This Fair Trade Certified organic herbal tea combines organic rooibos (pronounced ROY-bus) with the essence of tropical mango. Re-vamped in Fall of 2008, this blend tastes even more like mangoes than it smells! Rooibos is an herb native to the beautiful Cedarberg region of South Africa and contains no caffeine.
Ingredients: organic South African rooibos, organic mango, organic calendula petals and natural mango flavor
Serving Size: one level teaspoon per 8 oz cup of water
Aubrey Says: I am always surprised by the strength of the mango flavor in this blend!
Jeremy Says: Mango is one of our most popular flavors, and now it's available in rooibos!
Posted by Jo on 22nd Apr 2015
I don't know if I just don't like rooibos, or if it's the 'flavored' part of this that made it seem so nasty, but it is still sitting in the canister in my kitchen a year later. Both my son and I, who are avid iced tea drinkers, can not handle the 'fake' taste that we agree it contains. He is a big mango fan, too, but definitely not in tea, it would seem.
Posted by JSL on 2nd Jan 2015
I was a little skeptical trying a mango tea. I like mango, but usually don't prefer fruity teas. I was pleasantly surprised. And, this has now become my favorite tea. The mango is subtle and blends well with the rooibos. I enjoy it for my first cup of tea in the morning. I add a small amount of stevia to bring out the flavors. It is VERY pleasing. Thank you Arbor Teas!
Posted by Robin K. on 12th Dec 2014
This tea brews up with a very strong apricot-like aroma, so I thought the taste might be overpowering. The flavor is not nearly as intense as the smell would lead you to believe. You can definitely taste mango, and it has a somewhat sour/lemony finish. I wasn't crazy over the lemony part. I did a second steeping though, and that was delicious! The sour note disappeared, but the mango taste was still apparent.
Posted by Rajan on 21st Mar 2014
A very robust, invigorating tea and without caffeine to boot! Can't expect a better decaffeinated kick in the morning or afternoon.
Posted by Yen-Wen C. on 10th Mar 2014
The tea has a beautiful hint of mango and the small amount of flavoring cuts down the earthy taste of Rooibos tea. I find the balance pleasing! We do not need to add any sweetener at all!
We love the tea! It goes very well with all kinds of desserts... It's a cup of easy going tea for any time of a day :)
Posted by Unknown on 24th Apr 2010
A very nice well-balanced tea. You can really taste the mango. I love it and my six-year-old loves it too.
We at Arbor Teas firmly believe that tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. With that being said, here are some recommendations to get you started, but please remember you can make adjustments based on your own personal taste.
There are three main considerations when brewing tea: quantity of tea, water temperature and steeping time.
Quantity of tea: one level teaspoon per 8 oz cup of water
Water temperature: use water that has been heated to a full rolling boil (212° F)
Steeping time: 5-7 minutes
Tip #1: Use fresh water whenever possible - water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Be careful not to boil your water for too long. Over boiled water can sometimes impart an unwanted taste.
Tip #2: Rooibos, unlike tea from the plant camellia sinensis, does not get astringent with longer brew times. So if you happen to steep longer than 7 minutes, don’t worry! Your rooibos will gain more flavor, but it will never become astringent!
Learn more from our How To Guides on how to brew loose leaf tea, how to make iced tea, and how to make tea lattes. And don’t forget to check out our Eco-Brewing Tips, too!
Rooibos tea originates from the leaves and stems of the indigenous South African plant Aspalathus linearis. In contrast to tea from the plant camellia sinensis, rooibos is naturally caffeine free and low in tannins. Tannins are what give tea from the plant camellia sinensis its astringent (mouth puckering) property. Because rooibos is low in tannins, its brew has very little astringency.
Antioxidative activity has also been attributed to rooibos on the basis of its flavonoid content! Often, customers will ask us "Does Rooibos have more or less antioxidants than tea?" Unfortunately, at present conflicting evidence is found comparing the levels of antioxidant activity in rooibos with antioxidant activity in tea from the plant camellia sinensis. One method of analysis found rooibos to have antioxidant activity less than green tea, but greater than black tea. In contrast, another method resulted in antioxidant activity less than all tea from the plant camellia sinensis.*
*Source: "Comparison of the antioxidant activity of rooibos tea (Aspalathus linearis) with green, oolong and black tea " by A. Von Gadow et all, Food Chemistry, Volume 60, Issue 1, 1997.
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