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My first thoughts when sipping this was that this was a winter tea. Despite this, I think Sweet Love is perfect for Valentines day. After all, the first day of spring isn’t until late March, it’s still a little cold and grey and the evenings are still closing in at around 5.30PM. It’s all pretty miserable and glum and actually, I don’t know about you, but I’m not quite ready to unwrap myself from my hot water bottle and duvet fueled evening hibernation. It’s still too cold and dark to venture too far from these comforts and so, I can think of few other companions to keep me warm this Valentines if my Boyf doesn’t pull through with something!
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So I took a trip to France, forgetting that Kusmi, which I’ve always wanted to try was from Paris. Then I saw the giant Champs-Elysee store and knew I had to go. I picked up a caramel tea, as well as three of the tins, including this one. I told myself I needed them because I was about to be on a boat for a week and a half without tea if I didn’t get them.
Well now I’m back and many of these are proving to be great breakfast teas. I had this one this morning with some almond milk. Very smooth and tasty, with lots of bergamoty goodness. So glad I got to go to the store and ask about teas in my broken French!
an orangey earl grey. this one reminds me of the russian earl grey from steeped tea that ive had before that is also very good, but this one edges it out. all these tea samples seem to have a fair bit of astringency. pretty sure im committing myself to a long evening of tea drinking tonight.
my favourite tea of the kusmi russian blends sampler so far although ive got troika to go. red currant, cherry, a bit of caramel. funny i was just thinking about the twinings four red fruit tea bags i had years ago, and it has the same currant and cherry flavours in it i remember from that one.
got this in the kusmi russian blends sampler. caught the cola flavour i heard i might expect right away, i liked it quite a bit. by the end of the pot the spiciness was getting to be a bit much for me, mainly cloves. very good, but i will make this on a cup by cup basis from now on.
04/28/17 this really does taste like cola when you add sugar to this (like i do).
I think this came by way of OMGsrsly and MissB but that was all the way back in 2015. It’s possibly too heavily flavoured, but I think it smells (and tastes less) close to it’s namesake. Adding milk turns it into a kind of vanilla perfume creamsicle.
Also, it resulted in this mother moment.
Mom: “This is so much better than teabags.”
Me: “But this came in a teabag.”
Mom: “I don’t understand.”
Flavors: Cream, Malt, Vanilla
Possibly my favourite tea ! ♥ It’s a bit Christmasey, wthout the citrus flavouring though… Cardamom and liquorice are my favourite. Add peppercorn to a black tea and there you have it: my fave!
Spicy and sweet. To me it’s the most comforting tea ever. Perfect with a splash of milk. You can definitely let it brew for only 4 mins, but what’s great about Kusmi is that their tea never get sour if brewed for too long.
I tend to leave the leaves in for as long as I can for a more intense taste.
Flavors: Cardamon, Licorice, Peppercorn, Spicy
So, I’m experimenting with some of my flavoured honeys today and I thought that this was a tea that would work well with pretty much all the flavours I have – it was mostly just a matter of choosing which one.
My options are:
And of course plain.
I didn’t go with garlic or matcha because they just didn’t seem like they’re compliment the flavour, and chocolate and orange spice seemed like they’d compliment it TOO well and wouldn’t really add much. So, then it just came down to cinnamon and coffee. In the end I went with coffee, purely because I’m almost done that jar of honey and I think I should probably finish off some honeys before getting more…
So, I’m currently drinking this mug and honestly? It’s ok. Not really any more or less than that. I like the tea on its own in the first place, and it’s not like it isn’t already a sweet tea so the addition of honey does put it dangerously close to tasting cloying. I actually thought it was make the chocolate the sweetest aspect and that would be the element that would be hard for me, but no it’s the orange that’s a bit too intense and in my face flavour wise.
I can taste the coffee flavour in the honey though, and you know what? It works for me! Instead of a nice duo of flavour this is a really nice trio that feels balanced apart from the general sweetness of the cup. The coffee has a bit of a bitter edge to it, the chocolate is rich, sweet and creamy and the orange is vibrant and juicy with an edge of acidity. It all comes together and works well. Plus, the mate itself has a lovely soft roasty quality too, which also works alongside the coffee.
While not without some cons, this is just a pretty nice midday cuppa. An invigorating one caffeine wise, as well! I definitely look forward to reaping those benefits as well.
As an iced latte, again.
