Tea: Original Tulsi Tea

A Tulsi / Holy Basil from Organic India - O Organic - F Fair Trade

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Brand:Organic India
Style:Tulsi / Holy Basil
Region:India
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Loose?Teabag
# Ratings:10 View All
Product page:Original Tulsi Tea

Review of Original Tulsi Tea

AromaFlavorValueTotal
4 of 102 of 54 of 550 of 100
MediocreMediocreGood Value

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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Comments:

Alex Zorach wrote:
on December 13th, 2013

I have not yet tried the lemon ginger tulsi, but it sounds like one of the combinations that I'd like.

I personally am a fan of the combinations of tulsi with spice (i.e. masala chai), black tea, and the orange mint.

I would really like to try all of them. I think Organic India is above-average both in terms of the quality of the ingredients they put in their tea bags, and their skill at choosing and blending ingredients so that they work.

I even liked their passionfruit blend, which was discontinued, a little sad because there are a couple ones that I like less (like green tea+tulsi) that they're still offering.

If you ever get a chance, I recommend trying a loose-leaf tulsi of a pure variety. I really love the purple-leaf variety from Upton Tea Imports, and I think it's my favorite so far. The green-leafed variety has a sharpness to it which I also enjoy. I find the three samples I've tried from Upton were all a little less earthy than the Organic India blend...both have more of a spice (especially clove) quality in the aroma. The pure Vana tulsi had a very strong anise/licorice aroma, which I think is one of those love-it-or-hate-it things. I enjoyed it but it's not something I want every day. I wonder if that's what you're sensing in that "earthy/grassy" quality. Organic India's blend contains some vana tulsi, so if you don't like this quality you may find that you like the pure green or purple leaf varieties of the true tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) rather than blends containing Vana tulsi which is another species.

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