Reviews

Mandala Tea Wild Monk Raw Puerh 2012

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: dark, compressed
Ingredients: puerh tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 190 degrees
Preparation Method: yixing teapot
Liquor: dark amber

This tea has been on my wish list ever since I read about it on +Awkward Soul‘s Oolong Owl blog. When my boyfriend needed some inspiration for Christmas gifts, it immediately came to mind. I used this cake to christen the yixing that he bought me as well. It is a purple puerh so although it is indeed raw, the appearance of the leaves is quite dark. The taste of was really interesting. Unusually sweet for a puerh, it lacked the astringency that I would have expected. There was a light smokiness along with a pleasant vegetal quality. Puerh is said to have an empty front and a full back (as in the flavor is all in the back each sip) but this one was very full from beginning to end. The mouth-feel was thick and very smooth. I’ve tried one other purple puerh, Zhi Yeh from Jalam Teas. The two are similar yet different at the same time. Jalam’s had a sort of fruity quality that I found also appeared in the Mandala tea as it cooled. +Mandala Tea offers the mao cha form of this tea so I will definitely have to give that a try after enjoying the cake so much.

Wild Monk Raw Puerh purchased from Mandala Tea.

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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.