Sunday, September 29, 2013

Mmmmm...Do You Love Tea As Much As We Do? You Simply Must Brew Some Teatulia Tea! (Review with Giveaway, Ends 10/20/13, US and Canada Only)

Disclosure: We received free items in exchange for our honest opinion about them.

Teatulia Tea sent us a few varieties of tea to try. We don't often try loose leaf teas, but because we own a coffee brewer that has a built in filter, we thought we would try using it with the Teatulia loose leaf teas and it did GREAT!
  About Teatulia:
Teatulia Teas all come from our own single 2,000-acre tea garden in the North of Bangladesh. The Garden itself was established in 2000 to provide jobs for the people in the Tetulia region (where we get our name) – one of the poorest parts of one of the poorest countries in the world.

We used totally natural and organic farming methods that have restored the ecosystem in the entire region, bringing back plant & animal species as well as water bodies that had all but disappeared.  We now have one of the largest USDA-certified-organic gardens in the world and the only farm of any type that has USDA certification in Bangladesh.

The cornerstone of our social program is our cattle cooperative.  In order to have enough organic fertilizer for our 2,000-acre organic garden, we need a lot of cows. Instead of creating a cattle farm, we decided to give loans of cows to women in the community who in turn tend the cows while getting access to fresh milk and get to keep any offspring for themselves. Once they’ve paid off the loan however – which usually takes 2 years – they own the cows outright. There are women who are on their 4th or 5th cows, some are buying land, solar panels for their modest homes, and many are sending their children to University.

And then the tea. Teatulia teas & herbs are from a new growing region and grown using totally natural, pure inputs, so they taste different from any tea you’ve had. Our teas are full-bodied but the finish is sweet and smooth. No bitterness.
What Is Tulsi?
Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum), or “Holy Basil” is native to the Old World tropics and is cultivated for religious and medicinal purposes as well as its essential oil.

Is there Caffeine?
Yes. Black tea contains about 50% of the caffeine in a cup of coffee.

Tasting Notes
Invigorating black tea blend with a rich, full-bodied spiciness. Excellent on ice.

Brewing Instructions
Tumble boiling water over the pyramid teabag or loose leaf tea. Steep 2 to 3 minutes. Enjoy. Repeat.

To Health
Tulsi has been the cornerstone of Ayurvedic medicine for over 5000 years. This sacred Indian herb has rich antioxidant and adaptogenic properties.

This tea was unlike any other tea that we have ever had before. We tried it over ice, as recommended. It has a spicier flavor than we are used to but was quite good when sweetened with raw honey and organic cow's milk. We did have to ensure that the honey was very well mixed with this particular variety.

What Is Lemongrass?
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon ciatrus) is a tall perennial grass that is native to warm and tropical regions. It is widely used in Indian cuisine.

Is there Caffeine?
Naturally caffeine-free!

Tasting Notes
Brisk, refreshing and clean with a pure lemon essence. An invigorating citrus indulgence.

Brewing Instructions
Tumble boiling water over the pyramid tea bag or loose leaf tea. Steep 4 to 5 minutes. Enjoy. Repeat.

To Health
Lemongrass leaves and stems are high in folic acid. Additionally, its herb parts are also rich in many invaluable essential vitamins such as pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) and thiamin (vitamin B-1). These vitamins are essential in the sense that the body requires them from external sources to replenish.

THIS IS MY NEW FAVORITE TEA!!!!!! The flavor is just divine. I absolutely love it! I think I drank more than anyone else did by FAR! :)

What Is Green Tea?
Green tea hails from the two leaves and a bud of the Camellia sinensis plant that have undergone minimal oxidation during processing. The leaves are typically steamed or pan-fried.

Is there Caffeine?
Yes, about 2/3 less than coffee

Tasting Notes
Medium-bodied with earthy and grassy notes. A light finish with a refreshing cooling quality.

Brewing Instructions
Tumble water, just off the boil over the pyramid tea bag or loose leaf tea. Steep 2 to 3 minutes. Enjoy. Repeat.

To Health
Recent studies suggest that green tea contains powerful antioxidants. Green tea is made from unfermented leaves and reportedly contains the highest concentration of powerful antioxidants called polyphenols. Antioxidants are substances that scavenge free radicals. Free radicals occur naturally in the body, but environmental toxins (including ultraviolet rays from the sun, radiation, cigarette smoke, and air pollution) also give rise to these damaging particles.

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Green tea is one of our favorite kinds of tea and Teatulia did not disappoint us!  This tea had such a lovely flavor, especially when blended with raw honey and a splash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Daniella enjoyed this tea the most.

All 10 Teatulia varieties are available whole leaf in pyramid teabags or loose leaf.

Eco-Canisters or Bulk

~ Organic Black Tea
~ Organic White Tea 
~ Organic Green Tea 
~ Organic Earl of Bengal 
~ Organic Bengal Breakfast 
~ Organic Neem Nectar 
~ Organic Tulsi Infusion 
~ Organic Lemongrass Herbal Infusion 
~ Organic Ginger Herbal Infusion
~ Organic Peppermint Herbal Infusion

Teatulia Teas are single-garden direct sustainable teas that come directly from the first USDA-Certified Organic garden in Bangladesh.  Our approach to farming is truly revolutionary.  In our garden, we have implemented “natural farming” practices that result in a “closed loop” eco and social system.  No pesticides, machinery or unnatural irrigation are used in the cultivation.  The Teatulia Cooperative creates sustainable prosperity for Bangladeshi women, men and children through education, entrepreneurship, health and cattle-lending programs.  The result is unsurpassed purity, accountability and freshness. 

Teatulia is generously offering a discount code so that you can try their tea and hopefully enjoy it as much as we have! For $5 off a minimum purchase of $20 - use discount code gupnblog5

Teatulia is also offering a giveaway for their Lemongrass Herbal Infusion and Tulsi Infusion. 

Lemongrass is a blend of lemongrass and bay leaf from their garden in Bangladesh.

The Tulsi is a blend of their black tea and tulsi leaves both from their garden. Tulsi is an ayurvedic herb part of the basil family that has been used for thousands of years to treat treat colds, coughs, and flu. It promotes purity and lightness in the body, cleansing the respiratory tract of toxins and relieving digestive gas and bloating. Tulsi leaves offer a rich source of essential oil, containing eugenol, nerol, camphor, and a variety of terpenes and flavonoids. The oil is a strong antiseptic against many kinds of disease-causing organisms, including bacteria, fungi, and parasites.

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