80 Tasting Notes


Trying to get this tea sipped down quickly as the Whittard mini tea tins aren’t stackable. They take up sooo much shelf space when you have too many.

This is a rich and extravagant chocolate tea. The aroma is just like dark cocoa powder with notes of dried ginger root. It brews into a fairly watery tea (at least, it seems watery because you can’t help but compare it to thick milky hot chocolate) that takes a few sips to really build up.

Once the flavour has fully saturated your taste buds, it’s rich and intensely chocolatey. Like Bourneville dark chocolate – slightly bitter, very rich, too much to eat more than a few squares at a time.

I’m glad that it’s not artificial tasting though!

The orange is subtler but it does come into play for a little while at the beginning of the cup. Once you’re over halfway down, the ginger and chocolate overtakes everything. This tea has got some fire in it.

I’ve tried brewing with 1tsp plain black tea and 1tsp of this tea, instead of the recommended 2tsp. But it was still no match for the chocolate ginger combo.

Next up, I’m going to try simmering it with milk on the stove, like a chai.

Pre-Christmas photos on the blog: https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/whittard-spiced-chocolate-orange-tea-review/

Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Ginger, Orange, Spicy

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
Martin Bednář

That’s why I tend to avoid companies who deliver only in tins. They are super cute and better for enviroment. But putting them to trash is heartbreaking.

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drank Palas Afternoon Tea by BOH
80 tasting notes

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

205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Radella by Basilur
80 tasting notes

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

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

Man, I am missing my locally available Basilur!

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drank Love Story Volume II by Basilur
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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

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Uva Tea by MlesnA
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Note: add milk. MlesnA advise on the tea wrapper that it’s best consumed with milk. Massive understatement.

This tea is a lot. It has a bold character that really smacks you in the face. Or tongue, I guess. It’s not going to be everyone’s “cup of tea” but I can stomach it.

The astringency and bitterness is extreme, but by adding milk, you turn this tea into a very crisp and palate-clearing cuppa. I cannot drink this tea without milk.

I get notes of bergamot in this tea, as it’s got that crisp astringency and briskness to it. Although, I think if you used this tea to make an Earl Grey it would be too much. There’s a hint of maltiness that pops up as well, with a generous splash of milk.

At the end of the cup, you’re left with a drying sensation in your mouth.

My blog review is shorter than usual. There’s not much to say other than “damn, that’s bitter!” So, ultimately, I’m only recommending this tea to masochists that like a very brisk cuppa with a lot of milk.


Flavors: Astringent, Bergamot, Bitter, Malt

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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A very old tea from Martin! It has no dry leaf aroma… my bad. I should have sealed it properly.

But with a long hot brew, it springs back to life! This is yummy. Definitely my kind of fruit tea.

The aroma is sweet and tart red fruits, red currants and hibiscus. The flavour has notes of orange, cranberry, hibiscus and rose petals. I would have preferred it to be slightly more sour than sweet, but it’s still very nice.

Now I check this tea on Steepster… strawberry? Really? I’d never have got that.

Anyway, thanks Martin! This is a great tea that I should have tried back when you first sent it.

Flavors: Cranberry, Hibiscus, Orange, Red Fruits, Rose, Sour, Sweet

Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML
Martin Bednář

Hah, don’t worry! I just tried your Teapro Supreme Silver Needle you sent me in same swap. It was somewhere buried and I just found it. 2 months before Use by date :)

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drank English Breakfast by Ringtons
80 tasting notes

Didn’t time this cuppa, just judged by colour and aroma when it was done. This is such a simple yet tasty tea. Rich, bold, smooth, slightly malty – exactly what an English Breakfast tea should be.

Added a splash of unsweetened soya milk and cut a slice of banana peel cake (a new recipe I tested yesterday).

A no-nonsense cup of tea, but undeniably basic. It filled a hole.


205 °F / 96 °C 2 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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drank Ruhunu by Basilur
80 tasting notes

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

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
Martin Bednář

I always wonder how much are tea-bags and loose leaf of “same, same, but different” teas different. The tea on their website looks nice, bit lower quality than ususal.


My local discount outlet place that was a steady source of Basilur goodies doesn’t have them now :( Too bad, because this sounds right up my alley!

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drank Pure Ceylon Dimbula Tea by MlesnA
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After I was mildly impressed with the single origin Ceylon teas by BOH (sachets) and Basilur (teabags) I was looking forward to trying more single origins from Mlesna.

But…. this tea sucks.

It brews very quickly into that dark peat brown tea colour and has a generic, hearty and tannin black tea aroma. It’s bold and rich with a hint of malt, but lacks a distinctive character. There’s nothing that makes it special.

The flavour is incredibly bitter – almost unbearably bitter. You need to add a lot of milk and sugar to make this tea drinkable. And I don’t usually like sugar in my tea, which says a lot about this one.

Yet, I did finish the cup and it does work well for washing down sweet, sticky foods. Pancakes, waffles, cake, etc. So it gets a middling score for that, but I can’t wholeheartedly recommend it. I’ll use the rest of this tea in baking.

Pssst. Martin. I sent you this tea but I see you haven’t logged it on Steepster yet. Can I say sorry in advance?


Flavors: Bitter, Malt, Tannin

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML
Martin Bednář

Haha, don’t worry. As I said, some teas are good, some are worse… I had this tea today in a hand today; but decided for Kandy instead. Not a good sign that you need to add sugar though. Who know, maybe my impressions will be different?

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drank Peppermint and Green Chai by teapro
80 tasting notes

Finished the last of this tea! It’s smooth and sweet with those peppermint and gunpowder green tea notes.

The spices were more distinct when this tea was fresh (Jan 2020) but now they’re more of a generic medley. But still nice.

Peppermint adds a freshness to this chai, but not too much menthol. I never got around to cold brewing this tea, as teapro recommend, but I reckon the menthol would have been stronger when iced. I don’t regret drinking it all hot, though.

Tasty. I’m considering buying more of this one.


Flavors: Cardamon, Clove, Floral, Green, Mint

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML
Martin Bednář

This blend sounds really great. And I honestly don’t think I had a green tea based chai!

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A British tea lover with the crazy idea that she can review every possible tea. Ever. Check out my blog to see my progress so far…

My all-time favourite tea brands that I go back to for a cup of comfort:
Whittard of Chelsea
English Tea Shop

I rate teas on a spreadsheet, giving marks out of 10 for:
Condition of the tea leaves/ingredients,
Quality of ingredients (e.g. artificial flavours or freshly dried fruit?),
Dry aroma,
Wet aroma,
Sensation (how does it make me feel?),
and Colour.
Then, with a little head scratching, I do the math and work out the score out of 100.

Open to tea swaps – even internationally!


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