9 Tasting Notes

90

This is my first experience with The Shu Fits and so far so good! The dry leaves smell like cocoa powder and make my mouth water when I inhale deeply from the gawain. I rinsed twice with boiling water. The first few steepings were very quick tasted like dark chocolate with hints of tobacco, leather, and a savory fruit. Raisins? Every sip conjures up memories of walking through a quiet forest in the early morning just after a rain.

On the third steeping I started to catch notes of brown sugar followed by a subtle bitter dryness in the finish. During later steepings (#4-6) the dark chocolate mellowed into milk chocolate and i also tasted some mineral notes. The brown sugar sweetness is still hanging out in the shadows only to make its presence felt every now and then.

Overall, I really like this tea and look forward to my next session with it.

Preparation
8 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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90

I quit smoking cigars about 10 years ago but the aroma of this tea reminds me of my most favorite cigar ever: a Padron 1964 Anniversary Series cigar in a Maduro wrapper. In this tea, I detect very strong notes of tobacco along with leather, raisins. and dark chocolate. The smell is simply intoxicating.

This is a silky smooth tea. It’s ‘earthy’ but not ‘EARTHY’ like the other shou puerhs I’ve sampled in my short tea journey so far. I taste mushrooms, hints of dark chocolate, and maybe a touch of cedar.

I like this tea quite a bit. I received it as a sample in a recent Mandala order. I think I’ll be ordering up some more of this one soon!

Preparation
8 g 5 OZ / 140 ML

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87

This was my first experience with a white tea. I received this in a Tea Party sampler from Mandala. I really didn’t know what to expect but I thoroughly enjoyed it. This tea is very delicate with subtle floral notes with almonds. There’s a lingering bit of sweetness that I really enjoy.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

I received this tea as part of the Tea Party sampler from Mandala Tea. I don’t exactly hate the smell of jasmine but I certainly don’t particularly like it. I had very low expectations for this tea but since I’m on journey to expand my tea knowledge I was prepared to give it a fair shot.

Okay, so while I wasn’t too impressed with the smell of this tea the taste was pleasantly surprising. It’s buttery smooth, the jasmine is very subtle, and there are some delicate floral notes. After 4 steepings I can’t tell if the jasmine smell has decreased significantly or if I’ve just grown accustomed to it. I do find this tea very relaxing.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

A pretty good morning tea but I wished it packed a bit more punch. I’ll have to experiment more with tea quantity and steeping times. Pleasant notes of leather, earth, mushrooms, and a bit of sweetness. Feels velvety in the mouth. I like this tea, but just not sure if I love it yet.

1 tsp tea w/ 8 oz water. Steep times of 30 sec, 60 sec, 90 sec, 120 sec.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I had a sample of this a few days ago and did enjoy it but failed to take notes. I do recall a fruity tartness to it, which I liked. I need to try this one again.

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90
drank Black Gold by Mandala Tea
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A malty sweetness with hints of leather and cherry. One of the few teas I’ve found so far that satisfies my early morning need for “All The Caffeine!”

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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