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drank Summer by Basilur Tea
2121 tasting notes

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.

tea-sipper

Glad you’re okay!

derk

Good to hear you and yours are safe! It disheartens me when people refer to the middle of the United States as flyover country. There are some incredibly kind people nestled between our coasts. Glad to hear your community helps one another in times like this.

ashmanra

“Look for the helpers.” It always makes me cry. Glad you are safe. Been keeping you in my prayers through this rough stormy patch!

mrmopar

Glad you made it through it. And prayers for your area and the good people there.

Martin Bednář

You are safe! Thank you for this message. And I wish you that everything will be alright in whole your community.

gmathis

Re-reading the original post, it does kinds of sound like a shameless ploy for sympathy, but you are kind (thank you, derk)! Blame it on sleep deprivation. Official NOAA ruling for the “hit” in our area was an EF-3, 140 mile winds. Jefferson City MO had it hard, also.

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drank Christmas Tree by Basilur Tea
2121 tasting notes

For the life of me, I can’t figure out how they get “Christmas tree” out of mango, passionfruit, and citrus, but I’m glad they did! Sweet and juicy citrus, not thin and tart. Delicious.

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drank Merry Christmas by Basilur Tea
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I am not one for rushing the season and I despise seeing Christmas commercials the day after Halloween. I am still washing the cotton candy out of my brain after a weekend of watching my mom-in-law’s beloved Hallmark movies. That is NOT what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.

However, Thanksgiving has been tucked away and it is time. It is particularly time because I’m still wobbly from a 10-day sinus infection, the wind is raw, gusting at sonic speeds, and cuts you like a knife. It is time for a little Merry Christmas.

Basilur is a new brand to me…you’ve heard me wax poetic about our local Tuesday Morning store; that’s where this box just kind of jumped into my arms. And I’m so glad it did…a gentle, pastry-like concoction of black tea, lemon, honey, ginger, and vanilla. A Christmas cookie in a cup. Let the celebrations begin.

ashmanra

Basilur has some amazing flavors. My eldest brought me three of their Love Story Tea Books a few years. Keep resting and drinking tea! Meanwhile, sounds like I need to hit Tuesday Morning.

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drank Tangerine by Basilur Tea
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Well, either our garage sale was a bust (we MAY have cleared $15 after buying the price stickers) or a reasonable success (items not sold have either been delivered to Goodwill or are en route to the mission house at church)—but either way, I am beat.

Furthermore, this is the first day we’ve had actually summery weather (91 on my thermometer) with humidity in the mosquito-and-malaria range. (Don’t laugh, Rosehips—I know that’s not even close to your summer temps :)

Therefore, I don’t care what it is, it just needs to be COLD. However, this is a lovely afternoon treat from the fridge. Basilur threw in vanilla with this tangerine blend, so when it’s chilled, it tastes like a tangerine creamsicle. Delicious!

Martin Bednář

I used to drink lots of Basilur teas, but I can´t recall having this one :O

gmathis

We have a chain discount store called Tuesday Morning; it’s like a treasure hunt every time you go. You’ll never find the same stock two weeks in a row. We’ve been lucky to find a different kind of Basilur every visit.

ashmanra

I definitely need to head over to our Tuesday Morning then! I haven’t been in ages but I will go for tea!

Martin Bednář

I should move to US :D

gmathis

The Midwest would definitely be a change from your neck of the woods! I often refer to our little corner of Missouri as “the armpit of nowhere.”

Martin Bednář

Oh, I bet! I would like to see US at least once in my life. And I don´t mean tourist spots and traps.

derk

Martin, I’d give you a trap-free tour of northern California!

derk

gmathis, all your Basilur reviews have me wanting to go to Tuesday Morning for my next teabag run for the house.

gmathis

All this chit-chat prompted a stop yesterday. Alas, at the moment, none to be had at ours. Your results may vary, however!

Martin Bednář

derk: thank you for your offer. If it is going to happen, I will try to keep it in mind.

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drank Tangerine by Basilur Tea
2121 tasting notes

Stillness. I had forgotten what it was like. :) But I’ve been blessed with a sunny fall Sunday morning with no commitments—had to travel 600 miles for that to happen! Wind outside the window has picked up a little and is blowing bright yellow leaves around like a ticker tape parade just for my benefit.

