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drank Holy Basil by Bija
28 tasting notes

Really like this one – very relaxing. Also enjoy steeping it a bit longer – no bitterness, but a beautiful full yet subtle flavour.

Flavors: Herbs

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Rooibos Chai by Bija
129 tasting notes

I love the mix of
Cinnamon bark, ginger, & cardamom seed.
This is my first try of a Rooibos, but for me,
It is a KEEPER :-)
Re-steep is as refreshing as the original.

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drank Soothing Chamomile by Bija
15 tasting notes

I steeped for 4 minutes, as instructed by the packaging. It has a somewhat nutty flavor, but not a strong chamomile flavor. I’m not excited about this tea, but will give it another go before settling on an opinion.

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drank Cold Stop by Bija
237 tasting notes

My favorite cold tea. I brew it a good long time, so that it packs a punch. Drinking it lets my stuffed up sinuses know they’re alive.

Lots of licorice, ginger, and eucalyptus flavor.

5 min, 45 sec

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drank Holy Basil by Bija
294 tasting notes

This is my first review of an herbal tea since I reviewed Tension Tamer by Celestial Seasons when I first became a Steepsterite. I was in my local organic-health food store buying my usual wares including Tension Tamer when I noticed this Holy Basil nearby. I have read many reviews about this and I was curious to say the least. I doused the tea bag with boiling water and steeped it for 4 minutes. The flavor is so natural and inviting. I cannot comment yet on the effects of this brew because quite honestly I am also drinking the Star of Bulang that I reviewed earlier and I have some of the Verdant Autumn TKY floating around somewhere. One thing I can state now is that this brew has me very relaxed….

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

if you decide you like tulsi “holy basil”, you should know there are 2 varietals that I’m aware of : green and purple. I generally like the purple best as it has more exotic undertones of clove, cinnamon, and the basil-like flavor is secondary. It has a tingling aftertaste and considering you pay attention to energetics…I will be curious to hear your take


I prefer the purple, too!


David…if you decide you like it and want a sample of the loose leaf let me know

Charles Thomas Draper

Thank you. I will let you know. I have to drink this and nothing else. I need to feel the Holy Basil….

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drank Cold Stop by Bija
177 tasting notes

This tea is a delicious cure for a sore throat or to savor near bed time. The licorice is the most prominant flavor and definatly why I love it. But unlike pure licorice teas, the other spices give this an interesting depth and warmth that mellow the strong falvor. Speaking of strength, this is a bit hard to take when healthy and wide awake. Just take out the bag bit early and it’s perfect.

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Pure Peppermint by Bija
2 tasting notes

Best peppermint tea I’ve ever had. 3x the tea of a normal bag. The bag itself is even whitened without chlorine! The tea is wrapped neatly to keep from major oxidation, and the tea brews so deep that it almost turns black. You can see some of the oil rising to the top of the glass.

150 °F / 65 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Organic Yerba Maté by Bija
22 tasting notes

Tasty yerba maté in bags. Mild flavour, close to a green tea but with a pleasant grassy aftertaste.

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Unfortunately, this bagged rooibos lacks the complex sweetness I’ve tasted in other brands, and ended up tasting rather flat… I picked this up in the health food store, and knew it was a gamble as Flora (who makes Bija teas) is a natural foods company and was worried the company’s focus would be less on taste and more on getting something healthy in your body. I lost on this gamble.

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