Kusmi Tea’s Prince Vladimir

I fell in love with this blend from the moment I opened this tea tin.  When I got my first whiff of Prince Vladimir, my immediate thought was that it smelled like soda…like Coca Cola to be exact.  I cut soda out of my drinking regimen about 9 months ago, so I never thought I would be encountering soda again in the form of tea!

Prince Vladimir has quickly become one of my favorites.  This is a moderately strong black tea to have for your morning boost, and exceptionally delicious with some Blackberry Mandarin Orange Jam mixed in, just like the Russians do!

Tasting Notes:

BREWING TIPS:  5 minutes @ 212 degrees F.

THE LEAF:  Black twisty tea leaves with flecks of citrus peel scattered throughout.

THE SCENT:   This tea smells like Coke!  If you love drinking soda like Coke or Pepsi you must try this tea blend!  Smells of sunny, sweet citrus (bergamot, lemon, and grapefruit) with a strong base of creamy vanilla.

THE STEEP:  A dark mahogany.  A strong yet well-rounded black tea that pairs well with sugar and milk or tea jam!

GET IT:  At the Kusmi website or through Amazon.

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Margie Ann

What is a tea jam? I’ve never heard of such an item and I find the concept tantalizing. Some history would be nice as well as varieties, the difference between bread jams and tea jams (soluability?), and the pairings of different teas and jams. Thanks!


Hey Margie Ann! Tea jam is a term I use in relevance to the Russian tradition of adding jam to steeped tea. I like to distinguish tea jam from jam by saying that tea jam really should be of the best quality, without additives like corn syrup and the like. I posted another piece at the same time I posted this piece that might give you some more information: http://www.thirstyfortea.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/03/russian-tea-with-blackberry-orange-jam/
Most of the time you add jam to black tea. Any plain or flavored black tea will work, but some tea & jam pairings are more complementary. My suggestion is to drink the tea first and then think of what fruits might go well with it, then go ahead and make or buy some best-quality jam. Experiment and have fun! Happy tea drinking and thanks for stopping by! =)