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First tea from Basilur! Courtesy of my new tea friend Jen, who lives in Germany.

I steeped for 2 minutes, as I find that when I steep fannings-style teabags longer, they can become quite astringent. The tea still has a deep russet color, so I think 2 minutes was long enough, even though the wrapper suggests 3-5.

This has a good balance of tea and flavoring. The tea itself is nothing special, as I would expect, but it’s pleasant and gives a good foundation for the flavoring without being too brisk or too watery. The lime here is very Jell-O, but I’m quite enjoying it, as it isn’t overbearing. Actually, I think it reminds me most of lime Life Savers. I do taste the lemon as well, and maybe its citrusy freshness is what helps keep the candylike lime from becoming cloying.

A fairly good first impression for Basilur, excited to try the many other flavors she so generously sent my way!

Flavors: Acidic, Artificial, Candy, Citrus, Dry Leaves, Lemon, Lime, Metallic, Smooth, Sweet, Woody

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

I’ve never been able to coax much out of Basilur’s tea bases, but the nice flavors make up for it!

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drank Magic Nights by Basilur
2927 tasting notes

(This tea break sponsored by our friend Martin.)There are so many different fruit flavors happening here—papaya, pineapple, strawberry, apricot—it’s a little hard to pick a single one out, but together, they make a cheerful little fruit punch blend. Fruity “mishmash” teas are generally very good iced down. I think I’ll try the rest of the sample that way.

Martin Bednář

Haha, this note made me giggle.

gmathis

Good. It’s nice to make somebody smile!

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A sipdown! (M: 2 Y: 45), prompt: A tea that reminds you of a garden

Raspberries are definitely something that belongs to our garden and I’m happy we have those bushes there. Yes, autumn “maintenance” is awful, even we have not thorny variety; but usually it is in time when lots of other work must be done as well.

Anyway to the tea, it’s quite sweet, and quite real to actual raspberries, mixed up with, but not tart, hibiscus. Iced, it can be lovely I assume.

But honestly it is somehow too simple. maybe I just miss some complex flavours… but considering it’s justa atea bag, it’s fine enough.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 17 OZ / 500 ML
ashmanra

I didn’t know there were thornless raspberries! We have blackberry canes coming up all the time and they are very thorny. Your garden is delightful.

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I was one of those kids who never voluntarily tried unfamiliar fruits or vegetables, and the bad habit has stuck over the years…so in a blind fruit test, I doubt I could recognize an actual pomegranate by taste or texture. However, since it became a trendy flavor several years ago, I’ve had multiple variations and mutations of pomegranate teas and drinks. This is a pleasant one. Fruity with only a little tartness. Not sure I caught any raspberry, but I still liked it. Reminds me of one you could serve your kiddos.

Speaking of whom, you should have seen mine at work. Volunteer day. We spent a couple hours at our former city library which is in the process of becoming a children’s science center. The building has been vacant since 2017, and my crew swept, vacuumed, Swiffered, hauled boxes, arranged furniture, and organized dozens of boxes of supplies the non-profit staff had moved from their temporary home.

One fifth-grade girl who ducks behind her older cousin rather than make direct eye contact smiled at me while hauling a folding table that weighed about as much as she did and said, “I think this is making me come out of my shell!” One of my fifth grade boys, given a vacuum cleaner, remarked, “Wow. I’ve never done this before!” Priceless.

Oh, and two of the girls found a lizard skeleton. Brought it in a dustpan to the center’s director, who grinned and said, “Hey! I’ve got a glass jar about the right size for that.”
Hope your Sunday afternoon was just as much fun, wherever you were.

Michelle

How did you know it was a lizard skeleton, maybe it was a tiny dragon!

ashmanra

I love it! What a wonderful day!

gmathis

I’ll have to ask S. and E. if they noticed any evidence of wings!

Martin Bednář

That seems it was a wonderful Sunday and I am glad you had one!

