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Saturday, May 29, 2010

California Tea House Loose Leaf Black Tea 'Mango Preserves'

Tea Information:
Tea: Mango Preserves
Type: Black Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: California Tea House

Mango Preserves - $ 13.00

Mango Preserves is simple fruit and floral blend of full-leaf black Chinese tea tossed with tropical mango preserves and sunflower petals. If you like black tea and want to round it off with some real fruit, this is the one to try. Use 1 tablespoon per cup of spring water at a full boil and steep for 2-4 minutes.

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp
Water: 212° 500ml filtered
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL (Black, Strong)
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet and fruity, but not specifically mango
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, mango + other fruits + black tea
Flavor: black tea, dried mango snacks, astringent, a touch bitter
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: sweet fruity, astringent, a touch bitter
Liquor: dark orange brown

Gift generous from Lori which I sadly forgot to be expecting and then was confused, but happy when the tea arrived. I decided to hold off trying it until I could figure out who it was a gift from. We're always on the hunt for anything with 'mango' since it's a favorite flavor around here.

And now that I know who it's from, TEA! It, as the name implies, tastes like those dried mango fruit snacks. It's not the fresh juicy mango taste, but it is truly mango. If we had not tried Mango Black from this would be the new favorite. Theirs wins out by virtue of being true fresh mango.

Next time I think I'll steep 2 minutes.

Post-Steep Additives: 1/2 tsp German rock sugar
More sweetened dried mango, yum yum!

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

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