Morning Sun

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Black Tea
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Baked Bread, Malt, Tobacco, Earth, Honey, Smoke, Smooth, Sweet, Smoked, Spices, Thick
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205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 g 11 oz / 321 ml

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  • “It’s cloudy this morning and I did not sleep a wink last night, but must somehow get it together to go to work and toil away on a big, complicated project. Thanks to Mandala tea, I have my...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This tea is beautiful to look upon, & brews into a rich & resinous cup of tea whose rustic flavor reminds me somewhat of masa harina & fire roasted green chili’s. Very savory, but...” Read full tasting note
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  • “The leaves of this tea are beautiful. Rolled and all golden and black, amazing to look at. I’m not educated enough to understand what is going on in this one. It has the right mouth feel of...” Read full tasting note
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  • “So i’m pretty sure my taste buds need a health check this morning. This came across as a smokey tea…more like a cross between a keemun and a lapsang. I don’t think it’s...” Read full tasting note
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From Mandala Tea

Picked in the early spring, this black tea has been expertly crafted and processed by rolling the young leaf and bud sets into little pellets. Cast your eyes upon this tea and witness true tea art.
Rich and thick in aroma, this tea develops a sweet and smooth taste – strong and yet floral at once! What a way to start any day of your week. A real treasure!

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1842 tasting notes

Another great sample from Nicole! Thank you! This one looks really similar to the Yunnan Sourcing sample of Black Gold that Nicole also sent. Hmm. There is plenty of gold here. It looks like a variation of a snail tea. Black and gold tight bundles that somehow artfully unravel into these huge leaves. The flavor is fantastic. The deep amber cup has all the characteristics I love in a black tea: at first it is floral or like wine, then there are slight pepper and smoky notes, while being malty, honey yet still rich. Hints of fruit. This is really somehow everything except a chocolate tea, which surprised me. It’s a very complex tea, very intoxicating and addicting. I think the favorite that I’ve tried from Mandala over the years. I probably didn’t need to use 1 1/2 teaspoons, one heaping teaspoon would do, but it was fantastic steeped this way anyway. Three solid steeps with none of that oversteeped oaky flavor some black teas tend to have. I’ll try the YS- Black Gold with these parameters.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons // 10 minutes after steeping // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 6 min a.b. // 2 min
Steep #3 // just boiled // 5+ min

Louise Li

That’s a very beautiful name for a tea, or any kind of product really :)

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101 tasting notes

I judged this one incorrectly before I drank it…I read the descriptions on here and figured I wouldn’t like it, as smoky doesn’t really seem to be my thing. I was wrong, as I really enjoyed the smokiness, and I didn’t find it overwhelming at all. It’s a thick tea, with decent strength…nice for the morning, as the name indicates. Thanks for this sample, Nicole…great to broaden my horizons!

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94 tasting notes

I’m tasting tobacco on the breath out. Way better than any morning cigarette I’ve ever had.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Malt, Tobacco

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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850 tasting notes

This is a tasty tea. It is slightly malty. I am getting another note that I think is frequently described as baked bread. This is not as good as the one from Mandala I was drinking yesterday, I think that one was Black Gold.

I steeped this ono time in an 18oz teapot with 2 tsp leaf and boiling water for 1 min.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Malt

Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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726 tasting notes

Another one from Nicole!
This one wasn’t nearly as strong as the other one I had. In fact I had to drink like half the cup before realizing what it tasted like. Guess that’s what happens when you are eating food and drinking a new tea at the same time. xD
But eventually I could pick the flavors out.
The main note I got was earth, which I really dislike in teas. But there was a decent amount of honey flavors to not make the earthiness too overwhelming. Which is good. But overall, I wasn’t a huge fan. Those nature flavors are just killer for me apparently xD
Anyway, happy to have tried more teas from Mandala though! Thank you so much, Nicole!

Flavors: Earth, Honey


at first i thought it was a puehr

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54 tasting notes

This is a tale of two teas, or at least two different approaches to the same tea. As an experiment, I tried Morning Sun twice on the same day, both times following Mandala’s recommendations, but once in a gaiwan and once Western style. The dry leaves, BTW are just lovely – an attractive mix of gold and dark curls and with a smokier tang than I expected. The gaiwan version (1 tsp, 208°, rinse/1’/2’/4’) was smoky but not too much with a slight sweetness at the back. Predictably, it faded by the third steep. The Western version (~2 tsp, 208°, 3½’) was the same but more so. I found this brew richer, softer, and with the smoke perfectly balanced with the sweet undertone. When I have the leisure to do so, I usually prefer gaiwan drinking. This one is a solid mugful.

