86

When I made my Verdant order some time ago, I knew from the start that I definitely wanted the Laoshan Black, I definitely wanted the aged woodfired TGY and I definitely wanted the honey orchid oolong. Then there was this one, which I had seen getting lots of positive comments, but on the other hand I tend to feel about green oolongs the way I feel about green and white tea in general. I need to be in the mood. I dithered about it for a while and eventually made an executive decision to save it for later.

“Myself,” I said, “save it for later.”
“Yes ma’am,” I answered myself.

This strategy paid off, because this was exactly the tea that was included as my free sample! How is that for lucky?

Then it sat around in the box for a while, because… in the mood, you know? Today, we had it, the boyfriend and I. Two steeps of it, to which I jotted down a few notes on the back of the empty pouch.

This actually reminds me of something. It occurred to me, as I was jotting down my keywords, that if you look closely, Steepsterites, you might actually be able to tell which posts I’ve written based on keywords and which posts I’ve written while actually drinking the tea in question. The former tend to be more to the point on the descriptions, where the latter often seem to want to be fairly long-winded. Or is that just my perception?

Anyway, for the first steep, I was struck by how extremely flowery it was, both in the aroma and the flavour. If I hadn’t known better, I would have assumed it was scented.

Something else in the flavour gave me a synesthesia poke too. I don’t know exactly what caused that experience. It definitely wasn’t the flowers, I don’t think, because flowers don’t usually come across that way. It was all bright, almost sparkly and very yellow in colour, all cheery and saturated, like a lemon. It’s been a long time since I’ve had that strong an experience. Usually it’s pretty mild, and I often I don’t even register it. I don’t have synesthesia with everything, it seems like it’s more a case of a number of random triggers. (Sometimes I wonder if it’s synesthesia at all, or if it’s just some other sort of random association)

At the very bottom of the flavour, there was something sweet. It was a bit sugar-y for me, and I suppose that’s what others have identified as Rock Candy.

For the second time around, the flowers had retreated a bit. They were still strong, but not as strong, and the flavour experience in general was a bit smoother. It was a little buttery at this point and something else which squints at notes I can’t decipher. Damn this lazy self-invented semi-shorthand note-taking! Oh yes! When I was pouring the cups, there was a note of something in it that reminded me an awful lot of cake. (That must be where the current muffin craving comes from).

The third steep is the one I’m making now, and it’s sort of under duress, because we had a curry for dinner today and the whole kitchen still smells of it. (An odd korma which, while tasty, was nothing at all like how either of us think of korma at all. Weird.) I believe this accounts for the weird aroma notes I experienced while pouring this steep. Vanilla and tobacco? Really, nose?

I. Don’t. Think. So.

Nostrils saturated with other strong smells, however nice, can do a number on you.

Now that I’m back at the desk, there’s not that much aroma left to speak of. I should point out, by the way, that as this was a large shared pot, these aren’t gong-fu steepings. I expect this is probably the last I can get out of these leaves before it turns boring on me. I have very little patience for when the flavours start to get thin, you see. I get bored with it very quickly at that point. So the aroma is all but gone here, but I can pick up some subdued flowers and something that strikes me as vaguely nutty. I’m not sure, however, if the latter is genuine, or if it’s the same sort of issue as the vanilla and tobacco from before. (It’s really very distracting!)

Nope, the nuts are there. The flavour has gone all nutty too. A bit sweet and a bit nutty, but almost all of the stronger vegetal oolongness is gone, so what I’m ending up with comes across largely as erm… nut water. Best way I can think of to describe it. There wasn’t really much cause to bother with this a third time around, or possibly I should have given it even longer than I did. Can’t be changed now, though.

Still, I think I might give the leaves a fourth go tomorrow, only I will transfer them to the small pot first so I can do it more gong-fu-ishly and use the small cups if he still wants to share.

Thomas Smith

Hahaha “Nut Water” – I have totally gotten that from over drafted TGY.

