St. Petersburg

Tea type
Black Tea
Bergamot, Berries, Caramel, Chinese Black Tea, Vanilla
Caramel, Fruity, Bergamot, Spices, Vanilla, Floral, Raspberry, Dark Chocolate, Tart, Berries, Citrus, Red Fruits, Tea
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Loose Leaf, Sachet
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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec 3 g 13 oz / 378 ml

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  • “Even though I apparently didn’t get all the cinnamon flavoring off my basket, this tea was so much better. Bonus: the adorable tin. I really like this tea, it’s fruity and caramely, but I don’t...” Read full tasting note
  • “I think the caramel and the red fruits in this tea combine in such a way that makes it taste like tea lightly flavored with red berry syrup. There’s no tartness usually associated with things red...” Read full tasting note

From Kusmi Tea

Russian blend of Chinese black tea with natural scents of bergamot, red fruits, vanilla and caramel.
Created to celebrate the tricentennary of the city of St Petersburg.

Tasting advice: delicious plain or sweetened

This fruity tasting tea has been created for the 300th anniversary of Saint Petersburg where Kusmi Tea was orginally founded in 1867.

Origin: China
Main flavor: citrus with gourmand note
Quantity needed: 0,1 oz.

Time of day: afternoon
Ideal water temperature: 185°F – 195°F
Recommended brewing time: 3-4 min

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125 Tasting Notes

325 tasting notes

Finally some Kusmi tea that hasn’t been sitting in the cupboard for several years!

This was an excellent wake up call this morning (okay, afternoon). With the black base present, but not overpowering, and strong raspberry notes, I could see myself drinking quite a lot of this in the future. Next comes a fairly light caramel note and there’s just a hint of floral in there too. I wouldn’t have guessed that berries and caramel would mix that well, but it works. Haven’t had much from Kusmi yet, and I’ve got quite a few new ones to try, but so far this is my favourite by them.

Flavors: Caramel, Floral, Raspberry

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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89 tasting notes

This tastes like potent candied citrus notes because of the the bergamot; can also detect notes of berries, and sweet notes of caramel. Interesting tea but not my taste. It makes me want to visit France and see Kusmi’s full selection though!

Flavors: Bergamot, Berries, Caramel, Citrus


Have you tried any of the other Russian Kusmi tea blends? I really love the series!

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1060 tasting notes

Thank you Cameron B. for this sample. My first Kusmi tea!

This tea is nice, but all of the flavors are so subdued that I find myself wanting more. I wish the bergamot was just a bit stronger, and I keep hoping for a little more berry flavor. The caramel note is present more as the tea cools, to and while it’s nice it’s not enough to make me want more. All together it’s a nice enough blend, but it’s nothing that I have to have in my cupboard.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

Yeah, I found most of the Russian blends to be fairly mild, with the exception of Bouquet of Flowers.


The few teas I’ve had from Russia have been such big, bold teas, so that was what I was expecting. Now I know! :)

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20 tasting notes

The caramel comes out with milk and sugar. There is a bit of “dried fruit.” Brewing it stronger would have helped.

Flavors: Caramel

Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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11 tasting notes

In typical Kusmi fashion, a very flavourful tea. An easy brew, tasty and rich. I’d recommend it for sure.

Flavors: Bergamot, Caramel

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

Have you tried any other teas from the Russian Kusmi tea selection? St. Petersburg is one of my favourites, although Anastasia is also amazing.

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22 tasting notes

Great tea! I got a sample when I bought my new glass pot in Berlin, and I have to say that this was amazing. The caramel kicked in at the end, which is reasonable. You can feel the fruits all the way though!

Flavors: Caramel, Red Fruits

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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88 tasting notes

from yesterday afternoon :
This time I rate it a bit higher, because I enjoyed it as if it were a pure Marco Polo (caramel black tea). The citrus fruits once more get lost during the brewing process, which is a shame, according to me.

Flavors: Caramel, Tea

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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636 tasting notes

HHTTB #1/18

Thank you TeaSipper for organizing this box and adding in a small sample of this tea. I have been eyeing the Kusmi Russian sampler for a while now so when I saw this in the box I had to give it a go. It was a nice cup, but nothing that rocked my socks off and screamed buy me. It had hints of berry and citrus with a sweet note in the back of the sip. I would be willing to give this one another try on a different day. I would see it being my mood, but this my quash my interest in buying the sampler pack for now.

Cameron B.

I actually recently bought that sampler and I would love to send you some samples if you’d like. :)


Well, this sample wasn’t exactly in the best packaging, so maybe you’d like it better fresher?

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237 tasting notes

Ok, I have never said this about any tea before, but I will just be very blunt and say that the steeped result and the taste of this tea made me instantly nauseous. I usually don’t mind bergamot and I don’t know if it’s the combination with the berries that make it so terrible but this is the worst tea I have had yet.


That’s pretty bad. :( I remember thinking it was odd and I haven’t reached for it much…


Yes, well I think the reason why I don’t like it is that the texture of the tea is syrupy and the bergamot and berry flavours together create a blend of ultra sweet and acidic, so it reminds me of cough syrup. It does not taste like cough syrup at all, but it reminds me of it a lot, and just the thought of cough syrup is enough to make me physically gag, so again…Probably just me making it sound way worst than it is :P


It must be bad if it’s worse than the lavender!

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972 tasting notes

Sad sad sipdown… :( Drinking the last cup of this make me want to regret sending out samples of it to several people. But then I remember how much tea I have… And then I get excited because I now have an empty tin to use! Hooray!

I still really like this one, even though I’ve tasted a lot of different things since I last had it. I do find myself needing to add sugar because of the bergamot, but that’s more of a personal preference and I don’t blame the tea. I wonder if the Kusmi store does refills on mini-tins… :D

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I think it’s time to come down to NYC and have fun in Kusmi, H&S and David’s
I’m not sure about mini tin. Last time I refilled she just pour it in a kusmi logo bag


I seem to recall asking about the mini tins and she told me only the large ones. But I could be misremembering.

Cameron B.

Nicole, I wouldn’t be surprised. It seems a lot of places are against their customers being able to buy small amounts of tea… Greedy jerks. :P


Yeah, usually 1 ounce is perfect. 2 is okay but 3 and over is a lot for those of us who keep lots of varieties on hand… :)

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