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75
drank Darjeeling No. 37 by Kusmi Tea
25 tasting notes

Oh my goodness I have something in my eye and I simply cannot get it out! What a horrible thing to contend with while trying to work at my computer this afternoon. :(
Anyway, I had this Darjeeling the other day and thought it was quite nice. It had the body of a high quality black but with some light and fresh muscatel and floral notes. It surprised me that it could be this lovely coming from a tea sachet. If I hadn’t prepared it I would swear it was loose leaf.

Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Muscatel

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank BB Detox by Kusmi Tea
201 tasting notes

I bought a tin of this when I went to New York at the end of last month! I’ve been still drinking lots of tea in the interim, but I’ve been really bad about logging. Some of it is also simply because I’ve been drinking down some of my Golden Tea Tips subscription and am too lazy to input new teas into the system.

This tea is very herbally grapefruit, and interestingly, how the flavors come across really depends on what you’re using to drink it from. I find that the Mate and the rooibos come across more strongly when I’m drinking it from a thermos (which I usually am), but that the green is predominate when I’m using a large mug. The caffiene level on this one isn’t quite the kick that I was hoping for, but it’s ok. I get alot of grapefruit and lemongrass from this tea. It’s ok, not my favorite, but a fairly easy drinker.

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90
drank Anastasia by Kusmi Tea
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Flavors: Earl Grey, Orange Blossom

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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88
drank Four Red Fruits by Kusmi Tea
15 tasting notes

This tea is full of rich fruity flavours. The raspberry flavour comes through particularly well. I find this a high quality tea that suits both mornings and afternoons. Definitely a staple in my collection.

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65
drank Prince Vladimir by Kusmi Tea
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Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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Monthly TTB Club.

I didn’t really care for this. It was pleasantly citrusy, but I didn’t like the way it blended with the green tea, and I really disliked the licorice root.

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75
drank Algothé by Kusmi Tea
15 tasting notes

This tea has a very strong mint scent. Its taste reflects its scent, being refreshing and minty. However, Algothe is different from any other mint tea I’ve tasted, most probably due to the combination of green tea and seaweed. This combination makes the tea unique and especially rich in flavour. Overall, I find this a delicious, full bodied mint tea.

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60
drank Boost by Kusmi Tea
15 tasting notes

This tea is full of flavour. Unfortunately, I’m not very fond of its taste. It’s a rich tea and I can clearly taste the cinnamon. As a matter of fact, the tea smells a bit like cinnamon cookies, but it tastes nothing like the way it smells. I don’t think the flavours in this tea go together very well (especially the combination of spices and the mate tea). For that reason, I would not drink this tea again.

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58

Usually, I am a fan of lemon and ginger green teas, in fact it is one of my favourite kinds of green tea. However, unfortunately this type by Kusmi tea did not live up to my expectation of it. Instead of being light and fresh I have experienced it as smoky and bitter. I’ve tried brewing it in different ways and have drank it many times to give it a fair shot, but I’ve never grown to like it, instead, I dislike it more with every cup. I think I’m just going to get rid of it. I wish I could give it to someone keen to try it, but I don’t think it’s worth sending a package all the way across the Atlantic ocean, if only it was that bit better. Oh well.

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75

This tastes like potent candied citrus notes because of the the bergamot; can also detect notes of berries, and sweet notes of caramel. Interesting tea but not my taste. It makes me want to visit France and see Kusmi’s full selection though!

Flavors: Bergamot, Berries, Caramel, Citrus

Tealover

Have you tried any of the other Russian Kusmi tea blends? I really love the series!

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90
drank Anastasia by Kusmi Tea
15 tasting notes

This tea is a staple in my collection and one that I drink on a daily basis, preferably in the morning, as it helps wake me up. Although the tea does have a fragrance of lemon, the taste of lemon is not always that noticeable, often only surfacing in the after-taste. Nonetheless, I think Anastasia is a timeless earl grey, whose hints of lemon enrich it and set it apart from other earl grey teas.

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82
drank Boost by Kusmi Tea
43 tasting notes

I really liked it! Now, I’m not sure it really has a boosting effect (I suppose that drinking pure maté would work better) but I still reached for it for its nice cardamom and ginger taste.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Ginger

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64

I didn’t like this one so much. Took me a while to finish it.

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drank Assam GFOP by Kusmi Tea
1835 tasting notes

Courtesy of Nicole, trying a new wakey-uppey today. First adjective that came to mind after a threeish-fourish minute steep was clean. Interesting to see that her tasting note, which I read after I jumped to that conclusion, used the same word. Great minds!

The longer it stands, the more prominent the good ol’ Assam rye-and-raisin flavor becomes. Would be good with milk. (Can I go home to get some and just stay there today?)

