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This is the last of my Iron Goddess Charcoal Roasted Oolong from Mandela. I’m not really into charcoal anything, even Burger King hamburgers hehe. Having said that, I would take any charcoal roasted oolong over a charcoal hamburger any day… And well, I did enjoy this sample very much.

The aroma is interesting, it’s definitely the roasted aroma that one smells whenever you sample charcoal roasted teas but it has hints of cinnamon and other spices. Kind of reminded me of this one coffee (Mexico’s Cafe De Olla) with the cinnamon and light piloncillo notes. Mandela’s description is one of raisins and sweet caramelized onions so maybe that is where those notes actually come from. I couldn’t detect the onions at all. I did over steep on the 4th infusion (cry) and so that may be why. A good opportunity missed again.^^

Overall I enjoyed this tea. It is mellow, smooth and lightly sweet with a good finish.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Burnt Sugar, Cinnamon, Honey, Raisins, Roasted, Spices, Toast

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Longtime casual tea drinker. In the past, mainly Sencha, Matcha. I’m currently into Oolong, Black & Pu’erh.

Gongfu cha is the main way I prepare my tea (gaiwan or Yixing teapot). I drink all tea… Usually unflavored. I do try some flavored now. I don’t like artificial sweeteners.

Favorite stores: TeaVivre, What-Cha, Mandala Tea, Yunnan sourcing, White2Tea, Lupicia. (Note: I love the teaware from TeaVivre and Yunnan sourcing.) Good experiences with 52Teas, Harney & Sons, Whispering Pines

Flavors I dislike are artificial flavors, especially artificial sweeteners. Strong lavender, violet, any strong floral-perfumey tea; cantaloupe, ripe papaya, sweet honeydew.

Can handle a little of the following: Rose, licorice, anise, jasmine, mint, spearmint, peppermint, leather.

Favorite flavors: Citrus fruits (especially grapefruit & tangerines), granny smith apple, bananas, guava, mango, tamarind, watermelon, stonefruits, all fruits except cantaloupe, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, milk, cinnamon, creme, bread, nuts, toasted, roasted.

I generally don’t add anything to my teas.

As I explore, my ratings may shift. 90+ generally means I’ll keep it on my shelf.

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