Alright, so this is the first tea since the inception of this blog that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy. I don’t think it’s because the tea is bad, I think I prepared it in a way that didn’t bring out the best in the tea. This Mango Magnus should be an iced tea. (I’m serious, don’t even bother with hot.)
I received this tea in a sampler set last Christmas from my sister. It came in a beautiful wooden box from Serendipitea. It came with green teas, blacks and some herbal. I love the way they packaged the tea, it’s the best display I’ve seen from a loose-leaf tea company. Anyway, I probably shouldn’t start to talk too much about packaging.. I go pretty crazy. 🙂
Serendipitea seems to sell a lot of Fair Trade and organic teas. Mango Magnus is one of their Fair Trade teas. For those of you who don’t know (I wasn’t so sure what it meant myself), Fair Trade means that the tea was paid for fairly.
Fair trade is an organized social movement and market-based approach to alleviating global poverty and promoting sustainability. The movement advocates the payment of a fair price as well as social and environmental standards in areas related to the production of a wide variety of goods. It focuses in particular on exports from developing countries to developed countries, most notably handicrafts, coffee, cocoa, sugar, tea, bananas, honey, cotton, wine, fresh fruit, and flowers. – Definition from Wikipedia
I’ve tried a few of the teas that came in the sample package and have loved them. I figured when I finally tried this one that I would also love it. Alas… I did not.
I heated up the water, added the tea to the pot, let it steep for five minutes. I took my pictures, which has become part of the tea ritual at home now. I poured the tea into four little matching tea cups (from Target, but it doesn’t seem like they sell them anymore).
The back door was open so that I could enjoy the hot, Florida breeze. I brought one of my cups to the couch, got situated in my “need to concentrate” position. I got a couple sips into the Mango Magnus when some kids decided to shoot of firecrackers outside my apartment. 🙂 Woohoo! Needless to say, the whole experience was less than enjoyable.
When it comes to taste, this tea didn’t seem to have much. It had a really light “mango” taste, if you could call it that. Maybe I just don’t know the taste of mango by heart but I didn’t really recognize it. It had a black tea with a very (and I do mean very) light , something flowery/fruity taste. Though I haven’t tried it iced, I really think that the fruity flavor would probably come out a lot stronger in a double-brewed then iced tea.