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drank Magic Will by RiverTea
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So I just drank Mandala’s Special Dark yesterday, so today may have been a bad time to try this. It just tastes like puerh. Good puerh. Maybe even great. But it’s not blow-my-mind with your earthiness and super rich chocolate notes.

It’s earth. It’s dark. It doesn’t taste like dirt. I could drink a fair bit of this, but I think I’ll pass the rest to Sil!

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drank Wild Orange Blossom by Teavana
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Sipdown! (143) I drank a cup of this with dinner, and the rest of it (a pitcher) is going into the fridge to cool down for the kiddo to drink later on.

I steeped it for 6 minutes and for some reason it’s NOT overly sour. I was worried about the hibiscus, but… it’s ok? I don’t think I’d buy any more though. Especially with Teavana’s recent customer service fiasco. I still haven’t got confirmation that my order is cancelled yet and I placed the request 5 days ago. If they actually ship it out to me, I will send it back to them unopened. :|

Anyway, this was ok.


I am glad you got through it. I never would have.


Yay! So we’re both better off!
And btw, my sister-in-law LOVEs the muharajah/samurai chai blend you sent me. She’ll probably drink it all for me. :D


(I had better make sure she doesn’t try to buy more because she feels bad for drinking it all. :P She’s like that, but I don’t mind sharing it with her. I’m just excited she’s drinking loose leaf tea).


Yay! I am glad someone is drinking the teas.

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
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So Dexter3657 drank this yesterday and got me thinking about it, and since they don’t need me at work today it is TOTALLY the right choice to drink this one today while I can enjoy it. (Aside from the sick hubby and toddler who need attention. :P)

I’m taking a Special Dark break!

The first time I had this I followed the instructions and steeped it for 30 seconds, but this time I went right for 4. Maybe next time I will go for 8. I didn’t realize this one couldn’t be oversteeped but you can’t blame me for being hesitant! If I did this to one of my favourite blacks it would likely be too bitter and strong at the end.

This, on the other hand, at 4 minutes is quite rich and dark. And yes, very chocolatey. I almost want to rip open my 85% emergency-use-only chocolate bar just to compare the different types of chocolate, but I’d better save that for an emotional pick-me-up. This cuppa has made me happy enough already!

Yes. This is complete proof that Puerh ISN’T something to be afraid of! I can do it! I can enjoy it! Also, this makes me want to put in an order at Mandala to see what else they can do with Puerh!

Flavors: Cocoa, Earth

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

:D Love this one


Crazy right? But it totally works, and it’s yummy.

I placed a Mandala order this morning…. Garret is so nice, and the teas are amazing. I already have shipping confirmation with tracking number. Can’t beat the customer service. :))


That’s pretty awesome. Shipping is generally around $10 too, right? Maybe at the beginning of March I’ll be able to place an order! (Unless they have a sale which lets me break any resistance I have! :P)

And my second steep of this at 10 minutes is pretty awesome too. I was going to drink Laoshan Black today but now I don’t want to….


They charge actual shipping cost. I order A LOT today. I ordered 9 oz of tea, plus 2 × 100g pu’erh cakes, plus 6 oz of their tea soak stain remover. So that’s 15 oz + 200g of product and shipping was about $15.00. I’ve placed smaller orders with shipping in the 10-12.00 range, and I once ordered tea and a yixing teapot and it was 17.00. It depends on what you order. It’s a bit expensive if you consider lots of places do free shipping over 50.00 etc. BUT there are lots of US companies that try to charge us 30-35.00 for a couple of oz of tea. I consider Mandala “medium” when it comes to shipping costs, but the tea is AMAZING. I’ve ordered a few times and will continue to do so….


Wow I wish I had your tea budget, Dex! :D Can’t wait to read all your Mandala reviews!


Cavo…also it’s 5$ through sharon for shipping….just saying


LOL Sil – keep encouraging….

Stephanie – I think I’m doing good – 175.00 ish since Cyber Monday and the vast majority of that was Mandala today. Less than 200 in two months… not bad – for me at least :))


Sil – lemme know next time you want an order!


cavo – march sounds good to me unless you need it earlier lol that will give me time to sip some down OR you can come shop at my house for samples so you can narrow your choices down haha


March works for me too!

