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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.

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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

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/06/organic-india-teabag-black-tea-tulsi.html

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This loose chai masala highlights a special ingredient: tulsi, which is holy basil. Dried tulsi has a sharp, vegetal flavor; a bit spicy, a tad bitter. It has an elusive, floral, spicy bouquet. This chai masala has assam, it is not caffeine free as I’d originally thought, and includes the usual masala suspects. I purchased it from a tea shop that sells loose tea in large canisters, without the ingredients listed, just the name of the tea, which is then scooped into little brown paper bags. Here is a link to the ingredients so that you’ll know just what is going on in this tea:
When you open the bag, you smell the mixed spices, the sweet assam and the tulsi, which has the appearance of dark green bits. The masala is beautifully balanced: no flavor jumps out and demands all the attention, and that’s so important to me in a chai masala. I used one teaspoon to one cup of water, boiling, in a teapot, and steeped for 3 minutes. The brewing tea had such a lovely fragrance: the tea, spices and tulsi created a unique scent. The result was a light, spicy and sweet cup of tea. I added a drop of pure maple syrup; unorthodox, I know, but it complemented the sweetness of the tea and mellowed the aromatic tulsi. This is definitely a unique chai masala for me, and I’m so glad I added it to my cupboard. Will I ever go to India? I close my eyes and sip this tea and imagine it! Next time I will make this on the stovetop, properly!

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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I love this tea tulsi chai masala.

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I bought this tea in India last month and I love it. Tulsi is really great for your health and anxiety without making you sleepy. I actually bought it in the decaf version too. I drink the decaf version more because I enjoy the relaxing qualities in the evening. The bag can only get a hearty one brew so that is why I am not giving it a 100%. I would buy it again if I came across it.

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