Enter Kusmi, founded in St-Petersburg by Pavel Kousmichoff it was certainly old enough to be of interest to us, with a captivating story which takes us from Russian in 1867 to Paris during the Revolution, so we sampled many flavours. Too many flavours for one morning! We knew the flavours were quite exquisite, gourmet blends for the loose tea connoisseur - all the classics, Darjeeling, Lapsang Souchong, Rooibos, English Breakfast, Earl Grey and new additons with their fabulous flavours of cinnamon, rose, violet, mint chocolate with intense smells to entice even the non-tea drinker.
But it was the packaging which really sold it to us. Beautiful metal tins with colourful labels and art-nouveau style floral lids re-designed for a market which understands quality and style. Perfect tins to display on kitchen shelves or re-use to store trinkets, but certainly too nice to throw away when the tea is long gone.
You may have seen Kusmi at one of their Paris stores - such as the pop-up shop on the Champs -Elyesees before Christmas or in Galeries Lafayette.
At Pierrot et Coco, Glasgow, we are the only Scottish stockist of Kusmi.
Kusmi tea at Pierrot et Coco - from £11.50 - £14 for 100g tin.
Teafilters, shortbreads, boxed muslin teabags and promotional shopping totes also available. A perfect gourmet gift or selfish treat.
Kusmi Tea displayed alongside Prestat fine chocolates