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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Organic India Teabag Black Tea 'TULSI CHAI MASALA'

Tea Information:
Type: Black Tea
Packaging: Teabag
Company: Organic India
Purchase: Here
Description: Tulsi Chai Masala is a wonderful combination of all time favourite blend of freshly ground spices (masala), premium Assam tea & the finest Tulsi with its unique anti stress, immune supportive and other health promoting qualities. Tulsi Chai Masala is an everyday encounter with the exotic. Less caffeine plus great taste and aroma makes Tulsi Chai Masala a growing preference over coffee.
Ingredients: Rama Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Krishna Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Assam Tea (Camellia sinensis), Chai Masala (Ginger, Green Cardamom, Brown Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove, Organic Black Pepper, Nutmeg and Mace)

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Water: ~12 ounces boiling NYC tap water (boiled in microwave)
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Medium bodied
Translucent dark brown
Backlogged from a visit to MilitiaJim's parents where our friend was returning from India and brought tea with her. She shared this tea with me while we were hanging around the house.

It was a strong black tea with a mild medley of spices, where none stood out. They were perfectly balanced to make you think spice and flavor, but not strong enough to discern individually or overpower the tea.

Not what I typically think of when I think of US "chai" spiced tea (chai actually means tea, there are whole articles on this topic, please note I am using the US definition of spiced tea).

This was a thoroughly enjoyable cup of tea, especially with the honey as it was too astringent and bitter without it.

Post-Steep Additives: a bit of honey

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

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