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drank Mango Lassi by DAVIDsTEA
2986 tasting notes

So, I received an unprompted 30g sample amount of this as an early Christmas present from my Grandmother. Unprompted meaning it wasn’t one of the teas I had included on my list of teas I wanted for Christmas. Apparently my mother stealthily spoke to Tre, however, and had him send her a list of the DAVIDsTEA blends I already had so that she didn’t double up on something. It actually worked out rather well: this had been on my shopping list anyway.

I wanted to get this so I could try it out for cold brewing, so that’s exactly what I did! I used roughly half of my 30g sample to make a small pitcher of this cold brewed (about four cups worth). That sat in my fridge cold brewing for about 20 hours before getting strained yesterday and then being drunk today. I brought this in my water bottle so that I was still able to bring another hot drink for work today.

The smell is very true mango, without oodles of added sweetener. Just a straight forward fresh cut mango smell. There’s also the faintest hint of chamomile to the smell. It smells neither good nor bad to me.

The strainer I use for cold brewing is fairly fine, but still managed to let through a whole bunch of the finer bits of chamomile which wouldn’t bug me, expect I keep feeling them as I drink, and it’s just… weird.

As far as the taste goes. the first taste is the mango with a touch of soft vanilla. It reminds me of one of those no name brand mango juice boxes my mom used to send with my school lunches. I always found that those tasted a little off – not quite sweet enough, and kind of too natural. Personally, I have a love hate relationship with most mango things. I dislike the taste of the actual fruit, generally speaking, but quite enjoy mango candy or “mango flavoured things” – such as mango icecream. So, ‘mango purists’ would likely enjoy this but as someone who doesn’t really like “true mango” this hinders my enjoyment a fair bit.

Immediately following the mango notes and lingering in the aftertaste is the chamomile in the blend. Because the smell is rather faint in the liquid, I was hoping it would be around as faint in the taste. Not so much – the taste is quite pronounced, and as someone who doesn’t really enjoy the taste of chamomile (but also doesn’t strongly dislike it) this is doing zero for me. Honestly, thinking about it, I don’t like true mango flavour and I’m neutral (at best) towards chamomile so I’m not really sure why I thought I’d enjoy this.

Well, glad I tried it cold brewed and I have enough left to try it hot to see if it fares a bit better, but I think this will be a pretty easy one to rule out as something I’d ever want to keep stocked. I’m going to hold off rating it because my opinion is relatively biased and I don’t want to throw the rating off. If I was going to rate it, though, it’d probably be low to mid 40s…

EDIT: Is anyone planning on making an Adagio order any time soon? There are two blends I’d love to get my hands on (but, alas, horrible shipping costs)…

CrowKettle

lol, “mango purists”

Fjellrev

I love how strategic your family is when it comes to figuring out which teas to get you.

Roswell Strange

Well, only half my family. My Dad’s being rather stubborn and idiotic about it. I flat out told him that if he wanted to get me tea, talk to my mom who had the list of teas I’d requested (she did a great job a getting the ones I asked for – the only one she missed was actually discontinued a month ago, but at the time I made my list hadn’t been). I also made a deliberate point of telling him NOT to get any samples for me, because odds are I have at least half of the teas in them. In specific, I said to avoid the Chirstmas/Holiday blends because I had tried all of them the day they came out and had the quantities I wanted of each. What did he get me? The Holiday Sampler ." I have 250g+ of Choconut Oolong now… 150 that I bought for myself (I really like it, despite most people hating it), 50 from Tre’s Christmas present to me (he wasn’t paying attention to the teas I own and just bought the one the sales clerk recommended), and 50 from my Dad…

Fjellrev

Aww well, at least it’s the thought that counts? My family would never go on a hunt to buy me any tea at all haha. If you’re into swapping, that’s always extra tea you can swap out.

Roswell Strange

True – although I seem to be one of the sole few who actually enjoys it XD Last time I was in DAVIDsTEA I heard a sales clerk describe it to a customer as “sweaty butt”. Lol. I think I may re-gift one of the unopened packs to a friend who enjoyed it when she was over (in addition to the rest of the Christmas stuff I was planning to send her).

Fjellrev

OMG! I’m surprised a SA would say that. That is seriously a lot of one kind of tea, even if you like it, for sure. But that’s great you have a friend who likes it too.

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CrowKettle

lol, “mango purists”

Fjellrev

I love how strategic your family is when it comes to figuring out which teas to get you.

Roswell Strange

Well, only half my family. My Dad’s being rather stubborn and idiotic about it. I flat out told him that if he wanted to get me tea, talk to my mom who had the list of teas I’d requested (she did a great job a getting the ones I asked for – the only one she missed was actually discontinued a month ago, but at the time I made my list hadn’t been). I also made a deliberate point of telling him NOT to get any samples for me, because odds are I have at least half of the teas in them. In specific, I said to avoid the Chirstmas/Holiday blends because I had tried all of them the day they came out and had the quantities I wanted of each. What did he get me? The Holiday Sampler ." I have 250g+ of Choconut Oolong now… 150 that I bought for myself (I really like it, despite most people hating it), 50 from Tre’s Christmas present to me (he wasn’t paying attention to the teas I own and just bought the one the sales clerk recommended), and 50 from my Dad…

Fjellrev

Aww well, at least it’s the thought that counts? My family would never go on a hunt to buy me any tea at all haha. If you’re into swapping, that’s always extra tea you can swap out.

Roswell Strange

True – although I seem to be one of the sole few who actually enjoys it XD Last time I was in DAVIDsTEA I heard a sales clerk describe it to a customer as “sweaty butt”. Lol. I think I may re-gift one of the unopened packs to a friend who enjoyed it when she was over (in addition to the rest of the Christmas stuff I was planning to send her).

Fjellrev

OMG! I’m surprised a SA would say that. That is seriously a lot of one kind of tea, even if you like it, for sure. But that’s great you have a friend who likes it too.

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My name is Kelly. I’m a barely twenty tea drinker and reviewer living in Saskatchewan, Canada. I started drinking loose leaf fairly casually nearly two years ago, and at some point between then and now that ‘fun little hobby’ turned into a serious obsession.

You know you’ve got it bad when you get your hobby tattooed to your arm.

Typically I drink flavoured blends more that straight but one of my mini goals this year is to get that ratio to a more 50/50 level. I do a daily cold brew, and have at least (but usually a lot more) two hot cups of tea every day. Naturally I lean towards black or white blends, but I WILL drink everything; the last half year or so I’ve been challenging myself by further exploring Oolong and Pu’Erh which are the tea types I know the least about overall.

My default for preparation is Western Style with zero additives (the exception being matcha which I drink in straight milk with no additives); so unless I mention otherwise you can assume that’s how I’ve prepared my tea!

Favourite flavours/ingredients: Pear, Lychee, Cranberry, Cream, Melon, Pineapple, Malt, Roasty

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger/“Chai” in general, raisins, overly vegetal, chamomile, sometimes mango or peach

I also have a severe allergy to mushrooms; as such I do not drink Kombucha teas!

Currently exploring/looking to try: Straight Pu’Erh or Dark/Roasted Oolong, Sweet Potato flavoured blends, and anything with Goji berries

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