Tamarind Pop

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Black Tea
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Flavors
Caramel, Vanilla
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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 20 oz / 577 ml

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  • “A few months back I started a thread about what unique blends people would like to see, inspired by a sudden craving for tamarind tea--which mysteriously does not seem to exist! The awesome *Stacy*...” Read full tasting note
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    Alphakitty 470 tasting notes
  • “This tea comes to me from my swap with *Rachel Sincere*. Thanks! I love tamarind, in pretty much any form. Sweet, sour, earthy... it's one of my favorite flavors. I always wanted to try this tea...” Read full tasting note
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    dinosara 1914 tasting notes
  • “I love this stuff! Stacy of Butiki Teas sent me a sample a while back that accidentally had some vanilla added to it but I loved it SO MUCH that when I ordered this she included a bag of vanilla...” Read full tasting note
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    azzrian 807 tasting notes
  • “OK, today I added a spoonful of turbinado sugar to the cup and OMG! This REALLY, TRULY tastes like a soda! But not a commercially processed soda that's filled with the icky-sickly-syrupy-sticky...” Read full tasting note
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    LiberTEAS 4323 tasting notes

From Butiki Teas

This tea was originally custom blended for a customer but it was so unique that we decided to offer it to all of our customers. The base of this tea is an Organic Guranse which originates from the Guranse Estate in Nepal. Tamarind Pop is sweet with notes of caramel, raw cacao, vanilla, and tamarind and finishes with a slight astringency. Add a little brown crystal sugar for a completely different tasting tea. With a little sugar this tea tastes just like a tamarind soda. The tamarind taste is intense and melds with a rich caramel flavor.

Ingredients: Organic Guranse Black Tea, Safflower, Natural Flavoring (vegan)

Recommended Brew Time: 3 minutes
Recommended Amount: 1 level teaspoon of tea for 8oz of water
Recommended Temperature: 212 F (boiling)

For more information, please visit: www.butikiteas.com

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A few months back I started a thread about what unique blends people would like to see, inspired by a sudden craving for tamarind tea—which mysteriously does not seem to exist! The awesome Stacy at Butiki contacted me about a custom blend and I jumped on the chance—I mean, it’s every tea-lover’s dream to have their own custom tea just for them! I was amazed that she liked the finished creation enough to add it to their regular lineup since it means that everyone can try what started as an idle idea and ended up being one of the best teas I’ve ever tasted.

Of course my review is a bit biased since the flavors are pretty much tailored to my palate—the original idea was to replicate the taste of those tamarind-flavored Mexican sodas, and boy does this deliver! The Guranse base adds a nice woodsy/earthy smoothness and there’s that bright pop of malty/sour flavor from the tamarind, followed by delicious brown sugar. But they combine to form something better than the sum of their parts: there are notes of caramel, vanilla, and yes, an almost soda-like fizziness! With just a pinch of rock sugar it’s somehow even better, and it really brings all the flavors together. I’ve had this hot, iced, lukewarm from sitting in the AC too long, and it’s perfect every way. This is definitely my ideal tea, and it’s amazing to actually have it in front of me!

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

I’m very eager to try this. It’s so unique. I’m gonna add it to my next/first order

Alphakitty

It is definitely a unique blend, I’ve never had anything else that tasted remotely like it. If you like tamarind, you definitely can’t go wrong with this!

DaisyChubb

Wow, this is such a special tea! It has me thinking, what flavour would I want for a unique custom blend, that can’t be found anywhere else! I’ve never had a tamarind flavoured-anything before – I’m quite intrigued!

Bonnie

I really liked it! My idea was the pineapple oolong. Stacy likes our ideas!

Alphakitty

@Daisy: It’s so much fun to come up with your own blend and Stacy is fantastic to work with, I definitely recommend it!

@Bonnie: I have a sample of the pineapple oolong to try, it smells so amazing.

Butiki Teas

I’m not really big into blogging, but I did a short little story of how the tamarind pop tea came about and mentioned my previous experience with the tamarind fruit. For anyone that’s interested, check it out. http://butikiteas.blogspot.com/

Butiki Teas

Alphakitty-Thanks :) You were great to work with!

Scott B

I haven’t made this before, and it requires a little work, but you might find this intereting-Tamarind Ice Cream : http://veganicecream.blogspot.com/2006/07/tamarind-ice-cream-experiment.html

Alphakitty

Oooh, interesting! I love experimenting with ice cream flavors, so this is right up my alley. Thanks ^^

Scott B

You’re welcome :)

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1914 tasting notes

This tea comes to me from my swap with Rachel Sincere. Thanks!

I love tamarind, in pretty much any form. Sweet, sour, earthy… it’s one of my favorite flavors. I always wanted to try this tea when it became available because of that fact, so I jumped on the chance to get some in a swap. I’ve read through the tasting notes and see that most people recommend it with a little sugar, but I don’t have any so I won’t be using it. I’ve never had Guranse black tea before, so I am interested to try it as well.

