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First: thanks to Garret for the sample.
Second: This week has been rough, and on Thursday I received my Mandala order with a handwritten note. Things have been overwhelming me all week at work, but when I read this note, I had this amazing sense of serenity. It just reminded me to take a step back, look around, and smell the roses (if you will). It was exactly what I needed to hear. So if you see this, Garret, THANK YOU!

Now, onto the tealiciousness.

Method: 3 grams, 3 oz, 200 degrees, 10-15-15-15 seconds, ru kiln gaiwan and Dr. Who mug

Dry Leaf Aroma: This isn’t like some stinky pu’erhs I have smelled! It’s overwhelmingly pleasant, even though I can’t put my finger on the exact aromas.

Brewing Aroma: This has a mineral smell and then something else… what IS that? HOLY CRAP, it’s dried apricots. It’s so specific. Not apricot from the tree, but dried apricots. AT this point, I’m pretty excited.

Flavor: I did my regular gongfu thing where I steep 3-4 times and add all the tea to one large mug, so all the tea is blended, then I can sit, relax, and enjoy the tea.

Normally I try not to read reviews before I try a new tea, but I really wanted to get the steeping times right on this one, so I did check steepster and used Jamie Groth‘s times as a guideline. I may be influenced by that note, but I can absolutely taste fruit here, and it really does come through as a very natural grapey flavor (as opposed to artificial grape. I’m sure you know what I am talking about). There’s also a woodsy note at the end of the sip, and then a lovely, but quiet sweetness that lingers for a moment.

This tea is making me feel all warm and fuzzy. I am chillin’ on the couch with my pups, enjoying the slow Sunday AM, and looking forward to a hike with my boyfriend (if he gets his lazy behind out of bed :P ). All is right with the world.

I need to get a cake of this and take it to work, I think. Then, when I am having a bad day, I can drink some and find my tea happy place.

Edit: I did 3 additional infusions at 20 sec each and blended those into the mug. Still yummy! A little less fruity, but the grape is still quietly there. There’s a mineral note, and a bare hint of bitterness on the tongue.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 3 OZ / 88 ML
Sarsonator

Oh also: I did do a rinse first, and I adore the name of this tea!

MzPriss

Nothing like sheng for the happy feel. I’m going to do some Wild Mountain Green this morning myself

Sarsonator

It’s just a lovely feeling. Make some and join me in the tea happy place! :)

TheTeaFairy

Amazing review! So sorry you had a rough week…Makes me happy that Garret’s zen note helped you find your centre again….Once you experience the benefits of the sheng buzz, you want so much more!!!

Sarsonator

Aaawww thanks, TTF! Work has just been a bear, but the note cheered me immensely! I suddenly want all the sheng in the world. :p

mrmopar

Good stuff!

Sarsonator

Thanks, mrmopar! I hear that you’re the resident pu’erh expert around these parts. :)

TheTeaFairy

(mrmo-puerh)

MzPriss

I call mrmopar the PU-RU cause he i.

Cheri

Pu-erh is the next tea I want to try to get in to.

MzPriss

It’s a whole ’nother addiction Cheri

mrmopar

I am just an amateur drinker on this stuff. Still learning.

MzPriss

Pu. Ru.

Sarsonator

PuRu? That is awesome!!!! :)

MzPriss

As is mrmpoar

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Sarsonator

Oh also: I did do a rinse first, and I adore the name of this tea!

MzPriss

Nothing like sheng for the happy feel. I’m going to do some Wild Mountain Green this morning myself

Sarsonator

It’s just a lovely feeling. Make some and join me in the tea happy place! :)

TheTeaFairy

Amazing review! So sorry you had a rough week…Makes me happy that Garret’s zen note helped you find your centre again….Once you experience the benefits of the sheng buzz, you want so much more!!!

Sarsonator

Aaawww thanks, TTF! Work has just been a bear, but the note cheered me immensely! I suddenly want all the sheng in the world. :p

mrmopar

Good stuff!

Sarsonator

Thanks, mrmopar! I hear that you’re the resident pu’erh expert around these parts. :)

TheTeaFairy

(mrmo-puerh)

MzPriss

I call mrmopar the PU-RU cause he i.

Cheri

Pu-erh is the next tea I want to try to get in to.

MzPriss

It’s a whole ’nother addiction Cheri

mrmopar

I am just an amateur drinker on this stuff. Still learning.

MzPriss

Pu. Ru.

Sarsonator

PuRu? That is awesome!!!! :)

MzPriss

As is mrmpoar

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I live in PA and I enjoy tea. I also make and drink both wine and beer. Someday I want to be completely self-sufficient.

I’m also a practical vegan. This means that I never eat meat, and do my very best to avoid products with animal ingredients, but I’m human and I not only make mistakes, but in some very occasional situations, I intentionally may consume something containing said ingredients. I make the best choice I can, when presented with all my options.

I like: Dr. Who, shengs, dark beer, dark teas, my three dogs, oolongs, springtime, barbecues, sunshine, industrial music, happy things, men with beards, science, and learning new things.

I dislike: politics, politicians, inequality, the Vegan Police, teas that are flavored with mint or melon, heavily cinnaBLARGH teas, and anti-intellectualism.

Rating Scale (Stolen from Cam B), effective 7/25/14:

90-100: Spectacular, a staple
80-89: Delicious, might buy again
70-79: Pretty good, won’t repurchase
60-69: Just “okay”
00-59: Undrinkable!

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