Chocolatey, woodsy, vanilla, leather, mineral notes and spice. Pressed 4/25/2013 using 2007 picked material.
The follow up to our very popular Phatty Cake. We used the same material, but added grade 3 leave to the mix which gives a more interesting gongfu experience.
Leaf Type: Ripe Pu-er
Where to Purchase: Mandala Tea
Suggested Brewing Tips
Serving Size: 3g
Water Temp: 212°F
Steep Time: 15 second rinse - 30 seconds + 15 seconds for each resteeping
I've been so busy with cleaning and party planning that I very nearly forgot about Tuesday Tea. I've got something special for you this week—I decided to pull it out a little early since our weather is more fall like than summer—it's a sample of Mandala Tea's much talked about Phatty Cake II: The Sequel. Mandala sent it to me back in May along with a sample of their Smart Soak Tea Stain Dissolver (which I absolutely loved.) I don't typically drink Pu-er teas during warm weather, so I've been sitting on it, waiting for the weather to cool off. When temperatures decided to dip down into the 50s and 60s this week I was able to enjoy it a little earlier than expected; it's been months since I've had a cup of hot tea.
After dusting off my gaiwan (a Chinese lidded brewing vessel) I spent a good part of the morning enjoying this tea and ignoring the mile long to-do list I have sitting on my counter. I gave the leaves a quick 15 second rinse, discarded the water, and began with a 30 second steeping. The flavor was light, with hints of leather and molasses. Each time I steeped this tea the flavor deepened and the notes changed. What started out as leather and molasses moved into dark chocolate and slowly became sweeter. The later steepings reminded me of the Mexican vanilla beans I bought last year, they tasted of wood and vanilla.
I'm always hesitant to try out a new pu-er because in the past few years I've come across more bad than good—that's one of the main reasons you'll seldom see them during Tuesday Tea—but this tea immediately stood out above the crowd. I can't wait to continue on with the rest of this sample and see just how many times I'm able to produce a quality cup of tea.
My Rating: 86/100
Would I order this again? Absolutely. This is one impressive tea, it keeps going and going and going.
In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that this sample was provided to me free of charge by Mandala Tea for my review. As always, all opinions are my own.