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drank Almond Tea by A C Perch's
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So the new AC Perchs shop opened on Friday! YAAAAY! I stopped in there on my way home from work this afternoon. Work. Yes. Nose to the grindstone once again. I want more summer holiday as I was not finished with it thank you very much. Anyway. I was rather looking forward to this shop opening as it’s one of my favourite places to shop online even though I have to get at least 100 grams of each item. I was hoping with a real shop where they would measure it out on scales for me, I could get less at a time, and maybe have a sample of whichever tea I might be interested in but not certain I would care about.

Well. Tough bloody luck. I was told I could still only get a minimum of 100 grams. And yeah, I could get samples, there were a basket of pre-packed ones to choose from, which at a glance of course turned out to be the same ones as they offer online.

I’m having a really hard time wrapping my head around the logic of this, and I have to say I’m now feeling rather disappointed.

So, having spent a few minutes scouting out all the things I’d have liked to get samples of, I was forced to control myself with one certainty (vanilla, which I would probably have got in that amount anyway, as self lurves vanilla black and even if it was Awesome, it’d definitely get used) and one new one which is this one.

It smells like marcipan and sweeties both before and after steeping. I reckon this would be pretty good around Christmas as it reminds me strongly of Christmas marcipan confectionary.

I’m expecting a marcipan-y taste as well now. Creamy and sweet and sort of thick-ish. I’m fearing that it’ll turn out to be a lot more sort of raw almond-y, which like other nuts, can be slightly astringent in flavour. For me, anyway. (This is why I don’t much care for hazelnuts on their own. Feels like chewing wood)

Strangely enough, it’s sort of a middle-y thing between the two. It’s definitely thickish and creamy and somewhat sweet, but it’s not particularly marcipan-y. It strikes me as rather more nutty than marcipan-y, but doesn’t have the astringency that I was afraid of.

I had to have a few sips before I could come to any conclusion on this, but I think I’ve decided that I rather like it as it is, BUT that, like vanilla, it will probably be excellent as a ‘mixer’ with other flavoured teas as well. I want to try it with my hazelnut brittle!

ashmanra

Our “local” tea shop does not tell unless you ask, but they will sell samples as long as you buy at least four and it has to be fifty grams each. They have pre packaged ones as well, but fortunately I asked about samples and I have bought them four at a time on number of occasions now. Maybe they will do that for you at ACP!

Fjellrev

I’m so excited for you that it finally opened there! But that sucks about the 100g minimum. Perhaps some companies would think that forces customers to buy larger quantities if they want a tea badly enough, but in actuality, I’m sure they’d be making more money if they decreased the minimum quantity.

Anna

Often I manage to whine and nag and complain my way to buying only 50 g each when I buy several teas, but NEVER at A.C. Perch’s. They are seriously very evil when it comes to that particular thing. (Also shipping. Ugh.) I read about a really good marzipan tea on my dash, but I can’t remember which one it was now. Also, I forget if you’ve tried Pleine Lune by Mariage Frères (and I’m too lazy right now to check), but I think that’s a good, elegant take on bitter almond, if you don’t want to go full-on marzipan dessert, and still want to avoid the bark-like flavour of certain almond teas.

Ysaurella

Pleine Lune is the most perfect tea on Earth :) to be more impartial, this is my perfect tea.
100g is the minimum here in Paris except on small shops…it’s too much just for taste and they do no sale samples as well

Anna

(Ysaurella: I know… and I just got a Pleine Lune delivery!)

cteresa

50 grams is not a real sample, 50 grams is plenty, americans sell things by the ounce with full seriousness and that is only about 30 grams.

I feel the pain of the 100 grams as well. I sort of understand their dilemma, a proper bag for tea, even if only a paper bag, nevermind lined paper or my favorite those opaque foil lined plastic with ziplocs is sort of expensive. If they worked their price per 100 grams taking that into account then their price for 50 grams can not be half of 100 grams maybe that is why they do not want to do it. But I really wish they would do it, even if pricier by the gram.

regarding almond teas, I got a crazy infatuation right now by Tribute, all thanks to Ysaurella!

Ysaurella

Teresa I am happy you redrink some tea and I was sure you would love Tribute, this is a great great tea, I love it almost as I love pleine lune even if so dramatically different.

