drank Four Red Fruits by Kusmi Tea
328 tasting notes

I just do not *get*Kusmi. I love the tins. I love the descriptions of tea. I am often tempted to take the plunge and buy of the better reviewed teas. People with taste, far better palates than me, love these.

But whenever I try it it´s just so meh to my particular palate. This one was correctly brewed, no tap water taste discernible, and the tea shop seemed generous in their dosage. Nice, but I have had so many better flavoured teas and sold far cheaper and with less fanfare that I can not help comparing.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Ricky

Kusmi seems more subtle with it’s flavors compared to other brands. Do you like plain teas or flavored teas more?

cteresa

Flavoured usually, though not if too artificial (apparently I sometimes like artificial flavouring) or too strong.

I don´t like too strong, too tanninic teas. I have tried a few Kusmi flavoured teas and so far they have all been nice, or nice-ish, but they always left me a bit disappointed. I do not think it is the intensity of the flavour, but the balance of blended flavours and the tea underneath. I will keep trying cups here and there and not buy any tin unless I try it first and love it.
Angrboda

I think it sounds like it’s the base tea that just doesn’t appeal to you. I’ve found that this is something that can’t really be rescued with flavouring, the result will still be boring.

cteresa

That is almost surely it Angrboda. The flavouring has sort of work the base flavour, and if the base flavour is not to your taste, no rescuing.

Though maybe my expectations might be off as well – I kept comparing (unfavourably) Anastasia with my beloved Lady Grey, and that is surely not what is intended.

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Ricky

Kusmi seems more subtle with it’s flavors compared to other brands. Do you like plain teas or flavored teas more?

cteresa

Flavoured usually, though not if too artificial (apparently I sometimes like artificial flavouring) or too strong.

I don´t like too strong, too tanninic teas. I have tried a few Kusmi flavoured teas and so far they have all been nice, or nice-ish, but they always left me a bit disappointed. I do not think it is the intensity of the flavour, but the balance of blended flavours and the tea underneath. I will keep trying cups here and there and not buy any tin unless I try it first and love it.
Angrboda

I think it sounds like it’s the base tea that just doesn’t appeal to you. I’ve found that this is something that can’t really be rescued with flavouring, the result will still be boring.

cteresa

That is almost surely it Angrboda. The flavouring has sort of work the base flavour, and if the base flavour is not to your taste, no rescuing.

Though maybe my expectations might be off as well – I kept comparing (unfavourably) Anastasia with my beloved Lady Grey, and that is surely not what is intended.

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Inconstant tea drinker – I mostly drink tea when not too hot. I hang around steepster much more frequently in (northern hemisphere) cold season.

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I like all sorts of tea, flavoured and unflavoured, though I am picky. I am always willing to try anything new. I am now particularly interested in single origins.

I am one of those people who actually loves Lapsang Souchong. I am not crazy about Earl Grey, in general. I don´t quite get Darjeeling teas, but I am trying to make sure …

I like rooibos, though not all bases. I loathe hibiscus. I do not like fennel/liquorice/anise in blends or teas with chicory. I am picky about what I consider true cinnamon.

As you can probably tell from my cupboard, the brands I find more interesting right now are Mariage Fréres,Thé-o-Dor and Yumchaa.

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