Potato Pancakes and Applesauce from Butiki Teas

Potato Pancakes and Applesauce from Butiki Teas
Potato Pancakes and Applesauce from Butiki Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type: Green

Where to Buy: Butiki Teas

Tea Description:

Our Potato Pancakes & Applesauce tea pairs our buttery Organic Huangshan Mao Feng with generous potato pieces and crisp apple chips. Plain, this tea is thick with potato notes up front followed by apple and cinnamon notes with some buttery notes that peak through at the end. As the tea is repeatedly sipped the buttery quality will become more apparent. The weighty body adds to both the potato and applesauce feel. Since this tea is on the lighter side, we recommend drinking this tea at a warmer temperature. For stronger potato notes we recommend adding a very small amount of salt; however, this may diminish the applesauce notes. For a sweeter applesauce, we recommend adding a tiny bit of sugar; however, this may reduce the potato notes.

Ingredients: Organic Huangshan Mao Feng, Freeze-Dried Potatoes, Organic Saigon Cinnamon, Organic Cinnamon Apple Chips (Organic Apple, Organic Cinnamon), Natural Organic Flavoring (vegan)

Recommended Brew Time: 4 minutes
Recommended Amount: 1 tablespoon of tea for 8oz of water
Recommended Temperature: 180 F

Learn more about this tea here.  (scroll down in green tea section to find this specific tea)

Taster’s Review:

Potato Pancakes and Applesauce form Butiki Teas brings back memories of my childhood. My grandmother would make us kids potato cakes often and I loved them. I have since tried to recreate them myself but I can never get that really yummy dark fried coating on them the way my grandmother could. Perhaps it is because she cooked in a very well aged cast iron skillet. Or maybe it was that she used lard or something I do not use myself. Whatever the case, this tea brings back those fond memories of days gone by and leaves me with a happy and content feeling.

The potatoes and apple pieces in this tea are plentiful to say the least! I kept thinking I needed to shake my bag up to get the bits mixed in but after finally dumping the entire package into a bowl I realized, there really is just that much apple and potato pieces in here! What a delight because often in tea blends with bits and pieces you find far too few of those special morsels and have to elect to only have a piece or two, here or there, in your steep. Not here, here you get so many bits and pieces of organic goodness you won’t be let down!

The taste of this tea is so real to its namesake that you can taste the starch coming off of the potatoes! The apple chunks are so yummy with the right amount of sweet cinnamon upon them. This is not a highly concentrated cinnamon tea however, the cinnamon is quite subtle in the background. The apple pieces taste more like bits from a caramel apple.

I will confess, I ate all the bits and pieces – more like chunks – right out of the steeping basket after my second steep and they were still bursting with flavors!

As I write this review, my cup is empty, and I am tempted to go for another round of steeps with this tea. I want to keep sipping it all day long but I do fear running out of it far too soon if I do so! I have to restrain myself from this one and allow it to at least have a home with me for a week perhaps, maybe two.

This is a definite reorder!

I love the use of Organic Huangshan Mao Feng, I feel that it really compliments this blend with its sweet and buttery nature and its already obvious potato note.

You can also order Huangshan Mao Feng in its unblended from on the Butiki Teas website.

Rooibos Chai from Choice Organic Teas

Tea Type:

Where To Buy:
Choice Organic Teas

Product Description:

Thrill your senses with this naturally caffeine-free twist on traditional chai. We blend rich South African rooibos with the finest masala spices for a cup that’s warming, robust and subtly sweet. It’s a luscious treat that pairs wonderfully with milk and sweetener. (Caffeine Free)

Organic Rooibos*, Organic Cardamom, Organic Cinnamon, Organic Ginger, Organic Clove, and Organic Black Pepper *Fair Trade Certified™

Tasters Review:

I’ve been trying to get my life-long digestion issues under control – especially the last few weeks.  I have read that Chai Spices as well as Rooibos can help with that.  I’m grateful!

This smells like a sweet yet slight spicy chai post-steep.  The color is a nice rich dark red-brown.  The taste is sweet from the rooibos and slightly spicy from the spices.  This is really nice! REALLY NICE – for a bagged chai!  Probably one of my fave bagged chai’s as well as one of my fave rooibos chai in a bag, too!

I could see myself drinking this often!  This one surprised me!  If you see this on a shelf at a good price – give it a whirl!

Harvest Apple Spice Tea from Tea Forte

Tea Type:

Where To Buy:
Tea Forte

Product Description:

rooibos, organic cinnamon, apple chunks, hibiscus, natural apple flavor, clove buds, natural cinnamon flavor, other natural flavors

A naturally-caffeine free blend with the taste of crisp sweet apples and the luscious warming of spices, for a cup reminiscent of Mom’s apple pie.

Tasters Review:

‘Tis the Harvest Season!  I thought I would celebrate with this time of year with this tisane from Tea Forte.

Harvest Apple Spice from Tea Forte smells like Cider and Cologne.

It steeps up rather dark!…not a VERY Dark Brown but Medium to medium-dark brown.

The spice is just enough and nice.  The apple is juicy, plump, and not overly tart.  The hibiscus is barely there and I am totally fine with that.

This is also part of Tea Forte’s WARMING JOY Gift Box.  I love the presentation of their gift boxes!  They are beautiful!

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this one!

Wise Man’s Caravan from Indie Tea

Tea Type: Chai (Black Tea Base)

Where To Buy: Indie Tea

Product Description:

Wise Man’s Caravan
Wisdom May Be The Road Less Traveled, But It Beats The Road That Leads To The Unexpected Swamp Filled With Hungry Alligators.

Steeping Instructions: Measure 1.5 teaspoons of tea to 8 oz of water. Heat water to boiling 212 degrees, pour over the tea leaves, and steep tea leaves for four to five minutes. Add milk or soy, sugar or honey to taste.

5 oz. Organic and Fair Trade Ingredients: Organic Assam Black Tea, Organic Cloves, Organic Orange Peel, Organic Cinnamon, Organic Cardamom, Organic White Peppercorn, Organic Allspice, Organic Ginger, Organic Nutmeg, Organic Myrrh, Organic Frankincense

Tasters Review:

After the hectic week I have been having and a major case of ‘too much info on the brain overload” I thought this would be the tea to review tonight.  This is a chai I have really been enjoying the last couple of months!

I thought it would be too full of spice – but everything works awesomely well together!  This is VERY good!

Frankincense & Myrrh…kind of make me a little nervous at first but it ended up being a unique, bold, and flavorful cup!  This has interesting spices and a slight smoke!  Plus I LOVE the names, containers, and labels Indie Tea has on their offerings…so fun!