48 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! I am sleepy and cold, had surprise but challenging company last night then not enough sleep today. I had a cup of my usual but it wasn’t enough so I wanted around and threw whatever I found in the pot and now its working its magic, lifting the fog and filling my palate with scents and tastes of the forest in the sun! Now I must use the awakening to fininsh my work!
I did spend a moment looking at teas to order soon as the cupboard is growing bare of blacks and pu erhs and with fall fogs arriving, I want more of these. I’ve decided to work my way through Mandala’s offerings so I will start to build my order as soon as this work is done!
I like this tea a lot but the first steep seems to have A LOT OF CAFFIENE or is it just me? I needed a boost today so I drank the last (sipdown I suppose) of my free sample! The first steep ahs that great carob Carmel and malt taste the second is more malty not so much carob and I didn’t get much form the third but since I split 1 small sample into 2 different brews I suppose it could be underleafed! Still like this tea a lot and may buy it again. It gave me the boost I was looking for.
1 more steeping left of my no-name assam (I’m sure it had a name but I lost it) then I can replace it with a new assam. This one is rather flat only a little malt note in the front if I add condensed milk. I prefer a really strongly malty assam so next time I’ll be looking for the malt. This one does the trick of clearing the fog and waking me up. Steepster ate a lot of my notes lately, lets see if this rather inane one “sticks”
mushroom and chocolate what could be better? That’s what I am getting from this tea. Its about to be very very hot out but for this moment hot tea is good and puer seems both hot and cooling to me. This sample from the riper sampler mandala sent out. I sent one to my sister too and so across the country we are sipping together. Once the weather cools I’ll be drinking a lot more of this! The head pains are clearing and now I’m ready for my day! Brewed gongfu style.
Flavors: Chocolate, Mushrooms
Oh Paris I’ve missed you! I wish Harney & Sons didn’t use artificial flavorings I can’t taste them I just want them gone. The tea tastes wonderful but I’d prefer all natural. This is my second cup of black tea for the day which is rare but I wanted the soothing vanilla scent with the spicy fruit undertones the brisk somewhat malty tea base is helping too. The aroma has more floral and fruit then I’d like but the flavor delivers a lot of vanilla with some plum and cherry and that’s perfect for me. On a whim I put in some maple syrup this time and that makes it the perfect fall treat. I think it will be fall for a few more minutes before the raging hot winds outside start making it hot inside too!
Flavors: Cherry, Plums, Vanilla
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this is really resteeps from the other day. I put the leaves in the freezer until I could get back to it. I was feeling very slow moving this afternoon and then remember it so I poured a little hot water over it to wake the leave up and went on its much more mineral and mushroom flavors now and that quite nice for this sticky warm afternoon! Its not inspiring me to work much though so maybe I need new infusion of something fresh?
This is one of 3 free smapels I received from greem terrace. I was waiting until I had quiet time and no allergies to start sampling. This one surprised me with how delicious and logn lasting it is. I brewed it gonfu style (in a tiny western style pot). I was surprised by how vegetal and floral the dry leaves smelled. They traveled so far and tightly wrapped I thought they would have little aroma but they smelled like kale, Meyers lemon and something floral. The first brews 30 and 45 sec were a very light liquid with a fair amount of that kale scent. The taste also kale and kelp with some lemon. The leaves didn’t’ fully unfurl until brews 3-4 and then the milky flavor also started to develop with the lemon dropping out. Surprise is brews 5-6 were sweeter and a bit vanilla with cream then more of the florals which continued to develop. Brews 5-6 floral almost jasmine like with a hint of kale scent and still creamy and sweet. 7! and *! less creamy still sweet and floral. I had to do 9 to see and still an oolong scent and sweet flavor. I brewed a 10th and it still had some sweetness and overall green tea flavor but I had drunk so much tea by then I set it aside and I’ll do a second sampling soon to be sure. This is one very pleasant and long lasting milk oolong. Not as much milk/cream as some but I am loving the green floavor and scent!
Flavors: Creamy, Kale, Lemon, Milk, Seaweed, Sugar, Vanilla
Hmm somehow my note deleted itself. This was a surprise to me, I ordered the mandala sampler for 2 of the teas and this was included. Its a different Pu’er than I am used to, when rinsed the leaves had a strong mushroom scent but it quickly faded. The first brews were light and creamy with stronger vanilla developing and a slight sweet/hay taste. The first brews were not as dark in color as I expected either but the third and fourth were a bright brick color. At this point more fruit came to the palate, fig and plum as the vanilla faded. The final brews (5 and 6) the mushroom started to reappear. I was using half the sample with a 2 oz at a time of water and combing 2 brews in each small cup. This is a nice gentle Pu’er on a day when all other decisions were wrong this one was a good one, you can’t go wrong with it. Its the kinder glentler side of ripe Pu’er
Flavors: Fig, Hay, Honey, Mushrooms, Plums, Vanilla