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Oh my goodness!

My order arrived today from Mandala, I was so excited I was practically stalking the Mailman! :)

After I opened my box of goodies, this was the thing I was most excited to try. I love the box it comes in and even the paper wrapper! I might need to get another one for aging. Garret- let me know if you are running low, heh!

Anyway after a quick rinse I did a slight taste and was impressed but it was the 2nd steep that made me really happy. I totally agree with Kwinter on the excellence and good value of this. You get a smoky element, at the same time it is vegetal and somewhat sweet with a eucalyptus like flavor. I am very glad I got one of these!

3rd steep – for about 30 seconds. This flavor is so interesting, the sweetness is coming up a bit more and has a bit of a smoky licorice essence. I quite like that…

More to come…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec
Garret

Hello, my friend! I just checked the stock on this. I thought I had way more of this, but there has been a run on it. I have 2 left. I am contacting a couple of my connections to see if there are any left in China. I’d like to have more. I’m guessing it is long gone, but I’ll try! So happy that you are enjoying it!!!

TeaBrat

Noooooooooooooooo!!!! :)

Azzrian

I have yet to try anything from Mandala that was less than perfect! GET MORE NAOW Amy Oh before you become Amy Uh Oh!

Tamm

1st-Totally jelly about your Mandala order! I’ve been stalking their site for awhile now. 2nd-my mailman has a tea package for me as well! I can’t believe it isn’t here yet O.O I may start pacing.

Azzrian

Oh nice Tamm Hope it is a great order! Mandala is awesome and so is Garret who runs it hope you can order from him soon!

Garret

Azzzz….. you are tooooo kind! But thank you for the nice words, all the same :)

Tamm – nice to make your acquaintance!

Amy – if I can’t track down some of these in the next few days, perhaps I can when in China next. Hoping for an October buying trip. Gotta seriously get together a pallet of tea wares and choose some more material for some Mandala ripe and raw pressings. And if I can’t find this exact one, I am going to look for one with the same flavor/aroma profile. Honest, I will!!

TeaBrat

Garret, it’s ok, I probably have enough tea for a lifetime. :)

Garret

Yeah? Well I want enough tea for several lifetimes for myself and all my friends :)

TeaBrat

At least the puerh won’t get stale! I’m afraid to buy too much of it for aging purposes though since it sits in my apartment…

Tamm

big wave Hi Garret!

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Garret

Hello, my friend! I just checked the stock on this. I thought I had way more of this, but there has been a run on it. I have 2 left. I am contacting a couple of my connections to see if there are any left in China. I’d like to have more. I’m guessing it is long gone, but I’ll try! So happy that you are enjoying it!!!

TeaBrat

Noooooooooooooooo!!!! :)

Azzrian

I have yet to try anything from Mandala that was less than perfect! GET MORE NAOW Amy Oh before you become Amy Uh Oh!

Tamm

1st-Totally jelly about your Mandala order! I’ve been stalking their site for awhile now. 2nd-my mailman has a tea package for me as well! I can’t believe it isn’t here yet O.O I may start pacing.

Azzrian

Oh nice Tamm Hope it is a great order! Mandala is awesome and so is Garret who runs it hope you can order from him soon!

Garret

Azzzz….. you are tooooo kind! But thank you for the nice words, all the same :)

Tamm – nice to make your acquaintance!

Amy – if I can’t track down some of these in the next few days, perhaps I can when in China next. Hoping for an October buying trip. Gotta seriously get together a pallet of tea wares and choose some more material for some Mandala ripe and raw pressings. And if I can’t find this exact one, I am going to look for one with the same flavor/aroma profile. Honest, I will!!

TeaBrat

Garret, it’s ok, I probably have enough tea for a lifetime. :)

Garret

Yeah? Well I want enough tea for several lifetimes for myself and all my friends :)

TeaBrat

At least the puerh won’t get stale! I’m afraid to buy too much of it for aging purposes though since it sits in my apartment…

Tamm

big wave Hi Garret!

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My profile pic is of a pink dahlia at Golden Gate Park.

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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San Frandisco

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http://sanfrantea.teatra.de

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