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YAY! My first Mandala tea :) I’m very glad Kimquat sent me some samples in our swap to check out so I can decide what I want to order.

Well, I messed up this one. I was a little confused about the instructions and accidentally underleafed this. SO, I steeped it extra long…nevertheless I am very impressed! I think this might be one of the first “GOOD” puerhs I’ve tried.

I will be more careful with my other Mandala samples ;)

Garret

Thanks for writing about it! I always like to remind folks that there really is no messing up with tea. It’s just a different experience than you meant to have. Tea is so much about surrendering to the moment, letting go into life and giving up expectations. Not to get all Zen on ya :) But really, any experience with tea is better than no tea experience at all, isn’t it? Dang… I love tea. Yes, I do! Let me know if you have any questions on any of the other samples you got from Kimquat. I’m happy to help. And I’m mighty appreciative that she shared some of our tea with you! Have a tea-riffic day, my friend!

Stephanie

Thanks Garret! I love tea too!!

And I still enjoyed this very much, even if it was a little weaker than I would have preferred.

I’m looking forward to trying Loose and Luscious Lincang, milk oolong, and Special Dark very soon :)

Garret

Hi! The Noble Mark is still quite young. I imagine it’ll get a little more kick to it with some age under its belt. It was moderate fermentation on the 4 different leaves which will give them an edge in the long run as far as real aging… just like the Lincang (pronounced lynn-song). That Lincang was the leaf used in the Phatty cake. Can’t wait to hear what you think of the other teas. That Special Dark is a special dark, indeed!

Stephanie

So cool, I love learning about all this stuff! :D

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Garret

Thanks for writing about it! I always like to remind folks that there really is no messing up with tea. It’s just a different experience than you meant to have. Tea is so much about surrendering to the moment, letting go into life and giving up expectations. Not to get all Zen on ya :) But really, any experience with tea is better than no tea experience at all, isn’t it? Dang… I love tea. Yes, I do! Let me know if you have any questions on any of the other samples you got from Kimquat. I’m happy to help. And I’m mighty appreciative that she shared some of our tea with you! Have a tea-riffic day, my friend!

Stephanie

Thanks Garret! I love tea too!!

And I still enjoyed this very much, even if it was a little weaker than I would have preferred.

I’m looking forward to trying Loose and Luscious Lincang, milk oolong, and Special Dark very soon :)

Garret

Hi! The Noble Mark is still quite young. I imagine it’ll get a little more kick to it with some age under its belt. It was moderate fermentation on the 4 different leaves which will give them an edge in the long run as far as real aging… just like the Lincang (pronounced lynn-song). That Lincang was the leaf used in the Phatty cake. Can’t wait to hear what you think of the other teas. That Special Dark is a special dark, indeed!

Stephanie

So cool, I love learning about all this stuff! :D

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