3072 Tasting Notes

drank Black Gold by Mandala Tea
3072 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.


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!


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!


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.


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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Welcome to Sipdown Central
This was a sample sent from Nina’s.
I used to drink alot of Moroccan Mint over ice, especially during gigs. It’s very refreshing!
Today I chose to drink this hot. I had the first cup plain, then I tosses a few fragrant Rose Buds (Frontier) into the pot, ala My Friend Rashad’s comments, & that was tasty too. It very much reminded me of an herbal tea from back in my Hippy Days, “Nuclear Casual Tea”.
I’m not always a fan of mint in my tea, although I enjoy it in my salads.
Thanks to Laurent for this sample.
This is a Sipdown, bringing me back down to 300 teas!


Woo! 300! :D


going to have to drink harder…i’m still more than 100 under ya!


Congratulations on <300!

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, but you haven’t gotten my box yet, Sil.


shhhhhhhhhhh la la la la i can’t hear you


She hasn’t gotten my package yet either Terri! And I’ll probably mail it off this week! :D


Maybe you guys will meet in the middle.


I’m sending Terri one too! Lol


Haha. You guys are awesome. And your own worst enemies.

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Big Sipdown!!
Leif & I combined the last of Sakura Allure (Teavana), Apricot Green (Adagio), & Peach Zinger (Teaves) into an iced blend.
The resulting tea is tart & tangy, & in all honesty, a little acidic for me, but Leif likes it. Thanks again Michelle.
I’m now at 301 teas, BTW.
What to sipdown next?


were you a m.a.s.h. fan too? love the new avi pic btw. yeah, i’ve been chucking things together in iced teas too. you could always send alan alda your recipe =0)

Terri HarpLady

Are you kidding James? I grew up on Mash! LOL!

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Also not really my cup of tea, but I’m grateful to Michelle for the opportunity to give it a try.

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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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