I was invited to the opening of the new Kusmi tea boutique in Marylebone. Kusmi is an old Russian tea brand whose founders fled to Paris after the revolution in 1917.
The boutique is a lovely calming space, whose staff are happy to talk you through the various blends on offer. Of course because of my Indian heritage, I was particularly intrigued by the Sweet Love blend including black tea, liquorice root, guarana seed, pink peppercorn and various spices. Sadly, they didn’t have any samples of this tea on the day I went but I did get to try the Anastasia, an Earl grey, lemon and orange blossom blend with delicate floral notes. Given that I’m normally a milk and 2 sugars kinda gal, I was actually surprised to be won over by this. The teas aren’t cheap, a tin will set you back around £12.50, but it reflects the high quality of the tea leaves used in the product.
We also got to sample Marlette cakes made from organic baking mixes. These provide the perfect quick hit when you fancy some home baking but can’t quite be bothered to go through all the faff of making something totally from scratch. I was particularly taken by the Fondant au Chocolat, a nice balance of not too sweet chocolate and fudgy interior, like a more grown up version of a chocolate brownie.
I’m looking forward to working my way through some of the wellness teas and hoping that some of them will provide enough of a flavour hit to stop me reaching for a sugar boost at 3pm especially the lovely sounding Euphoria, a blend of roasted maté, orange peel and chocolate. Thank you to Kusumi, Marlette and Sauce Comms for a very enjoyable evening.
Twitter: @KusmiTea, @Marlette1, @SauceComms
15 Marylebone High street
London W1U 4 NU