Review: Teatulia Tulsi Infusion

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Its OK"The smell actually scared me enough to make me reconsider if I could go through with the tasting. Eventually, I took a few sips, and was really taken aback by this tea. My main impression is that while the tea wasn't downright undrinkable, the flavors were more characteristic of what you would expect from solid foods, not liquid beverages."
Vanessa’s Teaview: 5/10
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teatulia-logo.jpgI really don't know where to begin my review of Teatulia's Tulsi infusion. To begin with, I am still trying to figure out exactly what is in this tea, which is also called a "Holy Basil Tea". I had to do some internet research to confirm that Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, is is revered as a sacred plant infused with healing power. I can only guess that this is not the everyday variety of Basil that westerners use, as the tea smells nothing like your garden variety of basil. The infusion brews to a rich red color, similar to a rooibos tea. The aromal is something that I found hard to describe, but certainly not something I would consider appealing. The smell actually scared me enough to make me reconsider if I could go through with the tasting. Eventually, I took a few sips, and was really taken aback by this tea. My main impression is that while the tea wasn't downright undrinkable, the flavors were more characteristic of what you would expect from solid foods, not liquid beverages. After a few more sips, I pinpointed the flavor: meat stewing in Worstershire sauce. This flavor is not something I typically look for in a tea, particularly at 7:30 a.m. so I don't think I will be finishing the remainder of my sample. While you may disagree with my exact pinpointing of the flavor, I think that anyone will still agree that this tea has a general "umami" taste [the fifth taste sensation (in addition to sweet, salty, bitter, and sour) that captures a savory essence and is more recognized in the East...go ahead, look it up on Wikipedia!]. In the end, I decided to rate this tea a 5 out of 10 because it just wasn't the tea for me, as I typically shy away from meaty and brothy flavors. However, it's possible that this tea is an acquired taste or one that will be really enjoyed by the most intense carnivores. While recognizing that this tea just didn't do it for me, I would still recommend that others give it a try because the flavor offered here is so unique and distinct from any other tea or tisane.

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One Response to “Review: Teatulia Tulsi Infusion”

  1. Laura Says:

    I have to hand it to you for pinpointing that flavor. That is exactly what I thought when I sampled it too!

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