Leaf Type: Herbal Tisane
Where to Buy: Tula Teas
Mulberry “tea” is drunk throughout Asia for health and wellness and it’s the personal favourite “comfort tisane” of Tula’s founder. Its flavour is often compared to green tea, so it is a popular alternative to green tea for those who are lowering their caffeine intake and those who love green tea, but want something that doesn’t taste bitter when overbrewed.
Our award-winning Green Mulberry tisane is made from the most aromatic strain of mulberry plant (Morus Alba). It is organically grown and processed by a small, woman-owned company in Northeastern Thailand, where the climate and soil are ideal for mulberry leaf production. The result is an antioxidant-rich, great tasting, caffeine-free infusion.
The deep golden infusion has a savory aroma with hints of hand-rolled green tea, steamed lacinato kale, toasted pumpkin seeds and brewed raspberry leaf. The flavour is boldly nutty (a bit like a fine Long Jing) with vegetal undertones and delicate berry sweetness. The aftertaste is a completely different experience from the taste: the flavour is still nutty, but it’s far, far sweeter. It has notes of mulberries (of course), but also blackberries, raspberries, slippery elm bark and crushed rose petals. This wonderfully layered infusion is a supertaster’s dream come true.
This is surprisingly delicious. I was unsure about it at first. It looked different and smelled different. Not bad, just … different. In fact, it smells quite good and it reminded me of my vegetarian days when I ate quite a bit of kale. It is something that I don’t prepare now because I’m the only person in my family “brave enough” to eat it. Sometimes, I find myself missing it.
One of my favorite preparations for kale was to boil it until it was barely tender enough to eat, and then I would sauté it in browned butter with a little bit of garlic and blanched, slivered almonds.
And while it may seem as though I am digressing a bit, I’m not. Because this tisane tastes quite a bit like this kale dish. It has a pleasant vegetative taste with faint butter notes and a sweet nutty taste. There are also some berry-like flavors that come through.
Overall, this is a very flavorful and rewarding tisane. It is sweet, it is savory, and it is delicious. While many tisanes may come across as somewhat thin in flavor and/or texture, you won’t find that to be true with this tisane. It has a smooth, pleasing texture and the complexity of a fine Oolong!