Cameron B sent some Anastasia in a swap and I was swept off my feet by it. When I expressed interest in trying the white tea version, she said she owned that one, too, and generously volunteered to send me a sample of that…as well as a ton of other great looking teas!
This is everything I wanted it to be. I am not a fan of many Earl Grey teas but I like bergamot done right. Anastasia was captivating, and White Anastasia is just as good. Even hubby liked it when I offered him a sip, which is great because he doesnt drink much black tea as he always wants milk and sugar in it and he wants to forego those to be healthier.
The white version has the same lovely flavors, a hint of briskness, possibly from the tea but also likely from the citrus, and is soft and gentle at the same time that it is flavorful and commands your attention. There is room for both on my shelf. I love the addition of orange blossom in this.
Funny thing – I was reading a novel (The Weed That Strings The Hangman’s Bag) while I was drinking my tea and the main character goes into the St. Nicholas Tea Room, which boasts a silver samovar they call Peter the Great that supposedly made tea for “Tsar Nicholas and his unfortunate daughters.” One of whom was Anastasia, of course! Isn’t life funny with its many coincidences?
Thank you enormously, Cameron B! A Kusmi order is on the horizon, and will probably include both Anastasias as well as Troika.