Rice Aroma Ripe Pu'er

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Herbal Pu'erh Blend
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Brown Sugar, Butter, Earth, Hay, Leather, Milk, Nutty, Rice, Toasted Rice, Camphor, Nuts, Cream, Peanut, Bread, Chocolate, Grain, Pleasantly Sour
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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 5 oz / 145 ml

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This. Is. A. Must. Try. We’ve combined an incredible, skillfully produced ripe pu’er with just the perfect amount of Nuo Mi Xiang Herb (sticky rice fragrance). The result is a spectacular blend that is rice-y, a bit nutty, earthy, with a hint of camphor. This is the finest rice scented ripe pu’er available, we have no doubt. The base ripe pu’er blend is this and it is astoundingly good.

This style of tea is frequently called “sticky rice pu’er tea” and you’ll understand why the moment you open the bag. It’s simply delightful. This tea contains no grains whatsoever.

We do not recommend consuming this tea while fasting. The aroma alone may make you want to run to the nearest Chinese restaurant for takeout!

Basic Brewing Instructions:

Ripe Pu’er may be given two 5-10 second rinses with the same temperature water as used for brewing.
195˚-212˚ F water temperature.
Use 1-3 teaspoons per 8 Oz. of filtered water.
Recommended first steeping of 30 seconds – 1 minute. Add 30 seconds for each subsequent infusion.

Tea brewing is meant to be a joyful exploration. There are no hard and fast rules. Experiment with the quantity of tea that you use, and steeping times. Enjoy discovering what your preferences are. They may change day to day.

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1247 tasting notes

Mandala. Every time I think I’ve tried your best tea you throw me through another loop and I taste something even better. (Granted I still find it hard to beat your Milk oolong) Though I’m not much of a fan of pu er, I find this one astounding. I truly feel like I am drinking sticky rice. The mouthfeel is incredibly silky. If steeped for too long the earthy notes become a bit overwhelming. Make sure to try this gong fu style.


I cannot wait to show you our new Scarlet Fire cake and minis that are coming soon and also our If I Had the World to Give cakes. Those three should be on their way from the pressing factory soon enough. They are going to be lit! Sipping the Zendo cake as I write this and really enjoying it. I hope you are well. Thank you for the write up!

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15131 tasting notes

Sipdown! sad to see this one go but not as sad if it was dark star or special dark. I know i can get more of this one anytime :)

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Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge – March Tea #3:  A tea that makes you happy

Really MOST teas make me happy unless it’s bad tea!  But I went with this one for the HAPPY prompt, because teas with rice flavoring have that extra level of coziness to them.  (Needed today. Look, another blizzard!)   Mandala’s rice flavoring is so so good with ripe puerh (and also their rice oolong, of course!) I would stock up on this.
2022 sipdowns: 38


Haha, I was thinking the same – that most teas make me happy, so this won’t be too hard of a prompt to fill! But I’ll probably try and choose one that’s a bit more special to me… if I get around to it.

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I had quite a heavy dinner, a taco salad with lots of salsa and guacamole.

So now, I’m just chillin’ and am enjoying this “sticky rice pu’er tea” tonight. It’s rich, although not too much depth because after the 4th infusion, the majority of the rich flavor is gone but the rest of the infusions are still flavorful, just a much lighter flavor. It’s earthy, leather notes but not too overwhelming, and that’s a good thing for me because I don’t like the heavy leather taste. It’s a little nutty, has brown sugar notes throughout with a very light sweet finish. Not sugary sweet. Some dark chocolate notes (especially in the beginning) could be sugarcane sweetness, not sure and then transforms into a more creamy light milk sweetness on the 4th or 5th steeping. Throughout the steepings is a very delicate glutinous rice scent that I love. It’s a good balance but I wouldn’t mind even more of the sticky rice flavor personally.^^

Porcelain gaiwan, 5g, 212˚ F, 7 steeps: rinse, 25s, 35s, 45s, 55s, 65s, 75s, 85s

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Butter, Earth, Hay, Leather, Milk, Nutty, Rice, Toasted Rice