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Martin mentioned that he had to go plum hunting with this fruit tea; I agree—I got lost in the woods myself. Not plummy, but it wasn’t unpleasantly tart, either—reminded me a little bit of red Hi-C with less sugar. It was fruity enough to enjoy while surveying the fruits of our labor this afternoon: the backyard glider is sanded, touched up, and refreshed with a much-needed coat of polyurethane.

ashmanra

It is so satisfying to get those spring time jobs done to enjoy the summer and fall! We planted a tree and did lots of clean up, spread straw, potted some extra oregano from my herb patch, and generally puttered in the yard.

gmathis

The glider project was primarily to scratch the dig-in-the-dirt itch…it’s way too early to plant here. Low of 26 coming at us tonight.

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This one’s nice! I could smell the rich citrus as soon as the water hit the teabag. Reminds me a little bit of orange slice gumdrop candy, minus the overbearing sweetness. No overbearing tartness. Just bearing :)

One of my favorite webcams when I need eye candy is the Las Vegas Bellagio Conservatory. As I write this, they’re in construction mode for their spring display. You’ll appreciate the theme! https://www.earthcam.com/usa/nevada/lasvegas/bellagio/?cam=bellagio (I hope the link gets you there.)

ashmanra

The link got me there! Neat!

gmathis

As I understand it, for a price, you and a selected group of 5 friends can have a specially catered dinner in the little gazebo area.

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I tried my second sample bag this evening as a nightcap, and confirmed my theory that an overnight cold steep was causing some bitterness. About half-cool, it’s juicy and pleasant. Martin mentioned a little lime flavor in his review. I’m getting that, too. Very pert and springy!

Martin Bednář

I am happy that you liked it and that my thought preparing it cold was good one!

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March 3; all our windows are open; we’re in t-shirts and barefoot. Unheard of in this part of the country. (This is not a complaint, just an observation.) Spent a little bit of time walking the backyard to pick up all the sticks the wind has thrown around all winter and sanding the ancient backyard glider. My internal solar batteries are humming happily.

In anticipation of some outdoor time, I steeped a pint jar of this lemonade blend overnight in the fridge. (Iced tea in March…there’s another anomaly!) Basilur treats its fruit flavor with respect and doesn’t hibisc-ify everything, so the lemonade part of this blend is perfectly, pleasantly lemony. The mixed fruit part does remind me of the canned fruit cocktail served in the school cafeteria—I would drink the syrup and leave the fruit, except for the maraschino cherry.

There was just a hint of bitterness that I’m attributing to the overnight steep, but not enough to ruin it. Next one, I’ll steep normally, then chill later to see if that fixes the issue.

ashmanra

Yay for barefoot weather! I enjoyed some barefoot time today, too!

Martin Bednář

We have a warmer days than usual here too. I am not complaining, just afraid of one freezing day and all harvest will be gone..

gmathis

Very true. I told my husband yesterday that it was hard for me not to go out and start digging and planting…but we need to wait until mid-April, and even that is a little risky.

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Once you read name of this tea, it will remind you Stash’s green tea with the same name. I hope that Basilur took notes and made a better tea for us. First of all, this is not a green tea. It does contain stevia though. And no raspberries in; instead there is half of the bag filled with hibiscus (yes, sometimes it has raspberry flavour, indeed) and there is more of the orange (8 per cent) than pomegranate (4 per cent)

But it smells actually nice and genuine. I do notice raspberries (well, there is an aroma of it) as well juicy pomegranate. At least, aromas fit the promised notes.

Even flavours seems to be fitting the name. Juicy pomergranate with something like raspberry seed note; also there is something tart but both fruits are a bit tart themselves, so this is not a flaw because too much hibiscus used. I assume that the stevia tames it (and well done). Also it’s not metallic, herbaceous or other off notes as that dreadful tea I mentioned by the beginning of the note.

I assume it is pretty good example of this flavour profile. Juicy, a little tart, fruity, both flavours well presented.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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A sipdown! (M: 7, Y: 27), prompt: February 13 – Mardi Gras! Drink colorful tea or tea from your most colorful tin!
Not a tin, but a box, cardboard box. Even not original one anymore. I put all the Basilur tea bags to the one box.

