Just wanted to note – I re-steeped this three times and it was still going strong! YIPPE!
804 Tasting Notes
A very generous sample of this was given to me when I ordered some other items from Compass Tea.
It is so yummy! Taste like home made apple pie!
I will absolutely ordering some of this next time I place a Compass order!
Delightful, enjoyable, and the perfect before bedtime drink! Again the green rooibos is a winner!
FINALLY my precious Almond Cookie and I are together AT LAST!
I have waited a long time to get this in my stash and I am a happy camper now!
I could not believe it was only a few bucks more for twice the amount – I got the 4.5 ounce tin!
Now I am sure I can make it last a LITTLE bit longer! :)
One thing I notice is this tea has a long lingering flavor after the sip. It helps you to drink it a bit more slowly by just enjoying the after taste!
Cinnamon and almond are very present in the aroma.
The flavor has a slight twang to it initially but is not a twang that punches you in the face its a combination of the apple and beetroot!
Then the cinnamon and almond emerge and a sweet vanilla flavor that lingers in the after taste with just the right amount of sweet on the tongue.
So much better cold steeped or iced than hot.
I was a little bummed when I sipped it hot/warm. The flavors where there but as if they were hiding from me. I let it cool and it began to evolve! Then my daughter and I added ice and it was SO YUMMY!
Cold steep is in the fridge now and smelling amazing!
While warm buttercream frosting would have been amazing – like melting frosting in your mouth I just was not finding the flavor I had been waiting for.
Cold brew, iced, its sweet and creamy!
I do love this tea and now I have another summer brew! :)
Sorry Steepsters I have been so busy this weekend and have not got around to reading many tasting notes or even tea logging.
I did finally get to enjoy some of my Maracuja from Upton and I really love it! SOOOOO good when cold!
I fell asleep exhausted with a nice new cup of this beside me – woke up and it had cooled of course – was room temp (which is COLD since hubby likes air conditioning set low! I wear a sweater lol) and so yummy!
I am so glad I went for a large bag of this one when I got my samples! This is the only one I decided to go full size on!
Perfect for summer!
I like it hot as well but I feel the flavors really woke up and the tea base was also present when cool.
Since I was so unhappy with Upton’s Peach with Pieces this was a welcome new tea love!
De-cupboarding – I think I may have given all of this away lol I’m not sure. I can’t find it anywhere but no biggie I can get more … I know I sent out some samples and pretty sure I sent the package to someone – just wish I could remember for sure if I did this so I won’t go insane wondering what happened to it. Lovely tea.
Yummmmmm now this is one that needs to be purchased in a larger amount! I only got a sample but a nice healthy sample it is! We will see if I crave it once it is gone.
Actually tastes like pear!
No sugar need be added although if you want more of a dessert tea you could add a little. Would be excellent with some milk or cream added but already has a lovely creamy flavor!
I really do like Upton’s cream flavors – I think I read some where others do not? I enjoy them very much thus far between this tea and a strawberry cream tea I had last night.
Did I log that? I don’t know but anyway back to this tea …
I do believe I enjoy the green rooibos more than red. Honestly, I didn’t realize until recently there was a green rooibos so now I am not sure if I have had green before or not. Need to check that out but I do really like this rooibos a lot – its earthy as I think Dylan or Missy had stated.
I could see this tea being simply excellent iced!
For sure staying in my shopping list for now!
Going to cold brew some, enjoy a couple more hot cups and see how it resteeps if at all.
:) Nice cup!
Bah terrible on first attempt. Stepped per instructions. Will try a cold brew.
Right now it is bitter and astringent.
Excellent Iced! Cold steeped in fridge – perfect summer tea!
Excellent guava flavor no artificial taste and the perfect amount of ginger! Very light on strawberry – could be stronger but it does peek through.
A VERY good white tea base to boot!
Just enjoying this delicate yummy cup and liking the fact that I have been so sparing with it thus far. It has to last till next spring! Yikes!
Its always a pleasure to enjoy this tea.
See other notes for more details! :)
A very lovely and smooth tea that relaxes and unwinds the soul. I really like this one. I do have to use a bit extra leaf as I like it iced but enjoy it hot as well.
Add a little sugar to bring out fruit flavors even more!
FINALLY a cup of tea! Had to get up early today and get ready in five minutes flat and out the door NO morning cup! :(
Finally back home and was having major withdraws. Kept making ACK sounds and jerking around making my daughter and husband laugh.
Brewed up some of this tea here.
Its alright – probably a bad time to give it a first try as I would have done better with an LS to punch me in the face but this is a nice mellow morning cup.
No astringency, no bitterness, juicy, slightly smoky, and nice.
Its not my favorite morning cup but it is far better than I was anticipating as I too did not have the best luck with one of their other teas.
Will withhold rating until I have a chance to enjoy this when I am not already having major caffeine withdraws.
No notes yet.
This is my first sample from Fong Mong Tea as well as my first Sun Moon Lake.
Is it possible that a black tea can taste vegetal?
I think so – to me anyway.
Smells like a warm inviting soup broth.
Mushroom soup! Thats it!
This tea is one to savor – like being invited into a top chef’s kitchen and offered to sip from his big pot of slowly simmering soup. A “soup” that needs to be allowed to breathe and collect subtle nuisances of flavor over time. An aged soup perhaps? If there is such a thing.
