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Thank you Fong Mong Tea for this Generous Sample!

This fine Oolong is baked and required a 6 minute steeping time for the type of pot I was preparing. Even dry, the leaves were fragrantly floral and held the promise of delight inside.

When ready, the liquor was very clear and light gold with a tinge of green. The scent was lilac but not strong. Somewhere there was a vegital scent peaking out.

The taste was silky with a floral presence more like a warm breeze than a bouquet of flowers. Towards the end of the floral taste I caught the scent of apple and cinnamon. There was a vegital flavor so tiny that it reminded me of having had buttered green beans for dinner then drinking tea for dessert.

I stopped to consider this tea. I waited for the tea to comment.

I was now aware again with the juicy tea suddenly becoming active. Then the tingling began. My whole mouth and my lips began to tingle and burn lightly with a tannin that had no bitterness. It was as if a rope was pulling me back to the tea and I had to drink more. I wanted the creamy sweet goodness again.

I noticed later that using a glass cup, as the tea cooled when I took a sip the tea coated the glass in a way that wine does. I’ve never noticed a tea doing that before.

Another thing I noticed with this tea is the nose effect.

Jim Marks commented on how much we taste with our nose. That might sound funny to some people, but it’s true. I think that’s what has helped me charge ahead with learning about tea’s the most. Working in 2 Wineries, I had to learn to taste with my nose and talk about levels of flavor in wine. When you do it 8 hrs a day you learn! Tea is the same.
Example:
I put my nose into this cup of Oolong and inhaled/exhaled… in and out making lots of steam. I found the scent of a trunk in an attic with pressed flowers and a little bitty hint of moth ball.
It’s a good thing to really get in and experience as much as you can with tea. Drink, smell…consider.

Azzrian

Absolutely! I agree so much with this! Oh I bet working in the winery sure was enjoyable! Envious :)

Bonnie

Lots of work too. Packing and lifting boxes. Putting labels on special orders for weddings. Stocking shelves. Shipping wine out of state. Sipping on a hot day so taste buds stay educated and then trying not to perspire while pouring and talking about wine when the bar is filled with people giggling. Then the WINE SNOBS! I was good with them though. And wine events. Parties! This was the oldest Winery in the area and an old Italian family. The other winery was Croatian, and had a cricket field right in the middle of the vinyard. They had parties too.

Bonnie

Sorry, can’t spell today!

Azzrian

Oh my so its not JUST sipping tea then! Of course I knew better than that but still sounds like a BLAST!

Bonnie

Sometimes it was a blast! I loved the interaction with people and drinking wine with them (tiny sips for me as you can imagine you don’t want to get drunk!) and comradery with other vineyards in Sonoma and Napa. If anyone is ever going to those area’s ask me for info!

Charles Thomas Draper

We taste more with our nose than we do with our mouth. Very true

Bonnie

We are lazy about it though Charles, and a nose can be developed!

Invader Zim

I think the nose thing is why my husband doesn’t care for tea, he can’t smell it as well as I can, therefore he is unable to smell/taste all the nuances.

Bonnie

Give him some Lapsang Souchong heehee!

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Azzrian

Absolutely! I agree so much with this! Oh I bet working in the winery sure was enjoyable! Envious :)

Bonnie

Lots of work too. Packing and lifting boxes. Putting labels on special orders for weddings. Stocking shelves. Shipping wine out of state. Sipping on a hot day so taste buds stay educated and then trying not to perspire while pouring and talking about wine when the bar is filled with people giggling. Then the WINE SNOBS! I was good with them though. And wine events. Parties! This was the oldest Winery in the area and an old Italian family. The other winery was Croatian, and had a cricket field right in the middle of the vinyard. They had parties too.

Bonnie

Sorry, can’t spell today!

Azzrian

Oh my so its not JUST sipping tea then! Of course I knew better than that but still sounds like a BLAST!

Bonnie

Sometimes it was a blast! I loved the interaction with people and drinking wine with them (tiny sips for me as you can imagine you don’t want to get drunk!) and comradery with other vineyards in Sonoma and Napa. If anyone is ever going to those area’s ask me for info!

Charles Thomas Draper

We taste more with our nose than we do with our mouth. Very true

Bonnie

We are lazy about it though Charles, and a nose can be developed!

Invader Zim

I think the nose thing is why my husband doesn’t care for tea, he can’t smell it as well as I can, therefore he is unable to smell/taste all the nuances.

Bonnie

Give him some Lapsang Souchong heehee!

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Grandmother to 3 teenaged girls and 5 young boys. (we all drink tea!) I began teatime in the Summer over 30 years ago when my children were little. We took a break from play for tea and snacks every day. My children loved tea time.
There are several tea houses close to my home and a Tea Festival in Boulder. Fort Collins is a bit of a foodie town. We brew lots of Beer (Fat Tire is one brand) and have several Spice Shops (Savory was one featured on Food Network).
Colorado State University is a mile from my home and the Rocky Mountains begin to climb at the end of my street. The climate is semi-arid with LOTS OF SUN AT 5000 feet. (Heavy Winter snows start in higher elevations). Living my whole life in Northern California (Silicon Valley) I have to admit that I LOVE IT HERE!!!
I attend a wonderful Greek Orthodox Church and enjoy cooking ethnic foods (all kinds). I am disabled with Migraines and Fibromyalgia.
My family is Bi-racial (African-American, Scots) and Bi-cultural, (Peru, Cyprus, France, Mexico, Native American)
I’ve worked at a Winery, was a System Analyst, in telecom, been an Athlete and Coach, Artist, Vista Volunteer. Love healthy cooking (and delicious food!). Love to travel and have been to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Malta, Peru, Croatia, Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska

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