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Usually when I have fruity black teas, I expect the fruit to be the star, and the tea to be there in the background. This tea actually has the tea as the star, but complemented by the fruit. The result is rich and pleasant — actually, it reminds me a bit of bubblegum. I do with that the fruit was more of a star in this tea, but I can’t say I mind it like this either.
I never knew a black tea could taste this strongly of hazelnut. I feel like I’m drinking a liquified ferrero rocher — the flavour is that strong. It’s actually quite good for that — I’ve never had a black tea quite like it before, and definitely I’m glad that I’m having it clear; I have no idea what milk or sweetener would do to this flavour. But on its own? Wow.
I picked up a tin of this about a month ago, because they had a promotion going on and it looked interesting. Also, I was just about out of my current go-to black tea, so the time and price were both right.
I think another time, if I were having it clear, I’d brew it for just a hint less time — closer to the four minute mark than the five. It’s a little bold, and with a taste that reminds me a bit of honey, though darker and not as sweet — just that bold semi-planty taste.
It actually tastes wonderful with milk and honey though, which is my favourite way to have a black cuppa when not having it clear so. Really I can’t complain at all.
A friend brought me a tin of this from Sri Lanka and I love it. The tea leaves in this are huge, the green tea itself a little astringent and a perfect foil for the fruit/flower flavors. I would say the dominant of those are the rose, strawberry and a flavor I took for pineapple but the ingredients list tells me is soursop.
The dry tea smells AMAZING. The cranberries lend their unique scent to create a strong, pleasant aroma that made me smile even as I was just opening the package.
That being said, I’m not sure I quite did this tea justice. Having no instructions to go off of, I defaulted to a heaping teaspoon in my two cupper with boiling water for five minutes. Unfortunately, the result seems oversteeped. The cranberries come through decently, but are still somewhat overpowered by the bitter tea, which is a shame. With milk added, the bitterness mainly goes away, leaving the cranberry taste. Overall good, but not as amazing as the scent.
The dry tea bag smells like cherry bubble gum, while the brewed tea
smells like a cross between cherry and the body shop cranberry smell (I worked there during University so this smell is way to familiar).
Pleasantly fruity taste that is not too sweet, despite the smell of the dry bag ( I like this because than you can choose to sweeten it as you like). The base has a deep fruity taste ( referencing black berries) with a bit of bitterness from malt that goes nicely with the flavouring. The tea is not very tart which you might expect with a cranberry flavouring, but there is a little bit of this that becomes more apparent as you drink down the cup. The flavouring and the tea blend well with each other neither overpowering the other. Not bad for a bagged tea ( though they do sell loose leaf as well). Basilur Canada’s webstore is online. http://www.basilurtea.ca/. Their “Autumn” tea is a maple tea I might just have to try it out.
I picked this up at the CNE. $4 for 100g. Too bad I only had a ten left on me, the prices were sooooo cheap, I could have made some serious change reselling their bargain teas! seriously!
For that price? wow. This was a STEAL.
The tea itself is a little overflavoured. But then I haven’t had the chance to get to the second steep yet. This is my third try already and life just keeps getting in the way?! Maybe next week… I get the impression (distantly) that there might be something floral hiding underneath. We shall see!
Bah. Either way, this is SO going in the TTBA, which ships out on Tuesday! fyi! This one’s for you Ssajami:)
Anyhow, I don’t taste much of the green base, if any, but that’s ok. Creamy strawberry campino candy anyone? Yeah, it’s pretty sweet on it’s own! Very sweet. SO much so that I doubt even a young kiddo would add sugar.
There is a hint of waxiness in there as well, but not much. So bare that I really don’t notice it, and in fact I don’t mind it at all because everything else about it is so lovely.
Ok this tea is frustrating me!
What is it? It’s called “White Magic” It’s labeled as a green tea on the tin. and is listed as an oolong on steepster. Ingredients: Milk Oolong Green tea. Huh? Add to that they list no steeping instructions on the tin or bag and I’m winging it here.
It’s smells woodsy with a hint of grass/hay.
Well whatever it is, I didn’t mess up the steep too badly. Mellow brew. light brown appearance. Smoooooth. I know you are supposed to sip tea but this one is smooth enough I could gulp it without issue lol. Tasted a little nutty also. I think I like it though it’s not WOWing my socks off.
this IS a smooooooooooooooth black! thanks for the sample, Kasumi no Chajin – sensei ^^
it is my first pure ceylon tea and i like it. it is not too strong (i didnt let it steep for the full 3 minutes).
the liquor is a beautiful golden brown (in my teaspoon) under the yellow light at our dinner table ^^’
i will have to note the aroma next time! (stands up for a resteep)
ok, aroma is dark, rich, kinda bitter-ish but in a good way, like coffee (altho the aroma is not coffee-like, only the bitterness)
taste is the same! reminds me of toast…?
Very nice! I steeped it a bit too long so it came out slightly bitter, but it still tastes great (and if steeped properly – will probably be awesome).
The fruity flavor is noticeable but delicate enough to not overpower the ceylon tea. Downside – it has artificial flavoring added, so maybe not so healthy.
Aroma when Dry: fragrant, sweet, slightly sour, layered
After water is first poured: bright, sour, nutty
At end of steep: slight floral, earthy
At end of steep: deep brown
Staple? Likely, will restock with loose leaf
Time of day preferred: afternoon, evening
first notes: earthy, mild, layered nutty quality
As it cools? Notes blend a bit, tea deepens in texture, gets creamier, and more nutty
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? Yes, with a slight nutty, creamy texture, notes build in nutty qualities
Thank goodness that the first time I had this tea it was prepared by an expert. I don’t do it justice. However, I am getting better. I was able to get 3 cups out of a skimpy teaspoon. It smells amazing and tastes just the same. The name fits the experience perfectly. Bare with me, I’m new to the wonderful world of tea. I definitely recommend you try it!