208 Tasting Notes


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
208 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
208 tasting notes

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
208 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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Soft and sweet powdered sugar with a crisp fruitiness somewhat like apricot or peach skins. Delicately juicy and refreshing. A tiny hint of bitterness on the first steeping but not unpleasantly so.
I think this is 2014 version.

175 °F / 79 °C
Cameron B.

Wow, those notes sound delicious! And I’m not even a huge green tea fan! :D


Black teas are my favorite but green is a nice change once in awhile. The last two I had were tasty. :)

Cameron B.

I like a nice sencha once in a while, or a mint green tea. And genmaicha, not that it really counts. They’re kind of a nice palate refresher for me between drinking black teas. :D


haha yes, greens are perfect for those in-between times! ;)

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A light and refreshing tea. Sweet and creamy with the faintest hint of something like asparagus.
So enjoyable!

This was a sample sent in my last order from Verdant – the package doesn’t say first picking though.


love this one

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Thank you to Green Terrace Teas for sending me this generous sample to try.

I believe this is the first oolong of this variety that I have tried, and I am quite pleased.

Definite notes of honey and golden raisins, with a bit of grain and malt especially in the aroma. Minimal floral and astringent notes. Very enjoyable!


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Beautiful dry leaf fragrance of rich dark fruits. Wet leaf also smells lovely and sweetly spicy.

Taste is so good! Smooth and rich, with the earthiness of sweet potatoes accompanied by some fruitiness, and a soft creamy spiciness with nutmeg and cinnamon.

And although I do not taste oranges, this tea very pleasantly reminds me somehow of orange coloured vegetables like yams, pumpkins and peppers, although I can’t really explain why.

I re-steeped this twice after having my first cup, and all three cups were very rich and full of flavor. I really enjoyed this tea and look forward to having it again! Delicious!

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Oh man, sounds great!


Yes, I’m glad I ordered a sample of this – so yum!

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Love loose-leaf tea. My favorite right now is black unflavored, which I often drink with a small dash of milk but sometimes just clear.

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

I also enjoy Chinese green teas, and am currently exploring some pu-erh as well.

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


MB, Canada

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