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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 and 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 (like Laoshan Black, any of Verdant’s chai’s and Whispering Pines’ Mint Chocolate Chip). Missing living near a tea shoppe that offers a lot of options; other than DAVIDs a few blocks away, I’m buying most of my stuff online. Still, I have more than two cupboards devoted to tea, and a ridiculous amount of it!

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.

I love tea swaps, and will gladly swap anything I have that I have enough of to share.

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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