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Yesterday afternoon I had a really pleasant time exploring the nuances of this Osmanthus Oolong from Mandala Tea. I know that I have professed my love of all things Osmanthus in other postings, and was looking forward to trying this version from Mandala. It certainly did not disappoint, and I look forward to brewing this in different fashions over the next few weeks.

I brewed using the parameters recommended, gong fu style but in my little 100ml glass oolong pot, so that I could observe the leaves and concentrate the flavors. The dry aroma gives only a faint hint of floral scent, both of oolong and osmanthus. The pale infusion brings out a stronger aroma, and the flavor is quite distinctive. Complex, yet subtle and light. The sweetness of Anxi oolong tempered by the dry champagne tones of osmanthus in the background.

In subsequent steepings, my little pot becomes quite full of the expanded leaves, which are quite beautiful to see. The full leaves show the light oxidation, which release their flavor quickly and show the care with which they were grown, harvested and processed. It truly is an interesting journey reminiscent of walks in a sunny garden. Does the subtle osmanthus flavor come from just the tea leaves alone, or do they somehow infuse the flavor? A very interesting and enjoyable tea!

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195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Garret

Hello, my friend!! The scent of the flower is imparted on to the leaf before drying, usually overnight, and then the leaves removed. Much like the jasmine pearls in which the pearls are smothered in fresh jasmine petals and then once dry, the petals are removed leaving their intoxicating scent with the tea. I am so happy that you are enjoying it! Dang, I love tea!

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Garret

Hello, my friend!! The scent of the flower is imparted on to the leaf before drying, usually overnight, and then the leaves removed. Much like the jasmine pearls in which the pearls are smothered in fresh jasmine petals and then once dry, the petals are removed leaving their intoxicating scent with the tea. I am so happy that you are enjoying it! Dang, I love tea!

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I have been drinking tea for most of my life, and enjoy learning about Tea Culture from all around the world. I learned early about Russian and British traditions first, since my parents came from Europe, followed by the teas and culture of Ceylon/Sri Lanka and India. Since I have been a practicing Buddhist for the better part of 25 years, I have strong ties to Asia, and have slowly been learning about the teas from each part of the world I encounter. It is a wonderful and interesting journey.

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