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drank Tamarind Pop by Butiki Teas
342 tasting notes

this was a sample stacy included in my order… and i find myself wondering (not for the first time) whether or not she keeps a spreadsheet on her customers, lol! i imagine her perched late at night, working on excel!!!

tamarind… what was a tamarind anyway? i envisioned something citrusey, something with a rind as in the name. NOPE! it was actually named for the monkey the tamarin. (seems kindof obvious now)… i don’t know what i was expecting. i mean the name was weird, i sniffed it— meh? so left it for last. i swear, this is how it goes every single time.

aside from a funky indian date pod from a leguminous tree originating in africa (so says dr. wikipedia) what would this blend be? incredible.

i try really hard not to read about what i’m drinking beforehand, but honestly i don’t think i would have believed it as i sipped. caramel (which i only ever seem to detect when it’s butiki) pears? with an echo of orange. very smooth… not pears. an asian pear? fried?a fried asian pear that had been lightly brushed with orange. no kumkuat. no mango. what the hell! stacy does this to me ALL THE TIME! lol.

never tasted anything like it. added a tiny amount of agave syrup, but i didn’t really need to. i will definitely buy more…. very decadent, very smooth, truly exotic. inspired by tamarins and an african date tree with pods…. excellent.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

I guess I’m gonna have to give this one a try, lol.

Bonnie

If you like the flavor of tamarind,you can find the paste in Asian markets and tamarind sweets and soda pop in Hispanic Markets. Used in Indian recipes. Very common in cuisine in the diverse San Francisco Bay Area where I used to live.

OMGsrsly

Tamarind candies are awesome. If you make it to Granville Island, the Asian foods shop across the aisle from the tea ship sometimes has fresh tamarind. :)

JustJames

…tea.ship… across from…. sorry OMGsrsly you lost me at tea ship. tamarind is awesome. will have to look into it further!

OMGsrsly

Haha! Tea shOp, not ship! Oops. :)

Bonnie

Let’s all take a cruise on the Tea Ship! Who’s Gilligan?

JustJames

i could be gilligan! =0)

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Terri HarpLady

I guess I’m gonna have to give this one a try, lol.

Bonnie

If you like the flavor of tamarind,you can find the paste in Asian markets and tamarind sweets and soda pop in Hispanic Markets. Used in Indian recipes. Very common in cuisine in the diverse San Francisco Bay Area where I used to live.

OMGsrsly

Tamarind candies are awesome. If you make it to Granville Island, the Asian foods shop across the aisle from the tea ship sometimes has fresh tamarind. :)

JustJames

…tea.ship… across from…. sorry OMGsrsly you lost me at tea ship. tamarind is awesome. will have to look into it further!

OMGsrsly

Haha! Tea shOp, not ship! Oops. :)

Bonnie

Let’s all take a cruise on the Tea Ship! Who’s Gilligan?

JustJames

i could be gilligan! =0)

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Time For A ReWrite!

A good friend of mine on here kindly asked me to do the Steepster world a favour and list my allergies front and center (fair enough, lol):

-COFFEE … rare, nasty, not even a bit funny if i’m exposed. (call me original)

-ROOIBOOS … is a new appearance. under certain circumstances i’m okay with it (ie if it’s GREEN and paired with mate) but because i have an auto immune disease i try not to poke at things.

*NOT an allergy, but an abnormality that drives my tea buddies bananas, i AM INCAPABLE OF TASTING CARAMEL AND TOFFEE. so i thought i’d list it at the top too. it’s very annoying. they smell great!!?

Hi! I’m James!

I’m a student: double major of human geography and psychology with the intention of chasing a double doctorate. (reading that over it occurs to me again that i must be crazy).

i’m a live and let live sort. i look and see alot of silver linings. my discovery of tea has only served to further that viewpoint. for me tea is art and nuance, watercolours and bold brushstrokes….

swaps are grand things! the element of surprise in a tea swap completely trumps forrest gump’s chocolate box life metaphor, lol.

favourites: french teas dammann freres, mariage freres and nina’s paris especially.

i have recently discovered a german tea company that has romanced me: tea gschwendner (sp?)

mandala teas is brilliant and a company i count on.

justea and tealet are companies i study because of both their exceptional products and and business models, as well as their work with farmers who are TOO POOR for fair trade certification. this is highly relevant to my studies.

90-100 i need more
80-90 i might need more, or it might be a respect vote
below 75? it was likely an oops buy. my evolution into french teas has vastly focused what i like!!

however, i’m always open to trying things.

dislikes so far: guayasa, darjeeling, most peach teas.

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