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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1566 tasting notes

Gone gaiwan. 5g, 100mL, 212F. Short rinse followed by 7 steeps at 15s/25/30/45/1m/1m30/5?m

This is a nice, mellow shou, fragrant and comforting. The base tea is rather savory and not very sweet. It lacks off-putting aromas and tastes. Works well with the sticky rice herb which is not overpowering, though it is looking old. The first four steeps were the richest and the last 3 were not too watery. Despite me not considering this a sweet tea, there was a strong lingering sweetness in the back of the mouth. It was good for drinking at night which is what I purchased it for. Not too much focus was required, it was relatively short-lived and seemed low in caffeine. Prit-tay good.

Boiling 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

I’ve been meaning to try this one for a while. I don’t drink pu’erh frequently, but I’m way bigger on shou than sheng. I tend to like what Mandala Tea offers. They’re kind of famous around these parts for their Milk Oolong and their pu’erh.


I’ve had several of their shou over the course of a few years. They were all very clean and of excellent quality. The milk oolong wasn’t my jam but I can see why so many people love it.


I used to love the milk oolong, but I’ve neither reviewed it nor consumed any of it in at least two years.

Mastress Alita

I have a different sticky rice herb pu-ehr, and I love to make it as a tea, then use the tea as the water my Minute Rice soaks up as a quick snack. The tea is also one of my favorite ramen broths.

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Oh my goodness – it’s been so long since I’ve had this. I think it’s from an order four years ago, possibly? I don’t think Mandala even uses the same puerh base for it anymore… I need to polish this off and then queue for a distant future order, with the all-important Milk Oolong.

This tastes possibly more fermented than I remember. Definite sourdough.

Steep Count: 2

Flavors: Bread, Camphor, Cream, Earth, Nuts, Pleasantly Sour, Toasted Rice

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Evol Ving Ness

The all important milk oolong, ahem. That one’s been on my list for a really long while. I am not making another tea order. Nope, not doing it. This month has already been beyond the beyond. Far too many weak moments. (Aand there might be another one.)


I’ve a pretty good supply of milk oolong remaining – and even enough to throw meager sample quantities into “the wild” of Steepster! Also have a good supply of treasured Sticky Rice Oolong and Oolong Caramel au Beurre Salé, if things get dire. :P I don’t see myself “needing” to ordering from Mandala until next summer/fall. Milk Oolong is essential to my tea life though.


I haven’t checked out Yunnan Sourcing yet though – so if my cupboard gets down and I want some puerh I may look over there XD

Evol Ving Ness

“The wild” of Steepster! How perfect!

Your posts often have that tempting enabler quality about them and I think that’s what I was responding to. That and the fact that, happily ans/or sadly, my finger has not been far from the add to cart button this month. And that this particular milk oolong has long been on my list.

I will pick some up eventually. I don’t really need to have it soon.

I too often stock the treasures. However, things are really chaotic here and treasures emerge with yet more upheavals. Moving my bed around in search of elusive solid sleep, away from neighbours and their shenanigans, is not helping with the order of things.


I hope you find some peace and balance in your home soon. Those neighbours sound like.. a lot.

My sleep is definitely disturbed recently (not external/environmental though), and it’s a vicious cycle of over-caffeinating and hugging tea as coping mechanism; that’s probably subtly creeped into my tasting notes. I’ll try to switch to sad rooibos notes; I have so much drab rooibos and old tea that I should drink up before posting about the “new-ish” and flashy stuff. :P

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you. They are, and have been,… a lot.

I’m sorry that that cycle has sent you off kilter for the past bit. That sucks. I suspect we are all self-medicating to find our way through. That sad rooibos—I pass by, I look at it, and choose something more thrilling. Though to be fair to rooibos and honey bush, I enjoy it when I choose it and make it. Even the faded stuff. Same for the old tea. There are some that likely I will not be drinking, but can’t seem to toss them. Always in search of the thrill/ comfort or whatever it is that is needed at the time.

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