Organic India

Recent Tasting Notes

The first time I had this I brewed it for 5 minutes and didn’t really like it: the chamomile dominated for me, and I’m not crazy about chamomile. Brewed for 10 minutes, I like it much better – there’s a little more brightness, maybe from the mango.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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Normally I prefer loose leaf teas, but a friend gave me a few bags of this to try, and it was really good! I will use all of these and then go looking for more licorice tea.

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99

Sweet Rose? Yes, please. Holy basil? Heavens yes! “Stress-Relieving & Magical”? You & Betcha. Sometimes I get lucky and stumble across a delightful tea — smells wonderful, tastes divine to me. It’s another one of those teas in which the tea bag can remain in your cup as you sip, kinda like Traditional Medicinals Cranberry Weightless. Ohhhhhm yeah. Enjoy. :^) — [ oh yes, and: it’s caffeine-free + organic + fair trade = nirvana ]

Flavors: Floral, Rose, Tulsi

Preparation
8 min or more 1 g 6 OZ / 192 ML

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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85

Picked up a box of this because I loved the Original Tulsi blend from this company so much. I think this one might be even better! The lemon ginger flavoring is actually very mild and plays very nicely with the gentleness of the tulsi. None of the flavors dominate- it’s perfectly balanced and warming without being spicy. Perfect cuppa for a blustery day like today.

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Round 2: Sometimes with… unique teas you have to take a creative approach. I did half a teaspoon of this tea and half a teaspoon of chamomile, and double the sugar (2 teaspoons). I regretted the double sugar. However, the tea was more palatable this time.

Next up: iced! lol

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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I ordered a 3.5 ounce tin of this and got it this morning. I really really wanted to like this after the big success with Tazo “Rest,” but on first sniff and taste, I’m not happy. It smells really really strong and awful. Takes me back to Adagio’s rooibos jasmine. Very perfumy. Even my cat backed away when he smelled it. On tasting it, it tastes pretty similar to the smell but not quite as bad. I’ll give it another try later today but I’m not too hopeful after this.

I just want to try a new tea and actually LIKE it, dagnabut! >_<

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
AlexaK.

I just made a cup of green and my dog backed away from it. Not as fast as he has some others but still, it’s a con for the tea when he won’t sit next to me but chooses the end of the couch instead.

madametj

Definitely a red flag when the animals run away. I mean, the reaction was similar to when my first cat sniffed a bottle of nail polish remover. lol

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Licorice seems like it can be hard to pull off in a tea because it can be a little overpowering? I’ve had some pretty bad ones in the past (won’t name them). This one complemented the other flavors and you could taste all of them if you concentrated. Licorice is one of my favorite spices because it is very characteristic/reminiscent of Chinese medicine and this tea played on that well.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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