Scent in package: mango-y, fruity with that normal “all around black tea” scent
Brewed in: filter bags
Steeped: 4-5min.@ 212 degrees
Cup: Café mug at work
I think one of the biggest challenges I face tasting black flavored teas is that I don’t care much for Ceylon black tea, which is the base tea for the majority of flavorings (I prefer keemum or assam – rich, malty flavors). With a good flavored tea, I don’t really taste the thinner, more bitter Ceylon background, but the flavoring becomes the focus and distracts from the base tea. But mango and passion fruit are two flavors that just don’t seem to work at all with Ceylon tea when brewed hot. This particular tea is no exception.
The tea is thin and almost watery, with a heavy dose of sweet passion fruit flavoring (that always seems to remind me of mangos) running through the mainly bitter brew. There’s nothing complex about it really – it’s just there, a two-note tea. Even the scent is “thin”, rather than rich and inviting. It’s spectacularly unspectacular in my book, and hardly worthy of a review, except that it may well work just fine as an iced tea, which I haven’t tried yet. I don’t care for this tea much even when it’s cooled to room temp though, so perhaps not.
In any case, the flavor isn’t particularly “fruity” – more of a hint of flavor and the tea is more drying than I normally prefer as well. I’ll skip this next time – you might want to try it as an iced tea, but honestly, I think there are far better teas out there to spend money on.