209 Tasting Notes
Dexter3657 sent a sample of this my way – thank you for the amazing samples and introducing me to Mandala tea’s!
The first 2 infusions tasted sweet and nutty. I wasn’t getting any cocoa flavour and wondered what I was doing wrong. Perhaps I under-leafed a little. I went for a 3rd infusion and let it steep for about 5 minutes. Ahhh, there it is. Cocoa. This is really good.
I think next time I won’t be so timid with the leaves, and add more.
Dexter3657 was generous enough to send me a sample of this tea – Thank You!! I am grateful that I was sent enough of the sample to try this again with different steeping parameters.
I got distracted and let the tea infuse longer than it should have, but it was still a very enjoyable tea. Smooth and roasty, with a lingering taste that reminds me of tobacco. Despite the long infusions, the tea was very tasty.
JustJames had sent me a sample some time ago, not realizing that I had this tea, and due to it’s taste had given most of it away.
When I was in-store I remember the aroma being wonderfully sweet and peachy. I thought it would be amazing. I didn’t like it too much as a hot brew. The floral notes were a little strong for my liking. I tried it again today, and my mind hasn’t changed. Not my favourite.
In the summer I had cold brewed, not expecting good results, but I remember liking it a lot better as a cold brew – it didn’t seem as floral. So now I have the last bit of mine and JustJames’ combined in a mason jar cold steeping to finally finish it off.
Not that I need another reason to make Mandala my next place to put in a tea order, but this tea has done it. Dexter3657 had generously included this in a swap some time ago – so thank you Dexter3657 for introducing me to Mandala! And thank you Mandala for providing quality tea’s…can’t wait to place my order!
This is a lighter pu’er but not light on flavour. The flavour profile is deliciously smooth, earthy and nutty. I have a silver tip pu’er from another company…not nearly as tasty as this sample.
I got this from JustJames quite some time ago. I tried it before, but held off writing any notes, because I had the same trouble as JustJames in pulling out the flavour. I tried different water temperatures and steeping times, and although I got the spice, the plum was not evident to me :(
My first infusion was nicely spiced, but I didn’t get any of the plum notes. My second infusion was less spicy but I got a hint of the pudding flavour.
I have enough leaves to try this one again. Maybe third time will be the charm.
This Big Red Robe is on the lighter side of roasted flavour, and while it is delicious, I think I prefer a heavier roast. This is a very good tea if you don’t like a heavy dark roast.
Even though I prefer a heavier roast, I am appreciating this tea for it’s lighter notes. It brews to a dark golden colour. The taste is light and a bit mineral, with a floral and fruity hint in the aftertaste.
I’m on the third steep and I’m sure I can get a few more steeps out of the leaves.
Thank you Dexter3657 for providing me with a sample of this tea.
I got this from JustJames a looong time ago – thank you for the sample!
It wasn’t bad. The taste kind of reminded me of this European rosehip tea that my dad used to drink. It was pleasantly tangy. The coconut wasn’t evident to me, but maybe it was playing the role of toning down the hibiscus.
This was ok.
This is my second floral oolong, purely through chance…I did not not realize that either of the oolongs that I have sampled would be floral.
Autumn will be upon us soon, and this tea is reminiscent of cooling autumn days, leaves changing colours, and the aromas and tastes that are reminiscent of cooler temperatures. That is to say the tea is light, crisp, mildly floral flavour that reminds one that autumn is near.
I have to thank the ever generous and delightful JustJames for sending me the sample pack from Verdant. JustJames….my apologies for the delayed review. Thank you JustJames, I do appreciate your generosity.
This was a sample sent to me from Dexter3657 – thank you!
Holy leaf expansion!
This is the first time that I have tried an oolong with a hint of floral in it. Took me by surprise, I was expecting the usual mineral taste from this one. The floral note is not so overpowering that it detracts from the enjoyment of this tea.
I’m only on the first steep and am looking forward to the different flavour profiles. So far I’m enjoying what I’m sipping.