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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Kusmi Loose Leaf Black Tea 'Sweet Love'

Tea Information:
Tea: Sweet Love
Type: Black Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: Kusmi
Purchase: Here (Note seems to no longer be available online)
Description: Exquisite spicy blend that stimulates the senses
Ingredients: Black China tea, ginseng and liquorice roots, spices, guarana seeds and pink pepper.

Steep Information:
Amount: 3 tsp, 12.2g
Water: 750ml filtered 212°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: potpourri, floral, citrus, spicy
Steeped Tea Smell: cardamom, pepper
Flavor: black tea
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: spice
Liquor: translucent dark brown

This tea smells spicy, and when you start to sip you only taste the black tea, but as you swallow you are hit with a melody of spices.

I don't not like the tea, but I really don't like the tea either. It's almost a chai flavor but lacking some of the homey spices that would make it my kind of chai.

Rating: 2/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

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