2351 Tasting Notes
Kusmi Tea sampler 5/5
Bouquet of Flowers – I was leery of this from the get go due to the name and the fact that flowery teas do not tend to be my favorite. The aroma is definitely that of shower gel or soap but the flavor of this tea is not terribly unpleasant once you actually brew it up. Flowery with a touch of earl grey. Eh, it isn’t awful but I do not think I will need to buy it again.
Finally I am getting around to trying this today…
I brewed it Western style for around 3 minutes in an infuser mug with around 180 F water.
I’m eating this with a mango today and I don’t know if this is influencing my perceptions of the tea or not but it does seem a bit fruity to me. I am getting a lot of buttery richness and it is a very smooth brew. Slightly floral in the finish. I think perhaps I need to try it again when I am not eating it with a big bowl of fruit but my initial perceptions are pretty good.
I am not always such a huge fan of green teas but I am coming to like them a bit more as time goes by. I thought I would give this one a shot as I also like tropical fruit. I don’t know what kind of green tea is used here as the base but I am guessing dragonwell from the photo.
Steeped for about 2 minutes in 180 F water (I am guessing) and this is VERY fruity! Smells strongly of pineapple and a bit of passionfruit. I am curious as to what the blue flowers are here in this blend. It tastes predominately of pineapple and not too much of green tea. I was worried I would hate this after my Teavana Pineapple Kona Pop experience but I am actually kind of liking this.
I did manage to steep it a second time and there is definitely less pineapple and more tea but it is still quite tasty. I would definitely consider buying this again, especially for the summer. If you like tropical fruit you might want to give this one a shot.
This is quite a nice Da Hong Pao, especially given the price I paid for it which was only $6 an ounce. Considerably much less than some of the same types of tea I have been sampling from the region… but also not as complex and delicious as some other ones i’ve tried.
Regarding flavor it is mostly sweet and honeylike, exhibits some minerality and lots of stone fruit. Delicate flavor. Very peachy and juicy is how I would describe this one. Steeped at around 180 degrees for 2 minutes. I would recommend this for someone who is new to this style of tea as it is quite mellow and soothing. Beautiful amber color.
I might get some more of this as more of an everyday tea, it is quite a good value.
This was a staple time tea for me all last summer. I don’t drink a lot of white tea normally but this is quite a tasty blend of peach, tangerine and osmanthus flowers. I drink it hot and quite like it that way, but last night it got the cold brew treatment and I’m having it iced this morning. Sweet and refreshing.
It seems difficult to believe that I am the first person to log this but I did not see it in the database so I decided to add it…
So it was a late night last night and I am feeling kind of tired, I decided to pull his out of the cupboard and it was definitely a good choice. It’s a fair trade organic assam from Harney in one of cute little 4 oz tins. I like the tea tins because I will reuse them for other things once the original tea is gone and you can also recycle them.
This tea is delicious and smooth, not exceedingly malty and a tad bit brisk… bold but not too assertive. very nice. If tea was a comfort food this would be it for me, a great assam to gently wake me up.