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drank Cloud and Mist by Mandala Tea
1330 tasting notes

MzPriss’ Unflavored Tea Box – Tea #26

These leaves are long, twisty and a dusty green. I could swear in the first sips of this one, it’s very nutty! Then quickly turns to peach, but then I swear the peach disappears… maybe that is where the “cloud” and “mist” comes from… the interchanging ever shifting flavors. The second steep seems to combine the nuttiness and peachiness and remains throughout the cup the entire time, but on a very light level. As it cools, the flavor kind of turns weird, but this is another case where the leaves sat overnight, so I’ll keep the rating to the first cup. Very different but very delicious! Nutty & peachy! I wish I had some more teas like this, but then I think of combining teas that are nutty and peachy.
Steep #1 // 28 min after boiling // 2 min
Steep #2 // 20 min after boiling // 3 min

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MzPriss’ Unflavored Tea Box – Tea #25
I might have waited too long for this one to cool, as the flavor was very light… too light to almost tell what type of oolong this is: fruity, floral, vegetal. Not sure! Maybe all of them! The second cup was slightly better, the top of the sip is floral, but then lingering in the mouth it is vegetal followed by a hint of creamy milk oolong… so I suppose the flavor IS all of them. Not too fruity anyway! It seems I haven’t had a peachy oolong in ages, and those are one of my favorite kinds. I used 3/4 teaspoon and filled the mug 3/4 of the way.
Steep #1 // 28 min after boiling // 2 min
Steep #2 // 15 min after boiling // 3-4 min

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MzPriss’ Unflavored Tea Box – Tea #24
I appreciate trying this one, but I’m not sure my tastebuds can comprehend these delicate raw pu-erhs yet. The ripened are so robust yet the raw are some of the lighter teas. I have no idea if I steeped this one right… I really wish Mandala would have instructions for their teas. They would know better than I. I also don’t think I used enough leaf, as I was trying to save a little bit for the tea box. So I used about 3/4 of a teaspoon and filled the mug 3/4. This one just seems like a fuzzy white tea to me: light without much flavor.. hints of apricot maybe. The second steep was a little stronger, but my tastebuds still couldn’t figure it out. I’m leaving the other raw pu-erhs in the box for the rest of you to figure out!
Steep #1 // 20 min after boiling // 40 seconds
Steep #2 // 10 min after boiling // 1 min steep

kimquat

Oh, phooey. I forgot that Mandala doesn’t have brew instructions online. ): Sorry about that. They recommend 1TB for 8oz of water. Brew temps vary, but I stick to low rather than high. I think you’re supposed to start with around 30sec and increase in increments of 15-20sec. I would have to check…again, sorry.

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MzPriss’ Unflavored Tea Box – Tea #23
The tea box is on the way but I still have a few tasting notes to post. AND I loaded up all three of my infusers with tea before running to the post office to steep the teas later! I will never tire of these fun tea boxes!

A solid black tea! I want to say it is mostly tomato soup… my annoying taste buds have turned a ton of black teas into tomato soup. Luckily I like tomato soup (at least the canned) a lot better than I like actual tomatoes (but not necessarily for a breakfast tea!). The strength is mid-level. The second steep magically transformed into mostly cherries with a hint of the tomato soup in the background. Both cups are a little bit cedary. Not many teas have switched flavors like that for me in the past. I think what was once ‘malt’ for me is now ‘tomato soup’. Worst case scenario, as malt is one of my favorite tea flavors, tomato is certainly not. I might be getting burned out on tasting notes. I’ll have to resort to some old favorite teas I don’t have to write tasting notes for for a while, but I still have a ton of teas to review and a ton of new ones to try!
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // just boiled // 3 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min

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drank Shaded Leaf by Mellow Monk
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MzPriss’ Unflavored Tea Box – Tea #22
I haven’t tried many of these grassy greens but this is a GOOD one. Something very unique here. It’s very creamy and sweet and only a little bit savory.. maybe something a little fruity as well… probably melon! I thought three minutes for this tea was too much, but it’s really perfect at a low temp. The second cup really didn’t have much flavor like the first cup did, which was a little odd. I wish everyone in the tea box could try this one, but there is only one teaspoon left: go for it Kiwi (the next person in the teabox), since I know you have something like this on your wishlist! Den’s Fukamidori… I’m debating on adding it to the teabox but it is closing in on the expiration date.
Steep #1 // 40 min after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // 25 min after boiling // 3 min

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MzPriss’ Unflavored Tea Box – Tea #21

I’ve recently learned that if you leave out already steeped leaves overnight, the flavor is drastically different… I never let leaves sit longer than 24 hours. Usually I have black teas/pu-erh all day and then have one cup of white/green/herbal/oolong at night and then leave the second steep until the next night. I thought the flavor difference was just because they were steeped twice. I have to do a better job on not leaving leaves overnight then…

