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How i got it: Bought It (Basilur’s “Four Seasons” Assorted Pack)

Experience: Being the last of the “Four Seasons” teas remaining for me to try, i have to say this pack has been a good experience overall. This time, the blend includes cherry and green tea, which turns out very well due to the quality of the fruit flavoring (clearly more natural than Lipton’s Mixed Berry Green, for example). That said, it’s not as fruity as its Summer partner, resulting in a more relaxing blend. As always, the fruit notes dominates the tea’s, but in both aroma and taste, it’s balanced enough to be enjoyed. Very good.

Would i buy it again?: I prefer black teas to green ones, but this blend makes a good choice when i decide to have the latter. Has good possibilities.

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I got this tea thanks to my brother, who took me to the PuroOlivo store in Santiago (Chile).
When opened the teabag package it was like an explosion of scents. It mainly smelled like gummy bears. Delicious. I thought it would be very artificial because of this first impression, but after the steeping, I sweetened it a little bit and got to take a first sip.

I wish it could taste a little more like kiwi than strawberry, but knowing that strawberry is much more dominant and more people like strawberry than they like kiwi, I think that can’t be changed. (If they were to upgrade their brew, that’s the only thing I would suggest. More kiwi)

Overall, this is a nice summery tea. Goes good with a good book to read or some pages to write. I imagine…

Though, it’s not one of my favorites, I would recommend it.

Flavors: Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 2 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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85

How i got it: Bought It (Basilur’s “Four Seasons” Assorted Pack)

Experience: Well, this is a brand new experience for me. Never ever had maple syrup, so i was wondering what it was like. The intense aroma of this blend is defined by this ingredient, which seems to me like a mix of toasted caramel, vanilla, truffle and cinnamon, all together. No much room for the tea to appear in this respect. The taste, at the other hand, is more balanced, and both the tea and the syrup could be noted. Mild intensity flavor, no astringency. I guess that it will take me some time to get used to this new flavor, but this was a good start. Very good.

Would i buy it again?: I think this one goes behind Winter and Summer in my list, but there’s a chance too.

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87

How i got it: Bought It (Basilur’s “Four Seasons” Assorted Pack)

Experience: Just as its Winter counterpart, this tea ended up being better than i imagined. I’m not that seasoned in flavoured greens, so i didn’t know what to expect about the strawberry + green tea combination. But it worked! Similar to the Winter tea, its aroma is dominated by the fruit notes, while the flavor is a nice mix between these and the herbal notes from the tea. The result is a light and fresh blend, which seems to include touches of melon and watermelon. Very good.

Would i buy it again?: Another Basilur one that has good posibilities. Maybe i’ll try that loose leaf version.

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How i got it: Bought It (Basilur’s “Four Seasons” Assorted Pack)

Experience: Since the moment i looked at the package and saw “cranberries”, i lost quite a bit of confidence, thinking this tea would be similar to those berry tisanes i run away from. But in the end, it turned out to be a nice surprise. While its aroma is indeed dominated by the cranberry, its taste is a nicely equilibrated mix between the frutal flavor of the cranberries and the gentle bitterness of the ceylon, which prevents this tea to become unpleasantly acidic. Now, i have a bit more appreciation for the fruits on my tea. Very good.

Would i buy it again?: I think this one has good posibilities.

Posy

You went without me!

Chris Chamorro

Just did a recon mission =)

(PS: It takes a share of walking, though… hehe)

Posy

It’ll be worth it.

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68
drank White Magic by Basilur
1090 tasting notes

(Note from last night as the website wasn’t working for me)

This oolong has a herbal, almost peppery scent, just like fresh herbs. Also a hint of mint, a refreshing sort of scent.

Flavour is sweet and thick, highly perfumed and herbal. It’s nice but a bit strange…sour, herby perfume is a strange mix but it’s not disgusting, acquired taste I suppose.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 8 g 20 OZ / 600 ML

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76
drank White Moon by Basilur
16 tasting notes

This is a green tea, flavoured to taste like Milk Oolong. It’s good. I like it. It’s not as great as a loose leaf natural Oolong, but a bit more flavourful than a basic green. It’s a pretty good teabag approximation of real Milk Oolong. I drink it when I’m feeling too lazy to make leaf-tea.

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79
drank Exotic Fruits by Basilur
270 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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drank Island of Tea - Special by Basilur
270 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Premium by Basilur
270 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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85

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.

Preparation
0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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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.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Four Seasons - Winter Tea by Basilur
378 tasting notes

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.

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86
drank Cream Fantasy by Basilur
1311 tasting notes

Not as stellar today. Oh well. Still quite yummy. Maybe I oversteeped.

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86
drank Cream Fantasy by Basilur
1311 tasting notes

Ok seriously. this is like a milky oolong, only its green tea and there is strawberry goodness mixed in with the milky.
It’s kinda like drinking strawberries and cream. Sighs. Happy place.

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86
drank Cream Fantasy by Basilur
1311 tasting notes

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.

Sil

This is the company that has the books right?

Indigobloom

Yah. Really wishing I’d bought more now :/

Cavocorax

Never heard of them, but those books are cute! Glad you got a good deal, even if you wish you’d grabbed more.

Indigobloom

They are adorable!! maybe next year, if they are there again :)

Sil

they were at the toronto tea festival too this year

Indigobloom

yep, but I didn’t pay them any attention at the time for some reason

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drank White Magic by Basilur
52 tasting notes

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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)

(edit)
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…?

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86
drank White Magic by Basilur
63 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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79

My second cup of this tea. It is not only less citrusy than Twinings Ceylon, it also maltier: perhaps the malty taste covers up the citrus notes.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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79

Smooth and sweet, without any bitterness and not much astringency. At the same time, it lacks something – Twinings Ceylon has more citrus notes. As it cooled, however, it began to have some of the floral taste of Darjeeling

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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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.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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96
drank Ceylon by Basilur
189 tasting notes

Bagged
Aroma when Dry: fragrant, sweet, slightly sour, layered
After water is first poured: bright, sour, nutty
At end of steep: slight floral, earthy
Tea liquor:
At end of steep: deep brown
Staple? Likely, will restock with loose leaf
Time of day preferred: afternoon, evening
Taste:
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

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec
yssah - Love is Tea (LIT)

amazon also has loose leaf? :)

Kasumi no Chajin

amazon has very many loose leaf teas. there is a thread here on steepster about it, but I had found most of the ones I am interested before remembering to join steepster.

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