1083 Tasting Notes

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drank Boost by Kusmi Tea
1083 tasting notes

I told my husband to pick a tea from my Kusmi collection box and he chose Boost, he said it should help us both keep healthy and get rid of our colds. It’s my birthday in a few days and the last thing I want is to be ill on my birthday, especially since I’m having a girls night out as well (you know..drinking, eating, dancing etc).

Steeping this in excess tonight, if any is left over I can always put it into my flask and have it iced tomorrow. Anyway after the steep the tea smells strongly cinnamon like with a hint of fiery ginger. It’s nice, much heavier in cinnamon than I thought it would be, but I love cinnamon so fine by me.

Flavour is also strongly cinnamon with a touch of ginger in the after taste and what I thought was clove (as it’s somewhat refreshing) but turns out to be cardamom. I’m happy that the cardamom is not heavy or thick, if anything it just helps to lighten the darkness of the cinnamon and ginger. As a blend it’s rather thick but at a nice level for me, it has a lot of flavour and edges on being heavy but remains mid way.

Now that my tastebuds have become used to the blend it’s starting to sweeten and lighten a little. I still think the after taste is more clove like than cardamom though.

Overall it’s a nice blend, not amazing but pleasant and certainly a nice tea to have as a welcome after a cold. I may consider purchasing more of this tea when it runs out but I see cinnamon based teas as being winter teas so it would be a long time before I would consider buying any more.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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64
drank Wild Cherry by Tea & Bloom
1083 tasting notes

I haven’t been on Steepster for a while so it’s nice to be back. I’m starting the process for buying a house whilst at the same time closing my jewellery business down, plus I am recovering from a bad cold that left be bed ridden for over a week.

I made a large teapot of this tea last night, since I have my taste and smell back (for the most part) I really wanted some fruit tea, preferably sweet fruit tea. I opened the pack and the blend jumped out with some sort of medicinal cherry scent, similar to some sort of cherry cough syrup. It was thick, sweet and sour but that medicinal essence (whatever it was) was very strong.

So I prepared the tea and waited the long steeping time of roughly 8 or 9 minutes, I could see the water becoming more and more red from the hibiscus.

Finally as I poured the cup I could note that the medicinal scent was still there but the cherry became more defined and sweet. For the most part the teas flavour and scent matched, it had the same medicinal elements in flavour, I’m thinking it could be the way the cherries were preserved. I couldn’t taste any other fruit besides the cherry but the hibiscus and rose hip added some tartness, though I would still say overall the blend was of average strength for a fruit tea.

It was just a weird tea in my opinion, it was ‘ok’ but not something I would consider buying again. I’m putting it down to whatever the cherry was preserved in as to the medicinal taste and smell. But drinking something that reminds me of medicine is strange in itself. This tea is just not for me.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML
Sil

Good luck with everything!

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79

My batch of iced tea is ready. It was from the same batch as my review yesterday so at least I know it’s the same strength, makes for comparison easier.

The strawberry is still dominant and very sweet but more so in a gummy sweet way now rather than jam. There is also less tartness present and it’s rather refreshing. It’s much more like a strawberry lemonade now that it’s iced.

Preparation
Iced

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79

My batch of iced tea is ready. It was from the same batch as my review yesterday so at least I know it’s the same strength, makes for comparison easier.

The strawberry is still dominant and very sweet but more so in a gummy sweet way now rather than jam. There is also less tartness present and it’s rather refreshing. It’s much more like a strawberry lemonade now that it’s iced.

Preparation
Iced

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79

My batch of iced tea is ready. It was from the same batch as my review yesterday so at least I know it’s the same strength, makes for comparison easier.

The strawberry is still dominant and very sweet but more so in a gummy sweet way now rather than jam. There is also less tartness present and it’s rather refreshing. It’s much more like a strawberry lemonade now that it’s iced.

Preparation
Iced

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79

One of the teas from my last Bluebird Tea Co monthly club package. I’ve been wanting to try this one for a while, strawberry lemonade sounds like a delicious tea creation that would be great for the summer.

I can taste the strawberry which has a jam like quality in terms of flavour, thickness and sweetness but it’s also a little tart and sour with the lemon and hibiscus coming through. It lightens up however in the after taste and it’s sweetness increases.

As it cools the hibiscus becomes stronger and over takes most of the lemon flavour to make it more strawberry hibiscus jam like than strawberry lemonade.

