So I’m a little late to the party on this review.
I had this earlier today with the TEAplets. But I was unable to focus on writing my review. Now is a better time.
I was lucky enough to receive the gift of tea from Sarsonator: this beautiful Mandala cake. She made this very special for myself and MzPriss (who was also given the same cake) as it wasn’t even available yet on Mandala’s website. That’s what I call a REAL surprise!
Now how thoughtful and generous was that? Thank you so much Sarsy, I am so grateful!
Right from the get go, I had a feeling it would be a good one. The cake looks amazing, as if every single leaf was placed strategically to create a little work of art.
It broke very easily, no need to fight it, loosely compressed.
I used 8g for a 5oz yixing clay pot.
First, I love the golden liquor it produces. It’s thick and almost oily as I pour the first steep in the pitcher.
The leaves are barely awake, and already they render a taste that completely seduces me. We all agree: it’s remarkable.
Stone fruits, mostly soft and ripe apricot. Super sweet and silky, heavy mouthfeel of honey.
In later steeps, that sweetness turns into maple water. I also get juicy apple notes. It’s not smokey at all, and that astringency normally present in young sheng is nowhere to be found.
Around steep seven, I get a certain acidity, but i think I just let it steep too long. It’s very potent.
I had dinner, and went back to it. It kept giving and giving.
Thank you so much again Sarsy, and thanks to Garret who helped make this surprise happened, you are such a classy guy!
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