Tea Review: Kusmi BB Detox

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After a longer while of writing about black, herbal and miscellaneous teas it is finally time to come back to my roots, into my comfort zone and to review a good ole’ green tea. Frankly, green tea is the variation I gravitate toward on a regular basis, and if I don’t have green tea in my stash (which would never happen, because I stuck up way in advance), I would be a very sad person. And a tired person, to put it that way.

I wrote about Kusmi tea already on my blog – I am a big fan. Tea of the month for April was their BB Detox, and after the initial hesitation I’ve decided to give it a go. Why hesitating? First of all, I am not a huge believer in mixing green tea with herbs – which was the case here. Secondly, word “detox” in a name always sounds a bit gimmicky to me. But detox or not, I went for flavour, and in the end, I was definitely not deceived.

This tea is representing a Wellness range of Kusmi teas. As per official text on the website of the company it is a quintessence of a liquid “beautifying balm”: green tea and maté as its main ingredients serve as refreshing and uplifting components, that at the same time work as natural antioxidants. Hand-picked dandelion and rooibos are two other friendly “helpers” who combat free radicals, leaving your skin plump and glowy. Basically, it unifies tea and beauty in one, so perfect for reviewing on this blog!

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Packaging: My tea comes in an “old school” paper packaging – so, no signature aluminium tins this time – and contains 20 muslin tea bags. It’s where it starts to be interesting. I’ve known about muslin use in a beauty department (ironically, I mentioned a muslin cloth in my last blogpost about multi-masking), but what about tea? It was the first time I experienced organic fabric in my cup – I am well aware of paper teabags, silk teabags and even polystyrene teabags, but muslin brings tea drinking to another level. Again, as I said in my previous article dedicated to Kusmi, with this brand it’s all about experience.

Ingredients: Green tea, mate, rooibos, guarana, dandelion. Scent of grapefruit. Well, that’s something! Quite a striking bouquet but somehow it makes sense, especially in connection with the name.

Scent: Aroma hits immediately with a sharp note of citrus (grapefruit, I believe) and slight bitterness. I would consider it rather exotic (perhaps, dué to mate and guarana), definitely without very typical or prominent green tea scent.

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Flavour: Is smooth but refreshing. As a big fan of maté, to my pleasant surprise, I find this ingredient rather bold, however, not overwhelming at all. In contrast to the scent, it does not offer many citrus notes, but instead, strikes with a green tea flavour. I distinguish some presumably tropical notes, which I can almost with certainty assign to guarana. The BB Detox leaves a slight aftertaste, but all in all its very light flavour makes it so drinkable.

Serving: Each teabag, as well as the packaging, gives you quite clear instructions on how to. As is typical with green teas, you leave it steep for 3-4 minutes in the water preheated to 85-90 degrees.

Overall experience: This tea is addictive. So easy to prepare, yet so challenging. Why the name? I would justify it by the green tea and mate components in it – frankly, it’s a perfect companion for a “not so good” (read: hangover) day. As well as a day when you feel low on energy. As well as a day when you crave a boost of flavour. As well as a day… Basically, every day. BB Detox is a universal classic, and I am more than happy that a random merchandising activity brought me to this tea, which I normally would’ve left unnoticed.

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And what about you? Do you believe in “detoxifying” properties of tea? If so, which one is your “universal” recipe for detox? Have you ever tried tea packaged in muslin bags? Let me know!

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P.S. I accompanied my tea with Minty Humbugs by M&S that added a perfect touch of sweetness.

Tea Review: Kusmi Rose Green Tea

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Have you ever felt inspired by tea? By its tender scent, intense flavor or even by design of its packaging. To me, it has always been Kusmi tea that worked like an aphrodisiac to my senses. The first time I tried a variation of Kusmi tea, back in 2012, I have fallen in love with sophisticated and extremely unique tea blends. I was enchanted by history of this tea too, and this is how my long-term relationship with Kusmi started.

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Its notional peak came on this year’s Valentine’s day with the newest addition to my collection.  Nothing shouts “Valentine’s Day” as loudly as a blend of green tea with rose petals. The iconic aluminium tin of Kusmi in pink attire was just a cherry on top. The tea is carefully packed inside the tin and “coronated” with a brand sticker – everything from its visual effect to the sophisticated flavour evokes luxury.

The story behind Kusmi tea is certainly as inspirational and unique as the tea range of this brand. “Founded in 1867 by P.M. Kousmichoff and established in Paris since 1917, Kusmi Tea has been carrying on the same activity to offer connoisseurs and gourmets exclusive blends and high quality traditional teas. Distributed all over the world, Kusmi tea blends are well-known for their pleasant tastes and the smoothness of their flavors”. Russian imperial origin of the founder mirrors in both the packaging (that portrays the outlines of tsarist Russia in the second half of the 19th century) and names of individual teas, be it St. Petersburg, Anastasia or even Tsarevna.

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Packaging: loose tea leaves packed in an aluminium tin

Ingredients: Chinese Green tea, rose petals (so simple, yet so perfect)

Smell: intense and very distinguishable rose scent

Taste: the flavour of rose petals gets quite overwhelming. In case of this tea it’s really important that you can bare it. For me as a huge rose jam, rose syrup and other rose delights lover, it was not an issue. However the concentration of rose petals vs. tea is very high.

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Serving: with Kusmi, little goes a long way. Do not overestimate your portion: generally, you won’t need more than a pinch of tea leaves for the required intensity. As usual with green teas, pour it over with water approximately 10 minutes after boiling. And enjoy!

Energy level: 5 stars out of 5. Dry leaves of green tea are highly potent and provide not only an intense flavour, but also quite a strong caffeine shot.

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Kusmi tea is a treat. It’s an obsession. It’s a journey. Journey full of discoveries and new experiences. Mine started four years ago and it looks like it won’t be over any time soon. At the moment, my collection consist of six colourful tins, six unique blends, six stories hidden behind its majestic name: be it Prince Wladimir or Green St. Petersburg.

If you are interested in more detailed blogpost about my Kusmi tea collection, let me know – I can go more into detail about each and every kind I own.

What are Kusmi tea variations you have tried? If you haven’t tried any yet, which ones are you eyeing? Let me know.

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