New Delhi Delight

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An Indian classic
Fennel has a long history of medicinal, cultural and magical uses – especially as a digestive aid. For hundreds of years, people have munched fennel seeds during a fast to quiet their rumbling stomachs and soothe hunger pangs. And this mild blend of fennel, cumin and coriander is a classic ayurvedic digestive remedy: walk into any ashram and you’ll find them sipping it all day long. We recommend trying a cup before or after a heavy meal.

Ingredients: Coriander seeds, fennel seeds, cumin seeds.

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So I had a huge meal of perogies, onion and mushrooms tonight, and – comfort food or not – my stomach was protesting mightily. One of those situations where you accidentally made more food than you can comfortably eat, but it’s not going to keep well so you eat it anyway. I remembered that I have this one in my cupboard, so I ran for it.

I recall looking up the reviews for this ages back when I was considering getting it, and saw Tina S.’s review which described this tea as “watered down samosa.” And that’s a pretty good description of it – particularly when you don’t steep it long enough. Luckily, I love samosas! So I gave it a shot.

The first time I tried this, I had no idea what sort of parameters you’d need for kitchen spices(!), so I stuck to the minimum on the bag, which is 4 minutes. Yeah. Forget that, unless you like the taste of water that cuddled up to a microwaveable package of Indian curry. This one needs to steep long time. At least the 7 minute “maximum” suggested on the package.

I double the amount of sugar I normally use for this cup. Might sound strange, but I find that the sugar blends well with the natural sweetness to this tea, which I assume is mostly brought about by the fennel at the forefront…followed by the coriander, with cumin coming in at the back.

Most importantly though (because while it’s not unpleasant at all, this is hardly a tea I’d reach for under normal circumstances), it actually works. Really. Does exactly what it says on the tin – I started sipping it, and my stomach started to settle and stop aching almost immediately! Okay taste, but five stars for “benefits.”

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Perogies! YUM!! I always overeat with perogies, the only time I do that, typically!
For a quick fix, if I can’t get to my tea… I sneak an apple cider vinegar tablet/shot. It dissolves the food a little and feels sooo much better but it’s only immediate with the liquid version. and it tastes awful! :s


Ha we are making Perogies tonight!!


Then I’m coming over for dinner!!!!


Ha!! LOL dang I would have welcomed you but alas now they are gone :(


If I had just remembered that teleport spell I would have been there!

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124 tasting notes

I could really pick out the individual ingredients (coriander, fennel, with a little bit of cumin) – they all seemed to be very distinct and yelling out “Hey! I’m right here!” like they were little hot dog vendors at a baseball game or something :P
I wasn’t expecting to love this from the scent but I actually think it tastes nice. There is some kind of a sweet element here that tastes like black licorice (I guess that’s the fennel). Normally I’m not really a licorice person, but I really like that flavor in here.
It kind of strikes me like Moxie – either you like those flavors or you don’t. It is another one of those teas that seem like my grandmother would have liked. I think it’s good :)

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289 tasting notes

Dry Leaf Nose: Fennel is the prominent aroma, with cumin and coriander seed following.

Liquor: Golden, light gold.

Flavour: The sweetness of the fennel is the dominant flavour. Very light and refreshing.

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165 tasting notes

I dropped in today on my way home from the city. When I walked in, it was not busy at all but of course I took forever to pick a tea to try; I always try something new when I go in. Lets just say it’s pretty bad when you look up at the huge wall of tea and see the contents of your pantry! I decided to try this one as my mom told me she tried it last week and loved it. I really love Indian food and the spices they use in their cooking so I figured this would be good. I also love that it is based on Ayurvedic medicine. The smell is really complex and is truthful to the complex taste of this tea. The depth of flavour really allows each of the spices to come through individually and finish together. I had this tea before a heavy lunch and was pleased that I had no digestive issues (so I guess the tea worked!) overall, I think this was a nice cup of tea. It was really different from any of the teas I normally gravitate towards so I can’t see myself stocking up but I would definitely have this tea again…especially before a big meal! As I am using my phone and can’t rate I will just mention here that I am giving this tea an 80.