From the dry leaf I get an aroma that reminds me of the spicy tamarind candies you can find in foreign grocers sometimes. Basically thick tamarind paste, covered in coarse sugar, often mixed with a bit of cayenne for spice. Those also tend to have an earthy smell to them, which I pick up here a lot. I get the sour fruitiness, and what reminds me of a little spice.

Steeped, the tea smells black and fruity in a tart way. I am really enjoying this tea. It is blended in such a way that it really accentuates the black tea, which happens to work very well with the sweet-sour tamarind flavor. There isn’t a true sourness here, but perhaps the idea of it? Whatever it is, it works. I definitely pick up the smoky tabacco notes in the base tea, and again they somehow really fit with the tamarind. Normally I wouldn’t be really into a tea with smoky notes, but this one is working for me. It’s definitely subtle flavoring, and I’m sure it is brought out by sugar, but I’m not sure that it needs it. I like it that way.

This just reminds me that I really need to put in an order to Butiki one of these days.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
BoxerMama

I LOVE this tea!

Rachel Sincere

That is so funny. I got NONE of that from that tea. It wasn’t bad or anything. I was just underwhelmed. Glad it found a great home! :-)

Rebecca Lynn

I was pretty underwhelmed too. I’m glad it’s popular for others though!

BoxerMama

I have yet to meet a butiki tea that I don’t enjoy.

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I love this stuff! Stacy of Butiki Teas sent me a sample a while back that accidentally had some vanilla added to it but I loved it SO MUCH that when I ordered this she included a bag of vanilla powder for me to incorporate into my blend! So I did and let it sit a good long while and now it is bliss!
That is one thing I love about Stacy – she lets you doctor up your blends when possible and is not afraid to divert from her regular blends to suit your taste. Such as the time she left out lemongrass from one of her teas for me since I dislike it so much.
She is working on a special ordered blend for me right now and I am excited to try the first sample run soon!
Thank you Stacy for always being so flexible and inventive!
As for Tamarind Pop with Vanilla. OH YEAH its GOOOOOD
Also a huge thank you to Aplhakitty who inspired this tea!!!

Alphakitty

Now I really want to try this with vanilla! I can imagine it being soooo good.

Butiki Teas

Azzrian-You are way too kind! :)

Alphakitty-The vanilla that I sent Azzrian is pure vanilla bean powdered with no fillers. I can send you a little pouch of it if you would like to try some in your Tamarind Pop.

Azzrian

Wow that is so nice of Stacy! Seriously … I was going to offer a sample of mine but she beat me to a better idea!

Alphakitty

Oh, I’d love to! Thanks so much for offering!

Butiki Teas

No problem. I still have your address and should be able to send it out on Monday but definitely Tuesday if I can’t get it out tomorrow.

Kittenna

Oh maaaan! Now I want this one even more!! Vanilla sounds lovely! Something you could offer for sale on your site, perhaps??

Also – I’m so curious about your blend, Azz! Is it one with hops and such?

Azzrian

Yes – Peach Hoppity! Or something like that is what I will call it I guess lol unless Stacy comes up with some cool inventive name. I have not tried it yet I think Stacy is sending me some tomorrow or tues. I can’t wait to try it. Peach Flavoring Hops, Peach Pieces, Guranse. YUM!!

Butiki Teas

Azzrian-Oooh, I like Peach Hoppity. That’s a great name! I will be sending that out on Monday unless I can get an emergency doctor appointment for Monday. I broke a toe on Friday and its pretty blue.

Kittenna-I probably won’t be adding the vanilla to the website. Its very expensive. I remember you mentioning placing a larger order sometime in the late summer, so definitely feel free to ask me to throw some vanilla in a pouch for you.

Alphakitty

Peach and hops sounds delicious! And with the guranse base too? YUM. I agree that Peach Hoppity is a good name, cute and evocative of the taste I assume it will have.

Azzrian

Thanks ladies!
Stacy omg OUCH you poor thing! Hope you DO get into the doc! The tea can wait!

Butiki Teas

Thanks Azzrian! I’m just so clumsy. I hope they have an appointment available on Monday. The blue makes me worried that the toe isn’t getting enough oxygen.

Azzrian

Are you sure you don’t need to go to the ER Stacy?
Thanks Alphakitty! :)

Butiki Teas

Too late for that I guess.

tigress_al

Man breaking a toe really sucks, the little toe on my left foot is permanently misshapen now :( Hopefully you get into the doc soon Stacy.
I am definitely curious about this tamarind pop, next order I guess!

