204 Tasting Notes

80
drank Four Leaves Ripe by Mandala Tea
204 tasting notes

I am having this tea this morning and got Hubby to share too. He’s been trying to get off coffee and I told him he would probably really like ripe puerh. I told him all the health benefits and how it doesn’t leave you jittery like coffee. He liked it! Yay! Now I can get him to help sip down some of my tea. lol

I gave it two quick 10 sec rinses and then brewed his cup , then mine at 30 sec each. I like my tea lighter so I kept the same time. He was very impressed when I told him that both teas were brewed from the same leaves and there was plenty more cups left in those leaves. I am on the 5th infusion now. I find this tea earthy and a bit mushrooming in the first infusion. On the 5th infusion it’s mellowing out more, very smooth with cocoa notes. It goes down petty easy. I wonder if this one has a good qi? I guess I will find out.

Flavors: Cocoa, Earth, Mushrooms, Smooth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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90

Dry, this tea smells so mossy & nutty. Delicious! The dark mossy smell reminded me of Bi luo chun tea. Brewed it at 185 for 1.5 min. Nutty , buttery, sweet. This one is supposed to have hairy tips An excellent tea from Royal Tea Bay.

Flavors: Butter, Moss, Nutty

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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84

I bought 100 g of this tea for $8.75 Cdn, free shipping! Wow! I had some this morning. It looked and smelled like a Mao Jian Tea. Brewed at 190 for 2 min. It was a rich buttery flavour, just like Mao Jian. It had a slight bitter edge so I think I need to reduce the temp for next time. 190 is too high for a green anyway. Next time I will keep the temp lower and less steep time. Overall a great tea for the price!

I’ll update this review when I brew it at the lower temp with less steep time.

Flavors: Butter

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cheri

Nice!

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88

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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94

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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100
drank Milk Oolong | Jin Xuan by Tealux
204 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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95
drank Tenkaichi Sencha Supreme by Tealux
204 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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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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