There are some teas that are perfect for those days when you just want to curl up with a good book. This is one of them. BOH Cameronian Gold Blend tea is a rich, smooth and warming cuppa that’s comforting to the extreme.
In my full review, I’ll give you an idea of what to expect from the flavour, the best method for brewing it, and a little background information on the Cameron Highlands, the district in Malaysia where this tea is grown.
BOH Cameronian Gold Blend at a Glance
- Origin: BOH gardens in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
- Flavour: Smooth, rich and full-bodied black tea with no bitterness
This is a really pleasant and soothing tea to drink black… but it’s absolutely amazing brewed for a little longer and with a splash of milk. It never fails to brew a simple yet well-executed cuppa.
Full Review – BOH Tea Cameron Highlands
- Type: Tagged paper filter teabag
- Tea: Black tea
- Origin: Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
- Flavour Notes: Smooth, rich, full-bodied, bright, warm, soothing
- Aroma: Refreshing, smooth, slightly malty, bright
- Milk or Lemon: Milk
- Where to Buy: Amazon
Instantly, you get all those classic black tea notes from the moment you rip open the packet. The black tea is refreshing, smooth and bright, with a slightly malty note. Already you can tell there’s no astringency or bitterness in this tea.
It brews slowly (timings below) into a bright, clear amber-orange colour. It’s almost the exact same shade as the box of teabags – perhaps that’s not a coincidence. Brew for longer if you plan to add milk, but as this is a tasting review I’ve gone without this time.
The aroma of the brewed tea is still smooth, but not as fresh as the dry teabag. Dull.
But the flavour. Oh, wow. It’s like that cup of English Breakfast tea you once had – except every note is hit just right. The flavour is fresh, smooth and warm. The colour and initial sip are rich and the full-bodied flavour fills every corner of your mouth.
It’s really pleasant to drink without milk, but if you can, try it with milk instead. It really adds to the comforting feel!
This is the cup of tea you’ve wished for on rainy days. It’s real.
How to Brew Black Tea from Malaysia
Use freshly drawn water and boil your kettle to 100°C. Pour it directly over the teabag and let it steep for 4 minutes. This results in that lovely amber gold colour you can see in my photos. If you plan to add milk (which I strongly advise), then brew for longer. Roughly 6 minutes will be enough, but it’s best to judge by colour. When it looks dark enough to withstand a splash of milk, pull out the teabag.
You could drink this as a breakfast tea, as it has that strong, rich quality most breakfast blends have. But it’s also smooth and comforting, so a cup in the evening or on a rainy afternoon would be a good idea as well.
Go on, have a biscuit with it too.
Why BOH Tea Gold Blend?
I knew very little about BOH tea before I began reviewing their teas. All I knew was that they offered a wide range of teabags with tea sourced from their plantations in Malaysia. I had the impression that they were a basic, everyday tea brand… but nothing special.
And I’m happy to be proven wrong by this tea. Not only is it single origin but it just tastes so good. The fullness of this tea is impressive, considering it’s all from one location and how finely chopped and dusty the tea fannings are.
The Cameron Highlands are a district in Malaysia that’s known for tea gardens and strawberry fields – it sounds amazing already! The BOH Gardens of Cameron Highlands are 5000 feet above sea level and only the tender shoots of the Manipuri and Rajghur jats (tea plant types) are picked for this blend. This just means that all the tea in this blend is grown from the same variety of tea seed, which will give it a more consistent flavour.
Tea World has a great summarised history of tea explaining what a jat is. I recommend you read it!
I highly recommend trying this tea. It’s has been one of my favourite to review this month and I’ll no doubt be stocking up on it in the future. The best place I’ve found to buy BOH Cameronian Gold Blend is on Amazon, as they usually offer free delivery which makes it a little cheaper than buying it from BOH Tea Malaysia directly.
If you’re looking for similar, hearty breakfast type teas, my next recommendation is Ringtons English Breakfast tea. This is a blend of black tea from multiple countries that creates a smooth and well-rounded cuppa.