252 Tasting Notes


I have tried 3 pumpkin tea’s, and I think this one out of the three is my favourite. There is a creaminess to this tea that is playing a role keeping the spices in this light. The other two pumpkin tea’s I’ve tried had too much spice. I’m surprised that I like the lighter spiced tea, since I usually prefer bold flavours, but this nicely spiced and delicious.

Aimee Popovacki

ohh that sounds delicious!


Interesting. I just love how everyone perceives things differently. I thought this was too mild, didn’t really taste the pumpkin or spices too mild. Happy that it works for you.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I am so glad you enjoyed this. It is a particular favorite of mine and my mother in-law. It also tastes amazing as a stovetop latte.

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Every time I drink this tea I think of butterscotch ripple ice cream. I don’t add any sugar to this, it doesn’t really need it – it’s quite sweet on it’s own.

I thought at one time this would become part of my permanent stash. Funny how tastes change and evolve. I won’t have any trouble finishing what I have left, but it is no longer necessary to always have on hand.

Re-steep is not great.


i love that tastes evolve! I like this one too but it’s more of a “every so often” sort of in my cupboard, rather than MUST HAVE!


I agree…it makes a really nice occasional dessert tea.

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
252 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.

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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.

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drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
252 tasting notes

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.

Aimee Popovacki

hahaha sooo gooooood

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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.


Glad you are enjoying Mandala. Always love to share good teas with others. (I’m going to put a couple more of their teas in the mail to you….). You introduced me to Tao, trying to return the favor.

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drank Morning Sun by Mandala Tea
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I haven’t seen AureliaFish on site for some time, but this is who I got this amazing sample from – so if you do ever see this AureliaFish – thank you!

Leather and smoke. That’s what this tea tastes like to me. I like it a lot. I will definitely be ordering this in the near future.


I really appreciate you taking the time to write a little bit about your experience with this tea. Fitness freak? Me too!!


I like this so much, it will probably become part of my permanent stash.

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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.

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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.


Memo to self – scribbles prefers darker roasts oolongs (I have the dark roast of this specific tea – I haven’t tried it, but once I do…..)

Terri HarpLady

I haven’t tried the light roast, but I’m with scribbles. The Dark roast version of this is awesome. :)


I might have a sample of the dark, but if not am definitely going to order it.


If not let me know and I can send you some – try before you buy.


Thank you!!

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My tea journey started in 2012, when a friend gifted me some loose leaf. I guess she thought I was drinking too much coffee. Blown away by the amazing flavours I immediately embraced the loose leaf tea. I still drink coffee, but my main choice of beverage is now tea.

My tea preferences are blacks, pu’erhs, oolongs and greens.



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