Stash Tea Company Mangosteen Green Tea

Matcha in a tea bag is a bit con­fus­ing to me as matcha is a powder that’s con­sumed as part of the tea. But, want­ing to try an exot­ic man­gos­teen tea, this is Stash Tea Company Mangosteen Green Tea. To add to the con­fu­sion, the descrip­tion for the tea describes it as a man­gos­teen and pear fla­voured tea.

On open­ing the tea bag, I con­firm my sus­pi­cions that this is not a fla­voured matcha. There are crushed green tea leaves — like the kind you find in cheap tea bags of green tea — but def­in­itely not the bright green ground tea leaf you expect from matcha. Looking at the ingredi­ents, matcha sits at the end of the list so its pres­ence is token­ist­ic. Indeed, even the loose leaf is dom­in­ated by lem­on­grass and orange peel.

First impres­sions aside, steep­ing one tea bag in 200 ml of 90°C water for 90 seconds yields a brown liquor with an overly sweet bubblegum-like smell. Thankfully, this smell does not trans­late to the taste, with sweet notes of cooked pear com­ing through in the head before slightly acid­ic dried peach notes recall­ing man­gos­teen emerge in the body and lingers into the fin­ish with slight earthy notes of pan-fried Chinese green tea and the cooked pear fla­vour that dom­in­ates the tea. There’s no bit­ter­ness from the green tea, but an astrin­gency lingers in the after­taste. As the tea has more the char­ac­ter­ist­ics of a fruit infu­sion, the tea devel­ops more fla­vour when brewed at a high­er tem­per­at­ure as the green tea notes extrac­ted bal­ance the over­whelm­ing sweet­ness of the fruit fla­vours.

Overall, I’d be less dis­ap­poin­ted if this was called a ‘pear and man­gos­teen fruit infu­sion’.

This box of Stash Tea Company Mangosteen Green Tea con­tained 18 tea bags. It was packed in the United States of America and pur­chased online from the United States of America in 2016.