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78
drank Violet by Kusmi Tea
241 tasting notes

So, my sister’s birthday was June 30th and I had purchased a 4.4 ounce tin of this tea for her with my Kusmi order a few weeks earlier. This was the tea she was most interested in when I showed her the website, so I figured it would make a nice little gift, especially since their tins are so cute. I didn’t mail it because I knew I was going to be coming to Kansas City soon (she lives here, too). So when I gave her the gift a couple of nights ago and she opened it, I took out a serving for myself and kept it until today. I’m going shopping with her and my mother later today, so I’ll definitely ask her what she thinks of this tea. Dry, this tea smells like floral candy – it’s very sweet. I did my usual French tea method – 1 tsp in 8 ounces of 200 degree water for 3 minutes.

I don’t think I paid much attention to the brewed aroma – oops. In the tea itself, the flavoring is quite mild, especially when it’s still hot. The black tea base is smooth and mellow, nothing special but unobtrusive and drinkable. I don’t consider myself to be terribly familiar with the smell or taste of violets, but it’s definitely a more delicate floral note than I generally encounter (rose, jasmine, etc.). There’s something about it that makes me think that these are sugared violets, not the fresh variety. I definitely get a candy flavor from this tea, even without sugar. I found it altogether pleasant enough, but not something that I would seek out or order. Then again, I’m not big on floral teas generally. :)

Flavors: Candy, Floral, Malt, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Stephanie

This one intrigues me :)

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93
drank Caramel by Kusmi Tea
1588 tasting notes

Sipdown! It was meant to be.

This tea was absolutely delicious. I had this HUGE tin, and I had swapped away some samples. But other than that, I had it ALL TO MYSELF! This was such a treat drinking this every morning. This is bittersweet, and I will miss you so much Caramel! I must move on as there are other teas waiting for me to try!

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72

Sipdown (140/147)!

Thank you VariaTEA for the sample! I ended up splitting it so I could send a cup worth off to Cameron B. in the swap we just did, but first I made my cup! I think I’ve had this one for quite some time; I honestly don’t remember when you send it to me/which packaged you sent it in, but I forgot I even had it until Cameron requested it.

I had to fish it out of my sample bag stored in the closet! Honestly I probably put it off because of the spice. Oops! It really wasn’t so bad though.

I added milk to my cup, and the resulting brew ended up tasting like really weak hot chocolate or watery chocolate milk, with this odd spicy/peppery aftertaste that tickled my throat. I wish I knew what spices specifically are in this one; I didn’t taste cloves, ginger or cardamom which are “common offenders”, but I did get some cinnamon-ish notes (another common guy). More interestingly though, I got peppercorn/chili pepper spice, but I didn’t see anything in the dry leaf that would indicate that. There was also a really faint bitterness to the black base, but I think I may have oversteeped it a little bit, and that could be what was contributing that taste.

Overall, I think I just wish it was a tad bit richer in the chocolate department, but on the whole it was better than I was expecting it to be. I hope Cameron enjoys it!

I still have 17 more tasting notes to write, but I’m really tired and it’s three in the morning, and what I’ve done tonight feels like an accomplishment, so I think I’ll pick up where I’m leaving off in the queue tomorrow when I get up. Hooray for having the day off and not having plans/errands to run!

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Peppercorn

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80

Soft and very easy-going…perfect to wake up gently ;-)
This being said, although there´s nothing wrong with this tea, I don´t rate it higher than 80 because according to my taste buds, it lacks some punch. I should really try to brew it the Russian style, and see how it works out that way…one day!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 300 OZ / 8872 ML

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drank Detox by Kusmi Tea
115 tasting notes

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drank Kashmir Tchai by Kusmi Tea
1375 tasting notes

Sipdown. I won’t be getting this chai again. It wasn’t bad, but just not good enough for me to pay $8 for a tiny tin.

I made it as an iced latte today, and have a couple ice cubes in the freezer made out of it, to drink later or tomorrow in some almond milk.

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93
drank Caramel by Kusmi Tea
1588 tasting notes

I am hitting the bottom of the tin! I cannot believe how fast I am drinking this tea. It is absolutely delicious! One of the best dessert teas (or dessert for breakfast!) I have tried. It is so good with or without milk/sugar.

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85

The thirst quenched with some iced tea, I put myself down to read a bit in my book, with a nice cuppa next to me…this tea is wonderful for all senses, starting with the lovely rather sweet smell of marzipan. A treat w/o gaining the pounds from eating marzipan ;-)

Flavors: Almond, Green, Marzipan

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

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drank Strawberry Green Tea by Kusmi Tea
409 tasting notes

I ran into the Kusmi New York store the other day maybe ten minutes before they closed. I was desperately trying to smell everything and decide if it was a must buy while the sales girl tried to hide her itching to go home. I picked up this tea and one other, but I was surprised that I wasn’t taken by more teas.

I’m having this one without sweetener and it has a bitter edge to it, a tang that gets the sides of my tongue and mingles with the green taste of the tea. There is also a very distinct strawberry scent that carries over into the taste. I may have over leafed this (a recent trend for me) and will have to adjust things in the future to find the perfect cup.

TeaBrat

jealous, I wish we had a Kusmi store in SF!

Brooklynsheep

Dustin, if you get there earlier next time, ask them to brew some of the tea you’re interested in; when I was there last, they offered this service — very small cups — for up to two teas!

Dustin

Cool, thanks! I do wish I had been able to get there earlier. Maybe on my next trip out here.

