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Another big bags tea. And again, Basilur. Oh well…
It seems this tea has suffered a bit too much from age. It’s not awful, but raspberry is sadly not much present. It was rather Ceylon tea with rosehip tart/sweet-ness. And common Basilur base, present, but not overpowering the fruits. But others are saying juicy raspberries and I didn’t had them — though, some notes were there. Certainly a tea to re-try one day.
Flavors: Fruity, Rosehips, Tart, Tea
I needed a bold and pure black tea today afternoon, as in the morning I had no time to drink any tea (blame my dentist, not me!) and then I had swollen mouth and had no mood to drink anything but water.
Anyway, I took this tea from Izzy though again, as a Basilur I am sure I had it before. Anyway, thank you! I have last one left to make face-to-face comparison with same region tea, but from MlesnA. I am pretty sure I know the winner already, but whatever.
This tea, after four minutes steeping is indeed a bold black tea, which is quite malty, but as well quite sweet (read: no, or low bitterness) and I notice nuts as well. Mostly in aroma than in taste and pretty much not sure which ones. Theris is some tannic note showing that it is pure tea and no additives added and I liked it, indeed. Low grown Ceylon teas seems like a good daily-drinker teas, I am trying to remember Wild Monsoon tea from teakruthi but unfortunately it is already 4 years and I wrote no notes back then. I recall some nutiness, but if it was Wild Monsoon, I am not really sure about.
Well, into further research of southern Ceylon teas!
Flavors: Malt, Nuts, Sweet
Took again a tea bag from my big bags section and I haven’t took a bag from those for long. Mostly because most of the blends doesn’t sound good, or I would rather try something loose leaf than those old tea bags. But while searching for a needle in a haystack I found foilwrapped this tea bag, a tea I always wanted to try.
I steeped it for 3 minutes (there weren’t any steeping parameters on the wrapper), with boiling water.
Definitely a better base than MlesnA uses in their bags. Malty and lightly citrusy and certainly not bitter base. Combined with fruity and sweett cranberry flavour, just top-notch of those berries to keep it fruity but not tart.
In conclusion, a wonderful cup, but for calling it winter… I miss something. Probably some spice hints.
Flavors: Cranberry, Fruity, Malt
My morning cup of tea today is Basilur’s Radella green tea. I’ve got the teabag version, rather than the loose leaf.
It’s a pretty basic, simple green tea. Grassy hay notes swirl around in the aroma and the flavour is light and slightly sweet like freshly mowed grass. It’s smooth too, with no bitterness. Refreshing.
An inoffensive cup of green tea. It’s not something I’d go out of my way to buy, but it’s still pleasant. It makes a great mixer with fruit tisanes.
Blog review with images: https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/basilur-radella-tea-review/
Flavors: Cut Grass, Grass, Hay, Smooth, Sweet
Drank the penultimate tea sachet of Basilur Love Story Vol II this morning. It was the right kind of subtle after a terrible night’s sleep.
The rose dominates the aroma, leaving it sweetly perfumed but not overpowering or sickly. It’s the first flavour note you get when you take a sip too, but with the light-bodied black tea and sweet nutty almonds, it really works. This is a gentle tea. A caress.
I’m not sure what amaranth should smell/taste like, but there’s definitely a new floral note hidden in there. I assume that’s what the amaranth is. It’s not strong enough to define with words.
Reading my initial blog review after my first cup of this tea is nice. When I started blogging, I didn’t imagine looking back a year and 5 months later. It’s good to reminisce. Although my photography skills weren’t all that… https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/basilur-love-story-volume-ii-tea-review/
Flavors: Almond, Nutty, Perfume, Rose, Sweet
It is absolutely freezing right now. Feels like -3c outside and I just can’t get the warmth back into my fingers even though I got back from my walk hours ago.
So I brewed this tea to hang on to. I think it has changed since it was first logged on Steepster, as there’s definitely no added caramel flavouring in the teabags I’m sampling. It does have a natural caramel and nutty aroma though.
