Tea type
Fruit Herbal Blend
Ingredients
Flavor, Hibiscus, Lemon Balm, Pineapple, Sugar, Sunflower Petals, Tulsi
Flavors
Fruity, Herbaceous, Hibiscus, Pepper, Sweet, Tart, Musty
Sold in
Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Caffeine Free
Certification
Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 10 oz / 295 ml

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  • “This is not really what I expected… I’ve never had tulsi before, so I didn’t know what I was in for there. The dry leaf had a lovely tropical fruit scent, which was encouraging. However, the...” Read full tasting note
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  • “From the sale recently! I loved the idea of this tea, so had to try it. Sadly, it isn’t as magical as I would hope from a Bluebird tea. I kind of expected the fruit to be pineapple and papaya...” Read full tasting note
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  • “My second Bluebird tea of the day, and probably the one I was most doubtful about. I’ve tried Tulsi a few times and it’s not really been my thing. Still, worth a try. For a tea that’s called “Mango...” Read full tasting note
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From Bird & Blend Tea Co.

Indian Holy Basil tea with juicy mango fruit

Ayurvedic herb Tulsi, also nicknamed Holy Basil, has been enjoyed for a variety of healing and religious purposes in the Indian subcontinent for generations. We have paired those holy little leaves with juicy mango fruit to create great Karma in your tea cup!

Ingredients
Tulsi (Holy basil), pineapple, corinths, papaya, lemon balm, sunflower petals, hibiscus, sugar, flavour.

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4 Tasting Notes

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2702 tasting notes

This is not really what I expected…

I’ve never had tulsi before, so I didn’t know what I was in for there. The dry leaf had a lovely tropical fruit scent, which was encouraging.

However, the steeped tisane mostly just tastes of hibiscus tempered by sugar. It’s quite intense actually, though I may have overleafed it. While I appreciate that the sugar really helps to take the edge off, I’m not a big hibiscus fan. I think I get a little bit of tropical fruit maybe? There’s a light peppery note in the aftertaste, is that from the tulsi?

It’s not unpleasant, but I certainly won’t seek out more after finishing the sample pouch.

Flavors: Fruity, Herbaceous, Hibiscus, Pepper, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Mastress Alita

I like tulsi, and I usually get pepper notes from it. It tastes minty/citrusy/peppery though the balance of those things tends to shift depending on the what type of tulsi (there are three different varieties of tulsi) is used (or if all three are used, which one dominates the blend).

gmathis

Tulsi reminds me of lemon and mint, but I get the peppery description, too. It is my go-to when I need to unkink the muscles in the back of my neck from stress. Straight up, though, or maybe with a little peppermint. Its flavor is strong enough to not be very compatible with other ingredients.

Mastress Alita

I like tulsi with other ingredients, though it depends on what those ingredients are. My favorite Lemon Ginger tea ever has a tulsi base, but it is very complimentary with the citrusy ingredients of that tea. I admit I am uncertain how I’d feel about it mixed with fruit like mango…

Cameron B.

Thanks for the replies, my dears. I’ll have to keep an eye out for Tulsi blends for my next orders, I’m interested to try them.

tea-sipper

When I tried this blend fresh a while ago, I don’t think it was the best tea to represent tulsi.

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3596 tasting notes

From the sale recently! I loved the idea of this tea, so had to try it. Sadly, it isn’t as magical as I would hope from a Bluebird tea. I kind of expected the fruit to be pineapple and papaya (and not mango) from reading another tasting note from a Steepsterer. So the fruit flavor was really more like pineapple with hints of papaya. (I’m not sure if there is additional flavoring of mango that Bluebird adds or if it is just the papaya and pineapple chunks.) Though I do appreciate the papaya and pineapple, this blend probably shouldn’t be named ‘mango’. I also expected a vegetal, green bean type flavor to the tulsi, but the tulsi is so mild tasting that I can hardly taste it. There is also a hint of tanginess to the hibiscus… some sweetness from the sugar. I won’t say no to this on a hot summer evening (like now!), but sadly this blend was less than I imagined.
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon //few minutes after boiling // few minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // few minute steep
I hope everyone has a lovely, enjoyable Memorial Day weekend!

Evol Ving Ness

Sad that it’s not all that. I had been eyeing this one and in the end, just could not justify yet another tea purchase.

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My second Bluebird tea of the day, and probably the one I was most doubtful about. I’ve tried Tulsi a few times and it’s not really been my thing. Still, worth a try. For a tea that’s called “Mango Tulsi” there’s a suspicious lack of mango actually in evidence. The ingredients list specifies pineapple and papaya, both of which I can see cubes of in the dry leaf. There’s also fluffy green tulsi, and some (really pretty) sunflower petals. Bluebird teas are always so visually appealing! The scent of the dry leaf is primarily pineapple, just like a freshly opened bag of those sweetened, dried pineapple pieces. I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 4 minutes in boiling water. The resulting liquor is a telling red-pink. Hello, hibiscus. The scent is amazing, though – orange ice pops! It’s so deliciously summery.

To taste, this isn’t (sadly!) quite as good as it smells. I get papaya, rather than mango, with a touch of sweetness that could be the pineapple, or could be the sugar I see has been added to the mix. There’s a fairly strong herbal flavour that I guess is the tulsi, and it’s not a great pairing with the tropical fruit vibe. The hibiscus is also too strong for my tastes, contributing a sour tartness that’s just not really very nice. I feel let down by this one. It sounds promising, and it certainly smells good. It just somehow fails to deliver in the flavour. Not a Bluebird day for me, sadly.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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