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80
drank Anastasia by Kusmi Tea
765 tasting notes

This tea is quite mildly flavored, but the black tea is pretty high quality. Tasty maltiness, decently rich. Somehow, this is reminding me of the creme brulee I ate earlier. I can’t point out exactly what spices are included, but it all goes together quite well. It’s too bad there was only one serving left in the tin! I’m enjoying it with milk and sugar.

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70
drank Earl Grey by Kusmi Tea
765 tasting notes

Pretty mild for an EG, but the black tea is decently tasty. I wish there were more bergamot! With sugar and milk, it’s pleasant. Not one of the better EGs I’ve had, but not as bad as a lot of the other reviews seem to indicate!

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99
drank AquaExotica by Kusmi Tea
765 tasting notes

I love when a fruit tea brings something new to the table, and this one definitely has! The citrus flavor is so crisp and fresh. And it’s not like orange either. I’m not sure what it is…tangerine? I just love that they’re doing something different with this one. It’s pleasantly tart, complex, and delicious. Really the perfect cold beverage.

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Well… it is different. Unusual. Interesting. Not your everyday white tea for sure.
I actually got it by accident, I was rushing through the Paris main train station, trying to catch my Eurostar on time, I knew I wanted to try their Tropical White tea they released at the time, so I grabbed the first white can I saw. What was my disappointment when I noticed at home I got the White Anastasia instead of Tropical White – even more disappointing, because where I live (Cambridge) we don’t have a Kusmi store with all the new releases.
I wasn’t too happy about it at first but I decided to give it a go anyway – and WHAT A NICE SURPRISE!

Be careful with it, don’t steep it for too long as it becomes bitter. I prefer it brewed in colder water, around 70-75 degrees, and not for too long. Even few seconds too long will make it bitter.
But if you don’t overdo it, you will be met with a lovely surprise – it is sour-fruity, citrusy, zingy and FRESH.
Goes well with sweets (well, what doesn’t, one might ask), good for morning, afternoon and evening. Feels different, interesting and a bit ‘special’. If you’re a fan of traditional Earl Grey – this is a must try!
I’m glad I made this mistake purchase – it seems we were meant to be together ;-)|

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 350 OZ / 10350 ML

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98
drank Imperial Label by Kusmi Tea
2 tasting notes

It took me some time realising that I actually reallly like this tea. In fact, it is probably one of my favourite tea’s in my stash since it has a very layered flavour. The smell is delicious as well. I particularly don’t really taste liquorice but more of an overall spice blend. Also like the sencha tea that is the base of the blend. I am on my second tin.

I get the soapy part people are talking about. According to the packaging it should be brewed at 80. However, the hotter the water is, the less soapy flavour comes out.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Licorice, Orange, Spicy

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Orange, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Flavors: Bergamot, Caramel, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Sweet Love by Kusmi Tea
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Thank you to Kawaii433 for sending a bag of satchets of this blend to me! I was very excited to finally try a Kusmi blend. I don’t think this one is for me, though I’m very grateful to have tried it. I’m not getting any pineapple. Only a strong mint and maté flavor, which is a bit assaulting.

Kawaii433

lol I felt the same way. I was hoping that you’d like it because you like mint. I’ve learned that I can’t handle any mint in tea /cry.

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68
drank Troika by Kusmi Tea
44 tasting notes

Preparing another tea to help me finish my day. Just comeback from helping a neighbour and did some grocery, very cold temperature (-22C).

Loose leaves put inside a tea bag then poured in a tea glass. A dark-red brown opaque liquor. Smell mildly like bergamot.

A little bit malty with a medium bergamot flavour and I can definitely taste the black tea. A smooth earl-grey blend, with a hint of orange finish taste.

WATER USED: Nestle Pure Life

Flavors: Bergamot, Malt, Orange

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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79
drank Kashmir Tchai by Kusmi Tea
44 tasting notes

Loose tea put inside a tea bag then served in a glass vessel — a dark clean and clear gold liquor.

Smells: sweet, cookie, citrusy and spicy

It start with a sweet cookie flavour then the grounded black pepper appear. After a few sips, the cookie flavour is weaker and seem to change into cloves. Now, it is a mix of cloves, cookie and spices flavours. A well balanced smooth chai with a hint of a woody flavour.

WATER USED: Nestle Pure Life

Flavors: Black Pepper, Cloves, Cookie, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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73
drank Alain Ducasse by Kusmi Tea
44 tasting notes

First stepping 1:40 and second steeping 2:10, Definitely taste like raspberry with a very slight touch of bitterness. The rose flavour increase over time as you drink the tea. It feel-taste like as if I was walking in a forest — there is a taste that I have difficult to pin point maybe like a rainforest kind of.

A night under a full moon, I feel relaxed and drifting in dreams. A warm gentle breeze on my skin, walking into a forest hearing piano notes. The infinity, I don’t want to wake up.

WATER USED: Nestle Pure Life

Flavors: Bitter, Rainforest, Raspberry, Rose

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 240 ML

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67
drank BB Detox by Kusmi Tea
5267 tasting notes

This tastes slightly like minty apple. Very fresh. Very green. Not sure what else but as far as detox teas go, this is nice. Thanks for sharing Roswell Strange!

