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drank Miami Mango by Steep City Teas
1942 tasting notes

The third of my Steep City Samples. I actually was saving this one because there was a chance I would be moving to Miami (I had to make a decision by today) but it turns out I won’t. So I guess this is my almost-moved-to-Miami cup.

There is a lot of stuff in this tea but it seems like it should all go together. I have to admit I was a tad disturbed by the small, slightly granular shape of the black tea leaves in this one… nothing like the wiry leaves in Nutty Love.

Fortunately it all turned out fine. No bitterness or astringency, tart without being sour. This hibiscus seems better deployed to me than the Citrus Sunshine Oolong, as it isn’t taking over the cup here. This is very fruity; definitely mango but also a fair amount of berry and hibiscus flavor. The black tea base I could take or leave; it doesn’t do much for this blend, and it seems a bit “thin” overall. I plan to cold brew the rest of my sample of this one for sure.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
david

Hey Dinosara, thanks and glad you enjoyed this tea a bit better. Many people believe that tea leaf length is equivalent to quality, often it is when compared to fannings in tea bags, but you will also find that smaller leaves are not lower in quality (depending on what teas you are comparing) to teas that are long and wiry like the Nutty Love. For this blend we decided on opting for this base as it paired better with the Mango flavors. Glad you enjoyed it better. Hope all is well!

david

Often the length of the tea is decided (by the farm) in order to ensure a certain speed or style of infusing with the water.

Dinosara

Thanks for your comments! It’s nice to learn about how people make the decision on a base tea for flavored blends.

david

No problem! Hope you can enjoy some more of our teas soon :)

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david

Hey Dinosara, thanks and glad you enjoyed this tea a bit better. Many people believe that tea leaf length is equivalent to quality, often it is when compared to fannings in tea bags, but you will also find that smaller leaves are not lower in quality (depending on what teas you are comparing) to teas that are long and wiry like the Nutty Love. For this blend we decided on opting for this base as it paired better with the Mango flavors. Glad you enjoyed it better. Hope all is well!

david

Often the length of the tea is decided (by the farm) in order to ensure a certain speed or style of infusing with the water.

Dinosara

Thanks for your comments! It’s nice to learn about how people make the decision on a base tea for flavored blends.

david

No problem! Hope you can enjoy some more of our teas soon :)

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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.
89-85: 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
84-80: 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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