Leaf Type: Green Tea & Tulsi
Where to Buy: Happy Earth Tea
This is a delicious and soothing blend of Indian green tea and Tulsi, also known as holy basil. The sweet, spicy and floral notes of the basil overlay the mellow astringency of green tea to produce an unexpectedly calming result. A few sharp notes – almost peppery – will be felt at the start, but it rounds off to an undertone of fresh straw that fuses nicely with the rest.
Learn more about this tea here.
This is a tasty blend that seems to be primarily focused on the combination of tulsi leaves (this blend uses three different varietals of the herb), rather than the green tea, as I found myself noticing more tulsi than green tea in the dry loose leaf blend before I infused the tea, and tasting more of the tulsi than green tea post infusion.
Not a complaint really – just an observation. The tulsi provides a pleasant herbaceous note that is warm and zesty, with a hint of sweetness and a cooling sensation that is almost mint-like. It gives this drinker a sense of calm as I drink the tea, and as I’ve been dealing with a bit of a cough these last couple of days, I find it rather soothing to the throat as well. (It’s allergy time!)
The green tea flavor seems to be only barely there. It is most noticeable in the texture of the tea, providing a slight broth/soup like consistency to the brew. It is also noticeable in the astringency, which is light but develops as I continue to sip.
I would have liked the green tea to be a bit more prominent in this, I think, but, overall, I found this to be a very enjoyable cup of tea. It is a very gentle, calming and soothing tea to drink. I drank it later in the evening and I found that it didn’t stimulate me the way most green teas would, instead, the tulsi started working toward instilling a sense of relaxation. I liked that quite a bit.
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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