Sunday, April 14, 2013
The Republic of Tea, Mango Ceylon
Metabolic Frolic Tea - This favored tea is light, sweet & intoxicatingly fragrant. Mango & sunflower blossoms are blended with superior Black tea leaves to produce an uplifting cup. A favorite retreat for coffee lovers. Wonderful served hot or over ice.
This was purchased as an individually wrapped tea bag and not in the tin pictured here. The bag is round and tagless. I heated the water to boiling and mug steeped this for 3 minutes. It produced a dark fragrant brew.
I checked the ingredient list while steeping: Fine black tea, natural mango flavor and sunflowers.
Interesting. I don't recall ever having sunflower as an ingredient.
The sip is light and kind of reminds me of a cross between apple, peach, pear and pine. I can't really tell if the sunflower actually adds anything to the cup. I also just barely taste the black tea. That is a shame. I kind of like this, but...
Once again Republic of Teas refusal to fill the bag with 2g of tea hurts them. Why don't I just use a smaller cup or two bags? Because, I am preparing this the way people in America drink tea - one bag and a mug. This is supposed to be a light tea but it seems a little muted. There is also a little paper taste in this. I drink a lot of bagged teas, so that comment is not me being a snob.
My thought on this one is if you have the loose leaf version where you can control the amount of leaf this would probably be a pretty nice cup. In the bag its drinkable but leaves me wanting more. It does gain a little more flavor as it cools.
I need to add that I have no idea how long this bag was on the shelf. It is possible the black tea has plenty of flavor and I just didn't get it with this bag. I kind of hope that is the case.