62 Tasting Notes

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How i got it: Bought it (Milagritos is Santiago de Chile’s oldest and biggest tea shop, so this was a required stop in my tasting adventures)

Experience: With all these ingredients, is somehow difficult to distinguish individual smells and flavors, but well… Its aroma has mainly anise-like notes, but I can sense two other components: one is sweet, maybe due to the orange or raisins, while the other is nutty, maybe from the pistaccio. Its taste goes from light to mild in intensity, and is very relaxing. It has a good duration, and has notes of anise, orange, some of ginger’s spiciness and some of the base tea’s flavor. It has a nutty component too, which reminds me a little of Twinings’ Russian Caravan. As always, I would have liked something a bit more intense, but this tea has its ‘something special’ anyway. Very good.

Would i buy it again?: I don’t know yet, but it has some posibilities.

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drank Earl Grey by Basilur
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How i got it: Got a bag in a swap with my wife (part of Basilur’s “Specialty Classics” Pack)

Experience: This is the fifth and last tea from Basilur’s “Specialty Classics” pack, which i can say, has very few low points, and this time was not different. It has a mild to intense aroma, with very clear and natural bergamot notes. Its taste is intense as well, but gives a smooth sensation, has a good duration and a fair balance between the tea flavor and the bergamot scent. The typical caramel notes of Basilur teas make an appearence once again, helping make this tea one of the best Earl Grey’s i’ve tasted. Very good.

Would i buy it?: It’s a real possibility

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drank Darjeeling by Basilur
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How i got it: Got a bag in a swap with my wife (part of Basilur’s “Specialty Classics” Pack)

Experience: Well, it has been a long time since I wrote the last note! This is the fourth tea in the Basilur “Specialty Classics” pack, a Darjeeling one. It has a very classic, soft aroma for which, as i usually said, Nepal teas are my closest mental reference. I can sense herbal/floral notes, similar to the ones found in a green tea. Its flavor is quite delicate, low to medium intensity, but is clear and well defined. It has some hints of honey too. I only miss the taste of muscatel and a bit more duration. Aside from that, this is a very good tea.

Would i buy it?: Mmm… i’m not sure. I’d put this tea close to Dilmah’s Darjeeling, but if you ask me, i’d go for the later and leave this one in a second place.

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drank Sencha by Basilur
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How i got it: Got a bag in a swap with my wife (part of Basilur’s “Specialty Classics” Pack)

Experience: Third tea in the Basilur “Specialty Classics” pack, and the only green one. A distinctive part of this tea is its aroma, which i find to be a bit less like the usual green (i’ve tried other Senchas, but this is still different) and a bit more acidic. On the taste side, is very light and less flowery and sweet that the usual green, too. Not bad, but a bit more of intensity/character in the flavor would have been very welcome. In the end, i’d say it’s above the average, but stays behind of its pack partners.

Would i buy it?: Mmm… i don’t think so. Better black (and some green) teas out there.

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89

How i got it: Tried it while having tea at my cousin’s house

Experience: When i saw this tea, i went for it not expecting much, based in my relationship with Lipton teas. In the end, though, it was a very pleasant surprise. This tea’s aroma is (obviously) defined by the mandarin’s (very close to the natural scent) but there’s a space for the green tea to appear too, something a bit unusual. Its flavor is very well balanced, and while the mandarine notes are a little less natural than what could be sensed in the smell of the blend (in the flavor, they tend to be a bit more like orange candy than natural orange), the resulting mix turns out to be very enjoyable. (Surprisingly) very good – indeed, maybe one of the better Lipton’s i’ve tried.

Would i buy it?: Good chances for the ‘yes’ case

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How i got it: Got a bag in a swap with my wife (part of Basilur’s “Specialty Classics” Pack)

Experience: This tea has a crisp, mild to intense, well defined, classic Ceylon aroma. Indeed, I’d say it’s more fragrant that the average Ceylon, reminding me of Dilmah’s English Afternoon. I can sense some acidic notes in its scent, too. On the other hand, it has a bold, well defined and lasting flavor, but also a distinctive smoothness (unlike other other Ceylon teas, i couldn’t sense any tart notes on it) and richness. I sense very slight hints of caramel too, characteristic of the Basilur teas, which gives it a special touch. I’d say with some confidence it justifies its OP classification. Very good.

Would i buy it?: It has real possibilities, but competition in this category is tough, hehe. Maybe i’ll go for it when looking for a good loose leaf Ceylon.