The leaves here are HUGE and rainbowed! Rainbow colors for tea leaves anyway! I’m not sure the difference between a Bai Mu Dan and Pai Mu Tan other than this one is from Malawi and Bai Mu Dan is not. This one is very light flavored. But usually with this type of tea, the second cup is ever better. Maybe I should be rinsing the leaves a little. Otherwise I’m getting hints of fruit, but you can’t really tell what that is yet. A little creaminess. As suspected, there is a ton of extra flavor… creamy sweet candy citrus. It kind of reminds me of the White Rhino I had from Butiki… unless its something else I’m remembering. Sigh. So many teas. Actually, I think it’s just this type of tea that I’m being reminded of… these might be my favorite white teas: creamy citrus. I’m taking a little bit more of this one from the tea box, but there is a ton left! I’ll definitely try a third steep the next go around. Also, I don’t believe cooling boiling water for 2-3 minutes leaves you with 180 degree water like the description for this one says…
Steep #1 // 30 min after boiling // 2 min
Steep #2 // 25 min after boiling // 3 min

Cameron B.

I always assumed they were one and the same, I know a lot of teas have multiple spellings.

KiwiDelight

I asked that this one be a part of the box and am so glad that Single Origin included it. Never had a white African tea before, or even a tea from Malawi!

Tea Sipper

Well, you’re next and there is plenty still in the tea box. I think I’m sending tomorrow!

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MzPriss’ Unflavored Tea Box – Tea #20

This oolong might not have been steeped perfectly, but there are better oolongs from Verdant that I was able to sample. The first flavor that hits is a tangy, tart green vegetable, I’m not sure which, but then a cream flavor followed by creamed corn. Verdant describes this one as kettle corn (just like the other oolong I had the other day) and I’d have to agree, if only on the end of the sip and not what hits the tongue first. A very sweet creamy aftertaste. It’s a good one! I can’t forget that Verdant’s Autumn tiguanyin was a magical thing. If I was steeping these perfectly, I’d have much better experiences with these.
Steep #1 // 3/4 tsp. // mug 3/4 full // 10 min after boiling // 45 sec

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MzPriss’ Unflavored Tea Box – Tea #19
Oh this is the perfecttt Yunnan. Mostly golden twisty leaves here, but enough hints of darker leaves to give it some character. I know teas like Verdant’s Golden Fleece are all gold. And most Yunnan is mostly dark with hints of gold. The flavors: honeyed squash, sweet potatoes, yams with drizzles of dark chocolate… with some hints of tomato soup. The color of the cup is an orangeish amber. SO so so good. The second cup might have been steeped a little long (three min would be better), but no astringency just tangy for some reason, but it is deeper with more character. It seems all the flavors I previously mentioned have combined instead of being able to pick them out. The first cup is GOLD though… the second needed less steep time. I’d love three pounds of this in my cupboard!
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // few minutes after boiling // 2 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min

Cameron B.

I agree, this tea is AMAZING! :D

Nicole

Isn’t this a great one??!!

MzPriss

I hope there is some of this left when the box gets back to me

Tea Sipper

A couple teaspoons left… I am tempted to take the rest out, but because you mentioned, I won’t. I NEED to take a couple things out because I won’t be able to fit anything. It seems like many pouches with only one teaspoon left. I’m specifically focusing on the teas you added, MzPriss because I don’t want you to get a bunch of your teas back.

MzPriss

No, please go ahead and take it Tea Sipper – it’s the “way of the box” I can always get some

MzPriss

And seriously, just get what you want – it will go around again probably and it doesn’t matter. I like everything I put in there.

Tea Sipper

No, I will leave it in, no problem. Like I said, I want three pounds of it anyway. :D

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MzPriss’ Unflavored Tea Box – Tea #18
I don’t remember how exactly I steeped this one, but I didn’t use too many leaves to save some for others and might have filled the mug too high on accident. I just wanted to note mainly that WHOA this one is very nutty when it is cooled! I’m not sure if that is usual for Alishan, since as far as I know, I’ve only tried one oolong labeled ‘Alishan’ and that was from the Butiki teabox. I don’t remember it being particularly nutty. But this one is also very sweet and buttery, so the kettle corn comparisons I’m seeing are accurate! (Now I want kettle corn!) The second steep wasn’t as flavorful, probably steeping it incorrectly though. But if you’d like a nutty oolong, try this one!

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MzPriss’ Unflavored Tea Box – Tea #17
I’d agree with everything Veronica said about this one! Malty, with mild spice notes, and very raisin like! The cup is a mid-level strength… so I wish it were more malty and raisiny. Just read her much better tasting note. :D Sorry for the lame tasting notes lately, I’m NOT doing this tea box justice!
Just so everyone is aware, though this tea is good, I’ve tried a few other teas from Single Origin that I liked even more. Keep the Kaporet Kenya in mind as well as the Ginseng Oolong: super-brain-poweriest of all the Ginseng Oolongs. Maybe if I were sipping some now, my tasting notes would be better.

Single Origin Teas

Raisin is a great description. Usually when I read anything raisin I think grape and then muscatel. But this kind of has that raisin sweetness without the grape? haha now it sounds like I need to drink some of the Ginseng Oolong!

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Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! I was bored one day and found out that most of them have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
40-65 – Okay
1-40 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. :D

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