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Very fresh sample included with my order of Oriental Beauty. Thank you!

The mouthfeel was lovely, creamy and full bodied. Rich in flavor, milky and buttery. I like more dimensions beyond butteriness, so I probably won’t order this, but I enjoyed the session I had.

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I’m pretty excited to try this tea. Greener, floral oolongs have always held a special place in my heart. :) It smells buttery/squashy. Oh boy! I’m doing relatively short western style steeps (~2 mins each, increasing to like… forever?).

I loooove watching the tea leaves uncurl when they’re so tightly rolled like these. They always end up completely filling my little glass teapot. :D

OH. I’ve died and gone to heaven.

Flavors: Butternut Squash, Floral

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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I almost don’t want to admit how long it took me to figure out the plastic piece across the top of the package. But I figured it’d out. I did it. All by myself, and before drinking my tea!

The dry leaves smell so strongly of cocoa! I had my mom smell them because I thought it so novel, but she couldn’t smell anything. :/ I did a short Western-style first steep, and on top of the chocolate smell is… grapes? Yes, that there be a grape smell.

Oh, it tastes just as good as it smells. How can this be? Just when I think all of my socks have been blown off… A bit vegetative/vegetal/planty taste peeking through. I totally skipped the sweetener on this one because it smelled so great I didn’t want to risk ruining it.

I wish it would cool down faster. So I can drink it faster.

Second steep called for sweetener, as it’s turned more vegetal than the first steep. Like a totally different tea. Hmmm. I wonder what I did to displease these great tea leaves?

I let the third steep cool to room temperature and the candy flavor came back. Yay! :D

Flavors: Cocoa, Grapes

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I really like this tea but it gives me a stomach ache every time I have it. Can you be allergic to Oolong while no reaction to other teas?

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One of the first loose leaf teas that I tried was Butiki’s OB. Since it closed, I have been a bit heart sick that I wouldn’t find an OB I liked as well.

Have you been in a new romantic relationship that was really promising and realized you didn’t want to talk about it with your friends like you usually would? Protective and shy in a way, not wanting to spoil the specialness with words or the reactions of an audience.

The first few times I tried this tea it felt like a flashback to when I first started dating my husband. I walked around with a secret smile and hugged this tea to myself. Figuratively. I wouldn’t want to crush the leaves.

I tasted orange blossom honey, citrus in later steeps and felt a giddiness come on as I enjoyed it. Smooth, mellow.

Sigh.

Whiteantlers

Please write more! Your reviews are delightful.

Zennenn

Thank you!:)

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my yea is the best

Flavors: Apple Candy

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I like that I can really taste the charcoal baked aspect of this tea. It’s very apparent, and it’s a nice complement to the natural nutty notes of Dong Ding. A really nice Dong Ding.

Early infusions delivered flavors of honey and nutty tones with that distinct charcoal note. I could taste charred wood and hints of smoke and I enjoyed this dimension of flavor. There was a creaminess to the cup but it was more like a browned butter than a heavy cream or sweet butter flavor. It was smooth and silky.

Later infusions were a bit more unified. I could start to pick out flavors of peach along with the nutty flavors, honey notes, and hints of smoke.

It’s a really pleasant Oolong. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/25/taiwan-dongding-tungting-charcoal-baked-oolong-tea-from-fong-mong-tea/

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A lovely white tea. I have tried many Oolong teas from Fong Mong, and I’ve been quite pleased with them and I’m very happy with this White as well. Sweet! Delicate with notes of melon. Hints of hay and earth. A very refreshing tea.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/09/taiwan-white-tea-from-fong-mong-tea/

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I’m ashamed to say, I’ve had this tea for a long time and am only opening it now. The moment I smelled this though, I knew I would love it. Such a lovely toasted grain and honey aroma! Or like nectar heavy flowers. I can’t believe this tea isn’t actually full of honey and flowers!
Mmm ambrosia. I don’t think I’ve ever had an oriental beauty I liked so well.
I need to scrub off this chocolate lip balm before sipping next time though. :)

Happy Monday everyone!

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A really lovely LiShan. Silky, sweet, creamy, and luxurious to sip. I feel as though I’m indulging when I’m drinking a tea like this. It’s so good.

Please read my full-length review for details on each cup (I managed 10 infusions from one measurement of leaves!): http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/26/lishan-high-mountain-oolong-tea-from-fong-mong-tea/

A really remarkable tea.

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An excellent LiShan oolong. I’ve really been very happy with all of the teas that I’ve tried from Fong Mong. This has a wonderful flavor: sweet with a delicious creamy tone. Flowery and I can taste notes of apple, with vegetative tones that reveal themselves in later infusions. The later infusions also reveal some spice tones.

A really, really good Oolong.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/09/20/taiwan-lishan-high-mountain-oolong-wulong-tea-fong-mong-tea/

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YUM YUM YUM! This tea was perfect this time! Plus it stays flavorful even after repeatedly re-soaking it (in my new Japanese thermos, yay!). It even gets a creamy texture, almost of the condensed milk variety, that slides down my throat smoothly. Definitely helped with a sore throat. Unfortunately I’m running out, so I might have to restock it soon.

