201 Tasting Notes

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I love white tea but I rarely ever have it. Why? Because it must be brewed at such low temperatures. I like my tea hot and white tea always cools down too fast. No problem with this tea since it’s a pu’er white. I can brew it at high temperatures and it’s still delicate. This tea does not have any smoke or bitterness. It’s smooth , light, with a fruity apple taste. I’ve been considering what shengs I should order in cake form from Mandala. I had two picked out but this one is very good too. Hard choice!

Flavors: Apple

Stephanie

Nice, I will put this on my “to try” list :)

Garret

I get apple in this, too! Cool. I believe there are only a handful of these cakes left in the storage vault. 5 or 6. I had this pressed when I was there in China in 2012 and went in on the pressing with one of my connections there. Emailing him today to see if he has any of these left in storage. Together we pressed 40kg (400 cakes) on a whim, hence the no label art.

Cheri

Every time someone posts a glowing review of another one of the Mandala shengs, I get even more confused. I need to figure out what to order. Garret, you’re not following me, so I can’t message you to ask for help.

Garret

I will follow you :) But then you must message me :) Email works really well for me, too – garret @ mandalatea.com

Ubacat

Oh no! Only 5 or 6 cakes left!!?? I must make a decision soon then.

Cheri, you need to try the loose shengs first. That’s what I have done. If you’re new to sheng like I am , you might like less smoke and closer to a green/white tea flavour. How the tea makes you feel is also another factor.

Cheri

I’ve had some loose, and some samples from cake. I liked both. I do enjoy the “smoke” flavor, although it just reminds me of smoke, doesn’t truly taste like smoke to me.

I’ve ordered some cakes today; they’ll be here Monday. :-)

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I haven’t been having many shengs lately because there’s so many infusions with them and I’ve been trying to cut down on my caffeine. Then someone here mentioned that the first few infusions are usually not the best anyway; to take a few sips and throw it out. I tried that this morning with this tea. Although I felt terrible throwing away good tea because infusions 1-4 were still good, I tried that. At infususion 5 it really was better! So mellow, lighter, silky mouth feel, buttery. And the best part? My lungs were all congested this morning and it’s really cleared them out. I think I need to buy a cake of this and have it daily.

My doctor is planning on giving me puffers once I get al the tests in but I hate those things. I was trying the Candida diet to help clear the lungs and it helped a bit but I fell off the diet. So back to square one and back into my life comes this tea, which I’ve had before and forgot all about. I think a tea purchase for this sheng is excused because it’s for my better health.

Also enjoying the calm energy from this tea.

Flavors: Butter

Preparation
0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML
Cheri

Hey, if it helps, use the puffer. Not being able to breathe is awful and limiting. Fell better!!! And this tea sounds awesome. Now that I’ve fallen off the tea buying hiatus wagon hard, I’m thinking about placing a Mandala order and these wild mountain shengs sound great.

ashmanra

I wonder if real kefir could help? It is a yeast and bacteria culture but it is a non-candida yeast and I have read that it may displace candida.

TeaBrat

I’ve read a lot of things about candida diets, mainly that the mainstream medical community doesn’t believe in them… I had a friend who was on one and it seems very difficult!

Ubacat

Cheri, I know what you mean. I’ve fallen off the tea buying hiatus wagon too!

Ashmanra, that kefir sounds interesting but I’m pretty sure it’s dairy which is one of my major food sensitivities. Thanks for the idea anyway.

TeaBrat, the beginning of the Candida diet is a killer but there’s 3 stages and the last part of the diet isn’t too bad. I know the medical community doesn’t believe in the Candida diet but I know from doing it before it works.

Cheri

So what shengs do you recommend from Mandala? I have had Wild Monk which I quite liked and I’d order that. But I’m not sure what else is good….

mrmopar

Heart of the Old Tree is good also.

TheTeaFairy

Sorry about the health issues but happy the sheng helped :-) i also love this one.

And I second what mrmopar said, love Heart of the Old Tree! Recently, I also tried a sample of their Jade Dew and fell in love with it. I just bought a cake.

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92

Just getting around to trying out this black tea. I almost didn’t brew it this morning. Wanted to go for my ol’ familiar greens. So glad I brewed it up. It’s delicious. This the 2nd black tea from Green Terrace Teas I’ve loved and I don’t normally like black teas!!! It has an aroma like fresh baked bread. Plum sweet taste. Like sweet potatoes too. Very smooth and a bit light for a black tea (another reason I love it). With black teas like this I could very well become a black tea lover.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Honey, Plums, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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87

Has this one early this morning. It’s a tasty tea to have with breakfast. I found it had a very nice roasted rice flavour with a very light green tea base. There was a hint of sweetness in the green tea. Sometimes I find some genmaicha’s too strong caffeine wise but this one was mild. Perhaps because there seemed to be more rice to tea. The green tea was a very dark leaf which looked like sencha. I brewed only for 1 min at 185 for two infusions. Another great tea from Tealux!

Flavors: Cut grass, Rice, Roasted

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Stephanie

I’m torn because genmaicha almost seems like a waste of gyokuro! heh

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drank Milk Oolong | Jin Xuan by Tealux
201 tasting notes

An old favourite and still the best milk oolong I’ve had to date. Used up my the last tsp from my old stash from a year ago and it’s STILL good. I have a new stash I ordered on my last Tealux order though so no worries about running out.

