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drank 2012 Royal Ripe 100 by Mandala Tea
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Sipdown and my “afternoon” puerh. When Garrett first sent me a sample of this one he hadn’t yet given it a proper name, but i confirmed with him that this is the same tea :) Happy to finally be giving this a try (i always feel bad when my samples from Garrett sit for so long) but also a little sad that I hadn’t really tracked it as being in my cupboard so no progress there in terms of sipdowns haha.

mmmmm short steeps – that familiar leather, earth aroma i adore. Familiar Mandala puerh :) This didn’t change much through the multiple steepings but it was what i wanted it to be. I think I prefer some of Garrett’s other offerings (noble mark, special dark) but I’d be happy enough to have this back in my cupboard some day to give is another few run downs. It’d also be a good one to drink western i think – more of a rich dark earthy/leathery profile would come through. Today is a good day. :)

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So no real clue what to write about myself here. A friend got me into drinking loose tea and it’s something I thoroughly enjoy though I have nowhere near the experience that many folks on the boards seem to have.

My other interests are cycling, reading, board games, disney cruises, world of warcraft and dancing – in no particular order. I love travelling as well!

Most of that is on hold these days though, including tea drinking like I used to as I have a new little one who eats up all my spare time.

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