Last weekend, I learned a great deal about Teatulia Tea Estate, the company that produces Tulsi Infusion Tea. It was exciting to read how much Teatulia, located in Bangladesh, not only partners with, but gives back to the community. Of course, I quite eager to sample one of their teas. Today’s choice… Tulsi Infusion Tea.
Composition: Organic Black Tea and Organic Tulsi from Bangladesh.
Dry Visual: Predominantly dark broken tea leaves with a spattering of light leaves. This tea is contained in a biodegrabable silken sachet, so it is somewhat difficult to discern detailed characteristics. Thanks Teatulia for the picture.
Dry Aroma: Very earthy.
Flavor: Tulsi Infusion Tea has a unique taste. A mild black tea with a hint of spiciness that I would attribute to the Tulsi. Tulsi is full-bodied and smooth without a hint of bitterness or dryness. For a black tea, I was surprised that I was able to enjoy Tulsi Infusion Tea without a sweetener. Perhaps in my next cup I will add honey to see what subtle changes occur.
Liquor: Dark rust color – brown with hints of red and gold.
Brewing Time: Recommended brewing time is 1- 2 minutes or to taste. I brewed for the recommended 2 minutes.
If you have enjoyed a cup of Tulsi Infusion Tea stop by and share your experience. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!
What is Tulsi?
Ocimum tenuiflorum (also known as Ocimum sanctum, Tulsi, Tulasī in Sanskrit and Hindi, Maduruthalain Sinhalese), is an aromatic plant in the family Lamiaceae. It is an erect, much branched sub-shrub 30-60cm tall, with simple opposite green or purple leaves that are strongly scented, and hairy stems. Tulsi is native throughout the Old World tropics and widespread as a cultivated plant and an escaped weed. There is also a variety of Ocimum tenuiflorum used in Thai cuisine, and is referred to as Thai holy basil, or kha phrao—not be confused with ordinary “Thai Basil”, which is a variety of Ocimum basilicum.
References: Ocimum tenuiflorum. (2008, October 29). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 20:58, October 29, 2008, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ocimum_tenuiflorum&oldid=248309105