Imperial Label

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
Cinnamon, Green Tea, Licorice Root, Orange Flavoring, Sea Buckthorn Berries, Vanilla
Flavors
Cinnamon, Licorice, Orange, Spicy, Fruity, Grass, Hay, Marine, Straw, Vanilla, Citrus Fruits, Medicinal, Nutty, Orange Zest, Citrus
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Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Vegan
Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 g 10 oz / 307 ml

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From Kusmi Tea

FLAVORED BLEND OF GREEN TEA, ORANGE, CINNAMON AND SPICES

A comforting blend of green tea and spices with notes of fruit

Prepare yourself to face the chill of winter with Imperial Label. This green tea, a subtle blend of orange, cinnamon and licorice, is the perfect combination for any gourmet in search of something new. It also features notes of vanilla for an extra hint of sweetness.

INGREDIENTS
Green tea (44%), liquorice roots, ginger, cardamom, flavourings, orange peel (2%), cinnamon bark (1%), aniseed, sea buckthorn

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2816 tasting notes

I’ve been working on some of my flavored greens today, this and the green chai by Simpson and Vail. Of the two, the green chai is definitely better. The Imperial Label is such a strange mix of licorice, cinnamon and orange. It does leave a medicinal taste in your mouth. This is old enough (2 yrs, I think) that I might just pitch it after the winter is over. I remember last year it was good when i had a sore throat, due to the licorice.

Would never buy this again, however….

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Cameron B.

I agree, this one is so bizarre…

TeaBrat

Maybe I like it when I’m sick because I can’t actually taste it? :)

Cameron B.

Well it is extremely heavy on the licorice, so I suppose it makes sense for sick time. :P

Dustin

It sounds weird, but… interesting. I wonder how they come up with these flavor combos!

yyz

I kind of think of this as a detox tea. As such I don’t mind it. I keep my steeps to about 1 minute though.

Lupiressmoon

I detest licorice – in tea it would be a big turn-off

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1353 tasting notes

I got this sample tin out of a basket last time I was in Fru P. I hadn’t seen her having Kusmi samples before, so I had a look through. This was the only one that I hadn’t tried before or didn’t know would be an instant dislike, so I let the promise of vanilla in the ingredients list seduce me.

This smells like soap at first. Then, when the assault on my nostrils dies down a bit, I can recognise it as largely cinnamon. Charm the Cat seems to find it unbelievably stinky. This stuff has just cost me a lap-Charm, and that’s a pretty rare beast to begin with. One whiff, and she left.

I can’t decide about the flavour. It’s sort of hovering smack dab in the middle between ‘eurg soap!’ and ‘pleasant actually.’ It’s mostly cinnamon, but fairly smooth. I can sort of pick up vanilla and citrus, but not in the way that I can taste them as such. More in the way that it feels like this is what is tempering the cinnamon. The licorice root shows up as a sweet afterthought on the swallow, but that’s all.

I really don’t know about this stuff. I’m going to withhold rating for now because I feel very ambivalent about it. I honestly can’t tell you if I like it or not.

Ysaurella

it is the only Kusmi I wanted to try. I’m not a fan of the brand but this one was appealing… not sure I am so hurry to have it now :)

Courtney

Does she have Fauchon amidst her tea samples by any chance? :)

TeaBrat

This is a great blend to drink when you’re sick with a sore throat :)

Angrboda

Ysaurella, I’ve had some fairly good experiences with Kusmi. I love their caramel and the smoky earl grey. :)

Courtney, I doubt it. I’d have to study the shelves closer, but I doubt it. Kusmi is pretty much the only one of the French brands that are available here. Anna sent me a couple of Fauchon samples recently though.

TeaBrat, I tend to prefer herbal things under such circumstances, especially minty things. Real tea just tastes peculiar when I’m ill. :)

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675 tasting notes

I abandoned this mug after making it and learned that this tea is actually better cold than hot. The citrus flavor really comes out and makes for a nice, refreshing drink. Good for summer, but also a nice accompaniment to a Mediterranean meal any time of year.

