Rhubarb Vanilla Ale

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Champagne, Fruity, Malt, Rhubarb, Spices, Tart, Vanilla
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200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec 11 oz / 330 ml

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Our Rhubarb Vanilla Ale pairs rhubarb, vanilla, and hops with our earthy and malty Congou Keemun. With each sip, the sweet and slightly tangy rhubarb and the spiciness of the Willamette hops grows and lingers. There is a gentle warm vanilla undertone and an almost sparking quality to this tea. We recommend letting the tea cool to reveal the flavors or adding a little bit of sugar. Adding sugar will enhance both the rhubarb and the vanilla while rounding out the hops; however, if too much sugar is added it will diminish the hops flavor.

Ingredients: Congou Keemun, Willamette Hops, Safflower, Organic Pure Ground Vanilla Beans (no fillers), Organic Natural Flavoring (vegan)

Recommended Brew Time: 4 minutes
Recommended Amount: 1 tablespoon of tea for 8oz of water
Recommended Temperature: 212 F (boiling)

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69 tasting notes

The more I drink this, the more I really like it. I’m in the process of trying to sip down some of my teas (you know you have a problem when you’re storing tea all over the house because it no longer fits in the one large cupboard you’ve appropriated from the kitchen) and since I didn’t really reach for Rhubarb Vanilla Ale very much I decided this was a good place to start putting my reduction plans into action. Unfortunately the more I drink this the more I want to buy more as soon as the bag is gone. This has some awesome things going on in it, especially when you add a touch of milk, sweet enough on its own to not need sugar this cup bursts with fruity hoppy goodness. Yup, going back on my shopping list once done.

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From the Pass the Stash TTB 2.0

This is a sweet/tart tea with a kick. I like the rhubarb flavor beside the creamy vanilla note. The ale flavor eludes me, but I’m enjoying this tea so much that I don’t mind. I think I may have picked up on the hops note as the tea cooled, but I may need a second cup just to make sure. I’m so glad this one made its way into the ttb! ;-)

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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268 tasting notes

I thought I’d compare this one with Ruby Pie to see which one I preferred and if there was one I couldn’t live without. Both are from Virginia! The leaves of this tea are dark brown, interspersed with red petals and these wispy white petal-like things. I’m not sure what they are. When brewed, they produce a sienna-colored liquor and smell of sweet fruit and vanilla. The taste is dominated by vanilla (I’m totally ok with this) with a little fruity tartness in the background. It actually reminds me of a belgian lambic more than an ale. Again, I’m ok with this :). In a contest between this and Ruby Pie, this tea is the winner by a long shot. Neither one is something I can’t live without though.

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The pale greenish/yellowish leaves are hops. :)


Thanks Stacy! You always help me out when I don’t recognize something in one of your teas :)

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477 tasting notes

Pass the Stash TTB 2.0

Yay, my first ever TTB! So exciting. I looked through and picked out what I want to try, and this one sounded like it could be either very good or very weird. I love vanilla, and rhubarb is interesting, but I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the ale part of it. Visually, it’s a large leaf black tea with flower petals mixed in. It smells sweet, tart, and effervescent!

I actually am liking this tea, even if it is a bit odd. Mine is definitely weaker than it’s supposed to be, but I didn’t want to use a full tablespoon when there’s not much of it in there! There’s definitely a tart fruitiness which is obviously the rhubarb, and I get a little bit of vanilla, though I would prefer more. The ale quality of it is very interesting! It’s more bubbly-tasting than anything, maybe with a little bit of the malty ale flavor. And I get a little touch of spice at the end, presumably from the hops. It’s odd though, there’s something about this tea that tastes like artificial sweetener to me. I’m not sure if it’s the rhubarb flavoring or if it’s something to do with the hops, but it’s kind of stevia-like.

Overall, I do enjoy this tea and I would definitely try it again. Probably not going to make this week’s Butiki order, however. :P

Flavors: Champagne, Fruity, Malt, Rhubarb, Spices, Tart, Vanilla

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Surprisingly, I liked this best when cold brewed for about 7 hours

Cameron B.

