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Another Mandala Pu’erh that I really adore. This is an awesome tea, but it’s different than the others that I’ve tried.
This tea is more practical. This could be my everyday go to pu’erh. Don’t get me wrong, it’s awesome, but I don’t think it’s as complex as Noble Mark. Noble Mark is a “special occasion” type tea. You need to have time to enjoy the many steeps and changes that occur during those various steeps. This is more of a “I don’t want to fuss with it, I just want a good cup of pu’erh” type tea. I don’t always want to spend all day savoring one tea. Sometimes you just want a cup or two to enjoy. This one would be great on those occasions. I love them both, but love them for different reasons.
This one smelled a bit fishy to me during the rinse, but that was GONE with the first steep. It’s bold and earthy, without being offensive. I drank 4 8 oz cups of this and enjoyed all of them, but didn’t find that the flavor changed that much from steep to steep.
This could definitely find a permanent place in my cupboard for those days when I just want a quick, good cup of tea.

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C.S. Lewis – “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

I needed to update my profile. I joined Steepster 03Mar13. I am just amazed at how much my tastes have changed since then.
When I discovered loose leaf tea about a year and half ago, I didn’t know anything other than my local Davids and Teavana/Teaopia. Stumbling onto Steepster CHANGED EVERYTHING.
Hello, my name is Dex I’m a tea addict.
I’ve been through the “I need to try every single tea out there” phase. I really hope the worst of that has passed. I’ve learned enough to know that I only need to try HALF of all the teas out there. LOL
When I started this journey, I was all about the flavored rooibos and fruity tisanes. Don’t get me wrong there is still room for dessert (chocolate/caramel/nutty) Rooibos teas in my cupboard and I still do enjoy them, BUT I am quickly learning to appreciate the some of the straight teas of the world.
Big bold (but not icky)pu’erh is suddenly my favorite, followed by woody/roasted oolongs. I’m just starting to explore straight black teas, and have found some that I really like.
Generally speaking I’m not into greens at all, only like the occasional green oolong, and white teas are just too mild for my tastes (unless they are fruit flavored). I still enjoy really good fruit tisanes, but am now cold steeping them.
I don’t like floral/herbal blends, and mint anything is not on my preferred list.
I am still exploring new teas, adapting to my changing tastes, understanding more every day how little I really know about tea. Ultimately I would love to find approximately 50 teas that I just “can’t live without” and always have them in my cupboard. That might not be practical, but that what I’m searching for. It’s going to be a fun journey.

All in all, I love this site. I’ve met some wonderful people, and have gotten to try some amazing teas because of them. It really restores your faith in humanity when you get a note saying “oh by the way I sent you some tea”. Wonderful, generous, people here.

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