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drank Long Life by Mandala Tea
92 tasting notes

Pu’er just may be the love of my tea life but coming in a close second is black tea. Not so much flavored black tea but the unflavored stuff. I have been searching for my favorite but there are so many different varieties. There are the chocolaty ones, the roasty ones, the malty ones, the fruity ones and the ones that just kick you in the butt in the morning. This one is fruity. Very fruity.

When I opened my package of tea, I was hit in the face with the smell of dried apricots. It’s the smell of Sundays for me. My Grandma used to give me dried apricots in church when I was a kid to keep me from starting my own mini-riot. The brewed tea tastes very much the same. Dried apricots with a bit of malt. It was pretty perfect. It was more apricot than any apricot flavored tea I have ever tried and apricot is one of my favorite things on the planet so I’m pretty picky. I resteeped this tea four more times increasing by a minute each time. Each resteep maintained the same level of apricot and towards the end got a bit of a nutty note.

Preparation
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Terri HarpLady

I just got a Mandala order of mostly blacks a few weeks ago. This is one of the ones I have in mind for my NEXT order. Now I know I really have to get some of this one, it sounds wonderful!

graceatblb

It was amazing. I am kind of curious to see if there will ever be a tea from Mandala that I just hate. It’d probably be a white tea…blech.

Terri HarpLady

As a fan of blacks & puers, I haven’t been much of a fan of white teas. But recently I have actually enjoyed a few, in spite of myself. I have to be in the right mood.

graceatblb

I think I’ve had maybe two white teas. Both were blends. Perhaps if I tried one from Mandala or Verdant.

I’m pretty much the same way. I can have black or shu pu’er anytime but I have to be in a particular mindset for oolongs, whites, greens and shengs.

Sil

Hmmm this sounds tasty

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Terri HarpLady

I just got a Mandala order of mostly blacks a few weeks ago. This is one of the ones I have in mind for my NEXT order. Now I know I really have to get some of this one, it sounds wonderful!

graceatblb

It was amazing. I am kind of curious to see if there will ever be a tea from Mandala that I just hate. It’d probably be a white tea…blech.

Terri HarpLady

As a fan of blacks & puers, I haven’t been much of a fan of white teas. But recently I have actually enjoyed a few, in spite of myself. I have to be in the right mood.

graceatblb

I think I’ve had maybe two white teas. Both were blends. Perhaps if I tried one from Mandala or Verdant.

I’m pretty much the same way. I can have black or shu pu’er anytime but I have to be in a particular mindset for oolongs, whites, greens and shengs.

Sil

Hmmm this sounds tasty

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Book blogger. Hockey fan. Reformed coffee drinker. Newly minted tea addict. I grammar police myself and no one else. Pu’er lover.

My favorite type of tea is pu’er. I can see myself living in a house alone with just pu’er cakes, a electric tea kettle, my trusty pu’er pick from Mandala and a thermos. I prefer ripe pu’er but love raw pu’er as well. My current favorite is the Special Dark from Mandala Tea.

Black Tea-I also love all forms of black tea. Black tea is where I started and I still love the malty loveliness of a good black tea. My current favorite is Grandpa’s Anytime Tea from Butiki.

Green Tea-Green tea is pretty hit and miss with me. I have never really developed a liking towards it. I have been dying to explore green tea more. Especially matcha and genmaicha. My current favorite is Autumn Harvest Laoshan Green from Verdant Tea.

Herbals/Mate-It depends on what’s in them. I gravitate more to herbs and spices rather than fruit flavors. My current favorite is Fired Up Fennel from Davids Tea.

I love mate (and guayusa). It helped me kick my coffee habit to one cup a day. I will try any blend with mate in it. My current favorite is Chocolate Rocket from Davids Tea.

White Tea-Sadly, I haven’t tried many white teas but I am planning on it very soon.

Oolong Tea-I have tried one or two oolong teas but in blends only. I am dying to try a straight oolong. My current favorite is Milk Oolong by Mandala Tea.

Rooibos-I love rooibos blends but they are very hit and miss with me. I love the woodiness of rooibos. My favorite is currently Oh Canada from Davids Tea.

Flavored Tea-I love flavored teas. I am willing to try just about any flavor combination and the weirder the better. My current favorite flavored tea is Laoshan Black Chocolate Genmaicha by Verdant Tea.

I am always searching for a tea with fig or chili in it.

My favorite tea companies-Mandala Tea (their Phatty Cake was my first ever “Oh My God” tea moment), Butiki Teas, Verdant Tea, and Davids Tea

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