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70
drank Kandy by Basilur
2098 tasting notes

257/365

Another from my Varieteas box. There are at least a couple from this brand included, but this one seems the most ordinary. I could do with a dose of ordinary today, not to mention more black tea than I’ve had already, so it was an obvious choice. I don’t think I’ve tried a specific variety of Ceylon before, or at least not one that was branded as such (so not knowingly, is what I really mean). I don’t imagine it’s going to be a whole lot different from the Ceylon blends I’ve tried, but I’m willing to be proved wrong.

The presentation is ordinary enough – a paper bag containing finely shredded leaf. It brews up very quickly to a medium amber-brown (less than 2 minutes, I’d say). I removed the bag at this point, because I’m drinking it without milk. I’d have left it longer if I’d been adding milk, and I have no doubt that it would have continued to get stronger. Probably considerably so.

Fortunately, it makes for a smooth and lightly citrussy cup. I wasn’t expecting excellent things, but it is actually pretty good. I feel like it has more body than the Ceylon I’m used to drinking, which usually appears as a base in flavoured teas (or occasionally straight in those single-serve Twinings teabags you sometimes get in hotels). It’s malty as well as citrussy, and is more engaging somehow than I was expecting. It’s not a tea that’d stop traffic, but I did look back at it after taking my first sip. It was almost as if I could believe this flavour had come from that cup.

There isn’t a lot I want to say about this one, other than that it’s clearly a quality Ceylon. It has a real depth of flavour, and more personality that I thought it might. I’d happily drink this again if the opportunity arose, and if I were looking to keep a bagged Ceylon in stock then it would be a strong contender. I might even choose it over some loose leaf – Adagio’s Ceylon Sonata has nothing on this, for example.

A pleasant surprise, considering it came in a bag.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Strawberry & Kiwi by Basilur
561 tasting notes

Nice, slightly sweet tea with a strong strawberry flavour.

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Very strong, almost intoxicating aroma. Too much scent it overpowers the taste and smell of tea. Maybe they want to cover it on purpose? Because although claimed to be high quality Ceylon leaves it tastes rather flat and average.

Flavors: Berries, Bitter, Dust, Floral, Red Wine

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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drank Uva by Basilur
561 tasting notes

Merry (belated) Christmas and a happy New Year! I’m still lurking around here somewhere. I really want to review my teas more again so I can figure out which ones to keep in the cupboard and which to not.

Anyways, I’m finishing up a small sample sized bag that I got almost a year ago from the TO tea festival. Up until this cup, I’ve quite enjoyed this tea. Didn’t have any issues with it and really loved it. Nice and malty which is what I enjoy.
Today, I’m not really enjoying it. It’s probably because I forgot to time my steep.
I had the loose-leaf version of this one. So, yes it’s good. Today’s cup wasn’t…
On the whole, I don’t think I would get this one again. I have others I enjoy a bit more.

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80

I started the day with another cup of this. The raspberry flavour reminds me of the bottled natural raspberry syrup from the deli that we would always have handy in my childhood to be used for pancakes, french toast, or mixed with club soda for a refreshing chilled beverage.

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A very pleasant cup of tea this was. I had a cup with me in my travel mug as I made my way to and through a singing class. Brisk raspberry and a bit of tartness from the rosehips buoyed me up and settled my nerves as my first solo performance took place tonight. I had decided some time ago to do something that terrifies me every so often. So far, it’s going well. Gotta shake things up.

Flavors: Raspberry, Rosehips, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Indigobloom

I bet you were amazing!! What did you sing?

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Sample from evol ving ness This one isn’t my cup of tea. something about the raspberry and rosehips that just doesn’t sit right. I suspect that’s more of a personal preference thing than a reflection of the tea. However, always appreciate trying new things!

Sil

meh. it’s already out of my cupboard heh

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90
drank Raspberry & Rosehip by Basilur
138 tasting notes

GCTTB DAY 5

Drank this one for my morning tea at work today. The heat is actually working! Apparently it was broken again early morning, but seemed to be a quick fix today. At least it was warm by the time I got in, thankfully!

