Review: BOH Tea SPE BOP

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Its OK"So well balanced, it lacks flavor in the end. Too flat to be satisfying."
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This "Special Broken Orange Pekoe" by BOH is one of their larger dust blends, or what the tea pro's call "fannings"  (While we're on the topic of tea pros, "pekoe" rhymes with "gecko", according to real tea experts.  Which counts me out, since I've always pronounced it "pea-co.")

This company is the largest and most successful tea business in Malaysia.  They have gardens, a tea center, a museum, and an unusual slogan:  "Share the Ummph!"

"The phrase is an expression of sharing the extraordinary feeling of Ummph! by bringing people together over an occasion of tea ...‘Share the Ummph!'  is ultimately a promise to create that extra special feeling with great-tasting tea for the enjoyment of everyone, both in Malaysia and beyond," says BOH's website.  I was game.  Bring on the tea!  I want some ummph!

Viewing the dry tea leaves, I saw leaf bits of various sizes; various colors too, from black to orange.  The aroma is of citrus and flowers with an undercurrent of grass.  The citrus is predominant, giving the tea a festive scent which whet my appetite.  Oddly, though, neither the color of the leaves nor the aroma has anything to do with the word "orange" in the name.  Orange Pekoe actually relates to the size of the leaf.

When I poured boiling water over the leaves, the floral and citrus notes faded into more of a tomato smell.  I've noticed this phenomenon before with black teas.  It's not quite fruity; not quite vegetal.  It smells most like fresh tomatoes!

Ah, but the taste was unlike citrus, flowers, fruit, or vegetables.   It was flat and watery.  A tea  with such a complex aroma set me up to expect a complicated, satisfying cup.   I brewed it according to black-tea instructions...a teaspoon of leaves per 6 oz of boiling water.  I  steeped it for 3 to 5 minutes.  Flat.  I tried again with a higher concentration of tea to water.    But no additional flavor seeped out of these leaves-certainly no "ummph."  I rate this tea a 5.

— To purchase BOH Tea SPE BOP, 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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