I just got my new glass mug from Mandala and I figured that I should pick a sample that I haven’t tried in a long time to break it in. I chose Year of the Dragon because…well, it’s the first one I saw.
I am going to try something a bit new. I am going to use the same brew time throughout. I’ve settled on 15 seconds.
I may be a bit in love with this tea based on first impressions and I am deeply regretting not buying a cake. Very creamy and absolutely no earthiness. The only comparison I can think of is dates. Dried, dark yummy dates that I wait for at Christmas time and hoard them.
It’s getting to be more of a prune flavor. I don’t want to say that because most think of prunes as unappetizing but that’s what I’m getting with this steep—dried prunes. And it is yummy.
Still tastes like a cross between dates and prunes…can’t decide which one. But it’s delicious.
Still with the prunes but kind of candied because there is almost a burnt brown sugar aftertaste that you get with candied prunes.
It’s starting to lighten a bit. Not much but enough that it doesn’t look so much like coffee. It’s lightened to the taste of raw figs. Oh boy.
I am now upping the steeping time to 20 seconds.
6th to 8th Steeps
Still figgy. A bit of candied fig taste with a brown sugar background.
I upped the time to 1 minute
9th to 12th Steeps
Still figgy but less so. Some vanilla notes peeking through at various levels of intensity.
13th Steep-5 minutes
Tastes like vanilla extract without the alcohol. Can’t say it’s not pleasant.
14th Steep-15 minutes
I think this tea is done. Tastes like hot water.
I love this tea. It hit every single flavor profile that I found appealing. Figs, prunes, dates…that’s like heaven to me. I’m a weird one I know. And as a bonus, I loved my new mug too. It’s adorable. It’s short and chubby and looks like it should be wearing a bow-tie. No, I am not crazy…I named it Stuart…maybe a little crazy.
P.S. This tea experience was completely different from my first time around with this tea. Just realizing that now when reading my tea note.