Mandala Tea 2011 Old Tea Nugget 250 gram brick

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  • “First time with this brick. I grabbed an 8g chunk for 5oz yixing clay pot. One sniff of this beautiful purplish brown brew, and I’m transported in my grandparent’s house attic, full of old books...” Read full tasting note

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Here we have a great little brick at a great little price!

Another one of our ripe products from the Lincang region – a super clean growing area, far away from roads and cities! Picked in 2008 and processed into ripe tea in 2009, the nuggets that make up this brick are milder in flavor than some of our other cha tous, but still a joy to drink both in shorter and lengthier infusions. Warming and stimulating, gentle on the palate, this is also available in loose form in our shop.

And what a deal! Over 8 ounces of tea for $16? We like to pass on the deals when we are able to procure good tea at great prices!

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First time with this brick. I grabbed an 8g chunk for 5oz yixing clay pot.

One sniff of this beautiful purplish brown brew, and I’m transported in my grandparent’s house attic, full of old books and vintage furniture.

Yes, if I had to find one word to describe the scent, it would be “vintage”.

I have a liking for earth and leather in shou, and this one has both. Reminiscent of spongy forest soil and wet autumn leaves.

It is smooth and very sweet. I get notes of coca, with a powdery texture. The finish is minty fresh, hints of camphor that disappear in later steeps.

A nice warming feeling develops. Very “easy” shou, not overpowering and very forgiving.

Another wonderful tea from Mandala.

This was such a bargain for 250g of delectable tea!


I bought a ton of these nugs. OK, not quite a ton… close, though! I am happy that you enjoy them. I really enjoyed reading your review. But then again, I always love your reviews!

And it is a pretty sweet price, isn’t it? Yay!



Thenks Garret :-)

And I looooove your teeeeeeea!!!!


Maybe I will try this one next. It certainly sounds good!!!! I am currently sitting on the couch, sniffing all my pu’erh cakes.


When you try it, don’t be afraid to use a lot, I might use ten grams next time cause I could have used a more intense flavour that’s how good it was…but then again, don’t listen to me, I tend to overleaf everything!


Oh, and I may or may not have purchased another brick of something else today


MmmmHmmmm – what she means is that she got busted in the pick or knife thread… ;))


Oooooooh busted!!!!

I got a pick, but I have to see how that goes. I may need a knife, too, eventually.


Lol. Sooo busted…but it was all worth it, and I’ve NEVER been more reasonable on a mandala order before!!

Sars, if you got the pick mentioned in the thread, you should be ok. Garret recommended it, no need for knife he said…for most cakes, (some you might also need a jackhammer)


That’s the one I got!

I figured it would be safer since it has a cover and I can be a LITTLE accident prone. Like when I fell down the last few stairs on Sunday, or when I banged my leg on the bed frame, or… you get the idea.

At least I have great tea to console me!


Haha! Don’t you know I the queen of clumsiness also? Ask Dexter….Then it’ll be safer for both of us!!


It’s kind of weird b/c with me, it goes in phases. I have zero incidents for several weeks, then all of a sudden, I’m very accident prone, then it stops again.


I hope you are ok though,poor girl…not that funny after all :-(


I did stub my finger with the knife trying to get a chunk of very tightly compressed cake . No joke. Be careful. I also got a cake break tray .


I am fine, my lovely. And are you kidding? It’s kind of hilarious.

When I came tumbling down the steps the other day, I scraped the front on my right shin. I hit the ground and my boyfriend was sitting in a chair across the living room. I put my legs out in front of me on the ground to inspect the damage and he kind of paused for a second, like he could not believe I just fell down the stairs, then he started over, but it was like slow-mo. I was in pain, then he started moving my way in a faster manner (after the pause) and I was whining, and something about his reaction and my reaction struck me as SO FUNNY. So I’m half crying, half laughing and this poor man is probably wondering if I really have officially lost it.

I make falling down the stairs FUN. Actually, it was only 3 steps, thank goodness!

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