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drank Yunnan Beauty by Mandala Tea
1962 tasting notes

Sipdown, 192. My trial with the oriental beauty was so successful that I decided to go ahead and brew up this Yunnan Beauty that Azzrian also sent me. Thanks!

Same method as before; quick rinse, just about a 1 minute steep (this time it might have been closer to 45 seconds). This tea also smells very fruity, but in a slightly darker, more concentrated way. In that, it smells more like dried apricots and prunes than fresh apricots and plums. Including the corresponding extra hit of sweetness that dried fruits have over fresh. This tea is also very delicious and challenging my expectations of dark oolongs. Fruity, sweet and very smooth. I don’t detect any minerally notes in this one, and it almost has a creaminess to it that is quite lovely. I like the darker notes of this in comparison to the traditional oriental beauty I tried earlier. This is a variety of tea that I could see exploring further. Thanks so much for the introduction, Azzrian!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec
Sil

this sounds good… but it’s probably got taste… doesn’t it lol

Dinosara

It’s definitely not green and floral, so it might be up your alley :)

Sil

haha i’ll add it to the list :)

Stephanie

Sounds goooooood

KittyLovesTea

This sounds amazing! :) Yum Yum. Very nice notes.

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Sil

this sounds good… but it’s probably got taste… doesn’t it lol

Dinosara

It’s definitely not green and floral, so it might be up your alley :)

Sil

haha i’ll add it to the list :)

Stephanie

Sounds goooooood

KittyLovesTea

This sounds amazing! :) Yum Yum. Very nice notes.

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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.

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