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drank Yunnan Beauty by Mandala Tea
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Mandala tea, what are you doing to me? i just placed an order yesterday. Couple hours later i got a swap package from TranquiliTea81 with this tea.
1 tsp 4oz gaiwan 195F
rinse 5/5/10/10/15/20 then i just lost count of time and steeps.
1st steep fresh peach. Smells like peach, taste like peach. Delicate and sweet. its kind like Oriental Beauty but still different.
2nd steep peach and white grape and some nutty flavor.
In later steeps peach fades, not completely, but grape becomes stronger. Muscatel flavors become dominant.
this is such unique oolong. what a transformation: from Oriental Beauty to Darjeeling, not 1st flush grassy and not 2nd flush bold stone fruits. Something in between (I’m not an expert in Darjeeling tea, i wonder if there is a crop between 1st flush and 2nd).
This tea is like champagne. Fine, delicate and strong in the same time. with later steeps it becomes sweeter. i haven’t noticed any earthiness though, I was expecting it because its Yunnan.
I’m madly in love with this tea. I’m thankful being part of Steepster community. I would never discover such fine tea I’m drinking on my own. Thank you TranquiliTea81 for this awesome swap.
PS I need to place another order

Flavors: Grapes, Honey, Hops, Nuts, Peach

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
ashmanra

It sounds amazing!

Garret

I wonder… have you tried the Black Beauty and/or the GABA black tea? Just a hunch, but I think you’d appreciate them given what you enjoy about this tea. Thanks for taking the time to write up your thoughts on it, my friend. Made me go back into the tea storage vault and grab some to brew for myself!!

boychik

Awaiting for my Black Beauty, should be delivered today. Can’t wait anymore;)

SimpliciTEA

I agree with ashmanra: this tea sounds amazing!

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ashmanra

It sounds amazing!

Garret

I wonder… have you tried the Black Beauty and/or the GABA black tea? Just a hunch, but I think you’d appreciate them given what you enjoy about this tea. Thanks for taking the time to write up your thoughts on it, my friend. Made me go back into the tea storage vault and grab some to brew for myself!!

boychik

Awaiting for my Black Beauty, should be delivered today. Can’t wait anymore;)

SimpliciTEA

I agree with ashmanra: this tea sounds amazing!

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