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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 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.
When we went to bed, it was still pushing 80 and unpleasantly dry; woke up to a delicious gentle rain, low-hanging clouds, low 60’s. Ahhhhhhh….ctober. Office windows are wide open and I would swear that the tree tips across the street started to turn bittersweet red overnight.
Nothing else would do for a mid-morning treat. Black tea with maple. Have to be careful with the steep time—three minutes is plenty; four is close to the edge—but today it tastes real maple syrup maple-y; not Mrs. Butterworth’s.
Most Basilur black teas I’ve tried need a longer steep, but this one is just a trifle touchy. The base went a little bitter when I let it go five minutes. Even so, it smells like buckwheat pancakes with syrup and the maple scent-sation stays in your mouth after you swallow.
Can’t wait to find the sweet timing spot. When I do, this will be excellent.
Isn’t it funny that maple is generally considered to be a fall flavor, but the sap actually starts running in the early spring? Thus, I was actually a little seasonally late trying this one.
Even with sloppy steeping and work water, this was very good. I oversteeped, so the black base was a little stiffer than I intended, but the maple is maple-y without being cloyingly sweet. Looking forward to a better-supervised rerun!
I think if you were to fish for Steepster reviews of flavored cherry teas of any kind, the most common denominator would be that you just can’t replicate cherries straight off the tree. I concur. I spent most of third and fourth grade sitting in our cherry tree with a book and my transistor radio. Some things only God can do, and cherries appears to be one of them :)
This is, however, a pleasant second-best. Not cherry cough syrup…think Cherry Life Savers, or maybe maraschinos. The scent is as good as the flavor as you sip. This is one my fifth and sixth graders would love.
A tea bag for wet morning. There was a rain finally in the evening and night, so everything is wet. I was really sleepy too, so I just picked some tea bag. Apparently last one I had of this one thus SIPDOWN. I didn´t kenw I had even something last.
Anyway, they suggest 3-5 minutes brew and I did like two and half. I don´t like really strong black teas and I found out making tea steep half of suggested time works usually really well.
Hmm, tea itself is dark brown and cloudy. I used to think that Basilur is one of the better brands. Yup, in matter of tea bag certainly is.
As it is past BB (8 months), opened as I needed the tea bag envelope to collection, so no aroma at all. Or slighlty tea-ish, like bit bland English breakfast. No weird aroma notes.
In taste it was quite similar, quite weak – yet noticable calssic tea bag black tea flavour with little notes of toffee and red grapes. But grapes were really weak. Not malty at all.
It is not a bad example of tea, certainly good for this morning – but fresher it is certainly better (I recall that grapes were more present in taste).
Have a great day everyone!
Flavors: Grapes, Toffee
I am done with winter. For that matter, I’m done with February and it’s barely gotten started. Therefore, I attempted a cup of spring this afternoon. This green/cherry blend makes me think “cherry blossom” rather than “cherry soda pop” (actually, it made me think a little about lilacs) and may need a little coddling—I was a sloppy steeper, didn’t wait for the boiled water to cool, and the base turned a little bitter. I anticipate this improving with practice and better attention.
TL,DR: Raspberry red liquor, ripe raspberries aroma and taste.
Honestly I like Basilur as a brand. Their teas are affordable and worth the price. I felt like having a fruit tea today and found this one in my stash. Raspberries were very dominant in dry tea bag aroma, but as I know – it can change rapidly when brewed. Not this time though. It was even more raspberry in aroma. But still it was quite nice. After about 6 minutes of brewing I removed the tea bag and it was still very raspberry. Liqour colour was raspberry red and clear. Taste was though bit bland, I have expected more sweetness and few other fruits in. But everything was raspberry.
Drinkable, fine, but bit boring tea.
I’m learning that Basilur’s flavor strategy is subtle and elegant. I don’t have an elegant bone in my body but I admire elegance when I see it. In this case, the cranberry sneaks up behind the tea instead of leading the parade. Fruity, not tart. Perfect to savor on a quiet Christmas afternoon. Hope your day was savor-worthy, too.
I’ve had a time chasing down a picture and company-provided description of this tasty afternoon tea—at the moment, what I’ve pulled in to the description is a picture of the gift box in which this is enclosed. What we’ve got is a tasty, not-too-heavy gentle black tea with strawberry and vanilla notes. Something you’d serve in Grandma’s teacups, although it was sufficiently tasty in a mug.
Also something I should’ve served this morning, when I took a tea party to my church kids. Nothing fancy, just an electric kettle and a cherry-wood box of bagged assorted oddments—flavors I thought would appeal to 10-year-olds. The big winners: Bigelow Eggnogg’n, Salted Caramel and White Chocolate Peppermint. (I told you, nothing fancy.) Oh, and one renegade who loved Tazo Wild Sweet Orange.
My girls were priceless when they walked in: “You brought real tea! Oh, and it’s in a fancy box!” Doesn’t take much to let young’uns know you love them. I think I need to do this more often.
Confound it, Tuesday Morning outlet! We went in for one thing and came out with … several … including this tasty little surprise. It appears to be a blend of green tea and authentic milk oolong, with a little flavor. Even though it isn’t a straight-up milk oolong, it was very upscale and toothsome. Juicy Fruit gum with a little vanilla. A nice afternooner.
One of the last few teas from my Varieteas box. This one is a Ceylon with passion fruit and orange flavouring. For some reason, that combination is one that puts me more in mind of summer, but perhaps that’s just me…
The fruit flavouring is stronger than I expected it to be, and the passion fruit particularly is very clear. It comes across as a little artificial, on the whole; very sweet, with an almost plasticky edge that’s a little off-putting. The aftertaste is a little floral, and a touch powdery, which don’t do much to help redeem it.
The base is nice, though – smooth, and lightly citrussy. It works well with the fruit flavouring, but that’s really all that can be said about this one. I found it disappointing – not awful, but not one I’d seek out again.
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.