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This came as a free sample from the people at Mandala Tea who also seem very nice, thanks for the sample, guys!

The shape and smell of this one does remind me of a dragonwell, but I’ve been very underwhelmed by dragonwells in the past. I was not too stingy with the leaf here and steeped it at 180 F for 3 minutes, regular infuser mug method.

I did like this one! It brews up to be a very light yellow color in the cup. I was expecting it to be wimpy but it really isn’t. The flavor is quite delicate but there is a also a delicious macadamia nut like richness about it with a sweet finish. yummy!

This is a beautiful cup to be savored and now it goes on my shopping list… heh heh :)

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180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Spoonvonstup

Yay! Nice to see some other folks trying Mandala. Sincerely nice.

ScottTeaMan

Amy, how much tea do you use?

TeaBrat

@Scott – for…. what?

ScottTeaMan

For this tea. Approx 1 tsp? more? I was just curious because you said you weren’t to stingy with the leaf………

TeaBrat

It was a tablespoon I am guessing…

Garret

HI Friends!! I will be visiting the growers of this particular tea during my tea buying trip in April! The growers brew it 1-2 minutes for 5 or 6 brews. The other day during a tea session, I did one minute steepings over and over again and adored the flavors. As far as amount, customers are using anywhere from 2 tsp to over a tablespoon in 8 ounces. 3 grams of this is over a tablespoon. So… up to you as far as amount.

ScottTeaMan

helpful info Garret.

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Spoonvonstup

Yay! Nice to see some other folks trying Mandala. Sincerely nice.

ScottTeaMan

Amy, how much tea do you use?

TeaBrat

@Scott – for…. what?

ScottTeaMan

For this tea. Approx 1 tsp? more? I was just curious because you said you weren’t to stingy with the leaf………

TeaBrat

It was a tablespoon I am guessing…

Garret

HI Friends!! I will be visiting the growers of this particular tea during my tea buying trip in April! The growers brew it 1-2 minutes for 5 or 6 brews. The other day during a tea session, I did one minute steepings over and over again and adored the flavors. As far as amount, customers are using anywhere from 2 tsp to over a tablespoon in 8 ounces. 3 grams of this is over a tablespoon. So… up to you as far as amount.

ScottTeaMan

helpful info Garret.

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