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Hard to believe how long I’ve had this in my cupboard without trying it. Putting an end to that tonight though; and when I cracked open the little container for it I was just hit with the most amazing smell of roasted peanuts – so I definitely feel like I’m making a good choice in trying it out tonight!
Houjicha Powder/‘Matcha’ has interested me for a long time; I absolutely LOVE Houjicha and its toasty flavour characteristics and I can see it making the most phenomenal hot or iced lattes. Plus, it’s a safer option for the evenings due to the decreased amount of caffeine and it’s a good alternative for me personally since I don’t love the grassy flavour that most straight matchas have. Kind of sounds like a win-win-win!?
Despite feeling like this really would be the best ever matcha latte, I’m drinking it in straight, cold water tonight because I just want to get a good sense of what the powder tastes like on its own before I go getting creative. It’s been really delightful; definitely has the toastiness of typical houjicha with those lovely, slightly autumnal leaning roasted nuts, caramel(ish), barley notes. It’s also very smooth tasting, and whisked up really easily/without any clumping at all. I am DEFINITELY going to stand by my theory that this would be a bomb as fuck latte; but it’s also just a nice straight matcha to sip on as well.
I have literally no complaints.
Finished this one off iced; two of the sachets steeped together for seven minutes. Even after such a long steep time I still just could NOT get this to taste flavourful or produce a striking blue colour (like it should have been able to, because of the butterfly flower). Instead it was vaguely the colour of anime pool water and tasted like the sort of lemon infused water you might get at a nicer sort of restaurant.
Early evening cuppa, made in a teacup.
Last time I made this one it was in a mug and I was very disappointed by the fact that it did not in fact brew up blue, like it was advertised as doing due to the butterfly pea flower in the blend. If it turned anything it was a weird sort of green colour? This time to try and combat that, I brewed the teabag/sachet in a small teacup to hopefully get a stronger flavour and colour.
It did sort of work; this still did NOT brew blue which is the whole reason I purchased it in the first place but it was a much darker green colour – and one that was very unnatural for tea to brew up. So I guess that’s something right? I added in a little bit of creamed honey to sweeten it and about a half cap of lemon juice concentrate to see what colour my green tea would change to. DAVIDsTEA’s Magic Potion blend with butterfly pea flower changes from deep indigo to a purple colour, so I was expected this would maybe go from green to a more magenta-y pink? It actually turned into this SUPER light lilac/periwinkle colour though. Actually quite pretty!
Taste wise it was lemon overload – you definitely could not tell that I’d added honey, it was sheer tart lemon with more lemon grass undertones. Definitely some pucker/punch! Not my favourite flavour, and still a disappointing tea overall both in terms of that flavour and visually. Boo!
So, I picked this one up because I was intrigued by the fact is has butterfly pea flower in it which means that it should brew up blue! The flavour didn’t sound super appealing to me though, so I only got the smallest size option – which was five premeasured sachets as opposed to a tin of it.
I tried the first the other day and… it wasn’t blue.
I can see the butterfly pea flower IN the leaf but I guess it’s just not enough of the pretty flower to have that big of an impact colour wise – even with letting it steep indefinitely while I was drinking it. It kind of eventually settled on a really translucent sort of pastel green kind of colour. I mean, to be fair, it was a colour that wasn’t exactly a “natural”/normal tea colour but it’s not blue.
Flavour wise I was right about this one not being the tea for me though – all I could taste was lemongrass. Just straight up, pure lemongrass. Maybe that does it for some, but certainly not for me. I think I’ll probably just use the rest of the sachets for when I’m feeling sick and want something hot and lemony…
This blend is so magical and beautiful (tears streaming down face). It smells creamy and comforting, and yet also very light and sweet. The sweetness is indescribable, it’s hard to pin down but it seems neither wholly fruity nor floral, and its not cloying. I think it’s the lotus? There is a also a delicately nutty aftertaste on the tongue.
Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Fruity, Nutty
This is a queued tasting note.
