338 Tasting Notes

97

This is generous sample from TeaExplorer – thank you.
5 sec rinse 5/10/10/10/15 to be cont
Wet leaves smell of stewed prunes. Yum
Very smooth, sweet like dark chocolate, no earthiness . Brew very dark and clear. I placed an order last week and I regret that I didn’t include it. Next purchase for sure.

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Stephanie

Sounds amazing!

boychik

It is. Now I just start worrying about storage of all the pu I have. My small collection keeps growing every day ;)

mrmopar

It’s a pretty good one. I have one in my stash.

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100
drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
338 tasting notes

Revisiting and raising my rates. It is 100. Bitter sweet chocolate like 90%. Super smooth, doesn’t have usual earthy smell, more like farina. Agree with ifjuly , it’s like strong espresso with dark chocolate on a side. Exceptional
I used 5 oz gaiwan+2tsp rinse/30/45/ etc

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mrmopar

This is good stuff!

boychik

So different. I didn’t sample a lot of puerh but this one is very distinctive

pyarkaaloo

omigoodness, this sounds delicious…wow! i love espresso & dark chocolate…i think the observation on farina is very nice… so more of a grain/wheat smell than earthy? i think i would really like this..

boychik

No earthiness, no mustiness, no mushroom or leather. Very unusual. I wouldn’t say grainy, very often I pick up like rye bread notes. Like hot cereal of wheat to me;). I picked 1oz only but when I run out of it will get more.

Terri HarpLady

I need to pull this one out, it’s been awhile :)

pyarkaaloo

fascinating! i’ve only had 1 pu’erh and it’s Chocolate pu’erh by Numi (lol..have yet to try my first cake!) & while it’s not my favorite kind of black tea, i do enjoy it, esp with the cocoa note. So you get a rye bread note from this one? wow…i love rye/caroway…and fennel, aniseed…lol i’m going off the charts here ;) so hot cereal/cream-of-wheat type smell? i normally think ‘grain’ when i think farina, but upon ur explanation, i must perfect my senses! :)

mrmopar

pyarkaaloo, we must convert you to pu’erh…….

Terri HarpLady

yes, we must!

pyarkaaloo

hahaha ;) i definitely would not mind that happening…something tells me Mandala’s Special Dark will do just the trick!

boychik

Sorry my writing is confusing. What I meant sometimes when I drink Chinese black teas I find rye bread notes but this Special dark is farina to me. We have to turn you to Special Dark side;)

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94

I like smoky teas. But last time I brewed it western method it was too much for me. I could not get rid of smoky flavor for long time after I finished my cup.
Today I decided to brew in gaiwan. 5oz+1tsp+1/1/1. i combined all steeps in one cup.
This way smokiness was minimal and tea was so sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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95

Here we go. As always I start with shortest steeps possible like 5 sec and slowly increase the time.
This shu is amazing. Clear amber color, leather smell but not strong. Very easy to drink. I do feel sparkling. My palate is not trained yet to recognize all the notes. All I can say I really enjoyed it.

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caile

Is that your cup? : )

boychik

Thanks. I didn’t write a note yet. Playing with my phone. I think it’s fun to add pics. Shu has so many shades. I’m obsessed …

boychik

Yes. My cup and my glass gongfu pot;). Review will come soon. You inspired me to drink this tea and wanted to take a pic. Thanks caile;)

caile

haha, OK

mrmopar

+1 on the shou obsession. Almost for got, need to stand up for this. Speech is as follows “Hi I am mrmopar and I have a problem with shou puer, I guess I am a shou addict”.

mrmopar

Anyone with a severe shou addiction, to lessen your temptation for shou please box it all up and ship to ….. just kidding!

boychik

Ha-ha, mrmopar if my hubby could see your comment he would packed secretly and send it overnight

pyarkaaloo

woww what a gorgeous color!!

boychik

thank you

caile

That’s great you enjoyed it! I will have to try mine again after some time and see if I like it any better. :-)

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Free sample w/purchase – thank you. I wasn’t into sheng but wanted to try. It’s nice, some astringent but pleasant. After I had 3 cups there is a tingling sensation in my mouth, kinda cool and minty.
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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec
mrmopar

I have heard that Mangfei is pretty strong and bitter. I would think even more so in a young sheng.

boychik

Not bitter but hoppity. I feel like it bites my tongue even though I had it some time ago. Kinda seltzer sensation. But it’s not unpleasant to me. Maybe with longer steeps bitterness would come, but I play it safe with shortest possible and under oiling temp
Nice experience for sure

mrmopar

Yeah I have always wondered about Mangfei now I may have to get some! Blasted tea reviews!! :)

Terri HarpLady

(no comment) :)

boychik

Wow now I’m reading rave reviews of this tea on Puerhshop .com

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91

Thank you TeaExplorer for your generous sample. This tea is sweet, bold, cocoa and stone fruit notes. I like it. I was drinking it side by side Yunnan Dian Hong Golden tip by Teavivre. I find these teas similar but Teavivre’s has honey notes more pronaunced.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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88

short steeps 5/5/10/10/15 produced light yellow green broth, no bitterness, very smooth. enjoyed it a lot. Thank you TeaExplorer for your generous sample. on my shopping list

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec
JC

I’ve been meaning to try this one for a while. Would you describe it as a gentler Xiaguan or does it still kick a bit?

boychik

Surprisingly pretty mild. Tell you the truth I was afraid to try it but was curious at the same time. If it would be unbearable I would just dump it. I used small chunk( no scale yet). Brewed in glass gongfu pot not filled to the top, 200F and 5 sec steeps. I steeped it today started yesterday. Increased time to 1 min. Still very pleasant. Some peppery smoky notes, but nothing extreme. I noticed I was kind of sleepy last night after it which is a plus for night drinking

JC

That sounds good. I will put it in my wish list for next time.

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