This tea was a delightful surprise. Bold and smooth black tea base with a fragrant sweet raspberry note. There was a very slight herbal aroma/flavour that seemed quite familiar to me but I couldn’t put a finger on it. Not that it was bad, I really enjoyed it – I just couldn’t think of what it reminded me of. I couldn’t detect too much of the rosehips, the raspberries were the dominant aroma and flavour; however, the tea did a have a certain fresh fruitiness mixed in with the sweet creaminess of the raspberries that I really enjoyed. I think I found another keeper. :) I’ve tried two Basilur teas so far and loved both! It seems to be that I like the way certain companies blend and produce their teas. I’ve discovered I have a certain dislike for Mighty Leaf Teas, because for whatever reason none of their teas I’ve tried have really meshed with my personal tastes. So it’s refreshing to discover new companies that I really like for possible future shopping options!

Evol Ving Ness

Funny, I am the one who added both the Basilur and the MLTs to the box. I like both brands, but I find that they both require a different touch in steeping.

So glad that some are working for you.

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78
drank Strawberry & Kiwi by Basilur
138 tasting notes

GCTTB DAY 1

Third sample tea today, and I finally got lucky! Mm, this one is quite yummy. I knew pretty much as soon as I sniffed he dry leaf that I was in for something good. The strawberry and kiwi are not overpowering to each other but are nice in combination, fresh and lively. The Ceylon base is a little bold, I’m glad I didn’t steep it longer than a couple minutes. It’s just on the border of getting too astringent, but thankfully still on the delicious side! Quite happy with this choice. Tasty afternoon treat!

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93
drank White Magic by Basilur
35 tasting notes

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Flavors: Milk, Nuts

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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78

Very pleasant budget tea.

This tea had a very noticeable floral aroma, but it was not at all overpowering. I appreciated the balanced flavor profile of this tea, it is perfect for an afternoon “pick me up” at the office.

Flavors: Floral, Jasmine

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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70
drank White Moon by Basilur
54 tasting notes

Perhaps slightly artificial but still surprisingly full and pronounced taste between the oolong, the milk and the caramel flavours considering the low price.

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drank Strawberry & Kiwi by Basilur
23 tasting notes

From the Great Canadian Tea Box Round 5

I like the smell of this one. It’s this super strong artificial strawberry smell that reminds me of gummies…I keep thinking of the haribo pigs, were those strawberry flavoured? The taste is less intense, but I also find it kind of soapy and bitter. I might have over-steeped, I tend to go for 4 minutes for black teas, but maybe I should have stuck with 3 for this one.

I feel like this might taste better cold than hot, so I stuck it in the fridge to cool off a bit and I’ll probably add some agave or something and see how things go

NEVER MIND i tried to put it in the freezer to speed things up and dropped it on the floor. oop.

Evol Ving Ness

Yeah, two minutes or so on those is best. Sounds like you are having fun.

shezza

Ahhh, that explains it. I DEFINITELY overshot with the steep time then. It is very fun!!

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A new friend came home with me today, a new fishy friend, specifically a Gold Gourami. Sadly and recently my Betta left me for another plane (yes, Niv-Mizzet the Firemind became a Planeswalker, only explanation) and after a bit of science I determined I give up on Bettas. The water is too hard and acidic and I think that is why my Bettas kept dying when all other water parameters were fine, it also explains why when I lived in PA with its softer water I was able to have a colony of them. Gouramis like water to be a bit on the acidic side and hard, so that is my new friend. She is quite pretty and amusingly curious, inspecting every single plant and piece of decor in great detail, and whenever I am next to the tank she comes to inspect me, I think she and I will get along wonderfully.

Today’s tea comes from Basilur Tea, a company specializing in Ceylon teas, and I am looking at their Special Tea Caddy. Before I get into the tea itself I want to point out how awesome the packaging is, when I first opened the box I saw the lovely tin with the island of Sri Lanka embossed on its lid. I had a moment of apprehension that I would open the tin and it would be an explosion of loose tea everywhere, but nope, the tea is safe inside a ziptop foil bag with the print of an old style newspaper all about a few of the estates Basilur sources from. It is a neat bit of packaging, but considering this is the company that has book shaped tea tins I am not surprised.

The tea itself comes from the lower elevation of Ceylon, though I do not know specifically which estates it is sourced from. It is of the FBOPF1 grade, so lots of fancy tips that appear silvery rather than gold, an interesting contrast with some of the other teas I drink. The aroma of the little tips is quite pleasant, sweet and rich with an underlying briskness. notes of gentle plum and citrus blend with malt and a touch of woodiness.

After steeping in my steeping aparatus, the now plumped up leaves has a malty and brisk quality, with woody and citrus notes. Underneath there is a touch of plum and a tiny bit of metallic. Not sure why but frequently Ceylon teas come off a bit metallic to me and whether or not I find this pleasant largely depends on the individual tea. The liquid is sweet, brisk, and woody with an undertone of citrus and a touch of malt.

