354 Tasting Notes

drank Mango Lassi by Butiki Teas
354 tasting notes

This tea was delicious tonight. Generally I’m not a big fan of rooibos. This one is not woodsy and doesn’t have unpleasant aftertaste. As it cools the flavors pop and I like it even more. Tastes like really juicy mango with slight sour note. No additions. Steeped according Butiki. I bet it would be fantastic chilled

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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generous sample from TeaExplorer – Thank you. prepared in 4oz gaiwan. 195F because I’m chicken( not ready to face bitter notes). 5 sec rinse 5/5/5/5/10
Wet leaves smell strongly of dried apricots. its golden color, clear, smells kind of peppery and slightly smoky. Sweet. as it cools some bitterness comes but its rather pleasant. overall nice experience. dont want to rate due to lack of experience.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec
lukep

Did you find the tea at all astringent? Also, have you tried the middle of the cake? Is it also good?

boychik

It was a sample I tried. I don’t remember if it was astringent , probably not. But I like bold flavors , I’m not afraid of smoke( love it ). I hate when it’s bitter but again bitterness should be over the top . Slight is nice . I remember this sample as nice. It was a new experience for me at that time. And if I wrote it was nice, now I probably like it even more. I find cakes or bricks fr Puerhshop consistent.

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90

this is a sample I purchased from Puerhshop. this is amazing. the tea is clear wine color, almost like cranberry juice color. taste wise its very smooth, sweet, no earthiness detected. kind of thick and some vanilla notes.
5 sec rinse/ 5/10/10/10 to be continued
i think im in trouble. im not supposed to like it, but i do. A lot

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec
mrmopar

A “hidden gem”. they are out there for sure! I think next Puershop order I have to try this one.

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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.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec
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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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
354 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

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec
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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