Potato Pancakes & Applesauce is a organic huangshan mao feng green tea blend, featuring apple chips and potato bits. This is quite a unique blend from Butiki Teas.
DRY LEAF: Very cool looking tea with all the bits in it. This tea likes to resist being scooped. The green tea leaves are long and wiry and the potato bits are big, making it a little tricky to judge if I’m using enough tea – and I don’t wanna smush it into my spoon, you know? Whatever, I just use a bit more as “error” control.
The potato bits are so darn cute! I couldn’t resist:
Hi guys! I’m Cutie Potato! Tea me!
STEEPED: An interesting light spice and apple smell. The potato bits just start to fall flake at the edges, but my Steeper catches the bits with no issues. The colour of the tea is a light gold green.
I steeped this tea at 180F for 4 minutes, as per instructions on the package.
As usual, I like to snack on bits from the steeped remains. Mmmm, tasty potato cutie!
Noo potato cuties are for tea’ing, not snacking!
TASTE: Potato Pancakes & Applesauce tastes like a light version of apple sauce in tea form. The potato adds texture in a way – not in the physical sense (this is not chunky tea at all!), but in a flavor sense of adding a weighty layer of flavor adding to the applesauce like feeling. The potato also adds a little savory to this tea, working well with the buttery green base. The apple here is natural tasting – crisp with a bit of sweetness. There is no tartness in this tea. There is a light hum of spice throughout the sip. The tea ends with a nice buttery note.
I’ve had Butiki Tea’s organic huangshan mao feng on its own before, which is light and buttery, and is a lovely base to this tea.
Butiki Tea’s site mentions to try this with either a little salt to bring out the potato, or a little sweetener to bring out the apple.
COMMENTS: I am calling this a unique tea blend as I haven’t seen potato used in tea.
I like how the apple is used in this tea – it’s an actual flavor and it is crisp and yummy. I’ve had a number of teas where the apple is tart or used as filler in fruit blends.
I found this tea very easy to drink and the combination works well – you don’t need to be an adventurous type to try Potato Pancakes & Applesauce Tea. If you like light green teas, you’ll dig this tea. And the potato cuties.