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A smooth black tea with a slight maltiness in its aroma and flavor. It produces a beautifully clear red tea liquor, and has a gentle astringency. A great black tea on its own, but also excellent as a base for chai spiced tea, or iced tea!

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Pu’er just may be the love of my tea life but coming in a close second is black tea. Not so much flavored black tea but the unflavored stuff. I have been searching for my favorite but there are so many different varieties. There are the chocolaty ones, the roasty ones, the malty ones, the fruity ones and the ones that just kick you in the butt in the morning. This one is fruity. Very fruity.

When I opened my package of tea, I was hit in the face with the smell of dried apricots. It’s the smell of Sundays for me. My Grandma used to give me dried apricots in church when I was a kid to keep me from starting my own mini-riot. The brewed tea tastes very much the same. Dried apricots with a bit of malt. It was pretty perfect. It was more apricot than any apricot flavored tea I have ever tried and apricot is one of my favorite things on the planet so I’m pretty picky. I resteeped this tea four more times increasing by a minute each time. Each resteep maintained the same level of apricot and towards the end got a bit of a nutty note.

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Terri HarpLady

I just got a Mandala order of mostly blacks a few weeks ago. This is one of the ones I have in mind for my NEXT order. Now I know I really have to get some of this one, it sounds wonderful!


It was amazing. I am kind of curious to see if there will ever be a tea from Mandala that I just hate. It’d probably be a white tea…blech.

Terri HarpLady

As a fan of blacks & puers, I haven’t been much of a fan of white teas. But recently I have actually enjoyed a few, in spite of myself. I have to be in the right mood.


I think I’ve had maybe two white teas. Both were blends. Perhaps if I tried one from Mandala or Verdant.

I’m pretty much the same way. I can have black or shu pu’er anytime but I have to be in a particular mindset for oolongs, whites, greens and shengs.


Hmmm this sounds tasty

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I love black tea. I also love other teas, but black tea is still my favorite. It is what I choose to start my days with, at least most days.
I’m really enjoying the black teas that I’ve gotten from Mandala, this one included. I don’t have much of a description to give, as I drank it hours ago before we went out to breakfast with another couple. But it was tasty & satisfying, just a basic lightly malty cup of goodness.


+1 on black teas especially in the AM! What are your favorite black teas from Mandala? I’ve read many positive comments about Garret and his pu-erh teas. Thanks

Terri HarpLady

All of them? Hahaha :D
Actually, it’s hard to say. I’ve got 30+ plain blacks that I’m rotating through, starting each day with a different tea, so It’s hard to compare them, but there hasn’t been one I don’t like. Garret rocks!

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I only wish work weren’t kicking me in the ass lately. I had this today and i remember it being a delicious cup of tea…but then the world exploded and before i could take any notes it was 8pm and i was home….exausted. This will be going on my re-order list from mandala.

thank you terri for sharing this with me!

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