52 Tasting Notes


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

Experience: Third tea in the “Leaf of Ceylon” pack, and a nice surprise. Very acidic aroma, with some flowery notes and just a hint of the smell of an usual Ceylon. On the taste side, its has a lasting, mild-high intensity flavor, but at the same time is curiously fresh and light. It follows a classic Ceylon style, but i’d say that i could taste some notes similar to a Kenyan tea too. Extra points for a particular, very smooth and gentle citric touch, that comes from the inclusion of some Bergamot, which goes very well with the tea (I realized this after seeing the package. Basilur, you cheater, wasn’t this supposed to be a pack of non-scented Ceylon’s? hehe). Very enjoyable tea. Really good.

Would i buy it again?: With good possibilities too, i’m almost inclined to say ‘yes’. This is one of the better bagged teas i’ve tried, and my cupboard is open to try the loose leaf version.

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

Experience: Next one in the “Leaf of Ceylon” pack, this is another curious tea. It smells very similar to Basilur’s Autumn Tea, even being a non-scented black. I can sense toasted, caramel and toffee-like notes, among which the aroma of a more classic Ceylon only appears from time to time. Its taste is more standard, but it also is dominated by soft and toffee/creamy notes that fade a bit to the end of the sip. Good duration, relatively well-defined flavor. What an unusual taste for a Ceylon tea! This is another new experience for my record. Good.

Would i buy it again?: I like it, but Uva comes first in this regard. Maybe i need further drinking to settle my mind, but until then, i’m more inclined to pass the offer.

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

Experience: First 50 tasting notes, yay! hehe.. Well, it’s time for some Basilur teas, so i began trying this one. It smells like a mix between Ceylon and Darjeeling, with an acidic and light aroma. At the other hand, its flavor is mainly malty (i’d say even a bit more than an Assam), but with a good deal of richness and complexity. It has a particular soft-bitter touch at the beginning of the sip, which reminds me of Breakfast blends, along with some ripe grapes/blackberries notes. Its taste tends to fade a bit at the end of the sip, but not that much. Really interesting tea, and a good start for this pack. Quite good.

Would i buy it again?: Has good possiblities. I’m looking forward to try the loose-leaf version someday

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How i got it: Bought It

Experience: New tea to advance in my project! I don’t know if was due to the association with the extreme temperatures, but i expected a tea from Kenya to have a darker color and to taste stronger, which wasn’t exactly the case. Its aroma is interestingly similar to a Yunnan’s, with spiced notes but without the smoked ones. Light taste, very well defined from the beginning of the sip, medium intensity, not very complex. I’d say this tea has more in common with a Nepal/Darjeeling than with an Assam or Ceylon. I’d have liked a bit more richness in its flavor too, but that’s a detail. Very good.

Would i buy it again?: I don’t know if i could include it between my favorites, but sure has a possibility. Maybe i need a couple more sips to get to appreciate it more. Time will tell.

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drank Black Tea by Taragui
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How i got it: Tried it in a church’s outdoors trip

Experience: I only knew this tea from hearing, because Taragui is mainly famous for its mate, not exactly its teas. Anyway, i took the opportunity to try this tea and it went better than i thought. It doesn’t have a very evident aroma, but i could say that it is more on the classic Ceylon side, although not that complex. Its flavor follows that line too: simple but well defined and lasting, Ceylon-style taste. At the end, a not-so-great, but nice cup. Good enough.

Would i buy it?: This can be a competitor in the ‘everyday black’ category. It has potential, so maybe i could reach for one of these if need a change.

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drank Earl Grey by Te Supremo
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How i got it: Got it from my cousin (part of the “Assorted” Pack of Te Supremo)

Experience: The final tea of the ‘Assorted’ pack, i was keeping it for the last review because i had my expectations for it. Smooth but well defined aroma, the bergamot dominates the blend in this sense. So far, so good. In the taste part, however, the characteristic smoothness of Te Supremo ceylon teas doesn’t do very well. I missed more character, a bit more intensity and a better defined taste here. In addition, the bergamot flavor notes weren’t very clear, making the blend somehow plain. Not really bad, but i was expecting more. Average, maybe even a little lower than that.

Would i buy it?: Te Supremo released another Earl Grey as a part of a different collection. Maybe that one turns out better than this previous version. For now, the answer is ‘no’.

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drank Gold Ceylon by Te Supremo
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How i got it: One of my wife’s teas of choice, got some bags from her

Experience: This tea follows the steps of other Te Supremo varieties i’ve tried. Smooth aroma, but relatively well defined. It reminds me of a nuanced Dilmah’s English Afternoon in this respect. Soft to mild flavor, not very crisp or complex, but lasting and enjojable enough for an everyday black. I’d say this is one of the better teas of Te Supremo i’ve had. Slightly above average.

Would i buy it?: Maybe as an emergency replacement for my everyday Yellow Label, but the competition is tough, hehe

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How i got it: Bought It

Experience: Once again, this is a brand new experience for me. This blend is different to what i have tasted until now, but the closest reference i can think of now is that this one falls halfway between a Darjeeling and a Yunnan tea. Really, very soft aroma similar to a nuanced Yunnan, less spiced and without smokiness. Very smooth taste too, took me a while to grasp it. I can sense fresh and flowery/fruity notes, almost grape-like to me, with some hints of muscatel. I do enjoy more intense teas better, but this one is good anyway. A good deal different, but good.

Would i buy it again?: Honestly, i don’t know. Maybe i need to get used to the taste, but while is good, i don’t think i can count it between my favorites. Worth the buy, in any case.

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drank Gold Teefix by Teekanne
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How i got it: Got a bag from my parents’ house

Experience: This seemed to me like a worthy candidate for the everyday category, and i think i wasn’t mistaken. Intense classic Ceylon aroma, and an equally intense flavor, maybe at the level of Lipton’s Royal Ceylon or Dilmah’s Supreme Ceylon. The only detail that takes points away from this tea is that it feels sometimes a bit plain to the taste. Just a bit more of richness could make it much better. That said, i have a fairly fine tea here. Oh, it have some astringency too, nothing unpleasant. Very good.

Would i buy it?: To the date, this is the closest match for my everyday Yellow Label. The possibility is clearly open.

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How i got it: Got it from my cousin (part of the “Assorted” Pack of Te Supremo)

Experience: Along with its Apple and Cinnamon partner, this tea is one of the high points of this Te Supremo assorted pack. I’m surprised at the fact the tea and mint are relatively well balanced, something a bit unusual given the fact that mint is such a dominant taste in many blends. I can perceive both in this tea’s aroma and flavor, with a presence of the mint pronounced by the usual smoothness of Te Supremo ceylon teas in addition to its natural strength. Extra points for the quality of this essence, which tastes very similar to the real mint leaves, and which surpasses easily other mint flavorings i’ve tried, like the one in Lipton’s Clear Mint Green. Better than i thought.

Would i buy it?: I don’t know if this one has enough merits, but it could have a chance, at least. I like better the Tea with Apple and Cinnamon, tough, hehe.

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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:

- 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.


Santiago, Chile



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