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I love Indian food, but still I was very very hesitant when I smelled this and felt like I was in the middle of rush hour in an Indian buffet. Still, all teas can shift during brewing, so we tried it.

Nope, watered down samosa is exactly the flavour I got. Apparently I love the spices in my food, but not my tea. Not rating it since if you like these flavours it’s probably amazing, but it really wasn’t for me.

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Day 72 of my 101 days of DAVIDsTEA challenge.

1.5 tsp in a tea-ball, brewed in-cup.

This tea has a very interesting flavour profile. I… never thought I’d meet a tea that smelled or tasted like Indian spices — curries and samosas.

This tea, however, does it. And does it quite well.

The only problem? I don’t quite know what to make of it. It’s certainly an interesting tea, and it tastes just like I suppose it should. And it works, which is something I wasn’t expecting either. I just don’t know if I quite enjoy it or not.

But it definitely is an interesting tea, at the very least. Worth trying for sure!

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409 tasting notes

This tea is just…weird. The smell of it reminds me of dutch cheese, which I’m not too fond of (at least in tea form!). I think it tastes gross. I will not buy this again, and am only going to keep it to see if it helps after I eat a heavy meal.

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Sipdown! 975.

Thanks to Janelle for sending me the last of this tea to sample :) I was in the mood for some herbals tonight, and figured I’d try out this tea, since it has fennel + two ingredients I enjoy (in food, at least)… and the fennel in Kapha Ayurvedic was actually quite a pleasant surprise both in the initial infusion and tonight’s resteep.

The aroma very, VERY strongly reminds me of an Indian restaurant, or grocery – cumin and fennel dominating. My boyfriend has some aversion to the smell of Indian spices, and I imagine this tea would make him gag (I find it makes me crave Mutter Paneer and Aloo Gobi and all that yummy stuff). Flavourwise, it’s primarily coriander, followed up by cumin (ok, those two switch depending on the sip) and surprisingly little fennel. Like, not even any sweet aftertaste of fennel. It’s also very weird to have cumin-flavoured water. Coriander, I can handle, fennel in small amounts is ok, but cumin is SO savoury, it’s throwing me off.

Despite this tea being reasonably pleasant, I’m finding that all it’s really doing is causing me to have severe food cravings, so I’m glad I only had a single cup’s worth of this.

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Oh yeah, cumin in tea? Weird.

That poor guy not liking the smell of Indian spices. Now I want curry!

Sami Kelsh

My partner doesn’t do Indian food either, but I swear it’s because most of what passes commercially for Indian in the UK is oddly not awesome. Canada does a surprisingly superior saag paneer!

But yeah, I’m not sure cumin in tea would do it for me, either. Just like I get thrown off by too much cinnamon in savoury foods, I think cumin in something I’m used to falling on the sweet end of the spectrum (even if only marginally so) would be super weird, especially since when I think of Indian tea, I’m thinking masala chai, which should be sweet and milky. Odd.


Yeah – I love Indian food, so it makes me sad that he doesn’t. Our food preferences are not entirely compatible, unfortunately.

I’m trying a second cup, steeped even longer… this might be even weirder.

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I’m preparing a Timolino of this as I type. I came across this a few weeks ago because it was discounted on the website. I have stomach issues so thought I would give it a try. I’m so glad I gave it a shot. The cost of putting this tea together would be substantial if buying the spices individually, so it’s nice to have them all together. And it works.

After reading up on these types of teas, I’ve learned that the longer you can steep it, the better it is (and the better it works). I would agree. I usually just get mine ready in the Timolino first thing in the morning and then it’s ready at lunchtime. Yup, I usually steep it between four and five hours. And it’s wonderful. I really enjoy the flavour, and I’m amazed at how well it works. If I sip on this all day, I don’t tend to suffer from my usual stomach problems (just general nausea and ickiness, nothing serious). It’s also nice after a Bikram class (even though drinking something hot after coming out a hot classroom can be difficult). It’s unfortunate that this has been discontinued. I’ve stocked up and hopefully it will last me a little while. I’ve gone through about 150g in the past month.

It’s become a very comforting flavour and aroma for me.

Flavors: Anise

Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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