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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
1100 tasting notes

Thanks Terri Harplady for sending a bit of this to try along with the HH teabox! I used one teaspoon of leaves… these leaves just look chocolatey.

Steep #1 // cooled the water a few minutes // 1 min
This cup looked very pale in color… maybe I wasn’t supposed to let the water cool at all. The flavor wasn’t strong enough for me! I definitely should have steeped longer. I don’t see anything special OR dark with this one. I’ve had some pu-erhs that have been pitch black in color after seconds. The flavor is so mild it is tough to describe…

Steep #2 // cooled after a couple minutes // 3 min
This cup was darker… the color of root beer! The flavor was better too, but still not the strongest pu-erh I’ve had. It would be a nice intro pu-erh for anyone to try. The flavor does have hints of unsweetened chocolate and some cinnamon actually.

Steep #3 // just boiled // 10 min
Hmm… still not super dark. But the flavor is pleasant… hard to discern from the pumpkin bread I had while sipping though. Not dark enough for me! But I can say there was no ‘over steeped leaves’ flavor or anything.

If only I knew the perfect way to steep this one! But I have one more teaspoon to try with….

Stephanie

I like a loooong hot steep and a lot of leaf for this one. KAPOW it gets dark! The serving size is supposed to be a whole tablespoon I think :(

Tea Sipper

Aw, I had a feeling I wasn’t using enough leaves.

Stephanie

:( Maybe you can get a tasty 4 oz cup with the last tsp. Let it steep as long as you can stand to!

Tea Sipper

I’ll try that, if I remember!

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Stephanie

I like a loooong hot steep and a lot of leaf for this one. KAPOW it gets dark! The serving size is supposed to be a whole tablespoon I think :(

Tea Sipper

Aw, I had a feeling I wasn’t using enough leaves.

Stephanie

:( Maybe you can get a tasty 4 oz cup with the last tsp. Let it steep as long as you can stand to!

Tea Sipper

I’ll try that, if I remember!

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