Flavors: Cream, Stewed Fruits

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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Still amazing, even when over-steeped. Nice and smooth finish with a very golden, almost Kona coffee-ish undertone. The flavor lasts, too, even after two re-soaks.

Flavors: Cream, Espresso

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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My go-to Oolong since I received it as a gift from my auntie.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Well I got the job and now the only problem is I didn’t realize by mid-October she meant starting two days next week. Ummm. Because I have been zoned out all day (it’s amazing I actually got myself to the mall) I didn’t even think to say anything about the wedding I have to go to in 2 weeks…and now she’s on vacation. Well. I guess I’ll say something Tuesday? I am finding it incredibly hard to be excited because of how horrible I constantly feel and I’m starting to question if it’s even just ragweed.

So my mom was all like oh get yourself a beer or a nice cup of tea. I was just like oh god not drinking right now. I instead got myself another nap and now I’m going to see how long I can stay awake and drink a nice tea. I’ve been holding onto these samples to have them when I feel like I can devote time to them.

I can’t smell very well though. Of course. I put the entire 6g into my yixing pot and rinsed the leaves first, then steeped for 20 seconds.

I don’t know if that is too short or what, but this is more like a sweet garden of flowers dipped in mineral water and cream. And I really hate that I decided to drink this because I don’t think my tastebuds are going to do it justice.

Okay, gave up on that steep and am trying one for 45 seconds. It has much more color to it. Now we have butter and a mouthful of gardenias for sure. It is so velvety too.

Will Work For Tea

Congrats on the job!

Bonnie

I’m so sorry you feel bad. I think the fact that you can taste the tea and enjoy some of what it is saying is great!

momo

Thankfully I can taste tea. It’s like a real job to walk through the mall. I tried looking up if body aches relate to allergies or just cold/flu and there’s WAY too much conflicting information.

Michelle

Feel better hun!

Yogini Undefined

Congrats on the new job. Hope you’re feeling better soon :)

Mercuryhime

Yay a job. Congrats! Feel better!

Terri HarpLady

Amanda, first congrats on the job!
Second, my allergies have been SO bad for the last couple of weeks (since we actually started getting rain), it has been the worse fall, & it isn’t even officially fall yet! I have acheyness like a flu, a sore throat & swollen glands like mono, my lungs hurt, my eyes feel like the someone dumped chalk powder in them, my ears itch like crazy, & intermittent headaches. I’ve even had a mild fever on and off (usually after I’ve been outside). The only reason I know it’s allergies is that it gets noticeably worse every time I leave the house, even for a few minutes. Hang in there, this will pass, but meanwhile you have my sympathy.

Terri HarpLady

I like that buttery gardenia image, BTW!

canadianadia

Congratulations on the job Amanda!
Sending you “feel better soon” vibes

momo

I’m starting to wonder if NOT taking anything is more helpful, at least until I see an allergy doctor…still 8 more days. Completely missed a test today because I couldn’t even get out of bed (like I got to the point I had to nearly roll out so I could go to the bathroom!) and I feel stupid saying I can’t see a doctor yet about it. He’s a pretty understanding guy though so hopefully he’ll let me redo it once that happens. I have NEVER felt this bad from allergies. I used to get nosebleeds from ragweed as a kid but this is the worst I have ever felt.

I usually can’t pick out too many flower flavors but this one, even without other people saying it, just absolutely shouted gardenias.

Indigobloom

Congrats on the job!! feel better soon xx

Nik

Congrats on the job, Amanda! I’m sorry that you can’t truly rejoice just yet because of how you’re feeling, and I hope that you get to feeling better and celebrating soon.

I have to echo some of Terri’s response. I suffer from seasonal allergies, but have been mostly okay for a few years. This year, though, has been pretty bad. Headaches, chronic fatigue, mild fever (sometimes)…the works. So here’s hoping that as bad as you’re feeling, all the symptoms really are “just” allergy-related and that you’ll find some relief from them soon.

Terri, your symptoms are even more horrible than my own. Hope you feel better soon, too! I am really looking forward to some cooler weather; generally, I fare pretty well, allergy-wise, when the temperature drops below 55°F.

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Free sample provided by FONG MONG Tea

I must apologize for taking so long to get this review done. I had tried this once before and got distracted. All would have been well except that I accidentally deleted my tasting notes. So, fresh tasting today.

Dry leaves are mostly olive green with a couple of medium brown leaves and a smattering of light yellowish green leaves/tips. Leaves are twisted and are of various lengths-I would say most are medium long, but some are quite short. Dry aroma is a typical floral that you get with green oolongs. I can definitely see describing it as somewhat perfume-y.

The brewed leaf aroma is similar but more subdued. Liquor is transparent and very pale with much more yellow than green. The flavor is very smooth and somewhat sweet. I detect mainly floral and some vegetal notes. This is definitely a high quality tea. If you like Pou Chong Oolong, you will probably enjoy this tea.

I’d like to thank FONG MONG TEA again for the free samples. My favorites would have to be Sun Moon Lake Black and the Top Grade Oriental Beauty.

