I’ve never tasted mangosteen — something I must rectify when it comes into season — but I’m told that it tastes like a combination of strawberry, peach and vanilla; sweet with the slightest hint of sourness. Going on that, this is Lipton White Mangosteen Peach Green Tea.
Steeping a tea bag in 200 ml of water at 80°C for 2 minutes yields a golden yellow liquor. The infusion smells of a very sweet peach, like a peach nectar. This peach nectar note comes through as a pleasant smooth sweetness with a hint of vanilla in the first sip, while a slight acidity from the mangosteen develops in the body before giving way to the more vegetal notes of the green tea in the tail. There is almost no astringency or lingering aftertaste and together with its mellow flavour, this tea is an elegant twist on green tea best appreciated on its own without the competing bolder flavours of desserts.
A longer infusion yielded a more robust green tea flavour, but that increased the astringency of the tea and left an unpleasant puckering sensation in the aftertaste without the mellowing sweetness of the fruit.
This box of Lipton White Mangosteen Peach Green Tea contained 20 tea bags. It was packed in the United States of America and gifted by family visiting New York, New York, United States in 2016.