Hey there Teacups! I hope you’ve all had a fantastic week. I’m back today with a Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Tee Aus Nepal’s – Tulashi Black blend. I recently tried a fantastic Nepalese oolong from Tee Aus Nepal (you can find my review here) and ever since I’ve been so excited to try something else from them, I know this is a blend and not a traditional tea like the oolong but in terms of quality I knew if they were anything similar that I was definitely in for a treat.
Here’s what Tee Aus Nepal have to say about this blend over on their website: “Tulashi has been known as Indian basil or royal herb for centuries. Tulashi is a very popular herb in the application of Ayurveda and brings harmony and balance to your everyday life. With its diverse ingredients, Indian basil is an indispensable part of Ayurvedic teaching.”
“The basis of the Tulashi Black is organically grown, mild black tea. Indian basil and other herbs give the delicious mixture a light lemon aroma and refreshing, sweet undertones.
Our tip: Tulashi Black unfolds its heavenly aroma when it is prepared warm with honey. Try the delicious tea blend as an iced tea.”
Ingredients : black tea *, tulsi herb *, lemongrass *, ginger *, bay leaves * | *From controlled organic cultivation
Tea Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I tried this blend two ways: hot on its own and hot with just honey. I was initially planning on having it with milk but after trying it on it’s own I wanted to try it with just honey. During this tasting session I didn’t get around to trying it with the addition of milk or iced but I do think I will definitely try it both of those ways at some point in the future as it does seem like it would be quite a versatile blend in terms of preparation. It will definitely be a blend I continue to talk about over on my Instagram as I continue to experiment with preparation so make sure you are following me over there as well.
In the cup I had on it’s own the black tea was undoubtedly the star, with the Tulsi also being much more of a stand out than I expected it to be, providing a floral and peppery note mostly with almost lemony hint which did pair perfectly with the lemongrass and did a great job of amplifying that note overall, as lemongrass on it’s own can be quite light and sweet it did a nice job of adding a bit more depth to that note.
The ginger provides not only a nice spicy kick and a subtle heat in the throat but it also added a nice natural sweetness which meant I didn’t need to add more than half a teaspoon of honey to this blend when I did go to add in the honey. I wasn’t too sure what the bay leaves were going to add to this blend but I could definitely pick them out, they added a nice hint of mint and a smidge of black pepper which worked well with the ginger. All in all this is a really nice blend and a unique take on a chai blend. It’s been a while since I tried a blend with Tulsi in it, but this blend reminded me that I really do enjoy what it adds to blend so I’ll definitely seek more out in 2021.
As I said, I did also try this blend with the addition of a little honey and yes while it does work, it does not need it. It’s really well balanced without it, I only added in half a teaspoon because the lemongrass and the ginger did add enough natural sweetness for me and half a teaspoon is as much as I would recommend adding. I think any more than that would definitely throw this blend off balance and stop a few of it’s subtle notes from being able to showcase themselves. I’m really glad I’ve got quite a bit of this blend to work with because I can just tell it’s going to be fantastic to experiment with. I’m also eager to see if the Tulsi in this will help me when my pain levels are high as it’s said to be able to help with migraines and it would be fantastic if it did.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about Tee Aus Nepal and purchase some of this blend to try yourself, you can do both here. As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley
*the tea featured in this post was gifted to me for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and have not been paid for*