Thanks for the taste, oOTeaOo!

EDIT: This yields a nice second steep.

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175 tasting notes

Orange + vanilla + liquorice = Good. Really good. Really really good.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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29 tasting notes

Love it. While I can’t taste much Sencha (or tea at all, really) in it, it definitely has a strong flavour that borders on sweet without crossing the dessert line. Smells as good as it tastes. I’ll definitely purchase this again.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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62 tasting notes

The first thing you’ll probably notice about the tea is the smell. It’s pretty much just citrus when dry, but when brewed and hot, it smells like some kind of beautiful cake. I couldn’t stop smelling it. It smells like cinnamon and orange and something vanilla-like. It’s such a good smell! Unfortunately, the flavour isn’t really a match for it. I’m sad about that, because if it were, I could drink it all day.

For me, the tea required more steeping than recommended. This may have been problematic: some reviews elsewhere said it needed no sweetening because of the licorice, but I beg to differ— mine was bitter and the flavour was just kind of dull with no sweetener, and the spices weren’t being brought out. When sweetened, the cinnamon and liquorice spice element can’t be ignored whereas before it was kind of just a nondescript spicy, herbal “vibe.” I think mostly this tea is yet another reflection of the fact that orange and spice consistently mix badly in teas. That’s unexpected (they can mix well in baking and perfumery, for instance), but this is not the first time I’ve felt this way. On that note, maybe part of my negative impression is based on the fact that it reminds me of Teekanne’s Oriental Spice Tea, which was literally the worst tea I’ve ever had in my life. Fortunately, this tea was nowhere near the trainwreck that was, but the base flavours of orange, cinnamon, and vanilla are common to the two. I’m going to try to stop thinking about that fact now, because the memory of the Teekanne tea seriously haunts me and it’s making me disgusted.

This tea has some stellar reviews around the Net, but I found it just okay. It wasn’t unpleasant or undrinkable, but the large amounts of liquorice and cinnamon gave it kind of a herbal, bitter, spicy, medicinal taste. At times some of those characteristics can be positive, but when you combine them all, as has been done here, I don’t think it’s a recipe for success. One strange thing was that, and I don’t know if it was just the combination of the spices or something, I could’ve sworn something tasted a bit cardamom-y. Normally, that would appeal to me, but in this kind of brew, it wasn’t a selling point. Those strong, medicinal-smelling spices like cardamom or liquorice with chai spices and soy milk? Sign me up. Those spices in a thinner, bitter brew? Hmmm, I’ll pass.

If I had some of this tea given to me (or got another couple of bags of it in a Kusmi selection pack), I’d drink it (because it’s not too bad and I love tea), but I wouldn’t buy a tin of it based on what I’ve tasted (based on what I’ve smelled? Well….) It wasn’t wholly unappealing, so if strong spices with some orange sound good to you, you should still give it a try.

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1005 tasting notes

This tea is a little fruity, lightly spiced. Green tea is mild as well. Not much to say about this one. I let it sit around for too long, so it got a little weird. The main flavor is probably the spice. It’s not special enough that I’d want it again.

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3 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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400 tasting notes

I had received this from a friend through a tea swap. I took a bunch of samples to work that I thought would work for western brewing. I don’t have much equipment nor space to gongfu at work, so the best option seems to throw tea in an infuser and make a cup.

I’ve also burnt the roof of my mouth on food the other day; which has swollen quite a bit. I’ve yet to go to the doctor, but I’m at the point where it hurts too much to eat, sleep, or drink anything above room temperature. So, these notes are all based on room temperature tea sessions. I’m going to give it until Monday, but more than likely, I might have to schedule an appointment.

Notes (very minimal): The flavors within the brew made me think what it’d taste like if you threw a flower, cinnamon, & cardamom into a cup and decided to drink the liquor. There seemed to be an unexplainable flavor that lingered on the palate—neither good or bad.

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