966 Tasting Notes


Sample sipdown!

I had been hoarding the last of this sample which I got with a Mandala order a while back. This is probably one of my favorite shu puerhs. I’m pretty sure I prefer it to the famous Phatty Cake as well! I will just have to order more eventually.

Happy Mother’s day to all the Steepster moms!!! Hope you have great days :)


Too funny that this review happened just now, my friend! I am drinking the same tea. The loose leaf version. I’m really happy that you enjoy this one. It’s one of my all-time fave loose teas. I’ve been sipping and comparing it to the Temple Stairs blend that I did this year. The Noble Mark, with it’s age, has a slightly more well-rounded flavor, but this Temple Stairs, with a little more aging will most certainly be a rival. I just wrote the description for the Temple Stairs and put it on the site: http://shopmandalatea.com/ripe-pu-er/loose/temple-stairs-ripe-pu-er-2013-loose.html

I can’t remember if I got you some of it on your last order for a sample or not. I hope I did.


New shu from Mandala?! Oh, I’m in trouble now.


Oh boy, I hope that’s a good frowny face :) Pretty excited about it. So much so that I pressed 500 of the 100 gram cakes and 10,000 5gram mini-tuochas. Gonna be one mighty fine mini-tuo. Can hardly wait to get them shipped. They were pressed at the pu’er factory last week Now they just need to finish drying before getting on a boat and headed to us. Then you!


I have never tried the Temple Stairs! Sounds good!!

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Thanks Marzipan for a sample of this tea!

I have electricity again, YAY! Apparently what we experienced yesterday was a “Macroburst”. They’re kinda scary! We were also pretty lucky. I think we are one of few houses in our neighborhood without some kind of property damage.

So, this tea is pretty good for an herbal. Chocolatey chai is exactly what it tastes like! I still prefer a more bold flavor than most herbals can give me. I might give some of this sample to my mom for Mother’s day tomorrow to see if she likes it. She can’t have caffeine at all but really enjoys tea and anything chocolatey :)


Yay, glad you are back!

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drank Lemon Tea by Lipton
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Our power has been out for 24 hours now. I miss real tea! :(


Im so sorry. I hope they will restore it soon


You are welcome to come crash here.


Thanks guys! Our power is BACK! We were so lucky it was only out for just over 24 hours :) Bad storm yesterday!

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I’m finally tasting the 2014 version! Thanks for the sample Garret

Well, this is a delicious sheng. Not the same as 2012…no smoke at the beginning, a little more bold. Still VERY enjoyable though with a great energy! I’m glad to report that it is a suitable replacement for the last harvest :)

I still plan to use the rest of my sample to do a side by side comparison! Then I should be able to write a better note! :D Fun!!

Terri HarpLady

I should get some of this while I still have some of the previous one, so I can compare them :) I’m way overdue for a Mandala order anyway, & thanks to online itunes sales, I actually have some money in my playpal account!


Great to know, Stephanie…I’m still sipping on my 2012, but those days are almost gone :-(


I ordered another 2012 cake that I may hoard forever and ever, lol.


I love them both. I love the 2012 version so dearly and was certainly anxious to see what the autumn 2013 mao cha would turn into once pressed. I dig it. Totally drinkable now. And yes… waaaaay less smoke, due to processing and time of year it was harvested. Lots to hold my interest in the new pressing, for sure. So excited that I could make another pressing happen.

It’s fun to get down with the Wild Monk no matter what vintage. Sometimes, it’s the only thing that makes sense, am I right?

We have only a few tongs left of the Wild Monk 2012. One of them is mine :)

Grooviness to you all,

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drank Dark Rose Tea by TeaSource
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After my bad puerh experience this morning I wanted something “safe” I know I like this afternoon! Plus I was still craving pu. This works out nicely :)

Thanks again for the cute little heart tea Amanda Wilson !

Terri HarpLady

I’ve been thinking of trying these little hearts, always open for a novelty. They look adorable, anyway. :)


They’re simple, clean tasting, lightly fermented, and reasonably priced. Can’t really go wrong! Seems like folks who don’t like shu don’t like it. I could send you a couple if you want to try them, Terri


So it’s not puerh. Is it heicha?


They call it “Dark tea” but I think they might be the same thing boychik

Terri HarpLady

Stephanie, that would be awesome!
Seems like I owe you some tea, don’t I?
(I know I owe tea to boychik, & several others…sorry, I’m a slacker lately…no, I’ve just been incredibly busy for awhile)


no worries, Terri.

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Backlogging here…

Whatever this one was, I LOVE IT! It is definitely a raw/sheng puerh. SUPER fruity. Apricot/stone fruit mostly. Wonderful!


Isn’t stone fruit interesting?!


YES! Shengs are probably the most interesting teas of all in my opinion :) Especially really good and complex ones like this one!


Shengs will grow on you…

Terri HarpLady

I initially preferred Shu, but that has changed for me.

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Oof…this sheng is not for me! BLEH! I might have to dump it out :(


2nd steep is slightly more drinkable…but still!


What does a bad sheng taste like? newb


Bitter, “funky”…no sweetness or pleasant fruitiness. Try #7 if you want to taste a good but really unusual sheng!

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Thank you so much Courtney for sharing some of your precious Bavarian Cream with me!

This is one of my favorite matcha flavors now. Really good and creamy and vanilla-y :D

It has been a really long time since I actually ate anything filled with Bavarian cream, but it seems pretty spot-on flavor wise!


I’m so glad you enjoyed it!


I just ordered this one! Now I’m really excited to try it.

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drank Chocolate Tea by Forsman Tea
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Thank you Marzipan for a sample of this tea!

This is quite good chocolate tea. So many of them I have tried were artificial tasting, or not paired with a nice base tea…this one is good though! Not quite as good as Fauchon chocolate eclair, which is my favorite, but definitely one of the better ones I’ve had :)

1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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