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I got my first order from Mandala today and I could barely contain the excitement. Inside my package were some very generous bonus goodies including a tea needle, thanks so much Garret.

First steep:
The aroma of the steeped tea produced the scents I am accustomed to in a typical silver needle, which are nectar and hay. There was also a bit of that “aged” smell along with it. As for the taste, all the flavors were subtle as I expected. The most dominant flavor to me is that of a crisp, sweet and slightly tart apple, with just the slightest bit of pu-erh earthiness. Some hints of spice are also present.

Second steep:
The apple flavor has turned more towards pear, and there are hints of sandalwood and a trace of camphor. Along with that, there is also some maltiness.

And I’m gonna leave it at that for now, I’l take it to further steepings some other time but for now I’m just too excited about trying my other new teas! This was a truly unique and delicious tea experience, I quite enjoyed it.

ScottTeaMan

My next tea order has to be from Mandala! :))

Scatterbrain

Amy, just brewed up the Xiaguan FT Flame and it smells GREAT. Smoky, woodsy, sandalwood, damp earth…just gotta wait for it to cool.

TeaBrat

oooh. I do want some!

Scatterbrain

Just tried a cup and I’m definitely gonna order more, my advice is definitely to buy one for yourself…it’s a steal.

Garret

Hi! If you check out the new products section, you will see that I just listed a bunch of new items (20 more or so to load up tonight if I have the gumption) – check out the new silver buds pressing I did in China in April, just arrived. Also the Wild Tree Tea mao cha – amazing and addictive in the best possible way! Pretty excited by my Year of the Dragon ripe pressing (wild arbor, spring-pick) and the two new sheng cakes (made from material I bought at the farms near Lincang) will be up soon, too!

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ScottTeaMan

My next tea order has to be from Mandala! :))

Scatterbrain

Amy, just brewed up the Xiaguan FT Flame and it smells GREAT. Smoky, woodsy, sandalwood, damp earth…just gotta wait for it to cool.

TeaBrat

oooh. I do want some!

Scatterbrain

Just tried a cup and I’m definitely gonna order more, my advice is definitely to buy one for yourself…it’s a steal.

Garret

Hi! If you check out the new products section, you will see that I just listed a bunch of new items (20 more or so to load up tonight if I have the gumption) – check out the new silver buds pressing I did in China in April, just arrived. Also the Wild Tree Tea mao cha – amazing and addictive in the best possible way! Pretty excited by my Year of the Dragon ripe pressing (wild arbor, spring-pick) and the two new sheng cakes (made from material I bought at the farms near Lincang) will be up soon, too!

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