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drank Imperial Label by Kusmi Tea
2309 tasting notes

Just a note to say I like this much better as an iced tea, of course part of that is the ice dilutes the flavor a bit but it’s still very licorice-y.

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I really need to do a proper tasting note on this when I have the time. This is a great after lunch tea and also good for the humid and damp weather. This tea is delicious, I am getting chocolate notes along with some study tobacco ones. Mellow and nice with no funky aftertaste. I think I’ll have a few steeps of this today… It’s been ages since I’ve had a delicious shu!


Love the name of this tea.


me too :)

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drank Euphoria by Kusmi Tea
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Tea #2 by Kusmi to try, I think I had the highest hopes for this one out of any tea in the wellness collection. It’s raining here and I’m grumpy! I could use some Euphoria, I think.

This is a pretty good blend, IMO the orange flavor overpowers the chocolate. I think the roasted mate is a nice touch here. Still I prefer the mate blends form Fusion Tea Room, this is nice but it seems like Kusmi is very heavy handed on the spices & flavorings in my opinion. The Imperial Blend I had yesterday also had a very strong orange element and I’m not sure I like drinking orange in tea at all! :)

Pretty good but not sure I’d go out of my way to buy a larger size…

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drank Boost by Kusmi Tea
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Tea of the morning here, when I first opened the tin I thought it smelled like a chai so I was hoping for something like a green chai. This tastes a little strange, I think it must be the mate throwing me off a little. Is is supposed to taste like minty dirt?

This is okay, hopefully it will do what it’s supposed to do and help me wake up. So far I haven’t been overly impressed with any of the Kusmi wellness teas but I still have a few left to try.

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drank Be Cool by Kusmi Tea
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This is part of the Kusmi wellness collection I just received – if you don’t like the taste of licorice root you should steer clear of this line because they all have licorice I think.

This is a lot like the Comforting tea by Aveda which contains licorice and peppermint. This blend is quite minty and there is really something cooling about it. I bet this would be nice iced on a really hot day. It seems like this made a strange combination in my stomach after drinking the Imperial Label by Kusmi earlier. Sometimes peppermint makes my acid reflux act up which is too bad.

This is nothing outstanding but it’s a fairly nice tisane. Probably wouldn’t go out of my way to get this again and after drinking it I went out to get a cappuccino – lol! So much for inner peace.

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Thanks for the early licorice warning.

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drank Imperial Label by Kusmi Tea
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I just got an order with Kusmi and I decided to buy a whole 4 oz. tin of this blend – so I hope I like it!

One thing about Kusmi is their tins are beautiful, I just haven’t always beeen too impressed with their actual teas. This smells really good in the tin, I’m definitely picking up the citrus and licorice.

The directions on this blend say to steep for 4 -5 minutes which seems a bit long for a green tea, I assume they know what they’re talking about? I’m not keeping a close eye on my steeping time anyway (bad, Amy!)

Anyway my initial impression of this is it tastes somewhat like TANG – u know that artificial orange drink some of us had when we were kids. The licorice also keeps this pretty sweet but I’m not detecting a lot of vanilla, cinnamon is definitely present. Sea buckthorn – I have no idea what that is supposed to taste like but I guess it’s supposed to be high in antioxidants. I actually think I will like this much better as an iced tea.

I’m not sure how to rate this, the orange is super strong for me and at first I thought it was kind of gross but as I sit here and sip the cup I am warming up to it over time. This might be good mixed with some plain white tea or something else to temper it down a bit. Also steeping it for slightly less time would probably help.

I’m glad I tried it but not sure I need so much of it – oh well! One thing I can say for it is it seems very invigorating which will be cold to help beat the chilly fog.

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Tea of the morning here, this stuff is very good for wake up time and is so flavorful and good with soymilk… it has an almost chocolatey aftertaste. I know I will be done with my 2 oz. soon and will wish I had purchased more. Luckily I know where to get some. ;)

Raised the rating slightly today,

Happy Monday!

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Tea of the afternoon here, post yoga! It’s been so warm here for the lat few days but today is foggy and cold and this tea is nice and soothing for that. I should be doing my homework for art class but here I am procrastinating on Steepster… oh well

this is a nice herbal blend which is good for anytime, see previous notes for more details

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drank Banana Coconut Decadence by Spicely
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Tea of the morning here.

They opened up a Spicely store on Market Street where I catch the bus and they have quite a large tea collection. Oddly I don’t see any teas when I go to the Spicely website. Maybe we’re a test market?

Anyway this wasn’t cheap, I paid $11.99 for 2 oz. of tea and even complained to the checkout girl that this is a lot more than I am used to paying for tea (I almost bought some other flavors too!). The tea is organic which is a bonus and non-GMO. Is any tea made with GMO’s? I haven’t a clue.

So I steeped it up this morning and was slightly disappointed. The black tea base is a little bit thin and so is the banana flavor. I got more vanilla and coconut. this was better with a touch of rock sugar. They recommend a steeping time of 2-3 minutes but I might let it go for 4 minutes next time. It certainly smells divine in the tin but I was hoping for more banana ‘cause I love banana flavored things. I’m hoping that messing around with the steeping parameters will make this better.

IMO 52 Teas always makes good banana teas. Maybe Frank will do a version of this someday? ;)

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Were you able to snag some Banana Pudding when he did that one? It’s banana coconut creaminess and so so good. I’m kinda hoping for a reblend because I’m almost out :X


any flavoured tea can be made with GMO. If, for example, a farmer makes GMO Tomato, watermelon, cantaloupe, sweet potato etc, and then end up in your tea, you kinda have GMO tea. not the tea itself, but the stuff in the blend.


@Moraiwe – No I think I missed that one!
@Nxtdoor – ok thanks for the info. ;)


Hey, I’ve seen that store too! My coworker said they have tea, but I haven’t gone in to check it out. Guess I’ll have to take a look!

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I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

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94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

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