2895 Tasting Notes

Sipdown!
My final tea of the day is a mystery shu puer tuocha, wrapped in gold foil with tiny red writing on it. This was sent to me from Sil, & was a decent little Shu. Thanks!

Sil

yay! i really need to try this one soooooon…

Terri HarpLady

I dropped both of them into a 16oz mug, 3 min. Resteeped at 5. Nice dark rich brew. Nothing fancy, but satisfying :)

Sil

that was a grocery store buy in china lol so i’m ok with satisfying heh

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Sipdown, this is a sample from Sil. Thanks!
It is a tasty cup, not something I’d buy, but a tasty treat on a saturday afternoon.

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The was sent to me from IndigoBloom via Sil, thanks girls!
This is also a sipdown, uh….298 I think.
A rather unusual blend of Cilantro, White tea, & Mango with a pinch of Hibiscus, the vision of Indigo. And a lovely vision it is!

Chelle

This one sound like a very interesting blend. Love mango…love cilantro!

Sil

i like this one a bit better than the pineapple cilantro blend stacy has…

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drank Black Gold by Mandala Tea
2895 tasting notes

I’m really enjoying this tea today. I steeped it for 3 minutes, & then re-steeped for 5. Both were delicious! This has a really nice dark flavor & is seriously smooth, honestly today it is reminding me somewhat of Premium Taiwanese Assam, because of the really smoothness & even-ness of it, but of course it is different. The depth of this tea is very bassy, & I think it would especially appeal to coffee drinkers.
And black tea lovers like me.

Garret

So glad you like this tea. I brought all of this current crop back during my 4/12 trip… I feel like this black tea is superb… grown in a super clean growing area and getting to the point where the age is prime. I prefer Simao area teas best at about 1.5 to 4 or so yrs old. Most hong cha from other areas seems to really lose its steam a little after a year where this is just getting going!!! Thanks for writing about it!

Terri HarpLady

I will definitely have to get some more on my next order, as it’s already almost gone!

Sil

teeeriiii! i want my box! lol course then i need to drink mandala samples asap so i can decide on an order!

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This was my first cup of the day, hours ago.
After drinking that cup, we went out to breakfast at our usual haunt, where I slurped down a couple of cups of Numi’s China Breakfast.
Once we got home, I resteeped my original cup. Ahhh, there is nothing like awesomeness!

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I spent the afternoon savoring cup after cup of this Shu. It really is a pleasant earthy & sweet tea. I felt like I was drinking the forest floor, a deeply decomposed leaf pile. Later it took on a cedar essence as well. This really is a nice tea. Thank you Angel & TeaVivre for this sample.

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My daughter Jessica’s favorite tea is Egyptian Licorice (Yogi). She’s been drinking it since whenever that company started making it (some time in her childhood, she’s 30). Before that we used to drink another licorice blend. She loves licorice tea! But she also wanted some caffeine. I served her this, & she LOVED it!! As do I.

We went a little long on the first steep, so it was a little bitter, but we enjoyed it anyway. The 2nd steep was actually the better of the 2, in that the bitterness was gone & the various other flavors were even more balanced. Yum! My hat is off to BoxerMama for dreaming up this one, & to Stacy for making it happen!

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My daughter & granddaughter came over for awhile this afternoon, & I let them pick something off the ‘menu’. Julianna (granddaughter) picked this tea, which is perfect, as she is fairie-like. She loved it!

I’ve drank this once before & didn’t really care much for it that day. I’m kind of up & down with florals. Some days I love them, other days they are like bath-water to me. So after the girls left, I did a few resteeps of this & it was delightful! I think the first steeping might have been a little over the top, but the flowers tone it down with each repeat. Not something I’d want to drink everyday, but I have enough to share with someone, probably the next time Julianna comes over.

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Sipdown (298)
Although I admire Franks ingenuity, I’m usually not much for flavored teas. This one is strange, with a tobacco flavor to it, an aftertaste of carob, & my daughter Jess says it reminds her of clove cigarettes.
My initial reaction was, “No”. But it kind of grows on you a little.
This was sent to me from Alpha Kitty. Thanks!

Chelle

Sounds intriguing. I have a sample from CK. thanks for helping me figure out my morning cup!

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Another Sipdown (299), this one came from Alpha Kitty, thanks, wherever you are!

Admittedly, this one doesn’t really work for me too much. It’s a little astringent, the strawberry flavor is in front & a little on the tart under-ripe side.
NEXT!

ashmanra

Cold steeped and sweetened it can be pretty awesome! But I admit you have to get everything just right. When I do, it tastes phenomenal.

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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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