86 Tasting Notes


This tea came very, very close to beating Wild Monk as my favorite offering from Mandala Tea. The notes of vanilla and mega floral sweetness were a real surprise after an astringent first couple of steeps. Definitely worth checking out!

Flavors: Asparagus, Citrus, Floral, Green Pepper, Vanilla, Vegetal

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

i liked this quite a bit as well.

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This tea is really hard to describe. I tried it today at the tea festival for the first time and had to buy a tin (even though I promised myself I wouldn’t purchase anything, let’s just say that resolution didn’t last long). Their tasting notes sound very strange but they are accurate. Morning mist, yellow cake and peaches. The top note is a really refreshing vegetal note that I’ve never experienced in a black tea. It reminded me of what the grass, wet with dew, smelled like when I went camping as a kid. In the middle it really does taste like yellow cake batter. Yum! Each sip ends with a peachy note. I rarely buy whole tins anymore but I’m looking forward to playing around more with this one.

Flavors: Cake, Moss, Stonefruits

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

Oh man I might have to get some of this!! Did you happen to try the Ruby 18?

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I actually didn’t! Things were a crazy at the expo so this was the only one that grabbed my attention.

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How’s this for three words that I never thought I’d see together? An Instagram follower asked what it tasted like. My response was oak smoked peaches.


Flavors: Oak wood, Smoke, Stonefruits, Sweet

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

Gorgeous leaves!

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These leaves are so pretty! I’ve never met a Jun Chiyabari that I didn’t like, although it always feels a bit like I’m cheating on my love affair with Darjeeling. This one was all fruity, nutty, spicy yumminess. It stayed strong through a second infusion.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Nutty, Pepper

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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There has been a lot of buzz about this tea and I finally got a chance to break into my brick tonight. Is it the best puerh that I’ve ever had? Of course not. Is it the best $15/100g puerh that I’ve ever had? Absolutely! The taste was thick and earthy with lots of camphor and even a bit of piney smokiness. In a way, I’m reminded of the rosin that I used to rub my violin bow with back in grade school. It’s been too long since I’ve been able to indulge in a halfway decent puerh and this one went straight to my head.

Flavors: Camphor, Resin, Smoke

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

I too was curious about this one because of all the chatter (but I am a big fan of Paul’s selections anyway). Just picked off my leaf for the first time last night and I am enjoying a session with this little guy right now. Initial reaction - I like it very much!

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Holy cow this stuff is awesome. I originally sampled it at Satemwa’s booth at World Tea Expo but it was towards the end of the last day and the leaves were just about done. Now that I was able to properly steep it I’m pretty blown away. The level of complexity is crazy, especially for a tea that is made entirely out of stems. I could drink this all night (in fact I think I will).

Flavors: Cream, Honey, Spices, Vanilla

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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This is last years tea but OMG, it’s still pretty darned amazing. It helps that my sample was vacuum sealed. The taste was incredibly light and sweet with crazy complexity. I’m getting fruits, florals and even a bit of creaminess.

Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Fruity

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

I don’t believe they’re selling it this season. Shame, since I really like their other offerings.

I actually haven’t tried Da Yu Ling yet, most of the Taiwanese vendors I buy from don’t sell it, and when I did have an opportunity (Origin) I didn’t want to spend that much when I already dropped a ton of dough on other teas.

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Yeah, I’m drinking tea at 1am after a long week at work. I have a inexplicable soft spot for Darjeeling oolongs. This one was fairly mellow but very nice. It went nicely with the thunderstorm :)

Flavors: Earth, Floral, Fruity

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

considering buying this at Silver Tips in NY

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I haven’t logged a tea here in a long time but I had to with this one. It is nothing short of amazing. Intensely aromatic and complex, I could not get enough of it. Compared to their other offerings it’s on the expensive side but it is seriously amaze-balls.

Flavors: Creamy, Cucumber, Floral, Melon, Nutty, Sweet

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

Sounds delicious!


I liked this one a lot too :)

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My name is Nicole. I’m a New Jersey Native with a passion for tea and teaware. I don’t claim to be an expert (by any stretch of the imagination) but I love learning and expanding my knowledge of tea.


Bayonne, NJ



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