The smooth sweetness of this tea just glides over your tongue – there’s no bitterness, even though I’ve brewed it deep and dark. Rich malty notes and nutty hints (a mix of almond, roasted chestnut and maybe pecan) are delicious.
It could be better though. The flavours could be brighter. The sweetness could pop more. But no. It’s missing something. Perhaps if this was loose leaf it would be different.
Nonetheless, it’s as pleasant and satisfying now as it was when I first reviewed it for the blog: https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/basilur-ruhunu-tea-review/
Flavors: Almond, Caramel, Chestnut, Malt, Nuts, Pecan, Sweet
I got a sample offical packed by Basilur itself and it’s from Izzy again. The sample has BB date 22/02/2020 (DD/MM/YYYY) which is almost 10 months past, but I think there is nothing what could go wrong in sealed small sample and leaves and everything seemed okay, so I decided to brew it.
I am pretty much sure I tried moringa before, but can’t recall, moreover it seems this is a blend. I don’t see any rusty rooibos pieces, so maybe they used green one? I see lemongrass and leaves, not sure if only moringa, or as well blackberry which should be in. Also not sure about ginger in, but I just don’t think it’s pure moringa.
The aroma of dry stuff is mostly on orange/herbal note. I used approximately bit over the half, so I think it could be around 3 grams. They recommend 2 grams, and 5-7 minutes long steep. I thought that four would be just right, as it got correct colour in my opinion and smell was already quite heavy.
In the aroma I do notice the orange quite clearly. Then some herbal and musty note, but certainly not awful. There is a lemongrass for sure as well I think!
Oh my… the orange is even in the flavour! It’s not even much musty as I was afraid of. Actually not at all, at least in taste! There is another citrusy feel from lemongrass. There is as well aftertaste of Jaffa cakes with orange flavour, and I can’t really find out why. The cup was cleaned. I had used that strainer for Passion Fruit (Advent tea) before, but was washed afterwards and I make sure there is not single forgetten leaf that would contamine the flavour.
There is not a mouth-coating quality. There is not long aftertaste. But flavour itself? Wow! I wasn’t expecting that. I just hope that pyramid sachets (available on Amazon btw) are in same great quality as my loose leaf sample.
Flavors: Citrus, Herbs, Musty, Orange, Orange Zest
Found two tea bags in my huge bags.
Very straweberry; the kiwi is almost non present. Base tea was present as well.
But overall, somehow artificial. Strawberry – artificial, but quite juicy. Kiwi adds little and pleasant sourness. And that taste of kiwi, I don’t know how to describe it. But it is very weak.
Not bad, but past from it’s best times.
I am on the same boat as T.C. . It is an oolong, or it is green tea? Or blend of both? Anyway, in the mug the tea bag from foil wrapping goes. I have smelled it dry, almonds. Not generally nutty as previous reviewers wrote.
The brew was acutally closer to green tea. Light green tea with yellow notes. The aroma is same as the dry bag. Almonds, lightly roasted.
But as it should be milky oolong, I guess it is . It have smooth texture and slight milky – creamy taste.
The tea pieces in the bag are naturally very small but I think for tea bag they aren’t that much small. It’s not dust.
Last line written about hour before publishing. I forgot to hit the “save tasting note” button. Meh.
Flavors: Almond, Creamy
Tea Lemonade Sipdown (311)
Earlier today my sister asked me to make her a Frozen Raspberry and Lemonade. I told her I would but she had to share it. I then offered the second glass to my brother in law who at first said no but ended up trying it and then drinking the whole thing. I was fine with that but then I got thinking about a tea lemonade and decided I wanted one for myself.
I was originally thinking I would make a mango tea but then I thought of this and how it’s older than mango teas I have. I also thought I wouldn’t be too upset if all I tasted was lemonade since while I am happy to try something new and am thankful to Evol Ving Ness for sharing, raspberry and rosehip doesn’t appeal to me too strongly. Turns out that was the case since I am mostly just tasting the lemonade. Lemonade plus since there is something more but it’s not particularly distinct.
Thank you for sharing, Evol Ving Ness!
