Mango Black Tea/Capital Teas Ltd

Anyone else feel that when they drink tea on an empty stomach that it doesn’t always feel great? Sometimes I am totally fine and others it just makes me nauseous. Yet I tend to go to my kettle first thing in the morning anyways and then stress about what to make for breakfast. Well today I decided to do something a little different with my tea and ended up adding it to a breakfast smoothie.

I made a concentrate of Mango Black Tea by Capital Tea Limited by steeping 3 teaspoons of leaf in 4 ounces of 200F water for 2 minutes. The concentrate got added to a mixture of 2 frozen bananas, 200 g of honey greek yogurt and a cup of milk. I put half the mixture into a glass and got to drinking, figuring that this would allow the other ingredients to serve as breakfast while still getting my tea fix. Two birds…one stone.

The good news is I have no nausea and I have a nice comfortable full feeling. The bad news is the mango flavor was almost entirely drowned out by the other ingredients. I taste some of the tea base which I think is playing off the tartness of the greek yogurt. In addition, it is clear there is something more than honeyed banana contributing to the sweetness but its a little difficult to discern anything specifically mango.

Since I got this tea in a tea swap and am unsure how old it is, I thought perhaps there was some flavor deterioration which could account for the lack of its flavor in my smoothie. To test out my theory, I brewed up a cup of this tea just as a plain tea and got to sipping only to find a whole lot of fresh, ripe mango juiciness atop a slightly metallic ceylon base. A really nice mango breakfast tea actually because it tastes like a mango flavored tea as opposed to just mango.

At the end of the day, both beverages were good. I believe the tea did add to the flavor of the smoothie though not as much as I hoped. Next time I will play around with the ingredients to try and coax out more tea flavor.


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Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Capital Teas Ltd

Description

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Maui Mango from Tiesta Tea. . . .

Friends, grab your grass skirts and sunscreen– we’re going to Hawaii.

JUST KIDDING. I wish I weren’t, of course– but a few sips of this delightful fruit infusion and we may as well be on a tropical island. Filled with chunks of dried and sweetened fruit, bits of electric-yellow and orange safflower, you don’t even have to smell this tea to feel its summery vibes. I’ll admit– I’ve only ever made this one cold-brew-style– while I’m certain that it would be delightful hot, if I’m going to be channeling my inner vacation vibes, I want a cold beverage.

If you’re worried that these flavors won’t translate without hot water to wake them up, fear not. This cold brew is full of bright, tropical, sweet and fruit flavors. Mango, of course, is prominent, but a delightful array of varied citrus notes backs it up pretty prominently. This one is abundantly sweet on its own, which can sometimes be a little overwhelming– but served half and half with some plain sparkling water, you’ve got yourself a mocktail worthy of any island vacation.

Now, if someone could just point me to the beach…


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Leaf Type:  Tisane
Where to Buy:  Tiesta Tea
Description

This incredible citrus fusion of mangos, pineapple and oranges brings a mouthwatering tropical vacation right to your lips.

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Sweet Mango Peach Tea from Gypsy Soul Tea . . . . .

I have been on an iced tea kick lately. My friend got me an iced tea press and it is my new obsession.

Consequently, I am going through fruit teas like crazy. That is why when this sample arrived, I jumped at the chance to steep it up.

Made with apple, hibiscus, pineapple, peach, papaya, lemon peel, and natural flavors, but no mango to be found. Sipping on it now, it’s flavor is quite subtle and light. There is no tartness from the hibiscus which could be a plus for many but that also seems to be a side effect of lack of overall flavor. What I am getting is a generic fruitiness that leans slightly towards stonefruit. The apple base and dried fruit is contributing a bit of waxiness as well that you sometimes get with fruit blends.

Personally, I am not a fan because I find myself wanting more. More mango, more peach, more flavor. It is not bad but at the end of the day, it is underwhelming.

However, Gypsy Soul Tea has many other offerings to choose from and though this is the first I have tried of this company, I would be interested to see what else they have.


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Leaf Type:  Tisane
Where to Buy:  Gypsy Soul Tea
Description

This sweet, peachy temptation, is made from all natural fruit and herbs. Naturally caffeine free, this tea is great for the kids and anyone avoiding caffeine!
Try it iced or with a splash of ginger ale for an extra treat!

Ingredients: apple, hibiscus, pineapple, peach, papaya, lemon peel, natural flavors

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Mango Peach from Gypsy Soul Tea . . . .

Most fruity herbal tisanes are either too sweet for me, uninteresting when it comes to the flavor combos, and/or incorporate way too much tarty hibiscus for my liking. But I have to give credit where credit it due. Mango Peach from Gypsy Soul Tea – a lovely Etsy Shop – you will have to check out! It was completely up my alley!

Ingredients in this fruity herbal include: apple, hibiscus, pineapple, peach, papaya, and lemon peel. The apple and peach seemed to pair up, the pineapple and papaya are no stranger to flavor pairings, and the lemon really added that extra something to this fruity cuppa. The hibiscus was there but not overpowering – thankfully! When it came to the aftertaste it seemed like everything came full circle, too, because the apple and the lemon rounded everything out at the end.

I didn’t see that there were actual mango pieces in the loose mixture of ingredients nor did I see mango in the list of ingredients BUT the mango could just be the additional natural flavor(ings) that the product description nodded at and I’m ok with that because this was a flavorful, fruity, cup! It was pretty good hot but even better cold! It was sweet enough the way it was but also had those stereotypical tropical fruit flavors, too, so it seemed to take me to a different time and place…more specifically a warm, sunny island instead of the wintery-cold mess I’m currently stuck in where I live which is one of the snowbelts of the US.


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Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: Gypsy Soul Tea
Description

This sweet, peachy temptation, is made from all natural fruit and herbs. Naturally caffeine free, this tea is great for the kids and anyone avoiding caffeine!
Try it iced or with a splash of ginger ale for an extra treat!

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Mango Pineapple Habanero Black Tea from 52Teas. . . . .

I didn’t drink this sample for a while because the habanero struck fear into my heart. What if it was fiery? What if this made me cry? That’d make a funny post, but it wouldn’t make for a good life experience.

Luckily, the primary thing about this tea is the tropical fruit (mostly the pineapple). Pineapple is my favorite, so I’m all about it.

If you hadn’t told me about the habanero, I might have thought the tingling was schizophrenia. It sneaks up on you, getting more intense as you drink down. (Does it, like sink? Scientists?) The first time I drank this, I thought I was going crazy.

Or drinking the tea too hot.

Which I always do. I want to drink my tea the instant it comes out of the steeper. I do not want to wait. I want it in my face immediately. So I’m constantly singeing the roof of my mouth. Then probing the destroyed tissue with my tongue, thwarting the healing process.

You’d think this is a n00b move. Maybe I just started drinking tea, like, yesterday.

No. I have been hard-drinking tea (2+ cups a day on workdays) for at least a year. And I’m STILL tossing scalding water down my gullet like it ain’t no thang.

Maybe I secretly think I’m an X-Man (X-Woman?). Like I’ll mutate to accommodate heat. My mouth will, like, toughen up. It’ll culminate in my ability to drink lava. I could take my act on the road. Pay off my mortgage.

So anyway, this tea is delicious. Maybe, if your mouth is not severely damaged by your own stupidity, you’ll appreciate some tingling! It’s a fun feature for a tea to have.


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Leaf Type: Black Tea
Where to Buy: 52Teas
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