Review: Spicely Tulsi Chai

Cardamom Tea, Chai Tea, Cinnamon Tea, Clove Tea, Ginger Tea, Herbal Tea, Holy Basil Tea, Spicely, Vanilla Tea Add comments
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Thumbs up!"This blend features a good mix between hot and sweet spices, as good chais are wont to do. The tulsi lends a creamy yet herbaceous backdrop that allows the other flavours to shine. "
Sophie’s Teaview: 7.2/10
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spicelytlusichaiThis company prides itself on its commitment towards organic agriculture and fair trade practices. This particular offering features all organic ingredients, including tulsi, otherwise called holy basil, cinnamon bark, cardamom pods and vanilla bean. I can also spot some cloves and ginger root in the mix, so the list of ingredients on Spicely’s website doesn’t seem entirely accurate. The blend has a potpourri air to it, with its big, chunky pieces. Taking a sniff, the sweet medley of spices is very pungent.

I brew this tisane for 5 minutes, using a generous teaspoonful in 250ml of water heated to a boil. The steeped cup is a coppery brown hue. It has a vaguely milky sweet aroma. It’s easy to pick out the individual spices’ contributions. Cardamom, cloves and cinnamon come through loud and clear. The tulsi lends a creamy yet herbaceous backdrop that allows the spices shine. I can’t say that I taste the vanilla. Overall the blend successfully manages to produce clearly spicy flavours, without going overboard.

I try re-steeping the tisane again for 8 minutes. The results are much lighter in colour and taste this time. There is just a hint of cloves and cinnamon left over. I wouldn’t bother re-brewing the blend again in the future.

This blend features a good mix between hot and sweet spices, as good chais are wont to do. It doesn’t get bitter or overly spicy when steeped for an indefinite length of time. As such, it’s a good choice for sipping at work, or other settings where precise steep times aren’t a priority. Although I didn’t find them essential to the enjoyment of this cup, adding sweeteners and/or milk are also an option. I do find this blend a bit pricey at 18$ for a 1.6oz tin. However, this is a good quality, satisfying tisane, especially suited to those looking for a caffeine-free version of a spice tea.

— To purchase Spicely Tulsi Chai, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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