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drank GABA Black by Mandala Tea
373 tasting notes

I’ve been a fan of Mandala Tea for a while now. It’s so strange that for some reason I never bought this until recently especially since I love GABA teas. It provides energy but also a feeling of being centered, you know, a peaceful state of mind which I felt was especially needed in the last few days. ^^

Ahh, the tea. The leaves are big dark leaves, the liquor is a golden clear amber. The taste is delicate but flavorful. It’s a light fruity black tea with baked bread and sourdough bread notes with delightful raisin, dried fruit notes. Malty, and maybe slightly tart here and there but I wouldn’t call it sour. The finish is malty, bready, slightly sweet of honey.

It began as a gongfu session and well, I screwed up big time lol. So I added water and continued with 1 min., 2 min., 3 min, 4 min. and a final 6 min. infusion with boiling water.

In other news: I spoke to my mother and she says that my brother is doing better so for that I’m glad especially since being a natural loner, my only real-life friends are my family who is states away at the moment. I will go to visit him in California soon. In the meantime, I have a tea-loving nephew who is taking up a lot of my time. hehe I hope you are all doing well. <3

Flavors: Bread, Dried Fruit, Malt, Pastries, Pleasantly Sour, Raisins

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
mrmopar

Hope your brother is doing well soon.

Kawaii433

mrmopar, thank you :D

ashmanra

Glad you have good news! ❤️

Kawaii433

ashmanra, thank you :D

LuckyMe

Glad to hear your brother is doing better

Kawaii433

LuckyMe, thank you :D.

tea-sipper

I hope you and the family have been doing well!

Kawaii433

Doing much better. The kid went home back with his father and my mom. Thank you tea-sipper and all <3

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mrmopar

Hope your brother is doing well soon.

Kawaii433

mrmopar, thank you :D

ashmanra

Glad you have good news! ❤️

Kawaii433

ashmanra, thank you :D

LuckyMe

Glad to hear your brother is doing better

Kawaii433

LuckyMe, thank you :D.

tea-sipper

I hope you and the family have been doing well!

Kawaii433

Doing much better. The kid went home back with his father and my mom. Thank you tea-sipper and all <3

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Longtime casual tea drinker. In the past, mainly Matcha, Gyokuro, Sencha, Genmaicha… Etc. I like all teas: Green, oolong, black & pu’erh (prefer ripe over raw).

Chanoyu (for matcha prep) and Gongfu cha (for other types of tea) are the main ways I prepare my tea (Gaiwan, Yixing teapot, Kyusu). I drink all tea… Usually unflavored. This past year, I’ve tried many flavored now because of all of you lol. As long as there aren’t artificial sweeteners, it’s all good.

Favorite stores: TeaVivre, What-Cha, Mandala Tea, 52Teas, Whispering Pines, Bird & Blend, Yunnan sourcing, White2Tea, Lupicia.

The flavors I dislike: Artificial sweetener, lavender, violet, any strong floral-perfumey tea; cantaloupe, papaya, honeydew, rose, licorice, anise, jasmine, any mints, leather.

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

I generally don’t add anything to my teas unless they are flavored, then I may add a splash of milk.

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

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