Tower of London which speaks of ancient history, pre and post world war eras where Kings and Queens used this magnificent castle to rule their land and affect the whole world. A bygone era where English cultures were being formed, where every act was of royal status and followed by the commoners, an era where Ceylon tea taken in the afternoon was a part of the royal traditions. Taking you to those noble times and celebrating the old English traditions, Basilur presents you this rich Ceylon black tea which adorned the royal tea traditions.
100% Pure Ceylon black leaf tea, no additives.
Teas packed in foil pouch with zipper to preserve the freshness of your favourite tea.
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I took one look at the Tower of London container and was amazed at the amount of thought that had gone into marketing this product. No doubt the Tower was chosen as the theme because it is so quintessentially British, and everyone knows how much the English love their tea. The tin is a true work of art - not only beautiful to look at, but painstakingly crafted so that it can still be used as a storage container after the tea has all been drunk. I can imagine that many people will buy it for its artistic merit rather than the beverage it contains!
The inside of the tin is equally beautiful. The lining is just as intricate as the outside, with information about the tea and the history of the Tower of London. There is a sealed package inside which has identical information on both sides about the tea and its origins - this is almost exactly the same as the information printed inside the container. The tea itself is inside this inner sealed package; it consists of see-through, highly attractive little teabags in the shape of pyramids. These pyramids are biodegradable so the used ones will be going straight into the compost!
I was disappointed that there was little indication on the outside of the packaging as to how many teabags the tin might actually contain. When I looked at it closely, I saw that there was a reference to 2 g/r x 5 = 10 g/r which I can only assume referred to the number of teabags and their weight. I thought, from the size of the tin, that there might be ten teabags; I was surprised, therefore, to find that there were only five. Despite the beauty of the container, and the fact that its workmanship is undoubtedly very attractive, it seems that $17 is rather a lot to pay for five teabags. At least, if the number were more clearly indicated on the outside, this would be an alert for the purchaser to decide whether or not to buy it. I think I would probably get this product as a present for a friend rather than for myself, but I would still like to know what I was paying for.
There is a whole section of the container which cannot be read because the importer has stuck a label over it. It would be better if the sticker were placed on the inner packaging (which has identical information on both sides) so as not to obscure the information panel. I realise that this section is not in English, but I am able to read Cyrillic script and I am sure there are many other New Zealanders who can read it too. The other area where this label could be placed is on the top of the tin where there is no other writing.
The tea itself is delicious. I don't often drink Indian tea, but when I do, I like it weak without milk or sugar, and I did enjoy this one. It has a refined flavour with none of the harshness present in mass produced teas. In that respect, it is certainly worth trying. My son-in-law, who tried a cup with me, was not so keen. He found it lacking in body - what I took to be a delicate flavour, he described as insipid. I suppose everyone has different tastes in tea, however. Personally I loved it and might even consider buying it again as a special treat. If I had it often enough I could even become a regular tea drinker.
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