drank Wild Arbor Buds by Mandala Tea
379 tasting notes

Busy morning so I went ahead and followed their recommended first steeping of 2 minutes and added 1 minute for each subsequent infusion. I can do a little more work with 2 minutes to 5-minute infusions versus 15 seconds :D.

The liquor is pale and the flavor is lovely. Fresh pine needles, with fresh and light fruity notes, white peaches, stonefruits, hints of spice. Mildly sweet and floral notes. Refreshing, peaceful, clean, it changes slightly through infusions with gentle, soothing delicious flavors. No bitterness, no astringency, just a wonderful serene mood changer in a cup of tea.

175˚F, 110ml, rinse, 4 steeps, 2m, 3m, 4m, 5m

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Pine, Stonefruit

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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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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