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Mandala

Recent Tasting Notes

85

Brewed this one in the Gaiwan. Started out with 11 grams and a 5 second rinse. Did 3 short steeps of 5 seconds each poured into my 10 oz. mug. This has a nice floral scent after being rinsed. This one is nice with hints of apple and citrus. it brew very clean in the cup. It has an aftertaste wth a slight camphor touch to it. overall a pretty nice sheng.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 11 g

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60

Perhaps a nice everyday puer, but wasn’t as there flavor-wise as some of other Mandala’s offerings imo

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Another late afternoon/early evening Sheng, I really love the spicy smell of this one’s wet leaf. Otherwise, this is a very mild cup.

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This was my gongfu session tea of the day. It was a pleasure to drink, starting out nice & sweet, developing a creamy quality for awhile, & the later steepings were a kind of woody.

It’s also a sipdown! That’s 2 today, so I’m ending the day at 364.

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96

This is a really well balanced ripe pu-erh. It is smooth and well rounded. The first steepings have some sweetness to them that gives way to hints of vegetal and earthy flavors in later steepings.

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I drank this throughout the late afternoon & early evening. I was teaching & needed a little pick me up. The first couple of steepings gentle cereal & mineral, with a sprinkle of salt.
Gradually a lemony mouth developed, followed by camphor which had a pleasant tongue & lip numbing effect. Later steepings were dry & made me think of chalk.

This is not a very good review, perhaps, making the tea sound wierd, but I did enjoy it, LOL.

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I’ve been sipping this tea for an hour or 2.
It is sweet, smooth, & has a pastry quality to it.
The flavor is a little flat, but I’m pretty sure that is because my yixing is sucking up a lot of it!
I have enough to sample it again, but I’ll wait awhile & give the yixing time to absorb flavors from other Shu’s as well.
Then we shall see!
Much thanks to Garret for this generous sample!

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