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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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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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drank Noni Plum by Basilur
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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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drank Mango Peach by Basilur
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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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75
drank English Breakfast by Basilur
1216 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
1216 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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66

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
2265 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
1432 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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75

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
1432 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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drank Cranberry (Fruit Tea) by Basilur
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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
2878 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
1816 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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A sipdown! (M: 1, Y: 51) but apparently not in my Steepster cupboard. That makes sense, as I have not added those received from my co-workers office teas to it.

A tea bag rating.

While Ceylon teas can be sometimes a bit rough, with strong metallic or other off-putting flavors, this is not the case.
It is slightly sweet, but robust, malty flavour dominates the cup. Caffeine is high in this tea, it was great breakfast tea and I will miss it for that. Just don’t let this tea cool down too much, then the tannic notes are too strong and makes the tea bitter.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 17 OZ / 500 ML

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drank Frosty Afternoon by Basilur
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drank Frosty Afternoon by Basilur
2878 tasting notes

Martin, I had one bag left and it hit the spot this afternoon—enough caffeine to perk me back up after a hard-work afternoon, enough citrus to make it cheerful, but not so strong that it’ll keep me awake too late. Can’t quite tell where the orange stops and the passionfruit starts, but it’s a really nice blend.

Hard work: supervised my crew of volunteer kids as they filled a roll-off dumpster with paper goods to be recycled by a local ministry that serves prisons and military bases. Love watching them work.

Martin Bednář

I am so happy you liked it & helped you with caffeine-boost. I agree, it’s really nice blend!

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drank Frosty Afternoon by Basilur
2878 tasting notes

One of the reasons I love Basilur is that their fruit is fruity without a hint of hibiscus tang. Frosty Afternoon (I still think it’s a funny name for these ingredients) is beautifully juicy and citrusy, both hot and iced. The orange side of the flavor balance is redolent of citrus peel. (That’s the fanciest word I’ve used in a week.) The passionfruit side, well, I wouldn’t recognize a passionfruit if you threw one at me, so I can’t vouch for its accuracy, but it hits some high-end citrusy notes very nicely. Thanks, Martin!

Martin Bednář

You’re welcome!

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drank Island of Tea Special by Basilur
2878 tasting notes

Martin, is this the one I’m drinking? If so, I’m enjoying it greatly! For a Ceylon tea, this is surprisingly smooth with very little of the coppery-brassy notes I usually associate with the variety. It’s a little bit sweet, but still has enough bite to get your eyes open—two qualities I value highly.

Martin Bednář

Yep it is! I am happy that you liked it! I agree it is surprisingly smooth for Ceylon!

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drank Frosty Afternoon by Basilur
1816 tasting notes

Office cleaning day
Swapdown (M: 4, Y: 66)
Definitely an interesting tea, though I guess that bagged version isn’t so good as loose leaf. The black tea base often was overpowered the not so strong flavours and aromas of passionfruits and orange. Smooth though!
The few remaining bags will be swapped too. I feel it has suffered a bit from the cardboard box once opened the inner foilwrapping of tea bags.

gmathis

This was a nice one!

Martin Bednář

Definitely glad that you liked it!

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drank Frosty Afternoon by Basilur
1816 tasting notes

A duplicate spotted!

This is one of the teas I have received as a birthday gift from my co-workers. I have 7 or how many more boxes of Basilur teas and I am slowly drinking them there, as tea bags are perfect for work teas. You know, just a little time for preparations, not much time for contemplation about the tea and such. Convenience of tea bag is the key there.

Prepared hour before lunch as I had absolutely no time before.

It is a great tea — mellow orange flavouring, nice floral notes of passion fruit with nice, smooth base. Easy drinking and not bitter, rather smooth and a touch of creamy. But a little bit complexity it those flavours would be welcomed. Yes, it is distinctly orange and passion fruit, but nothing else. Though, I think this will be finished first.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 17 OZ / 500 ML
Cameron B.

Orange and passion fruit seems like an odd flavor choice for a wintery tea…

Lupiressmoon

True, but they do candied and orange dried crafts for fall and winter, but that’s perhaps why

gmathis

I’m looking forward to trying this one! Basilur does have some interesting notions about what ingredients are winter-appropriate.

Martin Bednář

I think that orange is still a bit wintery thing. Afterall, dried orange slices was used as a Christmas tree decoration here. But not sure about passion fruit.
gmathis, as always, looking forward to hear your opinion :)

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drank Uva by Basilur
2878 tasting notes

Another treat from Martin’s Intercontinental Box of Happy Tea! The only unflavored Basilur tea I tried previously was an English Breakfast that was pretty so-so. This one was a pleasant step up. Less brassy, a little more malty, and it still has potential to improve … I used a little more mug and a little more water than was necessary. Looking forward to a more concentrated version.

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drank Summer Tea by Basilur
2878 tasting notes

It’ll flop back and forth for a month yet—snow flurries on my mid-April birthday are not unheard of—but it was a sun-on-your-bones springlike day. We hit Atwoods, the farm and home store, just because the baby chicks were supposed to be in (we don’t buy; just look). It was a jackpot run—free popcorn and our favorite Juliet tomato plants, for 99 cents, no less! We will love them and coddle them and take them in and out until it is safe to set them. (Imagine the abominable snowman voice in the Bugs Bunny Cartoon…we were that excited.)

One of the greenhouse shelves was filled with strawberry plant sets, which must have subliminally noodged me to seek this little bag out. It’s just a garden variety green tea base, a little spinachy, with pleasant strawberry flavor—not too syrupy or chemically. This is my last bag, but I have part of a tin of Brew-La-La strawberry on the shelf as well—I believe it is a Basilur cousin once removed, so the similarity between the two might be more than coicidence.

A sweet and gentle tea to keep Minnie and me company while we’re watching an episode of Violet Evergarden, which definitely fits the “please, can it be spring now?” theme today!

Martin Bednář

Hm. Both teas available to me, but I am not sure if I had any of the both. I am a bit more leaning to try Basilur; but Brew La La teas sound so good as well. And their cute tins!
Well, maybe when I will cut down amount of tea in the office!

Martin Bednář

Have you tried any others from Brew La La?

gmathis

I haven’t, although we do see them occasionally at the Tuesday Morning Store. I did notice that the Brew La La website also offers Tipson teas, and I have had a couple of those—the moringa varieties.

Martin Bednář

Thanks. I am considering getting them as their are discounted now (shorter shelf life), but no, I should wait…

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drank Summer Tea by Basilur
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