Tea type
Black Fruit Blend
Ingredients
Bergamot, Ceylon Black Tea, Chinese Black Tea, Indian Black Tea, Mandarin Orange, Orange Flavoring
Flavors
Bergamot, Brown Toast, Malt, Orange, Citrus Fruits, Floral, Tea, Tannin
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Bulk, Loose Leaf, Sachet
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Not available
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Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec 10 oz / 283 ml

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From Kusmi Tea

Blend of black teas from China, India and Ceylon flavored with natural essences of bergamot, orange, and mandarin. Russian blend.

Tasting advice: delicious plain or sweetened

TEA PROFILE
Origin: China, Ceylon and India
Main flavor: citrus with fruity note
Quantity needed: 0,1 oz.

PREPARATION
Time of day: morning
Ideal water temperature: 185°F – 195°F
Recommended brewing time: 3-4 min

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62 Tasting Notes

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245 tasting notes

This is my first time trying any of Kusmi’s Teas! I took advantage of one of their free shipping/% off deals and boy am I glad that I did! I am not too much into Earl Grey nowadays, though I used to be a big ‘double bergamot’ person. Times have changed for me I suppose :P This is an Earl Grey with additional things to sweeten the pot. I really liked how both the tea and the other flavorings were able to sing the hearts out and not be drowned out by the baritone of the bergamot. Troika means Three in Russian, namely the team of three horses pulling a caravan. The three horses in this tea are what Kusmi considers the three ‘royal’ citrus fruits: Orange, Mandarin, and Bergamot. Luckily for me, all three are blended in a way so as all three never overpower the others. I really like the idea of these classic Russian-style blends and I can’t wait to try more!

Flavors: Bergamot, Brown Toast, Malt, Orange

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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483 tasting notes

I received this sample from Cameron B. Thank you for sharing!

I really enjoy earl grey esc blends and so I have had an eye on these Kusmi teas for awhile. The reviews have been iffy on them so I was always a little nervous to pull the trigger on a purchase. Cameron. B was nice enough to send me a few tsp of each of the Russian blends. This is a nice earl grey. It has a hint of orange and floral that mellows out the bergmont a bit. I am enjoying this cup this morning.

Cameron B.

I’m glad you’re enjoying it! I have a soft spot for Prince Vladimir. :P

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38 tasting notes

Another one of Kusmi´s “The Russians” range, and this one doesn´t do anything – not in the positive sense, not in the citrus fruits in the final drink (and they are surely present in the nose of the loose tea). More a floral touch really.

Flavors: Citrus Fruits, Floral

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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78 tasting notes

Backlog 12/67

Another from Cameron B.

This tea was so bland I could barely taste any flavor at all. I guessed maybe a hint of bergamot but mostly just tannic tea. I didn’t get anything more from it. It wasn’t what I’d want in a tea. Smelled nice tho.

Again, thanks for the experience Cameron! :)

Flavors: Bergamot, Tannin, Tea

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I love revisiting older teas that I haven’t had in a while. It’s amazing how much better my palate has gotten, and it’s especially evident to me with these Russian Blends. Now they taste so different from one another, when before I struggled to discern flavors in them. Yay, progress! I also feel now that they deserve higher ratings than I initially gave, as the flavoring is that lovely French variant that tastes somewhat subtle and natural as opposed to the Della Terra, David’s, etc. variant that I almost can’t stomach anymore.

As much as I’m enjoying this tea, I can’t justify keeping it around when I’m already going to be keeping both St. Petersburg and Prince Vladimir. Two bergamot teas are enough! I think Bouquet of Flowers way have to wiggle its way into the rehoming box, blah floral!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
boychik

I still want to try Traktir.

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T&C TTB Tea #3 Backlog May 23

I had this tea on my must-try list for a while, because I really like St. Petersburg.

I didn’t much care for this, however.

All I got out of it was a citrusy black tea, that was somewhat astringent and not terribly flavorful.

I didn’t bother keeping the sample of this from the TTB, I actually didn’t even finish the cup, it was hurting my teeth. I really need a creamy note to make a lemony tea enjoyable for me.

This was….icky.

(Steeped 4 min at 185 degrees.)

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385 tasting notes

This is nice, it’s got a light citrus kick. Thanks to Nicole, for the tea! Definitely a relief from the tea I tried earlier, tasted yuck. This is a good one to have with snackies :) I’m trying to figure out what to eat…. I’m watching Man v Food and really want like 5 grilled cheese sandwiches. Even though the guy looks like he’s not going to make it, the gooey cheese looks sooooo good. My town needs a grilled cheese truck too…

Nicole

Oh, gawd. A grilled cheese truck would be the end of me.

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12 tasting notes

OK I freely admit that I bought this tea because it had a little mustachioed Bolshevik on the tin. They have since ditched that packaging, I see. I drank the tea, never really wanted any more of it, but kept the tin with the bolshevik. I remember it reminding me of Constant Comment. Like really expensive Constant Comment with ace packaging. Actually I quite like constant comment in a nostalgic sort of way and I’m sure at Christmas this year my mom will serve it with krumbkakka and it’ll be like the 70s all up in there.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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3rd Russian Blend from NYC friends.

Smoky Mandarin, mildly floral, black tea! A little bit astringent, might have to cut the time down to 2m 30s next time.

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

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13 tasting notes

Decadent yet light and airy. Could use a little more punch but overall enjoyed this black. Was perfect for a spring morning while settling into the day. I like some of the other Kusmi tea’s better but this is still a great tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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