199 Tasting Notes

drank Black Beauty by Mandala Tea
199 tasting notes

Drinking a couple cups of this tea this morning.
Lovely floral brewed fragrance. Tastes sweet and earthy like a keemun with a spicy, mouthwatering fruitiness. Satisfying and tasty!

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Well, I have not had a tea quite like this before, and it is a whole new wonderful experience.

Rinse, then brewed 10 seconds for a couple steeps so far, and saving the leaves for another time.

Tastes of dried fruits with the freshness of pine and wee hint of smoke; a bit of pleasant bitterness sort of like a green pepper. Smells incredibly like apricots – so lovely. The whole sensation of drinking it is different though, from my usual teas, and I almost feel like I am drinking a magical potion. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
Sil

i haven’t tried the 2014 yet but the 2012 is probably my favourite puerh to date.

caile

Nice. I liked this one a lot – they are probably similar a bit I would imagine.

boychik

They are not similar (to me at least). and yay another puerh lover emerging

caile

Haha, ok. :-)

Sil

i’m not sure if that makes me happy or sad boychik. haha i love 2012 so much.

Terri HarpLady

I dont think I’ve tried the 2014 either, but do enjoy the 2012 :)

Sil

i bought a 2014 cake with my second 2012 so i’ll try to remember to send you some terri

caile

I’ll be curious to see how you like the 2014 in comparison. :)

Sil

maybe i’ll get a chance this weekend, though no promises as we’re trying to clean our house from top to bottom this weekend!

caile

Hehe, that’s ok. But hope the cleaning job isn’t too hard and you’ll have time to relax as well! :)

mrmopar

I think you all have the bad batch lot of this. You all should send them to me for proper disposal.

caile

hahaha! :-)

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drank Chai Spice by Verdant Tea
199 tasting notes

This is a lovely blend. The ingredients are different from what is listed here but verdant has them listed on their website, which is what I have.

I had ordered this back in June when my husband suddenly asked for some chai, and since I was making an order anyway, added this on.
We didn’t get to try this right away, as before the order arrived it was discovered that my husband had brain cancer, and the past months have been sort of indescribable.

But, this blend has been great! He loves it both plain and with other teas added (I used some zhu rong, which verdant also has made a chai blend with).
I find it tastiest when brewed on the stove for a bit with water, then add milk and brown sugar and let simmer a bit longer. So delicious with just the perfect spiciness.

I ordered more as we have run out, and I am happy for him to have his own favorite tea to enjoy and help keep the calm throughout this time.

Sil

i really should try this one sometime. thanks for the reminder, and what a lovely thing to do for your husband. I send positive vibes your way as much as possible hugs

caile

Sil, yes you should try, it’s good – great alone or as a blend in my opinion depending on if you want a bit of caffeine.
And I know you do – thank you! :)

Anlina

Eep, brain cancer. That is some very scary stuff (I unfortunately have experience with it with my family.) I hope your husband’s prognosis is good.

TeaBrat

Best wishes for you and your hubby xox

Veronica

I wish you and your husband the best. (((hugs))))

caile

Anlina, I’m so sorry that you also have had such an experience – it is certainly not easy. And thank you so much, we hope as well.

caile

Thank you so much for your wishes, TeaBrat! xo

caile

Thank you Veronica! Your thoughts and hugs are so appreciated. :)

greenteafairy

Sending you and your husband lots of good thoughts.

caile

So very much appreciated, greeteafairy – thank you!!

Tealizzy

Sending you hugs!!!

caile

Your hugs are so welcome, Tealizzy. xo

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
199 tasting notes

Quick rinse and then brewed for around 30 seconds. I re-steeped this a few more times; probably a minute on the second one then much longer and finally left the leaves in for over 15 minutes. No bitterness at any point and although the last cup was considerably weaker, it was still delicious and flavourful.

Tastes like chocolate and caramel, especially at first, and has the tiniest hint of gentle earthiness. Very smooth, with a soft aroma. I am not good at describing more than that, but this has been a favorite of the mandala ripe sampler so far… I like the gentleness of it, especially the smell.

Preparation
Boiling 4 g 3 OZ / 88 ML

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
199 tasting notes

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My second to try from the ripe pu’er sampler.

Rinse, rest, rinse again quickly and steep 20 – 30 seconds. Several steeps over a couple days.

Brews a dark, deep brown color.
Tastes very rich and smooth, with milk chocolate, nuts, and some woodiness. Quite tasty and satisfying.

I seemed to enjoy this more the year of the dragon sample I had the other day – not sure why, but I think this had a sweeter aroma.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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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.

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

The rest period really helps especially in shou I think.

caile

I learned this from reading your notes! :)

mrmopar

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

caile

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

mrmopar

Soon….Soon…..

caile

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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Love loose-leaf tea. My favorite right now is black, both straight and some flavoured. I mostly drink black teas with a small dash of milk or cream but sometimes just clear.

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

Recently I discovered that I enjoy green teas so am exploring those a bit also.

Likes: cacao/chocolate, coconut,
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