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I was really excited to try this one! Kusmi’s blends all sound really unique and yummy. :) (I really wanted to get their Russians or Essentials samplers, but both are out of stock, and I’m impatient, so I bought this and Prince Vladimir, since these are the ones I wanted to try the most. :P)

The leaves smell reeeeally yummy. :) I definitely smell the bergamot, but the caramel also comes through really well. The vanilla and fruit are there too, but to a lesser degree.

Brewed, I smell black tea with a hint of caramel. Mmm.

Drinking it, I definitely taste the fruit. It’s nice! It’s not too overpowering. And I definitely taste the caramel, too. It brings some creaminess to the tea. It’s really smooth, anyway, but it just makes it even yummier. :) It did get a liiittle bit strong this time, though, so I’ll have to experiment for next time. :P But it’s great for this morning! :)

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Ricky

Didn’t even see the Essentials sampler. I wish they actually offered 1oz sampler tins individually for purchase.

the quiet life

I know, right? 4oz is soooo much tea. :( (Not to mention expensive!) It’s a good thing I like it, lol. There are so many other Kusmi teas I want to try, too, but it’s hard when the smallest size they have is HUGE!

Ricky

Likewise, luckily they are opening a store in NYC soon =] Scoreeee! Haha, I should be able to sample everything there. Just sent them a message so I’m curious as to what they will say about sampler sizes and the future.

the quiet life

Oh, nice!! I’ll definitely have to go once it’s open! :) And hopefully they’ll decide that sample sizes are the way to go.

JacquelineM

Ricky – for real!?!?!!? Do you know when it’s scheduled to open?!!? I really need to plan a tea extravaganza NYC day post haste!!!

Ricky

Apparently some time in May, I saw it on their twitter feed.

JacquelineM

That’s fantastic!!! The future is bright for tea lovers :)

Ricky

Okay, so they said they will be offering same sampler sets on the website in their store. The store is located on Third avenue & 61st Street. What else, oh yeah, they said they might offer other one ounce samplers in the near future after the store picks up some momentum.

Calla

I have a box of this at home, I ration my kusmi teas all the time… I try and get the most out of each bag, only because I don’t live near a place that sells kusmi and they are pretty much on the expensive side. Aside from that I love the taste it of the tea, I have to totally agree that it is not overpowering at all, it is the perfect amount of tea to relax and enjoy.

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Ricky

Didn’t even see the Essentials sampler. I wish they actually offered 1oz sampler tins individually for purchase.

the quiet life

I know, right? 4oz is soooo much tea. :( (Not to mention expensive!) It’s a good thing I like it, lol. There are so many other Kusmi teas I want to try, too, but it’s hard when the smallest size they have is HUGE!

Ricky

Likewise, luckily they are opening a store in NYC soon =] Scoreeee! Haha, I should be able to sample everything there. Just sent them a message so I’m curious as to what they will say about sampler sizes and the future.

the quiet life

Oh, nice!! I’ll definitely have to go once it’s open! :) And hopefully they’ll decide that sample sizes are the way to go.

JacquelineM

Ricky – for real!?!?!!? Do you know when it’s scheduled to open?!!? I really need to plan a tea extravaganza NYC day post haste!!!

Ricky

Apparently some time in May, I saw it on their twitter feed.

JacquelineM

That’s fantastic!!! The future is bright for tea lovers :)

Ricky

Okay, so they said they will be offering same sampler sets on the website in their store. The store is located on Third avenue & 61st Street. What else, oh yeah, they said they might offer other one ounce samplers in the near future after the store picks up some momentum.

Calla

I have a box of this at home, I ration my kusmi teas all the time… I try and get the most out of each bag, only because I don’t live near a place that sells kusmi and they are pretty much on the expensive side. Aside from that I love the taste it of the tea, I have to totally agree that it is not overpowering at all, it is the perfect amount of tea to relax and enjoy.

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I blame half of my tea obsession on Japan and the time I spent there in a study abroad program. Tea is everywhere in Japan, and I drank it daily while staying with my host family. When I came back home, I found myself craving it!

The other half of my tea obsession I blame on my job as a barista at Borders, where we serve Tazo loose leaf teas. I hadn’t even considered loose leaf teas a possibility until I started working there! The freshness and the difference in quality really turned me on to loose leaf teas.

So bit by bit, I’ve been increasing my tea self-education, and I drink tea at least once a day. I love trying new kinds, and unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), the more I learn, the more I want to try!

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