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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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drank Troika by Kusmi Tea
43 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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drank Kashmir Tchai by Kusmi Tea
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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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drank Alain Ducasse by Kusmi Tea
43 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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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
2793 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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drank Spicy Chocolate by Kusmi Tea
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Flavors: Chocolate, Spices

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drank Prince Vladimir by Kusmi Tea
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drank Imperial Label by Kusmi Tea
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drank Be Cool by Kusmi Tea
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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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Had this one over the weekend – I’ll do a bigger write up at a later time since my laptop battery is about to die, but I just wanted to capture that I really enjoyed the flavour of the tea. It was a little astringent, but I think that’s from the temperature of what I used. However, the flavour was bright and lively with a crisp lime note and bold bergamot. Floral undertone; but fruity feeling overall!

I had it with strawberry macarons – and the combo of lime and strawberry was really delicious too!

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drank Tsarevna by Kusmi Tea
507 tasting notes

Another tea from exchange meeting – and exchanged this one. So, I do not know how old it could be. Hopefully, not so much, but when it is wrapped in foil, I hope it would not be bad.

When brewed, it smells nice. Mostly orange zest and bit of spices. In taste t is similar, but I expected much more pronounced spices. It was like earl grey, but with quite weak base black tea and little bit of spices. Nothing very distinctive. I expected much more stronger tastes. But overall it was nice, mellow tea..

Flavors: Clove, Orange Zest

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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This was a lovely cold brew. Very refined and succulent peachy flavor. Reminds me of the fruitiness of a good quality dan cong. Natural tasting and not overly strong. White peach was the dominant flavor here; I couldn’t really taste the blackcurrant. If it’s there, it’s subtle and doesn’t try to compete with the peach. Mind you, I always blend my flavored teas with a straight so that could be why it was so faint.

Although I love peaches, it’s been a while since I’ve actually had a peach flavored tea. Teavana’s Peach Tranquility was a favorite of mine back in the day. It was good but had a lot going on. This tastes more similar to Lupicia’s Momo Super Grade oolong, a baozhong subtly scented with Japanese white peach. It’s got a purer flavor that tastes just like ripe summer peaches.

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
Iced
Dustin

Lupicia’s Momoko green is my favorite peach tea. They do such a good bright peach flavor.

LuckyMe

I agree, Lupicia’s peach flavoring is really exquisite

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Not a tea I would have picked out on my own but was seduced by its divine aroma. I ambient brewed it today blended with a mellow green tea, then poured over ice for a really delicious and refreshing iced tea. The taste reminded me of fresh baked blueberry pie. The blueberry flavoring is very well done here; light and totally natural tasting with a gentle coconut accent in the background. I’m usually not a fan of coconut flavoring and appreciated the fact they didn’t go overboard with the coconut.

Note that I have yet to try this straight or hot brewed since I find most flavored teas too overpowering on their own. All 3 of the teas I bought from Kusmi turned out to be winners. I really appreciate the subtle, true to life flavoring and after writing off flavored tea a while ago, it’s made me give them a second look.

Flavors: Blueberry, Coconut

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drank Tropical White by Kusmi Tea
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Discovered this colorful, brightly lit tea shop at one of the Paris metro stations. The brand looked vaguely familiar although I don’t think I’ve ever had it. The store seemed like a French version of Teavana with a large selection of blends and straight teas. This was one of the samples they offered me and I liked it so much that I ended up buying it along with a couple of other teas.

This tea is an example of a well done blend. White tea because of its delicateness can get overpowered or lost with other flavorings. But here you can still taste its soft texture underlying the subtle tropical flavor. The passion fruit and mango mingle together beautifully to add a sweet, pleasing tang. I had this iced and it was fantastic…the perfect summer refresher.

Flavors: Mango, Passion Fruits, Tropical

Preparation
Iced
Roswell Strange

Kusmi teas are really hit or miss for me; there’s a shop here in Montreal and whenever I’m the area I try to stop in even if it’s just to try a free sample. Their blending style is nice; they never really mask the base choice – I just find a lot of the flavour profiles overlap quite a bit.

LuckyMe

@Roswell, good to know they don’t mask the base as I like subtle flavoring. I bought two other blends sight unseen: a peach green and blueberry coconut. Hoping they turn out to be food as this one.

LuckyMe

*as good as this one (damn you autocorrect!)

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drank Boost by Kusmi Tea
337 tasting notes

Part 2 of my mini tin gift pack that I received last Christmas or so. It came with Spicy Chocolate, Anatasia and Boost. Weird combo, I know lol.

So… I liked this one. I had my doubts after reading some of the reviews. If you don’t like strong ginger or cinnamon, this will be your nightmare. The label says a blend of maté, green tea, cinnamon bark, and ginger. It’s a robust, full taste, unlike the Spicy Chocolate. It’s a smooth tea, and I can still taste the ginger and cinnamon well after finishing the sip.

I drank it hot. 2 tsp in 10 oz, 175°F. Steeped for 3 min. Says it is good iced but today was the first time trying it. I have like 20g to go so maybe I’ll try it iced next time.

It’s 16:07 here, and felt a little tired before I drank it. I definitely feel the anti-fatigue effects. So, that’s good. :) I recommend it if you like ginger.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Ginger

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Spicy Chocolate by Kusmi Tea
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Sipdown. I had received a cute little gift set that included this. The little tin cans are adorable. Girly girly moment I guess.

I liked it as suggested but it was far better with splashes of milk and ice cubes. Is that a latte? I know nothing about how you all prepare your lattes… Etc. lol I just know that the cardamom, cloves, cocoa… Etc. melded together better with a little milk and ice cubes. Maybe because it is so hot outside.

Alone, it was good too. I wouldn’t classify it as rich though. Very light taste. Unflavored black teas have stronger notes. I could taste (as usual) only a hint of the cocoa. The cloves were more prominent. It’s a light tea though, no matter how long I brewed it. Desert tea, for sure.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cocoa, Spices

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML
Kittenna

I think a lot of people do the classic hot milk/froth/extra-strong shot of steeped tea sort of latte. I’m too lazy for that, and only do the infuse-directly-into-hot-milk type, and the add-a-splash-of-milk type. Neither of which are likely technically lattes, but IMO has a similar effect?

Kawaii433

@Kittenna I’m too lazy for all that too. Guess I’m a “Add-a-splash-of-milk” type here. I agree that it all has a similar effect. Thanks for some clarification. Always love feedback :)

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drank Prince Vladimir by Kusmi Tea
2805 tasting notes

I didn’t find a whole lot to note about this tea. I did get citrus and what I think is muddy bergamot but it was a bit bitter/acrid and nothing was distinctive. All the flavours were too blended together to make out distinct flavour profiles.

Flavors: Bergamot, Bitter, Blood orange, Citrus Zest, Lemon Zest

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drank Prince Vladimir by Kusmi Tea
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Coca-Cola and vanilla notes (scent/taste) in the beginning of the first few sips that gradually change to a more robust black tea with a hint of bitterness. The sweetness and vanilla flavours increases over time. I must say that I get a nice boost of energy after drinking 2 to 3 cups of this tasty tea. There is a definitely weak bergamot scent and taste – I think the vanilla overwhelm the others flavours, so it can be hard to distinguish the others savour of this tea like for example the citrus tang. WATER USED: Nestle Pure Life – Each additional cup I added 30 sec.

Flavors: Bergamot, Bitter, Citrus, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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