Next time I think I will try Garret’s suggestion (cf. his reply to another review for this tea) to brew this longer and stronger.
My notes here are from brewing in my standard fashion: 5 grams, 75 ml, two rinses, and about 205 degrees F, progressively increasing steep times.
Overall, what stands out for me is:
1. Concentrated or dried fruit (apricot, Peruvian ground cherry?) flavors and particularly as a lingering and smacking aftertaste that is so reminiscent of many raw puers I have tried. This is the main highlight.
2. Leather undertones. A kind of smoky leather.
3. Personally, I did not get creaminess, but I could go along with a smoothness or maybe silkiness that another reviewer described.
4. Third steep, a buzz kicked in, really felt the qi, left me smiling and giddy, laughing out lout. After a few minutes the tea drunkeness mellowed out, but a background buzz stayed on. I could see why Garret mentioned that he drinks this tea before a run or a workout. (cf same reply mentioned further above).
This is my first tea from Mandala, and I got three more to try from them, so am looking forward to seeing if I have a favorite there. They sent me a free sample, which made my day.
Next session I will try brewing it much stronger.
Flavors: Apricot, Dried Fruit, Leather