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I’m drinking this one as a latte today – clearly that’s what I’m about this morning! I actually started my sample tin yesterday, when I was out of the office running an event. I prepared that just like I would any black tea – 1 tsp of leaf in boiling water for 4 minutes, finished off with a splash of milk. I enjoyed it – it has a pleasant spiciness that really helped to warm me up on a chilly morning. I really, really enjoy chai as a latte, though. It’s probably one of my favourite things in the world, if I’m honest. For this cup, I used 2 tsp of leaf in half a cup of boiling water, topped up with hot milk. It’s sufficiently spicy that the milk doesn’t drown it, and I can easily pick out clove, cardamon, ginger and cinnamon. The black tea base is smooth and inconspicuous, which is nice in this case because it really lets the spices shine.
I find this to be a fairly mild chai. It doesn’t have anything to give it any real heat – no pepper, chili, etc. I don’t always want that in a chai, but it adds an extra dimension. This one is moderately spicy, not too in-your-face, and the milk gentles it still further. It’s a comforting, warm hug of a cup. Just what I need right now, basically. I’m happy with this one!
I received this tea from MissB I have a horrid cold and decided perhaps this might make me feel slightly better. The silly thing is, I neglected to look this up before steeping it, because I was hurrying. I thought it was only a mate. I hadn’t the faintest clue that there was any green tea in this blend! So I brewed it as if it were a mate, and even let it steep a little longer than usual. Luckily for me it didn’t turn out half bad! I feared after finding out that it was partially green tea that it would be dreadful, due to brewing it at a much higher temp and longer time than is ideal for greens. Honestly though, that was not at all the case. It tastes only of strong lemongrass flavour with a hint of mate in back of the sip. Not bad at all. :)
Sometimes I feel like I’m having to try to read my own mind, which sounds easy but is surprisingly complicated. Particularly when the mind reading has to occur retroactively.
In sorting the stash I came across several non-blended, non-flavored Kusmi teas. This is one of them. I can’t remember what I was thinking when I ordered them. Kusmi’s plain teas haven’t been much discussed on Steepster, so I can only surmise that I was curious about them and decided to order a few.
This is a pretty typical darjeeling, with winey notes in the dry leaves and steeped tea aroma and flavor. What I like about this one is that the notes aren’t overly sharp. The tea is smooth and easy to drink. It’s slightly astringent.
There’s also another note, less typical of the darjeelings I’ve experienced. Something that is reminiscent of cocoa. A deeper, rounder, sweeter aroma and flavor than some of the very Muscatel-y ones.
I’ve had at least one other Makaibari tea, a second flush from Todd & Holland. Steepster says that this Kusmi one is a first flush, but I can’t find the Makaibari on the Kusmi US site anymore so I can’t get more information.
I don’t know whether the difference in flavor is because of the first flush vs. second flush thing or something else, but I like this one better.
Flavors: Astringent, Cocoa, Muscatel, Smooth, White Wine
Yum! I can’t get enough of this tea. The slightly smoky flavour makes this a really nice mid-morning or mid-afternoon tea. The only thing that would make this tea better for me would be if the smoky flavour was a bit stronger.
Flavors: Smoke, Smooth
Received a gift pack that included a small 25g tin of this.
Has a very fragrant aroma of rich mixed spice, and brews into a pleasant golden sheen. Drank the first cup with half a sugar, as I drink most teas, but the added spices and flavour meant I easy drank it neat with no complaints.
I’ve had this a few times now and it’s been pretty much the same experience each time. It’s a drinkable sencha but it’s not as juicy as some I’ve had. The dry leaf is very fine and tends toward a grassy fragrance. The steeped tea is yellowish green, with some floaters (the fine leaves of sencha always do this when I steep in the Breville).
The steeped tea doesn’t have a strong aroma, just a light grassy/hay thing going on.
I don’t find the tea as flavorful as some senchas I’ve had. It’s not bitter, but not sweet. It has a vaguely hay like note, not vegetal, not buttery.
It’ll be easy to sip down when I want a green tea but don’t want to think about it too much.
Bought this in Paris CDG Airport at the departure lounge. I was so sad I wasn’t able to buy teas from Mariage Freres. I thought this smelled nice – not too perfumey. I like teas with bergamot and vanilla. However when I tried this tea I was a little disappointed. Nothing special about this tea – can’t taste the spices. The black tea was very powerful that I can’t even taste vanilla. I don’t know, maybe I steeped for too long. I’m giving this another try.