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OK, today I added a spoonful of turbinado sugar to the cup and OMG! This REALLY, TRULY tastes like a soda! But not a commercially processed soda that’s filled with the icky-sickly-syrupy-sticky corn syrup. This tastes like one of those expensive sodas that was made with cane sugar. Yum.

I REALLY love this stuff. I am going to have to order more of this … the little bit that I have left I am sending to my SororiTea Sister but I know that I’m going to be missing this stuff in another week or two… craving it. Yeah… I think we need to increase the rating on this one.

It blows my mind how good this is.

Butiki Teas

Glad you are you enjoying this one. :)

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My bad, I really should have sweetened this. As is, unsweetened, it’s a pretty tasty generically flavoured black, with an aftertaste that I can make out to be tamarind. Mostly, though, it tastes like a fairly smooth black tea with vanilla and other flavours mingling in every now and again. There’s a low level of astringency (but I did oversteep this one a little, oops), but it’s very tolerable.

I’d definitely drink this one again without sweetener, just as a black, but I’m kicking myself for forgetting to add sugar when I was brewing it earlier! So curious about the tamarind soda flavour everyone’s raving about!

ETA: WOW Stacy, are you ever right that rock sugar makes all the difference here! Put maybe 1.5 tsp into my second infusion, and I definitely taste tamarind now. However, of course, since this is a second infusion of a black, no less, it’s not bad, but not great either. That said, I’m super excited to try this again properly! It’s crazy what a difference some sugar makes. Not that I intend to make this a habit, but if nothing else, it’s interesting! Will have to try with the Watermelon Dragonwell & Watermelon Xylophone for sure.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Butiki Teas

Sweetened it is a completely different tea. I like it both ways but it is just like a Tamarind Soda with a bit of fizziness too.

Kittenna

Yeah, I had every intention of spooning out a bit of tea after it was done infusing (to try it straight) and then plopping some sugar in, but got distracted by my roommate coming home! Next time!

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So much canning done!

First: picked lots of pomegranates, like 15 or 20. Then I took the seeds out, blended and separated into juice, about 10 cups. Then I turned it into jelly and canned them. Turned out fantastic again!

After that, blubarb jam – so had to cook down some rhubarb and mixed it with fresh blueberries and turned it into jam and canned that.

Then bleach down the giant mess made, pomegranate splotches everywhere! I probably need to do more watermelon jelly, but after that I’ll be done the canning (and xmas presents sans the wine jellies planned for the when next 5cent Bevmo sale)

After all that, need a big glass of iced tea – tamarind pop! Very tasty, I added some light agave for sweetness. Flavor is great, as always – little tarty tamarind candy and a slight caramel like taste at the end.
Time to relax and knit!

Preparation
Iced
BrewTEAlly Sweet

watermelon jelly??!! :o Oh my word that sounds delightful.

Mercuryhime

Sweet! After canning, I’m too tired to even boil water for a cup of tea. That watermelon jelly sounds divine.

OMGsrsly

Watermelon jelly?! I’m so jealous of your pomegranate trees. Pomegranate jelly sounds fantastic. :)

Stephanie

Yay canning! If you have leftover watermelon, look up Alton Browns watermelon sorbet recipe. It’s super good!

tigress_al

Wow, you were busy!

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Oh, the sweet, tangy comfort you bring. I love you and I need you and you always help to clear my head.
What a day. My poor dog had a rough go of it and ended up going through a million tests and getting diagnosed with a heart condition. We still need more answers though. But, man what long terrifying day.
I figured out that this is my go to tea though

Sil

oh i hope your dog is ok and that you’re able to relax and come down from all the stress :(

BoxerMama

He’s definitely not himself, but he’s much better.

BoxerMama

Oh. . . You meant me! lol, I’m definitely not myself, but I’m much better. ;)

Sil

well i’m glad he’s much better too :)

Butiki Teas

Oh no, so sorry to hear about your doggy. It must have been a very emotionally draining day.

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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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Alphakitty! Thanks for this!!!!
It’s sweet and vanilla and caramelly and somewhat spicy but it’s the sweeter spices not really chai spices! It’s very aromatic and flavorful in every way! It kind of has a cream soda sort of a taste to it, too! VERY creative, VERY unique…LOVE the LOVE that went into this one! Very nice!

Alphakitty

It’s amazing how Stacy got this to really have a soda feel!

Butiki Teas

TeaEqualsBliss-Have you tried this with sugar? It tastes like a completely different tea with sugar. Definitely worth checking out.

TeaEqualsBliss

Stacy – I haven’t…eeeek…I don’t have any left to try that…maybe my Sororitea Sista will send me a bit of hers :) teehee

Butiki Teas

Oh no. Next time I send you teas, remind me and I’ll add some Tamarind Pop. :)

TeaEqualsBliss

Thanks so much Stacy!!!!! HUGS!

