3091 Tasting Notes

drank Long Life by Mandala Tea
3091 tasting notes

I love black tea. I also love other teas, but black tea is still my favorite. It is what I choose to start my days with, at least most days.
I’m really enjoying the black teas that I’ve gotten from Mandala, this one included. I don’t have much of a description to give, as I drank it hours ago before we went out to breakfast with another couple. But it was tasty & satisfying, just a basic lightly malty cup of goodness.


+1 on black teas especially in the AM! What are your favorite black teas from Mandala? I’ve read many positive comments about Garret and his pu-erh teas. Thanks

Terri HarpLady

All of them? Hahaha :D
Actually, it’s hard to say. I’ve got 30+ plain blacks that I’m rotating through, starting each day with a different tea, so It’s hard to compare them, but there hasn’t been one I don’t like. Garret rocks!

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This is my 2nd tea from the BBBB, sent by TastyBrew, & it is a Tasty Brew!
The leaves are fine & kind of downy, in shades of grey & tan, with a warm sweet aroma.
I used 2 tsp in my mug, steeped 4 min.
The flavor reminds me of beer a little, kind of a yeasty malty almost hoppy taste, a little caramel, and a mouth filling sensation, leaving my tongue feeling thick. A nice mellow vibe to start the day with!
Thanks TB,



Terri HarpLady

OK, now I created both product pages (although they wouldn’t let me copy & paste the photos from the website), & I’ve written reviews. You & TB need to get on it, pronto!! LOL :D

Terri HarpLady

Next time I’ll try this in my gaiwan, since it has GongFu in the name.


ive added them to my cupboard because you added the products? does that count? haha


Also, i added the teas i sent to the steepster database as soon as i bought them so they were there. heh

Terri HarpLady

So, lets make a rule that whoever buys the tea first has to add it to the database!

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Another tea from my awesome trade with NofarS! Thanks!

This is nice bold Assam, a little sharp around the edges, and a bit of an edgy bitterness as well. Not particularly sweet, but a good basic Assam that definitely packs a punch! I’m headed out to play a wedding, & this will do the trick!

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I’m not a huge fan or Earl Greys, but Tony is, so I like to surprise him with various Earls as they come my way. This one came from my trade with NofarS. I served Tony a cup of it this morning, in place of his usual version, & he said, “You can just leave the rest of that here.”


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I think Momo has done a terrific job with the TTB. I applaud her commitment & I hope she’ll keep doing it. I’ve been in for 2 rounds. I’m also in one with TeaSipper (it’s almost my turn to have the box), and if you’ve never been part of one of those boxes, it’s very exciting & fun. I highly recommend it! It can be a long wait, & the boxes are prone to calamities, delays, etc. Also, because I mainly like just plain unflavored teas, I’m finding the box will get to me, full of mostly flavored teas that really don’t appeal to my taste. So I had an idea for a TTB with only 4 members, who mainly just want to sample lots of black teas, & thus the BBBB was born. (I’m not going to tell you what it stands for, cuz it’s kind of ignorant, LOL, & also cuz we may decide to call it something else later).

TastyBrew started the box moving, & this is one of the 2 half-oz samples she included for each person. This is a very interesting tea. The dry leaf smells like an amazing fruity pipe tobacco, caramel apple & vanilla. I’ve brewed the tea for myself twice today. For my first cup of the day I used 1 tsp for 4 minutes. Now, hours later, I tried a Tbl @ 4 minutes. Both are tasty! Thanks TastyBrew!

The flavor of this tea is very smooth & sweet, & one minute I’m tasting caramel apple, but then the lingering aftertaste is like a really good bourbon vanilla extract. There is also a hint of chocolate liquor after that. It is all middle flavor, no real high end & no deep bass. I’d say a TBL is a little too much, as a bit of acidity is present that wasn’t in the cup I had this morning, so I’ll probably knock it back down to 2 tsp. The beauty is, with 1/2 an oz, I have enough tea to try it a couple of different ways, but not so much tea that I’m stuck with it for months (or years). Thanks to TastyBrew, Sil, & BoxerMama for embarking on this adventure with me!!


adding this one to my shopping list too….. noo ni noo ni noo….

Terri HarpLady

I’m back at Tony’s house, figured I’d try a re-steep at 5 minutes. It’s not real potent, but a pleasant cup.

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I finally finished restringing the harp! My reward? (Other than getting paid by the parents of the student who’s harp I restrung) I took a trip upstairs to open my Shu-Box (not to be confused with my Sheng-Box) & selected THIS awesome Shu, which I’ve been hoarding for quite some time now. I followed the ‘western’ steeping parameters, because I don’t really have time to fuss over a gaiwan this afternoon. 3 min, then 4, then 5…
So one of the things I love about this tea is the sweet & malty cinnamon pastry qualities of it, but another thing I love is that even though it doesn’t taste chocolaty, there is a lingering sensation of having eaten an awesome 97% pure dark chocolate bar. It’s so satisfying. This is also one of those Shu’s that is totally free of ammonia, marine, & barnyard kinds of flavors. It’s earthy & sweet.
Love love love! I’ll rue the day when I have to announce a sipdown.

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Another sipdown!
This has been a lovely lemony tea, nicely tangy but also kind of creamy too.

Lariel of Lórien

If you add vanilla rooibos, it kinda tastes like pie.

Terri HarpLady

Ooooh, I cam see that! We’re almost at the end of our Adagio supply, & both of my sons are starting to talk about the next order. :)

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Drew & I fixed a pot of tea to go with lunch. It included Hazelnut, Vanilla, & the last of Cream, all black teas from Adagio. To be quite honest, it was kind of mehhhhhh. But at least we got a sipdown in!

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I went to the salt room again this morning, trying to go twice a week for awhile. 3 times a week would probably be better, but 2 is what I can fit in for now. It’s so nice to lay there for an hour, doing Reiki on myself, giving my body some healing time.

I came home, chopped up the last couple of peaches, simmered them, made myself a small batch of hazelnut flour pancakes (same as almond flour, just sub in hazelnut flour, silly!), layered the pancakes with the peaches, a small drizzle of maple syrup (I swear to you, it was only a Tbl), & made a cup of this yummy tea to go along with it. I had a nice long phone conversation with my sister, MsWhatsit, while I was cooking, wherein we discussed our various creative endeavors, & bid one another adieu to enjoy our breakfasts & get on with the creative revelry that is each of our lives!

And now, I must finish restringing a harp, practice a song for tomorrow’s wedding gig, & I probably should let Ms Theresa make a few phone calls too.


Those sound really good. I think I’d be too lazy to ever make them though, but I bet they’re worth it.


Ditto what cavo said lol

Terri HarpLady

Actually, it’s pretty quick. I make 1/3 of a recipe, which is just the right amount of pancakes for me. The peaches basically just simmered on low & cooked themselves. Oh, & there was bacon!


Your life sounds so pleasant all the time (of course, I’m sure you have your days . . .) but gee I with I could get down with the stress-free go-with-the-flow lifestyle. I’m an anxious mess most of the time. lol

Terri HarpLady

I have to admit, it is pretty sweet most of the time!! I’ve paid my dues, as they say in the musicians crowd, & worked really hard to get things this way, & continue to work hard occasionally. ;)
When I was younger I was depressed alot, had anxiety probs, etc, but then I read “The Miracle of Mindfulness” by Thich nhat han (mispelled, I’m sure), & a few other books along those same lines. Practicing mindfulness has really helped me to get into the moment, & if I’m in this moment, everything is awesome!
Still, some days kind of suck, cuz sometimes life is like that :)

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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!


St. Louis, MO



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