Organic India

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Sipdown… Not sorry to see this one finished. I loved it at first, but today when I was drinking up the last two teabags of it, I realized how sickly sweet it is. It’s like they needed to compensate for the fact that tulsi isn’t very flavorful, and so they doused it in heavily perfumed rose and stevia. The result? I felt like I was drinking tulsi from a Bath and Body Works soap bottle.

Yuck. Sticking to Organic India’s Lemon Ginger tulsi blend if I ever find myself craving some holy basil.

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drank Original Tulsi by Organic India
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78

This is a pleasant chai, if not an outstanding one. The tulsi adds a nice touch; it’s present but not too strong. I do wish the rest of the flavors were more pronounced, but I always tend to go for stronger flavors so this could well be just right for someone who prefers a milder chai. I can hardly notice the tea base at all, but still, this makes for a pleasant cup. I do think I prefer Organic India’s rooibos chai, though—if I can’t taste the black tea and don’t get the caffeine kick, what’s the point?

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34

I dug this out of my tea chest. I have to drink it sparingly because there are no places in my home area that I know of that carry it. It’s what I wanted tonight- soothing, aromatic, healthful. It’s only a little sweet, which is good because I dislike overly sweet things. Something about the earthiness of the tulsi and the floral rose just hits all the right notes some nights.

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drank Original Tulsi by Organic India
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46

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.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Original Tulsi by Organic India
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85

This is the best tulsi-based blend I’ve tried. Tulsi is a mild enough base that it lets the strong ginger shine, and the lemon serves as a mediator between the mildness and the spiciness of the two.

Organic India’s rose blend is too sweet, the plain tulsi blend too mild, and the pomegranate green blend is just icky.

This one is perfect.

TeaBrat

I agree on your assessment of the tulsi situation ;)

Memily

Awesome to know! Since trying straight tulsi in a subscription box this month I’ve been keen to sample some more and have been eyeing off this company.

teaqueen

I recommend this company! It’s good stuff. I would just avoid blends with rose or stonefruit.

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79
drank Tulsi ginger by Organic India
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Tisane of the early afternoon…
This afternoon’s PT appointment included lots of painful exercises by them intended to get my shoulder joint moving again. What I need to work on is keeping my anxiety levels down throughout this process. Tulsi to the rescue!

Decided to have a cup of this when I got home. It’s one of my favorites from Organic India. the ginger and tulsi combination is simple yet quite good. I’m not a huge fan of the way that tulsi tastes so I like the fact that the ginger sort of overwhelms it. I think this might be my last bag of this as I gave most of it to my boyfriend last week. I could probably try making my own blend with the tin of loose tulsi I have in the cupboard!

DeliriumsFrogs

I’m so sorry your PT appointment was so painful… ugh. :( Tulsi to the rescue, indeed!
Can’t wait to hear your results if you make your own blend (I bet it’ll be great!).

TeaBrat

thanks :)

pyarkaaloo

awww sorry to hear you were in pain :/ i also had a PT appointment today (for my legs) since i got struck by a car in a parking lot. go figure.

OMGsrsly

Oh, that really sucks. I also had PT yesterday, and again tomorrow. Here’s hoping it only gets easier and less painful!

TeaBrat

Happy healing for all of us :)

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34

Tulsi is always good… Especially this flavor. It’s strong and floral, but sweet and earthy at the same time. Leaves a pleasant taste in the mouth and a calming feeling in the body.

It’s the perfect “just stop and breathe” tea.

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15

The friend who bought this box doesn’t like tea, and only bought it because she was responsible for snack for a meeting, so she gave me the leftovers. So I’m giving it another try before I give up entirely on it.

I have discovered that it wasn’t rooibos I was tasting with the first cup- it was hibiscus. This makes it even harder to love, but I tried steeping it for longer, and that works a little better. Eventually, the metallic, bitter taste of the hibiscus fades into the background.

The pomegranate is SUPER strong. While it steeps, it gives off an extremely strong, sweet smell reminiscent of bubblegum toothpaste. With a hint of earth. Ughhhhh….

Sipping… the Tulsi is more prevalent in the actual taste than the smell suggests, but the super-sweet pomegranate is definitely the primary note.

I think the elderberry only adds to the sicky-sweetness of the pomegranate, and the green tea gives the mouthfeel a little more richness. Tulsi tends to be pretty thin on its own.

The nasty bubblegum-toothpaste flavor lingers in the aftertaste.
Nope, this is still a pass for me. Blech.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 6 min, 15 sec

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15

This one kinda sucks…

It smells fruity, but it tastes almost exclusively like rooibos and not much else. I’m not even entirely sure if there’s rooibos in it, which is the ultra-sucky part.

My friend bought a box of this stuff. I’m glad I didn’t waste my money on it.

