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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

thepuriTea Loose Leaf Black Tea 'Mango Black'

Tea Information:
Tea: Mango Black
Type: Black Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: thepuriTea
Purchase: Here
Description: Our Mango Flavor Black Tea combines the fresh, sweet taste of mango with Black tea from Zhejiang province of China. These Blacks are know for their deep full bodied taste and long smooth aftertaste. The combination of the mango and this robust Black tea, make this flavored tea one you'll keep in constant rotation. Did we mention it makes for an amazing iced tea?

Steep Information:
Amount: 3 tsp, one whole sample bags
Water: 22 ounces filtered, boiling
Tool: Cast Iron Teapot with Mesh basket strainer
Steep Time: a little over 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet mango candies (ever tried Hi-Chew Mango?)
Steeped Tea Smell: nice, fresh ripe mango
Flavor: nice mellow mango black tea
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: mango
Liquor: translucent orange-brown

This tea was one of 5 samples I received from thepuriTea. It arrived well packaged in pretty pillow boxes (see pictures for a side angle of the pillow box if you are unsure what I mean) with packing peanuts and business cards.

This, THIS is mango black tea. I have been hunting for a good mango black for MilitiaJim, as he loves mangos, and this is it. We both agree it's a nice real tasting mango flavor that balances well with a smooth, not astringent or bitter, black tea.

I will be buying more of this promptly. In fact it's on sale, via twitter;

@thepuriTea: The new site is live! We're bringing it in with 10% off Everything for the first week! No coupon code. Happy Shopping!

Post-Steep Additives: German rock sugar, a pinch = bring the mango out more - I highly suggest lightly sweetening this tea.

Resteep: 5 minutes, added German rock sugar to start, just as delicious as the first steep - sweet mango and black tea with no astringency or bitterness

Rating: 4/4 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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