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I have a sample sized package of this tea. It didn’t have brewing instructions on it other than to say that it could be steeped for up to 5 min. I decided to err on the side of caution and used 70C water and steeped it for 4 min. It turned out great.
There is no astringency to it, even after 4 min. I can taste the tea base, but the mango clearly shines through. I’ve thought that other companies have had decent tasting mango teas, but I think this is the best I’ve had. Although it’s suggested that it’s good iced (I looked at the website after I made it), I prefer it hot as I feel the flavour is more pronounced.
I’m still not a huge fruit tea fan, but this one is pretty good.
I found this tea in my cupboard, and I don’t think I’ve had it before, which is strange, because the other Lapacho tea I have from Steeped and Infused (Lapacho Pear Cream) is tied for my favourite tea at the moment (the other is Butiki’s Maple Pecan Oolong). Anyway, I decided to fix that and made a cup.
I don’t know if I gave it a fair shot, as I prepared it in water instead of as a true chai tea. I can taste a lot of the individual spices in it, but there’s another taste that must be the lapacho. I think that it would taste much better prepared as a traditional chai. Next time.
My rating of this is my official “water” rating.
Thanks for passing along your sample of this one, Sil! Another not-quite-sipdown though, grumble. I thought there was less left. I’ll have to dig out two guaranteed sipdowns to meet today’s quota.
Yep, this tastes like 52teas’ Malted ChocoMate, but sweeter, more chocolatey, and less malty. There’s a bit of bitterness which perhaps came from my long infusion; don’t usually get bitterness with mate though. I was wondering if it was because there was coffee in here, but it appears that there is no coffee, just flavouring, perhaps, that’s turning things a touch bitter.
Although this is drinkable straight, I think it would be better as a latte, as suggested on the packet. Perhaps that’s how I’ll use the last of it up! Thanks Sil!
Thanks go to Sil for this pear tea as well!!
As soon as this one finished brewing, I got super worried – the liquid in the mug definitely has that purple hibiscus tone to it. I hadn’t even considered that while brewing :( And oh no – I can smell barfy hibiscus in it too. Stupid me, not reading the ingredients (and they were RIGHT ON THE BAG.)
Thankfully, though I can smell the hibiscus a bit, it’s not overpowering in the flavour, so I can actually kind of taste the pear flavour and creaminess. It’s adding a bit of sour, but definitely isn’t ruining anything. Unfortunately, there’s not much to ruin to begin with; I am not really getting much pear from here. This mostly tastes like a fruity tea with a touch of hibiscus. Not bad at all, but not quite what I’m looking for either. Ah well. Still awesome to have tried (and now I can cross one more off my list!)
Sooooooo I’m definitely cheating and counting this as a sipdown, even though I only got a 1-cup sample to begin with! Ahahaha. Thanks Sil, for saving a bit of this one for me!
The aroma is definitely of a candy-sweet sort of pear, perhaps with a bit of creaminess. I’m not sure what I was expecting; perhaps something a bit closer to the pear aroma from S&V’s Ginger Pear. The flavour is not too bad… I’m tasting some creaminess, sweetness, and a bit of pear-y flavour, but it’s really not doing it for me. Also, I’m not super fond of lapacho – like rooibos and a few other teas, it gives me a scratchy throat which I find to be unpleasant. Ok – I’m getting more pear flavour in the… after-aftertaste, but I’d really prefer for it to show up sooner.
Sadly, this tea will not suffice for my perfect pear tea. I’m hoping that the Butiki blend will be exactly what I want, but until then, the search continues! (Although the S&V version was really pretty good.)
SIPDOWN! (cause the rest is going to Kittena..THIS WEEKEND!!!!) yeah what can i say? I’m a wee bit excited at the prospect of board games and tea nerding out. And then the following weekend i get to go tea nerd out some more at toronto’s tea festival. Should be a great time! Still enjoying this one even if i did let it get too cold while i was on the phone…talking….so much talking…and planning wheee!
I had this this morning while try to get the dishes done from last night. As i suspected, this is a really nice COLD brew tea. I much prefer it that way over hot. I think this would be pretty darn good in the summer. I may pick some up then to try that out. maybe with a splash of lemonade :)
Another cup of this tonight while I worked from home with our china team. There’s something to be said about being on the phone with china at night while sipping on some tea. Here’s hoping I get to go down there to help the team out sometime this year!
Still enjoy this, though not a re-stock. Ill likely use the last of this to try a cold brew and see what’s what with that. Verdant orders here tomorrow so um I really need some more room lol
I think this is a good enough pear tea for me unless someone finds one to wow me with. :) I had some again this afternoon and it was a really enjoyable cup(s) of tea. I think, if they ever get their retail store together again that i’ll have to pick some more up once my little sample is gone. Mostly because 50$ minimum purchases for free shipping just irks me..esp for canadians in canada.
Mmmmmmm gaming and tea! Yay. Let this one steep for over 7 mins and its better than the first time. It still tastes like something I can’t place. May need to get my other half to drink some when he’s not stuffed up to help me figure it out. Overall, not a bad tea esp for something sweet without caffeine.
weird… could have sworn i rated this already. Ah well… i don’t mind this tea…but gingersnap it is not. This is more like a fruity tea with ginger in it…sort of. There’s a nutty taste to it as well, similar to the sweet almond cake that this company does as well. All in all not a bad tea but it’s not gingersnap – that wonderful delicious cookie that i love!
I think the best term to describe this tea is mellow. You get a definite scent of coconut while smelling the dry leaves. Once steeped, there’s more of a vegetal than coconut smell.
I’m not a huge green tea fan (although I prefer it over black any day), but I really enjoyed this one. The coconut gives it a nice creaminess and mouth feel, and the flavours blended really well. I don’t have a lot of this left, but I’ll enjoy what I have.
Right off the bat I liked the dry smell. It has a light, refreshing scent to it, but with a hint of a creamy undertone. Steeped, it still smells refreshingly of lemon, but I don’t really catch the creaminess.
It’s a nice, smooth, comforting tea. I taste the lemongrass, but it’s not astringent, and a hint of the pepper is there, but just enough to balance the rest of the ingredients. I like this one.