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Mandala Tea


Web: www.mandalatea.com
Phone (507) 258-4105
Last Updated: Mar. 30, 2018

About Mandala Tea

Mandala Tea is a loose-leaf tea company run by Garret Sorensen and Sara Atkinson and based in Rochester, MN.

Mandala Tea sells tea online and also supplies teas to local businesses. The focus of Mandala Tea is almost exclusively on Chinese teas, and the company has sold a number of unique or unusual teas that are hard to obtain elsewhere.

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SarsyPie
(119 reviews)
93 / 100
Picture of Heart of the Old Tree Sheng Pu'er 2012

Method: 3 grams, 3 oz, 200 degrees, 10-15-15-15 seconds, ru kiln gaiwan and Dr. Who mug

Dry Leaf Aroma: This isn’t like some stinky pu’erhs I have smelled! It’s overwhelmingly pleasant, even though I can’t put my finger on the exact aromas.

Brewing Aroma: This has a mineral smell and then something else...

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97 / 100
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Morning Sun

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China
Jul. 5th, 2014

Ehrmagerd! OM NOM NOM.

This tea is amazeballs. I made it like this: 1 tsp, 8 oz, 208 degrees, 3.5 minutes. I used my brew in mug strainer. I sampled at 1 and 2 minutes, but it wasn’t strong enough. 3.5 minutes is perfect.

I am going to try a second steep, but I’m already sold. This is gorgeous. It smells and ...

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87 / 100
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Special Dark

Style: Ripened (Shou) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China
Jul. 3rd, 2014



Method 1: 1.5 tsp, 4 oz, 208 degrees, seconds: 30, 45, 60, ru kiln gaiwan. Then I blended these together to make 1 cup of tea

Method 2: 1 tbsp, 8 oz, 208 degrees, grandpa style

Method 3: Slightly less than 1 tbsp, 8 oz, 195 degrees, 2 and 3 minutes, Forlife brew-in-mug strainer, Dr. Who mug

Dry Leaf Aroma:...

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80 / 100
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Flowering Black Tea Cones

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China
Jul. 1st, 2014

Method: 3 cones, 8 oz, 185 degrees, grandpa style

Dry Leaf Aroma: Black tea, a little malt

Brewing Aroma: I recognize something, but I'm not sure what it is. Dang it.

Flavor: Smooth, malty, not bitter. I will brew these properly eventually, but I purchased them to take to work specifically for this style...

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Alex Zorach
(1386 reviews)
83 / 100
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White Night

Style: White Tea – Region: Simao, Yunnan, China
Dec. 29th, 2013

This was among the most interesting of the white teas I've tried, although more familiar and similar to typical white teas than moonlight white. E. Alex Gerster called this tea "sturdy" and I like that; I also want to thank him for providing me with this sample.

Dry leaf has a peculiar aroma, like caramel and overr...

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