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64

Another TJmaxx find. When something says passion fruit or Lilikoi on it I feel that I have to try it. I’m not a terribly huge fan of Tulsi for their taste but they do have a good company. It’s also the types of teas that I find are good to drink when your not feeling well. This one I bought purely for the passion fruit flavor. All I tasted was tulsi with slight hints of Passion fruit. it was good regardless but I wished they added more passion fruit in.

Preparation
2 min, 15 sec
Stephanie

heh, I got some straight tulsi tea from TJmaxx a while back :) Passion fruit sounds interesting!

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This was a surprise teabag from my first swap with shmiracles!

I’ve got a whole lot of my herbals with me right now because of midterms tomorrow and yep! I feel like I’ve had this for a while and I just never drank it. It smells very strongly of ginger. More ginger than lemon.
It’s a teabag and I actually haven’t had a teabag in so long so… I’m hoping this doesn’t go bitter on me! Does bagged herbals go bitter? Do they steep in boiling water? Dude. I am so new to the world of teabags okay.

Okay. So I like stuck it into boiling water and just bounced the bag up and down till I got the colour I wanted and it took like 10 seconds wow. And just 10 seconds, SO MUCH FLAVOUR. Teabags are weird, man.

But tastes a smidge like the middle between David’s Super Ginger and La La Lemon. Just so much lemon and so much ginger in one tea. It’s a bit overwhelming.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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65
drank Red Chai Masala by Organic India
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Backlog—
I had a mug of this tisane last night while reading, used two teabags but still I don’t think the flavor is very good, for a chai it’s just pretty weak, though I like the idea of a tulsi chai. I should try making my own by finding a decent rooibos chai and throwing some tulsi in there. Just so “meh”, I’m glad I’m almost out of this.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Original Tulsi by Organic India
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Preparation
Boiling

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Sipdown No. 99!!
I’m not a fan of Tulsi, although it isn’t bad, especially with ginger added.
This has been in my cupboard for awhile, & now its gone.

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34

Despite some of the other reviews on here, I think this is one of the best, most delicious, delicately flavored herbal teas I’ve ever had.

Once brewed, it gives off a smoky scent, almost like tobacco.

Sipping… The rose is strong, definitely, and it lingers on the tongue lightly. The tulsi base gives it a richness and earthiness that works wonderfully. There is the perfect amount of stevia in it to make it a little sweet, and the chamomile adds some thickness to the mouthfeel. I can taste the lemon myrtle a bit after I swallow my sip.

A beautiful, delicate, relaxing blend. The perfect drink to unwind the day with.

Flavors: Earth, Flowers, Lemon Zest, Tobacco

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Original Tulsi by Organic India
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85

I honestly don’t know what my infatuation with Tulsi is all about. I just love it. I think the best part about it is how it makes me feel, far more than the taste itself. It truly is a miracle plant!

Of the three Organic India blends I’ve had, this one is my second favorite. I adore ginger teas, and the sharpness of the ginger and lemon balances beautifully with the mildness of the Tulsi.

And I feel wonderful after I drink it. It settles in my stomach and warms me up, and lifts my mood. (Which is good, because I have the weekend from hell coming.) Glad I have a respectable stash of this stuff at the ready!

The next one I want to try is the Cinnamon Rose kind.

Flavors: Lemon Zest

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34

Oh my gosh… this is so delicious! I picked up a box of this today because a friend recommended it to me forever ago, and I could never find a store that sold it! Until today. I ventured into an organic health food store and made a beeline for the tea section, and there it was.

The scent is delicate and intriguing. Very floral (as you would expect, of course), steeps a nice warm shade of brown, and the taste is heavenly! Tulsi is a very gentle herb by itself; mildly minty and earthy. But when coupled with aromatic and simply lovely rose, it’s a match made in heaven!

The two flavors form a very amenable and fragrant partnership, (neither one dominating the other- instead, they support and riff off of one another) and the rose flavor lingers on the tongue delightfully after each sip. There’s the perfect amount of sweetness, too (and this is coming from a person who favors using sweeteners lightly and sparingly!) and I can’t say enough about this blend.

I’m so glad I committed to the whole box! Will be buying again.

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
5 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Tulsi Lemon Ginger by Organic India
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Tired of working and tired in general… I have a job interview to prepare for tomorrow and I haven’t had much fun all week because I’ve been so busy. I’m not even sure I want to work with these people so I’m grumpy just thinking about it all. Hoping this cuppa will revive me, herbaly, lemony, gingery. It’s one of my more favored tulsi teas.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec
OMGsrsly

Fingers crossed!

TeaBrat

thanks :)

Yvonne

Best of luck on your job interview. I hope you get it! ♥

Sil

oooh good luck!

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drank Original Tulsi by Organic India
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