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Lipton White Mangosteen Peach Green Tea

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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.

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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.