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drank Maple Pecan Oolong by Butiki Teas
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drank Crazy Mint by RiverTea
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Backlog: So, it figures I’m the only one to rate this one and I was sorta distracted while I drank it. I remember it was spearmint and orange, as was promised in the description, and that I liked it.

Not much else though. Sorry. That’s the hazards of drinking tea at work I suppose.

I’ll pass the rest to Sil and you can see what she thinks!




I asked for a sample of this with my order, I’m so excited to try it!

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Hmmmm. I just can’t go wrong with this one!
And I felt better after my sore throat tea, so this was my celebratory tea! :D
It might be wasteful having it so late at night when I won’t be able to resteep it, but dangit, my tea is meant to be enjoyed! I can’t treat it all like some rare precious thing or I will die without drinking any or finding the ‘perfect time’.

(And that’s the end of that weirdo rant)


Yay for feeling better and celebrating with an awesome tea! I also think about saving some teas and then realize it is there to be enjoyed and I drink it.


:D Yes! That’s exactly the way to do it!

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drank Glacier Blend by Specifically Tea
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This is my 2nd oldest tea, right after Tetley’s Orange Pekoe. I hate having to drink it, but it feels like my throat is so constricted right now that I don’t want to drink anything. So maybe this will help me out.

And ugh. Really? I can’t believe I’m sick again! I think I had 1 week where I was fine, and in that weekk my daughter and husband got sick.. Now it’s back to me and the whole house is fairly miserable Except the kiddo – she’s pretty much over it.

But seriously. You guys must be sick of saying, “Get well Cavo”! :P I’m sick of needing to drink this tea.

So here’s the deal: I’ll finish this tea off in the next day or so, and then I won’t get sick again this year!!!! Bwahahaha.

3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

Oh geez, you’ve been on that merry-go-round for quite a while, it seems. I really do hope you get well soon, and it won’t be too serious of a cold/flu this time.


Sounds like a plan! Hopefully this one is a short one.


Hope so! I already feel better after that cup so I’m back to the good teas!


Heh. Get well, Cavo! :)


Thanks guys. :D I’m hoping tomorrow I’ll be back to normal.

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This is another sipdown (145), and I think this is the first time I’ve reviewed it. I know what that means – I couldn’t make it work and didn’t want to review it until I did.

And today my throat is so sore/swollen that I probably couldn’t even tell if I HAD made it work. Oh well. There are plenty of Butiki teas that I love!

And I’ve got a few more coming through from Shadowfall – my package just hit Canadian Customs. I hope hope hope (!) that I get it by Friday!


I had a similar thing with this one.

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This was a mixed-up Monday steeping, which means that I didn’t put enough water into my timolino and the steeping basket wasn’t fully submerged so I ended up with barely flavoured warm water.

Ah, crap.
Sipdown too! (146)


Bleh, but yay for the sipdown. :)

carol who

It’s good to know that it happens to others. Most of the time it happens to me when I am out at a restaurant (even when I bring my own teabags) because you can’t control temp. When I use my Teavana tumbler, which is very similar to the Timolino, I tend to over steep and get bitter tea. Oh well!


Try steeping upside down in the timolino. Makes sure you get a lot of water-leaf contact. That, or get the mason jar ;)


That’s a really good suggestion! Thanks
And the mason jar is cool but I’m still OMG-25 oz of tea. I feel like 16 is too much sometimes!

Then again, I don’t have to fill it…

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Tea: I just started drinking loose tea in the fall of 2012, and once I started I had to get more and more and try ALL THE TEAS. Joining Steepster made this worse/easier.

So far it seems that I prefer unflavoured black teas, although I still drink a few that are flavoured each day too. Oolongs, greens, puerhs and white teas are all very good, but I just don’t crave them as often.


Me: Ok. Random things. I like animals, I have a little girl and a devoted bf, two cats, and … I’m a geek. I like Lord of the Rings, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Supernatural, fandom!, pen&paper RPG’s, online RPG’s, video games, silly internet memes, puzzles and a bunch of others things! I taught myself to knit and I’m considering crochet but I need to make time for all these things!

I keep trying to learn languages on Duolingo and failing. I’m currently failing Esperanto. :P

1-50: Bleh.
51-64: It’s ok.
65-75: It’s good.
76-85: It’s very good. (Buy 1oz+)
86-100: Amazing. (ALWAYS re-stock)


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