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drank Mango Madness by DAVIDsTEA
2031 tasting notes

After the NYC Coffee and Tea Festival this weekend, the boyfriend and I went down to the Bleecker Street area to go to some record stores. And since we were so nearby… heh. My poor, long-suffering, non-tea-drinking boyfriend got dragged into the shop with me. My first time in the new NYC DavidsTeas! The sales people were almost absurdly chipper and friendly, greeting us the moment we walked in the door with samples. I looked around some but I’m still really on a tea-buying moratorium. Since I didn’t buy many teas at the festival I allowed myself to buy some of the prepackaged sample pouches since they were 3 for $5. This is one I picked up.

Upon opening the pouch there’s no doubt that this is mango tea, though the aroma is decidedly mango candy rather than fresh mango. I was surprised to see the steeping directions of 200°F for 5-7min because of the white tea base. I rarely steep any tea for 5 minutes unless it’s an herbal or I’m adding milk and sugar, but I took a deep breath and set the timer for 5 minutes. Steeped, it smells mango-y but also pretty orange-y, as well as some other nondescript fruits in there.

This is a super fruity tea. I wouldn’t say straight up mango as much as a tropical fruit salad. It’s sweet, it’s tart, it’s hard to tell there’s tea in it. It’s just getting tarter and tarter as it cools, and it’s a little tart for me for a non-sweetened, non-iced tea. It’s not bad really, it’s just not something I’m enjoying drinking much. Oh well, at least it was a small sample!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

I hope David’s makes it to San Francisco someday!

Uniquity

Wait a minute, things were on sale? At Davids? 3 for $5 sounds like a sale – and that rarely happens! They better not just do sales in their American stores, because I’ve been paying full price there for years! : )

Mercuryhime

Don’t worry, Uniquity. I think that’s their default price. I believe the sample packs are the same price even online. David’s Teas probably love their Canadian customers more. :)

Dinosara

Yeah, these didn’t seem to be on sale, just small 1-2 cup sealed pouches of a selection of teas… they were 1 for $2 or 3 for $5.

Uniquity

Interesting. I keep trying to picture sample packs and get nothing. They do the 40ish gram ones for the tea of the month, but maybe I’ve just totally missed out on this! (Or am having a moment and my brain won’t work right).

Mercuryhime

It’s the same kind of packs they give in their online orders, only you buy them. :)

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TeaBrat

I hope David’s makes it to San Francisco someday!

Uniquity

Wait a minute, things were on sale? At Davids? 3 for $5 sounds like a sale – and that rarely happens! They better not just do sales in their American stores, because I’ve been paying full price there for years! : )

Mercuryhime

Don’t worry, Uniquity. I think that’s their default price. I believe the sample packs are the same price even online. David’s Teas probably love their Canadian customers more. :)

Dinosara

Yeah, these didn’t seem to be on sale, just small 1-2 cup sealed pouches of a selection of teas… they were 1 for $2 or 3 for $5.

Uniquity

Interesting. I keep trying to picture sample packs and get nothing. They do the 40ish gram ones for the tea of the month, but maybe I’ve just totally missed out on this! (Or am having a moment and my brain won’t work right).

Mercuryhime

It’s the same kind of packs they give in their online orders, only you buy them. :)

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-86: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
85-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.

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