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drank Tetley Tea Bag by Tetley
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We were in the UK this weekend to attend a family wedding. To make a lot of things a lot easier we had booked local accomodations for the night. It was… Well, it was a bed, anyway. In the room there was also the luxury of the possibility of making a cup of tea or coffee, according to ones preferences.

This was the tea available.

Well. I shan’t go into too much detail because I remember only these few things about it. Either this was all there was to remember or I’ve simply surpressed the rest of it. To put it down in a few keywords, this is what it was like,

It smelled strongly like wet cardboard and tasted faintly like ashes.

And when I say ashes, I don’t mean that it was in way smoky or at one point had been smoky. It was just bad.

But it was all there was, and I was in need.

Drinkable. Just.

alaudacorax

I often find myself wondering whether advertisements really work. Years ago, I used to love the telly adverts with the Tetley Tea Folk – little cartoon men. I particularly remember the ‘Tetley Tea Folk, Folk Dancers’ one – with the chap having little bells on the tips of his habitual carpet slippers. I used to look out for them. Yet it never once occurred to me to actually buy the stuff, so I never tasted it!

alaudacorax

Actually, I suppose it’s quite odd that we Brits are a nation of tea drinkers, yet it’s quite difficult to get a decent cuppa outside the home. Or it used to be – gave up trying years ago – in a cafe I drink coffee or a fruit juice.

Angrboda

The stupid thing is that Husband actually suggested that we bring some with us to share with his parents, but he thought of it so late that it wasn’t possible. (I can’t just randomly grab something off the shelf with no preparation like that)

Ysaurella

this is something lovely in the Uk, in any hotel I went, we had the ability to do coffee or tea thanks to a generous kettle.
I think this is the same problem in France, in cafe you often get a stupid tea sachet (tetley, lipton, richard) It’s quite rare to find out good teas except when you choice a tea room.

Ysaurella

oh , one good point for Tetley is their “tir press” system on sachets :)

Angrboda

This wasn’t even a sachet, just a regular old paper tea bag.

Ysaurella

you were definitevely unlucky with this Tetley so :)

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alaudacorax

I often find myself wondering whether advertisements really work. Years ago, I used to love the telly adverts with the Tetley Tea Folk – little cartoon men. I particularly remember the ‘Tetley Tea Folk, Folk Dancers’ one – with the chap having little bells on the tips of his habitual carpet slippers. I used to look out for them. Yet it never once occurred to me to actually buy the stuff, so I never tasted it!

alaudacorax

Actually, I suppose it’s quite odd that we Brits are a nation of tea drinkers, yet it’s quite difficult to get a decent cuppa outside the home. Or it used to be – gave up trying years ago – in a cafe I drink coffee or a fruit juice.

Angrboda

The stupid thing is that Husband actually suggested that we bring some with us to share with his parents, but he thought of it so late that it wasn’t possible. (I can’t just randomly grab something off the shelf with no preparation like that)

Ysaurella

this is something lovely in the Uk, in any hotel I went, we had the ability to do coffee or tea thanks to a generous kettle.
I think this is the same problem in France, in cafe you often get a stupid tea sachet (tetley, lipton, richard) It’s quite rare to find out good teas except when you choice a tea room.

Ysaurella

oh , one good point for Tetley is their “tir press” system on sachets :)

Angrboda

This wasn’t even a sachet, just a regular old paper tea bag.

Ysaurella

you were definitevely unlucky with this Tetley so :)

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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.

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