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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

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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drank Nasi Lemak by ETTE TEA
657 tasting notes

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

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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drank Orh Nee by ETTE TEA
1132 tasting notes

Sipdown 38-2021
Another very kind share from Dustin.
This tastes like a straight kukicha. I’m not getting any added flavor or additional ingredients. It’s a perfectly fine green tea, but not quite what I was expecting.

Dustin

I didn’t want to say before you tried them, but most of the Ette blends have been less than what I was hoping for. There are a couple that are really good, but the rest did not stand out.

amandastory516

So unfortunate, as the blends have such potential. Thank you again for sharing. I would’ve been quite disappointed if I paid $50 for shipping to try them.

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Sipdown 40-2021
Not much has changed since the last cup- vanilla black tea with some orange notes. A nice cup in the morning.
I’ve been doing shockingly well with not buying any new teas, and focusing on sipping down what I have. Hopefully I can keep this streak up.

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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.

Cameron B.

I always have that issue with black/green blends – the green tea is superfluous and doesn’t really contribute other than making me worry about steeping parameters lol.

amandastory516

Yes! The combo never seems to contribute anything positive to a blend.

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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!

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

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drank Manila Mango Chiffon by ETTE TEA
1453 tasting notes

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!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Lexie Aleah

You ordered from their website? I just checked and they don’t ship to my state is what it told me.

Dustin

I did. How strange. I’d contact Victor at [email protected]. Maybe they have a minimum order?

Dustin

They often have storewide discounts, so I’d wait until they have one of those going before ordering if you want to save a few bucks.

Lexie Aleah

Thanks (:

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drank Seri Kaya by ETTE TEA
1132 tasting notes

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.

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drank Ice Kacang by ETTE TEA
1453 tasting notes

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.

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A very big thank you to Dustin for sharing some Ette samples with me!
This blend is quite interesting. It’s very green and leafy tasting (like a fresh leaf, not a dried leaf). The pandan is definitely most distinct. Not really getting any mango, but it’s quite tasty!

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drank Singapore Breakfast Tea by ETTE TEA
1453 tasting notes

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. :(

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

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drank Singapore Breakfast Tea by ETTE TEA
1453 tasting notes

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.

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

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drank Singapore Breakfast Tea by ETTE TEA
1453 tasting notes

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
1453 tasting notes

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
1453 tasting notes

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 Lychee Kris Grey by ETTE TEA
1453 tasting notes

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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drank Orh Nee by ETTE TEA
1453 tasting notes

Steeping instructions would be super helpful here. I’m not sure if I did something wrong or if my palate isn’t tuned into these particular flavors. What I’m getting is a very grassy green taste. It is a little buttery and has a slight fruitiness to the end of the sip. So far it’s nice, but not unique enough to warrant having it shipped from Singapore.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Chocolate Gâteau by ETTE TEA
1453 tasting notes

Just opened up the package of this tea. It’s the first I’m trying from my order that just arrived. The scent is dark chocolate and red berries. Raspberry was my guess, but no, it’s cranberry! There is something else slightly savory. Once steeped I get similar flavors in each sip. Mostly tart berry on the sip, which chocolate in the finish and something that makes the sides of my tongue pucker in the same way wheat grass juice does. A little bit of hay lingers along with a dry sensation in my throat. I’m not quite sure what to think of this. I want to play around with the steeping parameters to see if I can get a slightly more fulfilling cup out of this.

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

This sounds super good.

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I don’t remember the context, but last weekend a friend mentioned Hojicha Powder and then I just started really craving it, so I ended up making a large chawan of this powder on Monday for #MatchaMonday with some chocolate agave syrup whisked into it as well, and it was delicious and deeply hit the spot! Toasty and cozy, but also rich and sweet from that subtle chocolate addition. It all meshed very well.

Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CFH7yp_A0KZ/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xqv0JBF67LA&ab_channel=Havelock

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Latte!

I was having an interesting conversation with a coworker yesterday about how houjicha is such a prevalent and commercial flavour in beverage/food in Japan but largely unknown here in Canada and we were loosely speculating if maybe the next progression after the “matcha bubble” inevitably bursts/hits a peak in North America will be an exploration of houjicha…

I’m not sure if we were reached a conclusion to our conversation, really, but it did prompt me to bring in my houjicha matcha/powder to work today so that I could make us a houjicha latte since this coworker had never experienced one but really loves straight houjicha. Unfortunately the only milk I could find in the office that she could drink (she’s lactose intolerant) was rice milk, so we ended up making rice milk houjicha lattes…

Y’know, the rice milk complimented the dark, toasty and nutty notes of the houjicha really well then and we both ended up LOVING our lattes. The profile was very, very nutty with a roasty top note and more of a caramelized something to the undertone. Smooth, not even a little bit gritty – very rich and still pretty creamy despite the use of rice milk. I wish the milk had actually frothed up, but that’s just the downside to using non-traditional milks, I suppose…

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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.

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drank Kebaya Blue by ETTE TEA
11142 tasting notes

Sipdown (617)!

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.

BORING.

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drank Kebaya Blue by ETTE TEA
11142 tasting notes

Bright, sweet lemon notes.

A little bit of a plain flavour, but ultimately enjoyable overall. My throat was feeling scratchy, so I appreciated the soothing nature of this one.

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drank Kebaya Blue by ETTE TEA
11142 tasting notes

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!

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