Posts Tagged ‘Mango’
Tea Company: The Necessiteas (website)
Ingredients: Green tea, strawberries, mango, ginger, natural flavors
Vendor Suggested Preparation: Use 1 tsp per 8 oz less then boiling water, steep 3 min
Sencha, mango, strawberries, and ginger. Which is the odd one out? When I first read the list of ingredients the ginger stuck out at me and I thought about what the tea may taste like. Sencha has a vegetal taste, while strawberries and mango are fruity and sweet; the ginger if done wrong could really negatively affect the taste of the tea as ginger is sometimes quite potent and has a bit of a sting. Yes, the amount of ginger pieces blended in the tea must be added with caution I would think.
The nose off the dry leaf is sweet and fruity, and gladly no overwhelming ginger aroma. I steeped 1 tsp. in 8oz of boiling filtered water for 3 minutes as per instructions.
The taste was like a bubblegum taste, there was a natural sweetness to it, and rightfully just the right touch of ginger. The vegetal notes of sencha however could not transcend the fruity bubblegum taste. There was definitely more flavour than tea notes here.
Not a bad tea if you like sweet, fruity, flavoured teas with more flavour and less tea. Personally, I prefer the other way around – subtle flavour and more tea. I could drink teas like this when I need a change from my usual routine though. It’s good to change it up a bit.
You can purchase the StrawMango Ginger directly from the The Necessiteas website.
Category of Tea: Green
Tea Company: Tea Forte (website)
Vendor Suggested Preparation: Steep for 2-4 minutes, 175 deg F
Steeped in a Tea Forte Café Cup, with the spent tea pyramid resting on a Tea Forte tea tray, all the pieces were set to provide an enjoyable tasting experience of this mango flavoured green tea. Impeccable as always, the packaging of this individual tea pyramid infuser bag was clean and sharply presented. After heating the water to the proper temperature, I proceeded to steep the tea for only two minutes before moving on to tasting it. The aroma is light, and the mango smell is lighter yet. My guess would be that the green tea base is a sencha or something akin to it.
The tea itself has light forward notes with a strong finish. The mango is present but not very prominent. Overall the tea is not very impressive in its taste. Not wanting to judge it by first try, I steeped a second cup. This time, I left the tea pyramid in the water for three minutes. The mango flavour is now a lot bolder and broader. It complements the green tea far more than during the first infusion.
Overall, I think this is not one of Tea Forte’s better blends. However, for lovers of fruit flavoured green teas, it may be worth giving this one a try. On my personal enjoyment scale, I would rate it a 76/100.
You can purchase Tea Forte Green Tango directly from their website.
Tea Company: Shanti Tea (website)
Inside my sample I find small, broken leaves with a few yellow marigold petals.
The dry smell reminds me of black tea with a hint of something sweet.
Two teaspoons in boiling water with a three minute infusion produces a rich brownish red tea. The taste is smooth but could use something sweet. My Mother’s apple cake fits the bill and greatly enhances my enjoyment of this tea.
The tea itself is pretty one dimensional. I think if it had more of the apricot pieces, the tea would be better.
The package that my sample came in was a plain brown wrapper. No markings what so ever. I brew most of my black teas for three minutes, so I took a guess for this particular tea. It is not the star of the show, but paired with something mildly sweet the end result is satisfying.
You can purchase products directly from the Shanti Tea website.
Tea Company: TeaFrog (website)
Ingredients: Mango pieces, yogurt pieces, hibiscus, rosehip, apple pieces, orange peel, coconut flakes, strawberry leaves, black currants.
Vendor Suggested Preparation: 5-6 minutes with boiling water
Teafrog has brought a lot of really unique blends to the table so I shouldn’t be surprised by this one. But still, Mango and yogurt? Hmm…
It’s a curious mix, can definitely smell the yogurt – reminds me of the yogurt covered raisins that always leave me with a twinge of ‘guilty pleasure’ after I eat them. Can smell all of the different fruits in this blend but the mango is definitely the most bold. Curious too is the fact that I have all the ingredients in my cupboard (except the yogurt) and it never occurred to me to blend them. Thinking this would make a fantastic snack, straight out of the bag.
Steeped it for five minutes and it’s a beautiful shade of mango (is mango a color, can someone check their Crayolas?). It’s an orangey peach color, if that helps. Oh, and it’s delicious, really tangy and tart at the same time. Must be the yogurt giving me the tart side of it, apple in the blend is helping it too. This is really good and I will need to order some more. It’s a fun tisane that holds it’s own but I’d imagine it would also be fantastic to add to other teas as well. I’ve got some Silver Needle that could use a little zest….
Oh and just so you know, it does make for a satisfying nibble, straight out of the bag.
You can purchase the Mango And Yogurt directly from the TeaFrog website.