Garret said

Mandala Tea can send you tea!

Hey groovy guys, groovy gals!

Just a note to let you know that even though the website is down, we can still get tea to you. While we have been focusing on the wholesale and local retail biz, we’ve been getting emails from all kinds of customers, setting up orders, sending Paypal invoices and then shipping tea all over this land. Let me know if I can help you. I’ve got a list of available teas/prices I can email to you, if interested. Shoot me an email at garret@mandalatea.com and I’ll take care of you. It’s been fun having these more personal interactions with customers.

And of course, we’ve got loads of our Milk Oolong ready to ship. It’s been our number one selling tea for several years running now!

With gratitude,
Garret

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HOT DAMN MILK OOLONG

hahah, that tea is pretty bomb

Garret said

And for heaven’s sake, don’t forget the Smart Soak!

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AllanK said

Have you got any new ripe puerhs?

Garret said

Allan… the only 2 new ripe teas right now are loose leaf teas. Sweet and mild, the both of them. 2015 and 2016 spring-picked, they are the lighter side of the dark side. Nice teas, zero post-fermentation funk, small leaf. I’ve been blending it with the Noble Mark or the Rama Lama Bu Lang loose and really loving it! As far as cakes and such, I am waiting to see what spring brings this year.

AllanK said

Sent you an email for a price list.

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Everune said

I just sent you an email asking about which teas are currently available.

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Great hearing your teas are still available. Just emailed you for the list.

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Ubacat said

Any amazing greens or whites? If someone else gets the list , is it okay to post it here? That way we won’t all be bugging you to see what you have.

Ken said

yes please that would be nice.

Garret said

Here is the list as of yesterday evening! Below the “Swell Seven”, you will find the teas listed by category, along with brief deets on each. Thank you. The amount of emails and orders has been so fun these last few days. Exciting to connect in a new way with so many of you. Shoot me an email at garret@mandalatea.com if you’ve any questions or want to place an order. Grateful, Garret
****The Swell Seven****

Milk Oolong – Creamy aroma with hints of coconut, hard toffee candy along with the classic floral undertone.
1oz/4oz $9/$32

Black Gold – Strong body, light sweetness, slight maltiness.
1oz/4oz $8/$28

Dragon Pearls – Hand-rolled and scented 8 times with fresh jasmine flower petals.
1oz/4oz $8/$29

Matcha – Superfine powdered green tea. A wonderful smoothie add-in!
1oz/4oz/8.8oz $8/$30/$58

Noble Mark 2011 loose ripe pu’er – Garret’s personal favorite ripe tea. Rich and creamy in flavor and aroma without overbearing earthiness.
1oz/4oz $8/$28

Smart Soak – Miracle tea stain dissolver. Pots, cups, brewers, strainers made new!
1oz $2.00, 6oz $7, 16oz(tub) $16.00

Water Heater/Kettle Cleaner/Descaler – Keep your water heater efficient and free of lime and scale.
1oz $2.50, 16oz (tub) $16.00

White Teas****

White Peony – Hints of oak, nut and vanilla. An apricot colored brew with delicate lingering fragrance and a fresh mellow sweet taste without astringency or grassy flavor.
1oz/4oz $8/$27

White Night – A light, sweet, full bodied flavor. Smooth and easily palatable. Many steeps!
1oz/4oz $8/$27

Silver Needle – Classic silver needle white. Delicate, smooth, rich body.
1 oz $8

Green Teas****

Cloud and Mist – Sweet and crisp, with a hint of nutty and fruity notes.
1oz/4oz $7/$24

Highest View – Short steeps bring out the sweetness of the leaf and longer infusions the nuttiness
1oz/4oz $7.50/$27.50

Mao Feng – Classic green tea, bold and nutty, but if brewed lightly can be quite smooth.
1oz/4oz $7.50/$27.50

Pine Needle Autumn 2016 – unoaked chardonnay in light steeps, bold and astringent in longer steeps.
1oz/4oz $7.50/$27.50

Matcha organic green tea powder – A wonderful smoothie add-in!
1oz/4oz/8.8oz $8/$30/$58

Valley Peak – If you enjoy Longjing green, you are sure to relish several steepings of this great tea! Mellow and delicate with a lovely sweet after taste and a slight hint of nuttiness.
1oz/4oz $8/$29

Jasmine Green Teas****

Green Needle Jasmine – Classic jasmine scented green tea.
1oz/4oz $7/$24

Dragon Pearls – Hand-rolled and scented 8 times with fresh jasmine flower petals. Beautiful and steeps many many times!
1oz/4oz $8/$29

Oolong Teas****

Milk Oolong – Creamy aroma with hints of coconut, hard toffee candy along with the classic floral undertone.
1oz/4oz $9/$32

Big Red Robe – Rich and roasty dark oolong. Warming.
1oz/4oz $7.50/$27.50

Tie Guan Yin – “Iron Goddess of Compassion” – Simply gorgeous tea. A beautiful and delicious whole leaf rolled oolong with an emerald green brewed leaf and liquor. It is full of flavor and aroma, smooth but with a bittersweet aftertaste. Hints of lilac.
1oz/4oz $9/$32

Ginseng – Rolled oolong dipped in ginseng and licorice root powder. Gazelle’s drink this.
1oz/4oz $7.50/$27.50

Golden Turtle – Smooth and sweet with an aroma sometimes reminiscent of famous Taiwanese grown oolongs. A rich, nutty aftertaste with no astringency.
1oz/4oz $8/$29

Black Teas****

Black Gold – Strong body, light sweetness, slight maltiness. Classic Yunnan grown black tea.
1oz/4oz $7.50/$27.50

