Lemon Basil Oolong

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195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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  • “This one is strange. Very strange. It's an almost savory tea, and yet I can consider it iced with some honey or sugar syrup. The basil is prominent. The tea is smooth, and even though I...” Read full tasting note
    OMGsrsly 1565 tasting notes
  • “These type of fruit and herb teas always fascinate me. I received this sample from *OMGsrsly* - thank you so much. This is interesting (yes that means odd), it is lemon and it is basil but I'm not...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I can’t help but think I’d be delighted to smell this delicious, sweet and buttery herb sauce if it was over a chicken dish, or something. I had these chicken sausages a few weeks ago. They were of...” Read full tasting note
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    CrowKettle 507 tasting notes
  • “Another Bayswater sample today...this one I picked because of the pizza that I made for dinner tonight. It was whole wheat crust, Classico vodka sauce with arugula, artichoke, and proscuitto. I...” Read full tasting note
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From Bayswater Tea Co.

Let boiled water cool to 95C. Add 2 teaspoons for 1 cup of water. Steep 2-4 minutes. Reuse tea for multiple steepings.

oolong, lemon, basil, sunflower petals

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5 Tasting Notes

1565 tasting notes

This one is strange. Very strange. It’s an almost savory tea, and yet I can consider it iced with some honey or sugar syrup.

The basil is prominent. The tea is smooth, and even though I accidentally let it sit out and cool for an hour and a half, it still tastes nice. The lemon is more lemon oil or lemon zest, but I think with sugar added it’d turn more lemonade.

I’m not sure how frequently I’d ever drink this (I’ll have to try it iced… maybe I’d go through it faster!) but it’s definitely something to consider trying.

(I let the water cool while I washed my tea dishes. IDK what the temp was. I think it took about 10 minutes?)

Edit: It’s really good with my batch-cook of the day: ham, pea, roasted squash and goat cheese pasta… :) If I had added some basil to the food, it would have been perfect!

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JustJames

hah! i’ve left my steep so long so many times that now it’s a benchmark for tea quality, lol.

OMGsrsly

I think this one would go weird if I let it steep for that long! Thankfully I managed to pour the tea before I ran out the door to play with kittens. :)

Kittenna

Cool! I’m excited to try my sample of this :D

OMGsrsly

I can’t wait to try it cold-brewed and flash-chilled. See how it goes. I think it’d be really good sweetened with some lemonade. :)

JustJames

and another goes onto my shopping list!!!

OMGsrsly

James, at least this one’s really reasonable. They have an online inventory (needs updating) and don’t have a web shop, but 1) they ship, and 2) they’re just in Kits so they’re super easy to get to when you next visit, and have some spare time.

JustJames

i never have spare time when i’m there… it’s there and back in one big stressful day seeing a specialist. but maybe something can be arranged. i have a cousin i could visit perhaps. hmmm. she’ll think i’m a nut wanting to go tea shopping, but who cares? la!

Cavocorax

Hopefully you can sneak over there sometime! It seemed like a really nice little tea shop, and the prices were all very reasonable! She said that they’ll update the web shop next month or so, but you can always email her for an order and she’ll ship to you, but for $10-13. I don’t think she gets much of a deal on shipping so we’re just paying her cost plus the price of a box or something.

I have a feeling that when I’m in ON I’ll have to get someone to send me more of these teas. :D

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These type of fruit and herb teas always fascinate me. I received this sample from OMGsrsly – thank you so much.
This is interesting (yes that means odd), it is lemon and it is basil but I’m not getting too much oolong. I am also getting a little spice/pepper(?) not sure where that it is coming from. I’m not sure this is balanced correctly for me, it’s a little too basil, not enough lemon (who would have ever thought I would say that?), it really needs more oolong. I think this combination would be really good with a strong dark oolong base, lemon and a hint of basil – this one just doesn’t quite get there for me.
Thanks OMGsrsly for letting me experience this.

OMGsrsly

Oh yeah, I can see those modifications being really tasty! I tend to cold steep this one more than I drink it hot.

ifjuly

I made a cookie for Christmas years ago with lemon and basil in it. It was pretty good, and had a mysterious peppery bite to it as well, like this tea sounds like it had…interesting.

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I can’t help but think I’d be delighted to smell this delicious, sweet and buttery herb sauce if it was over a chicken dish, or something. I had these chicken sausages a few weeks ago. They were of the basil, feta, and apricot variety and they tasted exactly like this blend. I’m picking up the slightest tone of leafy citrus bitterness, just like in those sausages.. It’s an interesting tea but I’d be lying if I said I’m sad it’s all gone.

The Halloween celebrations over here are postponed until tomorrow. It seems so strange to do all that stuff on the 1st of November, but I know my roommates and I will be less stressed then. To everyone who’s doing stuff tonight, I wish you a Happy Halloween! :)

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Another Bayswater sample today…this one I picked because of the pizza that I made for dinner tonight. It was whole wheat crust, Classico vodka sauce with arugula, artichoke, and proscuitto. I thought with the basil note that it mught be a good match. And it is, only I guess I’m just not too fond of basil in my tea? I only got a small sample of this, but will likely pass it on to someone locally who didn’t make it to the meet up. I might just ice or cold steep the rest, though, if no one claims it.

I’ll add that this is a darker oolong base. which I think is good for this tea, as it is not too vegetal to compete with the basil.

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