I was on a mission yesterday to buy some more of my favorite tea, which is now thankfully stocked here in Hong Kong by Lane Crawford. Kusmi, short for Kousmichoff, is a 140 year old Russian Tea house that is now based in Paris. I first discovered Kusmi teas in the then recently opened Dean & Deluca store near Tokyo station when I lived there almost 8 years ago. It was like paradise for an expat in a city where “import stores” could be almost an hour away! Ever since then I’ve been hooked. My husband and I spent hours in the Paris store when we were last in Europe smelling almost every blend and walked out of there with a small fortune that might have once made the East India Company threatened. Well maybe not quite.
Anyway, flash forward to not too long ago and I was having to ship the tea via the US because nobody stocked it in Asia…until now. Thanks Lane Crawford! Our favorite blend of the lot, and trust me when I say we’ve tried almost all of them, is the Russian Morning No.24 – its the perfect morning tea. Not too strong, smooth, but with a great kick to it. Think I might go make myself a cup now!