Next up-I received some more generous samples from Teavivre and will be reviewing them in the coming days.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

did you ever try a short steep with the Oriental Beauty?

Scott B

Not yet, I only have enough leaf for one more brew. Did you mean short steep gong-fu style or Western-style?

TeaBrat

I meant gong fu, but it might be interesting to try either way…

Scott B

Oh, I have never brewed gong-fu and honestly, I’m not sure that I’m ready to get into that at this time.

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The first tea to go into my yixing pot! I’d been saving my samples from Fong Mong Tea until I got one. Here it is! https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/315454_3587175127038_22846941_n.jpg It’s not even the one I ordered but that’s okay, I like this one better than that one!

I put the entire sample in, aiming for 1g of tea to 1 oz of water. Steeped it for about 40 seconds. This first steep is light but so sweet. It almost reminds me of a milk oolong. Very creamy, and just really really sweet.

Second steep! Now that the leaves are opening up a lot the volume is right where I want it. I’m pouring into a 6 oz cup and now it’s perfect. The liquor looks like I’m steeping a green tea rather than an oolong.

The second steep is very floral and also very green. I’m getting pepper, really reminiscent of pink peppercorns. The third steep is very similar, with a bit less of the pepper. It makes for a really intriguing combination with the floral flavors, that’s for sure.

More to come, it’s time to stop procrastinating on a paper for at least 20 minutes!

Invader Zim

Very nice yixing teapot! I like the bamboo accent on it.

LiberTEAS

very nice teapot, indeed. It reminds me just a bit of one of my yixing mugs.

TeaBrat

oooh! Nice teapot, me likey!

Azzrian

very nice! It is better than the one you ordered :) happy accident!

momo

thank you guys! I do like a happy accident!

Daniel Scott

Congrats on the pot! It’s exciting to take home yixing. I haven’t even used mine because I can’t make up my mind what to put in it.

I love the lid, it’s gorgeous.

Bonnie

Very nice pot!

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Thank you FONG MONG TEA for this free sample

Wow-this doesn’t taste like any kind of oolong I’ve ever had! In fact, if you had given me a blind taste test, I could not identify this tea-or even hazard a guess. I might guess an herbal tea. I’ve never had an Oriental Beauty tea before, so I had no idea what to expect here.

The leaves are large and twisted with colors of chocolate brown and rust contrasted sharply by chalky white tips. The dry leaf aroma is a rather generic, mild black tea scent.

The brewed leaf aroma smells much like grapefruit. Liquor is a deep amber hue. Flavor is very unusual and unique. This does not “remind” me of any kind of tea I’ve ever had. I taste notes of grapefruit, apple, and vinegar (apple cider vinegar?). I also taste some sort of woody type spice.

This is all very interesting. Let me try another steep or two to think about the number rating.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

try it around 180 degrees… :)

Scott B

How long should I steep it for at that temp? You only did 90 seconds? That’s so much shorter than they recommend.

TeaBrat

I don’t know why they recommend 6 minutes…. I usually steep all my oolongs for short periods of time, but then I am usually going for multiple steeps as well.

Scott B

Okay, well I have enough loose tea for another brew, so maybe I’ll try that next time.

ScottTeaMan

Six min is too long…….I gongfu my oolongs and kep the steeps alot shorter.

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This is a sample from Fong Mong Tea provided free for review. Thank you!

I appreciate that Fong Mong Tea has respect for their product and considers it worth protecting. The tea arrives in a small, vacuum sealed pouch with an oxygen absorber to keep the tea fresh.

I steeped this one for the full six minutes as suggested by the company. Even with the long steep time, the tea was not bitter or astringent. It is not strongly floral or fruity, though there are hints of both, and it certainly isn’t a roasty oolong. I think that a lightly sweet, vegetal broth flavor is the best way I can describe this.

This is so light that I am sorry I didn’t wait until I had time to do multiple gong fu steepings. Instead, I made this Western style, using the 6 grams of tea in about 12 ounces of water and resteeping once so far. I plan to resteep once more.

For my personal tastes, I definitely prefer the Taiwan Pou Chong I tried yesterday.

Thank you, Fong Mong, for the opportunity to try your teas!

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Wowzer, this is good! The aroma when I opened the pouch was fantastic – my first thought was light lime, but I agree with the person who said green apples. Yes, there is that cinnamon note someone noted. I would like to make an ointment of the scent of this tea and rub it under my nose. It isn’t heavy or overbearing at all, it is just really, really, lovely.

Thank you so much, Fong Mong Tea, for the opportunity to try this tea! No one has exaggerated its merits!

Azzrian

Oh wow this sounds really good!

Kittenna

I think I have this one!! Exciting :D

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I am enjoying this iced today, no sugar, nothing added. This is a bit light to pair with food (for me) but it is very refreshing as a cool down in this hot weather. It has a very pleasant aftertaste. I tried it both at room temperature and with ice in, and both were nice. It is hot enough outside now that I really want ice in it!

Thank you, Fong Mong Tea!

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