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Still sipping through all of the Ette samples Dustin sent. Very glad to have been able to try so many! This is probably one of my favorites of the Ette blends I’ve tried thus far. There is a prominent toasty/roastiness. The pandan and coconut peaks through at the end of the sip, with a tiny bit of spice lingering in the throat.
Flavors: Coconut, Spicy, Toasted Rice, Toasty
Working through all of the kind Ette samples shared by Dustin. This one really intrigued me, as I love lychee. Once brewed, the lychee scent is really prominent. The lychee flavor, however, is much more subdued. I’m mainly tasting bergamot, with just a hint of lychee. Glad I was able to try it!
Woot! Finally got to my 100th sipdown for the year. I was hoping to be to this point about a month ago, but better late than never.
This was a generous share from Dustin, thank you!
It smells super smoky. Like BBQ smoky. However, the smoky flavor is much more muted than I would have assumed. It’s still quite strong, but not as intense as the scent would lead one to believe. Other than the smokiness, I’m getting a bit of…vanilla? Something soft and sweet. I can’t really make the flavors out over the smoke.
This sample was kindly sent by Dustin
This one was ok, it reminded me of cocoa shells in flavor. Chocolate with a sort of fruity undertone that dark chocolate usually has. I would have never identified it as cranberry though. The tea had a bit of an oil slick on top as is common with teas that include chocolate chips. I don’t really remember much else about it other than it’s not one I feel the need to repurchase. Glad I got the chance to try it though!
April Sipdown Alphabet Challenge: “P” Tea
This Sample kindly came from Dustin
I really liked this one! It’s a really yummy earl grey. I don’t know what Pandan tastes like but I think it adds some sweetness in this tea. The bergamot is lovely and the sweetness almost adds a vanilla custard note as well. I need to get my hands on some more Ette Tea at some point. Though I’m not sure how since they never got back to me about shipping to the U.S. I ended up re-steeping my cup of this.
Flavors: Bergamot, Custard, Earl Grey, Vanilla
Another Ette sample kindly sent by Dustin
This one sounded really interesting from the description but in terms of flavor I don’t taste any of the chili. Without the chili it tastes like a dessert tea not like a savory one. It’s SO Good! The genmaicha hojicha base give it a nice and toasty flavor. The coconut is really yummy and possibly the Pandan make it taste like custard. I get Coconut Custard from this one and would definitely buy some more of this one.
Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Custard, Rice
A sample from Dustin!
I’m mostly getting a vanilla/carmelized sugar flavor, followed by a very mild candied orange. No coconut, pandan, or spices. Apparently it’s also a green/black blend, and I’m definitely not getting any green tea flavor. Overall a tasty cup of tea and I’m very glad to have tried it, but I don’t think it’s something I will repurchase.
One of the Ette teas samples I received from Dustin.
I was looking for something to brew for the Lunar New Year and realized that it was tomorrow and I didn’t really have a tea that seemed fitting. I was debating between this one and Holiday (Harney & Sons) This one had a more colorful dry leaf based on the photo. I still made this cup today.
This one reminds me of an orange spice tea but it’s nice and soft vs. the typical in your face spice tea. It has Pandan in it which is not something I’ve tried before but have been curious about. I don’t know what Pandan tastes like but there is kind of a vanilla custard type note. that could also be from the coconut. It’s a bit drying as well. This is a fitting cup since Orange Spice type flavors tend to make me think of Winter and we may get up to 10 inches of snow here. Yay for snow!
I smell a lot of pandan with some mango behind it. Hojicha seems to pair so well with cinnamon that it’s hard to separate them, but I can smell them as well. This seems to have a very similar flavor profile to ETTE’s Mango Sticky Rice genmaicha. I love both those tea bases in flavored blends, but I think I like this one a little better than the Sticky Rice. There is some depth that the hojicha adds. I get mango in the sip and in the finish mixed with the cinnamon. The whole ensemble is very warming and lovely. I’ve been a little disappointed with several of the ETTE blends I ordered. The desire to explore more of their line was based on how much I love their Sticky Rice. So far this blend and the Lychee Kris Grey have been the two that stand out out of nine teas I hadn’t tried before. I was hoping for a higher percentage of winners, but oh well!
Thank you to Dustin for the share! I didn’t realize that this was a black/green blend, so used water that was a bit too hot. There’s a bit of bitterness because of that, but it’s still drinkable. This is such a Southeast Asian flavor profile. It very much tastes like a coconut jam, with coconut being at the forefront and some buttery notes that linger. The pandan is also quite present and lends a bright, green flavor.
Yay for samples with orders! This is mostly tasting sencha like while hot, but looses some of that bite as it cools. More hojicha like now? I just had a sugary fruit treat that was Turkish Delight like and it made this tea seem sweeter. It was a little bitter at the start, but has mellowed now. I think I can get hints of fruit in the finish once it cools, but I couldn’t name them. It’s nice, but not exciting enough to order. Water at suggested 205, 2 minutes steeping time.
I’m not into this tea. Today I’m getting tart/tannic flavors on the base of light preserved orange. They grow stronger as my cup cools. There is a flatness in there somewhere that seems to shift. A bit alkaline in the finish. I’m about ready to toss it in the “get rid of” bag. :(
Still just striking me as your average French melange blend that features orange. It’s nice and has an almost caramel undertone, but it’s really not something amazing or unique which is what I look for when buying teas that take effort to get from overseas. This blend will not be a reorder.
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.
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.
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!