Roswell Strange

I believe it’s meant to be grapefruit – but regardless I was pretty impressed by how much I liked this one!

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So I found myself really craving Milk Oolong for my afternoon tea today. I was just going to just brew it western style like I usually do since gong fu is such a hassle for me and the opposite of the relaxing, focused tea experience it should be, but I had a 5g sample of this leaf from the Discovery Traveling Teabox (thank you to Skysamurai for organizing and all participants for sharing their tea!) and wanted to use it one go and that was a pretty ideal amount for a single gong fu session. One of the reasons I dislike doing gong fu is I have to haul my kettle out of the kitchen into my dining room (and hook it up with an extention cord) and then I just find pouring with a gaiwan a chore that is uncomfortable on my hands, but I got this cute little teapot that holds just under two cups (I could comfortably max it around 480ml?) from my Mom for Christmas. So what if it isn’t exactly traditional? It isn’t like I have to completely fill it, and it is comfortable, right? I filled a giant thermos with boiled water so I wouldn’t have to run back and forth to the kitchen to the kettle or have to haul the kettle out of the kitchen onto the dining table with the extention cord, and just decided to use the little ceramic glazed pot from my mom to steep in, making sure my leaf-to-water ratio was consistent. No burnt fingers! This may have been the nicest gong fu brewing session I’ve ever had…

4.86g / 80ml (ceramic teapot) / 205F / rinse|25s|30s|35s|40s|45s|50s|60s

From the aroma of the tea, I picked up butter, cinnamon spice, steamed vegetables, and floral lilac. The first steep was the most prominent with a buttery flavor, and tasted of buttered vegetables, lilac, honey, and quite sweet and creamy. The second steep brought out a stronger floral flavor, though the vegetal note became stronger toward the end of the sip; the buttery taste was not as strong as the first infusion, but present in the aftertaste. The buttery note continued to become a bit more subtle in subsequent infusions, and the vegetal and floral notes became a bit stronger. The third steep brought out an somewhat earthy/mineral taste to the vegetal note, which had a strong spinach/artichoke taste. By the fifth infusion I found the tea starting to weaken a bit, but the buttery notes were again starting to taste a little more pronounced as the floral and vegetal flavors were loosing their oomph, and I also tasted a nuttiness coming out in the leaf. As I started the taste the leaf giving out and was filling up on tea, I chose to stack the last few infusions to drink a larger, more buttery final cup. It was an overall satisfying session that hit the spot for what I was wanting. Thanks for the share!

Flavors: Artichoke, Butter, Cinnamon, Creamy, Earth, Floral, Honey, Mineral, Nutty, Orchid, Spinach, Vegetables, Vegetal

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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drank Spicy Chocolate by Kusmi Tea
2810 tasting notes

I’ve got to catch up with my advent tea logging! Whoops!
I don’t really like chocolate teas, and so this tea works out for me, as I don’t taste too much chocolate.
The spices taste rather bitter to me, so this is not my favorite blend. Not bad to try, but I’m not going to bring it in permanently.

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95
drank Spicy Chocolate by Kusmi Tea
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Flavors: Chocolate, Spices

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95
drank Prince Vladimir by Kusmi Tea
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90
drank BB Detox by Kusmi Tea
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90
drank Imperial Label by Kusmi Tea
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90
drank Be Cool by Kusmi Tea
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85
drank BB Detox by Kusmi Tea
10233 tasting notes

Cold Brew!

This was the brew from today, and while it was nice I thought the flavour faltered a little bit from my recollection of it as a hot brew. To start, it wasn’t really a sweet or distinct grapefruit flavour at all – sure, it was sort of citrus-y but not like I remember it being and not in a way where you could name the citrus you were tasting. The dandelion and mint were both pretty present in the cup, and the mint in particular made it very cooling and freshingly crisp. I also tasted a lot of the greener yerba mate and a hint of the grassier green tea. Light to medium bodied, and balanced aside from the lack of grapefruit…

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drank BB Detox by Kusmi Tea
10233 tasting notes

I stopped by the Kusmi store here in MTL a few weeks ago because I wanted to see if they were stocking the Kusmi advent calendar but sadly it looks like it wont be available in Canada this year – unless you were lucky enough to order it from the USA or international website before they ran out of stock.

I took a bit of a browse through the store though since I was there anyway, and I ended up smelling a sniffer of this tea and it just hit me as a really nice and fresh smelling grapefruit. I then saw that this is a mate blend, and the combination of a super sweet and fresh smelling grapefruit combined with yerba mate was enough to get me to bite! I picked up a tin…

Made a mug of it over the weekend and this is actually incredibly delicious. It’s very fresh tasting and a little bit sweet, with a crisp zest grapefruit note that I would compare to the kind of grapefruit note you’d pick up from a really ripe pink grapefruit or from a cold and refreshing Fresca. It’s also minty, but a sweet and subtle mint that adds a nice finishing note; it’s not the main flavour in the cup but it there and present.

I can see this being a very nice morning cuppa!

VariaTEA

I used to love the Kusmi store. And I lived so close to it. And it is so close to the cronut bakery.

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