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It was snowing here today. I am not ready for winter, don’t like this cold weather. Came home and was looking for pu’erh to add to a swap package, and decided that it was time to break into this cake. I’d been saving for a night when I can spend some time with it. Cold, wintery evening equals hockey game, spicy noodles and a good pu’erh. I have hockey, I have spicy noodles but I don’t have a good pu’er – I have a GREAT pu’erh.
I LOVE Mandala pu’erh and this one is no exception. I don’t even know what to say. This is totally different from Noble Mark – great but different. I’m not going to come up with the right words, but this is almost sweet – almost desserty. It’s smooth and gentle, not a trace of nasty. Sometimes I think a pu’erh is too gentle – but this one has enough happening that it’s gentle but not boring. I’m eating spicy noodles and this balances that spiciness perfectly. Is this better than Noble Mark – no I don’t think better is the right word – I’m going to say complimentary. I highly suggest that if you like pu’erh you should have both in your cupboard. :))

Sil

I second that!

OMGsrsly

I have a feeling I’ll be making a “Christmas money” order from Mandala before Christmas…

Garret

This is a fun review, my friend! Thank you for posting this. It warms my heart to see teas that I have created come alive in the cups (and reviews) of our friends/customers! I am working on 5 new pressings right now, both ripe and raw. Excited about the new material and the testing we have done (proving our teas to be free of pesticides/sprays). We drink this stuff all day long and we want our customers drinking super clean tea, too!

Also… the Phatty Cake II: The sequel, is now available. It’s the same 2007 material with the addition of some slightly larger 2007 leaves for balance. We are excited about it.

Again, thank you!! I am super grateful to you and make wishes that you are having a tea-riffic day!!

Garret

Dexter3657

Garret – Thank you. I love your tea – 7 out of my top 10 rated teas are yours. I’m really excited to hear that you are working on new pressing. More great teas to try.
But, as much as I love your teas, I love your attitude more. You get it, it’s more than just customer service – you want to share the passion you feel for your teas – you are excited about sharing what you are doing and that passion/excitement is contagious – it just oozes from both your products and your comments.
I just want to say thanks for doing what your are doing. I appreciate it and I know others do too. :))

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Sil

I second that!

OMGsrsly

I have a feeling I’ll be making a “Christmas money” order from Mandala before Christmas…

Garret

This is a fun review, my friend! Thank you for posting this. It warms my heart to see teas that I have created come alive in the cups (and reviews) of our friends/customers! I am working on 5 new pressings right now, both ripe and raw. Excited about the new material and the testing we have done (proving our teas to be free of pesticides/sprays). We drink this stuff all day long and we want our customers drinking super clean tea, too!

Also… the Phatty Cake II: The sequel, is now available. It’s the same 2007 material with the addition of some slightly larger 2007 leaves for balance. We are excited about it.

Again, thank you!! I am super grateful to you and make wishes that you are having a tea-riffic day!!

Garret

Dexter3657

Garret – Thank you. I love your tea – 7 out of my top 10 rated teas are yours. I’m really excited to hear that you are working on new pressing. More great teas to try.
But, as much as I love your teas, I love your attitude more. You get it, it’s more than just customer service – you want to share the passion you feel for your teas – you are excited about sharing what you are doing and that passion/excitement is contagious – it just oozes from both your products and your comments.
I just want to say thanks for doing what your are doing. I appreciate it and I know others do too. :))

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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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