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Pure Bud Black Tea from Mandala Tea


Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Mandala Tea

Tea Description:

The highest grade spring buds turned into a black tea.  Amazingly smooth and slightly sweet.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Wow!  This is really GOOD!

I steeped this a little differently than I normally would steep a black tea.  Usually, when I steep a black tea, I use my Breville One-Touch, but based on the amount of tea that I had, I decided to steep it in my gaiwan using short steeps.  And I’m really blown away with the results.

Even after steeping for just 1 minute in my gaiwan, I have a deliciously full-bodied black tea that is rich and robust.  It is incredibly smooth with notes of malt and cocoa.  There is a sweet undertone to this, but, it is not so sweet that it overwhelms the nuances of this tea.  I also taste a fruit note in the background that has both sweet and sour tones to it.  Such a remarkably complex tea!

What I’m loving most of all about this particular tea is the creaminess it offers.  It isn’t a milky-creamy kind of taste and texture you might experience with a Milk Oolong, for example, but, it is more like a rich, dark chocolate kind of creamy.  It does not saturate the palate, though, because there is a clean feeling from the light astringency at the tail to keep the palate fresh and invigorated … and ready for the next sip!

Do yourself a favor, and try this tea … and be sure to brew it in your gaiwan!  Don’t get me wrong, I still am completely in LOVE with my Breville, but for bud teas like this one, I highly recommend getting out the gaiwan.  After your first sip, you’ll thank me!

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One thing I (Anne) learned very early on in my career as a tea artist is that everyone has different preferences, and every single tea tastes differently on every single palate.  So just because one of us doesn’t happen to like a tea, doesn’t mean that YOU (the reader) will not.

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