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drank Oriental Beauty by Mandala Tea
1946 tasting notes

Sipdown, 193. Thanks to Azzrian for this sample!

I decided to use the whole sample in one go, and then realized that I would have a pretty similar water:tea ratio as in their steeping instructions. So I then I thought, why not. I did a 10 second rinse, as instructed, and then meant to do a 30 second steep, but it turned into a minute. Ah well. The tea is definitely not oversteeped. It smells incredibly fruity, like apricots or plums.

Well color me surprised. I have tried a smattering of oriental beauty teas over the years and have never been all that in love with them. Dark oolongs just don’t do it for me so much. But this! This one I am most definitely enjoying. Fruity, sweet, with a hint of minerals but not too much. No roasted/toasted flavor (yay), not too woody or rocky. I’m not in love enough to order more, but I will be less skeptical of oriental beauty oolongs in the future for sure.

PS: I really wish there was a search-your-own-tasting notes function. I would love to search for oriental beauty and see my previous notes, since there are probably some in there that I don’t even remember. 1010 is a lot of tasting notes!

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195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Tea Sipper

Yeah, I’d love to be able to search my tasting notes, cupboard, details of the teas in my cupboard…

Indigobloom

I agree! sometimes finding my note on a particular tea is impossible… which is annoying when I know there are notes that will help me in future steeps :/

Kittenna

Completely agree! It’s even annoying just to have to search through 100+ notes on a particular tea in order to find out what you thought of it the previous time.

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Tea Sipper

Yeah, I’d love to be able to search my tasting notes, cupboard, details of the teas in my cupboard…

Indigobloom

I agree! sometimes finding my note on a particular tea is impossible… which is annoying when I know there are notes that will help me in future steeps :/

Kittenna

Completely agree! It’s even annoying just to have to search through 100+ notes on a particular tea in order to find out what you thought of it the previous time.

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-85: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
84-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.

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