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drank English Breakfast by Kusmi Tea
1315 tasting notes

Work – 12:00 PM

This was a single individually-wrapped sachet from my desk drawer. It must have been a free sample from one of my past Kusmi orders. Love the bright orange wrapper!

Hmm… This is not all that flavorful. It’s not weak, but it’s rather one-dimensional. I do get some malt and briskness with a bit of raisin, which I assume is from the smaller Assam portion of the blend. Perhaps it’s the Ceylon that’s not tasting like much? I’m surprised that it has some astringency after just a 2.5-minute steep. There’s a hint of bitterness as well, though it’s not unpleasant.

Mostly it tastes generically tea-ish. Almost like the Lipton variety, but with a bit more flavor from the Assam. Meh!

Flavors: Astringent, Autumn Leaf Pile, Bitter, Malt, Raisins, Tannic

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Earl Grey
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