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So far I have to say this is my favourite of the Jeniers I’ve tried so far. Although, I’m willing to admit that I may be slightly biased what with the vanilla and all. I luuuurve vanilla flavouring in tea, and it seems like it’s a love affair that is only growing. Vanilla on its own, vanilla with fruit, it’s all good. I have a tea from AC Perchs with vanilla and cranberry which I’m ever so slightly addicted to. This one both smells great and it tastes great and I can clearly taste both vanilla and fruit. I’ll make a more in depth post about it later, I think.

Tell me, though, Steepsterites. When I searched for this in the database, and awful lot of Monk’s Blends came up. Is this actually one or just similar? I was under the impression that Monk’s Blend was more floral.

Dinosara

There seem to be two different types of “Monk’s Blends.” There’s the American Monk’s Blend, which is grenadine and vanilla, and then there is the European Monk’s Blend, which is bergamot, vanilla and jasmine. The European type is also more likely to include some variant of “Tibetan” in the title (especially French companies), but I’ve had several in Poland that were called just Monk’s Blend and were the European type. Confusing!

Angrboda

It must the be European one I’ve seen then. Jasmine and bergamot would be instant turn-offs for me. Especially the former. That explains why this one isn’t actually called Monk’s Blend at all, even though it’s the same as the American MB

cteresa

That is so interesting Dinosara – it drove me crazy some tibetan teas having bergamot and vanilla and flowers and it seemed to untibetan to me (btw those were Thé au Tibet which had an old name with I think the word priest as a root, and histoire tibetaine)

cteresa

And Thé des Moines, as well, now I think of it.

what is grenadine anyway?

Angrboda

Grenadine is a sort of pomegranate syrup. It’s often used when mixing cocktails.

cteresa

Thanks!

Dinosara

Yes, after having monk’s blends and “Tibetan” teas (including Thé au Tibet and Thé Des Moines) I figured out that some of the French companies might be referring to Tibetan monks in their names. Not that either flavor combination makes much sense for Tibetan monks in my opinion!

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Dinosara

There seem to be two different types of “Monk’s Blends.” There’s the American Monk’s Blend, which is grenadine and vanilla, and then there is the European Monk’s Blend, which is bergamot, vanilla and jasmine. The European type is also more likely to include some variant of “Tibetan” in the title (especially French companies), but I’ve had several in Poland that were called just Monk’s Blend and were the European type. Confusing!

Angrboda

It must the be European one I’ve seen then. Jasmine and bergamot would be instant turn-offs for me. Especially the former. That explains why this one isn’t actually called Monk’s Blend at all, even though it’s the same as the American MB

cteresa

That is so interesting Dinosara – it drove me crazy some tibetan teas having bergamot and vanilla and flowers and it seemed to untibetan to me (btw those were Thé au Tibet which had an old name with I think the word priest as a root, and histoire tibetaine)

cteresa

And Thé des Moines, as well, now I think of it.

what is grenadine anyway?

Angrboda

Grenadine is a sort of pomegranate syrup. It’s often used when mixing cocktails.

cteresa

Thanks!

Dinosara

Yes, after having monk’s blends and “Tibetan” teas (including Thé au Tibet and Thé Des Moines) I figured out that some of the French companies might be referring to Tibetan monks in their names. Not that either flavor combination makes much sense for Tibetan monks in my opinion!

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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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