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drank Anastasia by Kusmi Tea
124 tasting notes

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I got the tea box on Wednesday and since I am in wedding celebration crunch time (Sept 24th), I decided to take samplings of teas that piqued my interest, add my contributions and send it on its way again so I can enjoy the samples over a longer period of time. I managed to find two types of Kusmi tea in the box: Tsarevna and Anastasia. This is my first time trying Kusmi tea and I am pretty excited; it was one of the companies on my “want to try” list.

Preparation: Western
Tasting Note: Really nice smooth base, lots of deep floral notes and the citrus/bergamot wasn’t over powering. So far I can see why people like Kusmi tea’s blacks. Would drink again if I had more. :)

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80
drank White Berries by Kusmi Tea
2884 tasting notes

I received a single sachet of this as a free sample with my small Kusmi order. I was actually considering ordering this exact tea, but decided on the White Bellini instead because I’ve enjoyed Kusmi’s peach white teas in the past. But I was excited to find this sachet when I opened the box! :3

I didn’t remember that Kusmi’s “white” teas actually use a mixed white and green base, so I steeped it at a white tea temperature. It did come out very slightly bitter, but not enough to ruin the mug. I quite like this tea, the “forest fruits” flavor is very heavy on the blackcurrant, which makes it very dark and rich and syrupy. So overall it’s quite jammy-tasting, which is unusual and tasty on a white base. There’s some nice nuttiness from the green tea as well.

I’ll have to keep it in mind for a possible future purchase. And since I really enjoyed the peach and blackcurrant white tea that Kusmi used to make before the rebrand, it would be interesting to try mixing this and the White Bellini to see if I could recreate a similar flavor…

Flavors: Black Currant, Floral, Hay, Jam, Nutty, Oats, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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72

This is pretty typical for a mint green tea. Nothing bad, but nothing new. The green tea adds a bit of intrigue to the mint, but I prefer both green tea and mint paired with different things over this combination.

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70
drank Lovely Night by Kusmi Tea
1634 tasting notes

It’s hard to distinguish what flavor this is supposed to be. I taste a combination of herbs, but nothing really stands out. It’s okay cold, but it’s more like a sick tea than something you drink for fun. There’s definitely plenty of licorice.

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72
drank Happy Mind by Kusmi Tea
1634 tasting notes

This is a pleasant combination of ingredients. It’s a nice herbal blend, where I can taste something gingery. Sweet and savory flavors combine in a pleasant way. It’s not special or amazing, but it’s good.

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82

There’s something about this that I really like. The flavor tastes like lemongrass and a subtle sort of something, though I’m not sure what. It’s lightly fruity, and I’d totally drink it again. This is the second time I’ve had a Kusmi tea without realizing there was mate in there. I don’t usually enjoy it, but apparently I don’t mind the way Kusmi does it!

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70
drank Tropical White by Kusmi Tea
1634 tasting notes

This smells super tropical. The flavor is definitely still tropical, but the base takes over a little, and white tea isn’t really my thing. I can’t tell exactly what fruits it’s going for, but I can taste something like pineapple. The base is a little drying and plant-like. If the tropical flavors were stronger, this would be really great.

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72
drank Russian Morning N°24 by Kusmi Tea
1634 tasting notes

This is a nice hearty black tea. Something in the base isn’t super agreeable to me, maybe tasting a bit vegetal and not rich and malty enough. It’s still pretty tasty with milk, just not ideal.

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72
drank Feel Zen by Kusmi Tea
1634 tasting notes

This one didn’t taste great plain, but once I added milk, I enjoyed it more. It’s difficult to nail down what flavor it’s going for. It’s fruity and tasty, but I wouldn’t get it again. The fruit is maybe orange or apple. The rooibos is decent.

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70
drank White Anastasia by Kusmi Tea
1634 tasting notes

This tastes quite floral, though it’s hard to tell what kind. I think I notice a little peach. I guess the other flavor is bergamot, though it’s hard to pick it out when it’s not paired with black tea. It’s a little too strong on a white base vs a black base.

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70
drank Be Cool by Kusmi Tea
1634 tasting notes

This tastes a little murky and minty with some random other herbal flavors in there. I feel pretty neutral toward it. It’s possible it would improve with a shorter steep, but I only have this one advent tea bag, so I can’t test.

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80
drank Only Spices by Kusmi Tea
1634 tasting notes

This is mild and not spicy at all. I get a good deal of licorice flavor, and there are some other supporting spices. It tastes nice with or without milk. It’s pleasant and herbal, and I’d consider ordering it again. It’s a nice, mild herbal chai.

