Lately I’ve preferred non-flavored teas as I’ve been trying to get a better grasp on the raw flavors of tea and how their place of origin and preperation effects their tastes. I received a sample of Mango Green Decaf from Mighty Leaf recently and just in time! It’s starting to get back to the same old, hot and sticky Florida that I’m used to (and not entirely fond of) and a tropical-flavored light green tea is just what I needed to fend off those summer blues. (My relatives up north probably want to hit me – they’re all still fending off the snow! Haha ;p)
The smell of this tea is fabulous. I’d like to sprinkle it around my apartment as an air freshener. Mango with a backdrop of grassy green tea. It’s like spring on the verge of summer. There’s still dew on the grass, you’re relaxing on the lawn and you’ve got a drink in your hand – this is your drink!
Mighty Leaf recommends brewing this at 175-180F for three minutes in 12 ounces of water. If you want to ice it, same instructions, just less water (8 ounces). Mighty Leaf recommends using 1 tablespoon of tea but I got away with using 1 teaspoon. I brewed a batch of iced tea using 2 teaspoons of tea, 4 cups of water at 160F (I didn’t get to the water fast enough after I’d let it start cooling) and I got an “Ooh, this is perfect!” from John.
I really like the blend of the mango with the tea. This is one of those really well-balanced flavored teas. You can still taste the green tea behind the sweet, tropical flavor. John and I had a hard time trying to describe it perfectly. “Bold yet understated” and “flavors don’t hide yet don’t overpower the tea” are the two ways it was described.
If you feel the need to sweeten this tea, agave nectar goes really well. It’s pretty sweet on its own though, so I would just save yourself the calories and drink it straight.
Mexican Mango Agua Fresca recipe from Mighty Leaf:
Brew 1 tablespoon of Mango Green Tea Decaf in 175-180F water; add 4 ounces mango juice and a splash of sparkling water. Pour over ice.
If anyone has tried this recipe, let me know how it is! I have no sparkling water or mango juice on hand and am now out of this tea, so I won’t be able to try this until I order some more.
If it’s not still snowing where you are, get out your lawn chair, fill up that little plastic kiddy pool, brew up some Mango Green Decaf, and relax this weekend!