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Backlogging from Saturday.

I will start by saying, I have no idea what a “mangosteen” is, so I do not truly know how this tea should taste. I am going to research and try and get a mangosteen so I can give this a proper rating. The dried leaves (I bought this loose from Stash’s website) smell fantastic. They are sweet and green, there are pieces of flower petals and lemon grass, there is an aromatic, fruity, fragrance with hints of matcha and citrus.

That being said, the tea tastes exactly how it smells: incredibly aromatic, very fruity, a hint of matcha and citrus, and it is SWEET. This was brewed hot, with no additives. The overwhelming fruit flavor is pear, it is almost starchy and heavy on the palate, almost too much to bear, almost.

I think this will probably do better, by better I mean be less sweet and thick, with a shorter brew time and maybe less leaves. If you like syrupy sweetness in your tea, then brew exactly as directed, that is what you will get. In the meantime, I will play with steeping variations and hopefully get my hands on a mangosteen so I can try and find it in there.

Highly recommended if you enjoy sweet fruit without any sugar added. Enjoy!

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Bethany

I loooove this tea; definitely give it another try. I’ve never seen a fresh mangosteen, but Trader Joe’s sells dried mangosteen pieces in their dried fruit section.

Cinoi

Thanks for the heads up, I will definitely try and find some, at least so I know what it tastes like. The tea was good, just a little too sweet for me.

S

Great review (as usual ;) )! I’m curious to try this, but I haven’t found it in the store yet.

~lauren.

wow – never heard of a mangosteen until now – just wiki-ed it — a superfruit, no less! The things I learn on this site — may it never end! thanks :)

S

OOH I saw a mangosteen thingy at the Indian grocery yesterday….I couldn’t tell if it was a jelly or the actual fruit. It looked white and was in a little cup (like a pudding cup).

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Bethany

I loooove this tea; definitely give it another try. I’ve never seen a fresh mangosteen, but Trader Joe’s sells dried mangosteen pieces in their dried fruit section.

Cinoi

Thanks for the heads up, I will definitely try and find some, at least so I know what it tastes like. The tea was good, just a little too sweet for me.

S

Great review (as usual ;) )! I’m curious to try this, but I haven’t found it in the store yet.

~lauren.

wow – never heard of a mangosteen until now – just wiki-ed it — a superfruit, no less! The things I learn on this site — may it never end! thanks :)

S

OOH I saw a mangosteen thingy at the Indian grocery yesterday….I couldn’t tell if it was a jelly or the actual fruit. It looked white and was in a little cup (like a pudding cup).

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I am a sarcastic perfectionist, a computer nerd, a game geek, an avid reader, a gadget guru, a wine (and tea) enthusiast, and (in my spare time) a chemist.

As I mentioned, I am a chemist, research and development to be exact, so when evaluating tea, it is much like evaluating my products: I will find the flaws and do my very best to fix them because it is what I love to do. Along those lines, nothing is perfect, but can have perfect qualities, I will highlight those also.

I made a preliminary guide to my rating scale:
0-19 – Did not like anything about the tea, feel it cannot be saved without being reformulated.
20-40 – Did not like the tea, it can be saved with extreme amounts of tweaking (i.e., sugar, milk, honey and or blending with another tea)
41-60 – Neutral about the tea, it can be helped or hurt by additives or blends, varied temperatures and steep times
61-70 – Decent tea, needs a little bit of help to get it in the place I like it, but definitely not out of reach
71-80 – Quality tea, liked it, will try again
81-90 – Really enjoyed the tea, high quality, will continue to drink the tea, not looking for something better
91-100 – Loved the tea, will continue to brew and drink and spread the word about the tea to everyone

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