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This one is growing on me quite a bit. I need to learn a little more patience in deciding whether or not I “like” a tea, because they almost always end up growing on me once I familiarize myself with the flavors. Smooth green tea flavor with the comforting scent of rice. This tea also has a very pleasant and unexplainable bittersweet nature to it, it starts out with a bitter and slightly astringent bite that turns into a sweet and tangy sensation. With further contemplation I’m realizing that this tea is more complex than I realized.

On another note, I’ve just made my first Mandala tea order and I’m very excited. I got a ripe pu-erh mini-tuocha variety pack, 125 gram Xiaguan FT Flame 2007 raw pu-erh and an ounce of their 2008 silver needle cake. :)

TeaBrat

ooh, I’ve been wanting to try the Xiaguan flame myself…

Garret

I can’t wait for you both to try the newest cakes that are going to start arriving next week! The old tree tea mao cha is coming as a sample in your shipment, Kyle. It is one I have to get to Amy, too!!

Garret

By the way, you are both invited for tea in our Chinese tea room tomorrow at 1:00 CST. Can’t wait to serve you both tea :) We can work on several of the mao cha’s I returned from China with and decide which ones we should have pressed in to sheng pu’er :) ’Twould be fun!

Scatterbrain

Haha, sounds great. If I’m ever up in Minnesota I’ll be sure to checl out your shop. And I do plan on visiting Minnesota someday, some of my favorite tea companies and some of my favorite musicians are from your neck of the woods. :)

Garret

What musicians you diggin’ over this way?

Scatterbrain

The only Minnesota music scene that I really know a lot about is the underground hip-hop scene. I like many different kinds of music but independent and underground hip-hop is what’s always touched me most, and my favorite rappers are from Minnesota (Eyedea & Abilities, Atmosphere, P.O.S., basically the whole Rhymesayers group).

Scatterbrain

Oh yeah, can’t forget Kristoff Krane!

TeaBrat

It would be fun!

Garret

My niece is working with POS on some things these days. I’ll be heading to her bands CD release party next Sunday. It is going to be rockin. They are called Bomba de Luz and big things are happening for them. Her and her band are all 17 years old and POS heard her and asked her to be in the studio for some recording. Pretty cool!

Garret

She sent me a vid of the two of them rappin and rhymin. Nice!

Scatterbrain

That’s really cool. I’ll have to check her band out.

Scatterbrain

Is your niece the singer? If so, she has a GREAT voice. And I’m really liking the instrumentals. I could most definitely see them having success.

Garret

yep! Lydia writes the songs and sings! Just wait til you hear their new release after next week. The stuff you are hearing now is all from their EP which was out over 1.5 yrs ago. Their stuff has gotten even better. I’m a musician of over 30 years and I gotta say, I love what they are doing. Not just because I’m her uncle! To bed with me. Lots of great tea to drink tomorrow and great to pack to ship to great people! Have a great night, my friend!!

Jim Marks

This changing attitude towards any given leaf is why I’ve abandoned the numeric system on my tasting notes. (a) are we rating the quality of the tea or our personal taste? (b) if the latter, this constantly changes, especially with re-tasting, not to mention why would you care if I like it or not?

Having spent about 15 years trying to “make it” in the music business, unfortunately, having great talents, great tracks, and great recordings seems to have less and less with generating success these days. Especially if you’re trying to come out of a scene in a small city that isn’t currently the focus of a marketing campaign. Best of luck to the kids with their efforts.

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TeaBrat

ooh, I’ve been wanting to try the Xiaguan flame myself…

Garret

I can’t wait for you both to try the newest cakes that are going to start arriving next week! The old tree tea mao cha is coming as a sample in your shipment, Kyle. It is one I have to get to Amy, too!!

Garret

By the way, you are both invited for tea in our Chinese tea room tomorrow at 1:00 CST. Can’t wait to serve you both tea :) We can work on several of the mao cha’s I returned from China with and decide which ones we should have pressed in to sheng pu’er :) ’Twould be fun!

Scatterbrain

Haha, sounds great. If I’m ever up in Minnesota I’ll be sure to checl out your shop. And I do plan on visiting Minnesota someday, some of my favorite tea companies and some of my favorite musicians are from your neck of the woods. :)

Garret

What musicians you diggin’ over this way?

Scatterbrain

The only Minnesota music scene that I really know a lot about is the underground hip-hop scene. I like many different kinds of music but independent and underground hip-hop is what’s always touched me most, and my favorite rappers are from Minnesota (Eyedea & Abilities, Atmosphere, P.O.S., basically the whole Rhymesayers group).

Scatterbrain

Oh yeah, can’t forget Kristoff Krane!

TeaBrat

It would be fun!

Garret

My niece is working with POS on some things these days. I’ll be heading to her bands CD release party next Sunday. It is going to be rockin. They are called Bomba de Luz and big things are happening for them. Her and her band are all 17 years old and POS heard her and asked her to be in the studio for some recording. Pretty cool!

Garret

She sent me a vid of the two of them rappin and rhymin. Nice!

Scatterbrain

That’s really cool. I’ll have to check her band out.

Scatterbrain

Is your niece the singer? If so, she has a GREAT voice. And I’m really liking the instrumentals. I could most definitely see them having success.

Garret

yep! Lydia writes the songs and sings! Just wait til you hear their new release after next week. The stuff you are hearing now is all from their EP which was out over 1.5 yrs ago. Their stuff has gotten even better. I’m a musician of over 30 years and I gotta say, I love what they are doing. Not just because I’m her uncle! To bed with me. Lots of great tea to drink tomorrow and great to pack to ship to great people! Have a great night, my friend!!

Jim Marks

This changing attitude towards any given leaf is why I’ve abandoned the numeric system on my tasting notes. (a) are we rating the quality of the tea or our personal taste? (b) if the latter, this constantly changes, especially with re-tasting, not to mention why would you care if I like it or not?

Having spent about 15 years trying to “make it” in the music business, unfortunately, having great talents, great tracks, and great recordings seems to have less and less with generating success these days. Especially if you’re trying to come out of a scene in a small city that isn’t currently the focus of a marketing campaign. Best of luck to the kids with their efforts.

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