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I have had Golden Needle on my “To Buy” list every time I have made a Mandala order and always ended up picking something else. I am regretting that now in a seriously bad way. It was included as a sample in my last Mandala order and it is one of those “I could die happy while drinking this” type of tea.

Dry the tea kind of smelled fruity. Like apricots. But brewed the flavor profile was completely different. It was malty and chocolaty in the most amazing way. The sip starts out with a malty smooth flavor but kicks in with a bit of bite but smooths out into a chocolaty finish. It kind of reminds me a little bit of Laoshan Black but I think I prefer this one. It has a bit more kick to it. It will be a part of my next order and if it’s not, please remind me what an idiot I am.

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Garret

I shall remind you, dear friend :)

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, you’ll have to remind me too! This sounds tasty!

Garret

Ok, Terri, I guess I’m a gonna have to start a list :)

Sil

I want in too!!

graceatblb

Thanks, Garret :)

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Garret

I shall remind you, dear friend :)

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, you’ll have to remind me too! This sounds tasty!

Garret

Ok, Terri, I guess I’m a gonna have to start a list :)

Sil

I want in too!!

graceatblb

Thanks, Garret :)

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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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