drank Island Mango by Todd & Holland
226 tasting notes

First, let me say thank you to LefTea for sending me this in a swap!

The loose tea smells AMAZING, like you’ve just cut up a bunch of fresh tropical fruits and made yourself a fruit tray. The leaves are small and curly, and the marigold flowers add a little pop of color.

The brew is lovely, dark and rich, with a very inviting fruity aroma. I find I absolutely CANNOT steep it for longer than 1.5 minutes, because after that the black tea gets very astringent and takes over the fruit flavor. Perfectly steeped, it tastes like summer, and I wouldn’t change a thing. I don’t really taste “mango,” per se, but I’m okay with that, because I don’t actually care that much for mango. I give it a pretty high score, because it fits my tastes, but if you’re specifically looking for mango flavor, you should possibly look elsewhere.

195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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I very clearly remember my first experience with tea. It was in a Target near my house, and my best friend handed me a cup of chai from the Starbucks inside the store and said, “Try this.” I believe I was about 12 at the time, and from then on, I was completely hooked.

Anyway, as my increasingly weirded out family will tell you, my obsession with tea has (almost) steadily escalated since then. I discovered the world of tea slowly, first with just chai, and then with bagged teas I could get from supermarkets and specialty stores, and then with loose leaf teas. I mostly shop for tea at Teavana, but I also patronize other local shops that I’ve discovered within the last couple of years. I’ve ordered a smattering of teas from a few online places, but I’m always leery of buying tea online, since most of how I select teas in person is by smell… unless I’m at The English Tea Room.

My favorite types of tea are blacks and flavored blacks. And oolongs. Right underneath that are rooiboses and whites, and then greens and herbals, and then mates. I’m always looking for a new favorite, but I appreciate rediscovering old favorites. I like to blend teas, but I never store them that way, mostly because I like to leave myself options.

I prefer nutty/sweet/rich teas to fruity/light-flavored teas or bold/full-bodied teas, but I do try to drink some of everything to widen my palate. I’m always willing to try any tea at least once (except this one tea that Teavana mercifully discontinued… the loose leaf smelled like cheese, I swear). I do perhaps rate teas a little leniently… because I’m not very picky. I will try a tea at least three times before I pronounce that I hate it, and I will always focus on the good aspects of a tea rather than the bad. That’s just how I roll. :3


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