233 Tasting Notes

The dry leaf is so cute to look at and scoop out of the package.

Tastes of sweet potato, malt, cocoa and some spice – delicious and smooth.

Very nice!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Interesting – This immediately reminded of old books.
Dark brew. Tastes smooth and rich with spices, wood and leather.

My favorite dark pu’er sample so far.
Rinse/rest/rinse/approx:10/15/20/30s..

Preparation
Boiling 7 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
boychik

This one is my kind of shou – sweet thick leather stonefruit. Yum! Glad you liked it!

caile

Yes, it sort of surprised me. And I liked the subtle ‘old book’ scent somehow. :)

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My first whispering pines order arrived just when I needed it most it seems, and I was so happy to come home to find the box at my door after a long day at the hospital.

This is what I brewed to sit and relax with, as I knew I would love it. And I was right.

Cocoa, malt, toasty bread, and a bit of spice and fruitiness. So perfectly sweet and delicious!!

Second steep just as tasty and has more spicy fruit and potato notes. Yum!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
boychik

I had it too today. The new version. It is delicious . Period,

caile

It is! This would be the new version also I think – I never had the old one but am happy I have this now.

TeaTiff

I am glad to see a review of the new version.

caile

It is really good, and I’m sure you’ll love it. :)

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drank Black Beauty by Mandala Tea
233 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
233 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
233 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
233 tasting notes

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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.

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