BOH Garden Teas – Gunung Chantik Tea Review

Do you like single origin teas? BOH Gunung Chantik Tea is one of those easy-to-get-your-hands-on teas from a single origin. BOH source their garden teas from select tea gardens in Malaysia! This tea has an interesting character and an interesting story behind it.

Find out everything you need to know about BOH Garden Teas in this full review, including what the flavours are like, how best to brew it, and where you can buy it.

BOH Gunung Chantik Tea at a Glance

Izzy's Rating
3.2/5
  • Tea: FBOP black tea fannings from BOH’s tea gardens in Malaysia
  • Flavour: A smooth and light tea with pronounced bitterness and a caramel finish

Although the bitterness tends to take over this smooth and light black tea, there’s a really nice caramel note that develops the more you drink it!

gunung chantik black tea

Full Review – BOH Garden Teas

Izzy's Rating
3.2/5
  • Type: Biodegradable mesh pyramid sachet
  • Tea: Flowery broken orange pekoe fannings black tea
  • Origin: Malaysia, in BOH’s tea gardens
  • Flavour Notes: Light, smooth, bitter, minerals, malt, tannins, caramel
  • Aroma: Minerals, almond, salt, tannins, malt, caramel
  • Milk or Lemon: Milk, if desired
  • Where to Buy: Amazon

I have a whole tin of this tea to play with (40g total, split into 20 pyramid sachets) so I’ve had a few cups before writing up this review. The initial aroma of the tea has a mineral, salty note to it, along with tannins and malty notes.

What’s most interesting about this tea is how it reminds me of caramel… yet it isn’t sweet in the slightest. In both the aroma and the flavour, there’s this little hint of caramel at the end that teases without revealing too much.

The dak but clear mahogany tea colour doesn’t reveal anything either.

Ultimately, this tea tastes smooth and light but with notable bitterness and tannins. The malt and minerals from the initial aroma appear too, with caramel only popping up when you really REALLY look out for it.

It’s a pleasant tea, but if I’m being totally honest, I prefer the Palas Afternoon tea from BOH’s Garden Tea collection.

boh gunung chantik tea

How to Brew Gunung Chantik Black Tea

I brewed for 5 full minutes with 100°C water (or as close as I could get within my teacup) and found it to be just the right strength for me. Although not advised by BOH, I can definitely see a splash of milk working wonderfully in BOH Gunung Chantik tea. If you do want to add milk, brew for 6 minutes or even longer so you get a dark enough brew.

This is a good tea to have with biscuits but it’s also robust enough to be a breakfast tea. Don’t eat delicately flavoured foods with this, as the strong black tea will just wash it out completely.

Why BOH Tea Malaysia Garden Teas?

BOH are a great brand if you want to move away from your usual go-to Chinese or Indian teas. BOH are usually more well-known for their teabags and flavoured blends, but this range, the Garden Teas range, contains only single origins.

boh tea malaysia fannings

In fact, BOH Gunung Chantik tea is from a single tea garden. On the base of the tea tin (I love that it’s got a double lid to seal it airtight) it reads “Made using only the tender young buds from BOH’s highest garden peak.”

The BOPF black tea isn’t the highest quality, but as it’s all from one location you really get the unique characteristic of the region come through in the cup.

Summary

Minerals and tannins are not my favourite notes in a cup of tea, but with the maltiness and caramel notes it kinda works. Find this tea on Amazon using the button below to check it out yourself, or try buying it directly from BOH’s official website if you can’t find it available for your country on Amazon.

boh garden teas tea caddy

Tea Recommendation

Want to up your single origin tea game? Read my full review of What-Cha Argentina ‘Misiones’ next to discover an interesting tea from the far reaches of Argentine. Sipping that tea really was a unique experience.

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