Flavors: Honey, Smoke, Smooth, Sweet

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972 tasting notes

Good morning Steepster! This sample came to me from Dexter. I’m excited to try this one, it’s been a while since I had a golden snail tea. These curls are about half to two-thirds golden, and they have a gentle bread and honey scent.

Wow, I was surprised by the aroma. I was expecting sweetness and bread, what I smell is decidedly savory with smoked food. And the taste is savory as well! Definitely different from other golden snails I’ve tried, or at least how I remember them tasting. It’s definitely a savory flavor, though there is some breadiness there. The main flavor for me is smoked meats along with a hint of pepper. I do pick up on some sweet honey notes also, especially in the aftertaste. Overall, it’s lovely, though not what I expected.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Honey, Malt, Smoked

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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2031 tasting notes

My BFF came by to pick me up for a day of shopping, and so I made us this tea.

It’s really mild. I mean, I know I only did a 2 minute steep, but wow that was not the kind of morning tea I was expecting! Still, I did enjoy it. Sweet, thick, a hint of spice as it cooled.

And then I was out, needing more tea, so I followed it with Awake at Sbux. That… was not good.

Flavors: Spices, Sweet, Thick

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Cameron B.

Yum, sounds delicious. :D


It was good, but I wanted more. If that makes sense. It was so mild I didn’t get any flavour until it cooled a lot.


A, umm, close to 30 minute second steep has brought me closer, although now it’s getting a little astringent.


I love this one! Cam, I can send you some on our next trade, if you like.

Cameron B.

Totes mcgotes! :D

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278 tasting notes

Ehrmagerd! OM NOM NOM.

This tea is amazeballs. I made it like this: 1 tsp, 8 oz, 208 degrees, 3.5 minutes. I used my brew in mug strainer. I sampled at 1 and 2 minutes, but it wasn’t strong enough. 3.5 minutes is perfect.

I am going to try a second steep, but I’m already sold. This is gorgeous. It smells and tastes like malted yum. It’s mild and smooth, like velvet.

Now I am going to settle in, drink this little beauty, and read some mysteries on Oyster, which is the greatest online service since Netflix. If you love books and you haven’t heard of it, please check it out immediately. I may never leave home again because I just don’t see the need!

Update: I steeped the leaves a second time for 5 minutes and the tea had a little hint of spiciness. Where the hell did that come from? It’s sublime! I drank a little and then added a teensy bit of maple syrup, since that seems to be all the rage around Steepster. So. Good.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I so love this one too! And isn’t it pretty to look at also?
(Now I’m gonna have to check that Oyster of yours…)


It’s so pretty!!!!

Yes, please do. You can get the first 30 days free. I only started about 2 weeks ago and I already have so many books on my reading list. :)


I adore this one as well. I’m also gonna go look at the Oyster thingie


But overdrive media console is free! (Online Library apps). Might not have all the recent books but it certainly has more than enough to keep me occupied. Those looking into oyster, look into overdrive media console too. But yes, you need a library card.


Hmmm.. never heard of that. I’ll check it out. Thanks!


Yes, Nxtdoor introduced me to Overdrive a few months and I just can’t live without!!!


I use overdrive through my library too! So many books :-D


Also, you can sign up for a mailing list called book bub. Everyday they email you a list of ebooks ranging from free to $2.99. Are they always the best books? No lol but they are often times completely free or $0.99 and the service is completely free


I got a library card so I can use overdrive, wooo!


Yay!! Let me know how you like it, there isn’t one day I don’t bless Nxtdoor for introducing me to it :-)


Yes! Overdrive rocks, yo! Especially nice is that you can go on a waiting list for a book and you get an email when it’s your turn to borrow.


Also, you all know of hoopla? Same idea, library system, but for movies and stuff. The downside is that you only get to borrow three movies per month. But hey, I dig it.

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154 tasting notes

The dried leaves are soooo pretty! But this tastes nothing like I expected from looking at the leaves. It brews up a deep reddish color. It hits my very happy place of smooth dark maltiness – but there is a roastiness there that I like very much. There is also a slight floral note that is a little elusive. I overleafed it a bit, but even with that there is no astringency (surprised me) but there is a different (and pleasant) little bite at the back of my throat. It is surprisingly complex and absolutely delicious. I realize this is a very obvious song for this tea but it is VERY appropriate and I’m singing it (badly) to myself as I brew my second cup:


Had that song on in the sauna this morning while drinking some Noble Mark! Too funny!!


LOL! And even funnier Noble Mark is what I brought to work for my afternoon tea


Well then, I’ll brew up some Morning Sun!

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