Tamarind Pop

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 12 oz / 350 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 at...” Read full tasting note
  • “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...” Read full tasting note
  • “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
  • “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

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)

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9076 tasting notes

Sipdown! Thanks to tattooed_tea I’ve had this before as a sample from stacy but i was happy to revisit this again since it’s been a long time and i’ve had a chance to better understand my tastes. I’ve never have tamarind before but this is a really interesting tea. it’s woodsy and spicy and really flavourful.


I have this one on the way and am very excited to try it!


I am so excited for this one! I love tamarind. :)


oh nice! i’m sure you guys will enjoy it. It’s even more delicious with a bit of sweetener added to it, just not my all time favourite from stacy if that makes sense. But i’ll happily drink it whenever i have some!

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1220 tasting notes

Nothing like pouring water into the kettle to make tea, only to hear the sound of dozens of glass bottles being dropped into the recycling truck…NOT the sound you want while pouring water if you don’t want it on the floor, let me tell you.

I made this hot but I really think I’m gonna go steep some more and make some iced. I don’t think I’ve had anything tamarind in a really long time, and the only thing has been tamarind chutney. I at least think I have a general idea of what it tastes like before drinking this: sweet, tart, something I’d clearly like.

I added a bit of agave because I’m in the mood for it a bit sweeter, but I did take a couple sips beforehand. I like it even better this way, definitely reminiscent of soda! Super fruity with a nice tang to it, and it’s got the nice richness of vanilla caramel.

Even better…that iced steep should be made super concentrated and diluted with carbonated water! Trying that later.

Ok, couldn’t wait any longer to try it out. I steeped a teaspoon of tea in 2 oz of water, then added agave and 4 oz of seltzer water. I LOVE it. Somehow the maltiness of the tea is popping even more too along with the tamarind. There’s less of the creaminess to it, it feels like, but bumping up these flavors in exchange is worth it.

Butiki Teas

Interesting idea. I’d love to know how that goes.


Oh! Your carbonated water idea is intriguing!


Instead of making a new note I edited this one with details!

Butiki Teas

Wow, that sounds awesome! I must try that when I get more seltzer water.

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Good idea – I’m gonna try that too! :)


I will have to order this with my next Butiki order!

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2815 tasting notes

Thanks to Stacy of Butiki teas for sending me this free sample!

Hmm, my experience with tamarind has been somewhat limited but I’ve had it before with Indian food. It has a very fruity, slightly sour type of taste. This tea actually does have an almost fizzy quality on your tongue. I’m getting a bit of vanilla and not a lot of cacao, but that’s ok. The tamarind flavor here is so nice! A very unique and interesting tea, I’d like to try this iced someday too, I bet it would be really good that way! :)

I did try it with a little turbinado sugar and I think the extra sweetness helped to pull this together quite nicely. I say: YUM!

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Scott B

I love tamarind chutney and tamarind Jarritos pop.


While tamarind is most often associated with Mexican and Indian cooking, it is also the sour element in a lot of Thai food (including Pad Thai!) so you might have had it more than you think! It’s a pretty interesting ingredient because it comes in quite a few forms, though I think paste is probably the easiest to get in the US.


Alphakitty, I think I have had the paste…

Scott B

Yeah, if you have an Indian grocery store-or even just a general Asian grocery store, you should be able to find it in multiple forms.
I find that it’s very easy to overdo the tamarind in pad thai-I like to taste more peanut and lime (and some restaurants really skimp on the peanuts).


It’s really fun to cook with if you come across it, it can replace lemon/lime/any other citrus!

Scott B

I’ve used it a few times. One of these days I’ll get back to making more homemade Indian food.


Scot B yes I grew up seeing tamarindo drinks at all the Mexican Fast Food places in the Bay Area and big pods in the grocery stores and farmers markets. Also pastry with tamarind paste filling. Turnovers along with pumpkin turnovers at the San Jose Flea Market. I bet Amy Oh has seen all kinds of tamarind products too (even candies).

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871 tasting notes

Made this one as a cold brew overnight. Tried it hot this morning. It is much, much stronger as a cold brew. The black tea is astringent. The tamarind is much stronger as a cold brew. Still get a taste of caramel and vanilla but much lighter. I think I prefer this one hot vs cold.

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863 tasting notes

First time trying this iced – 3 tsp. leaf in my DAVIDs mason jar, boiled per blend parameters. Added 2 tsp. of turbinado sugar (so, less than my typical ratio of sweetener) and let it get nice and cold in the fridge.

