1693 Tasting Notes
Hooray! I have a whole tin of my own for my cupboard now! I had looked at this for years on the website, and other things kept bumping it out of my cart. Then Russel Allyn kindly agreed to send me a sample and I was taken with the cocoa notes that fool you into thinking you have sme Fujian black tea in the mix. The aroma of the leaves in the tin is soooo nice – rich and fruity.
Youngest steeped this one a little more aggressively than I like but it was still good. To protect the Ceylon Silver Tips, I like to go 205F for about four minutes.
My daughter and I continued drinking green tea when she and her dad got home from the movie theater. She had never had this one before, so we made a pot and broke out the Milka bars. We never eat a whole one at one sitting, but just off a few squares to enjoy.
The leaves are long, thin, wiry, and therefore impossible to measure in a teaspoon! I put four big pinches in my Stump pot, which makes about 20 ounces of tea, and steeped for two minutes. This gave us a light yellow liquor with mild creamy scent.
The tea is incredibly smooth, and the flavor is very good, but I want a little more oomph. I think I will try increasing the leaves. This is a great tea to go with a meal. It really does have a creamy texture and a very pleasing flavor profile. At times, I taste a mineral/frost quality. My daughter seemed to enjoy it.
This was a sample that came with a Harney and Sons order from some months ago. I kept meaning to get around to trying it, but I am glad I didn’t because it made a nice tea to share with oldest daughter tonight after we went out for Mexican food. Drinking green tea together each time she comes has become a bit of a tradition, and she loves minty things.
I steeped this at around 175F for three minutes. That is my standby green tea steeping method unless I have seen something that leads me to do otherwise.
This is a really pretty color, and since it has been over a hundred degrees for the past few days, my first thought was that this would probably be pretty awesome iced. We drank it hot, though.
The green tea base and the mint are really well balanced. This is a very smooth green tea and I didn’t detect any bitterness or bite in it. I wonder if sme green tea lovers would find it bland? But for me, it was very pleasant. The mint is very pressing but doesn’t overpower the green tea. I have had mint tea before that left me feeling a little TOO tingly, like I might never taste anything else again ever!
We made a resteep of this sachet and that was very pleasant, too.
I am glad we got to taste it, and I wouldn’t be surprised if my daughter asks me to order some for her. I do not usually drink mint tea, other than my Moroccan Mint from Tin Roof Teas, so I doubt I would order it, but if you like mint greens this one is very good.
I am drinking this cold today. The heat index is supposed to hit 115F so staying hydrated and cool is the theme of the day!
This is quite nice as an iced tea. I steeped this yesterday, hot, and made a resteep right away. I put about 40 ounces in a glass pitcher and stirred in a little less than 2 Tablespoons of sugar while it was still piping hot and let it cool briefly on the counter. It has been refrigerated since then, and if my tea is already cold I do not add ice.
The tea is beautiful, not cloudy at all, and even though there is some black tea in this blend, the color is a medium orange – really lovely! The fruity part of this is subtle and just adds a really nice touch to the tea. It is great by itself, and would be good with a meal as well.
Nice blend, TIn Roof Teas!
This is tied with the Pou Chong for favorite sample from Fong Mong Tea!. Thank you, Fong Mong!
I made this gong fu style this morning. A quick rinse, maybe five seconds, released buttery aromas, and the scent of sweet green veggies.
I kept the steeps fairly short and made five so far, tasting a sip in my tiny cup as I first poured it, then adding the remaining tea in the pitcher to my tetsubin to meld each steep together so that I will have an impression of the flavor western style as well.
The liquor is a soft golden color. The aroma is buttery sweet greens, and there is a slight astringency, not unpleasant and quite possibly due to my steeping. This is excellent and very enjoyable.
There is a sweet fruit flavor that rises in the throat after drinking this. Delicious!
Thank you again for the opportunity to sample your tea, Fong Mong Teas!
My friend bought this today on our trip to Raleigh. She left enough for me to make a pot of tea, so I decided to make it several different ways.
First I tried it absolutely plain, and it tastes like a very nice, subtly orange flavored oolong. The orange tasted natural. I thought it was quite good. My friend was really wanting a total Creamsicle experience, so I played with it a little.
I added a little whipped cream and a tiny bit of sugar to one tiny cup of the tea. At this point, I would really have preferred it natural. I take almost all my tea with no additions so this didn’t do anything for me. Then we added a serious amount of sugar, and WOW did we have a sweet cup of tea, worthy of any Southern lady’s refrigerator. And that was really good.
The next stage of the experiment is underway. I resteeped the leaves and got a nicely colored liquor and pretty nice strength for a resteep. I combined the remainder of the first steep and the all of the second in a glass pitcher and put it in the refrigerator to cool and meld for another scorcher tomorrow. The heat index is supposed to be 115F here, so a cold, refreshing citrus-flavored tea will be very welcome.
Hubby drank this sample last night, and happily it smelled far less like butt than Kava Stress Relief! In fact, my sip tasted almost identical to the Celestial Seasonings throat soothing tea, or Traditional Medicinals Throat Coat. It was VERY sweet. Hubby didn’t get ready for bed right away but when he did go to bed, he slept. And he slept through my tossing and turning because the puppy got on our bed and left me no room. And he slept through me getting up at 5:30 am even though I didn’t fall asleep until after midnight.
He said he felt rested this morning and that he had slept well. I will probably keep giving him Get Some Zzz’s, but if I do change his sleepy tea it will probably be this one or CS Sleepytime Extra. I think I may make the dog go back to sleeping with his “sisters” and have a cup myself now and then!
My daughter signed up for a free sample from Yogi tea and got the stress relief sample for me. This tea and Bedtime were the two included.
Last night my hubby, who has had a cold for about a week and hasn’t slept well, said he couldn’t sleep even though his cold was better. He said his mind would not stop spinning as he mulled lots of work related issues, most of them positive but still keeping his mind busy.
I suggested he try this. To quote Missy’s daughter, it smelled like butt. So much so, in fact, that I took a sip just to make sure this tea was not going to traumatize him like Evening in Missoula did. It didn’t taste too bad. There was a bit of cinnamon taste and licorice root, of course.
Did it work? He says he went to sleep pretty quickly and wants more tonight. Since I am out of this one, I will give him Bedtime tonight, and I will stock up on whichever one works best for him.
This tea from my cupboard came in last today in my four way Moroccan Mint face off.
The gunpowder base is harsher, the mint lighter. It may be more authentic since in Morocco they really do boil the tea until bitter, but for my money I will take the Tin Roof Teas version, please!
After reading Dylan’s paeans to Moroccan Mint, I broke down and bought some at Tin Roof Teas. He was right about how indispensible it is for summertime! After trying it, I began a quest to find the one I would love best.
Today I had a face off between four teas from four different companies. Tin Roof Teas won for me because the gunpowder green base is smooth, not smokey, and supports the fresh, tingling spearmint flavor so beautifully. Perhaps there is something about the addition of Egyptian Mint that makes it sing for me, too. I do not really enjoy peppermint in tea. Much as spearmint, so that is a big factor in my choosing this one. If you love peppermint more, you would want to go with the Market Spice version. Serendipitea was next, and very close, while Teavana lagged seriously far behind.