I’m more so tasting the chocolate this time around – it’s very sweet, and obviously creamy from the addition of the milk. Kind of like a really good, liquid version of a plain milk chocolate bar? Though, there are hints of orange in the background and the soft roasty quality of the mate base comes through a little bit. Still really enjoying this one, though!
Well, I was correct – this tea does make a pretty stellar latte.
I drank it earlier today on shift as an iced latte; I can’t even remember what the last hot tea I drank was. At this point, with the current weather, drinking hot tea on shift is just too much on top of working. I need something cool, and refreshing to not feel burnt out.
The chocolate marries really well to the milk though, creating a very silky lighter milk chocolate taste. The orange does blend super seamlessly as it still stands out as very bright and juicy. Despite not mixing together perfectly, it does still compliment the overall flavour a lot though. It’s a nice sweet blend with that great juxtaposition between sweet, creamy indulgent chocolate which is more of a candy/confection sort of thing and naturally sweet fruit notes.
I love the combination of chocolate and orange so I was pretty sure I was going to like this one; happy to see I was right. The chocolate comes through more strongly than the orange, and makes for a sweet, rich top note where as the orange offers a fresh, bright finish as it slowly transitions into the sip. The base comes through quite strongly as well; both roasty and earthy, which compliments the chocolate notes.
I think this one would make a pretty killer latte.
Iced with milk.
It’s really seaweed heavy this time around. I’ve finally kind of pinpointed that it’s the seaweed that’s the cause of that weird sort of powdery mouthfeel thing this has going on. I had sort of guess it might be, but this time around I payed a lot more attention to the amount of seaweed in the leaf I measured out in correlation with that mouthfeel thing. Definitely seems to be a tie in.
Also lots of sweet spearmint too though. My coworkers were pretty into this one.
Really tasty though, despite that weird textural thing that this tea tends to do. I like drinking it late at night because of how relaxing it is; pair it with some good music and you have yourself a really pleasant way to wind down for the evening.
Hot with a splash of milk.
You know, it tasted really good – very much like a Moroccan Mint with that hint of creaminess in taste and mouthfeel from the added milk. There was something sort of weird to it though, perhaps from the seaweed? It just had a bit of a powdery sort of feeling mouthfeel as well that was a little strange. Didn’t seem to affect the flavour though…
Currently drinking a mug of this;
I woke up with a super stuffy nose and a fairly sore throat which pretty well derailed the plans I had for the tea I was going to drink today. So I chose this instead because I thought the mint in it would be good both for my throat and sinuses.
I can’t taste this as well as I’d like to; but the spearmint definitely does come through albeit in a muted way. If nothing else, it does feel good on my throat although it’s not doing much for my sinuses.
This is a queued tasting note.
So, when I placed my Kusmi order I really wasn’t sure what I was looking for. I just knew I wanted new tea from a company I’d yet to order from, and I vaguely was looking for a combination of white, green or mate tea since I don’t have much new on hand for any of those categories. Something in the moment spoke to me about this tea and I impulse bought it. In hind sight, I think it was the fascination of the seaweed?
My first tasting was a cold brew – and honestly? This is a pretty safe, simple flavour profile. It reminds me strongly of Moroccan Mint tea in a lot of ways – same intense spearmint notes and strong vegetal component. Though, while still being VERY vegetal there certainly are more oceanic undertones to this than a typical Moroccan Mint would have. Only negative thing I can really say for this one is that the finish/aftertaste was perhaps a little musty? And even that’s not quite the right word though it’s pretty close to what I’m thinking of.
So yeah, for an impulse purchase I think this was a pretty decent tea. I mean, it’s certainly not mind blowing or overly unique, but I imagine it’ll be safe and consistent and as someone who doesn’t like green tea much anyway those are both good qualities for a blend to have.
The last of the three free sachets that Kusmi added to my order! I actually thought that I’d tried this one before – but I don’t appear to have logged it on steepster so I’m wondering which tea I’m mixing it up with?
Anyway – I found this one pretty solid but ultimately somewhat average. Part of that is of course that I’m not the world’s biggest Earl Grey fan although I do appreciate the occasional cup of it. I kind of thought the bergamot in this particular blend was sort of “middle of the road” in regard to how strong it was. It was also complimented by lavender, caramel, and red currant notes. I appreciated that this was obviously a non-traditional EG but that it didn’t get too crazy as far as the extra flavours/ingredients in it go. I doubt I’d ever want to stock this one, especially given that Kusmi tins come in 125g quantities typically – but as a one off cup? I definitely enjoyed and appreciated it.