2855 Tasting Notes

This is a really lovely tea, & although I am not as wild about it as my other half (that’s you, Sil, LOL, at least in the tea world), I do enjoy it. I know I should write more detailed notes about it’s layers of deliciousness, but right now I’m just trying to play catchup on a long & busy day!

Sil

it’s one of my fav sweet honey type black teas. :) But i prefer bolder, darker teas on the whole.

Terri HarpLady

Don’t get me wrong, it’s tasty all right. :)

Sil

haha i know…just felt the need to clarify. i’m having a rough day..

Terri HarpLady

aww…here’s a Hug

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The aroma of this tea is lightly floral & a little coconutty, but there is also a smell that makes me think of parmesan…kind of milkly but a little pungent. I have enough in my sample to try it a few more times, which is good because really, I was doing desk things while sipping this, so it didn’t get as much attention as it should.

I’m not a huge milk oolong fan, but having said that, there wasn’t anything objectionable about this cup. There also wasn’t anything memorable.

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drank Black Pearl by Mandala Tea
2855 tasting notes

I’ll have to remember to cut back on the number of pearls I use for this one! Most of the ‘pearl’ teas require 6 to make a decent cup, IMO.
I previously used 6 for this one, & that was too many. Today I used 5, & I think that was also an over-leaf. Next time I’ll try 4!

Still a tasty cup though, just a little on the strong side! Oh well, I have places to go, people to see, harps to move, etc. A strong cup is what I need. I steeped 3 times: 3 min, 4 min, 5 min, all very potent. This tea resteeps well! (alternatively, maybe next time I’ll shorten my steepings as well…)

Cavocorax

I just received my sample of this through Sil! Thank you! I can’t wait to try it. (And the Red Dragon Pearls. And… maybe I should take all these out and do a visual comparison/smell test?)

Sil

was trying to decide if i needed to place an order of these…garret mentioned being down to 4oz and maybe not having any left until next year..if that..

Terri HarpLady

I know! I actually went on the mandala site last night, thinking I might order more, but ended up getting other stuff instead…cough…

Sil

….OTHER STUFF?

Terri HarpLady

(bows her head in shame)

Sil

..other mandala stuff??

Terri HarpLady

yes, I tried the blooming black tea, & a couple puer samples

Sil

haha i keep going to place another order, but i just have so many of your samples to finish so i know better what i like…haven’t even started on the teas i actually ordered lol

Terri HarpLady

You’re gonna want to shoot me when the BBB arrives, whahaha ;)

Sil

oh god… hopefully it won’t get here until i’ve had a chance to get through the canadian tea box! I also have all your teas here..calling your name heh

Terri HarpLady

I think I can hear them…off in the distance…

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I have seen these pearls on steepster, & Jeweled Thumb was kind enough to send me a sample. I finally got a chance to try them out today, & although they were ok, they weren’t really my thing. I do enjoy a good jasmine tea from time to time, but today it just didn’t do it for me.
It’s probably me, rather than the tea.
However, thanks to Jeweled Thumb for sharing it with me!
And that’s a sipdown!

jeweledthumb

Sorry you weren’t a fan, BUT you don’t know how chuffed I am to see your review! =)

Terri HarpLady

Nothing to be sorry about! I appreciate the opportunity to sample it, all the same! Thanks!

Tea Sipper

I just thought yesterday that jasmine doesn’t seem like it would go with black tea.

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I spent the afternoon prepping the Here’s Hoping TTB for travel.
It’s full & ready to go!!
Tea Sipper is in for a real surprise! Heheheheh
I also prepped the BBB Box, which going out to Sil tomorrow!
So drinking this tea was my reward, & it was also my pleasure!

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Another tea from the HHTTB, & a sipdown. There wasn’t much left of this, so Drew used it all. I tried a small sip.
:p tastes artificial

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From the HHTTB
My son Drew made a pot of this & I drank a small cup. I think I sampled this before from the first swap I had with Sil. It’s not bad, though not something I’d keep around.

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From the Here’s Hoping TTB, and a sipdown.

I’m winding down my sampling efforts. This is a pleasant roasty oolong, & although it doesn’t have the amazing incense & caramel qualities of some of my favorites, it is still a nice cup, with a woody & nutty character.

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And this one is like the afterglow…sigh…

(If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, read the review I just posted on Tiger Assam. That will clue you in).

caile

Sounds like a very good tea day! :-)

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This is such an awesome cup of goodness, so deliciously bold & malty.
After spending all day yesterday sampling teas that were mostly blah,
I’m really taking great pleasure in this cup.
Remember the movie, “When Harry met Sally?”
I’m like Sally right now, during the famous scene where she’s talking about women faking orgasms (am I allowed to say that word here?).
“Yes!! Oh God Yes!!….”

JustJames

i think the rule is ‘keep it clean’ is all. jason didn’t specify. we could message him and ask whether the word ‘orgasm’ is dirty in his mind…. of course without context, just for fun. LMAO

Terri HarpLady

lol, somehow I doubt anybody here will be offended :)

MissLena

Haha, I have a travel mug full of this at work that I haven’t opened yet, should be awesome this afternoon :D

JustJames

it’s an excellent tea to be sure, a very smooth drop kick of caffeine!

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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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