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

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8 of 105 of 54 of 582 of 100
ExcellentExcellentGood Value

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 time (5 minutes) it comes out too weak for me and I think, in a sense, is a bit of a waste.

The amount of leaf per teabag, 1.8grams, is not particularly generous. I suppose it's about typical for what companies use for tea, but it's less than I use for this particular herb. When I make tulsi, I like it a bit stronger, typically 2-3grams or even more if I want a more potent relaxing effect.

The flavor of this particular tulsi blend is exceptionally smooth. There's just a hint of the sharpness that's characteristic of Rama tulsi, and there's a depth and warmth that I find the Krishna variety has more of. It also has a clean and sweet aftertaste. The aroma is complex and spicy, but gentle, with a hint of cloves, cinnamon, and orange. Overall, less strongly aromatic than any of the loose tulsi I've had.

In terms of how this particular tea makes me feel? I always find holy basil to be relaxing. This particular blend has a noticeable effect, considerably stronger than an equally strong chamomile tea. Like I said though, I prefer to use a bit more leaf. These teabags are really only good for one cup, and even then it's not as strong as I'd like. For all the effort they've gone to for the packaging, I'd rather they use more leaf.

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