Flavors: Butter, Milk

Cheri

Sounds delicious. I love milk oolongs.

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drank Tenkaichi Sencha Supreme by Tealux
201 tasting notes

I had this tea before and reordered. It’s an excellent sencha but their instructions are to brew it for 2-3 min. I did 1 1/2 and it was a tad too long. It was sweet but with a slight bitter edge. The brewing time needs to be under 1 min. Very grassy, buttery. Love this sencha! I only got 25g on my re-order but this is a sencha to stock up on.

Flavors: Butter, Grass, Sweet

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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91

I had this tea this afternoon from a tea sample I got in my Teavivre order. I wanted to brew it in something that was clear but the only clear glass teapot I have is too big. Then I got the bright idea to use my Mason jam jar. It’s the perfect size. About 3.5 or 4 oz and I could watch the leaves in the water. Brewed at 175 for 1 min. Screwed the lid on too to keep it warm! Pouring it was kind of tricky. I think I need to puncture some holes in the lid.
It was a lovely light buttery green tea. Vegetal, smooth. I did two infusions and both were very tasty. Now I blew my tea quota for the day since I had a delicious Bi Luo Chun for breakfast.

Flavors: Butter, Smooth, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML
Stephanie

The dry leaf is neat looking

Ubacat

Yes, if it wasn’t so pricey, it would be a green tea that I stock all the time.

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96

It’s been ages since I had a Temple Road oolong. I thought I had left a review for this one but I think it was the other two oolongs I had left reviews for. I already had a tea this morning so this is my second cup. That’s already taking it too far on this diet (especially since it’s the 2nd steep which means 3 cups) but considering the circumstances, it can’t be helped.

I got the news yesterday, my cat has gone totally blind so I feel like I could use a little comfort tea right now. He’s getting around better than I thought but it’s just so sad.

This tea is a light oolong but has a real full bodied taste. Very smooth , sweet & buttery. A nice floral aroma and floral notes too. Honeysuckle come to mind yet I’ve never eaten or tasted honeysuckle. I could drink this tea all day. It’s amazing.

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Honeysuckle, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
TheTeaFairy

So sorry about your cat…but if there’s nothing else wrong with him, you’ll be surprised how well animals adapt. My Lab went blind too for the last four years of his life, but we managed must fine :-)

MzPriss

Hugs for you and your kitty

TheTeaFairy

(I meant “just fine”)

Cheri

I’m sorry to hear about your kitty. One of mine have very limited vision and she does just fine. She’s a little skittish of the others, but she holds her ground just fine when she needs to. They do a lot of “seeing” with their whiskers, so it’s not so so bad. And he’s got you to give him love, which really helps.

Ubacat

Thanks everyone. He did have limited vision for quite some time. He had gone blind in one eye and had limited sight in the other. He would get around just like he could see fine but now everything is black on him. No shadows, nothing. He’s bumping into things and is feeling very scared. He’s really grumpy right now too so I’m only showing him stuff and not picking him up too much. Lots of pats and talking as he’s working his way through his whole new world.

yyz

Sorry about his loss of vision. I hope his adaptation goes well. I can understand your anxiety and his fear though. With warm thoughts, Shelley.

TeaBrat

sorry to hear… :(

Cheri

Please give him some extra pets and love from me. I can’t even begin to imagine how scary it must be for him.

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87
drank Mao Feng Yunnan by Tealux
201 tasting notes

I had this tea today but I was chatting with someone so I can’t remember everything about it. First it’s very similar to Bi Luo Chun. The dry leaves are very fluffy like white with many variations of green. This is a first flush Mao Feng. Brewed for 2 min – 1 tsp. It’s delicious like Bi Luo Chun but a lighter version. Buttery, nutty, slightly mossy.

The price is excellent too. This is from 2014 spring crop and it was only 4.00 for 25g. With the sale 20% , I got it even cheaper and my order at the time was large enough so I got free shipping. I would definitely order this one again. Love it.

Flavors: Butter, Moss, Nutty

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 195 OZ / 5766 ML
Cheri

Isn’t it funny how sometimes we can remember everything about a tea, and other times it’s just hints of what it was, other than that it was good? This happens to me at work all the time.

Ubacat

I know what you mean. I’ve gulped down tea while doing something only to remember it was good. lol

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90

This is a wonderful light oolong. Floral with fruity notes (melon). Only slightly astringent. 3 infusions brewed at 30s, 45s, & 60s. I like the first two infusions better. I think 60s was a bit too much as it give it too much punch. I like my oolongs very light. I think I will try a little more of this later in the day. In my tiny yixing teapot, the leaves were still uncurling with the 2nd and 3rd infusion so there’s lots of flavour left there.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 3 OZ / 103 ML

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I’ve loved tea since I’ve been a kid. Back then it was Old King Cole black tea with milk in it. As the years went by I added in all kinds of teas and moved away from the blacks to more green, white,pu-erh rooibos,& herbal. Just recently I’ve started to enjoy a few blacks again along with oolong. Mostly I would just get my teas from the grocery store, Whole Foods, craft shows with small tea vendors, or when travelling. I did order online from a company years ago but only did the once. It was just in 2013 I joined Steepster and have started some online orders. Love love love Tealux but am hoping to try some different places.

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