Dethlefsen & Balk

Recent Tasting Notes

Thanks Stephanie for sending a bit of this my way.

There is nothing offensive here, but really nothing remarkable either. I’m not sure I can actually taste either lychee or bamboo – vaguely fruity green, but nothing special.

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D&B states that this tea will stand up to most Frisian blends, so let’s see! In the cup there is definitely a malty aroma a bit of chocolate, but mostly the notes that accompany a decent breakfast blend. There is assam here as well as Sumatra…there is some astringency that is doing battle with my milk and sugar. But the tea is winning. It is a dark copper cup of morning strength. If you like strong morning blends, you will like this tea.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
donkeytiara

This was a pretty astringent cup. After 16 ounces it felt like I’d been riding in the back seat of a car with the window down and my tongue out….. dry!

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Dethlefsen & Balk are tea wholesalers…the only reason I have a sample of this tea is because a family member is in the tea/coffee business and goes to the trade shows….she gives me the samples she doesn’t need…I’m lucky that way! So because they wholesale this tea, you might be drinking this under another name and not know that you are. :) You also can’t order this tea unless you have a wholesale account with D&B. Which is the bummer. Because I really like this tea.
This is a blend of Assam and Sumatra organic teas. It’s a dark copper-brown cup with a full flavor. It’s strong and wonderfully reasonable with milk and honey. If you drink Fresian blends,(spoon stands up in the tea by itself kind of strong!) this might be a nice alternative for you. I love the idea of organic and this was a pleasant enough blend to sample, as most English Breakfast blends don’t include indonesian tea. I may get a craving for the rest of the sample soon….I’ll keep you posted!

Update: Had a craving for this tea today….about a week after the above post. It’s still strong, still full flavor and it’s taking care of that craving for a big flavor cup of breakfast blend gloriously! Now I wish I had more than just a sample!!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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This is an interesting one that TastyBrew sent a bit of to try with that amazing package – thanks again! I’ve tried one other bamboo tea and one other lychee tea. I have NO idea what lychee is supposed to be like, but to me both of them tasted like how plastic smells, if that makes sense. So I can think of better things to be drinking! I had no idea what time/temp to steep this one at, since it is bamboo that can steep pretty hot but also green tea. Dry, the leaves smell like dill pickles! What? The last gulp kind of tasted that way. This one is different anyway, but I don’t actually find it terrible.

ETA: I’m just now reading tasting notes and it seems others have noticed a pickle flavor too!

MissB

Holy, what a weird tea! Lychee, by the way, tastes very much like a large, sweet grape to me. I once bought a huge amount with a friend from an Asian grocery store in Calgary, and we ate them all that night… and were sick the next day from all the fruit. :$

Tea Sipper

A big ole grape! Good to know! :D

MissB

Heh. Well, prickly grape. It has an outer shell that’s prickly, and it comes off easily.

NofarS

The inner fruit looks like an eyeball. I’m not a fan… :)

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Bought in Zagreb in a store named http://www.franja.hr/eng/fcnth.html

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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Bought in Zagreb (jul/2013) at
Franja TUO
10000 Zagreb, Hrvatska

Named: Source of Wisdom

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Amazing and pleasant aroma of the great mix of the orange and nuts with the gingerbread touch. I’m a big fan of this Rooibos. I like it with a dash of oat or soy drink.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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I got this in my swap with brewTEAlly sweet

Hmm…I’m not sure what to make of this! It’s kinda vaguely green tea and fruity flavored, lol. Maybe I’m not big into bamboo. I think I’ve only had it in tea one other time and it was strongly artificially flavored (Bamboozled from David’s) so I couldn’t really even taste the bamboo. Anyway, it was fun to try this but it’s not really my thing :)

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I am not adding a score for this one…it tastes like pickles! I had my husband try it and he thought it tasted like pickles also….very strange. Any reason why this would taste pickle? I got it in a swap but it had never been opened…..

anyone want it? maybe you will get lychee or bamboo….

