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I received this box of Kusmi Russian Morning teabags from my parents. The first two times I tried it, I didn’t like it — it was too smoky and not smooth enough for me. The smell of the tea before brewing is also pretty offputting because of how dark and bitter it seems. I’m surprised I gave it a third try, but I’m glad I did — this time it turned out much smoother and I can see why others like it. I don’t think I’ll buy more of this tea because there are others I prefer, but I would have this if I were in a restaurant or at a friend’s house.
I just received this tea today and i have been craving it for quite some time. I must say it’s quite nice to see those silver needles scattered among the black tea leaves. As you open the tin, the smoky aroma hits you and if you pay a little attention you’ll immediately feel a citrus-spice vibe going on. Like some lemons with cinnamon and a bit of cloves. I love that this aroma keeps up as the leaves are steeped unlike most blends that have nothing to do with the aromas before steeping. It’s not too smoky nor is it too tangy. Just a perfect combination with earthy and woody undertones and a subtle spicy kick to it as you drink it. If you can still find it, as i did…i truly recommend getting it because it’s an awesome blend.
Flavors: Bergamot, Cinnamon, Citrus Fruits, Cloves, Dark Wood, Earth, Lemon Zest, Smoke
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!
For me: www.Tastethetea.co.uk
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
Scrambling right now to do all my last minute packing because I’m a serial procrastinator. We leave for vacation, officially, in forty minutes. Which is like… no time at all.
I have all my clothing and tea packed, at least, I just have yet to pack hygiene stuff, electronics, things to do on the car ride, all that good stuff. I’m taking a moment to pause and have a cup of tea though – or at least that’s how I’m choosing to look at it. One could also say that I’m just continuing to procrastinate though. Mental health is important though, and I know I’m just not gonna feel right if I don’t sneak a cuppa in before we take off.
I chose this one, both for the rich dessert like and comforting flavours and for the fact it packs a big caffeine punch – right now those are equally important things. It’s very, very chocolate heavy with sweet, zesty orange undertones sweeping in and fully coating the surface of my mouth. Delicious! The mate is more subtle; just a hint of light roast alongside the chocolate notes; primarily in the top of the sip, and quickly fading into obscurity. It’s full bodied and rich, but relaxing.
Ok – moment of calm done; back to packing now!
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.
Pot of tea, with some almond milk.
Almond milk may have been a weird choice; the nuttiness really came through quite strongly and I thought it provided a sort of cacophonous juxtaposition with the spearmint in the blend, which is also quite strong. Still finished the whole pot though, ‘cause I was really digging the spearmint even if I didn’t like the almond pairing as much. Mouthfeel was REALLY rich/thick too, which I found satisfying.
Song Pairing: https://youtu.be/L4GrDOOIIbk
One of those song that I’d literally heard a dozen times and knew ALL the lyrics for, but has no idea what it was called or who sang it. It was a very satisfying moment when I accidentally stumbled upon it on Youtube and it all clicked into place.
I like it paired with this tea for a few reasons. For starters, there’s colour imagery associate with the song (emerald) and I can’t help but associate strongly minty teas with that same sort of green imagery. So, in a way this is kind of a pairing of “auras”. However, there’s also a lot of aquatic imagery in this song, and considering this is a blend with literal seaweed in it that also just sort of clicked into place for me and just felt… right.