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WHY?!

First of, this tea smells like garbage. By that, I don’t mean that it smells bad. I mean that it smells like rotting garbage, bags of it.

As for the taste, well… One of my co-workers tried this, and it made him physically ill immediately thereafter, no exaggeration. I struggled with myself to prepare this one (I had to dump out Forever Nuts Caramel Almond Amaretti to make this!) and I can scarcely nerve myself to drink it. I did have a few sips in-store, see, so I’ve gotten a sneak preview…

…Okay, I let this practically go cold trying to work up to drinking it, and again, it’s not as bad as it was in the store. (How does that keep happening?) In-store it tasted like tea that someone had accidentally dropped curry powder in, and I shuddered over it for a while and then fed it to the sink. (Actually, someone was reading the ingredients, and I think they mentioned that there is curry powder in it, but I could be remembering that wrong.) I would have rated that tea with the lowest rating Steepster would allow.

This tea…okay, I’m not sure what’s different. I did steep it longer (the directions say five minutes, which I missed in the store – I think I steeped it for three in the store). Did I drink it unsweetened in the store? Now I can’t remember…

Well, there’s some sugar in my cup now. Maybe that’s what sorta-kinda saves it. It’s got a bit of fruity sweetness to it, and a bit of a spicy bite at the back. I can basically see the “mango curry” taste they were going for here.

I’m just not convinced they really pulled it off. I can be convinced to swallow it, and normally I would rate it above a 50 if I don’t have to outright toss it, but…I have absolutely no desire to drink any more. None.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Michelle

Oh god.

Tamm

This tea sounds frightening! I keep wondering how they planned on getting people to buy it. Mostly I keep thinking that because it smells so terrible! I mean, that is one of the hallmark Teavana tea traits right? Looks good, smells strong and sweet/fruity/basically what you’d want to drink. I don’t know about this one…

momo

lol the manager at my store was like, “I am not trying to sell anyone this one” before she let us smell it. I saw some other store with a mate/puerh mix and I just don’t understand WHY. That’s terrifying enough to think about without adding anything.

Daniel Scott

LOL! I was excited to be getting a mango tea at all…a mango mate sounded good. C’mon, picture it. A green mate with mango…could be amazing, right?

This…I had some customers ask to see it last night, and my face must have fallen because they were like, “Uh, no? Is something wrong with it?” And then they smelled it and were like, “Oh god, no.”

People HAVE bought it. I will let them buy it. But I will not sell it.

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Michelle

Oh god.

Tamm

This tea sounds frightening! I keep wondering how they planned on getting people to buy it. Mostly I keep thinking that because it smells so terrible! I mean, that is one of the hallmark Teavana tea traits right? Looks good, smells strong and sweet/fruity/basically what you’d want to drink. I don’t know about this one…

momo

lol the manager at my store was like, “I am not trying to sell anyone this one” before she let us smell it. I saw some other store with a mate/puerh mix and I just don’t understand WHY. That’s terrifying enough to think about without adding anything.

Daniel Scott

LOL! I was excited to be getting a mango tea at all…a mango mate sounded good. C’mon, picture it. A green mate with mango…could be amazing, right?

This…I had some customers ask to see it last night, and my face must have fallen because they were like, “Uh, no? Is something wrong with it?” And then they smelled it and were like, “Oh god, no.”

People HAVE bought it. I will let them buy it. But I will not sell it.

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I’ve always been a tea drinker – I grew up drinking Tetley’s Orange Pekoe and their Chai, and considered myself to really like tea.

I’ve been working various retail jobs to put myself through higher education. One day at my store, a customer left a newly purchased bag of loose-leaf behind. We waited for three days for said customer to return, but they (likely not realizing where they had left their bag) did not return to claim the would-be brew. Too bad for them; lucky for me! I claimed the bag, took it home, and awkwardly made my first cup of loose-leaf tea with the only strainer we owned which was small enough.

I haven’t bothered with Tetley since. For the most part (and due to convenience), my patronage is limited to David’s Tea and Teavana. I also order from 52teas and Verdant Tea.

My rating system – hah, I don’t have a rating system. I rate teas a lot like Ebert rates movies. Everything’s relative.

I may often forget to mention it, but you can safely assume everything I drink is sweetened in one way or another – most rock sugar, or honey for green and white teas. I have not yet achieved drinking most tea clear. The few teas I drink unsweetened include milk oolong and genmaicha so far.

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I currently work for Teavana. But I just work there, and my opinions about any of their teas are entirely my own and not meant to be reflective of the views of the company.

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