350 Tasting Notes
Thé des Amants : what a promise ! Amant in French is not Amoureux…It is a little bit more sulfurous…so I was expecting a very strong tea, spicy and sweet.
I sniffed this tea in a shop and adored the perfume : very strong, spicy and fruity …I picked up apple and cinnamon.
However I am always happy to see pieces of fruits mixed with a blend and not only essential oils.
Of course I bought it and brewed it immediatly…
Well…all the flavours were there apple, cinnamon, vanilla (not a very strong vanilla), almond too.
The only problem is with the tea itself : so weak, light-bodied. So light that I came back in the kitchen to read again on the sachet : black tea…oh really ?
That’s a pity because the flavours are very present and nice but I had more the feeling to drink a very good and tasteful tisane rather than a black tea.
So I rebrewed another time with more leaf and steeped it 1 min more but it developped a little bitterness I didn’t like.
Please Palais des Thés, reconsider your recipe and use a stronger-bodied tea base for this one : it could become a very great tea.
Second note for this tea.More indulgent.
Thé des rois mages was the only tea remaining in my office this morning. Don’t know what I did this week end but simply forgot to refill my empty tins for work.
The dry leaf was promissing as any Kusmi tea : the head note was spicy very spicy (clove I think)
I found this tea too mild the first time, so I added more leaf and left it steep longer this time.
It was better,really better.
But it is supposed to be Xmas tea…and my reference for this is Esprit de Noël de Mariage Frères. Let’s say we are very far from any Christmas Spirit with this one. Still too mild.Lack of perfumes to my opinion.
So I did an heresy…but a typical French sacrilege…I dove my croissant in this tea…not bad !
This tea is a gift from a friend of mine. She bought it at the Picadilly store when she visited London.
I took all the caution for the preparation and as I read on tin (in very small characters) that it was a strong tea, I decided not steeping it too long.
Good idea, because it is really a strong tea ! Waouh it’s a real breakfast tea : it sounds the bugle to ensure you are awake.
The palate is heavily malted with a light bitterness after taste. No doubt it’s robust as assam can be.
I had it plain with sugar and I liked it but I’d like to try with a cloud of milk next time.
well…it’s not a tea but “une eau de fruit” en français dans le texte…let’s say something similar to a tisane but really stronger in taste…closer to a decoction.
This eau du verger is really incredible ; it is really just like you are drinking a sorbet (a hot sorbet !)
you can see like real big pieces of fruits mixed with herbs : apples & orange- flowers as well : marygold. other aroms are peach, pear & strawberry.
The head note for me is really red fruits.
It is delicious and I am impatient to taste it iced as well.
The taste is strong so it may be not necessary to put too much leaf in the cup.
I have a special story with this tea.
Few years ago I had the habit to drink Earl grey every morning at work.I liked tea especially because I was not a great coffee drinker.
I was buying any type of Earl Grey in tea bags and often very cheap ones (I was drinking a lot of cups !)
One day I had a cup of one of this cheap Earl Grey and just behind a cup of Twinning’s Earl Grey…it was a revelation ! The difference of taste was so evident.
I understood I had to taste and explore other teas and I began from this date to increase my interest for teas and began to use almost exclusively loose leaf tea.
Even if I know Twinning’s Earl grey is made of “dust in bags”, I should thank twinning for the electroshock. However it is a “regular” tea, classic, made to be appreciated by many publics.
This is a very comfortable tea and it is quite nice.
I continue drinking it some morning at the office when I am stuck with an empty tea tin and by the way need to buy tea at the local supermarket.
Well, how to say that in English…the word BOF in French is exactly the expression of my feeling about this tea.
I cannot say I like it but cannot say the inverse.
I recognize some qualities but I am very disapointed by the difference between the smell of dry leaf and what I get in my cup.
Maybe too much caramel vs red fruits for me.
Opening the tin, it is a fireworks of colours : yellow and blue flowers everywhere mixed with loose-leaf. This is very beautiful.
The smell is amazing : to me the head note is apricot, more than peach but both are present. I cannot smell any fig even if Mariage says there is fig in this tea.
The steeped tea was amber and the taste is really very sweet. So sweet that it makes this tea a little bit strange because as Rijje said we can just feel a very thin bitterness behind it.
Boléro is really a very strange and adorable tea.
I tried it iced as well and it is really appropriate too.
Anastasia is such a promissing name…full of mystery like the story of the last imperial Russian family
In my mug, each time, I am impressed by the amber colour of this tea…bringing me back to Russia again , St Petersbourg… The Amber room…
It’s clearly a bergamot tea but citrus notes are predominant to my opinion.
Even if bergamot + citrus is often used in a lot of tea’s composition, the mix of these two flavours makes this Kusmi tea’s original composition absolutely unforgettable and unique.
Of course, you need to be a bergamot unconditionnal lover…this is my case.
I am generally not impressed by Kusmi (except by their tins) , Anastasia is one of the rare exception and is really my favourite Kusmi’s creation.
So perfumed and so sweet in the same time.