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Brytta Sóþword

(292 reviews)
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Tulsi from 24 Mantra Organic

Style: Tulsi / Holy Basil Tea – Region: ?????

85 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 9th, 2017

This is a delightfully spicy herbal tea. It sort of wakes you up even without the caffeine. Though a CTC style loose leaf, it resteeps quite well -- but expect to infuse longer for the second cup. It's been a lot time, but I remember thinking this was inexpensive when I got it.

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b22johansen

(44 reviews)
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Original Tulsi Tea from Organic India

Style: Tulsi / Holy Basil Tea – Region: India

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 29th, 2015

This was my first experience with Tulsi or Holy Basil. I was extremely impressed. The aroma is warm and welcoming with hints of earth, cinnamon, and spices. The flavor is reminiscent of a spearmint tea with spices and perhaps cardamon and cloves. The flavor is well rounded and very enjoyable.

I haven't had it enou...

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MimiG

(46 reviews)
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Original Tulsi Tea from Organic India

Style: Tulsi / Holy Basil Tea – Region: India

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 16th, 2015

I've never had tulsi before. It reminded me of chamomile tea, but stronger and more lemon-y, maybe. I really enjoyed it.

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Kmidst

(14 reviews)
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Holy Basil, Rama (Tulsi) from Mountain Rose Herbs

Style: Tulsi / Holy Basil Tea – Region: United States of America

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 9th, 2014

I tried this tea because the positive ratings by others. It really is a great tea.

The aroma took me by surprise at first. It's hard to describe...Sort of like peppermint. You might expect the tea to taste really sharp judging by the scent. The exact opposite is true. It tastes very smooth and clean. It has a refres...

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Brytta Sóþword

(292 reviews)
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Original Tulsi Tea from Organic India

Style: Tulsi / Holy Basil Tea – Region: India

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 23rd, 2014

The best word for this tea is comforting. It's a nice tea for winding down. I wasn't blown away with the herbaceous flavor, but for a bagged tea I felt it was pretty impressive. I can easily get two good cups out of a bag.

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Holy Basil, Rama (Tulsi) from Mountain Rose Herbs

Style: Tulsi / Holy Basil Tea – Region: United States of America

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 28th, 2014

Oooh, very tasty tulsi! Very smooth, lightly spiced with complexities that taste not-quite-floral, not-quite-citrus. Very soothing aroma too.

It can steep for a long time without turning bitter (which is good, because it diffuses slowly) and has a lovely light gold color. The water I used was fresh boiled. My first ...

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Holy Basil, Krishna (Tulsi) from Mountain Rose Herbs

Style: Tulsi / Holy Basil Tea – Region: India

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 17th, 2014

A solid holy basil tea. Has the distinct basil flavor (though I've only tried one other so far), but with a hint of pepperiness. Definitely savory, not bitter. If you like a nice, smooth holy basil as a drink, this one is quite good. I do wish the taste was more robust, though, as it's relatively light--especially by t...

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SarsyPie

(119 reviews)
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Original Tulsi Tea from Organic India

Style: Tulsi / Holy Basil Tea – Region: India

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
May. 21st, 2014

This is only my 2nd tulsi tea, but I'm thinking that tulsi may not be my thing. I didn't enjoy the aroma or flavor much. I've seen people mention that tulsi can have a citrusy flavor, but I didn't pick up anything like that here.

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Alex Zorach

(1313 reviews)
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Holy Basil, Krishna (Tulsi) from Mountain Rose Herbs

Style: Tulsi / Holy Basil Tea – Region: India

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 27th, 2014

My all-time favorite example of Tulsi or holy basil is the purple-leafed variety sold by Upton Tea Imports. Since I had been highly impressed by the the green-leafed (Rama) and Vana varieties from Mountain Rose Herbs, liking each much better than their counterparts from Upton, I was excited to try this one.

It was ...

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Holy Basil, Vana (Tulsi) from Mountain Rose Herbs

Style: Vana Tulsi – Region: India

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 19th, 2014

Dry leaf smells complex, like dried ginger and anise, with a hint of straw or hay. Much more complex than the only other example of Vana tulsi that I've tried.

Brews up a very strong, dark cup relative to the amount of leaf used. The brewed cup has a spicy and very complex aroma, and a piquant (sharp but enjoyable...

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Holy Basil, Rama (Tulsi) from Mountain Rose Herbs

Style: Tulsi / Holy Basil Tea – Region: United States of America

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 7th, 2014

A truly artisanal example of this herb. Tastes the closest to the fresh-harvested, home-grown example of this herb than any other one I have bought through a company. Astonishing complexity for Rama Tulsi.

I tried this some time ago, and I think it may not have been terribly fresh; this was a fresh batch which a f...

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willow1584

(50 reviews)
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Original Tulsi Tea from Organic India

Style: Tulsi / Holy Basil Tea – Region: India

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 27th, 2013

I keep Tulsi tea around for it's health properties, but the Original isn't my favorite. It's too grassy to be a flavor of it's own, I do not care for grassy/earthy flavors as a whole. This tea works better when lemon is added.

