Basil. A common ingredient in my household. So is tea. But if you are thinking that this is just basil in tea form, you might be a bit mistaken depending on what ends up in your cart regularly. The basil I keep is the one that pairs really well with tomatoes and cheese. In reality, the one variety I use is among the 40 varieties of basil available. Tulsi or Holy Basil is a totally different variety than what you might be picking up in the fresh herb section. Now Trader Joe's introduces those of us who might otherwise be unfamiliar to Holy Basil Tea.
Holy Basil or Tulsi in India is an entirely different cultivar of basil altogether.
Rather than the smell of the herby sweet basil, this Tulsi tea is way more spice just on smell alone. The aroma here is spicy and far more clove and anise-like.
In addition, Holy Basil is commonly used in Thai cuisine as it is in Indian cuisine. The box references India the most and where is it used for culinary, medicinal, and for religious purposes.
Now, if you are new to this type of tea, then each bag in this package will brew a rich brown cup of tea. I usually don't drink small glasses of tea.
Taste and review
The one tea bag I used had no problem brewing 20 ounces. So while your nose might lead you to believe that you are getting a deeply spiced cup of tea, your taste buds will tell you otherwise. It becomes a more soft and subtly flavored brew.
The taste here does have hints of basil, and mint, but also notes of citrus. So despite what your nose might tell you that this is going to taste like, it tastes far softer. Plus, it's caffeine-free.
I personally enjoyed this chilled more than hot. But try it anyway you prefer.
For $2.99 you get 20 individually wrapped tea bags. Perfect for sharing.
Would I buy this again? It was fun to try, but Trader Joe's Organic Tulsi Herbal Tea wasn't my personal favorite. That doesn't mean it was bad in any way. Just other teas I would reach for first.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
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Trader Joe's Organic Tulsi Herbal Tea
Product Name: Trader Joe's Organic Tulsi Herbal Tea
Product Description: Trader Joe's Organic Tulsi Herbal Tea is an Indian blend of two types of basil.
Trader Joe's Organic Tulsi Herbal Tea comes to us from India
- Organic and straight from India
- A very different type of tea experience if you have never tried this before
- The aroma might have you believe it tastes different than it does
- Nothing stands out