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This one came from my Kusmi sampler, in one of the cute little tins they use for those. I’ve had no problem with the others, but I couldn’t open this one, try as I might. I had to get my Dad to take a look, and in the end he managed to pry it off with a spoon. It was a struggle, though, and a little odd. Anyway, this is actually the third time I’ve tried this one now. The first two were in my Timolino, and I didn’t log them because I was rushed and harassed when I drank them, and because I couldn’t recall the flavour very well later.
My third cup is getting a fairer reception. I was expecting an Earl Grey with a combination of citrus flavours, but that’s not really what it’s like. The base tea is a pleasant Ceylon, with its own citrus notes, and it brews up quite strong. I added a splash of milk to make it palatable. To taste, the main flavour I’m picking up is a fresh but slightly bitter lemon. After that comes the bergamot, but not as strongly as I expected, followed by a semi-sweet orange blossom flavour that’s actually very pleasant. There’s apparently supposed to be lime, but I can’t taste it at all.
While I like this one well enough, and find it a drinkable tea, I’m also a little underwhelmed. I wanted stronger, brighter citrus flavours on an EG/Ceylon base, and that’s not really what this is. It’s a half-hearted EG at best, and a little too bitter for my tastes. The initial lemon is nice, as is the orange blossom end note, but it’s fairly blah in between. It’s a tea I could drink any time of the day, but it’s not especially remarkable. There are definitely other Kusmi blends I prefer, not to mention other EGs, other citrus teas…
I love Russian tea! Along with their venerable Anastasia blend, Traktir is my favorite of the eight Kusmi blends that I have had the pleasure of drinking. It’s subtly smoky and sweet with mild notes of citrus and spice, evocative of caravan campfires and camels laden with luxuries from the East. It’s a tea that makes me long to own an antique samovar.
The day after I received this tea along with three free samples, I received another package in the mail from Kusmi with more free samples! Merci and cпасибо, Kusmi!
Flavors: Citrus, Smoke, Spices, Sweet
Great tea. Dark, strong, malty. Just what I am looking for in a straight black tea. It is not strong the same way as bagged Lipton tea – it is not bitter – but it is a dark brew, full of flavor and goes excellently with milk. I can imagine that a lot of the flavor in this tea comes from the golden tips. It has a fair amount of them and it makes the tea really beautiful to look at.
Its taste is also slightly reminiscent of ‘øllebrød’ – a traditional Danish dish made from primarily rye and beer.
Thumbs up to Kusmi for “making” this tea.
Flavors: Floral, Malt, Raisins, Rye, Tannic
Burrrrrrr! It’s cold as a witch’s you know what outside and I need a little vernal action! Enter Kusmi’s Violet tea.
I am a floral fan, no doubt about that – rose, jasmine, lavender, lychee, orange blossom, osmanthus – I love ‘em all! This is my first violet tea, and it is quite wonderful. It’s floral alright but not overly so. I firmly believe that nonfloral folks would be just fine with this tea – Kusmi is big on subtlety. A four minute steep at 90C yielded a mildly floral tea that was very smooth, even creamy, with a wisp of vanilla. The natural floral, violet sweetness worked brilliantly with the China base. The flavor really is candy like, with no additions required for this cup!
This is the tea that I will drink whilst dreaming about spring. Perhaps, if I remain a well behaved tea drinker, the Easter Bunny will leave me an extra tin of this next month on Easter morning – Better retract that witch comment!
Flavors: Candy, Creamy, Sweet, Vanilla, Violet
A few weeks ago I had gotten a 25 tea sampler by Kusmi (Bought on Amazon, because I was having trouble ordering from the Kusmi site.) This is the 2nd tea, but the 1st wasn’t inspiring enough for me to write a review.
I like this tea well enough that I wouldn’t turn down a cup but considering the insane prices of their teas…if it ends up being that way for all of the teas I try from that sampler…I am completely fine with that. If I had a better job maybe then I would be able to justify a once a year buy of Kusmi teas….but even then I highly doubt it.
Only have this tea if you like bergamot. While the caramel and fruit taste do somewhat take over, bergamot is still very much there. I like bergamot so this is not a problem. But since the taste of this tea reminds me alot of Tower of London and that TOL is a lot more accessible for me…well there is another handy excuse for not buying more of this tea.
Flavors: Bergamot, Caramel, Fruity
The first day I tried it I thought it was too mild. This was the first time I tried a more refined tea brand. I was usually having Twinings’ English Breakfest. After having it for two weeks every morning (no milk) I can truly say I love it. It has a nice deep taste that stays with you for some time after you finished with it. My mistake was that I was using less tea than I think I should.
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.
Sipdown no. 33 of 2016 (no. 244 total).
After the jasmine pearls, this was what I’ve been bringing to work in the Timolino until I scraped the bottom of the tin this morning.
Nothing to add to the original note regarding taste. Just recording the sipdown, and hoping to do some pretty serious tea tasting over the long weekend.
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