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drank Alphonso Mango by Lupicia
1928 tasting notes

Oh man.

I think that Lupicia does flavored teas better than just about anyone except the French companies. The tea in the sample packet has an amazingly strong smell, at the bottom of which is fresh mango — a rather amazing feat.

The tea is a sharp, clear, chestnut color and has a mellow mango scent. The flavor is just like the smell.

This is an excellent mango black tea. Again, it hasn’t had the kind of love I’d have expected on Steepster, but maybe I just have a thing for Lupicia’s flavored teas. The only non-French companies that come close tend to have a star or two. ATR, for example, had Brioche and Berry Noir, but a lot of their other flavored teas struck me as just ok.

The majority of Lupicia’s are really well done with just a clunker or two.

I will miss them.

Flavors: Mango

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 500 OZ / 14786 ML
Cameron B.

In my opinion, their fruit flavored teas are just really exceptional. ❤

Kawaii433

Oh no. Again, I’m tempted to order this. I have the Ripe Mango already.

@Cameron B. I’m so glad that I began trying “flavored” teas in time to be able to try Lupicia. It’s a hit or miss (i.e. real or artificial) with others.

Cameron B.

@Kawaii – I can send you a sample if you’d like!

Kawaii433

@Cameron B. I’m up to my ears in samples, I still have a few more of your awesome package and derk’s now hehe. I may just wing it and get some before they shut down their site since I love mango anyway, but thank you so much.

lizwykys

Sounds yummy! I wonder if this is the same as “Paradis Tropical” on the French site. They change a lot of the names, so it can be hard to tell. The description there is “Black tea | Ceylon; A sweetly sour tea full of tropical fruits like papaya and mango. Makes a great iced tea as well.” I might have to at least get a sample teabag next time I order.

__Morgana__

Think this one is just mango?

Cameron B.

@liz – That’s probably the same as “Paradise” on the US site.

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Cameron B.

In my opinion, their fruit flavored teas are just really exceptional. ❤

Kawaii433

Oh no. Again, I’m tempted to order this. I have the Ripe Mango already.

@Cameron B. I’m so glad that I began trying “flavored” teas in time to be able to try Lupicia. It’s a hit or miss (i.e. real or artificial) with others.

Cameron B.

@Kawaii – I can send you a sample if you’d like!

Kawaii433

@Cameron B. I’m up to my ears in samples, I still have a few more of your awesome package and derk’s now hehe. I may just wing it and get some before they shut down their site since I love mango anyway, but thank you so much.

lizwykys

Sounds yummy! I wonder if this is the same as “Paradis Tropical” on the French site. They change a lot of the names, so it can be hard to tell. The description there is “Black tea | Ceylon; A sweetly sour tea full of tropical fruits like papaya and mango. Makes a great iced tea as well.” I might have to at least get a sample teabag next time I order.

__Morgana__

Think this one is just mango?

Cameron B.

@liz – That’s probably the same as “Paradise” on the US site.

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I got obsessed with tea in 2010 for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it. I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I write fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I drink tea without additives. If a tea needs milk or sugar to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’ll rate it high. The exception is chai, which I drink with milk/sugar or substitute. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs, but as my tastes developed they became less appealing — I still enjoy nicely done blends. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with me. I used to hate hibiscus, but I’ve turned that corner. Licorice, not so much.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. But I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas in relation to others of the same type, for example, Earl Greys against other Earl Greys. But if a tea rates very high with me, it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is

90-94 Excellent; first rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Very good; will likely buy more

70-79 Good; would enjoy again, might buy again

60-69 Okay; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but likely won’t buy again

Below 60 Meh, so-so, iffy, or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

I don’t swap. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that I have way more tea than any one person needs and am not lacking for new things to try. Also, I have way too much going on already in daily life and the additional commitment to get packages to people adds to my already high stress level. (Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does.)

That said, I enjoy reading folks’ notes, talking about what I drink, and getting to “know” people virtually here on Steepster so I can get ideas of other things I might want to try if I can ever again justify buying more tea. I also like keeping track of what I drink and what I thought about it.

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