Mandala "Wild Monk" Tea - Mao Cha
Many in the West have never tried pu’er tea, let alone a mao cha. Mao cha translates to “unfinished tea”. It is the sun-dried form of the leaf before it is steamed and pressed into cakes and made into a green style pu’er.
This particular mao cha is very special in that it was picked from tea trees grown entirely in the wild, surrounded by all the native floral and fauna, exposed to nothing but clean air, high-altitude and sunshine. The tea grows quite dark, almost purple as it has adapted to the high levels in sunshine, protecting itself from the UV rays. For us humans that means we get a tea that is even higher in antioxidants.
This is a product of our April 2012 buying trip to China. We are so excited by this tea and have commissioned the pressing of 300 cakes of this leaf for long-term storage and aging. Customers are raving about this tea and we have had many repeat buys!
Almost no bitterness is present in the infused tea liquor, even when brewing at higher temps, though most of our customers are enjoying this at water temps of 175 to 190 degrees. This is delicious in the tea glass style of brewing, as well, but should definitely be enjoyed gongfu style at least once!
The dry leaf has a sweet, smoky aroma and even those who have not been fans of smoke are enjoying this tea. So sweet and full in the mouth with a tea energy that will leave you feeling fantastic! You will keep coming back for more!
We are so excited to be one of the first tea companies in the US to offer mao cha to our customers. And this tea is much worthy of the rave reviews it is getting!
Check out this tea made into a 100 gram pu’er cake commissioned by Mandala Tea!