Butiki Teas

Hugs right back at ya :)

LiberTEAS

I have some of this in a box for you too… and you SHOULD DEFINITELY try it with a bit of sugar… it’s amazing.

Tawny Kira

I just had a sample of this for my morning tea & I just couldn’t put my finger on how the flavors came together until I saw you describe it as cream soda! Perfect description :)

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Thank you Stacy for this sample of the new Tamarind Pop Tea!

It’s going to be 102 in Fort Collins, Colorado today! Happy Summer!

I’m not even going to venture out to the pool…my air conditioner is staying on and after reviewing hot tea…I’m going to start brewing
some iced!

Tamarind
Pods of Tamarind are common in most markets in the S.F. Bay Area where I grew up, and tamarind drinks are also super common in restaurants.(You people in the Western State’s know what I’m talking about!)
Open up a lumpy tamarind pod and there are seeds and sticky dark fruit that is sour when unripened, and sweet enough for flavoring juices or using in pastries much like apricot or peach pulp when ripe. The fruit is good for the stomach and an antibacterial. The origin of the Tamarind Tree is in Africa. Today Mexico and Southeast Asia are the biggest users of this fruit in every day cooking and for beverages. It’s something I have used for sauces when I want a sweet but tangy ‘pop’ in my Thai main dishes but I’ve also had it tucked in a sweet pastry as filling, as a sweet iced drink and as candy!

Review!
The steep time was 3 minutes at 212F in a brew basket/mug which produced a maple syrup colored liquor.

Interestingly, the first sip tasted like a light vanilla maple pancake syrup! Not thick and not syrupy sweet but a little sweet…and delicious, warm and fragrant! The base is black tea but was not dark, malty or cocoa tasting. I did feel a splash of tannin at the finish which was just fine with me.

I took another bigger drink…and again there was the vanilla flavor
which was very smooth. The flavor puzzled me. I was expecting something sharper and more acidic instead of this smooth vanilla syrup tea with tannin.

(Stacy often says that some tea’s benefit from adding a little bit of raw brown sugar crystals…and I had purchased some from her…so…)

I added the sweetening at this point in my tasting.
The improvement was evident. The tannin receeded and the fruitiness began to wriggle free.
My tastebuds grabbed for the newly detected dry fruit flavors. A mix of membrillo (quince paste) with peach and apricot leather and one little tangy ping. This ping was the sour fruit that says TAMARIND and can be nothing else in the World. All of this fruit flavor was followed by the vanilla that lingered for some time afterward.
The cup made sense at this point. The fruit was ripe tamarind. The addition of just a bit of sweet was the unifier that was needed for the tea to be at it’s best.

I let my cup cool all the way down. Still Good! This tea will be great iced!

Another ‘Sabroso’(tasty) naturally flavored and unique tea from Butiki!

Alphakitty

This is my blend! :D Great to see that other people enjoy it too~

Bonnie

Great! Alphakitty tamarind pop! (I’m a pineapple)!

TeaBrat

this sounds very nice!

Bonnie

Well….do you think I was way off?!

Butiki Teas

Alphakitty-Super big thanks for coming up with this!!! :)

I love this tea! It almost tastes like 2 different teas with and without sugar. Bonnie, I’m getting the vanilla and tamarind too but also without sugar I’m getting caramel and raw cacao. Though I could see how caramel could be maple syrup.

Bonnie

OK I think the tricky vanilla masked the cacao. Caramel…ok! I was doing high wire without a net there!

Butiki Teas

My taste buds seem to be quite different from everyone else though, so don’t go by me. I’ve done a bunch of group tastings and it really is interesting how everyone seems to get different notes from the same tea.

LiberTEAS

I want to try this one!

Bonnie

I don’t think the black tea base is real malty, at least to me. What I was trying to describe for those who don’t know what tamarind is like…is the peach/apricot leather sort of flavor with a tang. But tamarind has it’s own distinct flavor…just somewhere in that range. It can be used in many of the same ways as those fruits…jam, fillings etc.

Butiki Teas

Bonnie-You are right, it really does have a very distinct flavor. I think that’s a pretty accurate description of tamarind.

I have tamarind quite a bit with Indian food. I like using it with really spicy dishes.

Bonnie

Me too! I buy a container with the pulp ready for making juice…by diluting it… or you can add a bit full strength to a sauce. I get this at my local Asian Market (Sure beats smashing the pulp myself!). Somehow the addition seems cooling to a spicy dish.

Butiki Teas

Oh yeah, it definitely does seem very cooling to spicy dishes.

Molly

I live in Fort Collins, too!!! I hope you don’t mind if I follow you :)

Bonnie

Cool Molly! I’ll be at Happy Luckys Tea House on walnut street in an hour or so! Hope to meet you!

Molly

Oooh that would be great! How often do you go? We should meet there sometime! I won’t be there today, but I live so close I really could go anytime :)

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