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I received this in a swap with Ellyn! The aroma of the dry leaf is quite unique. After I read Ellyn’s review on this tea I was kind of afraid to try it becuase…. you know.. pickles…
The flavor is interesting. I can definitely taste the lychee and the only way I can recognize the bamboo flavor is because I have tried just plain bamboo tea. The lemon and tangerine flavor really stick out. Everything just blends in an odd way. This is a very exotic tea and I think it’s ok. Not the best, not the worst. I think it would be pretty good iced. Thanks again Ellyn!

Alphakitty

Oh, bamboo and lychee? That sounds interesting!

KallieBoo!

Definitely an interesting one. I’m just happy I didn’t get pickles out of it :\ I dislike pickles…

Alphakitty

I had a tea that reminded me of pickles once, though I can’t remember what it was. It was… weird, to say the least.

Ellyn

I’m glad you didn’t get pickles! I was so weirded out by that..but everyone is different! Enjoy!

Ellyn

I figured someone else might enjoy it! :)

KallieBoo!

I could see how you could get pickles out of it. There is that odd flavor to it.

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Subtle floral taste, no grass, sweet rather than astringent. Very refreshing!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I believe this is the tea I have been sold as “Delícia de Champagne”, and if so, it´s marvelous. Long, whole sencha with champagne flavour and a strawberry decoration. Lovely lovely.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Although I prefer bitter taste this one was sweet surprise ;)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Funny how I mention every time that i don’t really love fruit infusions, but end up drinking them constantly in the summer. I think it is because after a good hardy meal I want something light, crisp and sweet. So of course today I opted for a “mango” flavored tea. I don’t know how many people have tried Indian Mango Lassi (a type of mango smoothing that is typically served in many Indian restaurants), but I was craving one and so I decided to go for the mango tea instead.

To my sad dismay this tea was more sour than sweet. Mayhaps the sourness was coming from the attempt to imitate “yoghurt” but nonetheless it was a disappointment. I ended up drinking it iced any ways…. O well

Cofftea

I was wondering if Lassi was a smoothie, I just know I wasn’t thrilled w/ the cuisine and the chai was nasty.

AmazonV

aww that is sad; if you enjoy mangoes i must recommend mango black by thepuritea it’s juicy tasting!

Jillian

Now you’ve got me wanting to get mango lassi the next time I’m at the nice Indian restaurant the boyfriend and I go to often. :D

jessica

@ amazonV: i will definitely try that! maybe splash in a bit of coconut milk! i have been obsessed with adding coconut milk to my tea lately!

@jillian: mango lassi deprivation. be wary… once you crave, it must be appeased!

Jillian

I’ll consider myself warned. :D

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I have a friend that always brings me tea souvenirs from her vacations. Most of the time it is Jasmine. I’m not sure is this is because it is her favorite or if I once made a comment while we were eating at our local Asian lunch haunt. Anyway, when I saw yet another Jasmine, I secretly wished for a little change. Luckily I got it. I’m one lucky steepster!

Don’t try to rush this tea experience. It is fun from the start. The pearls are beautiful as they unfurl so be sure to brew using a clear glass container. Next the sweet smell of flowers hit you but the flavor is mellow. It all works together for a wonderful experience without overwhelming the senses. Quite enjoyable.

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I think I’d like this better without the roses. I’m sensitive to roses and think just about anything that has them tastes like soap. This has an aftertaste of soap.

The green tea base is stronger than the white tea (I can’t detect the white tea). So, I’m first getting green tea flavor, then fruit (it’s a light tropical fruit flavor, probably because it’s mangos and pineapples), then SOAP.

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This is my everyday tea right now. I brew it in my iPot teapot with water heated on the stove in a tea kettle. I let the water come to a full boil and pour over the tea leaves. This tea steeps for 3-5 minutes and produces a yummy, tasty, refreshing tea. I like my tea sweetened with sugar. I have not tried this tea with milk or cream but it seems hearty enough to stand up to either.

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