drank Tamarind Pop by Butiki Teas
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Yay! A free sample from my Butiki order!

I am pretty unfamiliar with tamarind but given the descriptions others have written of this tea, I was also pretty sure I’d like it. Still, I was hesitant to take the plunge and order a whole ounce. Luckily, Stacy asked if she could include any samples with all the other teas I ordered and it didn’t take me two seconds to jot down this one and the strawberry oolong as my choices. :)

Steep notes: below parameters, one sample packet, 8 oz. of water. No additives.

I know that everyone has said sugar makes a world of difference, but. It really, really REALLY didn’t need it. Maybe it stopped me from getting the authentic taste. As it was though I got a cream soda (think vanilla/caramel) with a tannic bite at the end to remind me this was still tea…though it could have been accentuated by a sour note most are attributing to the tamarind itself.

And, by not adding sugar to the sample I’ve pretty much made it mandatory to get an additional ounce of this when I place my next Butiki order – you know, all in the name of experimentation!

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I have come to the point (as of October 2014) where quality in tea is more important than quantity. Especially because I’m a seasonal tea drinker where hot tea is concerned, and a SLOW one to boot. I generally don’t resteep only because I’d be here all day if I did, though I do break out a gaiwan from time to time.

I adore French teas in practically every iteration, Japanese Sencha (specifically from the Uji region, as they offer the most seaweed flavor), and Dan Cong oolongs. I am trying to focus on plain teas and so companies like Verdant, Upton, and Butiki are on my favorites list.

When it comes to tea, I feel like the 10th Doctor says it best:

“Tea! That’s all I needed! Good cup of tea! Super-heated infusion of free-radicals and tannin, just the thing for healing the synapses. "


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