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I didn’t read any descriptions of this before tasting. All I really identified from this was rose and a very mild bergamot. It’s a nicely moderate floral in a light tea. I think the weight of the tea and the floral were well paired.
Thanks again, Marzipan!
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This sample also came from boychik! She’s so generous. :) I’m always excited to try a new Kusmi tea, as some of them are really good! It seems to be kind of a hit-or-miss thing for me, but I’m always hopeful for hits. Red fruits is one of my favorite tea flavors as well, as generally the cherry is quite strong, and I love cherry. This one is just black tea leaves and flavoring, no pieces of fruit or flowers. It doesn’t have much of a dry scent, as I’ve had it in its baggy for a while now.
Mm, the steeped tea smells like red fruits – I can definitely pick up both cherry and strawberry here. The base tea is verging on bitter, though it’s not quite there. I’m actually surprised by how mild the flavoring is here, much more so than other red fruits teas I’ve tried. I can taste hints of cherry and raspberry, but I would really like them to be stronger. The base tea is unremarkable. More red fruits, please!
P.S. – YAY Christmas movies on TV! :D
Flavors: Cherry, Malt, Raspberry, Strawberry
Always happy to try another Kusmi blend! This one is a sample that Nicole was kind enough to send me (thank you!). I’ve tried their other earl grey teas (“Russian Blends”) and enjoyed most of them, so I’m happy to try this one as well. This is an earl grey with lemon and lime flavors added, which sounds lovely and possibly similar to Anastasia (lemon, lime, orange). Dry scent is strong bergamot with some citrus accents.
First off, I will say that the base tea here is a bit earthier than I would like, which detracts a little bit from the experience. However, I do enjoy the flavoring. It’s mostly bergamot, but I can also taste the lemon and especially the lime alongside it. I added a little bit of raw sugar to the second half of my cup to see if that would help smooth out the earthy taste. It did help a bit, but I think I would prefer to stick to Anastasia or even Troika if I want an earl grey with extra citrus kick. :)
Flavors: Bergamot, Earth, Lemon, Lime
Of the Kusmi teas I’ve had so far I like this one at St. Petersburg the best. This one make a nice winter tea when you want something chai like but not Chai. This tea has citrus notes of grapefruit, lemon and bergamot supported by Vanilla and Spice. I find the grapefruit and lemon strongest here with the bergamot sweetening the tea a little. Underneath this is a creamy vanilla element that really does taste like cream to me. In the spice mix I taste cloves, nutmeg, and pepper. It does make me think of the holidays and orange pomades. I don’t always love Kusmi’s bases but it works here. It is dark and slightly bitter and is a nice counterbalance to the flavouring. It also has hints of warmer sweeter stone fruit. All together a really pleasant tea to be drinking on a cool day. It reminds me of gingerbread eaten with a tart mulled wine served with coffee and cream.
Tea of the morning. 1tsp 8oz 200F 3min, resteep 6 min. ( good resteep)
i couldnt get up today. i blame it on weather. we have very sudden temp fluctuations. yesterday was in upper 60’s today is in lower 40’s
Anyway, opened a tin. this tea seemed appropriate to get moving
And i really like it. it is smoky, but not harsh smoky. it blend beautifully with citrus and spicies. it is not chai kind tea. this tea is delicate and refined, but not short on flavor.
As i was drinking i thought it would be really nice to add tiny bit of maple syrup. i ran out of it. But found Nonna’s mini biscotti ;) perfect combo.
i even got my fancy Russian tea ware. Seemed appropriate for this kind of tea.
Sipdown! I have been slacking so much on writing tea reviews. I drank this tin all the way without having a review. tsk tsk. The steep is a honey golden brown color. First, I love the packaging. It has a lot of detail and the color is orange, which I love! I always reuse tins and wrap them in colorful paper. Second, this tea is milder than any breakfast tea that I have had. This is more of an afternoon tea. It is good and bad. Good because I can drink this in the afternoon as well. Also good because I do not need to add any sweetener or milk to it. It is fine just on its own. Bad because I need to drink something to wake me up in the morning, especially since I am no longer a coffee drinker. The flavors are mild as well. All in all a decent tea. It has astringency to it but still drinkable like I said without the additives.
I am reading the past reviews on this tea with a bit of disbelief, because I loved this. It wasn’t weak at all, and the orange flavor was very foreground. Maybe they have changed the blend a bit?
Anyway, let’s get this out of the way. I love the Kusmi tins. I know, I know. Weird tin fetish. But they are so pretty and distinctive! I ordered a gift set of this because the tin was supposed to be smaller than if it was ordered by itself, so I was surprised to get 125g of it. I probably didn’t read well enough. So, it’s a good thing I love it!
