Review of Holy Basil Purple Leaf

9 of 105 of 55 of 597 of 100

I had not tried tulsi (except possibly unknowingly as a seasoning) when I sampled this, and I fell in love after the first sip. The aroma is hard to describe, but very complex...I especially notice the anise and cinnamon, but I am usually not the biggest fan of these aromas, and I loved this tea. This is a very rich, full-bodied tea, and both the aroma and flavor have a warming character.

Perhaps the best thing about this tea is that I find it is very soothing and relaxing, much more so than other herbal teas. The way this tea makes me feel is very pleasant, and is unlike the sensation I get from any other herb tea I've tried.

I have since sampled a number of other sources and varieties of tulsi but I like this one the best so far. Absolutely exquisite!

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aoeu256 wrote:
on November 12th, 2011

Can this tea be infused several times?

Alex Zorach wrote:
on November 14th, 2011

Hmm, you could, but I generally don't. The leaf is finely-broken, and some of the aroma infuses very quickly, so you lose a lot of complexity of the aroma in the first steep. I rarely practice multiple infusions for herbs, but when I do, it is generally with whole-leaf herbs, not broken leaf like this one. It's hard to buy whole-leaf tulsi but you can grow it yourself, and it tastes much more complex than any of the tulsi I've bought.

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