Petrushka

Tea type
Black Tea
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Flavors
Rose, Berries, Caramel
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Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 11 oz / 334 ml

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From Kusmi Tea

Chinese black tea flavored with orange, almond, vanilla, and spices.

Blend of black China tea flavored with natural essences of orange, almond, vanilla, and spices. Russian blend.

Tasting advice: delicious plain or sweetened

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1957 tasting notes

I picked up a big tin of this tea at the Kusmi shop in NYC before I left. Yes, I have officially moved away from New York, and all of its lovely tea shops. It’s definitely a bit sad but I am moving on.

I bought a whole large tin of this tea because it was not included in their Russian sampler collection but I very much wanted to try it, since it included almonds and rose as two main flavors. I do not have optimal brewing conditions here at my parents’ house, but I can tell I will definitely enjoy this tea a lot when brewed properly. I definitely get light almond and rose, with a bit of orange. A very pleasant blend.

TeaEqualsBliss

I haven’t tried this one yet! It’s been a while since I’ve had any of the teas from Kusmi…sigh…SOON, I hope, fingers crossed!

Indigobloom

How many tea shops are there in NYC?!
I’m thinking about the dozen or so in Toronto… I can only imagine what the big apple is like! SIGHS

Ysaurella

I understand how you feel Dinosara as I am moving from Paris in one week.
Curiously we don’t have this tea available in France whereas Kusmi is a French brand

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4923 tasting notes

this was sent to me by the lovely dinosara and i’ve been hesitant about trying it. Mostly because i haven’t really liked most of the flavoured kusmi teas that i’ve tried. this one is actually pretty nice, though the flavouring isn’t super strong. Unlike my previous experiences with Kusmi, the base doesn’t ruin this cup. Thanks for sharing Dinosara!

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357 tasting notes

Doulton’s Shakespeare: A Tasting Note in 5 Acts
Act V scene 1

Time shall unfold what plighted cunning hides:
Who cover faults, at last shame them derides.
King Lear, Act I scene 1

I chose not to look up this tea’s ingredients when I pulled this teabag out of the box. I didn’t even really smell the bag itself until after it steeped. The smell surprised me quite a bit. It reminded me of Bigelow’s Constant Comment only more subtly orange. Even as a bagged version (I’m still blown away by Kusmi’s bags) it’s still complex, but I have a feeling that its complexity is muted. I get the orange, the sweetness of vanilla, and hints of almond and spices. This one also moves to the forefront of “bagged teas I’d like to have on hand.”

I was a giant “Errr…” when it came to where in Shakespeare’s cannon this tea would fit. I was pleasantly surprised at how pleasant it was. It was an honest upfront sort of tea with a bit of what Morgana calls the “French Thing.” Aha! Honesty and even a little bit of French: Cordelia from King Lear! She’s honest, doesn’t play silly games, and eventually marries the King of France before being executed. Er, she sort of sets off the whole tragedy…

But this tea isn’t a tragedy! Hooray! So perhaps Cordelia isn’t the perfect embodiment of this tea, but it’s close enough. NE

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

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10 tasting notes

I love how these bags are sewn, and this tea is a great pick me up. Kusmi makes THE best flavored tea. Period.

Lainie Petersen

No argument there. Kusmi rocks my world.

Michael Fragoso

Laine, you do know I’m working for the NYC Corporaate Headquarters starting next month?….. ;)

TeaEqualsBliss

Michael! That’s Awesome! Congrats!

Michael Fragoso

Haha. If you all are nice to me, I’ll send samples for all!! :D

TeaEqualsBliss

YAY!!!!! :) That would ROCK!

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58 tasting notes

Part of Doulton’s Nabokov prize!

This wasn’t loose. It was bagged. But what a bag! It’s a very neat little bag, looks possibly hand-sewn. I haven’t yet seen another teabag like it. Not sure what the material is, but it’s not like those little silky bags everyone seems to be using nowadays. Whippersnappers. But I digress, as usual!

I…wouldn’t have known what this was, upon tasting. I mean, yes, I’d have known that it was black, but it wasn’t anything remarkable. I was a little disappointed, especially reading that description. It sounds like something that would have been right up my alley, you know? I didn’t get any of the spices, nor the orange peel. It was just…flat. Not bad, but not really remarkable either.

Still, it put Kate Bush’s “Babooshka” in my head. Which can’t be a bad thing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHwiMgkp8wg

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Rabs

LOL! I know what you mean about the bags: I have a few in my Shakespeare box and I was all like: holy shnikes — I don’t think that those are synthetic! They look like muslin or something.

JacquelineM

Yay Kate Bush!

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I like this tea on occasion, especially since I like to serve it to my composer friends in honor of Stravinsky. The almond flavoring takes some getting used to, but it grows on one. I was sorry, therefore, to see that it has apparently been discontinued by Kusmi. This is not the first time I grew to like one of their teas and then had it withdrawn. They made many flavored teas with fruit essences, including my favorite “Figue.” The fig flavor was musty and just right, unlike lots of fruit-flavored black teas. I purchased this at a shop in Florence in 1999. I have tried repeatedly to find it again and even wrote to the company. They claim they never made it. But I have the tin with brown label to prove otherwise. Has anyone else ever tasted this?

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6 tasting notes

This tea I really don’t quite understand. I find it to be very weak and too floral. The taste to me does not line up with the ingredients. I often have to add to it with lemon and honey or add green or black tea to give it a strong enough flavor.

Flavors: Rose

Preparation
2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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1116 tasting notes

This one surprised me, and I’m wondering if it’s what was written on the bag? (Received this in a swap from Dinosara). The reason why I wonder is only because one name was scribbled out, and this is much better than the average rating that I’m finding on here, from folks I know I have similar taste buds to. Also wondering if there’s some form of berry in here that I may be (mildly) allergic to…

Brewed up green initially (weird) then a light coppery brown once finished. Smells of caramel, tastes of it, with something berry-ish in the background. Whatever it is, I quite like it, other than the lip burning bit, so I’m sadly dumping the last third of the cup. Still really grateful to have tried it!

Flavors: Berries, Caramel

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Dinosara

Hmmm, should be the right tea (I think I accidentally wrote the wrong name on the bag) but I am not totally sure. Weird!

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468 tasting notes

I get to try this tea courtesy of Dinosara! Sweeeeeeet! I love almond teas and I don’t think I have tried anything from Kusmi yet.

I swear I smell cinnamon when this tea is dry, but it is supposed to be almonds and rose, right? Once brewed I still smell the cinnamon, but I also pick up on orange and a hint of rose. Sipping, I taste the rose in the front with almond hiding behind it and the black base in the back. It is a little more subtle than I prefer my flavored teas, but it is nice and smooth too. It is strange tho, I still smell cinnamon orange, but the taste is totally different. It is like tea magic! The taste didn’t change much as it cooled. I think I may try brewing it with a little more leaf next time to get stronger flavor.

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