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drank Alphonso Mango by Lupicia
1528 tasting notes

Work – 1:30 PM

Drinking two of my favorite flavored tea companies at work today! ❤

So apparently an Alphonso mango is a variety of mango that is “considered to be among the most superior varieties of the fruit”. Well I’m just going to keep picturing it as a jolly Italian anthropomorphic mango named Alphonso who would be likely to appear on some sort of children’s show (alongside his equally tropical friends, Lorenzo Papaya and Giovanni Guava). Yep, much better interpretation in my opinion.

ANYWAY! This is a tasty tea. The flavoring seems the same as their Ripe Mango Oolong, which I thoroughly enjoy (and need to reorder). It’s very juicy, sweet mango with a touch of exotic floral. The base tea is mild and a bit malty. For some reason, I’m tasting a bit of banana, maybe through some interesting interaction between the tea and flavoring.

All in all, it’s very good. Personally, I prefer tropical flavors to be on a green or oolong base, so I’ll probably order the Ripe Mango Oolong instead of this one. But would definitely recommend it to someone who likes a tropical black tea!

Edit: As it cools, getting more and more banana! Weird!

Flavors: Banana, Cookie, Floral, Malt, Mango, Smooth, Sweet, Tropical

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Mastress Alita

And they all ride around on scooters shouting “Ciao!” at each other, naturally.

derk

Ciao!

Kawaii433

I love the Mango oolong, and the Alfonso mango is still in stock… Maybe I should get one of these too.

Cameron B.

@Alita and derk – CIAO BELLA!

Cameron B.

@Kawaii – If you’d like, I can send you a sample when I get home this weekend.

Kawaii433

Cameron, no no that’s ok. I have plenty of your samples to work through. I finished the Lupicia samples and now will start on the others. :D I ordered some plastic baggies from Amazon and when they get here Monday, I will begin my “thank you” package to gift back to you. ^^

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Mastress Alita

And they all ride around on scooters shouting “Ciao!” at each other, naturally.

derk

Ciao!

Kawaii433

I love the Mango oolong, and the Alfonso mango is still in stock… Maybe I should get one of these too.

Cameron B.

@Alita and derk – CIAO BELLA!

Cameron B.

@Kawaii – If you’d like, I can send you a sample when I get home this weekend.

Kawaii433

Cameron, no no that’s ok. I have plenty of your samples to work through. I finished the Lupicia samples and now will start on the others. :D I ordered some plastic baggies from Amazon and when they get here Monday, I will begin my “thank you” package to gift back to you. ^^

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Hi, I’m Cameron! I’m 29 years old and currently living in Austin, Texas with my boyfriend of 5 years. We’re both software engineers, currently working in the field of Machine Learning. I am a staunch lover of pugs and other squishy-faced dogs, although sadly I do not currently have one.

I am also an avid yarn collector (errr, I mean knitter!) when the hot Austin weather allows for it… Find me on Ravelry under the name LorenWeiss!

I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I will often sweeten iced tea. I brew Western style, and fluctuate between using mugs or teapots with small cups depending on the season. I have recently started to brew gongfu cha style!

I love swaps! If you see something in my cupboard that you’d like to try, just let me know via PM!

Tea Preferences:
I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms, including black, green, oolong, and white teas, as well as maté, rooibos, honeybush, and herbal tisanes. I am open to more exploration of puerh, but it’s not generally one of my favorites. I am not often a fan of fruit-based tisanes.

My very favorite straight teas tend to be from China, Japan, or Taiwan. I also enjoy matcha!

Fruit: All of them! My ‘go-to’s tend to be in the red fruits, stonefruit, or citrus spectra. I also really love apple, banana, berry, lychee, melon, pear, and rhubarb flavors. Tropical fruits aren’t among my favorites, but I still enjoy them once in a while – especially mango and pineapple.

Dessert: Again, all the things! I love creamy vanilla and marshmallow flavors, along with anything in the caramel family such as butterscotch, toffee, or maple. Chocolate is also a favorite, though I’m often disappointed by it in tea. And don’t forget anything buttery, cakey, or cookie-y!

Floral: I’m a little bit more particular in this category. I do very much enjoy jasmine, even strong jasmine, along with sakura and chamomile. But I’m not crazy about rose and lavender flavors, and I prefer hibiscus in moderation only.

Spices: I don’t generally find myself drawn to masala chai, but I do enjoy spices combined with other flavors. My favorite spices are the warm ones, especially cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, and cardamom. A bit of heat from black pepper or chili is okay too, as long as it’s not overwhelming! Ginger can be a lovely accent, but I find it difficult to drink as a main flavor.

Aromatics: I’m obsessed with Earl Grey! I also love cooling flavors such as mint (especially spearmint), pine, juniper, and eucalyptus. I am not a fan of strong rosemary or sage in tea. Smoke can be tasty when it’s not heavy-handed.

Favorite Purveyors:
Bird & Blend
Dammann Frères
Lupicia
Taiwan Tea Crafts
TeaVivre
Yunnan Sourcing
Yunomi

Tea Rating Scale:
90-100: Outstanding! Permanent cupboard resident
80-89: Great – a possible staple
70-79: Good, but I wouldn’t buy it
60-69: It’s decent
50-59: Meh… I may or may not have finished the cup
40-49: Ick. Couldn’t finish it.
00-39: Repulsive, I spat it out

I will sometimes refrain from rating a tea if I feel I’m too biased due to my personal dislikes, or if I suspect the sample has been compromised by age.

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