White Chocolate London Fog Sipdown (327)
I’m still on my white chocolate kick, inspired by the white chocolate matcha latte I had at the coffee shop in London before corona-crazy hit. So far I’ve made a white chocolate chai latte, a white chocolate latte with strawberry matcha and now this. I debated about using my Pumpkin Chai tea but this has been sitting in the swap box from Evol Ving Ness (though I’m not sure if it’s from her or Sil – thank you to both of you for getting it to me!) for over two years now and just seemed like a better choice. Since I don’t love earl greys, I always am happy to find ways to dilute them down a bit and a white chocolate london fog seemed like a good way to do that.
The bergamot smelled soooo strongly when I was making this which made me nervous and led to me adding a bit more white chocolate than I originally intended to add. Thankfully this time it wasn’t too much white chocolate but instead ended up being quite smooth. The vanilla and white chocolate are coming through most strongly as a top note, with the underlying bergamot leaving a crisp finish at the end of the sip.
It’s nice prepared this way but I just know this would have been too strong of a bergamot flavour for me without all the additions. Even as a plain London Fog it might have been too overwhelming. Still fun to try though so thank you Sil and Evol!
Year ago I wrote a tasting note about this tea and now I was drinking it again and it is same deliciousness.
For a bagged tea (thanks to Izzy) it is one of the most perfect black teas I ever had. It’s not boring anyhow. A full-bodied, brisk tea I needed today with some a bit of other flavours that complement the malts. It is mostly cherry wood and tobacco somehow, but not in smoky way today.
I would give a try a loose leaf version, I never had it before yet.
Flavors: Cherry Wood, Malt, Tobacco
Got a tea bag in my huge bags section and… as many of you know, I kind of adore Basilur brand for price-quality ratio.
This tea is exactly what I expected from it. Full bodied taste, very malty but it have got character – it is not one-dimmensional as some are. I notice notes of tobacco, cherry wood, bit of smoky as well. Steeping for three minutes was enough to have all of this!
I am not sure if I should look for loose-leaf version. It’s worth to have even teabags!
As for tea bag – I have to rate it that high. I feel I am lover of Ceylon teas – they “speak” the most for me.
Flavors: Cherry Wood, Malt, Smoke, Tobacco
Green tea with mint sounded great for this afternoon, although, it seems it is another very old tea.
And just aroma of the tea bag it confirms. It smells after hay, bit musty as well.
When brewed, it turned out it is – what I said; old tea with notes of hay. And musty peppermint flavour. It’s not actually so bad, but nothing much to enjoy as well not.
Flavors: Hay, Mint, Musty
Yesteraday was another day tea-free. I was leaving quite early to logistics (and mechanical engineering) fair and returned so late I just showered and went to bed.
And today, is not much better at all. In the morning I had some unnamed pu-erh in small ball prepared grandpa. It was okay I think. And now this tea.
Yep, it is quite late (7.20 pm when writing this line). So caffeine-free. It smells quite strongly after blood oranges and bit of peach. But in taste is peach much more dominant. Really ripe peach flavours, with tartness of orange. The taste is full and in no way watery or something. Good!
Flavors: Fruity, Orange, Peach
Good rainy morning from Czech Republic. Today I have prepared a green tea with cranberry flavour.
It is from only tea bag though.
Brews cloudy yellow-green colour, not very visually appealing. But aroma is indeed quite hay like and as well after cranberries. Taste? Well, the base tea is boring. Actually, I feel only hot hay from it – well, Ceylon is not famous for greens anyway. But cranberries are present too. There is as well some sweet notes reminidng me chewing gum a bit. But it is not annoying.
So. That’s it.
Flavors: Cranberry, Hot Hay
Okay, maybe it is really old tea bag.
Maybe it is just bad.
i still feel it in my throat. Which can be okay, unless it makes my stomach acid go up there.
The taste is just weird.I mean I expected lots of weird notes, but still somehow , this was worse. Overripe banana, yellow melon which is overriped too. No green tea notes as grassy notes, or freshly cut grass. Nothing of those.
