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Okay! I’m starting with my Fong Mong samples today! I picked this one out as a variety I haven’t tried before. The little leaf nuggets are smaller than the green oolongs I’ve had before. And they smell so floral and good! Like sun dried grass and lilacs. Mostly lilacs. I think.

I see that the instructions say to steep for 6 minutes. Eep. That’s a long time isn’t it? Maybe it’s for western steeping. I’m doing my usual gong fu style so I think I’ll do it my own way for now.

First steep: mmm… lightly floral. There’s a bit of something like cooked summer squash. There’s a light fresh sweetness with a clean finish. This might be a winner as a cold brewed tea. This tea definitely tastes like summer harvest vegetables to me.

Second Steep: More floral and lightly vegetal. It’s delicate and sweet. Vaguely fruity. I can’t place that fruitiness. Maybe a subtropical fruit of some sort. This tea is really impressive so far. The smell and flavor makes me think of a garden of fragrant blooms and fresh summer squash.

Third & fourth Steep: I combined these two. It’s getting a bit more vegetal now, but the floral character is still very strong! This tea is well named! It’s still very light and refreshing. Hmm..I think I’m detecting something like apple skin. It doesn’t leave any lingering dryness or creaminess or thickness on the tongue like other teas do. It is, however, smooth and comforting going down. Very very good.

Steep five: I spilled some tea on my pants. Now I smell awesome. :) The veggie and floral flavors seem to reach an equilibrium in this infusion. Still tastes light, fresh and lovely. I’m beginning to tire of this tea though. Ah, my fickle tastebuds.
The leaves have also opened up quite a bit now. They smell fantastic! Like the best smelling blossoms ever grown. And this is why I will always love green oolongs.

I’m going to save these leaves for later. Judging from their appearance, I can probably get one more steep from them, at least.

TeaBrat

where do you get the samples from? I looked in their ebay store and I don’t see any small sizes. thanks!

Mercuryhime

Hey Amy! I think today is the last day to request free samples from them. See this link:
http://steepster.com/discuss/2818-when-will-free-sample-request-last-until

Good luck!

TeaBrat

Gah… I am not on Facebook anymore!

ScottTeaMan

Technically, I’m not either Amy. I just logged on to like the page and was on about 10 min. Not really a fb fan. First time I logged on in…….I can’t remember the last time. I asked Fong Mong Tea to PM me here.

Mercuryhime Not a fan a Facebook either but most of my friends are on it so I stay on to keep up with them. I tried quitting completely but when we all got together I’d be the only one who didn’t know all the latest news. Im just a reader these days, not an updater.

Its also handy for things like getting samples. :)

ScottTeaMan

You could try a PM to Fong Mong Tea her And request the free tea with your info Amy. :))

ashmanra

I think that works! I had a Ruby 18 that called for a six minute first steep once, and it was delicious. You couldn’t make it bitter if you tried. It was a Taiwan black tea but looked so pale in the cup I thought I had done it all wrong!

Mercuryhime

thanks for letting me know! I’ll try it the recommended way next time!

ashmanra

Does this tea have ginseng coating it?

Mercuryhime

Nope! it seemed to be completely coatless. And it didn’t taste like ginseng either.

ashmanra

There is one called Blue Spring at A Southern Season that has it, didn’t know what the blue referred to!

TeaBrat

@Scott – yes I did try that. But if I have to be on Facedouc*e, then no thank you. I have plenty of tea anyway…

K S

@Mercuryhime – so did you spill tea on your pants on purpose? ;) I can’t wait to try these samples… hope they live up to the expectations.

ashmanra

Maybe we can dab a little behind our ears!

Mercuryhime

I wonder of tea makes a good hair rinse… Seems like a waste though!

ScottTeaMan

Hahaha…….I agree, I don’t like facedouc*e either. :))

Mchime: I’ve heard tea does wonders for eye wrinkles, but judging from your pic-you don’t need tea for that purpose. :))

Mercuryhime

Thanks Scott! I don’t know how you can tell the state of my eyes from a pic of my two doggies. Unless you think the doggies are me. Haha. Admittedly, they are lacking in the eye wrinkle department!

ScottTeaMan

Oh, no I wasn’t suggesting that. Truthfully I was looking at Ashmanra’s pic when I was responding to you about the eye wrinkles! hahaaha…….

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TeaBrat

where do you get the samples from? I looked in their ebay store and I don’t see any small sizes. thanks!

Mercuryhime

Hey Amy! I think today is the last day to request free samples from them. See this link:
http://steepster.com/discuss/2818-when-will-free-sample-request-last-until

Good luck!

TeaBrat

Gah… I am not on Facebook anymore!

ScottTeaMan

Technically, I’m not either Amy. I just logged on to like the page and was on about 10 min. Not really a fb fan. First time I logged on in…….I can’t remember the last time. I asked Fong Mong Tea to PM me here.

Mercuryhime Not a fan a Facebook either but most of my friends are on it so I stay on to keep up with them. I tried quitting completely but when we all got together I’d be the only one who didn’t know all the latest news. Im just a reader these days, not an updater.

Its also handy for things like getting samples. :)

ScottTeaMan

You could try a PM to Fong Mong Tea her And request the free tea with your info Amy. :))

ashmanra

I think that works! I had a Ruby 18 that called for a six minute first steep once, and it was delicious. You couldn’t make it bitter if you tried. It was a Taiwan black tea but looked so pale in the cup I thought I had done it all wrong!

Mercuryhime

thanks for letting me know! I’ll try it the recommended way next time!

ashmanra

Does this tea have ginseng coating it?

Mercuryhime

Nope! it seemed to be completely coatless. And it didn’t taste like ginseng either.

ashmanra

There is one called Blue Spring at A Southern Season that has it, didn’t know what the blue referred to!

TeaBrat

@Scott – yes I did try that. But if I have to be on Facedouc*e, then no thank you. I have plenty of tea anyway…

K S

@Mercuryhime – so did you spill tea on your pants on purpose? ;) I can’t wait to try these samples… hope they live up to the expectations.

ashmanra

Maybe we can dab a little behind our ears!

Mercuryhime

I wonder of tea makes a good hair rinse… Seems like a waste though!

ScottTeaMan

Hahaha…….I agree, I don’t like facedouc*e either. :))

Mchime: I’ve heard tea does wonders for eye wrinkles, but judging from your pic-you don’t need tea for that purpose. :))

Mercuryhime

Thanks Scott! I don’t know how you can tell the state of my eyes from a pic of my two doggies. Unless you think the doggies are me. Haha. Admittedly, they are lacking in the eye wrinkle department!

ScottTeaMan

Oh, no I wasn’t suggesting that. Truthfully I was looking at Ashmanra’s pic when I was responding to you about the eye wrinkles! hahaaha…….

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