Mango by Adagio Teas
Black Tea / Flavoured
$7.00USD for 6 quart-sized pouches
Adagio Teas has provided me with Mango as a sample with the Tea Advent Calendar (you can still find highlights from me opening all 24 days on my Instagram, @onemoresteep), a review of this tea was not requested.
Mango is a curious black tea blend from Adagio Teas. I received it as a sample when Adagio Teas sent me their 2019 Tea Advent Calendar, and I decided why not try and review it! It came as a pitcher-ready tea bag, so it’s fairly big. I did open up the pitcher tea bag to get a better look at the tea blend inside. The material feels a bit silky, I’m not sure what it’s made of.
Mango smells just like the mango fruit – I can’t make out the black tea base, but I’m not upset about it because it smells just like the fruit and I’m excited for it. Mango consists of: black tea, mango pieces, natural mango flavour and marigold petals.
Adagio Teas recommends steeping Mango overnight in 4 cups of water (1 quart) with the cold brew/cold steep method.
If you want to try Mango as a hot tea, Adagio Teas recommends steeping in 212°F (100°C) water for 3 minutes.
Despite it being a winter wonderland outside the day that I decided to do this, I opted to cold steep Mango directly in my pitcher (this one!) with 1 quart of water (fun fact, 1 US quart is equal to 946mL). I used room temperature water that was previously boiled, and then popped the pitcher into the fridge for approximately 6hrs.
Mango steeps to a lovely golden orange colour. It’s a very clear colour, and smells amazing. The aroma is primarily that of the mango fruit and it smells sweet. Surprisingly, the tea itself isn’t as sweet as I was expecting it – but there is no added sugar in the ingredients so perhaps I should have thought of that. The flavour is sweet and fruity, with a nice crispness to it. The black tea base is quite present in the steeped tea – I found it to have a bit of a nutty flavour to it which balances well against the more sweet, mango flavours.
I don’t really think it requires a lot of sweetener – but if you decide to add something to it, I would recommend something that easily dissolves in cold water (like agave syrup).
A Second Cup?
Due to the nature of the preparation of Mango, I did not opt to resteep the leaves.
My Overall Impression
I loved Adagio Teas’s Mango. I thought this black tea blend smelled and tasted like what I expected from a tea that calls itself Mango. I enjoyed the fact that it had multiple methods of steeping instructions – and I went for the one suggested on the packaging. It has a pleasant freshness to it that can only be captured in a cup of iced tea, and I think it’d be great in the summer time (perhaps with a wedge of lemon on the side?). Do take care when adding sweetener though, as the mango fruit itself does add some sweetness and you wouldn’t want to overwhelm it..