- Light hints of coconut
- Had a vegetal/grassy sourness
- And a slight lemony acidity
- Especially prominent in the finish
Hard to say whether or not this cup was better than the first one I had; I feel like the base was smoother in the first cup but at the same time I DIDN’T get to taste much coconut or bergamot. This cup the base wasn’t as pleasant, but I got more coconut and some citrus notes that were bergamot like. Not sure which was the better trade off.
Overall, this was interesting but not captivating. The difference between the two being an important and noteworthy point.
Thank you Liquid Proust for the sample!
- Silky/creamy/buttery mouthfeel
- Very characterstic/“trademark” milk oolong notes
- Butter/cream/yeasty bread dough?/condensed milk
- Very green/grassy base notes; present in aftertaste
- Floral undertone and finish
- But not a floral note w. lots of familiarity
- Whisps of coconut; but quite light
- Especially given the amount of coconut I saw in the leaf
- Didn’t taste the bergamot
I was excited to make this because I really enjoy the crazy things from ETTE… but, there was no difference between this tea and a hojicha some cinnamon to it. I was really curious to see how roast and osmanthus would go together :/
Unsure what might been wrong with what I received; though I’m skeptical of floral and roast going well together.
Oh well.,still waiting to finish my ETTE off before I get some Peach Perfect (still eyeing it)
Last night I had a lot of thoughts going on so I picked out one of the few herbal teas I had; a sample of this.
Now, this isn’t something I’d buy if it blew my mind because I’m not an herbal drinker. This was probably one of the smoothest mint teas I’ve had, meaning it didn’t bite too hard while allowing time to enjoy the sensation and taste. Unsure how peppermint can vary in quality to allow a more settle brew than another, but hey… it worked out and I was happy to have this last night to help sleep (even though it didn’t help)
Finally, I made an ETTE tea purchase!
Thank you Black Friday / Cyber Monday :)
Why did I chose this out of everything? It’s an oolong blend that has bergamot, coconut, and other stuff, how cool is that?
I ended up with three steeps added together which ended up being a rounded milk oolong with some citrus notes and a cream to it that was pleasant.
This is something I enjoy and will continue to drink because of how smooth it is. Based on the smell and look of the tea, I wouldn’t think much of it. The milk oolong is tiny and the smell from the lotus is strong. That smell doesn’t carry over into the tea, THANK YOU TEA. Interestingly enough, the milk oolong used in this is quality because when it unfurls there are rather nice sized leaf which I would have not guessed by just eye balling it before the brew.
I’m unsure how just one brew of this would taste opposed to multiple, but I knew I wanted to have multiple to get a balanced tea because I didn’t want a strong bergamot nor a lot of coconut going on. Pretty glad I finally have an ETTE tea container; Victor’s marketing works well because I have been window shopping his blends for some time.
Someone better do another ETTE group buy… waiting a whole year doesn’t sound enjoyable.
Happy 2016! This was the first tea I drank to celebrate the new year. I got this sample with my Black Friday order and I so wish I had packed it on my trip home to see the fam on Christmas. Taking a whiff of the dry leaf I get a hefty scent of festive tart red berries and a tiny hint of spice. Think a festive Christmas candle. I dusted off my 16oz teapot and scooped out 2 rounded teaspoons into the infuser. This is quite the colorful blend, with blue cornflowers, green pandan leaves, and red berry chunks and rosehips. Christmas confetti!
3-4 minutes later, I poured myself a nice steaming mug of festive Stollen. To be honest, I am not a fan of Stollen. The combination of marzipan, yeast bread, spices, and dried fruits is so not my jam. But I can understand the translation in this tea. There is a bright fruity-ness that blends with delicate cinnamon and cloves. I can sense a bit of a sweetness that imitates the traditional powdered sugar dusting. I did not get too much bergamot at all, which works out for me – the present flavor profiles were spot on without.
All in all, this blend was a very festive one, and I love pretty much anything that Victor at Ette does, but I love his other blends much more. It just doesn’t do it for me.