This tea is so well rounded, I can’t find edges of flavors to define. There may be some vanilla, but it blends so seamlessly into the subtle spicy notes that I can’t quite be sure. I prefer my teas to have more bite, but this one would do to fit a somber mood.
Flavors: Spices, Vanilla
I didn’t recall that I had a couple of Kusmi green teas. I found them when I did the “inventory.” This is the first time I’ve tasted this one.
The brown roasty leaves smelled like fried rice in the tin. The tea has a ricey, roasty aroma that runs right up to nutty.
The liquor is clear and a light yellow with a coppery tinge.
It’s been a while since I had a hojicha that didn’t seem to taste like dust because it was past its prime, but this one, fortunately, kept well in its multiple layers of sealant (interior cellophane, tin, exterior cellophane). It’s tasty; less ricey than its aroma and nuttier, with a caramel note that is subtle but pleasant.
I’ll be sad when I’ve sipped down my Japanese teas. I’m still hesitant to eat sushi or buy any food products from Japan. No one is talking about the nuclear reactor anymore but the last I heard, it was still giving radiation off into the ocean. I haven’t googled it recently, though.
Flavors: Caramel, Nutty, Rice, Roasted
A complete tea novice – I received a few samples for Christmas so just beginning my discovery journey.
I’m steeping my tea in a Bodum Yo-Yo infuser cup. Water today is from the hot water boiler in my office with a splash of cold, so temperature is approximate.
I have a sweet tooth (take 2 sugars in breakfast tea) but felt no need to sweeten this tea.
This tea was flavoursome without being overpowering.
Flavors: Cardamon, Cloves, Licorice
I won’t get through large quantities quickly even for teas I really enjoy so I took a bit of risk in buying 125g of this having not tried it before (or even smelled it for that matter). I have enjoyed Kusmi’s fruit flavouring in the past, so I decided to give them the benefit of the doubt.
No regrets here. This is delicious and fully makes up for the fact that I decided not to get any strawberry green. I do find it a tad bit watery, but I can probably fix that as I play around with my ample supply. A delicious current flavour while drinking with a delightful strawberry/raspberry aftertaste that is just the right amount of tart. Can’t say I really get cherry (though I can kind of see it now that I know it’s supposed to be there), but cherry is my least favourite out the the four fruits anyway.
Flavors: Fruity, Raspberry, Strawberry, Tart
I found it hard to place the flavour of this at first—sweet, floral, maybe a little vegetal—but it reminded me of something. About half way through I figured it out—it reminds me of lemon gelato (which sounds like the oddest thing, but I couldn’t throw the comparison). Good. Probably wouldn’t buy it.
Flavors: Floral, Lemon, Sweet, Vegetal
Om nom nom. This tea is just with cream, not eggnog. I bet it would be GREAT with eggnog.
But still, it’s tea. And I made it at work. And I’m drinking it while sitting on my computer looking busy during this super quiet holiday time. So that’s super exciting.
And I’ve been extended through January which is pretty rad. So there will be more work-tea-drinking in the future!
(2 tea bags in 16 oz water, hot water from the water filter system thing…)
I bought this tea on a whim at an estate sale because while I’ve been drinking Kusmi teas for ~5 (?) years, I hadn’t seen this one before and because it smelled amazing. I loved it, and was then on a mission to find it again, only to learn it’s been discontinued by Kusmi. I wrote Kusmi about this to confirm, and they said yes, but that they would be coming out with a seasonal tea that would be similar to Petrushka.
So, when black friday came around, and Kusmi offered a free mini tin of Tsarevna with any purchase, I presumed Tsarevna is the replacement. No, unfortunately not. I’ll just hope that Kusmi revives Petrushka at some point in the not-so-distant future.
Interesting name. I would have thought a tea named Anastasia would pretty much be lemon though. I’m not really a fan of citrus teas. If I liked citrus I’d probably like this. Like the cloth tea bag. That’s different. Tried to like this one bit really don’t. Not enough bergamot for an earl grey. Can’t even really taste it.
I received some of this tea from QueenOfTarts in her stash sale. Thank you!
I really really really want to like Kusmi teas. I am not sure why, the tins maybe? I had Russian Breakfast #24 a long while ago and loved it so I have been trying some of their Russian flavored teas every since. Nothing has really hit me as that great. This one is the same and I think it is because I just do not like the base tea. This is another base that just taste like cardboard to me and because I don’t like the base whatever flavor is on top of it just gets jumbled up. Oh well. It is always good to find teas I do not care for. I am glad I got to try this one at least. I am still curious if I still like Russian Morning #24 or if it was just because I had just started drinking tea. Hopefully I will get to try that one again.