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80
drank Kashmir Tchai by Kusmi Tea
43 tasting notes

Really good!

The cardamom taste is quite prominent so it’s not the kind of tea that I would drink very often (my 100g is taking me ages to finish) but, still, when I drink it, I really enjoy it.

Flavors: Cardamon

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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60
drank Prince Vladimir by Kusmi Tea
43 tasting notes

I don’t know if the lady at the shop used the wrong temperature or what, but this solely tasted like a strong black tea. I couldn’t decipher any trace of vanilla or citrus fruits or spices. I’m quite disappointed as this is one of Kusmi Tea’s most famous blend.

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drank Anastasia by Kusmi Tea
255 tasting notes

Monthly TTB Club.

This is a good tea, but not quite to my tastes. I prefer my earl grey with either a stronger floral flavor, or with vanilla or cream flavors. But I would recommend this to anyone who likes citrus black teas. It has a mild flavor, isn’t bitter, and the flavors come together well and taste very natural. I won’t restock, since it’s not my favorite tea, but I do recommend it for anyone looking for this kind of flavor.

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100
reviewed French Mug by Kusmi Tea
2 tasting notes

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60

Wishing this packed more of a punch. This cup had some ginger, and not much lemon. Mostly tasted like drinking a cup of hot water. Maybe I’m just used to stronger teas. Happy there was no bitterness though.

Flavors: Ginger

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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60

Another that’s been sitting in the cupboard for two and a half years so I’d be interested to try some fresh.

Overall I found this kind of bitter. In the future I would try steeping it considerably less. Ginger and lemon notes were present, but I would have like a little bit more to shine through. Drinking this makes me go “well that’s an okay green tea” as opposed to “yum…lemon and ginger!” which is what I was hoping for. Wouldn’t be a repurchase based on this cup alone.

Update: I just made another cup of this steeping it for 2.5 minutes and the bitterness was much better.

Flavors: Bitter, Ginger, Lemon

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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55
drank Imperial Label by Kusmi Tea
105 tasting notes

I ended up buying this as part of a set of five Kusmi green teas about two and a half years ago before I knew anything about tea as a gift for my boyfriend. He got through about half the tin and it’s been sitting at the back of the cupboard ever since.

I ended up uprooting the set during a tea purge this afternoon and though “hey, this might be nice to try”. No idea what the flavour was like when fresh but this was pretty heavy on the citrus and cinnamon (which I mistook for ginger). I get a slight hint of licorice towards the end of the sip at the back of the tongue and down the throat. I usually avoid licorice teas out of personal dislike for the taste, but don’t usually mind it if it’s there.

I wouldn’t buy this again, mostly because of the licorice, but I’m happy I gave it a chance.

Flavors: Citrus, Licorice

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML
TeaBrat

I still have a tin of this sitting around I got a few years ago. I don’t like it either but it makes me feel better if I have a cold.

faybingler

I had a sore throat about a month ago; this would have been perfect.

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drank Bourbon Vanilla by Kusmi Tea
1299 tasting notes

Totally undrinkable. I dumped it. Hoping it’s just user error (I cleaned the teapot right before with white vinegar). This was so bad, I actually gagged.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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67

Sipdown! (26/330)

This came to me from KittyLovesTea – thanks, Kayleigh!

I’ve had this for quite a while now, but it didn’t excite me enough to write up a tasting note right away. I was craving earl grey this morning, and I need to get back on my sipdowns, so this was a good choice. The base is brisk and slightly astringent when drank plain, but perfect for a breakfast tea when sweetener and a splash of milk is added. I love a strong cup of tea in the morning. The scent of this tea is kinda muddled, and this was reflected in the flavours. The predominant note is bergamot, with indistinct citrus and indistinct floral notes in the background, although interestingly I think the floral notes longer longest, with something which is probably rose being the main aftertaste.

I really enjoyed this as a breakfast tea, despite the recommendation to drink it in the afternoon! Thanks again, Kitty.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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85

Bag: The muslin(cotton weave) tea bags are packaged in individual plastic foil backed bags. On the label they have the brew time and temperature in Celsius.
Tea: Brewed at about 175-180F for 3.5 minutes the tea is a light green color. Aroma was mild with a light floral scent and the scent of pine nuts. Flavor was a floral with a very mild vegetal taste common with green teas. Astringency was low.
Notes: This tea was from the Kusmi Tea Essentials pack of 24 teas, and each tea bag was about $0.94usd. I usually find Darjeeling teas too floral for my taste like eating a handful of flowers. This was just right though, I would buy a couple of oz.

Flavors: Floral, Nutty, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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