1766 Tasting Notes

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This one was from VariaTEA and it’s so amazing and tasty and refreshing. I need to try more from this company!

It’s a white tea, and yes. I think I can detect the base below all those fresh fruity flavours. The base is slightly earthier and provides a nice balance. The rhubarb and strawberry are the most noticeable fruit flavours but I could just sit and sip this one for ages based on that alone.

I don’t drink many whites, but I can tell this blend was done right.

Thank you!

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
VariaTEA

This is the one white I really love as well. My roommate did well when picking flavors. She grabbed a bunch I would not have gotten myself and I ended up really enjoying all of them.

Sil

i REALLY liked this one too and that’s rare in a white for me heh

VariaTEA

Yay! I am glad it has been a success. I think that is why I sent it to you guys. It is one of the few whites I found that I really enjoy.

Cavocorax

:) Thanks again. It was really surprising!

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This sample was from BrewTEAllySweet! This is a tea I’ve been curious about, so I’m happy to have had the chance.

It definitely smells like bluberry… Yum. As for the taste? I get mostly blueberry, with a hint of (imagined?) vanilla, and then a little bit of the black base beneath. I’m not getting a lot of chocolate, but that sweetness can be what makes me think of vanilla. It’s a pretty relaxing cup for a Friday afternoon!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Qing Pin Black Tea by Yezi Tea
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I steeped this, but for too long. I should have done the 20 seconds or whatever was suggestion because this is STRONG. It reminds me of the Justea black teas – it’s that strong. Good, but hard to determine flavours behind all that KAPOW.

I will re-steep and try and update this later on!

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drank Eight Candles by Della Terra Teas
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I’m drinking this with lunch and I have to say that it’s too sweet.

Really. Too sweet.

I can’t believe I’m even saying this. Who is this? What happened to meeeeee?

Now to wash my mouth out with a regular tea. :P

keychange

it’s sweet in, like, a sickening way. I’m with you there.

TheTeaFairy

Can’t stand that one…But tea mouthwash is awesome!

Sil

hahahahahaha

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drank African Chai by Justea
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I do enjoy these teas from Justea, but the base is so odd, isn’t it? It’s really it’s own thing. it’s almost a sour richness or something to it that sounds terrible, and could very nearly be terrible, yet is actually good when you adjust to it.

Huh. I’m not selling this to you guys am I? :P I shouldn’t have let it cool so much before I reviewed it!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
TheTeaFairy

Huh, no, you’re not! Lol!

OMGsrsly

LOL. I really like their base tea!

Cavocorax

I like it too. Some days I like it less, but more often I like it more. :D

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drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
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And this cup of Movie Night has been brought to me through VariaTEA! Thank you!

It’s close to bed so I might be taking a risk on this, but TBF there’s like 5% tea in this so I can’t see it giving me any kind of a jolt! It was great though. I drank it while watching Cowboys Vs. Aliens which was pretty much as awful as I’d expected but it was on Netfli and met the barest minimum of entertainment. :P

This tea did better. I like it.

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
oddree

That’s an awesome movie choice for this most popcorny of teas – awful movie, yes, but corny movie, corny tea ;)

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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drank Magic Will by RiverTea
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So I just drank Mandala’s Special Dark yesterday, so today may have been a bad time to try this. It just tastes like puerh. Good puerh. Maybe even great. But it’s not blow-my-mind with your earthiness and super rich chocolate notes.

It’s earth. It’s dark. It doesn’t taste like dirt. I could drink a fair bit of this, but I think I’ll pass the rest to Sil!

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drank Wild Orange Blossom by Teavana
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Sipdown! (143) I drank a cup of this with dinner, and the rest of it (a pitcher) is going into the fridge to cool down for the kiddo to drink later on.

I steeped it for 6 minutes and for some reason it’s NOT overly sour. I was worried about the hibiscus, but… it’s ok? I don’t think I’d buy any more though. Especially with Teavana’s recent customer service fiasco. I still haven’t got confirmation that my order is cancelled yet and I placed the request 5 days ago. If they actually ship it out to me, I will send it back to them unopened. :|

Anyway, this was ok.

VariaTEA

I am glad you got through it. I never would have.

