Mandala Noble Mark Ripe Cake - 2012

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Pu-erh Tea
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Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Molasses, Mushrooms, Vanilla, Walnut, Wet Wood, Green, Tobacco, Creamy, Mineral, Wet Earth, Bitter, Cedar, Smooth, Wood, Cocoa, Dark Bittersweet, Leather, Earth, Spices, Malt
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Use 21 oz / 608 ml of water
Set water temperature to 205 °F / 96 °C
Use 7 g of tea
Steep for 1 min, 0 sec
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“I was working on a yixing pot full of this tea while I made lunch and later on relaxed watching a live owl cam on youtube. Lots of hooting! Yum, like I said before, I need to review this tea. Super...” Read full tasting note
“I just got finished drinking my sample of the Noble Mark loose tea and now I am moving on to the cake sample that Garret sent me. I am kind of curious to see if there are any differences. 1st...” Read full tasting note
“ – Penyedia Penempatan Media Iklan Pertama, Terlengkap dan Terbesar di Indonesia Apa Media Iklan ? Media Iklan adalah perusahaan penyedia penempatan media iklan terbesar dan terlengkap...” Read full tasting note
“I finally pulled this out from my cupboard, mostly to get rid of it and drink it by sheer force of will alone. I had gotten a sample around a year to a year and a half ago, and like all ripe pu’s I...” Read full tasting note


We are so happy to offer this Mandala Tea exclusive ripe-style pu’er tea to our fine customers everywhere. These cakes were pressed on 10/25/2012 from 2011 tea available in loose form here.

This blend of ripe pu’er (sometimes spelled “puerh” or “pu-erh”) leaves come from spring-picked old plantation trees that are between 60 and 80 years old. Grown without pesticides or sprays, this is just pure, clean tea from one of the most pristine growing areas in southwest China.

We carefully selected 4 sizes of expertly-crafted ripened leaf from this plantation and blended them to make a very well-balanced tea. The majority of the blend (around 70%) are smaller leaves which will give up more flavor in earlier infusions with the remaining 30% coming into play in later infusions.

The result is an incredibly well-balanced tea. Rich and creamy in flavor and aroma without overbearing earthiness, this tea hits the mark and is now one of our most favorite ripe teas. And judging by our customer response, others think so too!

We are impressed with the clarity of the tea liquor produced from this leaf as normally, ripe leaf this young makes for a cloudier brew.

Brew it up short and sweet or loud and proud, this tea will not disappoint (these folks agree). In fact, it will tickle all your ripe tea drinking fancies!

To experience this fine tea to its fullest, please experiment brewing it up Gong Fu style!

We hope you enjoy the latest addition to our extensive ripe pu’er selection. Want to try before purchasing the whole cake? Just select the one ounce sample above. You’ll be back for more :)

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