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This is one of those teas that seems to get a lot of attention, and is especially popular in swaps. I got my sample that way.
So, I was really debating on how to brew this baby up this morning, since I know it’s a re-steep master. And so I read a lot of people doing many short steeps, increasing steep time as they went along. I also noted the power steepers…the ones that steeped for very long periods of the…so what was I going to do?
Because I was working today, I opted to kind of mix the two. I had my usual two travel mugs of tea…my kids mug and timolino. Normally when I steep in the morning, it is the same tea, and I split each steep between mugs as to minimize the weaker steep. Today though, I didn’t do it that way. Kids mug was first steep since that one cools off faster than the timolino. Also, I opted for 1-2 minutes on the first and 2-3 minuets on the second (and the time it took me to do dishes on the third when I got home). I’m quite accustomed to a dark pu erh, so it was no biggie…I just didn’t have the time to sit and steep multiple times today, but maybe on a later day I will. Also, it was effing cold out this morning, and a deeper richer brew was A-OK with me, to be perfectly honest. The fact that it is so coffee-like with a dark brew was hearty and warming.
Do I like this? Hellz yeah. I had it with milk and sugar and it was smooth, a bit sweet and chocolatey. On this third brew, there is no astringency, no fishiness, not much earthy, or sour. It’s smooth and creamy and sweet and yummy.
It’s definitely one of the better pu erh teas I have had. I have a little of the sample pouch left, so I may look into the alternate steeping, and may not use milk or sugar.
But this is a win, so thanks to CrowKettle for tossing the rest of this package my way.
Another tea that is easy on my empty tummy. Tony was in Kansas City all week, so his cupboards are pretty bare. After our morning cup in bed, He got up & went to the grocery to get some supplies. I made a cup of this & proceeded to languish in the bubble bath. They are talking about snowmagedan again, lol. Either it will, or it won’t. I have a rare weekend off, with no interest in drama, so I’ll just sip tea in my pjs with Tony, & if it falls, I’ll enjoy it.
This is a lovely cup of malt, hay, & sweet potato.
Tony’s back, & I hear him fixing breakfast, plus my cup is empty. Time to set the iPad down, wash my hair, & get on with the pajama wearing.
I received this tea in a swap with Dexter3657 thank you so much for sending me such a lovely black tea.
It smells cocoa and a earthy not. I brew it western style. The liquor is quite darked amber.
I really enjoy it both very hot and as it cools even if I absolutely agree with Dexter3657 the main lovely notes for me , the fruity ones & apricot especially and baked bread, are most present while the tea is cooling.
The only little point is I would have prefered it with a little bit more body and it is “just” medium bodied. This is a very little point because I do frankly love it.
I’ll retry with a longer steep to see if I can ameliorate the body to adjust to my tastes.
Flavors: Apricot, Baked Bread, Cocoa, Earth
Not always the biggest fan of white teas, but I do have my favourite Bai Mu Dan and Silver Needle. Never had a white pu’erh until I’ve tried Mandala’s teas.
Another first is the look of this tea. Very unusual cute little white buds, they are just perfect. The look like mini pinecones.
Since it’s my first experience with this type of tea, I diligently followed Mandala’s instructions (If you know me, you know I’m usually not so good at following “the rules”!)
The brewed liquor is really pale, almost colourless.
This is sweet and fresh at the same time, it reminds me of the purest maple water. It’s almost candy sweet and It’s got that soft mineral alkalinity, it’s round and velvety in the mouth. It’s similar to some yellow tea I really love. It’s subtle, but there’s still a nice distinct pu’erh earthiness to it.
Awww…I’ve fallen in love with so many teas lately! Thought I was all set with my usuals, and now I keep adding to my staple list. That’s your fault Garret! (And Dexter3657’s, and Sil’s, lol!) But that’s what I call a good problem, is it not?
It was pretty spectacular, it provided a beautiful relaxation moment… This was a blind buy and I’m so happy I went for it. It reminded me of happy times when I was just a little girl.
My grand father was everything to me, he was a mentor and his influence made me who I am today. He was a hard working farmer, and a maple syrup producer. He was a master at transforming quenching maple water into the most amazing treat ever. I’d spend hours at the sugar shack watching him perform his art. He’d let me drink the maple water directly from the bucket that had collected the precious nectar from maple trees. If you ever tasted maple sap, you know it’s unlike any other beverage. Here, we now find maple water at the grocery store, just like coconut water. Not quite as good and fresh as having it directly from the tree but close enough!
This tea was a good reminder of those happy memories…
I’ve been feeling frazzled and low today, trying to get my doctor’s office to call me back is like an exercise in frustration (but if you owe them any money , you will never hear the end of it).
I’m reading Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier and somehow this seemed like an appropriate tea to go with book. Beautiful to look at and I’m detecting nice flavors of peach and vanilla in my glass of tea. A quiet moment, almost enough to restore me to sanity. :)
Thanks you Dexter3657 for this special offering…
First, I do realize I a m drinking Morning Sun at night. Well, I checked and I couldn’t find any Evening Moon in my cupboard…besides, nothing stipulates that it should be drunk only in the morning, right?
The leaves are so pretty, they look like sunny little spirals. I basket brewed for only 3 min. as I watched and smelled the beautiful golden liquid, I knew it was enough. I’m usually a heavy steeper, but this tea is quite potent.
It may sound a little weird, but I get the sharpness of green peppers in this tea. But it’s also sweet and slightly woodsy. It feels thick and dusty in the mouth, it’s kind of hard to explain. I also get something reminiscent of a baked potato peel, earthy and roasted. I like it a lot. It has floral notes to top it all. It does have similarities to some Golden Monkey I’ve had, but I find this to be more complex.
