1239 Tasting Notes

drank Malama by Lupicia
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Super close to a sip down on this one which is exciting considering how massively packed my cupboard is at the moment. Took a few sips and could taste the mac and chocolate, but it was missing something. Added some silk soy creamer and it kinda took over the cup. The chocolate is more vague in the sip, but the mac comes out creamy and sweet in the finish. I’ve bought this a couple of times and only written a tasting note for this once, so I’m not sure what the age is on this tea, but I’m going to overleaf my next cup for sure.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
AJRimmer

You kept saying mac, and I kept thinking macaroni. Took me way too long to figure out what you meant!

Courtney

Hahah I thought the same AJRimmer!

Dustin

You aren’t familiar with Lupicia’s Mac n’ Chocolate tea? ;D

Dustin

It sounds like something Ween would come up with.

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drank Violet Femme by Zhi Tea
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I am SO excited to have this back in my cupboard and may have made a mistake drinking it too late in the day. I am BUZZING with caffeine right now and need to go eat something… anything, after this post. I’ll curse Fed-ex tonight when I’m tossing and turning in bed for having delivered it later in the day and not my lack of will power combined with excitement overpowering my better judgement. This cup is SO good. <3

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Sample of this came with my advent order. It definitely smells mango flavored. Mango flavoring never tastes like fresh mango IMO. What surprises me about this tea is how well they do the mango flavor. I feel like a lot of other mango teas I’ve had have an alkaline flatness to them that is really distracting, something this tea I’m pleasantly surprised to notice does not! I like this for a mango tea, but I feel like it needs something else to compliment it. Like how cinnamon often goes with apple. I’m guessing a little sugar might round out the flavor, but I’m not accustom to adding sugar to my teas anymore. I like this, but I wouldn’t say at this point it is a tea I’d need to buy.

Edit: I’m enjoying it more while eating dried coconut chunks. Maybe that’s what I want it to have!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Fireside Mocha by DAVIDsTEA
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My struggle to find the perfect non dairy creamer is real. With the addition of Trader Joe’s coconut almond creamer, my cup of Fireside Mocha was transformed into a cup of pizza crust tea. It was the weirdest thing, clearly tasting pizza crust. I’m not even that big of a fan of pizza. I’ll eat it if I’m starving and it’s there, but I never think “What do I want for dinner tonight… I know, pizza!”. I have no idea what about the combination would do this, but I was sipping it while watching the movie Satanic Panic, which was not a documentary on the 80’s fear phenomenon like I thought and logic leads me to suspect that this tea transformation might be the work of the devil. Who else would play such a rotten trick?! Definitely satan. Cue panic!

Arby

Lots of people like oat milk the best (USA people seem to like Oatly the best). I prefer vanilla soy in tea, but it isn’t for everyone. You can sometimes find “barista blend” (usually in shelf stable tetra packs, but sometimes sold fresh and refrigerated) and those ones are thicker and creamier. I like macadamia and oat creamer a lot but if you find the Silk vanilla one that is perfect in tea.

Source: Have tried every vegan milk and creamer available in Canada

Lexie Aleah

I second the Silk Vanilla or the So Delicious Vanilla Creamer. Oatly and Califia both make good Oat Milks too.

Dustin

I tried the refrigerated Oatly and it was really bland. I don’t think I’ve tried the macadamia one, but the Silk vanilla soy was too sweet and slightly plasticy, while the Silk almond creamer was sickly sweet like the flavored creamer pods at convenience stores. So Delicious vanilla coconut creamer was very sweet, but the best out of the 9 creamer line up I had going. Califa Oak creamer had a bitter finish, their Better Half coconut/almond tasted like bland almonds and their vanilla almond milk creamer was super thick and plastic tasting. They all have something in them that I’m finding takes away or alters the taste of my tea instead of enhancing it. I have a friend who loves Chobani oat milk as a creamer and I see they make creamers, but so far I’ve only been able to find seasonal flavored creamers. I feel like some picky fairy tale non dairy creamer princess!

Leafhopper

I enjoy pizza, but pizza-crust tea doesn’t sound appealing. I can’t help you with your creamer quest since I drink my tea plain, but good luck!

Dustin

I love weird flavors, so I probably would have ordered pizza crust tea just out of curiosity, but that would be consensual pizza crust tea. This was not consensual! LOL!

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drank Soleil Levant by Lupicia
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Is grape a winter season flavor in Japan like peppermint and eggnog are in the states? This is the second Lupicia winter tea I’ve tried that is centered around grape. I steeped this one at a much lower temp than Jingle Bells and I got a lighter flavor as a result, but the flavor is really quite similar. The base is different, but the grape is so strong that it’s hard to taste much beyond that. I might be getting a little grassiness in the finish, hard to say for sure. I love Lupicia, but I do wish they would get more creative and diverse with their flavors. Instead it seems like they diversify the base or add a few decorative bits into the blend with the same flavor profile and call it a new tea. This is a good cup, but not something I’d run out and buy.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

They sent Jingle Bells as my sample. Must try it tomorrow so I can get in on the sale!

