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I am a big fan of black tea. I have been purchasing the Natural Black Tea (Robertet) from PSH and it’s on point. I too have been trying to make black tea accords for some time and failing at it. I decided I would take the plunge and buy one from a pro, Paul Kiler. Alas… this has yielded similar results to my accords. This smells like Methyl Anthranilate, grape juice, nothing more. I hate to say it, but this is disappointing. I get Mr. Bubble bath bubble soap but no tea. Two stars for super fruity grape soap. If you’re looking for clean and fruity this is a great buy and a great scent, it’s just not black tea.
Paul Kiler –
I won’t give my own product a star to pad the ratings, but I wanted to respond to Dutch’s comment about the Black tea base being nothing more than methyl anthranilate. The dosage of methyl anthranilate in this base is 1.55%. I am sorry that Dutch is disappointed with this base. “Tea” can be many things to many people and many cultures. As for the subject of “Soap”, that can be both experiential and cultural, and so defining what is and isn’t soapy is a bit nebulous, but Linalool being in Lavender, maybe that is the association going here, as there is some linalool and linalool oxide, combined with clary sage eo, another source of linalool, in this base. If one consults GCMS results from Teas, you will find both Methyl anthranilate and Linalool in those results.
I do hope that other people will be delighted by this base. It took me several years to work it out.
Amazing. Received a sample of this and immediately order a bigger amount.
I have to agree with another review for this Beautiful Black Tea base. I do get the “grape juice”. And it is very “sweet”. I as well don’t get a black tea fragrance. It may usable in other ways – greatly softened and diluted. The sweet grape can become overwhelming.
An outstanding tea base. When evaluated neat, I also observed the “grape” facet. However, when diluted to 10%, that does not appear, and I instead apprehend a realistic black tea note.