Ceylon Mango from Beacon Hill Teas

a55b1eeb5de9417eba3f3ec7a06689c9-2Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: Beacon Hill Teas 

Tea Description:

This delightful decaffeinated ceylon boasts a rich ceylon flavor, and is playfully highlighted by bits of creamy mango.  

Learn more about Beacon Hill’s Monthly Subscription here.

Taster’s Review:

I love my Beacon Hill Tea Company’s monthly subscription box. Each  month you get 4 1 oz packages of a variety of teas for you to enjoy.  Some of them I love, some of them I don’t. What I love the most is the variety of teas I can now try that I never would have thought of trying before. This tea is a perfect example.

A decaffeinated version of a ceylon tea with mango.  A perfect tea for the spring/summer time. I brewed up this tea with the package instructions and then put to sphere ice “cubes” into a mason jar and finished the jar off with an orange slice. Can you save heavenly?

The tea is a lovely light fresh black tea with a creamy mango undertone.  All ingredients are allowed to shine.  The tea is amazingly refreshing yet simple. I love that. How simple the tea is. There isn’t a mix of complex flavors just fresh wonderful tea that make an amazing iced tea. I have tried this tea hot and it is pretty tasty but where this tea really shines is as an iced tea.

If you are looking for a great monthly tea box that provides you with a nice array of teas, then look no further. I love the variety the box provides and trying out teas that I never would have thought about trying before. Sure it is a bit more expensive than others but you do get quite a bit of tea that you can re steep for several sessions and infusions. So far I have been very happy with my subscription and don’t see myself cancelling anytime soon!

Mango Ice Cream Black Tea from 52Teas

MangoIceCreamsmallTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: 52Teas

Tea Description:

Black Tea, Freeze-Dried Mango Bits, Vanilla Bean and Natural Flavors

Learn more about this tea here.

Learn more about 52Teas’ tea of the week subscription here.

Taster’s Review:

I love 52Teas.  The idea behind having a tea company create a new blend each week is just brilliant.  I love the variety that you are able to purchase and the creativity that this sort of company can provide.  With teas like Toffee Bar Chai or Carrot Cake Honeybush. . .I mean you really can’t go wrong.

I can’t remember if I picked this tea up from one of the Kickstarter Campaigns or if I bought this one outright from the site.  It doesn’t look like this particlar one is offered anymore.  That is the only downside to a company like 52Teas. Since they are being mad tea scientists, blending all these crazy and fabulous blends, the inventory is smaller and constantly revolving. So if you are looking at a tea and it looks amazing, you better get it quick because quantities are extremely limited.

Mango Ice Cream Black Tea is a black tea blend with bits of mango that you can actually see.  The dry leaf smells delicious and I couldn’t wait to check out the blend.  Brewed up with water prepped at boiling and allowed to steep for about 4 minutes, this tea looked and smelled so warming and inviting even tho it is supposed to be ice cream based.  I couldn’t wait to check it out!

Unfortunately, this tea just isn’t for me.  First sip in and all I was really getting was the black tea base and hints of a sweetness from the vanilla. Even tho I could visibly see the mango pieces, I didn’t get any of that fruity tropical like flavor in the brew. I did get more of an astringent tone to the tea so maybe I overleafed my serving.

I did brew this tea up again and only allowed this tea to steep for about 3 minutes and I did notice that those flavors I was looking for come thru a bit more but not enough for me to think mango ice cream.  Regardless, the tea was still drinkable and I didn’t feel the need to dump it, I just didn’t get the flavor I was looking or hoping for.  I only had a 1/2 oz of the tea so I won’t be able to try these, but I would love to try this as a cold brew. I bet that is the way to pull out those tropical creamy flavors.

Even tho this tea might not have been my cuppa tea, I still highly recommend 52Teas and encourage checking out their teas if you haven’t yet.  You won’t regret it!