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drank Tamarind Pop by Butiki Teas
2168 tasting notes

Thanks to Stacy of Butiki teas for sending me this free sample!

Hmm, my experience with tamarind has been somewhat limited but I’ve had it before with Indian food. It has a very fruity, slightly sour type of taste. This tea actually does have an almost fizzy quality on your tongue. I’m getting a bit of vanilla and not a lot of cacao, but that’s ok. The tamarind flavor here is so nice! A very unique and interesting tea, I’d like to try this iced someday too, I bet it would be really good that way! :)

I did try it with a little turbinado sugar and I think the extra sweetness helped to pull this together quite nicely. I say: YUM!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Scott B

I love tamarind chutney and tamarind Jarritos pop.

Alphakitty

While tamarind is most often associated with Mexican and Indian cooking, it is also the sour element in a lot of Thai food (including Pad Thai!) so you might have had it more than you think! It’s a pretty interesting ingredient because it comes in quite a few forms, though I think paste is probably the easiest to get in the US.

TeaBrat

Alphakitty, I think I have had the paste…

Scott B

Yeah, if you have an Indian grocery store-or even just a general Asian grocery store, you should be able to find it in multiple forms.
I find that it’s very easy to overdo the tamarind in pad thai-I like to taste more peanut and lime (and some restaurants really skimp on the peanuts).

Alphakitty

It’s really fun to cook with if you come across it, it can replace lemon/lime/any other citrus!

Scott B

I’ve used it a few times. One of these days I’ll get back to making more homemade Indian food.

Bonnie

Scot B yes I grew up seeing tamarindo drinks at all the Mexican Fast Food places in the Bay Area and big pods in the grocery stores and farmers markets. Also pastry with tamarind paste filling. Turnovers along with pumpkin turnovers at the San Jose Flea Market. I bet Amy Oh has seen all kinds of tamarind products too (even candies).

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Scott B

I love tamarind chutney and tamarind Jarritos pop.

Alphakitty

While tamarind is most often associated with Mexican and Indian cooking, it is also the sour element in a lot of Thai food (including Pad Thai!) so you might have had it more than you think! It’s a pretty interesting ingredient because it comes in quite a few forms, though I think paste is probably the easiest to get in the US.

TeaBrat

Alphakitty, I think I have had the paste…

Scott B

Yeah, if you have an Indian grocery store-or even just a general Asian grocery store, you should be able to find it in multiple forms.
I find that it’s very easy to overdo the tamarind in pad thai-I like to taste more peanut and lime (and some restaurants really skimp on the peanuts).

Alphakitty

It’s really fun to cook with if you come across it, it can replace lemon/lime/any other citrus!

Scott B

I’ve used it a few times. One of these days I’ll get back to making more homemade Indian food.

Bonnie

Scot B yes I grew up seeing tamarindo drinks at all the Mexican Fast Food places in the Bay Area and big pods in the grocery stores and farmers markets. Also pastry with tamarind paste filling. Turnovers along with pumpkin turnovers at the San Jose Flea Market. I bet Amy Oh has seen all kinds of tamarind products too (even candies).

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