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Twinings Mango & Lychee Green Tea

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Winter is one of my favour­ite sea­sons. I love the com­fort of snug­gling deep inside my bed when I’m home and wrap­ping myself up in my coats and scarves when I’m out. Australian sum­mers are three months I’d hap­pily go without, although I do love the trop­ic­al fruits of sum­mer. That’s where Twinings Mango & Lychee Green Tea comes in on a cold winter’s day.

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Steeping one tea bag in 200 ml of 80°C water for 90 seconds yields a golden yel­low liquor. Mango notes are prom­in­ent from the first sip and build towards more flor­al and sweet notes in the body that gives way to the briskness of the green tea, with the trop­ic­al notes linger­ing with a slight astrin­gency in the after­taste. The over­all fla­vour doesn’t bring lychees to mind imme­di­ately but recalls arti­fi­cially fla­voured mango jelly. This ‘arti­fi­cial’ taste is likely a res­ult of the pair­ing of mango with the pro­nounced per­fume-like flor­al sweet­ness of fresh lychee. It’s an enjoy­able tea, per­fect chilled with pit­ted lychees and mango slices.

This box of Twinings Mango & Lychee Green Tea con­tained 20 tea bags. It was blen­ded and packed in the United Kingdom and pur­chased in London, the United Kingdom in 2013.