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I enjoyed several steepings of this during the afternoon. It’s a really yummy one, with the buttery sweetness of semolina, & an earthy base note that is soothing, like a walk in a cool autumn forest. The later steepings have a bit of a cooling effect.
I will definitely have to restock this, as it is a delicious roasty wuyi oolong, with yummy chocolatey maltiness, very rich & fruity.
OMG, this is good!! Imagine a bug bite tea, with it’s hint of coriander & honey sweetness. Now make the base of that tea some really awesome chocolatey type, something earthy & bold. You will have this. It is rich & sweet, and ridiculously smooth!! I want MOAR!!!
And it’s a sipdown…sigh…
AND NOW I need to step away from my computer & do some actual work
I’m having this one again today, in part because I brought plenty of it with me, & also because…well, because it’s really really good! I do have some other teas with me to sample, but I’ll get to those in a little while :)
I am beyonf frustrated! This is my 5th attempt at this tasting note! Where do they keep dissappearing to?! I’m about to give up! So as a result, the notes are getting shorter and shorter.
I got this tea from the lovely Stephanie.
Wow they were not kidding… this smells just like cocoa powder, and oh man! This is soooo dark. Like coffee dark!
I wish I could have done the proper amount of steeps this tea deserves, but I had to cut myself off at 4:30 as I have to be in bed by 8:30 for work at 4AM. Having said that, I did manage to get 3 great steepings.
The first steep was definitely that bittersweet 90% dark chocolate taste. Yumm!
The second steep was more of a semi sweet 50% dark chocolate. This was probably my favorite steep. The last steep was creamy! More of a milk chocolate feel. I cannot wait to give this tea the time it needs to reach its full potential. I am looking forward to it! Thank you!
Also I forgot to post this on my tasting note from last night on my sTEAp shoppe black and white tea. I stopped by tjmaxx last night and found these gems! Delicious!
My pumpkin experiment left me wanting just a basic black tea, & luckily I brought a pretty good stash with me this weekend.
Recently there was a discussion on steepster regarding black tea pearls, with one person claiming they all came from the same factory. I will have to politely disagree, because I’m certain that this is not true. I’d say that all of the ones labeled ‘fengqing’ black pearls might, but due to my ‘pearl’ fetish, I have a pretty good selection of them, & I’ve observed the following:
– they come in different sizes
– there are also color differences sometimes
– most importantly, they don’t all taste the same
I would still like to do an official comparison of the ones I have, & maybe this week I’ll finally get around to that. Meanwhile, I can say for a fact that this batch, from Mandala, is distinctly different from the ones I have from TeaVivre, which is different from the ones I have from thepuritea. I like them all.
I think these black pearls have the boldest flavor of the three: malty, rustic, with a little pepper & today I’m feeling a little citrus & allspice.
I’ve been in “Sheng-ri La” all day :)
I LOVE Mandala tea, and this one is no exception. I haven’t been drinking a lot of oolong lately, they have been pushed aside by my new love of blacks.
I need to let this one back in. This is everything I think an oolong should be. It rich, roasty (without being too smokey), smooth and woody. IMHO This is everything I love about dark oolongs. I’m not getting any of the metallic taste that some have. I’m just going to stop buying oolongs, drink what I have then just restock this as my PERFECT oolong.
As always, thanks Garret for providing such amazing teas.
I brewed this both gong fu and western style. Very nice both ways. For me, I get more of a cinnamon smell then any real taste, but I do get a very “spicy” taste that is quite pleasant. I think I enjoyed it more gong fu, I was able to get 6 good infusions, but it works western as well for when I have less time. I have been very impressed by the Mendala teas I have tried…and this one is no exception!
Sipdown, 116. This is a really nice Yunnan black tea. Sweet potatoes, honey, a bit of hay, but not too much earthiness, which always turns me off. A tasty tea for the morning.
This is such a light and refreshing tea. I totally agree with the other reviewers that it has a bit of a hay taste. I also get a really nice sweet taste as well. This is a sample that I got with my first Mandala order recently. This is a great tea to unwind with after a long day at work.
sipdown. WOW. that’s all i can say, is just wow. This was from the great canadian travelling tea box, though i’m fairly certain this was one that dexter put in. I have been drinking this all morning. Seriously. the smoke is just perfect..and it’s sweet and delicious and every time i forgot what i was drinking and absentmindedly took a sip, i was immediately floored and kept exclaiming Oh! This may actually be one of the first cakes i get around to purchasing from Garrett…even before noble mark or special dark. Because this? this was really good. (though with my luck it’s all sold out or something…keeps happening lol)
this was a lovely tea that i had yesterday. I didn’t get much in the way of tea drinking done yesterday because of date night, but i plan on making up for that today with a work from home day haha. I’m looking forward to drinking my mandala teas once i get through a few more other teas in smaller amounts (dexter i’m looking at you here lady!)
