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drank Raspberry Oolong by A C Perch's
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Good morning Steepster.

Someone has, while I’ve been sleeping, logged a white tea with blueberry. You’ll forgive me for not have paid attention to who you were, sorry. At any rate, it inspired me this morning. And you would think that this inspiration would mean to make something with a white tea. Or something with blueberries. Er… well it’s got berries in it. And it smells heavenly. All sweet and fruity and it’s full of dried berries. It’s the sort of tea that you almost don’t even have to drink. Just sit around and sniff the tin. Yum.

Due to the nature of the cup I’m using this morning I can’t really tell you about the colour, but it looks like a light golden one while pouring. The brew smell primarily of oolong with a heavy berry note on top. I get associations to desserts and cakes and bakeries. A nice raspberry muffin, oh yes.

This development continues in taste. Where the dry leaves smelled heavily of berries and the brew was sort of half and half leaning towards the oolong, the taste is very primarily oolong and then a nice fruity sweetness, as if has been sweetened with fruit instead of sugar. Note, I haven’t actually added sugar or anything else. It’s extremely rare that I add anything to my tea, and if I do, I promise you’ll hear about it. But IF I had sweetened it, it tastes like I’ve used fruit instead of sugar, and… Okay this is turning strange. I’m even beginning to confuse myself. I’ll just stop.

teaplz

I’m not a fan of adding anything to my cup either. But I think I know what you mean! A natural sweetness is coming from a fruit sugar rather than a sugarcane sugar. I love it when that happens. It tastes so much more natural.

I can never add sugar to my tea, because I can always taste it, and it tastes ridiculously fake.

Suzi

I’ll add honey to oversteeped black tea, but that’s about the only time I use sweeteners. I prefer the ‘natural’ taste of the tea whenever possible!

This tea sounds very yummy :D

Angrboda

Exactly. Sugar is something that I add if something has been mistreated a bit and has gone bitter, or if I’m going to ice something, since I prefer my iced tea to be sweet. Always cane sugar although it’s more expensive, because it’s a rounder sort of sweetness than the white beet sugar that is most common here. Cane sugar has a more natural sort of sweetness than beet sugar which is just… sweet. Or maybe it’s phychological thing. I don’t actually know if I can taste a difference in the two types of sugar if I tried, but it’s just as much the fact that I know it.

I do milk (never ever cream) sometimes in heavy blacks or as experiments with flavoured blacks if I think they can carry it but most often I prefer it without.

Angrboda

Suzi: You’re right, I use liquid honey sometimes too, but mostly if the tea already has a honey note. It’s really rare though.

It is a very yummy tea, but although I’m sure you could use their webshop, I think you would run into the same problem as I have with most other tea vendors. Hideously horrible shipping charges!

Auggy

Glad my blueberry white inspired your totally different tea. Hehe! Yay berries?

Angrboda

Ah so it was you. :D Yeah. Berries. :p

Auggy

Yes, it was me – but I’m only admitting it because you liked the tea you drank because of it. If you hadn’t, I’d be hiding in a corner, attempting to blend into the wall. :)

Suzi

Angrboda: Ouch on the shipping charges! Usually I don’t get caught by the nastiest ones, because there’s so many companies based in the US, but AC Perch is super expensive to ship here :-( I guess I’ll just enjoy the tea vicariously through you!

Angrboda

Auggy: Don’t worry. This is my nearly-as-good-as-sweets tea. :) And I got if by coincidence too because I just wanted to buy some lapsang souchong and figured I’d see what else they had before checking out. And then this one, and the book and the seriously expensive nepalese oolong just sort of jumped into the basket as well. :)

Suzi: I’m not surprised. It’s the Atlantic’s fault. Everything gets expensive when it has to cross the Atlantic. :(

Hyrulehippie

@teaplz- I’m glad someone besides me thinks that sugar in tea tastes fake. I really don’t like adding anything to my cup, but I see that it’s necessary sometimes. Oddly enough I generally prefer stevia to sugar, though.

That said, I really really like tea that’s sweet on its own.

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teaplz

I’m not a fan of adding anything to my cup either. But I think I know what you mean! A natural sweetness is coming from a fruit sugar rather than a sugarcane sugar. I love it when that happens. It tastes so much more natural.

I can never add sugar to my tea, because I can always taste it, and it tastes ridiculously fake.

Suzi

I’ll add honey to oversteeped black tea, but that’s about the only time I use sweeteners. I prefer the ‘natural’ taste of the tea whenever possible!

This tea sounds very yummy :D

Angrboda

Exactly. Sugar is something that I add if something has been mistreated a bit and has gone bitter, or if I’m going to ice something, since I prefer my iced tea to be sweet. Always cane sugar although it’s more expensive, because it’s a rounder sort of sweetness than the white beet sugar that is most common here. Cane sugar has a more natural sort of sweetness than beet sugar which is just… sweet. Or maybe it’s phychological thing. I don’t actually know if I can taste a difference in the two types of sugar if I tried, but it’s just as much the fact that I know it.

I do milk (never ever cream) sometimes in heavy blacks or as experiments with flavoured blacks if I think they can carry it but most often I prefer it without.

Angrboda

Suzi: You’re right, I use liquid honey sometimes too, but mostly if the tea already has a honey note. It’s really rare though.

It is a very yummy tea, but although I’m sure you could use their webshop, I think you would run into the same problem as I have with most other tea vendors. Hideously horrible shipping charges!

Auggy

Glad my blueberry white inspired your totally different tea. Hehe! Yay berries?

Angrboda

Ah so it was you. :D Yeah. Berries. :p

Auggy

Yes, it was me – but I’m only admitting it because you liked the tea you drank because of it. If you hadn’t, I’d be hiding in a corner, attempting to blend into the wall. :)

Suzi

Angrboda: Ouch on the shipping charges! Usually I don’t get caught by the nastiest ones, because there’s so many companies based in the US, but AC Perch is super expensive to ship here :-( I guess I’ll just enjoy the tea vicariously through you!

Angrboda

Auggy: Don’t worry. This is my nearly-as-good-as-sweets tea. :) And I got if by coincidence too because I just wanted to buy some lapsang souchong and figured I’d see what else they had before checking out. And then this one, and the book and the seriously expensive nepalese oolong just sort of jumped into the basket as well. :)

Suzi: I’m not surprised. It’s the Atlantic’s fault. Everything gets expensive when it has to cross the Atlantic. :(

Hyrulehippie

@teaplz- I’m glad someone besides me thinks that sugar in tea tastes fake. I really don’t like adding anything to my cup, but I see that it’s necessary sometimes. Oddly enough I generally prefer stevia to sugar, though.

That said, I really really like tea that’s sweet on its own.

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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.

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