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drank Singapore Breakfast Tea by ETTE TEA
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I haven’t been feeling well for the past few days which may explain why I read “singapore breakfast”, thought “singapore earl grey” and was confused as to why I wasn’t tasting bergamot. It has a light orange peel flavor to it. Lots of low notes make this a pretty mellow cup. I think I can taste hints of pandan, but they are subtle. The tea leaves my mouth feeling a little dry. There is a French tea that tastes very similar to this. Melange by Hediard maybe?
This blend is falling into the same category as many of the other Ette blends I’ve been trying which is that I feel like there is something more to this tea that I’m not getting. Going to be playing around with the steeping parameters for sure.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Nasi Lemak by ETTE TEA
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Did a light and short steep on this. When it is really hot the genmaicha is what comes through. As it cools I get the pandan flavor lingering in the finish and the tiniest bit of heat. There was a little piece of chili that made it into my steeping basket, but it doesn’t seem to have made it’s presence known in the cup. It has a nice light roasty flavor to it. Not sure which ingredient that is from. So far I’m feeling like it is an alright cup, but not something I’d repurchase.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Pandan French Earl Grey by ETTE TEA
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I love pandan, so I ordered what I suspect was nearly every tea with pandan that Ette has. There is a layered sweet that I was introduced to when I was living in Australia that was sweet coconut sticky rice on the bottom and green pandan pudding/jelly on the top. It was so good! I found a pandan pudding powder at some random market in San Francisco and have made the sweet at home a few times now. I also have a pandan house plant in my living room! All that pandan love and I still have a hard time picking out the flavor when it is subtle.

When steeped the bergamot comes out super strong. EG all the way, although I’m not sure what makes and EG French. If I’m focusing really hard I can smell a softness behind the berg that is the pandan, but it’s very light. I feel like I get the same thing in flavor. Strong EG, light almost ghost like pandan. I usually like to add creamer to my EGs, but I haven’t found the perfect replacement creamer for my favorite and I’m not willing to ruin another good cup of tea with plastic flavored almond creamer. Luckily the berg isn’t at nuclear level strength. Looking forward to playing with the steeping temps and seeing if I can get more pandan out of this tea!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Courtney

Are you looking for a vegan/dairy-free creamer?

Martin Bednář

I had to search what pandan is and how it supposed to taste like. Seems like interesting ingredient!

Mastress Alita

Me too, Martin. We have very simple, uncultured palates out here in podunk Idaho.

Dustin

I am, Courtney. Trader Joe’s is having sourcing issues for their soy creamer which was my go to. I think it may have been from Wildwood or Organic Valley because the ingredients are the same and they are also not in stock anywhere. I recently bought eight other non dairy creamers to find the perfect substitute and I hate all of them for various reasons.

Pandan is a very Indonesian type flavor. I think a lot of people are unfamiliar with it.

Courtney

Oh no! I am in Canada, so the options are probably less, but I understand your pain. I generally only use creamer in coffee and a milk substitute in tea, but for creamers I go between Elmhurt Oat Creamer and Califia Farms Unsweetened Better Half. I have also had success with Silk Original Coconut Creamer. It’s entirely possibly you’ve already made your way through these, but I thought I’d comment just in case!

Martin Bednář

I am pretty much sure that Pandan is unfamiliar flavor! I never heard of it and I consider myself quite interested in other cuisines!

I found only one shop in Czech Republic selling it, but pure pandan and pricey!

Dustin

I’ve tried the Califia and Silk, but not the Elmhurt. I’ll have to keep an eye out for it!

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drank Jingle Bells by Lupicia
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Grape! That’s what I’m tasting! Weird that I couldn’t place it. The flavor was lumped into a generic “Lupicia fruit” category in my brain. Red or purple grape, not green for sure. It’s a really pretty blend from what I can see through the sachet bag, some little flowers in it. The scent is really bold and rich. It took a few sips to get into it and over an initial bitterness. Once past that it’s fairly well balanced. The grape is strong in the sip and lingers long into the finish. I bet this would be good cold steeped as well. It has a good flavor, but I don’t feel like it’s unique to Lupicia. I feel like they have used this flavor in a few other teas, like the California blends. Muscat? Napa Blanc! But that was a green base. This is good, but I don’t feel the need to own it. Super happy to have gotten this sample with my order!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

They definitely have a lot of grape teas, lol. But I think this and Yamabudo are my favorites since they have more of a red grape juice sort of flavor, versus the more winey white grape teas. I haven’t tried Muscat though!

Dustin

They are big on a few fruits. Peach and strawberry seem to be favorites as well.

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drank Lychee Kris Grey by ETTE TEA
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This is full of lychee flavor! Not so much that it overpowers the berg, but enough that they play well together while giving each other space to shine. It’s also really pretty too look at when steeped. I had to put it in my glass travel mug to watch the sparkles drift like dust through a beam of sunshine! The flavor was really nice and I kept trying to sip it before it cooled enough. Unfortunately, it was only good for once steeping. The second steep was lacking in flavor.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Roswell Strange

Question for you Dustin; you’re based in the US right? I was inspired by you to start cart building on Ette (so many new teas from last time I ordered!) but when I entered my address for a shipping quote it looked like they weren’t shipping to Canada…

Dustin

I am in the US. Which site were you on? I noticed there is some strange Singapore shopping site that they sell through that doesn’t ship outside their area. I think I found it through their IG feed. I ordered from https://www.ettetea.com/.

Roswell Strange

That’s the site I was on… Maybe I’ll poke around closer to Black Friday, or reach out to them directly… Anyway, thanks! :)

Dustin

I’ll send you some samples if you like. PM me a mailing address.

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