drank Black Pearl by Mandala Tea
673 tasting notes

Thank you to Claire for this sample of Mandala Black Pearl Tea!

I used to get my Black Pearl Tea from China until I found a similar tea with the same taste at my local tea shop (with no shipping cost).

Today, I was going to a shop in Old Town to refill my bottle of vanilla-orange vinegar (I use the vinegar when baking cranberry bread and in Swedish pancake batter along with cardamom), I thought I’d walk around the corner through the melting snow from Sunday’s storm… to my tea shop.
I’d ask Preston to do a side-by-side comparison between their Black Pearl Tea and the Mandala sample.

Preston was glad to accommodate my request because the shop wasn’t busy at the time.
He warmed 2 Gaiwans, 2 small porcelain teapots and several small tasting cups.

First we tasted the Mandala Tea…which was surprisingly smoky.
I was expecting a cocoa sweet, malty tea…but instead the tea was very much like a lightly smoked tea, very smooth and so thick that it coated the inside of my whole mouth.

Next, we tasted the Tea House Black Pearls, which were sweet and cocoa-malty.
This was the type of Black Pearl I’ve tasted from several vendors…all very good.
I had expected a similar flavor from the Mandala Pearls…but they didn’t taste the same.

The flavor comparison of the two were so dissimilar, that they seemed like different tea’s. One smoky-buttery and the other cocoa-malty.

Mandala’s Black Pearls would be enjoyed by people love the tease of subtle smokiness…a thick, rich buttery coating in the mouth and an ultra- smooth finish.

I wonder if brewing by another method might not be as successful as using a Gaiwan. I’ll have to see.

NOTE…For those who use lots of Black Pearls when they brew, I wouldn’t do that with these Pearls. We used 3 in a Gaiwan and that was enough! They unfurl rapidly.

For me, the flavor was refined and very enjoyable.

Sil

oooh on to the shopping list this goes!

Kittenna

Ditto, Sil.

Sil

we are not good for one another.

Kittenna

Haha. I added it to my list even before I saw your comment…

Terri HarpLady

My main black pearl experience is with Teavana. Now I want to order black pearls from several different venders & do a comparison.

Bonnie

I read the reviews after I reviewed this tea and they puzzled me. It’s why I made the note about how many Pearls I used and the method of tea preparation. I’ll be watching and waiting for your tasting comments!

ashmanra

I may have to try these…

Dinosara

I also found this one surprisingly smoky!

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Sil

oooh on to the shopping list this goes!

Kittenna

Ditto, Sil.

Sil

we are not good for one another.

Kittenna

Haha. I added it to my list even before I saw your comment…

Terri HarpLady

My main black pearl experience is with Teavana. Now I want to order black pearls from several different venders & do a comparison.

Bonnie

I read the reviews after I reviewed this tea and they puzzled me. It’s why I made the note about how many Pearls I used and the method of tea preparation. I’ll be watching and waiting for your tasting comments!

ashmanra

I may have to try these…

Dinosara

I also found this one surprisingly smoky!

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