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78
drank AquaSummer by Kusmi Tea
1634 tasting notes

Whoops, I totally oversteeped this while accidentally eating way too much ice cream. Luckily, it turned out perfectly okay. I’m drinking it cold. The flavor is mild and peachy and not too tart at all. It’s subtle, and it’s another one from Kusmi that I’d consider ordering despite being generally tired of peach teas. I appreciate that it goes in a slightly different direction than others.

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81

The strongest thing I taste is lemon. It’s nice and herbal and savory in just the right way. I prefer this one cold because then you get more intricacy from the flavor. I’m enjoying this lemon here – it’s much more herbal-leaning than tart. It’s a fun change. I didn’t realize this tea had mate in it – it blends very nicely.

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86
drank Sweet Break by Kusmi Tea
1634 tasting notes

This tastes lightly biscuity. The flavor is so surprising. I only have this advent sample, but I’d consider buying more. It genuinely tastes like baked goods. I wish I’d tried this warm before refrigerating it because I think it might be best warm with milk. I’m still enjoying it sweetened cold. The resteep tastes almost the same. It’s sort of like an orange cake or something. Very intriguing.

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76
drank White Bellini by Kusmi Tea
1634 tasting notes

This tastes pretty high quality. I taste the peach and also the base tea. They’re quite well balanced. I get a bit of a floral flavor, but it’s not too strong. This makes a nice cold drink.

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The rose is the main thing I taste, and it’s a little strong for me. I ended up watering it down a little. I steeped this properly, but it still got a little bitter/astringent for me. I don’t love the tea base they used, and I would have preferred more complexity here. This one isn’t terrible, just really not my preference.

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85
drank Earl Grey Intense by Kusmi Tea
1634 tasting notes

This is a nice EG. The bergamot is strong, and the black tea is high quality. There’s almost a creamy/vanilla flavor, but maybe that’s my imagination. It was better warm the first day, but it was decent cold the second day too. The resteep was good. I wouldn’t necessarily seek this out over other versions, but it’s tasty.

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80

The almond flavor is really clear, desserty, and tasty. The rooibos is high quality with none of the weird qualities that sometimes creep in. The almond and rooibos go really well together. I enjoyed this one sweetened cold. It’s straightforward, but solid. I’d consider ordering it in a larger quantity, but I also know I can get similar blends many other places.

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77
drank Caramel by Kusmi Tea
444 tasting notes

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drank Anastasia by Kusmi Tea
1256 tasting notes

Mastress Alita’s Sipdown Challenge February 2022: A Tea Flavoured Like a Favourite Muffin – Lemon Crumb

While I won’t be running to refill this tea it was no hardship to drink it up (my mom was also a big fan so it was consumed with enthusiasm). It’s a simple earl grey with a citrus twist. It’s a near-perfect mimicry of the taste of a real lemon slice and a dash of honey (good citrus here). The orange is a floral blossom variety, instead of a juicy flavour; the lime is muffled. The black tea base is bright but kind of boring.

A perfect casual drinker, that takes well to milk and pairs nicely with a citrus-like raspberry crumble cookie (or muffin type in question). Good times.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Citrus Zest, Floral, Fruity, Honey, Lemon, Malt, Orange Blossom, Tannic

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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88

I like ginger teas and this one tastes exceptionally good. Ginger notes are present but definitely not overwhelming. Sliiiightly spicy, sliiightyly tangy. I brewed it over a slice of TeaVivre dried lemon. I thought it had a great balance with the citrus notes but since I like things sourer I prepare it this way now. It is a refreshing drink and energy lifting. I bet it would be great as an ice tea.

Flavors: Citrusy, Ginger, Lemon, Spices, Spicy

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Tsarevna by Kusmi Tea
13433 tasting notes

So, I spent two days in Vancouver for work earlier this week – it was a very short and very crammed trip (and I’ll touch on it in some other tasting notes) and I was just exhausted when I got home from it yesterday. Because of time zone fuckery, our plane left at 9AM and I arrived back in MTL just before 6PM so it really did feel like I lost the entire day to flying. This the first tea I made when I got back to my appartment and started unpacking from the trip. I wish I could say it was satisfying after two days of barely any tea at all, but I found the black tea base a little harsh and burnt and the orange too pithy and dull, with a more muddied ginger note. It was a hot cuppa though, and that’s more than I’d gotten for a few days in a row – so it was still appreciated!

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drank Tsarevna by Kusmi Tea
13433 tasting notes

Heavy spices with a hint of orange. Definitely something I need to be in a very particular mood to want to steep up, but on this particular very snowy and cold afternoon it was exactly the cozy spiced cuppa I needed.

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