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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Kusmi Tea Loose Leaf Black Tea 'Prince Vladimir'

Tea Information:
Tea: Prince Vladimir
Type: Black Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: Kusmi Tea
Purchase: Here
Description: A blend of Chinese black tea flavored with citrus, vanilla, and spices; this tea is a Kusmi must-have!

A unique blend, the Prince Vladimir Tea was created by Pavel Kousmichoff in 1888 to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the foundation of Russia by Vladimir the Great.

Tasting advice: delicious plain or sweetened.

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 heaping tsp
Water: 500ml filtered 212°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Served: Hot
This does not follow the website's recommendation of 185°F-195°F for 3-4 min

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: vanilla, lemon, citrus, black tea
Steeped Tea Smell: vanilla
Flavor: spiced vanilla black tea, a little astringent and bitter
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: bitter, astringent, lemon
Liquor: translucent dark orange-brown

I bought this when I visited the Kusmi store in NYC, it's a tiny tin part of the Russian sampler.

It could be my preparation method but i don't like the bitterness and astringency, but the mix of vanilla and spices and citrus is interesting and has potential if I play with adding sugar and cream.

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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