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drank Mangoustan by Dammann Freres
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I love mangosteens but they are just such a hard fruit to find. They don’t travel well, so finding a fresh one in the states is next to impossible, and they just haven’t taken off as a “superfruit” so you rarely find them dried. That extends to tea… I have almost never seen a mangosteen flavored tea besides a few blends from grocery store teas trying to cash in on superfruit status. But I found out that Dammann has a mangosteen black, and I finally got around to ordering some (since CDV carried it).

The dry leaf certainly smells like mangosteen, that hard-to-describe, tropical, peach-passion fruit-banana-pear flavor. There are also clearly chunks of dried mangosteen in the blend. Steeped up, it retains that scent and flavor, with the addition of Dammann’s traditional Chinese/Ceylon tea base (people who dislike that blend will find the same flavor here; fortunately, I love the blend). The flavor is nice, slightly creamy, sweet and tart. Very pleased with the faithfulness to mangosteen here.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

You’re right, they must be hard to find, because I haven’t even seen them anywhere, and consequently, have never tried them before.

MissB

I pretty much lived in the US the past two summers, and I’ll readily admit I find it much harder to find fresh produce there than I do here in Canada. Mangosteens are a regular offering at the Asian grocery stores nearby, as well as some of the larger chain stores, depending. I have yet to have one however, I think. So cool that DF has one that honors the fruit well!

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Fjellrev

You’re right, they must be hard to find, because I haven’t even seen them anywhere, and consequently, have never tried them before.

MissB

I pretty much lived in the US the past two summers, and I’ll readily admit I find it much harder to find fresh produce there than I do here in Canada. Mangosteens are a regular offering at the Asian grocery stores nearby, as well as some of the larger chain stores, depending. I have yet to have one however, I think. So cool that DF has one that honors the fruit well!

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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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