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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.
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
Finally some Kusmi tea that hasn’t been sitting in the cupboard for several years!
This was an excellent wake up call this morning (okay, afternoon). With the black base present, but not overpowering, and strong raspberry notes, I could see myself drinking quite a lot of this in the future. Next comes a fairly light caramel note and there’s just a hint of floral in there too. I wouldn’t have guessed that berries and caramel would mix that well, but it works. Haven’t had much from Kusmi yet, and I’ve got quite a few new ones to try, but so far this is my favourite by them.
Flavors: Caramel, Floral, Raspberry
I’ve had two cups of this so far today, and while I admit that I’ve been at least a little distracted while drinking them, they’ve not actually made much of an impression on me. I used 1 tsp of leaf for each of my cups, and gave it around 3.5 minutes in boiling water. I added a splash of milk. The resulting cup is sweet and malty, but it doesn’t have much to it (and certainly no depth) besides that. Assam and Ceylon are two of my favourite black varieties, so that is a little disappointing to me. I know that they can have a lot of character of their own, and I know from other breakfast blends they usually work well together.
Sadly, I don’t think this is a tea I’d repurchase once I’ve finished my sample tin. There are much better breakfast blends out there, and this one is simply too bland and one-note for me.
The first thing I noticed about this one is how wonderful it smells – fresh, strong, sweet spearmint, right from the get go! I prefer spearmint to peppermint in general, but spearmint teas seem relatively scarce in comparison, so I’m pleased to have found this one from Kusmi. The dry leaf is very dark green and tightly rolled. There’s no indication on the tin of the variety of green tea this is, but I would guess Gunpowder from looking at the leaves alone. I could be wrong, but that’s my educated guess. For my cup, I used 1 tsp of leaf, and gave it 2 minutes in water cooled to around 180 degrees. The resulting liquor is a golden yellow, and smells primarily of spearmint with an underlying hint of green tea.
To taste, this one reminds me a bit of chewing gum, or softmints. It has the same intense initial sweet mint flavour, which lingers decently into the aftertaste. Spearmint is pretty much all I’m getting from this one, so it comes across fairly one note, but if spearmint is what you’re looking for, then it’s certainly what you’ll get. I had thought I’d be able to taste the green tea base a little more, but it remains firmly in the background. There’s the tiniest hint of it right at the end of the sip, but in a blind tasting you could tell me this was a pure spearmint tea and I’d probably be none the wiser.
See my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/06/14/vert-la-menthe-nanah-spearmint-green-tea-kusmi/
A pleasing combination of spearmint and lush green tea. I very much enjoyed the fact that the mint did not overtake all the flavours of the tea itself. It was a harmonious union of the two flavours together. Very much obliged to Marzipan who I believe sent me this one with a past purchase from one of her stash sales that I am so addicted to buying from! ;-P
Flavors: Green, Spearmint
let me start this by saying i hate mate. Every time i have it, i am not a fan. However, i ADORE chocolate orange. So i tried this. the smell is amaaaazing. delicious chocolate orange and yum all around.
taste wise…i can ALMOST get over the mate because of the delicious chocolate orange. almost. I see how the mate adds to that thicker feeling….but i wish i could take this flavouring and add it to a malty black tea. THAT would be fantastic.
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
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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Flavors: Earl Grey, Orange Blossom
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.
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.
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.
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.