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97
drank Traktir by Kusmi Tea
6 tasting notes

Exceptional Russian Caravan tea with natural, smokey undertones, reminiscent of wood-burning and… bacon. Deep red, clean liquor. The room smells fantastic.

Flavors: Leather, Maple Syrup, Smoked

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank Darjeeling No. 37 by Kusmi Tea
150 tasting notes

A friend surprised me with a sampler box of Kusmi teas, and this Darjeeling is the 2nd I’m trying, and it’s a pleasing morning cup of sweet flowers. Not at all perfumey, just lightly sweet and floral like a humming along of the otherwise somewhat brisk tea. This is the first time ever that I have actually enjoyed an astringent aspect to tea, as well, it seems to actually complement the flavor. It is a simple drinking tea with layers of interest.

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80
drank BB Detox by Kusmi Tea
150 tasting notes

It also contains Guarana (not currently on the steepster ingredients list though I wrote in to add it.) The grapefruit ingredient is listed on Kusmi’s website as “scent of grapefruit”… So apparently no actual grapefruit in it.

Liked it well enough, not clear to me why this is one of their most popular teas, though.

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drank Sweet Love by Kusmi Tea
716 tasting notes

I have been telling myself for years now “no more buying tea”, but I don’t listen and find some excuse for buying a tea I stumble upon. This time is was a tin of Kusmi’s Sweet Love for $6 at Homegoods. $6?!?!?!? HOW could I pass that up?! I couldn’t, especially after getting a whiff of the chai like flavors. I am now richer in tea and more poor in sense and cupboard space.

I taste cinnamon and cardamon that give this tea a chai association. The end of the sip has a touch of sweetness from the licorice root. The flavor of anise comes out in the sip as well, mingling with the other spices. If you are an anise/licorice hater, move along, this is not the tea you are looking for. Overall this tea is well balanced, warming and I can’t wait to try it with a little cream. It was a good purchase, once I don’t foresee regretting.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Imperial Label by Kusmi Tea
6 tasting notes

Unique. For the adventurous.

One moment you get hit by an orange aroma with oiliness of buckthorn, then licorice, then vanilla, then almost nuts, etc.

Best cold.

Flavors: Citrus Fruits, Licorice, Medicinal, Nutty, Orange Zest

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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87
drank Rose Green Tea by Kusmi Tea
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Perfectly balanced. The green aroma of the tea still present, not overwhelmed by the rose.

Short infusion and lower temperature required to fully enjoy.

Flavors: Green, Rose, Tea

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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95
drank St. Petersburg by Kusmi Tea
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95
drank St. Petersburg by Kusmi Tea
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Flavors: Caramel, Fruity

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 17 OZ / 500 ML

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55

This is not bad. It’s somewhat bitter. I can taste the lemon, the ginger, and the green tea. I definitely prefer lemon-ginger herbals, though.

Flavors: Bitter, Ginger, Lemon, Vegetal

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60
drank Spicy Chocolate by Kusmi Tea
69 tasting notes

Overall, a balanced tea. Usually, I don’t like spice in my tea, however, in this case this tea does a good job of managing the spices so that they are not sharp. The chocolate is not as strong and has a subtle darker flavor. This was a gift and I was not excited with either chocolate or the spices but I am surprised that this tea was able to deliver a flavor that was not overpowering.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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FYI, I checked Kusmi’s U.S. website today and found they had teabag, muslin sachet, and large and small tins of looseleaf tea for this variety for sale. No 3.5 oz loose bags. I’m going to get some, and review.

83

Not too sharp, making this a green tea rather than an herbal was a brilliant choice. Refreshing, not too astringent and no overly high notes.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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100

Long time no talk fellow tea drinkers! I finally got a new computer so it’s easier to type notes instead of trying on a tablet. Well my mom went to Paris this past week and brought back some teas for me. One of them was Russian Morning No. 24. I decided to have it with breakfast and it was a great choice!
The tea has a nice bold flavor to it. It also has a nice sweet honey note to it. It has a fruit flavor to it that almost reminds me of warm peaches or warm apples. It has a bit of spice to it but overall has a great flavor.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 45 sec
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95
drank BB Detox by Kusmi Tea
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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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60
drank Be Cool by Kusmi Tea
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60
drank Be Cool by Kusmi Tea
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drank St. Petersburg by Kusmi Tea
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Holiday TTB #5: I think I didn’t steep this long enough or something, because there was just not a lot of anything going on here

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60
drank Anastasia by Kusmi Tea
1654 tasting notes

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…

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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80
drank Detox by Kusmi Tea
729 tasting notes

Backlog…

I’m afraid it’s been a while since I had this, and I never got around to making any notes on this. I can say that I do remember it being quite good, to my surprise. I had one bag that was in a bag of other teas a friend gave me at Christmas.

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100
drank Traktir by Kusmi Tea
74 tasting notes

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

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90
drank Assam GFOP by Kusmi Tea
16 tasting notes

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

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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90
drank Anastasia by Kusmi Tea
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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 6 g 17 OZ / 500 ML

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100
drank Violet by Kusmi Tea
74 tasting notes

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

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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