1103 Tasting Notes
WHOA! I did a long several minute steep on this one, because my water is a bit under boiling here at work, from the fancy water filter/instant water heater dealie in the break room. Anyway, this tea is INTENSE! But super good! As others described, very much like unsweetened cocoa powder, but not at all bitter. WOO I got a huge caffeine jolt from it too, heh. I ate a piece of pumpkin spice cake with my first steep and it was SO good together. Both were so rich :)
This is going on my shopping list for sure. Thanks so much Kimquat for letting me try this one! :D Next time I want to try it as a sweetened latte ;)
One of my favorite puerhs I’ve tried so far! YAY
Well this is interesting. It has a creamy straw/hay flavor like a white tea, with a hint of green vegetal flavor, and a slight maltyness like a black tea. Also a hint of floral aroma. It is good, but hard to describe! Smooth and mellow and somewhat sweet.
Thank you Little Red Cup for providing me a sample of this unique tea for review! :)
Thanks very much Little Red Cup for a sample of this tea for review!
This reminds me of a stripped down version of one of my favorite green teas of all time- Laoshan Green. There is no soybean creaminess, but the sweetness and GREEN vegetal flavors are there. I would also compare it to Spring Twist by Butiki, but less sweet and delicate. If you are a fan of either of those teas, this might be a suitable and much less expensive alternative!
Hint of floral aroma and tiny bit of astringency. I went for extra leaf and extra steep time so I could hopefully assess everything this tea has to offer. I would definitely drink this one again :)
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 ;)
Thank you so much Kimquat for including this in our swap!
Since I only had one servings worth, I was very precise with my water temp and steep time. Man, this tea smells so beautiful! Floral and citrus sweet with the incensey undertone and oolong tang. But taste wise? Frankincense is SO not my thing! How can something that smells so good taste so bad?? Haha. Anyway, really glad I got to try this one, I’ve been really curious! Apparently I would prefer it as a potpourri ;)
I was scared of this one based on the scent of the dry leaf. I’m very maple picky and it smelled a little artificial! Also there are large pieces of popcorn?! Haha! Anyway, steeped up this makes a decent enough sweet breakfast tea :) Kind of reminds me of french toast. Neither the cinnamon or the maple is overpowering. Not something I’ll buy but it was certainly fun to try on this dreary Sunday morning at work all by myself! Thanks again BrewTEAlly Sweet for sending me so many fun teas to try. I love trying new teas!
Drinking this one this afternoon to compare to the David’s Pumpkin Chai I had this morning. Well, they’re really in two totally different leagues. First off, this isn’t even a chai, though it does have somewhat prominent cinnamon/nutmeg notes. 2nd of all, I can actually taste the base tea! Clean is how I like to describle this Ceylon. Also, the pumpkin is detectable and not at all artificial. Adding brown sugar really upped the brûlée notes. Sorry David’s, Butiki always wins in my book!
YUM. As I was brewing this one, the caramel scent was driving me WILD! It is a heavy, rich and earthy puerh base, but the sugary sweet caramel overtones complement it wonderfully. Thanks very much BrewTEAlly Sweet for including this in our swap! I went on the Enjoyingtea website and am sad that the smallest amount they sell is 4oz. With the kind of stash I have, I try to buy 1oz or less of most teas.