You know I love all things orange, and I love that whole Christmas thing where you stick whole cloves into oranges to make a wonderfully smelling decorative thing. This tea reminds me a bit of that, although it is not heavy on clove. It also reminds me a little bit of a tea I loved when I was a kid. It was called Boston Tea Party, and it came in a little copper colored tin. It was absolutely the fanciest tea available at our small KY town grocery store (think town of 8,000 people). Unfortunately that tea is no longer made.
So anyway. I opened the tin and could smell orange, almond, and spice. There’s no bergamot in this one so the orange smell is just orange, but it smells like fresh oranges to me, not orange candy.
Brewed, I don’t taste the almond. The orange is very foreground and the clove and cinnamon is dancing in the background somewhere. It’s really nicely balanced I think. Now I am really glad I have so much of this one!
Hmm, this reminds me, where is my Kusmi order? It has been almost a month since I placed it. Note to self, go check it.
Yet another sample from Cameron. I liked this one, and I was excited to try it since I didn’t order this one. It was a medium bodied black with a nice fruity flavor. I saw in other posts that people were able to pick out each of the four fruits. I couldn’t do that but I could definitely identify “fruity” in it. A really nice one.
This one was a single individually-wrapped bag that boychik included as a bonus in her package. I have to say, Kusmi has the coolest tea bags – all muslin and they look so handmade! Photo here: http://instagram.com/p/uV03djGgJt/. I’ve had their Linden tea before and it reminded me of chamomile, it had that kind of mild floral that’s sweet and somewhat musty.
This is so tasty! The mint is light and refreshing, and not at all like toothpaste or other offensively minty things. It goes perfectly with the mild and sweet linden blossom and together they make a perfectly lovely soothing tea that is perfect for evening (or for any moment that you need to relax a little). I guess they don’t make this blend anymore, as it’s not on Kusmi’s website… So I may have to try the Verbena-Mint version and see how it compares!
Flavors: Floral, Mint, Smooth, Sweet
I picked this tea out because it was something I’d never heard of before, and smelled heavenly in the shop. The scent of the dry tea doesn’t translate as well into the taste once brewed.
I believe aug3zimm described this tea perfectly, I won’t bother repeating what he said. My tasting experience matches quite closely with what he described. I also found heterodoxia did an excellent job of describing why I don’t love Kusmi teas as much. For green teas especially, I prefer 100% pure tea, without any flavorings added to it.
This one is a little too weird for me. The buffalo grass is too grassy and bitter, somewhat overwhelming.
Flavors: Bitter, Buffalo Grass, Dry Grass, Hay
I’m very much enjoying Kusmi’s Organic Darjeeling Nº 37 tea. It has much in common with other Darjeeling teas I’ve had, but also has some wonderful and unique qualities that make it stand out from the pack.
This is a fairly high quality Darjeeling tea. The small leaves unfurl nicely in hot water. They’re not whole leaves, but cut to a consistent size, with little to no powder or dust. There are a fair number of cut stems among the leaves. The leaves themselves vary in color from leafy green to spruce green and dark olive as well, making for a visually pleasing presentation. I actually like the non-uniformity of the color in this case. While marketed as a black tea, the incomplete oxidation makes this one more of an oolong tea, which I prefer anyway.
The brewed tea is a lovely chestnut brown color. The flavors have much in common with other darjeeling’s I’ve had, but there are also a lot of unusual aspects as well. One of the first things I notice is a lovely fresh spring flowers taste. Floral auroma is expected from Darjeeling, but this one is especially fresh. This is most apparent in the first brewing and less noticeable on subsequent infusions.
The second brewing allows some rich maple flavor to come through. I also notice a good bit of tannin in this tea. This gives an astringent quality that some might not like. I’d describe Kusmi Noº 37 as a fairly brisk tea. This can be mitigated by using water that has cooled for a couple minutes after boiling. I’m still experimenting with ideal brewing temperature. I think 3-4 minutes at 180º is correct for the first infusion. I can get a 2nd and 3rd cup, adding an extra minute each time.
I definitely enjoy this tea and would keep it as my every-day Darjeeling if it were a little less expensive.
Flavors: Flowers, Fruit Tree Flowers, Honey, Maple, Muscatel, Sweet, warm grass, Tannin
It has been a week and a half of sample cleanup for me. For a bit in August I wasn’t drinking a lot of tea and when I was I was only drinking my favorites. I was just in that funk of not wanting to try anything new. I am back to wanting to give a few new things a try and this is one that I gave a whirl today.
This isn’t my favorite kusmi tea that I have tried, but it is okay. I will say that I am pretty sure I oversteeped this puppy. A co-worker came into talk when I had just put my infuser in my cup. It had a beramont, floral taste to the tea, but for me the floral took over for me. This is one I am glad I got to try, but not one I need to buy.
Thank you Cameron B for allowing me to try quite a few of the Kusmi teas.