I have had more Ceylons that I found undrinkable than probably any other tea, so I (unfairly) approach all new Ceylons I try with a bit of trepidation, but luckily this time my fear was very misplaced. This is an iconic Ceylon, in fact I shared this with Ben (who drinks a lot more teas in this style) and he said if he were to close his eyes and picture an iconic Ceylon this would be it, and I can’t help but agree. It is brisk and smooth at the front and dry in the mouth towards the end, but it lacks astringency. There are notes of oak wood and sweet potato, plum and lemons, with a metallic finish. The aftertaste is sweet though it does not linger long, just a pleasant memory. I enjoyed this tea, it will be one to enjoy in the afternoons or mornings when I want a mug of tea and not my usual gongfu sessions.

For blog and photos: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2016/04/basilur-tea-special-tea-caddy-tea-review.html

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How i got it: Bought it

Experience: This tea’s aroma is soft and delicate, and is hard to define it at first “glance”. It has a Ceylon background with caramel notes, but with a lighter character and herbal/honey hints, tending to smell similar to teas like Nepal and Darjeeling. Its taste is smooth too, departing a little from the usual Ceylon strenght, but mantaining the caramel notes classical in Basilur. Has a spiced and wooden to the end of the sip. Well defined and lasting. Very good!

Would i buy it again?: Most probably, yes

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[Good to be here after a long recess! =) I been storing entries for months, so let’s go for those first 100 tasting notes, hehe]

How i got it: Bought it

Experience: Spiced and slightly wooden, mild-intensity aroma, and a bit stronger taste than what you could have guessed from the smell. Its notes depart a little from the typical caramel-like, Basilur-Ceylon-trademark ones to be more wooden and malty, although there appear fruity hints from time to time. Good definition, duration and richness. Spiced notes in the middle of the sip, and more bitter to its end, plus some astringency in the aftertaste. Maybe it doesn’t show the complexity that Basilur’s Special does, but a good tea, no doubts!

Would i buy it again?: I give it good probabilities.

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This is one of the teas that I picked up at the tea festival yesterday. I like it. The flavours of strawberry and kiwi are straightforward. The strawberry is brisk and the kiwi presents itself as tanginess. Enjoyable cup.

The second steep is nicely flavourful as well. More so than I had anticipated.

Flavors: Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Glad that you were able to attend. Hope you had a great time!

Evol Ving Ness

Yes, me too. It was lovely to meet our Steepster peeps and connect with vendors that I’ve purchased from. It was fun but overwhelming. I didn’t stay long today either.

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65
drank Milk Oolong by Basilur
8 tasting notes

While I don’t know how they make this smell, but it go quite well with the tea flavor. Very easy to drink.

Flavors: Caramel, Milk, Tea

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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55
drank Cream Fantasy by Basilur
8 tasting notes

It feel like cream and strawberry… It doesn’t feel like drinking tea at all. While it is easy to drink, It feel a little bit fake. I can understand that why it is enjoyable to drink, but it make me feel that I should get some strawberry ice-cream which has same flavor but more satisfy.

Flavors: Creamy, Strawberry

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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45
drank White Moon by Basilur
598 tasting notes

The cooler the water temp, the better. The yucky latex taste is diminished somewhat and it tastes more like a normal green tea. A milky-sweet scent permeates the liquor. It’s a cheap tea, no doubt about it. But it is serviceable enough in a pinch.

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45
drank White Moon by Basilur
598 tasting notes

Drinking this purely for the health benefits associated with green tea, not for the flavor. It’s a serviceable work green tea.

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45
drank White Moon by Basilur
598 tasting notes

The shiny box is way better than the actual tea inside. Bummer. It smells good when it steeps, and in the first part of the sip, I get notes of milk and white chocolate and a twist of floral. In the aftertaste though, I get something akin to latex, like the taste of dentist’s gloves.

:(

Flavors: Artificial, White Chocolate

Fjellrev

Ouch. Sorry it didn’t work out. I was tempted to buy one of their teas because of the pretty box too.

Sil

i’ve seen them sold at dollar stores here in toronto so i haven’t yet bit the bullet and picked any up.

teaqueen

Fjellrev— Yeah, don’t be fooled by the shininess! If you decide to pick one up, just don’t set your expectations too high :)

Sil—They’re all right for a bagged tea… I haven’t tried a legit loose milk oolong though so I don’t have much frame of reference. Haha.

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