Review: Teas Etc. Mango Nut

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Thumbs up!"The tea is full of caribbean sunshine with its incredibly smooth medley of rum, reedy and raw coconut flavours although the macadamia nut and mango sit a bit too relaxed in the shade than the name would suggest. "
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teasetcmangonutAlthough it’s not a transporter or very aerodynamic, it’s always nice to venture to far away places from my tea cup. Facing chilly temperatures or humdrum days, the call of the tropics with its warm breezes and party parlance offers a seeming virtual escape from the pile of one’s to-do list.
Although it has its carribean cousins, the pineapple and the banana, the mango in particular seems to bring a bright air to a dish or mood with its sweet, vivid flavour and colour that captures the paradise and sunsets of tropical skies. So bringing this flair to tea sounds like a party to me, to get one hangin' loose with one's cup amidst the sun and surf. Tea Etc.’s Mango Nut lends a sense of the calypso spirit by pairing mango with coconut and macadamia nut flavour with the bongo soul of South Africa on the dancefloor by using a rooibos base whose warm nutty hospitality on it’s own seem to give the makings for a limbo. Plus, with the flexibility the blend offers with both red and green rooibos, one should surely be able to go low beneath that limbo stick while hitting a high note.
And those caribbean skies seem closer with my first smell of the Aztec inspired appearance of the mix. Tiny thread like sienna, crimson and oak brown leaves from one to three millimeters long are punctuated with longer thin strands oddly greenish beige strand and bits of coconut, light orange yellow marigold petals and fine red particles. While the leaves are only a few millimeters long, they seem to kick off a punch of party with an “Eh, mon” as the scent of coconut rum takes me back to Bahamian days with Bahama Mama’s at the ready. Although the scent has a fruitiness to it, it seems much more of a rum fruity that is smoothed with a touch of coconut rather than smelling like coconut extract or mango. Plus, it also has a definite alchoholic note to it. Beneath the festive rum aromas, the rooibos brings further cheer with molasses and leather scents. Although mangos don’t smell that much, I can’t help wonder if Coconut Rum might not be a better name for this blend.
But with the heady scent, I’m ready to hula so I brewed two full teaspoons at 190 °F for five minutes. Due to the fine particles, it’s hard to obtain a clear cup with a tea strainer so the cup is rather hazy but it is soon forgotten by the buttery toffee of the marigold petals dancing with the coconut rum aromas from the dark orange brew that give it some brown sugar or toasted coconut yumminess. The bump of the bouquet’s beat still seems alcoholic with a rum fruitiness that I find it hard to detect anything really reminding me of mango or really macadamia nut.
After the richness of the smell, the taste was a bit of a surprise as its not quite as vibrant on the palate. It may not bring a lei but it’s warm greeting is just as welcoming as it completely opens up in each sip. Thus, the brew is incredibly smooth in its slightly alcoholic tasting medley of rum, reedy flavours and raw coconut. The raw flavour of the coconut gives it a nice freshness and it continues to charm in the light aftertaste that alas may have a bit of mango along with the rum flavour. On my first sip, I seemed to detect a shimmer of mango but continuing through the cup, it seemed only to weave lightly into the aftertaste. An amiable nuttiness more like blanched peanuts, than rooibos type nuttiness keeps the rhythm in the background along with the buttery notes of the marigold petals behind the more aromatic rum flavour while the coconut chimes in near the end of each sip. Although the macadamia flavour isn't that distinctive, it does seem to add to the tea's weight and sumptuous comfort. The ample body of the tea adds a lovely fullness but the tea seems a bit flaccid, needing some perk to lift the warm, grounding flavours. It seemed a bit disappointing the red or green rooibos don’t add a bit more splash amidst the other flavours as I found the use of both red and green an interesting highlight of the blend. Although I wouldn't have know that the tea contained green rooibos by the taste, the rooibos mix does groove well with the coconut and marigold. Regardless, the tea does sing of island flavours even if it isn’t exactly as the name suggests.
But it’s well before last call. Lining up another round with the leaves, continues to offer a hearty cup with a lighter rum and coconut scent. The second brew seemed to play up the nuttiness more as the aromatics subside to lend a sense of praline in the long aftertaste. The spirit of the tea remains generous as a third medium coloured pale orange infusion brewed for ten minutes also delights. The flavour seems closer to mango than earlier steepings although it still seems rather rum-like. Yet the buttery marigold petals and macadamia flavours nicely accent the silkiness of the tea’s body.
The fullness of the tea would be substantial enough for a morning brew although it may be best suited for that late afternoon lull when one could use a stretched out lawn chair for a little cheery siesta or as a comforting cup for one’s own private fiesta.

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