Next to me is what is now an empty cup, previously filled with this surprisingly excellent tea—another of our Tuesday Morning outlet surprises. Husband grabbed it because he loves all things tangerine and expected tart black tea. He didn’t get it. Tangerine, definitely, but it’s softened with vanilla so that the end result is more like a scone with citrus zest. My only regret is that I didn’t bring more.

ashmanra

You found Basilur at Tuesday Morning? I have GOT to start going! Glad you had a lovely fall morning. I told hubby to play hooky from church today because he looked like he needed it. I think it did him good.

gmathis

Yes—several varieties of Basilur, and some Loyd Tea (brand I was not familiar with) that I am crazy over: Manuka Honey Cranberry Ginger. Of course, it all may be gone next time I’m in…

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drank Blood Orange by Basilur Tea
2870 tasting notes

Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Seven- Tea #28
A herbal with mostly a bitter flavor…. like maybe eating flower petals would taste like. But it isn’t the hibiscus taking over (luckily that wasn’t happening too). I wish I had liked this better, as it had orange petals in it which I usually love.

Flavors: Bitter

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drank Blood Orange by Basilur Tea
10184 tasting notes

creamy, bloody orange. ONly complaint here is that it’s not strong enough even after a 6 min steep. still, interesting to try. thanks evol!

Fjellrev

The adjectives creamy and bloody should never be used together.

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drank Blood Orange by Basilur Tea
2756 tasting notes

Creamy, fruity herbal with notes of orange, citrus, cream, and tropical fruits. I can’t taste anything floral, but luckily there also isn’t too much sour coming from the rose hip/hibiscus combo.

The looseleaf smells really fragrant: like body lotion scented like orange blossoms. I like the little pieces of dried orange and orange peel. Not too many hibiscus bits or rosehips visible, although there are small pieces which appear visually appealing.

Best brewed hot for a short period of time (served hot or cold) or cold brewed.

Flavors: Creamy, Orange, Orange Blossom, Tropical

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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The packaging on these book teas is so pretty! These will be going on my bookshelf to hold little doodads once the tin is empty.

When I opened the pouch of loose tea inside the aroma rushed out and enveloped me with summer! White rum, pineapple, and coconut – all there just like the company said. And the pouch has a nice sticky zip closure to keep it fresher in this tin.

I mixed a first and second steep together and it was still nice and strong with no washing out of the flavors. This would be amazing iced, too. I can seeing lounging in the sun with a glass of this, with a little umbrella in! These flavours are spot on, too. Very nice!

Many thanks to my daughters, Superanna and youngest, who bought this for me in Toronto and gave it to me on Valentine’s Day!

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drank Tea Book Volume 1 by Basilur Tea
4843 tasting notes

Backlog:

OK … I LOVE love LOVE the book-ish tin that this tea comes in. It’s so cool.

And the tea inside is pretty good too! A tasty roasted almond essence enchants the nose, evoking thoughts of something freshly baked. The black tea is a Ceylon and it’s a mild, even-tempered sort of tea. The almond notes are lovely. There are jasmine flowers in this tea but this isn’t a jasmine tea. I taste hints of flower in the distance, but the focus isn’t on the floral notes but the sweet, nutty almond notes.

A really tasty tea.

Rosehips

This sounds so fun!

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68

Un poco artificial su sabor. Excelente aroma y suaves notas de cedrón.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I received a sample of this tea from Kasumi no Chajin! Yay!

I steeped this up while I’m boiling eggs for lunch and picking off tea tin stickers. Yep, totally glamorous.

Of course, I didn’t add enough water, so it was really strong and bitter until I topped off my cup with some more water. Now I think I got too much water in it! I didn’t add that much extra water!
The green is has a bit of butteryness and I get a bit of tangyness at the end. A little echo of fruity, but I’m not sure what.

Looking at the pic here on Steepster, the packaging looks cool! Yeah, ROCK TEA! Contains no actual rocks though.

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

I love the name of this tea!!!

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drank The garden of stones by Basilur Tea
63 tasting notes

I’ve been going so crazy with flavored tea recently I just had the urge for some nice normal green tea tonight! (yeah, I know, who craves green tea at midnight?)
Anyway, big sample of this via Kasumi no Chajin (my green tea lifeline).

Smells real grassy, lighter golden liqueur.
First sip? Hmmmm….I’m not sure. I may have steeped this too short. Though that’s still much preferable to leaving it too long. No bitterness, but light on flavor. I keep going back for sip after sip trying to place the flavor. It HAS flavor (though light) but I can’t place it. It doesn’t taste grassy, or smokey, or bitter. It’s smooth and mellow with something. But damned if I can name the something.
Still trying to decide how I want to rate this guy so I’ll ramble on for a few more sentences while I brew up my 2nd steep. It does have the “shredded” leaves that I hate so much. Probably mechanically picked (blah!). Ok, final guess for me is it’s fine in a pinch but nothing to rush out and try.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 15 sec
Alphakitty

What a gorgeous name for a tea!

T.C.

Let me know if you want to try it. Not sure it’s anything I’ll run back to.

Kasumi no Chajin

I crave genmai at midnight most nights?….

Alphakitty

Hmm yeah, I’d definitely be interested in a sample of this if you’d like to swap. Shoot me a pm!

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