drank Boost by Kusmi Tea
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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

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

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I’m 34 years old from Leicester, England named Kayleigh.

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 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.

My rating system
I have my own way of rating teas that makes each one personal. I have different categories, I rate each tea depending on what it is made of. For example: I rate green teas in a different way to black teas or herbal teas. So black, white, green, Pu Erh, Rooibos, Oolong, blends and tisanes all have their own rating system. That way I can compare them with other teas of the same or similar type before for an adequate rating. And when I do give top marks which is very rare I am actually saying that I would love to drink that tea all day, every day if possible. It’s a tea that I would never turn down or not be in the mood for. So while I agree that no tea is 100% perfect (as nothing is) I am saying that it’s as close as it comes to it. After all, in my book the perfect teas (or close to perfect anyway) are ones that I could drink all the time. That is why you will find a high quality black or Oolong will not have as high a score as a cheap flavoured blend, they are simply not being compared in the same category.


Leicester, England, United Kingdom

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