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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
497 tasting notes

Thanks to KiwiDelight for sending me some of this! I decided to have it gong fu style with boiling water. The dry leaf has a nice, promising cocoa smell. The first infusion was 15 seconds. It brewed up a lovely amber color. The flavor was thick bittersweet chocolate. The second infusion was 30 seconds. It came out darker than the previous steep. Again, lots of lovely cocoa notes. My dad showed up at that point and I stopped taking detailed notes, but I think I got about 7 total steeps out of this one. Later steeps were more malt than cocoa, but still quite lovely. Sipdown!

Incidentally, I thought this was a black tea. Turns out it’s a ripe pu’er. I haven’t had the best experiences with pu teas, but this one is making me think I’ve just been drinking the wrong ones. Hmm.

Flavors: Cocoa, Dark Bittersweet, Malt

mrmopar

Yep there are some good shou’s out there and this is a good one :)

KiwiDelight

I don’t recollect sending you some O-O

Glad you enjoyed it all the same! It’s amazing Western style also.

Kaylee

Kiwi, I think it was part of our Secret Pumpkin swap six months ago!

KiwiDelight

No wonder I couldn’t remember xD

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I spent a solid half hour wandering around the mall trying to find this place: http://tbaar.com. Yay for decent bubble tea! It’s not the greatest but definitely one of the better options around right now. I got the honey jasmine green tea with boba. I asked for half-sweet but I would prefer even less sweetness. Still, the flavoring is good, the bubbles are right, and the base tea is inoffensive.

Fjellrev

I could totally go for one of those right now! And that is so cheap, wow. Bubble tea is usually like $5 here in Canada, pretty much in every city I’ve been to.

Kaylee

Yeah, that’s an added bonus. Although when you add in the cost of travel the tea costs almost $10.

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Not bad! This is a very delicate tea but I got four decent steeps out of it at work today (although I’m now hoping no one noticed and thought it was weird that I steeped the same teabag four times). The jasmine flavor is definitely present but not over-the-top. There’s a slight sweetness that I really enjoyed as well. I’m glad that I have another bag of this left!

Flavors: Jasmine

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drank Watermelon Doke by Butiki Teas
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I had the second steep of this blend iced. It was still sweet and watermelon-y, but the base tea had much more presence than in the first, hot steep. It was a bit grassy and drying. I liked it better the other way.

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drank Sweet Chamomile by Chai Diaries
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I liked this so much at the Coffee & Tea Festival that I bought a tin on the spot. Unfortunately, I oversteeped it last night and ended up with an overly tart hibiscus blegh. Note to self: watch the time on this one.

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drank Watermelon Doke by Butiki Teas
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Travel mug breakfast tea. For some reason I was expecting the base to be Doke Rolling Thunder. Imagine my surprise upon finding that this is actually a white tea. I’m still not convinced that it isn’t mislabeled – this blend looks, tastes, and smells exactly like the Watermelon Xylophone. Which is to say, juicy and delicious. Drinking this, I could almost believe it’s spring despite the temperature still being wintry.

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drank White Chocolate by Butiki Teas
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Yum! I had this with rice milk in my travel mug. Not sure if I would call the flavor white chocolate per se, but it is creamy, malty, and vaguely chocolate-y. Wonderful start to the day. Bonus points for being a black tea that doesn’t make my stomach hurt. Thanks for the swap Dustin!

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Sipdown! This turns out to be really good at making me sleepy. I used a little more leaf than last time, so the brew was earthier this time around. It’s still very smooth and soothing. Thanks to Starfevre for sending it to me!

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I had this with a splash of rice milk today. The result was a creamy apricot brew that, yup, made my stomach hurt. Delicious though!

Flavors: Apricot

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drank Bombay Masala Chai by Chai Diaries
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Almost all teas taste the same to my dad, and even he thought this one’s special. He gulped down the first giant mug and immediately requested a second. High praise indeed!

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