I actually am very used to vanilla and tobacco in TGY (I think the former shows up in 8/10 of my TGY notes) but not in particularly green samples. I know you aid it’s likely due to aromatic corruption from dinner, but it works as a selling point for me to check it out. Thanks!

Angrboda

You’re welcome. Given the cake-y aroma from the second time around, I could have accepted the vanilla, but the tobacco-y notes seemed so bizarre to me. I’m used to finding that in grain-y blacks O.o
I looked up other people’s posts on it afterwards and noticed I’m not the only one who thought it turned nutty. I feel so vindicated. :)

I’ll have the leaves a fourth time this morning, I think, and with a higher leaf to water ratio. If I find anything interesting in that (I’m not expecting it), I’ll do a follow up post.

Spoonvonstup

Hey! I actually find this too be nutty, too- that’s something I find in most high-end autumn TGY (at this point, I just think of it as part of the Autumn TGY flavor profile).
Also- please try this gong-fu style. It’s outrageous. Sure- it’s one of my favorite teas, but that means I can’t recommend it enough. And sure, it can be nice in a pot, but you’re missing out if you don’t give those leaves a chance to strut their stuff. Do you have enough of a sample left to start fresh? If not, I’ll have to send you some myself.

Angrboda

I might buy it and try it that way, I haven’t decided. Green oolongs aren’t really something I can drink a lot of or very often. I did try a fourth round more gong-fu-ly, but the leaves were too spent then and it didn’t work. Since I started it as a shared pot with the boyfriend, I used all of the sample in one go. All is not lost, however, because the boyfriend has a Chinese colleague and she brought him some TGY back from China for us. We hadn’t asked her to, I think he had just told her that I was interested in tea. It’s not exactly the same one, obviously, but it’s probably close enough. And somehow I keep thinking of it as more genuinely Chinese than all the other stuff. :)

But if you really want to share some with me, I shan’t be the one to turn you down, since you offer so kindly. :D

Spoonvonstup

You got it! Send me a PM, and I can get your mailing details. I’ll see if I can’t dig up some Jin Jun Mei samples a friend has been sending (I see you haven’t tried this kind before- this must change!).. maybe some black teas from Mandala (also in MN) if I can find those, too.

Angrboda

Was that also you that told me about that one the other day? I looked it up and discovered I’d actually looked at it on Teaspring before, but decided against it because it was so expensive. I should love an opportunity to try that one.

I shall have to dig through my tins and see if I can find something appropriate to send the other way. I have suspicion you’re probably not super interested in all my flavoureds. :) The Steepster cupboard is more or less up to date, so take a look and see if there’s anything that strikes your fancy.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Comments

Thomas Smith

Hahaha “Nut Water” – I have totally gotten that from over drafted TGY.

I actually am very used to vanilla and tobacco in TGY (I think the former shows up in 8/10 of my TGY notes) but not in particularly green samples. I know you aid it’s likely due to aromatic corruption from dinner, but it works as a selling point for me to check it out. Thanks!

Angrboda

You’re welcome. Given the cake-y aroma from the second time around, I could have accepted the vanilla, but the tobacco-y notes seemed so bizarre to me. I’m used to finding that in grain-y blacks O.o
I looked up other people’s posts on it afterwards and noticed I’m not the only one who thought it turned nutty. I feel so vindicated. :)

I’ll have the leaves a fourth time this morning, I think, and with a higher leaf to water ratio. If I find anything interesting in that (I’m not expecting it), I’ll do a follow up post.

Spoonvonstup

Hey! I actually find this too be nutty, too- that’s something I find in most high-end autumn TGY (at this point, I just think of it as part of the Autumn TGY flavor profile).
Also- please try this gong-fu style. It’s outrageous. Sure- it’s one of my favorite teas, but that means I can’t recommend it enough. And sure, it can be nice in a pot, but you’re missing out if you don’t give those leaves a chance to strut their stuff. Do you have enough of a sample left to start fresh? If not, I’ll have to send you some myself.

