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I know it’s an afternoon tea, but today I’m drinking it with breakfast.
I really like this tea – it surprised me by being far better than I expected. It just refuses to brew too dark or strong, no matter what. The aroma is quite bright, slightly citrusy but still a strong black tea. Tannins and malt make an appearance too.
I’m drinking it from a mug today, but really, this is a fancy teacup kind of tea in my mind.
The flavour is light, smooth and slightly citrusy but without bitterness. I remarked in my initial blog review that it lacks complexity. While it still does, I think I can appreciate it more now that I’ve been drinking it for several months. The simplicity is the charm of it.
This is a good tea to have with a slice of lemon.
Blog review images: https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/boh-garden-palas-afternoon-tea-review/
Also, there’s a Steepster note on this tea from years ago by LaFleurBleue who bought it directly from the plantation in the Cameron Highlands. When covid is over (eventually) I’d like to visit there too.
Flavors: Citrus, Malt, Smooth, Tannin
Much better the second time around although passionfruit is still not my favourite fruit flavour for tea. When I like it, it’s usually in combination with some other complementary fruit like mango or something. Drank the last of this from my sampler. Happy to try it and happy to see it go.
I’m not going to rank this tea quite yet since I’m not sure I gave it a fair shake. I have another serving so I will try again. I was eating an intense chocolate cake while trying to drink this last night and it didn’t go well. Made the tea taste off and very lackluster. On it’s own it might be better but it doesn’t do well against flavourful food.
This was a gift from my cousin-in-law, who I am trading teas with. I’m not sure why she picked Boh. Maybe because it’s sold on Amazon? Unlike the other reviewer of this tea, I got an intensely lime experience with not much ginger at all. I was intrigued by the suggestion to steep in ginger ale, but I actually don’t like ginger that much to ever keep ginger ale in my house. This was tasty enough and I will probably drink the rest of it, or maybe give it to my mom who I’m visiting next week.
The wife of one of my cousins has me in something of a tea war where we send each other interesting tea every month or so and she sent me a canister of this. It’s interesting, but I agree with the poster who called it the Liptons of Malaysia. It is a nice very bland basic black tea with nothing really special about it. It’s tasty but it’s not interesting. Nothing stands out about it.
Very faint aroma, almost nonexistent, only very subtle traces of earth and malt.
So is the taste. Tea brewed from one teabag is watery and bland. I suppose that if brewed from two teabags or from loose leaf, it may turn out rather good, but it shouldn’t supposed to be like that.
Flavors: Earth, Malt
I think this was a VariaTEA share, so thank you for it! I was actually very pleasantly surprised by this tea – it was quite smooth and rich while having an impressive amount of body and thickness to the liquor. The top note was red currant leaning dense jammy compote which kind of bled into more of a malty and grain rich body profile. The undertone was amber honey, slowly building into the finish with this wispy sweetness lingering on the palate.
My morning mug of tea today, with some cashew milk.
This was a share from VariaTEA – so thank you for that! My new roommate/landlord made us breakfast this morning and it was SO GOOD. I’m not actually sure what the food was, but it was basically like a Chinese egg/omelette type thing that was very thin and creamy/buttery, with lots of chives. I had three and they were insanely rich and filling.
This tea ended up being a really good counterpart because it was very full bodied and tannic, even with the cashew milk, with lots and lots of malt/grain notes. It also wasn’t overly sweet, so that body/dense black tea character reallyyyy helped to cut some of the richness of the meal.
So I’ve liked this tea in the past, but all I was getting with this most recent cup was banana and fabric softener. Green underripe banana. I actually enjoyed that flavour in the black tea quite a bit, but as you can probably imagine… the fabric softener note was a pretty harsh buzzkill on the overall cup. Definitely struggled a little to finish this mug off. It might have been me and not the tea though; I think I was just having a weird tasting day in general.
Sipping this one currently…
I believe I slightly over steeped this as there’s a very faint bitterness carried throughout the sip. I drank the first half while hot and it was pretty good, with less noticable bitterness. The taste was sweet at the top with red fruit and citrus notes and then a more grain-y finish. I’m having the second half cooled now, as I forgot the cup, and it’s a bit more bitter with the grain-y/bread like notes at the forefront and the slight red fruit sweetness in the undertones and tail end.
Even over steeped, it’s a nice mug.
A share from VariaTEA!
To be completely honest, I had low expectations for this tea based on the dry leaf aroma and cut style – it seemed like it was either going to be really flat/dull or really choppy/harsh. I was delightfully surprised when I made it up though! The liquor is a deep red with great clarity, and the tea itself was very robust and full bodied while still being incredibly smooth and well rounded. Very, very minimal astringency and no bitterness! Notes of malt and grains, some sweetness and a hint of red fruit.
Really, really damn good.
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This is my morning cup. Smooth, dark, rich, slightly malty flavor. It never fails to satisfy. The quality and consistency of this little known tea makes it an excellent value if you don’t mind the RT airfare to get it. Last I knew, BOH Tea was not exporting to the US market but perhaps this has changed.
I used to visit Malaysia often, and have somewhat fond memories of the hyper-sweet teas that are brought to your table by default when you order tea. So, I bought this canister out of sentimentality. I don’t drink it often, though. It’s ground up very fine and seems low-quality, even though it’s the “gold blend.” I can’t imagine drinking this without milk and sugar. As a straight tea, it’s rather bad.
I’ve been a Tea drinker for a long time, but recently gotten really into drinking it. I decided to branch out and get some tea that I’ve never seen or heard of, which leaves a big variety out there since I’m a newbie to the world of teas. I ordered BOH Plantations Cameron Highlands Tea on a whim and haven’t regretted it since. Its a very delicious, smooth black tea that I think is great anytime of the day or season, but I’m a newbie again…so your mileage may vary. It’s worth a try though :)
I can’t do straight green teas first thing in the morning (sensitive stomach) so I usually go for a black with milk if I do feel like tea then. This one I’ve had before but the more I drink it the more average I find it. Its so average I’d rather drink Tetley over this. Don’t get me wrong its not horrible, just rather blah.
Second time drinking this. Its an okay tea, that doesn’t really stand out is my conclusion. Decent for sipping in the mornings in a rush as there isn’t anything in particular to savour slowly. Because it is so ordinary, it’d probably make a great tea base for adding fruit or other ingredients, as it wouldn’t overpower any flavours.
I think my next project will be to try mixing this with some dried fruit / nut mixes that I usually use for granola making, and see how the flavours meld.