But the tea… orange is a bit artificial, so does Passion Fruit; it tastes a bit like Tang powdered drinks or something similar. But actually it was quite good and tasty, and again, very refreshing… another tea to be intended cold I assume.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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A sipdown! (M: 1 Y: 47)
Ah, what a shame.
But I wanted something refreshing in the evening of today. And lemonade-tea sounded so good. Temperature isn’t so high, and I am really sure it is a blast cold, but even hot it is definitely refreshing enough. A tea-pop maybe would make this tea just great. And again, no tartness from hibiscus here. A tea I would consider buying a whole box… if I didn’t had enough of other teas in tea bags. They are somehow much slower in sipdowns than their looseleaf counterparts.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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I assume that this blend is intended to be cold-steeped or iced as it has got lovely lemonade flavour with lots of lemon and lime; tropical fruits background and no hibiscus tartness. Possibly they have used white hibiscus, which doesn’t turn the liquor deep red and isn’t that tart as well.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Hmm, I have been searching anything about Noni and found almost nothing related to fruit; like how it should taste or something. Plum, on the other hand is well-known fruit for me; and this tea is… very ripe plum forward; very fruity and hibiscus is quite tamed when steeped short.
But actually, this blend was a bit of dismal for me. It was somehow plum-like, maybe a bit more of raw flavour would be a bit better than ripe; as it just together with hibiscus it blends into one single “fruit tea” profile.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
Skysamurai

Noni… is interesting. Or at least I think it tastes interesting. Like elderberry it is one of those antioxidant powerhouses so we’ve gotten noni juice every once in a while. But it’s … I have to taste it again so I can explain it better

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It’s hard to go pass colorful boxes of Basilur teas; moreover a sampler boxes. Sooo… I bought two fruit tea boxes, each with 5 flavours. Some are overlapping, some aren’t. But looking forward to try those caffeine-free teas from my favorite brand.

I have prepared this tea for first time yesterday for my brother and he said it is well done tea with both fruits being present and that it was tasty. So, today I have prepared it for myself, with a bit longer steep and less water (he was using huge mug, while I used little one).

Well, I have to agree with him — mango was present and peach as well. Both fruits ripe and juicy, but sadly hibiscus is it ruining it for me a bit. It’s also tart. Not so much, but more than I would like in those fruits.
Maybe… it was because my 7 minutes steep.
But intended flavours are genuine and fresh, not artificial, so I will try to cut down steeping time and I assume it will be very fine then.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 7 OZ / 200 ML

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drank English Breakfast by Basilur
1247 tasting notes

I’ve decided to do a back-to-back tasting this morning this one verses Uva from Basilur. This is very opaque for an English Breakfast. However, I do think the steep time helped with that a bit. This is a soft brew with a nice amount of astringency. Cedar notes along with some sweet wood dance around each other. A good one for maca nut milk or oat milk. Or even a thicker regular milk.

gmathis

Thanks for reminding me … I think I have a few bags of this left that need attention!

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drank Uva by Basilur
1247 tasting notes

I’ve decided to do a back-to-back tasting this morning this one verses English Breakfast from Basilur. I had forgotten how fast black tea in a bag steeps. Holy smokes. Little leaf, little infusion time needed. This one is nice and brisk. Resin forward with stained cherry wood notes. Smooth but astringent. Perhaps it is because it has been traveling around but there really isn’t much to the flavor. Just a slight woodiness. This would go well with milk.

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A sipdown! (M: 16, Y: 16)

Yay, another office sipdown!
As I already wrote in note about English Breakfast from Basilur… I usually used to “blend” this tea with some black tea base — English Breakfast and after I have finished one, it was “Gold” by Basilur. However, last tea bag I decided to prepare plain and oh boy… so tart.

I agree with Courtney, it seems it is not equal and consistent in the bags… sometimes full of hibiscus, sometimes full of cranberry. She wrote about that during the sips, but it is also true for each bag. When it was more towards cranberry, it was definitely better.

