Leaf Type: Tulsi/Herbal Tisane
Where to Buy: Davidson’s Organics
Davidson’s blends three varieties of Tulsi (Krishna, Rama and Vana) with hibiscus to create a delicious tartness and a beautiful rosy color. Hibiscus contains natural vitamin C, and is now thought to reduce cholesterol, while also lowering blood pressure.
Ingredients (* organic): Tulsi*, hibiscus*, cinnamon*, lemon peel* and orange peel*.
This tea scared me a little. As some of you probably are aware, I’m not fond of hibiscus, although a little bit in blends is not bad. But with a name like “Hibiscus Flower” I figured that there was going to be more than a “little bit” of hibiscus in this blend.
But I’ve got to admit that this isn’t bad at all. In fact, it’s pretty tasty! While the hibiscus is there, the thick, syrupy, tart hibiscus flavor is not. Of course, that had something to do with the steep time (I steeped it for four minutes), but it also has something to do with the other ingredients in this blend.
I can taste an herbaceous flavor that is somewhat minty (that’s the Tulsi), as well as a warmth from the cinnamon. I can also taste the bright citrus-y notes of the lemon and orange peels. Together with the hibiscus, these ingredients create a very interesting, pleasant-tasting tisane.
While I am enjoying the juicy flavors of the citrus peels and the fresh taste of the Tulsi, I think that the ingredient that saves this blend is the cinnamon. It is not incredibly spicy, but it offers enough heat to give contrast to the tangy hibiscus and sweet citrus tones.
While I wouldn’t go so far as to say that this is my favorite Tulsi blend (because it isn’t), I’ve enjoyed this. I like it more than I thought I would, and while it is not something I’d buy on a regular basis, but I wouldn’t mind sipping on it on occasion.