As a smoothie it would be good. But as hot drink it just do not work. I can imagine people who do not like banana flavours in tea. I just hope it was one bad tea. But who knows?
Avoid and nah!
Flavors: banana, Melon
This was a good masala chai with the right balance of spice (for my palate, anyway). I had a bad experience with Whittard Spice Imperial a few years back that really put me off any tea with cloves in it. This one has made me rethink that.
The Ceylon black tea base works with and without milk. It’s bitter-free, smooth and strong enough to stand up to the spices, without milk. With milk, the creaminess makes the black tea notes richer and softer, yet the spices still don’t overpower it. There’s a natural sweetness to it that lets me forgo sugar happily.
Notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and black peppercorns peak through, with a dried orange zest edge to the aroma. The overall feel is soothing. A relaxing sensation for the mind and body just from breathing in the fragrance.
It’s forgiving with longer steep times. One cup I brewed last week sat on the counter for about 7 or 8 minutes and was still smooth (although strong) when I finally drank it.
I’d describe it as between good and great. It’s not excellent or winning any awards, but it’s definitely more than just a “nice cup of tea”.
Flavors: Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg, Orange Zest, Smooth, Spices
This tea is much better than previous one I had. It is actually quite tart, bit sour. Both fruits are well present in taste. And even more in aroma.
It was certainly good one. But still bit far from better fruit teas. Maybe I am to used to loose leaf?
Flavors: Black Currant, Blackberry
This tea tastes as you actually expect. Tropical fruit mix. Nothing much to write about. Some notes of oranges, pineapple and papaya. Certainly some coconut hit my nose too.
Clear red colour caused by hibiscus.
It was not bad, but nothing extra.
Flavors: Coconut, Orange, Pineapple
I was surprised at how romantic this blend was – it doesn’t sound it from the description. Ceylon green tea + amaranth + coconut + pineapple + rum. But it has a very heady, floral aroma that fogs up your brain, which to me is a romantic feeling. True love making you do silly things, not think clearly, and all that Disney stuff. Hopefully you know what I mean.
Lovely aroma and flavour. Tropical fruity punch notes of pineapple and mango with an alcoholic and floral air to it. It’s light and sweet and fruity. The liquor is slightly thick – juicy and syrupy at first but then drying in the sweet aftertaste. It has you reaching for another cup.
My only real issue is that the green tea flavour is undetectable, drowned under an ocean of pretty pink petals and lush fruits.
Still, I highly recommend it. The mini tea book case it came in is beautiful too. https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/basilur-love-story-volume-iii-tea-review/
Flavors: Coconut, Drying, Floral, Fruit Punch, Sweet, Thick, Tropical
I have re-entered this as a new tea; the current entry wouldn’t allow me to post to it. This falls in my non-scientific, loosey-goosey array of tea classifications as “tea party tea.” Good for recreational drinkers and non-teaists. Quite tasty; the strawberry is more “strawberry sundae” than actual berries themselves, but handled delicately (I need to back off the water temp next cup), something you could serve to your princess-in-training.
In other news, we are OK. Did you see the big red target in the center of the U.S. last night? Our area was the bulls-eye. No tornado damage in our little burg, but scary and significant about five miles up the road. We spent most of the evening pacing in front of our garage safe room, ready to duck and dash.
Once we did crash, we woke up to our little branch of Turkey Creek behaving more like Turkey Rapids. Our back yard is a mudslide, but on the bright side, no mowing this weekend!
Our community started taking action immediately: Hardware stores reopening late last night so folks could grab emergency supplies. Local independent roofer offering to tarp damaged homes for free today. Volunteer chainsaw crews ready to go at daybreak. I don’t like it that we are good at this, but it’s what our people do, and I am blessed to be among such kind and generous hearts here in flyover territory.
I like my morning tea with work boots on; this is more like a pair of walking shoes—-another review mentioned that it leans toward Ceylon and not Assam; I agree. Tolerates a long and sloppy steep, however; that’s always a plus.
Actually, forget the work boots. So much rain in Missouri, we need hip waders.
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