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drank Ceylon Pekoe by Den Lille Tebutik
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Good morning, Steepster.

We’re trying the Ceylon again this morning and trying not to oversteep it too much this time as experience showed us that we’re dealing with a pretty unforgiving tea here.

And it’s still as dark as coffee and it still has that very Ceylonish aroma. I’m a bit concerned. Why the heck did I say in my first review of this upon purchase that it was surprisingly mild?

Oh well, at least it’s not unbearably bitter this time. It’s full and strong and just a hint of bitterness when I swallow. Not bad bitterness that comes with too long steeps or bad quality leaves. It’s the sort of bitterness that’s supposed to be there. It lends… I want to say ‘character’ but I’m wondering if I’m over using the word a bit. ‘Personality’?

Anyway, if it hadn’t been for yesterday’s chai-that-wasn’t-chai-experience, I’d have said it would work well with milk for those who likes milk tea, but having tried it and not really liked it much, I can’t make myself say that in good conscience. If you like sweetened tea, though, a bit of liquid honey might work.

Jillian

0_o I was always under the impression that Ceylons were a lighter tea in most aspects than Assams and Darjeelings.

Angrboda

Ceylon. I’s doin it rong.

I can’t really find the lightness. Maybe I make it too strong.

teaplz

That’s what I would have thought, too, Jillian, since Ceylon is usually the base for a lot of flavored teas.

If you like strong tea, make it strong! :D

Angrboda

It is? I didn’t know that. Interesting. Makes sense though, since, strong or light, it has a very straight-forward taste. Your average Ceylon doesn’t seem to come with a load of typical taste notes. It’s just a tea that’s black, really.

(Oh yuck, huge red hairy spider in my tv! Remote, remote, my kingdom for a remote!)

Auggy

I totally agree about the typical Ceylon tastes. I had a really good Ceylon once that had strong raspberry notes. Mind you, I don’t like raspberry so I wasn’t a fan but excluding that little fact, it really was a very nice tea. Other Ceylons though, just seem to taste like what you said… just tea.

Angrboda

And you’re sure it wasn’t actually a raspberry tea? ;)

Auggy

Haha! Positive! Just a higher quality Ceylon with CRAZY fruit notes!

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Jillian

0_o I was always under the impression that Ceylons were a lighter tea in most aspects than Assams and Darjeelings.

Angrboda

Ceylon. I’s doin it rong.

I can’t really find the lightness. Maybe I make it too strong.

teaplz

That’s what I would have thought, too, Jillian, since Ceylon is usually the base for a lot of flavored teas.

If you like strong tea, make it strong! :D

Angrboda

It is? I didn’t know that. Interesting. Makes sense though, since, strong or light, it has a very straight-forward taste. Your average Ceylon doesn’t seem to come with a load of typical taste notes. It’s just a tea that’s black, really.

(Oh yuck, huge red hairy spider in my tv! Remote, remote, my kingdom for a remote!)

Auggy

I totally agree about the typical Ceylon tastes. I had a really good Ceylon once that had strong raspberry notes. Mind you, I don’t like raspberry so I wasn’t a fan but excluding that little fact, it really was a very nice tea. Other Ceylons though, just seem to taste like what you said… just tea.

Angrboda

And you’re sure it wasn’t actually a raspberry tea? ;)

Auggy

Haha! Positive! Just a higher quality Ceylon with CRAZY fruit notes!

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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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