

But I find that I actually like it in tea, strangely enough. Well, tea, and a coconut milk cooked rice that I’ve had here and there, but I digress.

Had this today iced with a packet of splenda, no milk. Got it too sweet but otherwise, pretty refreshing.

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

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Oh
My
Gods.

Captain Assam, where have you been all my life?

I drank the second cup as a latte. It’s way too late for caffeinated beverages, so I’m going to lie awake tonight. But I’ll be fantasizing about the Captain whilst doing so.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more
DaisyChubb

mmm good choice!

Skulleigh

Thanks! :) I had the remainder iced and plain this morning and it was good that way too!

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So this is my first time trying a loose tea from a higher end company. I’ve had Twinings, and Mighty Leaf, and Adagio. Now this.

First impressions – man, I love their sense of design. Just opening the box was a treat. Then to open the tins (I got the set with this and the Mermaid’s tea). An A&D patch, temporary tattoos, and the art on the tins. It’s all so awesome!

This tea itself – the leaves look and smell so good. It reminded me in scent of the Keemun Rhapsody I have, which is my current favorite. I steeped this in my IngenuiTea, for the prescribed 4 minutes, and then immediately added water after decanting it into my little glass teapot for admiration. It’s a beautiful color, a deep golden brown.

Taste – the first sip had a little bitter undertone that worried me, but it doesn’t stick around. I think I’ll try a lower temperature for the next brewing. Still, very enjoyable. I’m drinking this cup straight. I definitely look forward to trying a little milk and cream. I think that will be delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Used up my last of the sample I got today. I really like this iced. It’s great unsweetened, very smooth and fruity. I might actually get more of this, but I think I’ll see if anyone out there has a Peach Ginger in a loose leaf tea.

Steeped this while driving to the fast food joint (not my first choice, but I realized in the car that I had forgotten my wallet, and scrambled for change in the console) and back. Still good, no bitterness. I had gotten a cup of ice with my order and dumped it in to cool it.

Really good with my salad and sandwich.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more

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When I was a very young child, I swallowed an ice cube whole. It got stuck in my throat, and my mother had me drink hot tea to melt it away. That started a love affair with tea that has never abated.

I dabbled with Celestial Seasonings and other grocery store teabags for awhile, in my young and foolish days. But a few years ago, my husband got me a tea of the month subscription from Adagio, and I found that there was a whole other world of tea out there that I had never experienced.

I love drinking tea, and I love the personal ceremony of making a glass or pot of tea for myself. It’s like a meditation.

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