Today’s post is the first of the week, coming on a Thursday, and it was actually supposed to have been one of last week’s theme blogs… *dies* Suffice it to say, I’ve been busy and/or too exhausted to write.
I believe I’ve reviewed one other Tulsi tea previously, but I’m still fairly new to this vendor. The grocer I generally would buy it from, Arbor Farms Market, purchased a lot more choices from Tulsi this time around (possibly to replace their outgoing Frontier bulk tea dispenser that never got much use beyond myself). I’m not sure what made me choose India Breakfast as the Tulsi to review, but I’m glad I did.
India Breakfast is a fun Ayurvedic Black blend. It smells like cardamom and holy basil and tastes like a half-Black, half-weak Chai tea that’s been brewed as an Herbal (5-10 minutes). It also has the texture of many other Blacks from the region: which is to say, thinner but complex. I especially like the spicy, enticing aroma–it feels kind of exotic? India Breakfast’s Ayurvedic properties are said to be “stress-relieving and invigorating”. Huh. Well, i guess i can’t speak to that, but it did aggravate my tinnitus. Overall rate: 88%
Instead of a list of ingredients, Tulsi lists their tea’s makeup in a “Nutritional Facts chart” for reasons I can’t quite fathom. India Black is made up of organic holy basil, Rama Tulsi leaf & flower, Krishna Tulsi leaf & flower, Vana Tulsi leaf & flower and a non-specific Tulsi organic “Black blend (leaf)”. In addition to being all kinds of organic (Control Union CU Cert No.801983… o.0;;), Organic India (the producer co-op) “is committed to responsible packaging.” The carton is made form 100% recycled paperboard, with a minimum of 30% post-consumer content. The infusion bags are made from unbleached, biodegradable fiber. Kind of surprising that they’d go to the trouble to state this: are there tea bags that don’t breakdown well? I guess there must be, but I don’t know of any just yet. If you do, please send them my way.
And, in case you thought that was going above and beyond, on one side panel of the box, there’s a photo of all the members of the Organic India co-op (looks to be like over 200~?) with the following statement. Note, it’s very Indian (which i personally find pretty awesome) with rough English, and it’s more than a little ridiculous. Feel free to skip it.
At the heart of Organic India is our commitment to be a living embodiment of love and consciousness in action. We work with thousands of small family farmers in India to cultivate tens of thousands of acres of sustainable, organic farmland. All Organic India products promote health and wellness and are made with with loving care. The product you hold in your hands is one link in a chain of love, respect and connectedness between Mother Nature, our farmers, our company and you. By choosing Organic India you are actively participating in our mission to create a sustainable global environment, provide training and a life of dignity to our local farmers, and bring health and happiness to you.