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    Mandala Tea Milk Oolong

    Country of Origin: Taiwan Leaf Appearance: deep green, tightly rolled Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: pale gold I love milk oolong but finding an authentic one is very difficult. A lot of those available in the US are artificially flavored using powdered milk and other dubious tactics. +Mandala Tea has yet to let me down and this tea was no different. It was incredibly aromatic with a complex flavor profile. All at once my senses were bombarded with fruity and floral notes along with an almost sugary sweetness. The floral aspect was reminiscent of orchid, similar to what I would expect from Tie Guan…

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    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…

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    Mandala Tea Green Legendary Beauty Yixing

    I have been wanting to dedicate an yixing to raw puerh for some time so I asked my boyfriend to get me this little pot for Christmas. Isn’t he the best? I really wanted this one because it a very similar shape to the yixing that I have dedicated to Dancong oolong. It is made from Ben Shan clay which gives it a greenish color and somewhat sandy appearance. The color is a bit paler than their picture but it is exactly what I wanted. My first brew after seasoning was very good and it did not have any muddy or clay aftertastes. It pours wonderfully and the lid makes a fairly air…