Winter Tea

I reviewed a tea from Basilur on the 15th and mentioned that I did have other selections from this vendor to try and to review for you. One of my most recent purchases was a box of individually sealed teabags with the moniker Four Seasons on the box. Since I like to listen to the Four Seasons by Vivaldi I couldn’t pass up this box now could I? Absolutely not. It was a sign that this box of tea needed to come live at my house. While I would have loved for it to be in one of their lovely decorative tins it was, alas, in a box, nicely designed mind you, but still just a box.
Since it is winter the first tea I chose to try was the Winter tea blend. I wasn’t too sure to begin with whether or not I wanted to try this selection since the packet that contained the teabag was silver. I was afraid that meant that this was a white tea, and I’m not too good with white teas. I don’t have a tea kettle that allows for specific temperatures and white teas need cooler water than black teas. In other words, it’s a guessing game for me as to whether or not I have the right temperature of water for white tea. After reading the description on the box though I was relieved that it was indeed a black Ceylon tea that I was dealing with, so I went ahead and took it with me to the beach.

In addition to Pure Ceylon black tea, Basilur has added cranberry flavour to this blend. Once steeped it has a slightly fruity aroma. I tasted the tea before adding a sweetener and decided it definitely needed the extra punch of honey to make it an enjoyable cup of tea. The flavour wasn’t what I was expecting, which was a more tart taste because of the cranberries. Instead, it had a very mild cranberry flavour, not tart at all. At first, I thought it was a bit lack luster, but once I’d finished that first cup I decided it was a very mild and relaxing cup of tea. It’s definitely not a zinger, but it’s not a dud either. It’s a tea that I’d drink after a long day when I wanted to be comforted rather than energized. Did I like it enough that I would buy it again in the event that I ran across the blend in the lovely tin shown on their website? Absolutely!

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A Magical Night

Can you believe that we’re already halfway through the month of January?! Have you been enjoying lots of hot tea, preferably varying varieties thereof? I must admit that it’s been somewhat of a challenge to carve out time each evening to make posts, but it’s also been nice to have an excuse to make a pot, or in tonight’s case a cup, of tea with the objective of it being different than the day before. You see, for all the varieties I have at my disposal, I tend to be a bit of a predictable drinker, drinking the same varieties over and over again. Not necessarily because they’re the best of the lot, but more because they’re comfortable. I know what to expect from a specific selection with no surprises, and no adjustments are required to the expectations of my taste buds.

Tonight I decided to try not only a new tea but a new-to-me tea brand whose tea I bought for the tin design alone. I mentioned my weakness for tins in previous posts I’m sure, and it kicked in full force when I ran across this tin. I’d never heard of the brand and had it not been for the unusually shaped tin I might not have bought it. The tin is, in my opinion, beautiful. I wouldn’t mind finding the tin’s design printed on fabric. It’d be one of those WOW! pieces that we quilters tend to buy just because they scream our names and force us to take them home with us. Those pieces tend to end up being for petting purposes only. They never actually get used in a quilt. Needless to say, I have a lot of those as well.

The brand is Basilur. The blend is Magic Nights. The packaging is impressive, and I’m not just 347ECFAA-A8CA-4814-B661-F1F6F6FE5E79talking about the tin now. My tin contains the Pyramid Collection. The teabags are pyramid shaped and contained in a sealed foil pouch which is resealable. E71D6CD5-0EF0-4DA5-9726-05FF955E3E55The lid has a plastic flange around the edge to help seal in freshness. My pyramid teabags have a string and paper tab which makes brewing up a cup quick and easy. This is a pure WP-MAGIC NIGHTSCeylon black tea with natural cranberry fruits, natural cornflower and blue malva, and flavours strawberry, pineapple, papaya, and apricot. The option in their online store is for loose leaf tea.

I’m very familiar with all of the flavours in this blend except one, blue malva. After looking it up, I was delighted to see that it helps with inflammation, which is a large part of why I’m trying to eat a Ketogenic diet. It’s also been used in traditional Austrian medicine internally in the form of tea or externally as baths for treatment of disorders of the skin. Other benefits are to the gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract, and heart. But the most intriguing use of blue malva was as a blue rinse for gray hair before chemical dyes came along. I think I might have to find some of this and give it a try.

I can honestly say that even though this tea was way past its “best by” date, by almost two years to be more precise, I greatly enjoyed my cup of tea this evening. The aroma that came from the tin even before I opened the sealed bag was lovely. The aroma of the opened bag was even better. It has a very sweet fragrance, and although I could have had my tea without sweetener I went ahead and added honey. It tasted even better with the addition of honey. I will definitely have to buy more of this blend once my supply runs out. That shouldn’t take long because the sealed bag is pretty light, so I think there’s probably only 20 teabags, definitely not more than 40, in this large, beautiful tin. I’ve purchased other blends by Basilur in the past couple of months which I’ve not had a chance to try yet. Once I do, I’ll let you know what I think about those. I can already tell you that one of the purchases was because of the tin that the teas came in. It looks like a book! In addition to making a wonderful blend in Magic Nights, these folks have presentation down pat.

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Photo credit: Basilur Teas

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