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How i got it: Got it in a swap with my wife, in addition to the one i got from the shop seller as a gift (part of Basilur’s “Specialty Classics” Pack)

Experience: Well, let’s start with a new Basilur pack, more on the classic side this time. This EB has a very intense aroma, which i could describe as a mix between Assam and Ceylan, with dominance of the latter. On the flavor part, however, this mix is more balanced, going from malty notes to fresh and crisp ones. Not very intense, but very rich and deep on taste, one of its most notable traits is that the characteristic bitter note of the Breakfast blends is very nuanced, almost absent from its flavor. Very interesting, and really good tea.

Would i buy it?: I think this would be a ‘yes’, sometime in the future.

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How i got it: Bought it (Looking for a fruit-flavored tea, i was about to try an Akbar, but decided for this one instead).

Experience: Intense aroma, dominated by the peach, although you can note the passion fruit and the tea to a lesser degree. Its has an intense flavor too, being mainly defined by the peach, but having more presence of the passion fruit. The base tea is specially bold (the same sensation i got from Ahmad’s English Breakfast) and can easily turn out a little bitter if oversteeped. The downside? I missed a bit more of definition, naturality and richness in the flavors. On the other hand, it has quite much potencial for an iced version. Not a very impressive tea, but a good one anyway.

Would i buy it again?: I’d say this tea is a bit above the average, so it has its possibilities.

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drank Nuwara Eliya by Basilur
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How i got it: Bought It (Basilur’s “Leaf of Ceylon” Assorted Pack)

Experience: Well, this is the fifth and last tea in the “Leaf of Ceylon” pack. It has a quite delicate aroma, not very intense, but complex; it reminds me to spiced varieties like Twinings’ Russian Caravan. On the other side, its flavor is light, and has a low-to-mild intensity and good duration. At the beginning of the sip, it tastes a bit similar to a Darjeeling, but it gains more of a Ceylon character reaching the end. I sense some very nuanced notes of caramel and toffee too, although this tea don’t have additives or scents. Interesting tea, and a very good ending for the experience of the pack. One of Basilur bests, i’d say.

Would i buy it again?: Being enjoyable as it is, i’m not fully decided yet, but sure has good possibilities

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drank Ruhunu by Basilur
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How i got it: Bought It (Basilur’s “Leaf of Ceylon” Assorted Pack)

Experience: The fourth tea in the “Leaf of Ceylon” pack, this one maintains a little similarity to other Basilur teas like Winter Tea and Dimbula, but i’d say Ruhunu is better from the beginning. In the aroma side, I can sense toffee, caramel, vanilla and cream, creating a very enjoyable mix. On the other hand, the taste is dominated by caramel and vanilla notes, while the flavor of a more classic Ceylon appears almost to the end of the sip. Mild intensity, smooth and relaxing character. I’d say that’s hard to imagine a tea like this is not scented… but i saw again the envelop and realized that Basilur did it again: they added caramel scent. But that doesn’t make this tea less great. Indeed, this is how Lipton’s Caramel Truffle should always have been. Really good.

Would i buy it again?: I’m looking forward to have this blend again in my cupboard. The answer is clearly ‘yes’

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I’m from Chile, so that’s the reason of the weird english you’ll see in my comments from time to time hehehe…

I usually don’t include the details about brewing, but in case you wonder, i use the most common parameters (2g (~0.07oz) tea, 3 mins average, 100-80°C (212-176°F) depending of the type of tea).

Black teas are my favorite (pure and scented), but i also enjoy greens from time to time. My current project is trying all the basic types of pure black tea (loose leaf, i’m not counting my bagged tea here, hehe). My progress:

Tried:
- Yunnan
- Assam
- Nepal
- Kenya

To Try:
- Ceylon
- Nilgiri
- Keemun
- Darjeeling
- Sikkim

Here in Santiago de Chile, i have access to tea by companies like Whittard, Zoe!, Lipton, Twinings, Dilmah and Basilur, in addition to national companies like Te Club, La Teteria or Te Supremo, so i’ll be writing mainly about these. In practice, however, i’ll register every new experience with the less known teas i’m finding from time to time, too.

Note: I just write one tealog by tea, so i try to keep them always updated as i drink to get a more accurate description.

Tea Rating Categories:
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91-100: Exceptional tea. For some reason, it has impressed me. From now on, a must have in my cupboard.

81-90: Good tea. Maybe not outstanding, but it has something special. I would get some of this tea again.

71-80: Average. Not bad at all, but it could be better. Maybe i’ll think a bit before getting this tea again.

61-70: Under Average tea. Still tastes like tea, but doesn’t have much merit. Probably, i’m thinking from moving on from this to try other options.

31-60: Bad tea. This is when the road begins to go down. Not good, but not undrinkable. I have better options to buy than this.

0-30: Nearly undrinkable or undrinkable “tea”. I don’t know how i got to drink this, but clearly that was a mistake (or i am punishing myself for some reason). Any thought of buying this has vanished from my mind, forever.

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