It’s nice but I think it has a little too much hibiscus for my liking. I will try it iced too and see if it’s more to my taste. Will report tomorrow.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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85

This is an interesting tea in terms of flavour and experience. Chocolate, maple, nut, vanilla, dry, sweet, indulgent. It’s like one of those expensive truffles that you only eat on special occasions (like Christmas or weddings). It’s smooth and sweet (not overbearingly so) and the nuttiness leaves a dry after taste.

I wasn’t expecting much from this blend if I’m honest so it was a nice surprise. My husband liked this one too.

Edit: – That’s what it reminds me of, rice pudding. Like a flavoured rice pudding.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
Ysaurella

This is one of my favourite tea and even I don’t like very much eating candied chestnuts I do love this candied chestnut tea

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83

Ok so I tried this last night hot steep but I found it to be rather strong in terms of black tea base. It was nice but I just wanted a little push from it, something extra. So I saved a lot from the same batch and put it into a flask to try it iced.

The black tea is no longer the strongest factor in this tea once it’s iced. Instead the cinnamon, ginger style spiciness is significantly increased and is much more like carrot cake now than it was last night. Again the vanilla is subtle and only in the after taste but it really is more carrot cake like now so it’s more forgiveable.

I still have a decent amount of this tea left so I will probably use it as an iced tea from now on.

Preparation
Iced
Yvonne

I really need to start getting into icing my teas – it’s just been so cold outside lately, I haven’t been wanting to!

Sil

mmmmm thanks for the review! i may need to try this now heh

KittyLovesTea

@Yvonne Icing tea is not common practice in UK as it’s rather cold here most of the time anyway. But I really enjoy a cold drink in the day and since I stopped drinking pop it leaves my options limited. Iced tea is super great for curing that. Plus I have a new teapot that steeps up to 1.5 litres of tea and it leaves me with enough tea to fill my iced tea flask for later. :)

And @Sil if you do go ahead and try this then I really do recommend icing it.

Terri HarpLady

I never did get to try this one, but I bet it would be good cold!

Sil

terri – you will try this eventually. remember? i bought an extra 2oz of it to share with you…and uh there was someone else…

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80

I thought some black tea this morning would do me well so I looked around my cupboard this morning and found this tea, in pyramid bag form. Drinking this straight black (for a change).

This tea is really nice, it’s sweet, smoky, malty and dry. When I say this is sweet I really mine it, like stevia and hay combined to make some sort of ultra sweet blend which smooths out most of any thickness the black tea has. Though it still has the qualities of a black tea it is rather mild and the sweetness strong. It’s nice, I really like it, but I couldn’t have it all the time. I would consider buying more, I only got a few bags from a sampler to try them.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
looseTman

“Decaffeinated Breakfast Tea” Isn’t that a contradiction in terms? ;-) Sounds like a slow start to a new day! ;-)

KittyLovesTea

Yeah I know what you mean, I don’t usually have decaf tea but today I woke up rather refreshed and ready to start my day. I’m happy I tried this one today, I guess some of it may be psychological, I’m drinking black tea therefore it has caffeine and will be good. Worked for me though :)

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I’m 26 years old from Leicester, England named Kayleigh. I have a wonderful husband called Richard whom I am very lucky to have in my life.

I started off many years ago drinking herbal and fruit teas which over time peaked my interest in trying new types. Eventually I began to import and sample many different teas and cultures which I still do today. My life goal is to try as many teas and ways of having tea as possible.

Tea wise my cravings change constantly from pu erh one month to jasmine green to the next and so on.

I adore cats and have four of my own called Honey, Cassie, Mr Soots and Ivory.

I also have two fish tanks which thankfully my cats have no interest in. They house an array of tropical fish and shrimp.

I am a proud vegetarian and have been for the majority of my life. When I say vegetarian I mean just that as well, no fish or seafood, no chicken now and again, no animal products such as gelatine and cochineal.

I also enjoy watching Japanese Anime and horror films.

I am always up for tea swaps so if you see anything in my virtual cupboard then please contact me.

A short list to help swapping with me easier though honestly I am not fussy and am willing to try anything. Plus the notes below are usually, sometimes I love a tea that has an ingredient I tend to dislike and other times I hate a tea that I thought I would love.

Likes: Any fruit but especially melon and orange, vanilla, all tea types (black, green, white etc), nuts (any), flowers, ginger, chai.

Dislikes: Licorice, aniseed, clove, eucalyptus, lavender.

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