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195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec 19 oz / 552 ml

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  • “totally ok with the tulsi in this one...not a fan of the oolong :)sadly my tasting note on this is lacking because work distracted me with testing. both the teas i was drinking ended up cooling...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I have to admit, I wasn't thrilled to see that the January blends club theme was tulsi. I haven't had a lot of tulsi (and never just tulsi), but what I have had I haven't been fond of. But I will...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I forgot I had already tried this tea. :) Thank you, *Dinosara*! It's very tulsi-y. Not much in the background at all. I think it would be more balanced with more actual tea. Still, I do like...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I think Tulsi must be a NO for me. Three blends with tulsi? (Sigh) The upside is that by getting three tulsi blends together... I I was able to pretty much identify it is a definite dislike for...” Read full tasting note
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From Verdant Tea (Special)

January Blends Club

Ingredients: Tulsi, Big Red Robe Wuyi Oolong, Balinese Cacao Nibs, Indian Sarsparilla

5g/8oz cup steep boiling for 1 minute

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5122 tasting notes

totally ok with the tulsi in this one…not a fan of the oolong :)sadly my tasting note on this is lacking because work distracted me with testing. both the teas i was drinking ended up cooling off a bunch, so i didn’t get to drink them when i really wanted to. I’m sending the rest of this to terri because she likes oolongs and’cause she likes to try out the blends boxes as well.

Terri HarpLady

I like the name of this one! I’ll look forward to trying it, even with the Tulsi in it. :)
Regarding Tulsi, I don’t hate it, it’s just boring. Hopefully the Oolong will help it out. What else is in this?

Sil

uh…stuff… :)

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1995 tasting notes

I have to admit, I wasn’t thrilled to see that the January blends club theme was tulsi. I haven’t had a lot of tulsi (and never just tulsi), but what I have had I haven’t been fond of. But I will try it nonetheless!

When I smelled the dry leaf I was a little put off, and I think it must have been the tulsi because there isn’t anything else in this blend that should be objectionable. Fortunately after steeping it evens out a bit and smells better. Herby, cocoa-y, almost minty even though there isn’t any mint in this. It honestly reminds me a bit of the scent profile of the Peppermint Bark herbal. The taste has a lot more oolong in it, and I’m definitely tasting the toasty, minerally flavor of the Wuyi oolong. A bit of cocoa, and a bit of herbal, root beerish flavor. Considering this blend contains a few things I’m not really a fan of (wuyi oolong, tulsi), I don’t mind it too much, but I wouldn’t say that I really like it that much either. Ah well, can’t love them all!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
gmathis

That does sound like a bizarre combination: tulsi needs light, lemony, spicy, minty companions. Cocoa…just can’t see it.

OMGsrsly

Aww, man! I cancel the Blends Club and they put out something I think I’d like. BOO.

Dinosara

OMGsrsly – if you want, you can have the rest of mine! I was thinking of listing it for swap anyway, it wasn’t really my thing.

OMGsrsly

Ooo. That would be super fabulous. What could I do for you? :)

Dinosara

Do you want the Puer Tonic (also this month) too? It’s also probably not my bag either. I would take Master Zhang’s Genmaicha and the Jolly Earl off your hands if you are still looking to get rid of them (I saw they weren’t your faves on your notes).

OMGsrsly

That sounds great! I have both, although some of the master Zhang’s is heading out in a swap. I’ll message you my “not in cupboard swap” list. :)

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1523 tasting notes

I forgot I had already tried this tea. :)

Thank you, Dinosara!

It’s very tulsi-y. Not much in the background at all. I think it would be more balanced with more actual tea.

Still, I do like tulsi, and this will be a relaxing cup to sip while I detail my kitchen and prep food for the next couple days. Yay working weekends.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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129 tasting notes

I think Tulsi must be a NO for me.
Three blends with tulsi? (Sigh)
The upside is that by getting three tulsi blends together…
I I was able to pretty much identify it is a definite dislike for me :-(

TheTeaFairy

I know I’m not a fan either, I have had it by itself only, no blend, and it has a very peculiar taste I’m not a fan of…so I don’t know how it translates into a blend…

Sil

hmmmmm guess i should crack mine open tonight and see

CelebriTEA

Sil I would definitely be curious of others impressions…

CelebriTEA

Sil ~ Did you ever try this?
Just curious…

Sil

yes. i hated it….57 hated it. ie. drinkable under penalty of taking delicious teas away from me but otherwise no thanks.

CelebriTEA

LOL @ Sil…glad I wasn’t the only one to feel that way :-p

Sil

you are not alone sistah!

CelebriTEA

.Thanks Sil ;-)

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The Tulsi is an interesting taste with this oolong. I like it! It’s nice spicey and warming for the -30C day out. I have to say out of the box so far this and the rooibos are my favourite. Then again I still have a few to try :D

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I’ve been missing blends now that they have their own monthly club and the “classic” tends to be all pure teas, so I decided to join the “Blend” club for a month or two. I was a little taken aback by this month’s theme – Tulsi is not one of favorites, though I don’t dislike it either. But, I really like this one. Especially on later steeps it tastes like marshmallows! Something about the sarsaparilla in combination with a well-suited oolong? I don’t know, but it’s awesome. I usually get a little annoyed with the way flavors taper off on later steeps but this is one where the balance just gets better. I’m on steep 4 or 5, with 2tsp(roughly 5g)/8oz water

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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258 tasting notes

Sipdown! Yay!

This tea was never a big favorite for me, but it kinda grew on me. I think I would have liked it better if it had more tea in it versus everything else. I think it has a herbal flavor, rather than oolong. In fact I can’t taste the oolong at all.

Looking forward to my new Verdant order that is coming! I will finally have my beloved Laoshan Black stocked.

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From Reddit traveling tea box.

Hmm, the scent of the tea was freaking me out – medicinal and strong. First sips had lots of Tulsi flavor. After a few sips and time to cool, not too bad. The rootbeer taste is interesting and the oolong is nice. The Tulsi I’m undecided on with the herbaly mint like flavor.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Another verdant Blends Club tea from Sil.
This is ok, but not something I’d ever want to stock in my cupboard. The Sarsaparilla is kind of interesting in a root beer sort of way, but I don’t really care much for Tulsi.

gmathis

Weird combination. I like both elements, but very, very far apart!

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