Terri sent me these a few months ago, but for whatever reason, I haven’t tried them until now. :O I feel like I should be ashamed of myself or something for waiting!
I brewed these up without instructions as my computer wasn’t on yet, but I guessed that 4 pearls in 8 oz at 3 min would be ok. And it’s definitely ok. This tea is rich and malty, and just a touch sweet. I’m waiting for it to cool a bit more so that more notes will pop out.
Thanks again Terri Harplady for letting me see what the fuss is about!
My dearest tea sister terri sent this sample to me and since I have been bad and bought a bit of tea, i decided i needed a sipdown today. Since my non puerhs pretty much all have several cups to sip them down (or giant Sil sized cups) I opted to enjoy this one this morning while i get ready to go run some errands before coming back home to try and work.
Only on the first couple of steepings but this is a delicious puerh. It won’t be my all time favourite from Garret but it’s not fishy, it’s slightly earthy but not overwhelmingly so. I don’t get the cinnamon that terri did but like i said..initial steepings. more to come :)
Edit: later steepings are deeeelicious! though i cheated after a few and just went for a long 5 min steep heh
From Dexter3657. Whee!
I steeped it too long. Or used too much tea. 2 rinses, and a 15 second steep and it feels almost like coffee that’s been boiling on the cob for the afternoon. Only it’s tea.
Do you SEE how dark that steeped? It’s a total kick in the pants, and I wasn’t expecting it. The tea is very earthy and strong, at this point it would be better (for me) with some sugar or honey added.
Instead, I’m going to dump the rest of the cup and steep again! Maybe this time 10 seconds will work.
Oh, that’s better. I rinsed it quickly again as the leaves had been steeping in the leftover liquid, and as soon as I added the water it looked like soy sauce. Then I steeped for 5 seconds. Heh.
This tea is really nice. It has flavours that I enjoy in a puerh, and once I get my steeping parameters right I can see it being easy and excellent. It’s very foresty, but in a different way than the 1990 puerh I get from Soko.
This afternoon was the St. Louis Harp Society Fall meeting. I’m the president (no real power, I just set up meetings & recitals & such). I brought my own tea (& I’m glad I did, there was nothing that interested me there), & this was still in my purse from yesterday, so I polished it off.
We had Writers’ Group at my house last night instead of Thursday due to a scheduling conflict. For a while now, we have mostly been drinking oolongs. Last night, one of the ladies told me that she had become unable to tolerate eating beef because of digestion problems, but when she drank “that other tea” at my house she could eat anything she wanted and was just fine. She asked if I could make some of it, especially since she was going to a chili cook-off today.
I showed her the remains of this Phatty cake, let her sniff, and she said it was indeed the kind of tea that had helped her. I pried a bit off and steeped it seven times, for a total of about 150 ounces. Everyone liked it, obviously, since we kept steeping and kept drinking!
I really wanted to order a breaking tray, so getting this close to running out of my Phatty cake is a GREAT excuse to go ahead and place that order. :)
Tony & I went out to breakfast at the Southwest Diner. Although their tea selection is lame, the food is quite good. I brought 3 of these blooming buds, dropped them into the little silver hot water thing they brought to the table, that holds just enough water for one cup, & didn’t even need a strainer. When she refilled it, I made sure she knew not to dump the tea out (waitresses have done that to me before). I was set for tea!
I really enjoy these. I only have 3 left. I need to place a Mandala order.
Hey Sil… ;)
I have some backlogging to do this morning. We had friends over last night so i didn’t get much of a chance to do anything besides eat and have fun while drinking tea :) such a hard life.. heh
I don’t recall much about this one other than it was SOOOOO tasty while i was at work. once i get a chance to drink it again, i’ll capture a better note. That being said, this was really a great tea to have yesterday!
Sipdown! I’m at 199 teas!
I’ve enjoyed this black tea, which is rolled up in the ‘spring snail’ style. The flavor is very savory, it still reminds me of fire roasted chilis & masa harina, lol.