So much fun to break out the new herbals/fruit blends one by one!

Even though I’d never tried this one, I bought a big honking bag of it. I was feeling lucky and brave, and I also haven’t ever really had a fruit blend I couldn’t at least tolerate, so I figured it was worth a shot. Plus, if it was really good, I figured the BF would want some too being a mango fan. And what with the general need to seriously “overleaf” with these types of blends, I just went with it.

There’s a great mango/general fruit smell coming out of the big chunky dry mix that makes me want to eat it.

The mango is a bit overpowered by the other ingredients in the steeped blend’s aroma, particularly the hibiscus. It’s not that the mango isn’t there, it’s just that it isn’t as strong as I’d hoped. But sometimes with blends like this, the flavor varies from cup to cup depending upon what big hunks end up in your cup on a given day. So it may be different another time.

The flavor mimics the aroma in that the mango is there, but it could be stronger. The ingredients say there’s only mango flavor. I’m wondering why there’s no dried mango?

Anyway, it’s fine — and while it doesn’t live up to its name quite as well as the berry of yesterday, I’ll have no trouble polishing off this humongous bag.

Flavors: Citrus, Hibiscus, Mango

Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 500 OZ / 14786 ML

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I got obsessed with tea in 2010 for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it. I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I write fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I drink tea without additives. If a tea needs milk or sugar to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’ll rate it high. The exception is chai, which I drink with milk/sugar or substitute. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs, but as my tastes developed they became less appealing — I still enjoy nicely done blends. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with me. I used to hate hibiscus, but I’ve turned that corner. Licorice, not so much.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. But I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas in relation to others of the same type, for example, Earl Greys against other Earl Greys. But if a tea rates very high with me, it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is

90-94 Excellent; first rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Very good; will likely buy more

70-79 Good; would enjoy again, might buy again

60-69 Okay; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but likely won’t buy again

Below 60 Meh, so-so, iffy, or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

I don’t swap. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that I have way more tea than any one person needs and am not lacking for new things to try. Also, I have way too much going on already in daily life and the additional commitment to get packages to people adds to my already high stress level. (Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does.)

That said, I enjoy reading folks’ notes, talking about what I drink, and getting to “know” people virtually here on Steepster so I can get ideas of other things I might want to try if I can ever again justify buying more tea. I also like keeping track of what I drink and what I thought about it.

My current process for tea note generation is described in my note on this tea: https://steepster.com/teas/mariage-freres/6990-the-des-impressionnistes


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