I do like how it helps calm nerves and reduce stress when consumed.

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Brittany

(9 reviews)
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BH02: Holy Basil Purple Leaf from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Tulsi / Holy Basil Tea – Region: India

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 12th, 2013

This tea is very different from what I usually drink, but I enjoyed it immensely. It has a very unusual flavor which is strong but not overpowering and definitely delicious. The smell of the tea alone is very calming. In a way, it reminds me of the smell of books, and honestly it might be worth buying the tea just for ...

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homais

(21 reviews)
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BH02: Holy Basil Purple Leaf from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Tulsi / Holy Basil Tea – Region: India

83 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 11th, 2013

For me, the flavor of this tea was the least interesting thing about it. It's complex, herbal, a bit cinnamon-spicy, less basil-like than I would have expected. Some bitterness, and it was annoyingly hard to stop little fragments of leaf from leaking into the brew, which is a pet peeve of mine. It disrupts the texture ...

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Tulsi (Holy Basil) from Shanti Tea

Style: Tulsi / Holy Basil Tea – Region: India

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 2nd, 2012

I've been drinking this tea for the past two days, and really like it. It has a nice, light, spicy aroma, and a equally light and pleasant flavor. I thought this tea was refreshing and agree that it feels uplifting as well. I will definitely be drinking this again!

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Alex Zorach

(1313 reviews)
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Tulsi (Holy Basil) from Shanti Tea

Style: Tulsi / Holy Basil Tea – Region: India

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 10th, 2012

This is the green leaf, or Rama Tulsi. I prefer the red-leaf, or Krishna tulsi, but this is actually my favorite example of the green-leafed variety that I've tried.

I find green tulsi can sometimes have a metallic quality, and this quality is thankfully greatly diminished in this sample. This tulsi is smoother an...

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Sylvia

(210 reviews)
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Original Tulsi Tea from Organic India

Style: Tulsi / Holy Basil Tea – Region: India

47 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 25th, 2012

This tea is okay. I don't usually like herbal teas very much, though. I don't like this flavor a whole lot. I added cream and sugar.

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Original Tulsi Tea from Organic India

Style: Tulsi / Holy Basil Tea – Region: India

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 20th, 2012

I just had my first cup of this tulsi and was pleased by it's flavor, texture, and aroma!

Overall I thought it was sweet and light, making it enjoyable to sip and relax with. To me, the scent was slightly floral and the taste smooth and pleasing. The aftertaste was sweet at first, adopting a tolerably faint bittern...

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E. Alex Gerster

(66 reviews)
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Original Tulsi Tea from Organic India

Style: Tulsi / Holy Basil Tea – Region: India

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 30th, 2011

I used to grow Tulsi on my windowsill, and missed the lemony fresh brew that the dried leaves used to make. It was always a soothing, calming sup of calmness that I looked forward to. I found these teabags of a blend of Tulsi at my local Whole Foods Supermarket, and have found them to be a worthy addition to my cupboar...

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Alex Zorach

(1313 reviews)
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Tulsi - Indian Holy Basil from Maya Tea

Style: Tulsi / Holy Basil Tea – Region: ?????

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 22nd, 2011

This was recognizable as tulsi, but quite different from other sources of tulsi that I have sampled. Very interesting to sample!

It had much less clove in the aroma, but was still quite spicy, and was also very lemoney. The lemon in the aroma was what made this one stand out.

Flavor is relatively smooth...a lit...

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BH03: Wild Forest Holy Basil Organic from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Vana Tulsi – Region: India

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 7th, 2011

Aroma mostly of licorice, but more complex, herbaceous, and spicy. Very summery aroma; this smells much more like familiar sweet basil and less like holy basil, which makes sense, as Vana tulsi is the same species as sweet basil, and a different one from the Rama and Krishna Holy basil, which I have tried (and drink r...

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Linda Martin

(50 reviews)
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BH03: Wild Forest Holy Basil Organic from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Vana Tulsi – Region: India

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 31st, 2011

Full bodied tea. Absolutely the best cup of tea I've had this year. I've given it to several friends, and they have asked me where to buy it.

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Original Tulsi Tea from Organic India

Style: Tulsi / Holy Basil Tea – Region: India

90 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 1st, 2011

This tea has a very pleasant aftertaste.

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Alex Zorach

(1313 reviews)
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Original Tulsi Tea from Organic India

Style: Tulsi / Holy Basil Tea – Region: India

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 9th, 2010

I've now tried quite a few different sources of tulsi and I can say that this is one of the best. This is the first blend I've tried--in the past I've only had Rama or Krishna tulsi, and I tend to prefer Krishna tulsi as it's smoother.

I brewed this with boiling water and let it steep for 15 minutes. Steeping less...

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Megan E

(6 reviews)
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BH02: Holy Basil Purple Leaf from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Tulsi / Holy Basil Tea – Region: India

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 28th, 2010

For me, this tea has been an acquired taste. Now, however, it is a favorite. Something about it is very calming - now it is my go-to bedtime tea.

The tea is sweet and spicy, and just the tiniest bit heavy.

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