Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Boston Tea Company Tropical Mango Black Tea

Photo: Boston Tea Company
Country of Origin: Sri Lanka
Leaf Appearance: small, dark with very large fruit pieces and tons of bright yellow petals
Ingredients: Ceylon Black Tea, Mango Bits, Sunflower Petals, Natural Mango Flavor
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: deep reddish brown

I adore mango so I was really excited to try this blend. The dried mango bits were quite large and I loved the punch of color from the sunflower petals. Unfortunately after following the recommended steep time, I found that the fruit flavor was a bit lacking. The Ceylon base was earthy and malty with quite a bit of astringency. Given the name, I was expecting something very tropical. Not one to give up after the first try, I gave this tea another go at five minutes and had much the same results. The three minutes infusion was definitely the more drinkable cup of tea. I'm usually a big fan of teas from Boston Tea Company but this one just didn't do it for me. It's important to keep in mind that one bad apple does spoil the whole bunch and everyone's tastes are different. I'm sure that there are tea drinkers who would enjoy this tea very much.

You can find out more about this tea here.