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!


Co-Founder/Co-Creator of SororiTea Sisters, Mad Tea Artist at 52Teas
Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of "Gramma" and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!

Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!

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