This was sooo reminiscent of a cream soda when iced. I knew I should have put some carbonated water in it to make a tea pop, but as an iced tea it was still REALLY awesome. The notes of caramel and vanilla really stood out, and the sweetener added was just enough – I think if I had gone for my usual amount it would have been too cloying.

It’s not necessarily something I can drink with food though – this works much better as a nice, middle of the day treat by itself so you can really enjoy the flavoring.

Really really good – and I need to get over my hesitation with the tea soda thing because I know, with ‘pop’ in the name, that this would be GREAT served that way!

Flavors: Caramel, Vanilla

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Ooo, a tea soda sounds interesting. I have a water carbonation/homemade soda machine-thing that I barely ever use anymore. I should really try making some super-concentrated tea bases and play around with it.

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1184 tasting notes

Thank you Stacy for this sample

Hmm, I have no idea what tamarind is. This tea was really good. I was eating some leftover cake with it, and the sweetness of the cake really made the flavour pop. It is nice and creamy, but I am really not sure how to describe it.

Good suggestion Alphakitty!

EDIT: Upon Stacy’s suggestion to add sugar, I added sugar to my resteep for 5 minutes. It turned out really good. Cuts the bitterness of the first steep without sugar. This does taste a little bit more familiar now, I have probably have had tamarind like Alphakitty suggested.

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Butiki Teas

Have you tried it with sugar yet? With a little sugar it tastes just like tamarind soda. Yums! Tamarind is a fruit that comes in a pod, its both sweet and sour.


Tamarind is also used as the sour element in a lot of Thai and Indian cooking, so you might have had it without even knowing it! It’s an interesting fruit for sure.


After trying this, I got a bottle of the tamarind soda and this tea + sugar is even better than it!

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1113 tasting notes

Thank you so much Shelley_Lorraine for sending me some of this tea in a swap!

I’ve always wanted to try this tea. My husband and I cook a lot of southeast asian food so I’m familiar with tamarind and a big fan of the flavor. Of course, the base tea pairs perfectly with the tamarind! Slightly malty and sweet. I don’t think it needs any sugar. This one is definitely going on my shopping list! :D

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825 tasting notes

This one was originally from OMGsrsly. I’m sending the last few cups off to Heather today so I guess I should get around to trying some!

I love the sugary-sweet and malty aroma of this one. The main notes to me are vanilla, caramel, and cocoa, with a touch of astringent sharpness. Huh, I wasn’t expecting to like this one! I’m not sure I get tamarind, but I like the sharp burnt sugar notes and citrus rind that I do taste.

The experience reminds me of unsweetened dark chocolate. I should probably add a little sugar to see if I get something different but I’m too lazy, and I ’m ok with this as it is right now.

Edit: TeaEqualsBliss, and Cavocorax both mentioned Cream Soda- Yes! Especially as it cools. The tamarind is starting to come out too. Fun tea.

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I think I might try this one next!


I was pleasantly surprised by this one :)


Did I? Ha. I don’t remember, but maybe I should grab an oz some time! I think I just had a little sample of it so wasn’t sure what to think.


I noticed that nobody is mentioning Stacy’s contest. People should vote for the tea they want to win. (I can’t remember last year’s winner, duh! Old age!)


Yes! I’m excited about that contest. I check it every few hours (because that’s more productive and appealing than research). :P


I second what CrowKettle said. Especially the part about the research.

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283 tasting notes

I don’t know what I did to this tea today but it tasted so different than my first attempt which was oh so yummy. I timed it but it almost tasted like I overstepped or something. I failed to get a lot of tamarind and then as it cooled it got bitter. Can’t figure out what I did. I know it’s good because I had it before. Anyway, I took the last of the sample from Dexter3657 and I am cold steeping it in a jar till tomorrow. We’ll see what happens.

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1722 tasting notes

Sip down semi-fail actually. I finished this off the other month but somehow never managed to write a note! To be honest, I think what happened was I kept giving it another chance, putting off writing a review, thinking that it would grow on me, but alas, it never did. From memory, there was definitely some slight astringency going on, and a vague sweetness, maybe sort of vanilla but not really. I’ve never had tamarind before so I can’t judge whether this tastes anything like it, but I’m sorry to say, Tamarind Pop always fell sort of flat for me.

But that said, I’m abstaining from rating it, and you might as well just ignore this very note. It’s more for myself reminding me that I once had some and it wasn’t my type. Sorry Tamarind Pop, you’re not my type.

But that’s cool, because a lot of Butiki’s other teas are. Wink!


Surprisingly, I liked this one, but it was very mild to me. I want to get more once it warms up so I can try to cold brew it.


I really don’t know what I was even expecting from it, but for the most part, it just seemed like sweetened black tea to me.

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