Before starting, I would like to write an apology. I have not written the past two weeks due to an unfortunate illness within my family. This Saturday, October 4th, my grandfather, William Roeben, passed away at the age of 87. Needless to say, this is a hard time filled with a lot of tears, painful planning, but at the same time, also filled with wondrous laughter and joyous memories as we celebrate and remember his fruitful life. Please join me as you read this in praying that my Opa goes back home to be with his wife who we lost two years ago, as they enjoy bowling up in Heaven with all their friends. Thank you.
And now, on to tea…
So, yesterday for dinner, I had the Inca Tea Mountain of Mango. For those that don’t know me, I LOVE mango. I remember the first time I had a fresh mango was in college. Sitting in my dorm room, no clue how to eat it, I just went to town, burying my face deep into the green skin and pulling at the sweet yellow flesh underneath, smiling my fiber-filled grin with each bite I took. I was completely hooked.
By the way, since then, I have learned to eat mango in a more refined manner by simply slicing off some mango and eating that way, but admittedly, the other way is still a lot more fun.
Mountain of Mango is one of the herbal blends that Inca Tea sells. Upon opening the package, I noticed that there was a slightly acidic smell to it. Not what I was expecting! When I hear mango, I hear sweet, sometimes overbearingly so. However, there was something in this one, probably the hibiscus petals, that made the sweet dull down a little bit, which is a plus for those that want to drink tea and not drink a fruit juice.
The tea looked lovely, to say the least. A unique blend of mango, purple corn, hibiscus petals, rose hip peel, and apple, as well as some natural flavors. You could actually see each component, which, if you have been to my Tea Love talks, you know is a big deal to me:
When the tea was brewed, it created a red-ish orange hue, kind of like a sun set. This tea is definitely worth brewing in a clear mug, if you have any. The acidic smell went down a bit and the tea became more of a soothing smell, matching the taste. I would not mind waking up to a relaxing morning and brewing myself a cup of Mountain of Mango. It was sweet, relaxing, and felt like one of those teas that you would wake up early to see the sun rise with. It is not meant to wake you – it is meant to calm you.
This would also be a good tea to have as an introductory tea for children, should you wish. Being that it is an herbal blend, there is no caffeine in the tea. It is sweet enough where kids would like it, but not so sweet that you are going to think there is loads of added sugar in the drink. It will also be easier to introduce them to more tea-based drinks after using this as a primer.
So sit back, drink up, and enjoy some Mountain of Mango, courtesy of Inca Tea.
Sadly, I will be doing my last tea for Inca Tea this Sunday! Join in next week as I review Tawantin Black Tea :-)