232 Tasting Notes
And here´s my review of the other Kusmi tea I was treated to with my l´occitane order.
It smells really like the green chewing gum of my youth (I don´t know whether it still exists, as I haven´t been chewing gum since ages)…amazing! And once steeped it´s nice, refreshing, but it doesn´t have the fresh minty kick to it as for instance Palais des Thés´ “menthe glaciale” has! Oh well…
Flavors: Bubblegum, Green, Mint
Last week, I decided to pamper myself a bit buying, no not this tea, but a face spray for hot days from l´occitane. The warm days have arrived in Madrid, and then a nice mist applied to your face is a wonderful treat, a habit I took up while living in the southwest of France. And the temporary present added to my order were 2 tins of Bio teas from Kusmi Tea. So, this is the first of them I open and try.
I had already tried Kusmi Tea´s 4 red fruits, which is a black tea blend I liked better than expected, but looking at the reviews of this hibiscus-based tea, I thought it wouldn´t be my type of tea either : as most of the reviewers, I´m not too fond of hibiscus-based teas. But I don´t think the hibiscus overwhelms everything else here, so once in a while it´ll be quite enjoyable, I reckon.
The smell of the dry tea seems quite natural, and when steeping, it first turns mauve then a dark fuchsia, which is nice (I drank this tea from a glass mug, so the optical side is a plus ;-) ). The hot tea is fruity and tender, and it´s very easy to drink…which I think is the secret of it´s success by the people who don´t drink that much tea. As suggested by some reviewers, I need to try this cold as well, to see whether it improves that way.
Flavors: Fruity, Hibiscus, Red Fruits
Another breakfast tea by Kent&Sussex I only opened when finishing my previous breakfast tea (Tanzanian BOP).
Very enjoyable breakfast tea, malty enough to have a real wake-up call, but more elegant (better balance between Assam and Kenya teas?) than the standard breakfast teas. The loose leaf is less cut up, which also might add to this impression.
From K&S tea&coffee co. :
Welsh Breakfast Tea BOP (Broken Orange Pekoe) is a Black Tea Blend that goes hand in hand with our English, Irish and Scottish Breakfast Teas.
It consists of leaves from the Dufflaghur Estate in the Sonitpur District of Assam, India, as well as Kenya in East Africa. Such a combination is, put simply, exquisite, providing a deep malty aroma with distinct nutty notes.
Then there is its caffeine content, which amounts to around 45-mg per 8-oz cup. Better still, according to evidence from countless scientific studies, it comes with Black Tea benefits.
Regardless of whether you’re Welsh, our Welsh Breakfast Tea BOP is bound to impress from first to last sip. We pack it fresh to order here at our Kent-based factory, ensuring quality and consistency, time and time again.
Flavors: Dried Fruit, Malt, Tea
Last year´s fruit tisane I use over Summer to have iced tea is almost gone, so I made sure I ordered a new variety from Kent&Sussex Tea&Coffee Co to try out this year. So far, I´ve only had it hot, and I must say it stood the test. I love blood oranges, and we´re still in season, so I am currently enjoying them fresh. However, their season is short and it is hard to find a tisane with a true to taste blood orange addition. This one performs quite well, and I´m eager to try it out in iced tea shape! The rosehip and hibiscus don´t overwhelm the rest, which is great.
Flavors: Blood Orange, Citrusy, Hibiscus, Rosehips
Orange and eucalyptus rooibos, and that´s not only the name, also the perfect summary of the experience of having this tea : menthol and fruity in nose and mouth with the rooibos taking care of the texture and body.
As I´ve been spending quite some time o my terrace the last few days, this is a perfect companion as it is summer-y and fresh.
Flavors: Fruity, Menthol, Rooibos, Summer
I´m honestly only guessing the origin of this tea, as I bought it in a small independent tea shop in Belgium, and I´ve been told that a lot of these tea shops get their tea at the big French houses.
It´s one of those teas (again ;-) ) I tend to buy on an impulse, and then store somewhere to forget where…until I move to another place or decide to clean out my tea cabinet! Fortunately, the tea was stored in an airtight pouch, and so, it actually is still very fragrant. It´s not the best earl grey I´ve drunk, but it´s enjoyable, not too strong and quite elegant (discretely floral).
Flavors: Bergamot, Floral, Tea
I was very curious about this infusion, so I decided to buy a pouch. Of course, preparing this tisane is a treat for the nose, as especially the dry buds smell wonderfully. The steeping takes longer with this tisane (5 to 10 minutes is recommended by Kent&Sussex Tea Co.), and the colour changes throughout the steeping process : surprisingly, it starts darker blue and ends up clearer near colourless. The typical lavender aroma´s change as well and I even find myself noticing a sort of antiseptic smell, which I´m not so fond of. Maybe 10 minutes of steeping is too long, as in mouth a definite wood taste comes through. Will try to steep only 5 minutes next time, to compare.
Flavors: Lavender, Wood
This is one of those teas I buy on an impulse, and then store away, to discover quite a while later, grr.
A shame and often a waste of money, but here, I have the impression that the loose tea has maintained its quality better than in other cases. Without any temperature indication on the pouch, I brew a heaped teaspoon of tea at 80ºC, and after 2 minutes it turns out really nicely.
A lot of taste for a white tea (also quite rich in colour), with even a smoky hint, but also a sweet touch to it, very well balanced. In short, a white tea I can really enjoy on its own.
Flavors: Freshly Cut Grass, Smoke, Sweet
The last time I ordered at Kent & Sussex Tea Co., I decided to buy a few new (for me) teas to try out, and amongst them this Nepalese tea. I´m quite sure I´ll order more of it!
Very good quality loose leaf, black tea which has a definite green appearance. In nose dry and brewed a sweet touch is the first to come through, and then a minty freshness, all very subtle and what I often describe as “elegant”. I should take it in china cupa, really ;-)
Flavors: Mint, Sweet, Tea
Pukka Days of Christmas#12
This is the last of the teas included in the Pukka advent calender. It was far better than what I had feared (not too fond of ginseng, and very fussy about green teas in general as well), refreshing in a way (quite strange for teas in an advent calender, I think), but I must repeat here as well that using matcha for a blend that includes only 2% of it is a huge abuse of the name!
Lemongrass especially and ginger dominate on a very enjoyable sencha green tea base, which gives it a refreshing citrusy touch. I can even imagine taking this blend more often, for it´s very easy to have. And this makes it a nice end of the tasting of the 24 teas in this calender.
Flavors: Citrusy, Freshly Cut Grass, Ginger, Green, Lemongrass