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drank Be Cool by Kusmi Tea
1293 tasting notes

Be Cool is a part of the Kusmi Tea Wellness collection, of which I have the sampler tins. Essentially this is a licorice-mint blend with some embellishments thrown in for good measure. It tastes good and refreshing and is touted as having various functional health benefits.

I always wonder about those claims. I do not doubt that, in the long run, the consumption of massive quantities of antioxidants and vitamin C will be good for the body. But what about a single cup of tea? It seems to me that in order to reap the alleged benefits of these sorts of teas—marketed as health-inducing elixirs—one would have to imbibe them religiously over a lengthy period of time.

Fortunately, this one tastes good, so I’ll certain finish my 20 gram tin. Will that be enough? That is the question.


I just realized that this was my seventh new tea in a row! This calls for a public announcement of my intention to test and review as many new teas as I possibly can without breaking the series with an old cupboard stand by. How long can sherapop keep up this Blazing New Rating Pace???? The race is on…

Other steepsterites are deeply involved in sipdown madness. For me, the personal challenge will be to see how many untested teas can there possibly be in my house? I am a bit afraid to find out the answer to this question, but we shall see… (This could take a while, as I have two orders en route and only just received two others!!!)

Wish me luck!

(Blazing New Rating #7)

Flavors: Licorice, Mint

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Angrboda

I have a box that I put all my untried teas in. Right now I’m working on emptying it, because some of them are pretty old and quite forgotten, or things I’ve been too frightened of to try and so I’ve avoided them. I am currently not allowed any new tea at all, no swaps, no stock-ups, no nothing until that box is empty. I’ve made pretty good headway. Currently only 18 things in it. That’s WAY less than half of where it started out a few months ago.

Cheri

I like your challenge. Have fun!

sherapop

So far so good… day three of the Blazing New Rating challenge! ;-)

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Angrboda

I have a box that I put all my untried teas in. Right now I’m working on emptying it, because some of them are pretty old and quite forgotten, or things I’ve been too frightened of to try and so I’ve avoided them. I am currently not allowed any new tea at all, no swaps, no stock-ups, no nothing until that box is empty. I’ve made pretty good headway. Currently only 18 things in it. That’s WAY less than half of where it started out a few months ago.

Cheri

I like your challenge. Have fun!

sherapop

So far so good… day three of the Blazing New Rating challenge! ;-)

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Update: 28 September 2014.

On the above date, I officially went on strike and stopped posting tasting notes at Steepster, having endured more than two months of this site’s complete and utter dysfunctionality.

Today is November 1, 2014. I write now to announce that I’ll be launching my new blog, sherapop’s tea leaves, in the not too distant future…


A long-time tea and perfume lover, I have recently begun to explore the intersections between the two at my blog: http://salondeparfum-sherapop.blogspot.com//

I participate at fragrance community websites, and I care about tea as much as perfume, so why not belong to Steepster as well?

A few words about my ratings. In assessing both teas and perfumes, my evaluation is “all things considered.” Teas do not differ very much in price (relative to perfumes or any luxury items), so I do not usually consider the price when rating a tea.

What I do consider is how the particular tea compares to teas of its own type. So I might give a high rating to a fine herbal infusion even though I would never say that it is my favorite TEA. But if it’s good for what it is, then it deserves a high rating. There is no point in wishing that a chamomile blend was an Assam or a sencha tea!

Any rating below 50 means that I find the liquid less desirable to drink than plain water. I may or may not finish the cup, depending upon how thirsty I am and whether there is another hot beverage or (in summertime) a source of fresh water available.

From 50 to 60 indicates that, while potable, the tea is not one which I would buy or repurchase, if I already made the mistake (I have learned) of purchasing it.

From 60 to 70 means that the tea is drinkable but I have criticisms of some sort, and I probably would not purchase or repurchase the tea as I can think of obvious alternatives which would be better.

From 70 to 80 is a solid brew which I would purchase again.

From 80 to 90 is good stuff, and I probably need to have some ready at hand in my humble abode.

From 90 to 100 is a tea (or infusion) which I have come to depend on and look forward to imbibing again and again—if possible!

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