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Oh My… I’ve been spending the past hour brewing multiple infusions of a little sample bag that was included with my first order from Mandala Tea. It said simply, “Milk Oolong” so I really had no idea what joy was in store. I had not read anything about it, had simply eyed the nice dark green rolled leaves, smelled the aroma of sweet grass, and thought I would use my little 100 ml glass oolong pot to do a quick tasting.

1st steep: quick 5 second rinse of the leaves, followed by 205 F water for 25 seconds. Nice Green/Gold infusion. Aroma is pure melted butter, with just a hint of coconut. Wow! Not super sweet, but just a pleasing creamy feeling in my mouth. And an aftertaste of passion fruit?

Ok, I am fascinated. I go for a second steep, thinking this is just a really nice Taiwan style oolong.

2nd steep: 205 F for 40 seconds. Big change! The color is now pure gold, no green. Aroma: butter, coconut and a hint more of floral tones. The flavor is even more intense. There is still that buttery creaminess, but the coconut is even more prominent, and I definitely taste tropical fruits at the sides of my mouth.

I am so impressed, I go to Mandala tea’s website to see what it is I am drinking. Sure enough, this is one great quality tea, and the flavor profiles match pretty close to what I was tasting. I start looking for the other flavors described in the next few steepings, and I have to say I am really pleased. This one is definitely going on my shopping list!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec
TeaBrat

It sounds great! Do you know if it is natural or flavor enhanced?

E Alexander Gerster

Oh this flavor must be natural. It comes from some very talented Tea Master that has paid attention to every step of growing and processing for maximum flavor. It is truly an art… :)

Garret

Hello friends! The tea is not scented nor is anything added. It is the certain temperature, altitude, soil conditions which yield this gem. From what I understand from my source for this, there is certainly skill in the processing which also helps :) When I sit with this tea, I typically start with 10 to 15 second steepings for the first 5 or 6 infusions and slowly increase from there.

Alex, thank you. I am so happy that you enjoyed this. It is certainly a hit with us and our customers/friends.

Charles Thomas Draper

I have not tried a Milk Oolong. This sounds superb…..

TeaBrat

Sounds good!

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TeaBrat

It sounds great! Do you know if it is natural or flavor enhanced?

E Alexander Gerster

Oh this flavor must be natural. It comes from some very talented Tea Master that has paid attention to every step of growing and processing for maximum flavor. It is truly an art… :)

Garret

Hello friends! The tea is not scented nor is anything added. It is the certain temperature, altitude, soil conditions which yield this gem. From what I understand from my source for this, there is certainly skill in the processing which also helps :) When I sit with this tea, I typically start with 10 to 15 second steepings for the first 5 or 6 infusions and slowly increase from there.

Alex, thank you. I am so happy that you enjoyed this. It is certainly a hit with us and our customers/friends.

Charles Thomas Draper

I have not tried a Milk Oolong. This sounds superb…..

TeaBrat

Sounds good!

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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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