2955 Tasting Notes

drank Yunnan Beauty by Mandala Tea
2955 tasting notes

I made a pot of this earlier today to share with one of my students.
The wet leaf smells phenomenal!! It is this crazy fruity sweet aroma that defies description. The tea itself was ok, but I think there was an element of user error in play, meaning I don’t think I used enough leaf. Luckily I have enough of this to try it several more times!

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This is Delicious!
Thanks to the Little Red Cup for sending me this tasty sample. I really enjoy Keemuns, but of course no two are ever alike. The flavors I tend to look for are a little smoke & a brown sugar sweetness, a pleasant richness that is a little fruity/earthy/& sometimes slightly floral.
It’s all here in my cup, beautifully balanced, absolutely delicious.
That’s all I can say. Thank you. I’ll be adding this to my collection.


Good, eh? :) I like this one too

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I’m finally getting around to sampling this Sheng, from the September (Final) edition of the Reserve TOMC. I’ve been drinking this for a couple of hours. The leaf is beautiful, expertly separated off the cake to preserve each piece without breakage. The initial dry smell is a rich & creamy green aroma that I love. After a quick initial rinse, I steeped in rounds of 3, sipping from each cup separately.
The earliest cups were gentle & like freshly mown hay, sweet & green. The 2nd round was a little astringent.
In the third round a citrus taste came into play, but it was more in the after-taste than in the actual sip.
One thing I’ve learned about shengs is that it’s important not to write them of as ‘just another sheng’ at the beginning, because if I stick it out, the interesting flavors gradually rise to set one apart from another. With this one, it’s kind of a sweet-lime taste. My parents have a lime tree & they tend to leave limes on there for a long time. I mean, you can only use so much lime, right? So they pick one when they need it, & sometimes there is a new crop of limes & last year’s limes are also on the tree. They just keep getting a little juicier & sweeter, unless they are picked or fall off. So the flavor of this reminds me of those sweet limes, still waiting to be picked from months ago. The 4th & 5th rounds have a creamy texture, a lovely sweet taste, a nice tongue & brain tingle, & even a slight salty sprinkle in the after-the-after taste (4th round), as if teeny tiny geysers of sea water sprayed up out of my taste buds in celebration. Admittedly, I have a tea buzz, & this last cup of tea is like drinking ‘clarity’ itself.

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I handed the mother of one of my students my ‘tea menu’, which she admitted being a little overwhelmed by, & let her pick one. This was her pick, & she loved it! So do I! It a robust blend of black teas, puerh, & chocolate. What could be better?


Pu erh + chocolate is a great combo, IMHO.

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This blend of Lapsang, Oolong, Assam & Puerh is satisfyingly smooth, malty, bold, smokey, & even a tad sweet. Perfect with breakfast!
I’m pretty sure that the next time I place an order for Bolder Breakfast, I’ll have to get a tin of this one too!

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A quick backtrack off yesterday, because I DID drink a lot of tea!
Crazy me, saturday night I stayed up til 3am, because I decided to redo my entire Bridal Fair display, & there were things that I needed to do at the last minute. I’m not always great at thinking very far ahead.

So yesterday I got up at 7, took a quick shower, & brewed 2 steepings of The Black Lotus. 1.5 went into my go cup, the other .5 was drank while stumbling around the house, loading the final bit of stuff into the car, etc. The go cup of tea was enjoyed while driving & unloading my gear into my booth. Then I went to breakfast. My first 2 cups of tea there were meant as a test of the water, using tbags that were in my purse. I drank a cup of Tazo Awake (pretty bitter), & a cup of Twinings English breakfast, which was acceptable. Then I pulled out the Anxi Fo Shou, had 3 cups of that (3min/4/5). Thank you Verdant Tea!
Then I poured 6 Mandala Black pearls into my portable brew basket on top of the Anxi & ran 2 more steeps (4/5), refilling my go cup, & savoring the last bit. This kept me happy for an hour at the Bridal Fair.
I was able to refill my cup with hot water at the fair one more time, dropping 2 Tazo Chai bags in there with some stevia.
Final tea of the day, once it was all over with & I was at Tony’s house in my pjs, a lovely cup of Bilbo Brew.
A long day, but luckily with some tasty teas, & hopefully profitable in the long run as well.

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Yesterday was a lonnnnng day. Today I’m pampering myself. I slept 10 hours, & I’ve been drinking this lovely tea for 2 hours. I put 5 G in my blue lotus 4oz mini-teapot (which I absolutely love, Garret), & have been doing incremental steepings. The first one was for one minute, but I tasted a small sample every 15 seconds, lol, & they were all yum! I added 1 minute to each steeping, & they’ve all been delicious. Next time I’ll probably go with shorter steepings from the get go, & not add time as quickly, but that’s one of the things I love about tea drinking: the experiment.
The earliest cups were butter & honey with a little shroom.
This built to a maltier shroominess, & the cup I’m on now is an electric tongue tingler, if you know what I mean. I feel a nice energy spreading throughout my body, something I really needed this morning, & a reminder that tea is more than just flavor. This one is tasty AND has nice Chaqi!
And now I’m

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Sad Sad Sad Sad Sad sipdown, ;_;
I’ve been resteeping this all afternoon…I’m still resteeping. I’ll keep resteeping until there is nothing left…


Then toss the leaves to brew overnight!


Er into cold water

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We’re having a pajama day, laying around watching Loopers, & I’ve been enjoying this lovely Dragonwell, as an after breakfast cup. The flavor is beautifully vegetal & buttery, with a nice thick mouth.

Thanks again to Angel & TeaVivre for this sample!

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Oh Baby!
This was my tea to drink while I was fixing breakfast today.
Oh Cara McGee, if you’re on steepster, I hope you have a happy birthday.
I love this tasty tea, yum yum yum.

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I’m so excited to have found this community! I’m a self-employed Harpist (acoustic & electric – Originals, Classical, Rock, Jazz, etc) & Singer/Songwriter. My days & nights revolve around teaching at home, playing gigs, gardening,& fixing awesome food to eat. My schedule is different everyday, but I just go with the flow, & I sip a lot of tea!

My love of Tea began with Herbals back in the 70’s. One of my favorites was a licorice blend from House of Hezekiah, an old tea shop in Kansas City. There was also a tea with mint, rose petals, chamomile, etc called Nuclear Casual Tea.
In the 80’s I gave up caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, (& a few illicit substances…), and brewed medicinal blends & tinctures to support 4 pregnancies (all children born at home). In the 90’s my love affair with green teas began when I discovered ‘The Republic of Tea’. Their beautiful teas & packaging inspired my original song, “TeaMind”, from my CD “Zen Breakfast”. If you’d like to hear the song for free, drop by my website.

In general, I drink my teas straight, but occasionally I add a pinch of Stevia & maybe some coconut or almond milk (I’m allergic to dairy, gluten, & various other things & avoid most sweets.)

I’ve explored a variety of teas:
Whites tend to be a little bland…sorry
Oolongs – wonderfully sensual
Roobios – I’m not a fan in general
Puehr – a fairly new direction for me
I’m not a huge fan of flavored teas, but I do make exceptions, & I’ll try just about anything once.

And Black Tea, Oh how I love thee!!
I am on a quest for the most wonderful breakfast cup! I will find you, my Love!


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