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75
drank Anastasia by Kusmi Tea
22 tasting notes

The smell is nice, and there are some nice flavors, citrus specifically. That said, it is basically a fancy pants Earl Grey tea. If you like Earl Grey, you will like this. I will pass.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

Opening the tin it might as well smell as the green variant of Kusmi´s St Petersburg, but that´s where it stops for me. This is gunpowder tea, which end up as an acceptable green tea, but most of the aroma´s (citrus fruits, especially vanilla and caramel) are gone! Need to drink it again, maybe changing the steeping parameters, because I cannot understand the good ratings by some people.

Flavors: Caramel, Citrus Fruits, Green

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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72
drank Apple by Kusmi Tea
186 tasting notes

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Flavors: Apple

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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75

Another tea I wouldn´t have picked (but it was one of the tins of the “afternoon” series by Kusmi), but I must admit it scores way better than other teas – a priori – of my preference. It smells really nice, fruity, and not in an artificial way as is the case with many aromatised black teas. In the taste this is mainly a black tea, with subtle hints of red fruit blending in nicely, therefore making this tea a good afternoon tea.

Flavors: Cherry, Raspberry, Strawberry

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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78

Actually, I was quite afraid of how this tea would turn out, so the first sip was a “delicate” moment, but it tasted alright. Spicy (in the sense of the Xmas teas) whereas the chocolate blends everything well together, without giving it too much sweetness or bitterness. Very forgiving as well when leaving the cup to cool down a bit…

Flavors: Chocolate, Spices

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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85

Wonderful green tea : the smell of the loose tea is pure nostalgy for me, and for once, this is only confirmed when drinking it! Normally green tea can be quite “boring” to me, but the almonds make it fun!

Flavors: Almond, Green

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Petrushka by Kusmi Tea
1 tasting notes

This tea I really don’t quite understand. I find it to be very weak and too floral. The taste to me does not line up with the ingredients. I often have to add to it with lemon and honey or add green or black tea to give it a strong enough flavor.

Flavors: Rose

Preparation
2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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85

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Flavors: Rose

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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70

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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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80

Yum, this is perfect right now. I wanted something a little refreshing and light after drinking a lot of black teas, and this is really hitting the spot. I did shorter (2 minute) steep for a lighter flavor and added some sugar. Delicious, light and just minty enough! Rating is getting a bit bumped. ;)

I’m suddenly very sad that I’m almost out of this one. Gave out too many samples! :P Luckily, I have quite a bit of Kusmi’s ginger lemon, and that fills a similar niche for me.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
boychik

I can send it your way in Sept

Cameron B.

I might take you up on that! We’ll see what the state of my cupboard is by then. :P I don’t consider myself a mint fan but it’s very nice to have for once in a while.

boychik

Pls feel free to remind me ;)

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drank Strawberry Green Tea by Kusmi Tea
2308 tasting notes

Good day Steepster!
This tea came in a swap from Cameron B. and I’m just getting around to trying it now.

Unfortunately I think I underleafed this one a bit, or rather I was overly optimistic with my water. I’m not getting a whole lot of strawberry flavor but it does seem somewhat citrusy and tart. Overall not impressed but it could be partially a user error – ha ha.

Anyway I won’t rate this one for now. Thanks again Cameron! It’s always fun trying new things.

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85

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Flavors: Caramel, Red Fruits

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 17 OZ / 500 ML

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75
drank Green Darjeeling by Kusmi Tea
1258 tasting notes

Queued post, written May 21st 2014

The second green tea today and the second ancient bag. This one was also from Fleurdelily and therefore a couple of… years… old. By a funny coincidence when I posted from the queue this morning that was also a post about a green darjeeling, a much newer one than this one, and having just read that post again, I can totally recognise it in this cup as well.

I’ll take that as a sign that this one carries its age quite well, then. It’s got that lemon pith-y bite to it on top of something that is sort of generically green tea. I shared some of the other green darj (the one I posted about this morning) with MissB who found it apricot-y. I can see what she means with that now. I think it’s mostly lemon pith-y, but I think it’s the same note that we experience slightly differently. I can totally see how it could be apricot-y.

This has a bit of a floral touch as well, which I thought the other one didn’t so much, but that could be differences in the harvests.

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80
drank Algothé by Kusmi Tea
186 tasting notes

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Flavors: Mint, Seaweed

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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85
drank St Petersburg by Kusmi Tea
241 tasting notes

Sad sad sipdown… :( Drinking the last cup of this make me want to regret sending out samples of it to several people. But then I remember how much tea I have… And then I get excited because I now have an empty tin to use! Hooray!

I still really like this one, even though I’ve tasted a lot of different things since I last had it. I do find myself needing to add sugar because of the bergamot, but that’s more of a personal preference and I don’t blame the tea. I wonder if the Kusmi store does refills on mini-tins… :D

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
boychik

I think it’s time to come down to NYC and have fun in Kusmi, H&S and David’s
I’m not sure about mini tin. Last time I refilled she just pour it in a kusmi logo bag

Nicole

I seem to recall asking about the mini tins and she told me only the large ones. But I could be misremembering.

Cameron B.

Nicole, I wouldn’t be surprised. It seems a lot of places are against their customers being able to buy small amounts of tea… Greedy jerks. :P

Nicole

Yeah, usually 1 ounce is perfect. 2 is okay but 3 and over is a lot for those of us who keep lots of varieties on hand… :)

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