Samovar Tea from Kusmi Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Kusmi Tea

Tea Description:

This tea owes its name to the heated metal container traditionally used to heat and boil water in and around Russia, a classic symbol of daily life in Russia. This tea is a blend of lightly smoked black teas from India and China. Perfect with savory or spicy dishes.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

The very first time I was given a sample of this tea, I sent it off to a friend without even trying it.  All I did was take a quick whiff of it, and the smoky tones were immediately off-putting to me.

That was several years ago.

Since that time, I have been slowly gaining an appreciation for smoky teas, and while I doubt I will ever proclaim them as my favorite “flavored” tea, I find myself enjoying them far more than I ever thought possible back when I was put off by the mere scent of them.

And of the many smoky black teas that I’ve tried since that time and have enjoyed, I think that this one may be one of my favorites.  I really like this a whole lot more than I ever thought I would, and now as I am sitting here, enjoying this cup of Samovar Tea from Kusmi, I am regretting sending off that sampling of it way back when.

The dry leaf actually presents a stronger smoky presence than the flavor offers, in my opinion.  Sure, I still taste that smoke flavor, but, it mingles with tones of caramel and malt and even a hints of freshly baked bread notes that the smokiness is hardly a detraction.  Instead, it becomes part of a unique set of flavors that has me coming back for more.

The flavor is rich and satisfying.  There is some astringency to this, and it is quite noticeable, but, I find that it too, adds to the satisfaction of this tea as it cleanses the palate between sips and keeps it from being too overwhelmed by richness – and yes, the smokiness – of this tea.

Overall, a delicious cup of tea.  One that I’d not only be happy to enjoy again, but one that I could see myself buying in the future!  Given my apprehension about smoky teas … that is saying something!

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