Anna

Oh, is that Tribute by Theodor? Well, I HAVE to try that, if Ysaurella deems it almost as lovely as Pleine Lune…

cteresa

I started to redrink some tea yesterday – though admittedly only one hot one, the other were cold brewed. There is a smell of end of summer in the end, it´s lovely!

Anna, Tribute is indeed lovely IMO, funny how with the same flavourings, good blenders can make so very diverse delicious things!

Ysaurella

I’m looking forward to read a review from you about Tribute Teresa :)

cteresa

I already had, i think! A new one, you mean? Hmm, maybe, you sent me such a large sample, I have enough for several taste notes indeed.

Ysaurella

yes because you gave a 85 rating which is not really a crazy infatuation ;)

Anna

But there are no tasting notes for Tribute! Write one pleeease.

Ysaurella

we did it’s at THE O DOR tea name Tribute and not theodor (complicated Steepster sometimes)

Anna

Wow, that sounds so good. I need that.

cteresa

85 is pretty high for my ratings! It´s rebuy stuff :) Now I feel cruel.

But it is all pretty subjective and some teas do grow on you (aida for example, this one) everytime one has it. I will do another taste note one of these days.

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ashmanra

Our “local” tea shop does not tell unless you ask, but they will sell samples as long as you buy at least four and it has to be fifty grams each. They have pre packaged ones as well, but fortunately I asked about samples and I have bought them four at a time on number of occasions now. Maybe they will do that for you at ACP!

Fjellrev

I’m so excited for you that it finally opened there! But that sucks about the 100g minimum. Perhaps some companies would think that forces customers to buy larger quantities if they want a tea badly enough, but in actuality, I’m sure they’d be making more money if they decreased the minimum quantity.

Anna

Often I manage to whine and nag and complain my way to buying only 50 g each when I buy several teas, but NEVER at A.C. Perch’s. They are seriously very evil when it comes to that particular thing. (Also shipping. Ugh.) I read about a really good marzipan tea on my dash, but I can’t remember which one it was now. Also, I forget if you’ve tried Pleine Lune by Mariage Frères (and I’m too lazy right now to check), but I think that’s a good, elegant take on bitter almond, if you don’t want to go full-on marzipan dessert, and still want to avoid the bark-like flavour of certain almond teas.

Ysaurella

Pleine Lune is the most perfect tea on Earth :) to be more impartial, this is my perfect tea.
100g is the minimum here in Paris except on small shops…it’s too much just for taste and they do no sale samples as well

Anna

(Ysaurella: I know… and I just got a Pleine Lune delivery!)

cteresa

50 grams is not a real sample, 50 grams is plenty, americans sell things by the ounce with full seriousness and that is only about 30 grams.

I feel the pain of the 100 grams as well. I sort of understand their dilemma, a proper bag for tea, even if only a paper bag, nevermind lined paper or my favorite those opaque foil lined plastic with ziplocs is sort of expensive. If they worked their price per 100 grams taking that into account then their price for 50 grams can not be half of 100 grams maybe that is why they do not want to do it. But I really wish they would do it, even if pricier by the gram.

regarding almond teas, I got a crazy infatuation right now by Tribute, all thanks to Ysaurella!

Ysaurella

Teresa I am happy you redrink some tea and I was sure you would love Tribute, this is a great great tea, I love it almost as I love pleine lune even if so dramatically different.

Anna

Oh, is that Tribute by Theodor? Well, I HAVE to try that, if Ysaurella deems it almost as lovely as Pleine Lune…

cteresa

I started to redrink some tea yesterday – though admittedly only one hot one, the other were cold brewed. There is a smell of end of summer in the end, it´s lovely!

Anna, Tribute is indeed lovely IMO, funny how with the same flavourings, good blenders can make so very diverse delicious things!

Ysaurella

I’m looking forward to read a review from you about Tribute Teresa :)

cteresa

I already had, i think! A new one, you mean? Hmm, maybe, you sent me such a large sample, I have enough for several taste notes indeed.

Ysaurella

yes because you gave a 85 rating which is not really a crazy infatuation ;)

Anna

But there are no tasting notes for Tribute! Write one pleeease.

Ysaurella

we did it’s at THE O DOR tea name Tribute and not theodor (complicated Steepster sometimes)

Anna

Wow, that sounds so good. I need that.

cteresa

85 is pretty high for my ratings! It´s rebuy stuff :) Now I feel cruel.

But it is all pretty subjective and some teas do grow on you (aida for example, this one) everytime one has it. I will do another taste note one of these days.

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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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