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drank Black Beauty by Mandala Tea
2469 tasting notes

This is a lovely tea from Mandala that I’ve had for a little while but haven’t had the chance to post a review on. I was also having problems grabbing the larger photo for this so if anyone can get the one from their site feel free to replace it. :)

I decided to go with one long steep at 4 minutes although you can also do shorter steeps with this one. The tea is a lovely reddish brown. This is very impressive if you like sweeter, mellower teas. The predominate flavors are caramel and chocolate. The tea is medium bodied and has a lovely sweet finish with no astringency present.

A great one to sip on plain as it doesn’t need any additions. I don’t know which is my favorite black tea from Mandala, they’re all yummy!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

I see a definite order from Mandala in the near future-some good Pu-erhs and Blacks.

Garret

Amy! Thanks for another great review! You’re a doll :)

Scott! I’d love to help you with an order from us. You can always email me at [email protected] Alot of times, I have some things that aren’t even up on the website yet or ones that we have available only in the shop because of smaller quantities. IF you are into sheng pu’er, I’ve also got some nice mao cha’s that I brought back from my last trip to China. I’m here for ya and I look forward to serving you!! Enjoy!!!

TeaBrat

Garret – I look forward to seeing what your new stuff is!
Scott – you should do it! Mandala is awesome!

Garret

Amy – Have you tried mao cha before? I will set aside a little of this gu shu cha (old tree tea) and some ye sheng cha (wild tree tea) mao cha that I found on this last trip. I bought tons and am having it pressed into cakes. We won’t see the cakes until August or September, but at least you’ll get to taste what went into them!!

TeaBrat

I’ve had only one mao cha in the past, it was from Silk Road Teas and I liked it! =)

Garret

I have sipped much tea with the man who owns silk road tea when I was in China this past trip! Love that guy! Though he and I are 20 years apart in age (this time around) we have much in common, besides tea :) I am going to make sure you get to try some more mao cha!!! It’ll be fun to send you some things that I sipped in the farmer’s homes!!

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ScottTeaMan

I see a definite order from Mandala in the near future-some good Pu-erhs and Blacks.

Garret

Amy! Thanks for another great review! You’re a doll :)

Scott! I’d love to help you with an order from us. You can always email me at [email protected] Alot of times, I have some things that aren’t even up on the website yet or ones that we have available only in the shop because of smaller quantities. IF you are into sheng pu’er, I’ve also got some nice mao cha’s that I brought back from my last trip to China. I’m here for ya and I look forward to serving you!! Enjoy!!!

TeaBrat

Garret – I look forward to seeing what your new stuff is!
Scott – you should do it! Mandala is awesome!

Garret

Amy – Have you tried mao cha before? I will set aside a little of this gu shu cha (old tree tea) and some ye sheng cha (wild tree tea) mao cha that I found on this last trip. I bought tons and am having it pressed into cakes. We won’t see the cakes until August or September, but at least you’ll get to taste what went into them!!

TeaBrat

I’ve had only one mao cha in the past, it was from Silk Road Teas and I liked it! =)

Garret

I have sipped much tea with the man who owns silk road tea when I was in China this past trip! Love that guy! Though he and I are 20 years apart in age (this time around) we have much in common, besides tea :) I am going to make sure you get to try some more mao cha!!! It’ll be fun to send you some things that I sipped in the farmer’s homes!!

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Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty

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