Most of the time, I don’t re-steep black teas unless I gongfu brew. But this one had a lot more to give, the leaves were not fully unfurled, I managed to get three very tasty infusions.
So glad I made this part of my recent Mandala order, I know I have many more cups to come, and yes, will be able to experience the joy of having it in the morning!
Thanks Dexter3657 for another tasty treat :-)
Not much to say on this one besides i am having a grand time drinking it up this morning. I’m working from home today and feeling incredibly productive even with my minimal sleep over the past couple of days. The last piece of this is off to Cavocorax so that she can try it out and see what other delights she wants to explore from Mandala :)
I’m in the middle of my yearly Anne of Green Gables—and Emily and Pat and Kilmeny and Jane —reread. It’s my favorite series of books and I have had a reread every year since 95. I figured this time around I would accompany my reading with a brew or twelve of my favorite tea. Today it’s Special Dark’s turn and there is something special about drinking it while reading my favorite book. It just tasted better when reading about Anne’s adventures.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Cream, Nuts
I have stopped going to the Mexican restaurant because as much as I love the cheese and cheese and cheese dip and cheese! I can’t digest it very well anymore and I have two days of misery! or at least one night of reflux. But daughter visited tonight and really wanted to go, so we did. As a preventative measure, we made a huge pot of puerh tonight and we all drank it. Within minutes, the heaviness was lifting and the meal was not making miserable. (Oh, how I love hot melty cheese!)
My cake of puerh is now officially gone, expended, no longer in existence. I told hubby this means I get to panic and replace it with an order of ten more cakes of puerh. ( I do have a few more already here at home, so I will work on those!)
This has been an earthy, rich, delightful treat.
Oh this is good! Thanks so much, Dexter3657!
I rinsed for about 20 seconds, and did a first steep of 2 minutes or so. It’s nice and earthy and mushroomy. Mmm.
No, it’s not super complex or fancy, but it’s delicious and I could see enjoying it any time of day. I’ll probably have a couple more steeps tonight, and I have enough left for a couple more rounds. Definitely something to consider purchasing, as I wouldn’t be scared to waste the tea, yet is is something I can sit and enjoy.
(1.5 tsp, 12 oz)
On a good or a bad day, I have tea. Yes, it’s part of my life everyday. It’s something that brings me pleasure no matter how shitty my day is. I’ll take pleasure over happiness. Happiness isn’t reliable, you can’t expect to be happy everyday even if you want to. But you can experience the pleasure of having tea everyday :-)
Tea pleasure is reliable and measurable. This one is proof to my theory. It’s not a concept, but a moment in time that exists and is seizable, a simple pleasure in its purest form.
It is with such a pride that I broke a piece of my first sheng cake today. I know I have already reviewed this tea not long ago. This is just a quick addition.
It is stunning… a mossy-earthy-smoky feel and fresh minty grassy notes that make it so enjoyable… if that’s even possible, it tastes better than the first time I had it!
Dexter3657, I must thank you again for sending a sample in the first place.
(See previous note)
Complex, unique, mysterious! This white tea is quite different than other whites – this one went through some processing encouraging it to age, so apparently after a few years, this white will be a black tea! Nifty! The leaves are big, open and fuzzy with a salt and pepper colouring, as some leaves are silver, others black.
Taste? Really neat and full bodied – white tea taste of sparking grape and juicy, a bit of black tea maltyness, with raw pu’er flavors of ultra creamy sticky and bit of musty (a tasty musty). This isn’t your light, crisp floral white tea – it’s mystery in a cup. Especially in the later steepings as it gets wispy and still creamy.
Also Tea Drunk in a cup. White tea tea drunk? I’m totally tea drunk WAHHHHh.
Full review with lots of pictures on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/white-night-mandala-tea-oolong-owl-tea-review/
I made a new recipe for supper tonight. I sauteed onions in butter, added mushrooms, then garlic, added flour and milk to make a roux, then spinach. It was served on angel hair pasta. Baked sweet potato was the side.
The problem is we don’t usually eat this much butter or fat. Before he could even start eating, hubby had an attack of esophageal spasms which happens occasionally. He had Schotzki’s Ring long ago, I think that is what it was called, and it still acts up sometimes even though he takes Prilosec daily.
Then I ate waaaaaay too much, so there we were, hubby with horrible, powerful hiccoughs from the spasm and me burping garlic. Could puerh tea help both of us?
The short answer is YES! I made three steeps western style in the 22 ounce pot. Partway into the first steep his hiccoughs stopped, and these are not normal hiccoughs. And I feel much lighter. Hooray!
This is much better than taking medicine. My next batch will be the end of this cake, so I guess I had better start looking at my next order!
Man, I don’t know if I did something wrong with this tea, or if it is really THAT different tasting than the Wild Monk cake I’ve got at home… I brewed it up and treated it just like I would my cake, and I’m getting hardly any smoke or sweetness or delicous shengy tang. Mostly I’m getting a weird bitterness…I’m on steep #2 and I’m going to keep going for a couple more steeps and see what kind of flavors I can pull from it. Any suggestions are welcome!
Another sample from Garret. After the first steeping I was thinking “What is Garret thinking?” I like my pu’er dark and earthy. This didn’t look dark and earthy. After drinking steeping 5 I can tell you what Garret was thinking, it is time to blow open some doors for this guy. This is excellent pu’er, earthy but in a subdued way and the flavor is awesome. I would write more but steeping 6 is demanding to be joyfully made!