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)…