Happy Valentine's Day! I have always considered this a holiday to celebrate love and friendship, and nothing celebrates friendship more, in my opinion, than a good cup of tea. So, today I offer you this tea review and a sneak peek of the Valentine's Day gift I made for a few of my girl friends.
Kusmi is one of my favorite brands of tea, because their blends are amazing and they are packaged in the cutest tins. I selected the Petrushka blend as my Valentine's tea, because one of the top notes of this blend is rose. Appropriate, don't you think?! Petrushka is a black tea flavored with almond, rose, vanilla and spices. I first tried mine hot, with a tablespoon of vanilla powder to give it a creamy, latte finish. The flavor is complex, with the almond and vanilla at the top, followed by a taste that is similar to liquorice or a Dr. Pepper. It finishes with a fruity note. This tea is heavier than I normally drink, I tend to like a black tea blend with a a sweet, red fruit flavoring. However, I enjoyed Petrushka's unique taste and would recommend it for a cold winter's night. It appears that Kusmi is sold out of the blend at the moment, but there are tins currently available on Amazon.
Once I decided on my tea, I needed a cute way to package it for the girls. I found these fun party favor vials at Michaels and filled them with tea. Then I secured the cork stoppers with some festive washi tape from Target. It was a really easy little gift to put together, and pretty cute, too! I will give the girls their tea, along with a valentine, and hope they enjoy a good cuppa on me. I hope you all have a sweet Valentine's Day, whether you are celebrating with a loved one or just treating yourself to a nice cup of tea!