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April 5, 2011

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Who put milk in the Teatulía? This tea is so fresh and flavorful, it doesn't need milk or sugar to buoy it up. Photo by River Soma | THE NIBBLE.

WHAT IT IS: Organic tea from Bangladesh.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: The teas are very fresh and very flavorful—more so than some other organic teas (and bagged teas in general). The company is organic: the tea bags, their wrappers and the paper carton are easily biodegradable.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Teatulía is more than a good tea producer: It is a good neighbor. Teatulia's initiatives to help improve the lives of impoverished people are impressive, and make us want to do whatever we can to support Teatulía’s efforts.
WHERE TO BUY IT: See store locator or buy online at Amazon.com.
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Organic Green Tea

 

Tasting The Varieties Of Teatulía Tea

There is no bitterness in these teas, no unwanted astringency. They are gentle in tannins; smooth yet assertive in flavor.

  • Organic Black  Tea: A medium-body black tea with a sweet honey aroma and honey notes on the palate. If you drink it straight, you’ll be surprised to find notes of garden herbs—we found bright hints of thyme and oregano. Nothing extra is added—it’s the terroir of the tea. Like wine and coffee, the greater the complexity of flavors, the finer the drink.
  • Organic Bengal Breakfast Tea (English Breakfast Tea): English breakfast tea is typically Assam, from India, which has a signature malty flavor from its terroir. This Bangladesh version isn’t malty, but is rounded, honeyed and an invigorating start to the day.
  • Organic Earl of Bengal Tea (Earl Grey Tea): A note of honey and bergamot orange (a bitter Mediterranean orange), the oil of which gives the tea a distinctive citrus-scented aroma and flavor. Find out who Earl Grey was, and why the tea was named for him.
  • Organic Green Tea: A subtle green tea, with soft grassy and vegetal notes. There’s a bit of honey in the nose, which appears to be a characteristic of the Tetulía terroir. A good, well-rounded everyday green tea.
  • Organic White Tea: The most naturally flavorful white tea we’ve ever had (no flavors added). If you think you don’t like white tea, try this earthy contender.

 

Teas With Ayurvedic Herbs

Ayurveda is the ancient Hindu art of medicine and of prolonging life. In Sanskrit, ayur means life and vital power, and veda means knowledge.

Ayurvedic medicine, which originated in India, is also practiced in neighboring Bangladesh. It is is homeopathic medicine that employs formulations of vegetables (typically herbs), minerals and sometimes animal products to cure illness and help maintain good health.

We tasted four of the five teas blended with ayurvedic herbs. The herbs are grown alongside the tea leaves that they will be blended with.

  • Organic Lemongrass Herb Tea: If you enjoy the flavor of lemongrass, you can have your fill of it anytime with a refreshing cup of Teatulía. Said to be a mild sedative, the 100% lemongrass tea is calming and comforting. Delightfully flavorful, we love it. According to ayurveda, lemongrass tea can help with digestion and digestive problems. Packed with vitamin A, it can also aid eye and skin health.

    The review continues below.

INDEX OF REVIEW

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MORE TO DISCOVER

Teas With Ayurvedic Herbs (continued)

  • Organic Neem Nectar Black Tea. The neem tree (Azadirachta indica), indigenous to India, is an evergreen tree known informally as the “village pharmacy.” The leaves have been used in ayurvedic remedies for more than 5,000 years. Health claims include boosting the immune system, improving liver function, detoxifying the blood, promoting healthy circulative, respiratory and digestive systems, healing skin problems and treating malaria and diabetes. Westerners mostly drink neem tea to boost the immune function. Neem provides an exotic aroma and flavor. Of all the Teatulía teas, this is the one that has some bitterness (neem is a bitter herb). But it’s not unpleasant to drink, and if you typically add milk and/or sugar, it will likely taste just fine to you.
 
Picking tea in Teatulía’s garden. Neem trees are in the background. Photo courtesy Teatulía.
  • Organic Peppermint Herb Tea: This caffeine free tea made of pure peppermint leaves is a delight. The charming subtlety of fresh leaves (as opposed to peppermint oil) is a must-try for those who only know flavored peppermint tea.
  • Organic Tulsi Black Tea: Also known as holy basil tea, in India the tulsi plant is also referred to as the “queen of herbs.” Tulsi is steeped from the leaves and blossoms of the tulsi basil plant. Here, it is combined with black tea for a refreshing effect. High in antioxidants even without blending, tulsi has been drunk in India since about 5000 B.C.E. to promote wellness and longevity. It tastes like black tea with a little something extra.
  • Ginger Herbal Infusion With Vasaka Leaf: We didn’t taste this final ayurvedic tea, but we love ginger and spicy teas in general. Vasaka leaf, also called malabar nut, adds a peppery flavor. The herb is used for respiratory discomforts including asthma, plus skin and other conditions. The tea can be enjoyed any time of the day, and is especially recommended as an after-dinner digestive tea.

It may seem that there are so many teas and so little time. But for Teatulía, we made the time and are happier (and healthier) for it.

— Karen Hochman

TEATULIA

Nine Varieties Of Black, Green, White & Herbal Teas

Each canister contains 16 silk pyramid tea bags.

Available at Teatulia.com and at Amazon.com (click links below).

Ayurvedic Teas

  Teatulia Tea Bags
It’s all green: The tea is organic, the corn-based tea bags are compostable and the cardboard carton is recyclable. Photo by River Soma | THE NIBBLE.


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