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I tried this tea out for the first time about 20 minutes ago, but it took the second cup for me to actually sit down and write a review.
The first time it wasn’t strong enough because Im used to using very little amounts of the Kusmi black teas, since they inflate in warm water. I also just left the bag in for 4 minutes after looking it up online. Then I added rice milk (I like the slight sweetness it adds, and unlike soy-milk it doesn’t really have that distinguished a taste), and 1 teaspoon of Xylitol (40% less calories than sugar, the exact same taste, not damaging to your teeth, doesn’t spike your insulin levels). It wasn’t bad, but I wasn’t impressed either.
This time I let it sit for 10 minutes and added the same amount of rice milk & sugar and it turned out perfect. I have never had a nicer tasting chai tea latte in my home.
Since this one is rather mild, but has the perfect composition of the different flavors, where none is too overtaking, I recommend letting the tea bag in for at least 10 minutes.
I highly recommend this tea to anybody who likes the Chai Latte they sell at “Cappuccino” .
Flavors: Cardamon, Cherry Wood, Sweet
Firstly, a huge thank you to ::Nicole:: for the generous sample that sparked my fascination with this beautiful Russian tea blend! I loved it so much that I ordered a tin from Kusmi that arrived yesterday.
So, it’s a rainy weekend here in The Old Dominion. Rainy weekends just beg for a good book and good pot of tea to go with it. I am currently reading “The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra” by Helen Rappaport. Anastasia by Kusmi Teas was created around 1917/1918 in Paris after the company fled St. Petersburg at the start of the Russian Revolution. This tea was, indeed, named for the youngest daughter of the imperial family. Nothing like pairing an historical book with a matching historical tea!
But I digress. This tea is an amazing melange of citrus, orange blossom and honey flavors. The honey note really comes out with just a little bit of sugar. Lime is the dominant citrus flavor. The bergamot works brilliantly in the background. The Chinese and Ceylon base teas add breadiness and sparkle respectively. Strangely, there is an illusive scent reminiscent of sweet incense not unlike myrrh which is used in Russian Orthodox churches. Like it’s namesake, this tea possesses an element of mystery.
As I sip this tea it is quite easy for me to envision Nicholas and Alexandra, the beautiful grand duchesses and the young tsarevich at Tsarskoe Selo enjoying teatime together with a tea like this. It’s that good!
Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Honey, Lime, Orange Blossom
This is a nice, light chai. Very ginger heavy with a hint of anise that isn’t strictly unpleasant. Cinnamon and other spice notes in the background. Overall, very similar to some of Kusmi’s other teas but that’s not a bad thing.
Flavors: Anise, Cinnamon, Ginger, Spices
Someone sent this in a swap a long time ago. The teas got a bit lost during a cleaning when someone put them in a container higher than my short self can see. I plan to knock these out ASAP.
I have wanted to try this because I have read so many reviews of it. A Southern Seaskn carries some Kusmi teas so if I find a true love here it is possible that I can get it without too much trouble.
This one is good, but I don’t know that I need to own it. I enjoyed it tonight. I don’t LOVE bergamot but I don’t hate it either. I do not like it with Ceylon or similarly lemony or citrus bases and this has additional citrus flavors. I really like quality bergamot on a quality Keemun base, so we are doing well there. I thought I caught a whiff of smoke – Keemun or a tiny bit of Lapsang? Nice berry notes, not too strong. Vanilla smooth and very subtle.
Overall, this is good and it was great to try it, but I doubt I will buy more. I can see why it is popular for sure. If I figure who sent it, I will edit to add a shout out!
I’m sorry I’ve kind of been neglecting Steepster as of late. Between unexpectedly having to stay in the city for a lot longer than anticipated, walking 20+ kilometres per day, and never being around to actually drink tea, I feel like such a stranger to this wonderful place right now. Hope everyone’s summers have been fantabulous!
Onto this tea. I ordered this last time I was at Remedy rather than having one of their legendary chais, which is kind of crazy, but come on, they put me in a difficult position! While they have the greatest chai in Canada (I’m sure!), they also carry a wide variety of loose teas that no other cafe in Edmonton does. On their tea wall, you can find Kusmi, Løv, and Sloane, and probably more cool ones if I took more time to look.
This sounded like a good idea on a rainy day. Earl grey with orange blossom. Count me in. I let it steep for a few minutes as I walked down the street with the teabag still in the cup, not wanting it to forget about it and ruin it. It ended up just tasting like black tea with a hint of orange blossom and a whisper of citrus. It was so incredibly faint. The base was bold but not bitter, at least. Overall, it was an uninspiring cup. But I’m looking forward to going through that tea wall of theirs and trying more.
This is pretty good, but I definitely prefer black St Petersburg. The caramel and red berry notes work a lot better with the black base and are comparatively pretty weak in this variation. It’s not bad, but it’s nothing special and you’ll get more out of the original blend.
Flavors: Berries, Caramel, Green
This review could be offensive… but, I am not going to hold back my personality:
When I think of Kusmi, for whatever reason, I imagine bunch of ladies sitting around in a living room about to have one of the cookware, makeup, basket, purse, or coupon buying events drinking some tea that is branded to be ‘fancy’. However, that tea is not ‘fancy’ but just made to appear and be sold as such.
So, there is my faulty thinking… yet, I never drank Kusmi until the green traveling tea box when I saw this. I was pretty excited because I am up to trying anything, especially when it has the potential to change my unethical subjective opinions. Unfortunately this tea did not do this. This tea reminded me that I am allowed to pour out what I am drinking and exchange it with another liquid without feeling terrible…
I believe it passes as drinkable, but not desirable.
Rarely do I go for floral teas, so I surprised myself by craving one this evening. Decided to give this a go and was sorely disappointed. This tastes almost exactly like sugar coated fennel seeds which, unfortunately for me, tastes like sweet black licorice. It was so unexpected I went and double checked that I’d grabbed the right tea bag—twice! On the bright side, I have had worse teas when it comes to black licorice, but it really wasn’t what I was expecting. Towards the middle of the cup some lemon came out and the aftertaste even contained a bit of a velvety floral note. This definitely improved as it cooled. Still not a winner for me.
I don’t know why, but this is really tasting like popcorn with LOTS of salt and pepper tonight. No idea why, though it’s not strictly a bad thing. Still a light citrus note, but otherwise not at all like the last time I had it.
Flavors: Citrus, Pepper, Popcorn, Salt
This to me is basically Kusmi’s Ginger Lemon Green tea, but with a black base. And while I might have shied away from the idea of a black based ginger lemon tea, I rather like the result. A hint of vanilla does come out in the aftertaste as well. This is also rather similar to Kusmi’s Christmas tea, but lemon dominates vs orange and, between the two, this would be my pick. This is an excellent sipping tea; I feel I could drink this all day and not get tired of it. The only downside to that would be that I prefer it piping hot (which is unusual for me) and wouldn’t want it to cool down as I sipped.
Flavors: Ginger, Lemon, Vanilla
This tea really reminds me of DAVID’s new Glitter and Gold. Slightly spicy—mostly ginger—but nothing really in your face. Pretty heavy citrus note as well. I let my cup cool down a little too much on this one; it seems like a tea best drunk piping hot on a cold day. I’ll probably wait for the weather to deteriorate before giving this another go. Even the name implies this is the wrong tea for summer.
Flavors: Citrus, Ginger, Spices