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Yay, Im back everyone! Its been an interesting winter so far, and i have just been enjoying my teas, havent really felt a need to write anything on Steepster lately. Well, i just received my first order from Mandala Tea and am definitely enjoying myself! And fear not Verdant, i am now enrolled in the TOTM Reserve, I just had to try some other vendors to expand my horizons :)
And expanded they have become: This Lincang shu puer is a very interesting tea! As many know, i am very weary of puer and the “fishy/moldy” smell that can sometimes be found. I am learning that this may be the post fermentation smell, and i have since found that it is really just a smell, and doesnt translate into taste by any means. And i can say that This Loose and Luscious Lincang does not have those “off notes.”
This is an earthy puer. Very mellow, yet thick and full bodied. I definitely get some mushroom notes, yet i also detect some woodiness…I cant perceive what kind of wood(im not that knowledgeable unfortunately) but the smell is pleasant! The taste is THICK! Coating the tongue, and not drying or astringent at all. Again i taste mushrooms, wood, and a very slight sweetness that keeps the tongue and mouth from drying.

I am pleased with this tea! On about my 5th gong fu infusion right now, im sure i could go at least 10-15…Ill see if i can get to 10 tonight!

I will have some other Mandala Teas to describe/rate in the upcoming days…The 09 Bulang ripe, 05 Gong Ting ripe, Simao Black tea, and the Aged TGY :) Also two very generous samples of the 4 Leaf Blend ripe, and “Noble Mark” Mandala Blend ’12 ripe!
Thank you Garret for the wonderful selection, and Happy New Years to you as well!

Oh ya, almost forgot. Prepared in my normal method for puer, 5g/5oz water, 2 rinses, and short 3-5 second steeps for the first 3 cups, a couple seconds added to each steeping thereafter.

Bonnie

Sounds like some good drinkn

HyBr1d

Hey Bonnie! Yes it is definitely some good drinkn :) Almost has some qualities that would be associated with a sheng puer, but not drying or astringent… An interesting tea for sure!
How was your Christmas and New Years? I was in Florida with the family, so it was nice to be warm for a change. And of course i brought Laoshan Black, Shui Xian and BRR with me so i didnt go through tea withdrawal!

DaisyChubb

mmmm

Happy new year!

Bonnie

Great holiday with family and it snowed Christmas Day! Try something different and do a 30 second steep sometime to see what that’s like. Then, later try a little sugar, then some milk or cream. I play with puerh.

HyBr1d

Happy New Year Daisy!

Bonnie, I’m am playing with trying to brew this puer at 30 seconds as well…also may try the Xingyang way of brewing, so 2 minutes. Ill see if it can handle the time!

Bonnie

I do the long steeps at about steep 5 if I’m impatient or just want to do it. Sooner,sometimes if my puerh is still just blooming,won’t be as productive.

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Bonnie

Sounds like some good drinkn

HyBr1d

Hey Bonnie! Yes it is definitely some good drinkn :) Almost has some qualities that would be associated with a sheng puer, but not drying or astringent… An interesting tea for sure!
How was your Christmas and New Years? I was in Florida with the family, so it was nice to be warm for a change. And of course i brought Laoshan Black, Shui Xian and BRR with me so i didnt go through tea withdrawal!

DaisyChubb

mmmm

Happy new year!

Bonnie

Great holiday with family and it snowed Christmas Day! Try something different and do a 30 second steep sometime to see what that’s like. Then, later try a little sugar, then some milk or cream. I play with puerh.

HyBr1d

Happy New Year Daisy!

Bonnie, I’m am playing with trying to brew this puer at 30 seconds as well…also may try the Xingyang way of brewing, so 2 minutes. Ill see if it can handle the time!

Bonnie

I do the long steeps at about steep 5 if I’m impatient or just want to do it. Sooner,sometimes if my puerh is still just blooming,won’t be as productive.

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While I have always liked tea, I have recently fallen off the deep end into loose tea madness :)

I have found that I prefer the darker spectrum of oolong teas like da hong pao, Shui Xian, dark roasted and/or aged TGY, and also Dancong’s. Pretty much anything but floral oolongs, they just arent my style. I also enjoy pretty much every black tea that I have tried! I am also getting more familiar with puer tea, and lately have been preferring shu over sheng…Good for the stomach, and the most likely way to find myself “tea drunk!”

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