Thanks for the sample Victor!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Fruity, Powdered sugar
I really enjoy ETTE Tea’s Instagram post and have been wanting a tin for so long so I made the purchase during the Black Friday sale. Included in my order was four samples; FOUR SAMPLES, that’s a lot for such a small company and small order.
Although I don’t get to try their Kris Grey… I have quite a few to try (some again).
I pulled this one out for this morning because a black mixture sounded like a good way to wake up with a bit of fruit at the back notes. While it is smooth, there is a long lasting flavoring taste almost as if there is a weak bergamot flavoring within the tea somewhere. If I was able to pick up the icing flavor that is suppose to be in here I may end up enjoying it more, however I am not finding any sweet notes as the black tea base seems to be the main taste as the liquid is drank. Oh well, I know this doesn’t reflect the works of ETTE very well. The lychee and mango are still rather vivid in my mind as I remember them being what I call ‘juicy’ within the tea. Not something I would end up buying, but I will try everything ETTE puts out :)
Peach Perfect is on my list as it is a tea that is made after Pitch Perfect the movie and uses a mixture of Assam and Japanese black tea. That’s a must try, one day.
Revisiting this tea today whilst curled up in front of the TV. I repurchased this tea from Ette’s Black Friday sale for my sister. i gave her a cup of it when i first recieved this tea as part of a group buy a while ago. i remeber being quite fond of it then.
While the flavor has not stood up well to the ziploc baggie it was inside of, I can still get a very decent cup out of it. It’s as sweet as I remember, creamy, desserty and has hints of graham crackers. The houjicha is stronger, with it’s nutty goodness. I am surprised that this blend has lasted the neglect I have given it.
Oh yeah, it also goes great with pumpkin pie.
This whimsically-named little tea caught my attention at milk oolong and held it… riiight up until bergamot. Put those torches out, I’m just telling the truth. I do enjoy the occasional earl grey, but the potential for bitterness always kind of put me off. Furthermore, I’ve never encountered bergamot outside of the Grey realm, so I went back and forth about this tea before I decided, what the hell, milk oolong is my jam, maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised. Turns out I am. The first steep is very strongly bergamot, but the milk oolong rushes in and saves my damsel tongue from the citrus dragon. I’m hoping subsequent steeps will be a little more oolong and a little less bergamot. Still, this is one of the rare instances where I don’t really mind it overly much. It is very reminiscent of the “creme” versions of earl greys I’ve had before, but much lighter and very smooth courtesy of the oolong. I’m also getting soft floral notes, though I honestly couldn’t say whether that’s the forget-me-not blossoms, the lotus stamens, or both of them working in concert. My only complaint is that I can’t really detect much coconut, though that could easily be blamed on the scoop I took out of the caddy, as I don’t see any coconut flakes in my infuser. Next time!
Also, I feel like it’s worth mentioning that this tea is gorgeous. I love looking at it, with the little blue flowers that I mistook for cornflower blossoms, and the coconut flakes rising out of the blend like shark fins. The oolong pellets are made up of variegated greens, ranging from nearly-brown to jade. Watching it unfurl was half the fun.
Flavors: Bergamot, Creamy, Floral, Green, Smooth
I’ve had this tea for a while, and I’ll admit upfront that it did not endear itself to me immediately. I think I was expecting a black tea instead of a green based on the look of the leaves and the color of the liquor, and my taste buds were feeling put out as a result. However, after months spent languishing in an unlabeled little baggie in the cupboard, I discovered it again and tried it anew, cold-brew style. Once I figured out what on earth it was, I realized I quite enjoyed it, and would commit to a tin of it in the future. I really love osmanthus in my oolongs, and it happens to compliment the cinnamon in this cup really well. It isn’t as toasty as one would expect from the leaf color, which is just as well, because I’m not a huge fan of overly roasted greens. Instead a light, breezy sweetness is coupled with cinnamon spice, to the point where I can practically feel it rolling across my tongue. It’s something like an apple pie reduction, minus the apple – if that even makes any sense, ugh. Word failure. There’s something distinctly pastry-like about it, but I’ve never had the titular dessert before, so maybe that’s why I’m grasping at straws here. Anyway, I’m really glad that I gave it a second try, even if it was mostly inadvertent on my part.
Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Pastries, Sweet
Thank you for including this one in the package, Nicole! I had this one a few days ago so bear with me. I’ve heard this one talked about around here on Steepster and I needed to try it! Try all the Earls! I’ve heard this one sparkles, but looking at it, I don’t see much. It’s also supposed to have vanilla but I don’t taste it at all. The bergamot on the solid black tea seems slightly more citrus/grapefruit to me than a traditional bergamot. Or maybe there isn’t any cream which is why I’m not liking it as much. But there should be vanilla! This isn’t the most spectacular Earl, especially as it looks a little pricy on the site. (Forgot exact parameters I used.)
So… I finally got around to trying this. And it’s… okay.
Love the sparkles – those don’t disappoint. And the side of my hand was silver dusted when I reached in the bag for tea. :)
The flavor is fine. Nothing awesome, nothing really unusual going on. And I generally prefer stronger bergamot. Glad to have some to try and I’ll experiment with steeping a bit.
It took me forever to get around to trying this tea because it’s hard to distract me from my love of unflavored tea gong fu sessions, but I actually got to it at work today.
Under light, you can totally see the sparkles. Fun! It also tastes pretty great. I’m not a huge fan of earl grey, but like it occasionally. This hit the spot. The flavoring wasn’t too powerful and the overall texture of the tea was smooth. I didn’t add anything, and it was pretty great for a gloomy SF morning at work.
Another sample from beelicious thank you!!!
this one tastes like an average genmaicha to me. Not that it’s bad, but the mango flavour is a little lost in the brew. I was hoping for something that tasted much more like actual sticky rice, whereas i found this one to be a genmaicha…with a hint of mango. Still enjoyable, but not what i wanted this tea to be :)
FInal Count: 118 but i picked up 2 of the new teas from david’s to try and received a couple from dex that i still need to add in. :)
Cold Brew Sipdown (114)!
I’m still not really into this tea, but at least the cold brew had a bit more presence to it. I thought it had really weighty, earthy Pu’Erh top notes that made it feel a bit more commanding, and a little bit of a sweet body. It was still nothing like described though – and of all the Ette Blends easily the worst.
However, the Ette group order was a really, really good experience overall! I really liked, Lychee Konnyaku and Mango Sticky Rice – and though I’m still finishing off Pandan Chiffon, it’s been really solid too. All three of those blends are ones I’d consider ordering again if I was a more rich person.
Ok, this is the last review of the night.
Unfortunately I’m ending on a bit of a sour note though; this was the last Ette Tea blend left for me to try and it really disappointed me. I’m not big into Chai at all so I had low expectations to begin with and they still weren’t met!
It just brewed up so incredibly, painfully weak and bland. I got a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg and just a whisper of citrus in the same way that you’d taste lemon of someone squeezed like three or four drops of lemon juice into a glass of water. Except, it’s supposed to be tangerine and not lemon. Also, I kind of hate super spicy teas; I can only imagine how mild this Chai would taste to someone who’s all up in those spices. The base didn’t seem to contribute either; I was hoping for maybe some earthiness from the Pu’Erh but neither it nor the black tea really brought anything to the party. Instead the party flat lined.
Have you ever been to a “dry” party? And not, like, the kind of party where you know no one’s gonna be drinking so it’s cool and you do fun shit like see how many pizza pops you can eat in one sitting and play some Apples to Apples; but the kind where you go prepared to get totally smashed, vomit on some stuff, just lose your freaking mind and even have the next day set aside as a recovery day. However, instead of that happening no one’s brought any booze or there’s so little you can’t even reach ‘tipsy’ level of drunk. So you just kind of sit around…
That’s my metaphor for this tea.