Angrboda

I might buy it and try it that way, I haven’t decided. Green oolongs aren’t really something I can drink a lot of or very often. I did try a fourth round more gong-fu-ly, but the leaves were too spent then and it didn’t work. Since I started it as a shared pot with the boyfriend, I used all of the sample in one go. All is not lost, however, because the boyfriend has a Chinese colleague and she brought him some TGY back from China for us. We hadn’t asked her to, I think he had just told her that I was interested in tea. It’s not exactly the same one, obviously, but it’s probably close enough. And somehow I keep thinking of it as more genuinely Chinese than all the other stuff. :)

But if you really want to share some with me, I shan’t be the one to turn you down, since you offer so kindly. :D

Spoonvonstup

You got it! Send me a PM, and I can get your mailing details. I’ll see if I can’t dig up some Jin Jun Mei samples a friend has been sending (I see you haven’t tried this kind before- this must change!).. maybe some black teas from Mandala (also in MN) if I can find those, too.

Angrboda

Was that also you that told me about that one the other day? I looked it up and discovered I’d actually looked at it on Teaspring before, but decided against it because it was so expensive. I should love an opportunity to try that one.

I shall have to dig through my tins and see if I can find something appropriate to send the other way. I have suspicion you’re probably not super interested in all my flavoureds. :) The Steepster cupboard is more or less up to date, so take a look and see if there’s anything that strikes your fancy.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Profile

Bio

Ang lives with Husband and two kitties, Charm and Luna, in a house not too far from Århus. Apart from drinking tea, she enjoys baking, especially biscuits, reading and jigsaw puzzles. She has recently acquired an interest in cross-stitch and started a rather large project. It remains to be seen whether she has actually bitten off more than she can chew…

Ang prefers black teas and the darker sorts of oolongs. She has to be in the mood for green and white, and she enjoys, but knows little to nothing about, pu-erh.

Her preferences with black teas are the Chinese ones, particularly from Fujian, but also Keemun and just about anything smoky. She occasionally enjoys Yunnans but they’re not favourites. She has taken some time to research Ceylon teas, complete with reference map, and has recently developed some interest in teas from Africa.

She is sceptical about Indian blacks as she generally finds them too astringent and too easy to get wrong. She doesn’t really care for Darjeelings at all. Very high-grown teas are often not favoured.

She likes flavoured teas as well, particularly fruit flavoured ones, but also had an obsession with finding the Perfect Vanilla Flavoured Black and can happily report that this reclusive beast has been spotted in a local teashop near where she works. Any and all vanilla flavoured teas are still highly attractive to her, though. Also nuts and caramel or toffee. Not so much chocolate. It’s a texture thing.

However, she thinks Earl Grey is generally kind of boring. Cinnamon and ginger are also not really a hit, and she’s not very fond of chais. Evil hibiscus is evil. Even in small amounts, and yes, Ang can usually detect hibiscus, mostly by way of the metallic flavour of blood it has.

Ang is not super impressed with rooibos or honeybush on their own. She doesn’t care for either, really, but when they are flavoured, they go usually go down a treat.

Ang used to have a Standard Panel of teas that she tried to always have on hand. She put a lot of thought into defining it and decided what should go on it. It was a great idea on paper, but in practise has been discovered to not really work as well.

Ang tries her best to make a post on Steepster several times a week. She tends to write her posts in advance in a word doc (The Queue) and posting from there. This, she feels, helps her to maintain regularity and stops her from making five posts in three days and then going three weeks without posting anything at all.

Angrboda is almost always open to swapping. Just ask her. Due to the nature of the queue, however, and the fact that it’s some 24 pages long at the moment, it may take a good while from she receives your parcel and until she actually posts about it.

The Formalities

Contact Angrboda by email: [email protected]
Contact Ang on IM on Google chat

Find Ang on…
Steam: Iarnvidia (Or Angrboda. She changed her display name and now is not certain which one to search for. She uses the same picture though, so she is easily recognised)
Goodreads: Angrboda
Livejournal: See website.
Dreamwidth: Ask her

Bio last updated February 2014

Location

Denmark

Website

http://angrboda.livejournal.com

Following These People

Moderator Tools

Mark as Spammer