I can see this being amazing cold with that effervescent quality. :)


It tastes like strawberry rhubarb ice cream. Very nice :)

Roswell Strange

I agree with VariaTEA – cold brew is the best prep method for this one :)


I love this hot or cold brewed.

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236 tasting notes

I like this. It’s nice. But I don’t necessarily feel like writing a ton about it. I’ve never found anything remotely similar to rhubarb in any of the supposed rhubarb teas I’ve had before this one. I am pleasantly surprised to find it here. I like the tang with the vanilla. There’s a strange flavour in there though, it comes and goes in an instant…Is it the hops? I’ve never had it so I really don’t know. I added sugar and I enjoyed it less.

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388 tasting notes

I tried this as a tea soda today. 1 tablespoon leaf + 3 oz boiling water for 4 minutes + 8 oz of cold seltzer. Unsurprisingly, the carbonation really brought out the hops flavor. This ended up tasting a lot like watered-down fruity beer with a sweet vanilla aftertaste. Not bad.


heh nice

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125 tasting notes

My first cold steep ever! Hooray for it not going horribly wrong!

I put what I had left from the sample MissB sent me into a mason jar with some cold filtered water before I went to bed last night. I didn’t get to check on it or drink it until after work so it had been steeping for a good 20 hours or so at that point.

It tastes nice, I might have put too much water in the jar for the amount of tea, because it’s a bit lighter than I expected as far as taste goes, but it definitely got even smoother than it was hot. The taste is similar, though the vanilla isn’t as pronounced for sure. I’m pretty happy with how my first cold steep went!

Iced 8 min or more

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407 tasting notes

Stacy sent me this as a sample, and since I’m about ready to place an order I knew I needed to try this so I could decide if I wanted to add it.

I love the way the dry leaves smell. I love the way it looks. This tea was really malty, which I love in my beer, but I don’t like as much in my tea. Weird, I know. This did remind me of a fruity porter. I liked the vanilla. I liked the rhubarb. I liked the hops a lot. I liked this tea better than the Peach HoppiTea myself, but my husband felt the opposite about it. And since he’s the one I’d get hop tea for, I have to go with his choice.

Anyway, this was a good tea to try, and I would drink it again if I were offered it, but I don’t think I’ll be stocking it regularly.

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469 tasting notes

OMG, I don’t know what I did to disgrace this tea so badly! I’m sure it isn’t normally unbearably bitter. Did I over leaf? Over steep? Call it names? Cream and sugar help a little bit, but I’m sure this isn’t how it is supposed to taste. Maybe we will cross paths again someday and can start fresh!

Thank you to Greenteafairy for this sample!

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Oh no, sounds dreadful. Sorry to hear it turned out so bitter.


I’m so sorry! I found it a little bitter, but nothing like that. I wonder if it hasn’t aged well—it had been sitting around for possibly a bit too long before I sent it to you.


I think I over leafed. When I tossed the steeped leaves it looked like more than normal for a cup. I eyed what was in the bag and dumped it in my steeping basket and I think there were more leaves hiding under the other ingredients than I thought.

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1043 tasting notes

Man, I wished I ordered a package of this instead of just requesting a sample! Very delicious! I’m an intrigued by the hops teas at Butiki, but I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy them since I don’t like alcohol, but I do love rhubarb teas. BTW, I added a bit of german rock sugar while steeping.

Rhubarb Vanilla Ale is smooth, cooked sweet rhubarb flavor, bit of an interesting spice dancing in the background that I’m not to familiar with, the hops? Very fun tea, I shall get more next time I do an order!

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Awkward Soul-This beer tea has a mild hops, which comes off as spicy but not aggressive. Sugar will decrease the flavor of hops but this blend is perfect with just a touch of sugar. Our Peach HoppiTea uses a much more aggressive hops which has a strong grapefruit flavor.

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