Review: BOH Tea Palas Supreme

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The leaves tumbled out of the package as irregular, dark, grassy-smelling bits (fannings).  Brewed, the aroma is grassier and vegetal, similar to a sliced tomato right off the vine.  (The tomato is technically a fruit, of course, but it sure doesn't smell "fruity.")  My curiosity peaked,  I steeped my little fanning friends in boiling water for 4 minutes.

I like to brew up the smaller, broken leaves known as fannings.  They often produce a darker, stronger cup of tea.  BOH's Palas Supreme is no exception.  It tasted bold and quite grassy, bordering on a fresh-picked green tea.  But unlike green tea, Palas Supreme has a malty finish.  Overall, its flavor is  unusual, much like the website for the company that produces it.

I squirmed a bit as I  perused the  BOH Tea's site.  It's friendly enough, but the graphics, the bright colors, and the cluttered feel don't jive with my slow, steady personality.  Plus, I had a hard time finding teas.  Rather than listing categories like  "Black", "Green," or "Herbal," BOH's categories included terms like:

"BOH Teh Tarik Kurang Manis," BOH Cameronian Gold" and "BOH 3 in 1 & 2 in 1."  Huh?

Those labels don't mean much to me.  I had to work harder than I'd like to get more information about the tea I was drinking.  But I did find it, eventually, listed under the category "Garden Teas."   From what I could gather, these are the full leaf versions of  BOH's teas, which they cultivate and package on their own land.   "Palas Supreme" is described as " a fine, flowery pekoe from the cool slopes of Sungei Palas,"  (Sungei Palas is the tea estate/garden which this tea is named after.)

It is a "fine" tea, but not necessarily "flowery".  Nor is it "supreme" in any North American sense of the word.  Still, I like Palas Supreme, and I like BOH, despite the subtle language and cultural differences that make me uncomfortable.  I feel like I've been a guest in a strange but wonderful place where they served me a fine, satisfying cup of tea.  I give it a 7.



— To purchase BOH Tea Palas Supreme, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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One Response to “Review: BOH Tea Palas Supreme”

  1. Mike71 Says:

    BOH plantation mainly produces very strong ‘everyday’ black tea to be drunk with sweetened milk loved by a vast proportion of the population.

    They produce instant teas (powderized tea) as well and when the mixture includes creamer and sugar, it is called 3 in 1.
    When it is just sugar and tea, it is 2 in 1.

    Cameronian basically refers to the mountainous region where BOH is based, Cameron Highlands.

    Palas is the area within the highlands.

    BOH is more known locally to produce tea for the masses but they do produce a little of these “fine” tea for connoissures.

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