Reviews

Mandala Tea 2014 Autumn Song Raw Pu’er

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: mottled green, loosely compressed
Ingredients: puerh
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: bright gold

This tea came very, very close to beating out Wild Monk as my favorite offering from +Mandala Tea. The leaves were quite beautiful so I was glad that the cake wasn’t very tightly compressed. It was powerful with quite a bit of astringency followed by a cooling menthol aftertaste during the first few infusions. Those who aren’t used to punchy puerh may want to do a couple of longer rinses for that reason. Once I powered through the initial roughness there were sweet floral notes with hints of green pepper. I even picked up some citrus and a crisp vegetal aspect that reminded me of perfectly cooked asparagus. What really drew me in was the background of creamy vanilla. Where did that come from? This tea is a great example of why I find myself drinking more puerh than anything else these days. Their complex and challenging in a way that most other teas aren’t. The tasting notes on Steepster always make me laugh a bit. I really don’t get sweat or fish broth from this one at all. I love that Mandala Tea presses 100g cakes. For just $21, this is a great tea to get your feet wet without making a huge investment or committing to an entire tong of tea.

Autumn Song sample provided by Mandala Tea.

A photo posted by Nicole Martin (@teaformeplease) on May 31, 2015 at 4:01pm PDT

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Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.