3071 Tasting Notes

I was going to have a cup of Premium Taiwanese Assam this morning. I sleepily measured out the tea, the water was hot, the tea was steeped, then I sat down to drink. I was thinking to myself, “Something is different. This seems to have lost something.” It wasn’t as sweet. It wasn’t as chocolatey. It wasn’t bad, it was nicely bold & deep, but not what I was expecting. Then I realized I’d made a cup of the ‘upgrade’ by accident. Nothing wrong with it, nothing missing, it’s just not the same tea.

This is a sipdown!

Cavocorax

Whoops!
It seems like a lot of people prefer the original Assam over the upgrade – I think I’ll just stick with that one too as I enjoy it so much!

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I’ve really enjoyed this Brew, & sadly, there is only enough for one more pot of it…sigh…to be shared with good company in the form of my sons.

Irish breakfast, green vanilla (the only flaw in this recipe, IMO. When I experiment with my own version, the green will be left out), sweet potato, & cinnamon. Yum!

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Sipdown from this sample from TastyBrew.
I have to admit, this really is a good representation of a rich brioche, with almonds & just the right amount of cinnamon. You can even taste the crust. I dunno how they did it, but I like it. :)

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Another sample, care of TastyBrew. Thanks! :)
A mild green tea with Spearmint & Lemon Myrtle. I’m not always a huge mint fan, & I much prefer peppermint over spearmint, but this tea is a pleasant after-breakfast cup. This isn’t bitter at all, & is even mildly sweet. The sip starts out a little creamy, followed by a refreshing sensation, but ends somewhat astringent, & that’s the only thing I don’t care for about it.

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I decided to have a cup of this chai with my breakfast with a little stevia. It’s a nice spicy one, & the only thing that would have made it better would have been some canned coconut milk, or actually the cream off the top of a can of coconut milk, or maybe some french vanilla coconut creamer. Thanks to Tasty Brew for this sample!

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drank Morning Sun by Mandala Tea
3071 tasting notes

First tea of the day!
I steeped at 3 min, & then re-steeped at 5.
This is a rich & resinous cup with a nice bass note.
The flavor is savory & rustic, & still reminds me of masa harina & roasted poblano chili’s, maybe some roasted carrots too.
Nice & thick in the mouth, smooth & bold.

Garret

HI!! A few of the coffeehouses and teahouses we supply to go through this tea like wild! I am really happy that you like it, too! Thank you, again, for taking the time, my friend, to write down your impressions!

Terri HarpLady

My pleasure! I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve tried so far! :)

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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
3071 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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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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