Review: BOH Tea Palas Supreme

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Thumbs up!"It's a bold and satisfying, savoury tea."
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This is my first BOH Tea sample, so I can't say much about the company itself, but I can tell you the website leaves me feeling confused and somewhat excited. The bright colours are enthusiastic wording (company motto: "Share the Ummph!") grab my attention. If this was a display in a store, I would want to buy whatever they were selling (husband: Why are you buying iguana food when our pet is a dog?" me: "LOOK AT THAT SHADE OF ORANGE!!!") However, the website is a bit clunky, awkward, and hard to navigate. It uses category labels like "Garden Teas" and "Seri Songket Teas" which is admittedly less irritating than gimmicky ones like "revitalize" and "rejuvenate," but I still prefer "black," "green," etc.

But the tea itself is what matters most, and this one is both painfully inexpensive and reasonably delicious. It's a flowery orange pekoe from the Sungei Palas Plantation in Malaysia. The leaves, true to the FOP label are small, somewhat choppy, curled, and black in colour. I steep at 212° for three minutes.

The malty, fruity scent reminds me of a Sun Moon Lake/Taiwanese black tea. The flavour is surprisingly robust and smooth. It has notes of malt, berry, spinach, tomato, white pepper, and basil. There's something unrefined about the flavour that keeps it from being a great black tea, but it's solid. And if you're super-cheap (like me!) you can even drag a second infusions from these leaves by steeping them for 5 minutes.

It would take milk well, but it doesn't need it because it's neither bitter nor astringent, so there's no harshness that needs to be cut. Whether you'd want to add sugar or not is up to you, but I'd say this is a decidedly savoury tea, so it's not something I will be trying.

This is a good everyday black. For the price, it's a great everyday black. It's a bold and satisfying, savoury tea.

— 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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