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My gongfu is… well less than optimal, so I decided to try and brew this Western style today, because it was calling to me. I looked at other, similar teas for ideas, and then just decided to go for it. Will update as I steep progressively.

Steep 1: 1 minute, 1 TB, 200F, 12 oz.
Thick yet light brew, rich, malty, mineral, earthy. Mineral more apparent at the end of the cup than anything.

Steep 2: 3 minutes, 200F, 12 oz.
Thick, dark like inky purple chocolate, smells earthy and chocolately, tastes more earthy and like minerals. Something sweet in the distance too, something that I fail to place, but it is quite lovely whatever it is.

Steep 3: 3 minutes, 1TB, 212F, 12 oz.
Increased the steeping temperature from Garret’s recommendation. This is a much smoother cup, almost silky in texture, and barely any mineral taste. Almost like a dark chocolate coffee.

Thank you Mandala and Garret for this great sample!

Flavors: Cocoa, Earth, Malt, Mineral

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Garret

Hi! I love this tea. It’s been my first tea of the day for almost a year and a half. I’d recommend upping your water temperature on the ripe pu’ers and going for a full-boil to really draw the good stuff out. ENJOY, my friend!!

Dexter

MMMMMMMmmmmm Noble Mark, enjoy your evening with this wonderful tea.

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Garret

Hi! I love this tea. It’s been my first tea of the day for almost a year and a half. I’d recommend upping your water temperature on the ripe pu’ers and going for a full-boil to really draw the good stuff out. ENJOY, my friend!!

Dexter

MMMMMMMmmmmm Noble Mark, enjoy your evening with this wonderful tea.

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Teaholic! Currently loving flavored blacks, greens, whites, green rooibos blends, straight blacks and greens, and have a long-standing adoration for herbals/medicinals. Dessert teas top my list along with anything cocoa-y.

I own an obscene amount of tea, and am always happy to share. Having said that, I’m traveling indefinitely (currently in Ireland) so my stash will sit and wait for me, as I send back tea to explore more when I get home again.

In addition to loving tea, I’m a dating columnist, single mom, nerd, and avid knitter. I read way too much, type even more, and spend my ‘free’ time either running, swinging kettlebells, or hanging with friends.

Allergies: Strawberries and all grains. I’m having a mild allergic reaction to both lavender and some roses in tea, and thus I’m avoiding these for now as well. I also avoid sugar and Splenda where possible.

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