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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
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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
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.
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.
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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.
Another free sachet that Kusmi added to my last order. I was pretty excited about this one because I do really adore pineapple stuff in general. It tasted very pineapple-y too, so that was a big win for me. Kind of cross between candied pineapple and bubblegum? I couldn’t taste the base tea(s) that clearly – with how many there are it was pretty muddled. Smooth overall though, with just enough fruity sweetness!
One of three free sachets that Kusmi sent with my recent order.
Despite not loving green tea in general, this one wasn’t too bad. I definitely think that, based on my previous experiences and this one, green Darjeelings are more weighted towards the flavour notes that are distinct in typical Chinese greens rather than Japanese. This one read as very grassy to me, as well as having lemony undertones and timothy hay notes. It was pretty smooth, without any real astringency.
It made for a nice thoughtless cup to sip on while watching The 100 with roommates and nomming on some vegetarian Sushi. Green tea in general tends to work well with sushi, and in this case it was the lemon notes pairing the best with the food. A Japanese green would have been more appropriate, but this was still quite good.
Marzipan with vegetal green tea. My main hangup is the actual tea doesn’t have a lot of heft in the face of that marzipan flavour. My mind keeps wanting to add salt to turn the dessert nuts into savoury ones (but it would possibly also turn the veggies into seaweed)!
Oh, well. There’s still a lot to enjoy about this one. It won’t be hard to drink the rest of the sampler tin up! Will play around with the temperature next time.
Flavors: Grass, Marzipan, Vegetal
This strange blend has been my go to cup for the last week or two. The house is undergoing some major renos, and I’m pretty sure this, along with a few other teas, are what has kept me sane.
It’s somewhat dry, medicinal, and grassy, which I find pleasantly unpleasant. It also tastes of sunscreen beach days and toasty pineapples, which is simply pleasant.
The word “detox” generally has me roll my eyes, and I’m not sure the flavour profile would please the majority of people, but Blue Detox still made my repurchase list!
Flavors: Earth, Flowers, Grass, Mint, Pineapple
My aunt brought me back three Kusmi teas from Paris, and she said this is her favourite one. I was pretty skeptical, because my one prior encounter with Kusmi wasn’t that awesome and “detox” is in the name, but I should’ve had a little more faith.
I’m currently addicted to this tea. I haven’t even tried the other two gift teas; I just keep making pots and pots. It’s the tropical pineapple tea I never knew I wanted.
The choice of bases (unknown green tea (37%), mate (17%), rooibos), creates an incredibly earthy backdrop. The mint accentuates the pineapple flavouring and the mate in a lovely way- I’ve always been a big fan of sweet, fresh mate blends though.
This also contains sunflower petals, nettle leaves, guarana seed, and rosehip seeds; I’m less familiar with most of those ingredients but they seem to have worked out well here.
I’m only worried that it’s possible to drink too much nettle tea (no clue how much is actually in here)!
Flavors: Earth, Floral, Grass, Mint, Nutty, Pineapple, Spices, Wood