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Another nice one from Mandala. Dark liquor, like reddish-espresso color, with a leather, earthy aroma. The first couple of steeps there was earthiness, leather, hay, hints of dark cocoa. After a few steeps, I got some creaminess along with molasses, some spices, minerality, more chocolate, slightly nutty as well (not almonds though, not sure what type of nuts but it’s there. >.<). The later steeps I got some fruit notes and a camphor feeling. It was a very smooth, rich, mellow, clean Pu erh. Creamy and soothing mouth and throat-feel.

I don’t know which one I like better The Shu Fits or this one. I ‘think’ The Shu Fits but I have enough to keep comparing them. It may be the name lol. I love it. Anyway, I had bought the Plethora of Pu’er and those two came with it (along with the Rice Aroma which I had bought earlier, liked it and reviewed) and the Noble Mark which I’m looking forward to trying as well. What a great combination to send in one package.

5g, Yixing gaiwan, 212˚F, 110ml, 9 steeps: rinse, 10s, 15s, 20s, 25s, 30s, 35s, 40s, 45s, 50s, 55s

Flavors: Camphor, Dark Chocolate, Dark Wood, Earth, Fruity, Hay, Leather, Nuts, Smooth, Spices, Wet Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 110 ML
tea-sipper

Oh wow, this sounds like it has all my favorite pu-erh flavor notes.

Kawaii433

Just remember what a noobie I am when it comes to Pu erh hehe. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. ^^

Kawaii433

Can send you some if you want and The Shu Fits too. Just give me holler.

tea-sipper

I mean, I’m not an expert on pu-erh either, but these are definitely flavors I would notice in a ripe pu-erh if the pu-erh was awesome enough to have these flavors. I might not be able to get to the post office for a while, so possibly at a later date I might just ask about these. Thank you for making the offer. :D

Kawaii433

You’re very welcome. ^^

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tea-sipper

Oh wow, this sounds like it has all my favorite pu-erh flavor notes.

Kawaii433

Just remember what a noobie I am when it comes to Pu erh hehe. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. ^^

Kawaii433

Can send you some if you want and The Shu Fits too. Just give me holler.

tea-sipper

I mean, I’m not an expert on pu-erh either, but these are definitely flavors I would notice in a ripe pu-erh if the pu-erh was awesome enough to have these flavors. I might not be able to get to the post office for a while, so possibly at a later date I might just ask about these. Thank you for making the offer. :D

Kawaii433

You’re very welcome. ^^

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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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