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drank Green Cactus by Den Lille Tebutik
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I was asked once, “what does cactus taste like?” and I floundered wildly to come up with an answer. I still don’t know how to describe. I could recognise it instantly; it’s even one of those flavours that it’s easy to imagine when you don’t have it, but I don’t really know how to describe it.

It’s sort of sweet and sort of fruity but not like your ordinary sweet and fruity. It has that cool sensation that you also find in mint and it has a certain freshness to it so it doesn’t get cloying. And a touch of fennel(*) too.

My leaves of this are fairly old and have been standing forgotten in the cupboard for a long time, so I can’t really remember how much flavour it had to begin with but I think it must have faded some. There isn’t all that much of the added flavour left in it, except in the aroma, but the green tea it’s based on is coming out loud and clear. It doesn’t say what the base is, but I’m guessing it’s probably Sencha, since the vast majority of the green flavoured teas in that particular shop are based on Sencha. Or at least they were at the time I bought it.

It’s been ages and ages since I’ve had a pure Sencha (that I knew for sure was Sencha) so I can’t really judge it on flavour. Only an educated guess. Due to the nature of the cup, i can’t tell you about the colouring of the liquid and looking at it as it’s poured doesn’t really give a very accurate picture. It did look a tiny bit neon-green though. Just the slightest hint.

The taste is definitely different from my chinese and taiwanese greens too. It doesn’t taste as green, kind of. As in, it doesn’t taste like it’s not a green tea, it just doesn’t invoke the same images of things that are green while drinking it. Or something. Gosh, that sounds ridiculous, but I can’t figure out how else to explain it. It reminds me very strongly of Genmaicha, to the point where I have to remind myself that it isn’t actually Genmaicha. Does any of this sound Sencha-ish to those of you who have more experience with Sencha?

.(*) Fennel, btw, might be an interesting flavour in a green or white tea, come to think of it…

teafiend

My first thought when I saw cactus tea was “owww”, then I remembered you don’t actually have to eat the cactus whole. Sound awesome actually, I’m a huge cactus fan, provided the needles are off.

Kitch3ntools

i would love to taste cactus! it sounds like such a fun flavor!

Peggie Bennett

That’s a very interesting taste you describe for the cactus. I’ve eaten cactus and I don’t remember it tasting that way. Of course, brewing it into tea might make it taste different. I’m curious to try the tea now and compare with my favorite nopalitos omelette.

sophistre

The cactus I’ve eaten tasted like green beans. I know that sounds strange, but that’s what I remember: sweet green beans. Different from prickly pear fruits, obviously, which is sort of..like…jam. Kind of. Or maybe that’s just because I had prickly pear jam.

Curious about this tea, now.

Angrboda

It’s really weird. I don’t know what they’ve actually used to flavour it with. At first I assumed it was prickly pears, but then I saw they had them in my supermarket one day and I bought one and absolutely didn’t like it. I was imagining it to taste sort of like this and instead I got something kind of more…. banana-like only not yummy like bananas. Then I started poking around on the internet and discovered that there are several different kinds of cactuses or cactii or whatever that produce edible fruit, so now I’m as confused as ever. ‘Cactus’ is all they’re giving me. Heck, for all I know it’s just a fancy name for the flavour and doesn’t actually have anything to do with the plants at all.

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teafiend

My first thought when I saw cactus tea was “owww”, then I remembered you don’t actually have to eat the cactus whole. Sound awesome actually, I’m a huge cactus fan, provided the needles are off.

Kitch3ntools

i would love to taste cactus! it sounds like such a fun flavor!

Peggie Bennett

That’s a very interesting taste you describe for the cactus. I’ve eaten cactus and I don’t remember it tasting that way. Of course, brewing it into tea might make it taste different. I’m curious to try the tea now and compare with my favorite nopalitos omelette.

sophistre

The cactus I’ve eaten tasted like green beans. I know that sounds strange, but that’s what I remember: sweet green beans. Different from prickly pear fruits, obviously, which is sort of..like…jam. Kind of. Or maybe that’s just because I had prickly pear jam.

Curious about this tea, now.

Angrboda

It’s really weird. I don’t know what they’ve actually used to flavour it with. At first I assumed it was prickly pears, but then I saw they had them in my supermarket one day and I bought one and absolutely didn’t like it. I was imagining it to taste sort of like this and instead I got something kind of more…. banana-like only not yummy like bananas. Then I started poking around on the internet and discovered that there are several different kinds of cactuses or cactii or whatever that produce edible fruit, so now I’m as confused as ever. ‘Cactus’ is all they’re giving me. Heck, for all I know it’s just a fancy name for the flavour and doesn’t actually have anything to do with the plants at all.

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Ang lives with Husband and two kitties, Charm and Luna, in a house not too far from Århus. Apart from drinking tea, she enjoys baking, especially biscuits, reading and jigsaw puzzles. She has recently acquired an interest in cross-stitch and started a rather large project. It remains to be seen whether she has actually bitten off more than she can chew…

Ang prefers black teas and the darker sorts of oolongs. She has to be in the mood for green and white, and she enjoys, but knows little to nothing about, pu-erh.

Her preferences with black teas are the Chinese ones, particularly from Fujian, but also Keemun and just about anything smoky. She occasionally enjoys Yunnans but they’re not favourites. She has taken some time to research Ceylon teas, complete with reference map, and has recently developed some interest in teas from Africa.

She is sceptical about Indian blacks as she generally finds them too astringent and too easy to get wrong. She doesn’t really care for Darjeelings at all. Very high-grown teas are often not favoured.

She likes flavoured teas as well, particularly fruit flavoured ones, but also had an obsession with finding the Perfect Vanilla Flavoured Black and can happily report that this reclusive beast has been spotted in a local teashop near where she works. Any and all vanilla flavoured teas are still highly attractive to her, though. Also nuts and caramel or toffee. Not so much chocolate. It’s a texture thing.

However, she thinks Earl Grey is generally kind of boring. Cinnamon and ginger are also not really a hit, and she’s not very fond of chais. Evil hibiscus is evil. Even in small amounts, and yes, Ang can usually detect hibiscus, mostly by way of the metallic flavour of blood it has.

Ang is not super impressed with rooibos or honeybush on their own. She doesn’t care for either, really, but when they are flavoured, they go usually go down a treat.

Ang used to have a Standard Panel of teas that she tried to always have on hand. She put a lot of thought into defining it and decided what should go on it. It was a great idea on paper, but in practise has been discovered to not really work as well.

Ang tries her best to make a post on Steepster several times a week. She tends to write her posts in advance in a word doc (The Queue) and posting from there. This, she feels, helps her to maintain regularity and stops her from making five posts in three days and then going three weeks without posting anything at all.

Angrboda is almost always open to swapping. Just ask her. Due to the nature of the queue, however, and the fact that it’s some 24 pages long at the moment, it may take a good while from she receives your parcel and until she actually posts about it.

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