This tea speaks to you as if it is knowing of secrets held within old trees, running streams that have spread gossip from one watering hole to the next and the memories of vegetation along the way.
I think of immense spans of wooded lands, with the ripe smell of oak moss and dew on green leaves. Intoxicating!
Yes vegetal, spicy with flecks of sparks dancing on the top and tip of the tongue. Leather, woods, mushrooms, and chocolate notes bow like a gentleman before my palate.
A champagne tea that sparkles all the way down.
Thank you Fong Mong Tea for this gift of a sample of your precious collection!
Wow perfection! This is the good stuff mixed in with Chocolate Chamomile Curiosity Brew! Just last night I was wishing I had some of this black tea without all the extras for morning and lo and behold David was two steps ahead of me having snuck a nice sample of this in with my order!
Yup THIS is the tea I want in the morning. THIS is the tea I want to mix strawberries in! This is bliss!
Flavors: Malty, Sweet, Chocolate, Leather, Spice – cinnamon and black pepper.
Mouthfeel is heavy and thick, creamy, and full.
Not drying on throat, no astringency, no bitterness.
Lately I have been mixing my beloved Strawberry Zabaglione with many things. The other day it was mixed with Butiki Good-morning Sunshine which was STELLAR I just want to say and this VERY early morning after an all nighter I am having it mixed with Traditional Guayusa from Runa Tea.
Why? Well I wanted to wake up as I have to take my daughter quite a ways across town for a work remote today (radio station thing) therefore wanted Guayusa. I also wanted some flavor and all I could focus on this morning was my beloved SZ. Although I was tempted to just go with Butiki again – I have to conserve my favorites so I went with SZ this time. ANYHOW … sorry blabbering – very sleepy still … Its really really REALLY good.
I think somehow the sweet flavor of the Guayusa mixes perfectly with the natural strawberry in the SZ. Its refreshing as all get out! I think that somehow the Guayusa almost makes the strawberry MORE strawberrish but maybe I am just really sleep deprived.
Could be both I suppose.
Well and now its gone – time for a re-steep then off across town then passing out cold – well I will drive home first of course.
Reading back over this – it makes no sense – so just ignore what I thought of mixing with what and why – Obviously Im out of my mind. Regardless I am pretty sure I am not wrong about this tasting amazing. :)
I adore this tea! I have had this on my Wish List almost since I first began sipping loose leaf tea. It was one of my first samples ever received! No idea why I waited so long to order it.
Its creamy, slightly tart with the lemon flavor I am finding I love in many teas, the vanilla is NOT over done and you can still taste the pouchong coming through.
The smell is dreamy!
I also find that a slightly lower heat level and a bit longer steep do this tea well. Otherwise you may find it a bit on the weak or watery side.
One of my favorites.
A nice enough black tea. Nothing that made me praise the tea gods but an alright black breakfast tea. I think I kind of understand where the “winey” part of the title is coming from but its almost as if the winey flavor is part of the slight astringency itself. Still, its not what I had in mind and was looking forward to with a name like Winey Keemun. Sure the tea is a deep red color but oh well thats not enough to make me jump up and down.
Yet there is a calming morning salute here and somehow this tea becomes quite relaxing for a wake up tea, quite enjoyable almost as if it is whispering in the back of your mind “don’t worry, don’t rush, everything will go smooth today, relax…” and as you become more and more alert you do so without cramming your crumpet in your face while grabbing your items and jaunting out the door – this is the laid back take er easy tea for morning people who want to savor the moments in life. But again, like I said … nothing to write home about. :P
Really yummy! Daughter and I shared a sample of this last night and she wants me to order her some right away! Very good, perfect level of sweetness, slight after taste maybe from stevia – not sure. Excellent almond and cream flavor.
Have not been feeling well all day – for the last couple of days actually. Spent the day sipping 52 Teas Pot O’ Gold and now ending my evening with a lovely white.
So many excellent tasting notes thus far. I get the floral, the hay, peppery, the summer lawn, and even the frost as others have mentioned. This is an awakening of tea, a chameleon. I don’t even want to bother writing more about it – this is a tea to be silent with and enjoy – and since we have a wonderful storm now I will sit back and relax and know that this tea is going to make me feel much better!
I have been sipping this all day since it arrived in the mail. Its glorious. Butterscotch all the way – with a malty base tea. Excellent cooled, handles additives well.
A very floral and hash like flavored oolong. Hey my parents where hippies and I grew up in the 70’s don’t judge me lol
A slight sweetness with a drying sensation on the throat in the after taste.
A very good oolong but not one of my all time favorites from Teavivre.
Yummmmmmm See other notes for details. Just Yummmmm
Sample Saturday Continues It is nice to have a straight Pouchong! This tastes almost exactly like Coconut Pouchong by Golden Moon Tea less the coconut!
I think these are the only two Pouchongs I have tasted. Maybe. Heck I don’t know I’m just trying not to fall asleep so I can go to sleep at a decent time tonight BEFORE my second wind hits me and keeps me up till 4am!
This is a slightly astringent tea – but I did steep the full 5 minutes – maybe I could have went with 4 and not have the astringency.
I have this as a sample I ordered from The Persimmon Tree which is very nice you can get 1.00 samples with free shipping! WOOT!
The floral notes come through strong – a definite jasmine taste.
A very good tea at a pretty fair price!
I think all of the Persimmon Tree teas are on a discount now but a little bird told me that starting June 1st there will be an iced tea sale! :)