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drank Soft Fruitea by Pickwick
1257 tasting notes

It’s an addiction, buying tea, is. I can quit any time! wild eyes
I have my prejudices and snobby opinions about the sort of tea you buy at the supermarket. The cheap mass produced teabags containing second grade tea at best. It’s very rare that I actually get some, but every once in a while I find myself in front of that shelf in the supermarket just to see if there’s anything new. A flavour or a combination there of that I haven’t seen before and I suppose it’s an okay way of checking if it’s worth trying it out at a better quality. I don’t know where in the world this brand is available, but it and Lipton are probably the biggest supermarket brands here in Denmark, and not one I’m usually all that impressed by but good enough in a tight spot. My main peeve with them is that if you read the brewing instructions on the box they insist on boiling water regardless of the type of tea. I don’t care what they say, I absolutely refuse to pour boiling water on green or white, the end.

Anyway, they had this sampler box of whites. And curiosity overwhelmed me. How much of a mess have they managed to make out of the delicate, valuable white tea? I figure if it’s awful, it’ll be good enough for the travel mug in the morning (and easier to prepare in a hurry) than my more expensive but better quality whites and greens.

It smells heavily perfumed and a lot like jasmine actually, which prompts me to see if there is a jasmine variety in the box. Guess what, there is.
Dear teabag producers. Jasmine scented tea is NOT a good choice to put in a sampler box, as it will turn everything in the box into a jasmine scented tea. -Me.
I can find the smell of grapes and pear, but it seems sort of synthetic.

I can pick up the pear in the flavour and it tastes natural. I can’t really find the grapes and the tea on which it was based does taste white, but also very bland and dull. I should like to know exactly which white tea this is supposed to be. It doesn’t help that these bags are not packed individually in an air tight way so it has picked up some of the jasmine from that other one in the box. I expect the variation with jasmine and orange blossoms will work a lot better than this one.

I have to say that it’s possible that I feel about pear the way I do about peach. I love the fruit, but I don’t much care for them in tea. Still, the tea as a whole totally lived up to my expectations.

ETA: I just added this tea and rated it 41, but on the tea’s profile it says 61. How does that work?

LENA

Oh I KNOW it’s an addiction! My husband asks, “Did you finish all of the tea you ordered last time?” Umm…no. “Then why do you need more? You still have tea!” I just DO! I need variety!

Angrboda

YES! And once you start, it’s just really really really hard to stop.

TeaEqualsBliss

Yup! AA for Tea Buyers/drinkers…I’m included in that bunch :) As for the ranking/ratings – I wondered that myself the last few days

Angrboda

Yeah, at first I thought that every tea came with a standard rating of fifty, which would make sense so that no tea started out based only the first reviewer’s opinion, and then the rating adjusted with the average of the 50 + all the ratings given. But that could never be 61! O.o

Mike

@Angrboda the label on the tea page “Avg Rating” is misleading and we’re planning to change it…

Basically, the tea’s rating (as of now) is calculated using a weighted average (Bayesian, to be exact: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayesian_average ). The goal is that we don’t just account for individual ratings, but also the quantity of ratings for a particular tea. In short, each tea’s rating is a reflection of each of its ratings, taking into account how many ratings it has, and acknowledging the average number and value of ratings of all other teas on the site.

It can be a little confusing, but we hope it’s better than a plain average. We’re still monitoring and seeing how it works, so we may change it in the future. And, of course, we’re always open to suggestions!

Angrboda

Ah okay, so there’s a meaning to the madness. It threw me off for a bit there because at first glance it made it look like I wasn’t the first one to rate it. It was just something that I noticed with this one, probably because I gave it a below average rating, so it stood out more.

I like that it takes the number of individual ratings into account though, so a tea doesn’t get an unnaturally low rating because a small group of people didn’t like it.

Now I forgot what else it was I wanted to say. Means I should have another cup of tea, yes? Yes.

TeaEqualsBliss

Thanks Mike!

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LENA

Oh I KNOW it’s an addiction! My husband asks, “Did you finish all of the tea you ordered last time?” Umm…no. “Then why do you need more? You still have tea!” I just DO! I need variety!

Angrboda

YES! And once you start, it’s just really really really hard to stop.

TeaEqualsBliss

Yup! AA for Tea Buyers/drinkers…I’m included in that bunch :) As for the ranking/ratings – I wondered that myself the last few days

Angrboda

Yeah, at first I thought that every tea came with a standard rating of fifty, which would make sense so that no tea started out based only the first reviewer’s opinion, and then the rating adjusted with the average of the 50 + all the ratings given. But that could never be 61! O.o

Mike

@Angrboda the label on the tea page “Avg Rating” is misleading and we’re planning to change it…

Basically, the tea’s rating (as of now) is calculated using a weighted average (Bayesian, to be exact: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayesian_average ). The goal is that we don’t just account for individual ratings, but also the quantity of ratings for a particular tea. In short, each tea’s rating is a reflection of each of its ratings, taking into account how many ratings it has, and acknowledging the average number and value of ratings of all other teas on the site.

It can be a little confusing, but we hope it’s better than a plain average. We’re still monitoring and seeing how it works, so we may change it in the future. And, of course, we’re always open to suggestions!

Angrboda

Ah okay, so there’s a meaning to the madness. It threw me off for a bit there because at first glance it made it look like I wasn’t the first one to rate it. It was just something that I noticed with this one, probably because I gave it a below average rating, so it stood out more.

I like that it takes the number of individual ratings into account though, so a tea doesn’t get an unnaturally low rating because a small group of people didn’t like it.

Now I forgot what else it was I wanted to say. Means I should have another cup of tea, yes? Yes.

TeaEqualsBliss

Thanks Mike!

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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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