Morning Sun – Rolled, malty black tea. Delicious on its own, holds up really well with milk, too. Rich and thick in aroma, this tea develops a sweet and smooth taste – strong and yet floral at once!
1oz/4oz $8/$29

Dian Hong – “Yunnan Red” – Full bodied brewed strong or over multiple infusions, the reddish-brown tea liquor sits smoothly on the tongue with just a hint of maltiness and fruitiness.
1oz/4oz $5.50/$20

Downy Tips – One look, one smell, one taste of this superb tea and you’ll be impressed with the complexity and balance of fruity and floral, chocolatey and woodsy. This one is a keeper – so smooth, so warming, so energizing in the gentle way that only great tea can be.
1oz/4oz $8/$29

GABA – The tightly rolled leaves are unique among our black teas – somewhat similar to an aged, well-oxidized oolong with more subtle floral notes. Honey and bakery or pastry flavors are abundant. The aroma can be reminiscent of a warmed, honey-drizzled bowl of “grape nuts”. A very cozy and crowd-pleasing black tea.
1oz/4oz $8/$29

Flowering Black Cones – High-quality black tea leaves gathered together in a tight little cone which opens up into a black “flower” upon steeping. Convenient for on-the-go brewing. Drop in a cup and pour hot water over it. No strainer needed!
1oz/4oz $8/$29

Lapsang Souchong – Smoked black tea. A classic.
1oz/4oz $8/$29

Raw Pu’er tea****
2006 Yiwu 100gram (2×50gram mini-bricks) –
$20

2012 “Heart of the Old Tree” 100gram cake – Smell thick caramel and sugar cane while a gentle breeze blows in hints of a distant campfire where the sweetness of burning birchwood is evident. But this tea is far from what we would call smoky. Get out your aroma cups and check this one for yourself.  In later infusions, we find wonderful floral notes lingering. The flavor is full on the tongue, a butteriness present while the salivary glands are treated to a subtle cleansing. Slightly vegetal, (sweeter if you are using lower water temps – we use boiling), almost no grassiness. Later steepings bring out a High Mountain Taiwanese oolong quality to the flavor.
$27

2014 Hu’s Valley – The taste of the Hu’s Valley Ancient Tree Tea has a very strong aroma of wild honey. Apricot, root vegetables, citrus and wildflowers are each represented here.
100gram cake/200gram cake $21/$35

Ripe Pu’er tea****

Noble Mark loose ripe blend 2011 – Garret’s personal fave. Rich and creamy in flavor and aroma without overbearing earthiness.
1oz/4oz $8/$28

Imperial Dark loose ripe blend 2014 – Dark mineral earthiness is present along with a fascinating array of other flavors. We get some woodshop impressions, dark cocoa, fruit, molasses, and spices. A very warming tea that gives wonderful energy and clean taste without any off-putting post fermentation flavors. Clean.
1oz/4oz $8/$28

Golden Tips 2015 – The lighter side of the dark side. Smooth, creamy, gentle.
1oz/4oz $7.50/$27

Golden Tips 2016 – The lighter side of the dark side. Smooth, creamy, gentle.
1oz/4oz $7/$24

2011 Old Tea Nugget brick 8.8 oz 2009 tea nugget, pressed in 2011. Rich and ready. Steeps again and again. Use full rolling boil!
$24

Sampler Pack ripe pu’er mini-tuocha – Single serving (but many steeps) mini cakes in a variety package. Each package has 5 to 7 varieties/vintages of ripe mini cake goodness. Fun! 2 oz = approx 11 pieces.
2oz/4oz $9/$18

Ubacat said

Great! Thanks Garret!

Thanks for this!

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dfafjf said

Can’t wait to try the Milk Oolong I ordered. Should be arriving Monday! Thanks Garret.

Garret said

I’m mighty appreciative of the chance to be of service. Thank YOU and enjoy!!

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No more “green gold” available?

Garret said

Green Gold will be back in when the spring crop is available. The spring 2016 crop has sold out.

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MzPriss said

Garret, my treasure – so glad to see you back! But where is the Black Beauty?

mrmopar said

You all been hiding….

MzPriss said

Hey Mr. Mo! I went back to work and the most I manage these days is posting a quick snap on Instagram. Plus, like Sarsy said – this place is dangerous and I can’t be buying tea at the moment. Y’all are a bad influence.

mrmopar said

Well I am glad to see you both back!

Garret said

Black Beauty 2017 arrived just this week! So fun to see 2017 teas arrive. Sorry about being MIA, I needed a break from running a website and a retail store. We are shooting to relaunch the site at the end of this month. For now, I’m still just doing email/phone orders and using Paypal invoices. I know… inconvenient, for sure in our culture that is used to fast and easy, but really, it’s been fun getting to know customers over the phone and through emails. I miss that when it’s just a name on an order sheet. So call or email anytime :)
Grateful,
Garret

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SarsyPie said

I heard you came out of hiding, so I figured I would do the same and say hello. Hope all is well, G! <3

mrmopar said

You all been hiding….

SarsyPie said

I’m on a strict no tea-buying regime right now. But it’s lovely to see you Mr. Mo! I hope all is well!

Garret said

HI! It’s all pretty good right now. Gratitude is the name of my game these days. Grateful to be healthy, grateful to feel increasing hope (even in light of all the politricks), grateful to be smiling more than not. Wishing the same for you all as well!

Garret the Grateful

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Elle said

Hi Garret, I’ve just received my box of pu’er samples, as well as the extra samples, thanks! (The Gaba black smells divine.) Really want to dive in but I recall reading here or on a blog that pu’er needs to rest for a week after shipping for a fair tasting. That is my goal, to try a bunch of samples, educate myself, and figure out what I like. Should I wait a week before diving in?

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