I’ve been binging on Earl Grey today, but it’s after 6pm, so it seemed an opportune time to brew up a glass of Kusmi Decaffeinated Earl Grey, which came in one of the sample tin sets. This is a great way to test out Kusmi, by the way. Each tin contains nearly an ounce, so plenty to really get to know the tea before investing in the next size up: 4 ounces!
As I have found generally to be the case with the dried Kusmi flavored blends, the scent is very strong. A deep bergamot and fruitiness suffuses the tea leaves. The liquor is dark amber and much less strongly scented. I took a quick sip of the unadulterated brew and immediately concluded that this is a “must adulterate” Earl Grey. The taste sans cream is simply too harsh and scratchy for me. My impression is that Kusmi uses the same China black as the base for most of these teas, and I appear not to be a fan.
With cream, however, this ended up being a tasty treat—the unexpected enjoyment of Earl Grey way past my caffeine cut-off deadline!