Mango Maui Black Tea

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Brand:Hawaiian Islands Tea Company
Style:Fruit Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Blend
Loose/teabag:Teabag
Product page:Mango Maui Black Tea

This tea's info last updated: Apr. 24, 2018

Commercial Description

Our most popular tea! Mango Maui is a smooth, black tea enhanced by the tropical flavor of mangoes reminiscent of Maui's warm sun-kissed beaches...

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Reviewer pic75 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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How appropriate it is that I opened this box, bought in Kailua and brought to Oklahoma, on the night after a the largest Big Island quake since the 1970s, while Kilauea's East Rift fissure belches steam, acrid fumes and fountains of lava through Leilani Estates. Would Mango Maui prove as smooth and relaxing as a seabreeze-brushed and moonlit evening on a beachfront lanai, or noxious as the gases spewing from the newly opened eruptive cracks?

The truth is closer to the experience of the lanai than to rancid fumaroles. Of the Hawaiian Islands Tea Company varieties I've tried so far, this is the most flavorful and satisfying, and the only one I would buy again in its present form. Dry-bag aroma is strongest of their offerings, still more potent than the flavor, but not by much. The tea itself brews up dark, quickly, probably a function of the fineness to which the tea is chopped, though the leaves are recognizable as such in the wet bag. Allowed to steep for over 5 minutes, it gets suitably strong, as I like. The fruit flavor, while still tinged with an unfortunate hint of artifice, most resembles the fruit itself, and I do like mango a great deal. The hot tea does offer a somewhat bitter, tinny aftertaste that goes away quickly. This should make a very good summertime iced tea to quaff on my cicada-serenaded Okie lanai (not exactly the palm-lined Kona coast under a full moon), and I will be making some.

The company's advertises Mango Maui as their most popular tea. That's probably by default, because it's noticeably better than average for a fruit-flavored bagged black tea of unknown origin, while the rest of their teas limp along about as lamely as I did after that 10-mile hike to and from the Pali, across the rugged Kalapana lava fields.



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Reviewer pic53 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
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Smells great - a strong fruity Mango/Tropical scent but doesn't taste nearly as good as it sounds/smells. In fact - if yuou sweeten it it is cloying and "fakey-mango".

I got this for free from my mother-in-law who visited Hawaii. I don;t think I'd go out of my way to seek this brand out, nor purchase it.

Too bad.
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