Reviews

Mandala Tea Wild Monk Raw Puerh 2014

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: varied shades of green, tightly compressed
Ingredients: puerh tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: deep gold


Some of you might remember how wild I was about +Mandala Tea‘s Wild Monk last year. The newest rendition of this tea was less smoky but was most definitely just as enjoyable. As soon as I lifted the lid of my gaiwan, I thought “Ah, now that’s what tea should smell like.”. There were complex notes of camphor, honey and stone fruit. Full bodied and woodsy with a thinner mouth-feel, I just couldn’t get enough of it. The bright astringency was refreshing but never bordered into unpleasant bitterness. After more than a few rounds I was left with a heady, warm tea drunk feeling. I stopped at around ten infusions but these leaves definitely had more to give. This is one of those rare teas where I really wish that I could buy a whole tong. But then I’d probably hoard it and never get to enjoy it as much. If you’re looking to get into puerh without breaking your budget, I cannot recommend this tea enough. Either year is fantastic and for under $30, you get enough tea to play around with and explore.

Wild Monk Raw Puerh 2014 sample provided by 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.