Stevia? Well, I haven’t noticed anything from it here.
Now I have there Forest Fruits by Basilur as a fruit tea. I just hope I won’t have to dilute it with black tea base again.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 17 OZ / 500 ML

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drank Uva by Basilur
2352 tasting notes

TTB tea! Now this is a pretty decent plain black tea! It’s rich and malty. With milk and sugar, it’s just what I needed this morning! I wish I’d saved more than a single bag!

gmathis

I liked this one, too.

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drank Magic Nights by Basilur
1445 tasting notes

2024 sipdown no. 5

The flavour is kind of fruity, but it’s hard to tease out any individual fruit notes. The base is fine, nothing to write home about. Thanks for sharing Martin!

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A sipdown! (M: 9, Y: 9)
Sipdown prompt January 12 – National Hot Tea Day – Have a tea that is close to a sipdown!

Whoops, actual office sipdown.

Well, it is a fine example of English breakfast tea; a good one for waking up in the office, with high caffeine level (I assume) and no frills tea; as it’s in tea bags.
Simple, malty cupppa; but no standout characterics as gmathis notices in her note.

I acutally “blended” it often with Basilur Cranberry (fruit tea), to make a little fruit line and the fruit one is sometimes really tart, almost unbearably. Together it have been a nice combo. It wasn’t the story of the last bag of this, though.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 17 OZ / 500 ML

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drank Frosty Afternoon by Basilur
1445 tasting notes

I can smell the orange and passionfruit — both flavours that I like, yet overall it makes me feel queasy? How bizarre. Taking a sip didn’t help either, there’s an almost marshmallow-filling-the-mouth feeling that only furthered the queasiness. There’s no reason this shouldn’t have worked, but I’ll save the remaining teabag for a few months from now — maybe then I can appreciate it for what it’s meant to be.

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2023 sipdown no. 105

This one is very hibiscus and cranberry. It depended on the sip, but sometimes I was all cranberry and sometimes all hibiscus. I didn’t mind either way. Thank you for sharing Martin!

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drank White Moon by Basilur
2927 tasting notes

Basilur does a good job with its flavored teas—black, green, or white. In this case, the milky scent and flavor predominate, pleasantly. I could’ve backed off the temp a little; I scorched the green base a little bit. But it’s still drinkable. I’m sad that our local source of fun little Basilur assortments (Tuesday Morning) is now gone.

ashmanra

Oh no! I haven’t been to ours in many years. I bet ours is gone, too.

gmathis

I think the whole franchise went bye-bye.

Martin Bednář

Ladies, don’t forget that I have the chance to get many Basilur teas if needed that badly. And boy, some new flavors sound so good! Hit me up for details.

ashmanra

Martin: Thank you! I will definitely let you know if I get a hankering for something from them!

Cameron B.

They also have a US website: https://basilurtea.us/

derk

Tuesday Morning closed out here, too. HomeGoods is still going strong with plenty of oddball teas.

ashmanra

Cameron: wow! I had no idea! Thank you!

Martin Bednář

Definitely nice that some are available directly in the US. Here is my shop (sadly only in Czech): https://www.caje-mixtee.cz/vyrobce/39/basilur

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drank Magic Nights by Basilur
1872 tasting notes

I went buying some teas for my grandma and while I was in that shop, I bought some teas (two boxes of tea bags) for myself. This is one of them.

As you know, I like Basilur teas. Their wrappings are beautiful, teas being above average and overall I am alway looking forward to try it. This was no exception. Magic Nights sounds so lovely.

Sadly, I am not a fan. All the flavourings used made a mess in a cup, giving tropical notes, but clashing each other and made very muddled flavoured black tea. The black tea base isn’t great either, quite common tannic notes without much more to write about.

I believe that loose leaf could be better than tea bag form, but I am not even looking forward to try that in near future.

Also, it is another tea with a duplicate. It seems like a bigger trouble in whole Basilur brand here.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
Cameron B.

I did what I could for the duplicates, they should all be marked with “duplicate” now. Unfortunately they all had ratings, so I couldn’t remove any of them. :|

Martin Bednář

Thank you Cameron for that. At least something…

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