292 Tasting Notes

My first to try from the pu’er sampler I got awhile ago.

Rinse, let rest for 10 minutes, rinse, then brew for 20 to 30 seconds.

Brews a dark reddish brown color. Initially smells dark and earthy but becomes sweeter as the leaves sit and are resteeped.

Tastes very creamy and rich, and reminds me of rice pudding. Quite enjoyable.

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 4 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

The rest period really helps especially in shou I think.


I learned this from reading your notes! :)


Yeah I think shou really responds to this well. I guess it allows the leaf to absorb the moisture. Now if I can only learn how to break a cake right… :P


Haha, I haven’t actually ever had to break a cake yet.. ;)




Well.. at the ‘speedy’ rate I’m getting through these samples, it may be awhile yet. :)
Although, I do have a cake of mandala’s wild monk, but I am waiting a bit before I try that.

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So, I have almost finished my tin of this tea and realized I haven’t even reviewed it yet.
I could drink this every morning! Bold, malty and flavorful, yet smooth and sweet. Easy to brew, delicious with milk, and makes a wonderful second cup. Perfect!

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I haven’t had this or similar tea in a while, and had one large serving left so decided to make a cup.
Well, it was so good! I forgot how much I love this tea with its honey and potato and spice – so sweet, rich and fragrant.
I steeped the leaves twice more and all 3 cups were full of flavor and delicious.

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drank Black Beauty by Mandala Tea
292 tasting notes

Sweet and toasty with a fruity spiciness; a bit like rye bread and jam. Also notes of cocoa with a wee hint of earthiness.
Very delicious, with a lovely resteep.

Note: I did resteep some of this the other day, probably a third time when I knew it would be weak but just wanted something nice and warm anyway, and although it was weaker as expected, there was a bit of a licorice/fennel-type note which I hadn’t tasted before – still pleasant, and made an interesting and comforting cup that I enjoyed.

Hoping to get a chance to try my pu’er sampler soon. :)

205 °F / 96 °C 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Terri HarpLady

One of the teas I drank today, rich & sweet :)


Yes, you had some good teas today! :)


That sounds amazing!

Terri HarpLady

I’m pretty sure this is my favorite black tea from Mandala :)

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drank Black Beauty by Mandala Tea
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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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I’m not sure what happened to this note but perhaps I accidentally deleted it, so will try again.
This is the tea I always want to reach for. The one that always is delicious no matter how I brew it. The one that is so comforting to me.

I haven’t been reviewing a lot recently but still manage to drink tea and read other reviews when I can…

About three months ago, it was discovered my husband is seriously ill, and life has not been as usual. Having a cup of tea helps me make it through the day. And if I am able to sit and read through other steepster reviews, that makes it even better.


I’m very sorry your husband is ill. I do remember this note. I replied and then it disappeared.


Thank you. At least I wasn’t imagining I posted – I didn’t see your other reply but I appreciate your kind thoughts!


i second that caile! I’m so sorry your husband is ill. I’ll send positive thoughts and energy your way.

Terri HarpLady

ditto on that. So sorry to hear he is ill, & wishing the best for both of you.


Oh, I’m so sorry to hear that!


Caile, i’m so sorry! sending love & well wishes your way..


Laoshan Black is an excellent comfort tea. I’m very sorry to hear about your husband’s illness. Do you have a specialist who’s very experienced and highly regarded in treating his specific illness? Perhaps a visit to major academic medical center?


well wishes to your family


Thank you everyone for your kind thoughts – it means so much to me!!
looseTman – He has been seen by many different specialists already; now he is currently on the first cycle of high dose chemo.
Thank you again for your wishes, so very much!


That’s very good news that your husband is under the care of the appropriate specialists. Chemo is effective. My 70-yr old father had chemo and he’s now 86 and doing well. I hope your husband has similar results! Perhaps some high-antioxidant green and white teas too?
“a typical cup of white or green tea has more flavonoid antioxidants than over 5 meal sized portions of fruit or vegetables!”


I’m sorry to hear your husband is ill. I’m glad tea is a comfort to you! I can see how Laoshan Black can be a good comfort tea. Mine is Keemun :)


I’m sorry to hear about your hubby, but he must be very comforted that you are by his side.


I am happy to hear that your father is doing well! And I think I’ll have to start brewing up more green teas.

I also love keemun, Skulleigh. Tea is so comforting, and I tend to gravitate to the familiar ones.

Circumstance has allowed me to be by his side very much, TeaBrat, so that has been good for both of us.

Thank you!

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This 1st picking seems to have citrus and bean-like/edamame notes along with the distinctive laoshan black toastiness.
I had bought a bit of this earlier this year when verdants regular laoshan black was out of stock, and while I was happy to have tried it, I prefer the other pickings as they seem to have more of the chocolate notes I love, at least from what I have tried. A tea I like to keep in my cupboard whatever the picking though!

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drank Bai Mu Dan White Tea by Verdant Tea
292 tasting notes

Very sweet smelling brewed leaf – so deliciously fragrant.
Tastes like vanilla marshmallow and hay, with a bit of floral almond and juiciness.
Soft and mellow.

175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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Love of tea.
Black tea is probably my favorite.

I also like both raw and ripe puerh and exploring those more. I enjoy Chinese green teas once in awhile, and also some oolongs.

Enjoying finding favorites and what I like to keep in my cupboard.

Likes: cacao/chocolate, coconut, caramel, bitter
Dislikes: rooibos, bergamot, seaweed, licorice


MB, Canada

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