Cavocorax

Yay! So we’re both better off!
And btw, my sister-in-law LOVEs the muharajah/samurai chai blend you sent me. She’ll probably drink it all for me. :D

Cavocorax

(I had better make sure she doesn’t try to buy more because she feels bad for drinking it all. :P She’s like that, but I don’t mind sharing it with her. I’m just excited she’s drinking loose leaf tea).

VariaTEA

Yay! I am glad someone is drinking the teas.

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
1766 tasting notes

So Dexter3657 drank this yesterday and got me thinking about it, and since they don’t need me at work today it is TOTALLY the right choice to drink this one today while I can enjoy it. (Aside from the sick hubby and toddler who need attention. :P)

I’m taking a Special Dark break!

The first time I had this I followed the instructions and steeped it for 30 seconds, but this time I went right for 4. Maybe next time I will go for 8. I didn’t realize this one couldn’t be oversteeped but you can’t blame me for being hesitant! If I did this to one of my favourite blacks it would likely be too bitter and strong at the end.

This, on the other hand, at 4 minutes is quite rich and dark. And yes, very chocolatey. I almost want to rip open my 85% emergency-use-only chocolate bar just to compare the different types of chocolate, but I’d better save that for an emotional pick-me-up. This cuppa has made me happy enough already!

Yes. This is complete proof that Puerh ISN’T something to be afraid of! I can do it! I can enjoy it! Also, this makes me want to put in an order at Mandala to see what else they can do with Puerh!

Flavors: Cocoa, Earth

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Stephanie

:D Love this one

Dexter

Crazy right? But it totally works, and it’s yummy.

I placed a Mandala order this morning…. Garret is so nice, and the teas are amazing. I already have shipping confirmation with tracking number. Can’t beat the customer service. :))

Cavocorax

That’s pretty awesome. Shipping is generally around $10 too, right? Maybe at the beginning of March I’ll be able to place an order! (Unless they have a sale which lets me break any resistance I have! :P)

And my second steep of this at 10 minutes is pretty awesome too. I was going to drink Laoshan Black today but now I don’t want to….

Dexter

They charge actual shipping cost. I order A LOT today. I ordered 9 oz of tea, plus 2 × 100g pu’erh cakes, plus 6 oz of their tea soak stain remover. So that’s 15 oz + 200g of product and shipping was about $15.00. I’ve placed smaller orders with shipping in the 10-12.00 range, and I once ordered tea and a yixing teapot and it was 17.00. It depends on what you order. It’s a bit expensive if you consider lots of places do free shipping over 50.00 etc. BUT there are lots of US companies that try to charge us 30-35.00 for a couple of oz of tea. I consider Mandala “medium” when it comes to shipping costs, but the tea is AMAZING. I’ve ordered a few times and will continue to do so….

Stephanie

Wow I wish I had your tea budget, Dex! :D Can’t wait to read all your Mandala reviews!

Sil

Cavo…also it’s 5$ through sharon for shipping….just saying

Dexter

LOL Sil – keep encouraging….

Stephanie – I think I’m doing good – 175.00 ish since Cyber Monday and the vast majority of that was Mandala today. Less than 200 in two months… not bad – for me at least :))

Cavocorax

Sil – lemme know next time you want an order!

Sil

cavo – march sounds good to me unless you need it earlier lol that will give me time to sip some down OR you can come shop at my house for samples so you can narrow your choices down haha

Cavocorax

March works for me too!

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Tea: I just started drinking loose tea in the fall of 2012, and once I started I had to get more and more and try ALL THE TEAS. Joining Steepster made this worse/easier.

So far it seems that I prefer unflavoured black teas, although I still drink a few that are flavoured each day too. Oolongs, greens, puerhs and white teas are all very good, but I just don’t crave them as often.

Yet.

Me: Ok. Random things. I like animals, I have a baby girl and a devoted bf, and … I’m a geek. I like Lord of the Rings, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Supernatural, pen&paper RPG’s, online RPG’s, video games, silly internet memes, puzzles and a bunch of others things! I taught myself to knit and I’m considering crochet but I need to make time for all these things!

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51-64: It’s ok.
65-75: It’s good.
76-85: It’s very good. (Buy 1oz+)
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