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From first sight of Kusmi Tea, I was in love. I mean, would you look at that beautiful packaging? How could I resist? Also, being married to an Englishmen, I’ve learned a thing or two about tea over the years. But after Rakisha contacted us with a gushing email upon receipt of hers, I knew I should hand this review over to her. So without further ado, Rakisha’s first review for we heart this, on what may just be the most gorgeous tea we’ve ever come across~Stef
I’m not sure when my love of tea developed, because I hated it as a child. I had really bad asthma and my Mother would brew hyssop, eucalyptus, and comfrey herb teas to help me breathe better during a time when even decaffeinated tea was thought of as new age. My grandmother was more conventional. She would serve up boiling hot cup of Lipton tea with honey, lemon, and a generous splash of whatever strong brown liquor was in the house. I don’t know if it helped, but I sure slept okay.
Over the past 15 years, I have developed a fondness for tea as a way to relax or to enjoy a new exotic flavor without adding to my waistline. Berry and citrus-laced teas awaken my palette during the springtime, and vanilla based teas are as comforting to me as mashed potatoes and meatloaf. So I was more than overjoyed when I received a box of the Kusmi Tea Essentials to review, 24 of their 12 best selling teas (2 bags of each).
Kusmi Tea originated in Russia 142 years ago and was further developed upon a move to Paris. Since then Kusmi Tea claims to have “perfected the art of blending unique teas” and making blends that invigorate all of the senses. I can attest that the last century and a half of blending teas has served them well. Each tea in the assortment bowled me over (cupped me over?), especially the seductively named Sweet Love. It is a combination of black tea, guarana, spices and pink pepper. The taste warms your whole body like a passionate kiss from a lover. It was the first time a tea ever made me shout “Wow!”
My other favorites were Prince Vladimir—a combo of citrus fruits, vanilla and spices, and St. Petersburg that combines citrus fruits, red fruits and caramel. Besides their exquisite tastes, the Essentials selection we received is beautifully packaged in rich-colored paper with gold designs. The bags are made of muslin and the tags are sewn on, making them microwave safe. Though if loose tea is your passion, as you can see, their tins are breathtaking as well.
I am saddened to be down to my last 4 bags of tea, but I am going to splurge and order from their online store. And if you want a great gift for the tea lover in your life, combine the Essentials collection with the Kusmi shopping bag for a present sure to be a hit (and under 40 dollars)!
Review Team, let us know your thoughts on this historically tasty tea!