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ARGH! I knew I should have copied my text before hitting post seeing as I had been poking about with other stuff on the site in a different tab, but I forgot! Starting over then.

I think this was the name of the brand. I asked in the cafe, but couldn’t write it down at the time and I thought I’d be able to remember. Now I’m a bit uncertain and I can’t seem to find anything about it online. So if anybody is familar with the brand, feel free to correct me.

Anyway. My colleague and I finally got to go to Sofie’s Parents, our favourite cafe in the city after work today. You may remember I tried to get their English Breakfast blend a couple of weeks ago and was served a rather disappointing Earl Grey instead. Well, today we did manage to successfully get a large pot of the English Breakfast Blend. The details given about it said that it was a mix of Ceylon, Assam and Kenyan teas. (The latter surprised me somewhat. I thought it was more often Keemun in EBBs?)

You should have seen the amount of leaves used when they made this! It was amazing! I don’t know what they had been thinking when preparing the tea, but something had definitely been going on in the kitchen because they don’t usually try to steep some 25g of leaves at the same time. O.o It was our good luck that my colleague didn’t want to risk it starting to get bitter so we took it up before the time they told us.

Firstly, the scent: Very strong honey note in this one. I like that in English Breakfast, and it’s both a smell and a flavour note that I’ve always associated with English Breakfast. So that’s a big win with me.

Secondly, flavour sans milk: It’s got a touch of smoke. Not as rough as in Lapsang Souchong, but definitely some pricklyness there. We thought this was probably the Kenyan ingredient.

Thirdly, flavour with milk: Still a note of smoke, but the prickly is smoothed out by the milk. I can’t actually decide if I liked it best with or without milk, but I’m leaning towards without.

Fourthly, development: As you know, tea continues to develop even after the leaves have been removed. This turned significantly darker and as it did, the Assam came out more, dominating the (assumed) Kenyan. I liked this. It kept the tea interesting.

All in all, I liked this a lot. (And you should have seen the piece of strawberry cake I had that tasted of real strawberries. OMG Cake Heaven!)

Travelling Teabox Reminder! Don’t forget to send me your address at [email protected] before Dec. 31st if you want to participate. There is a thread at the forum with all the details and guidelines.

Mike

At what point are we North Americans allowed to be jealous of the European selection and shipping cost to this continent. It only seems fair… I don’t even know if this company ships teas, regardless, my point still stands :)

Angrboda

Smug Mode Engaged. That is all. Seriously, I can’t say anything more. I haven’t checked but I think I’m still bound by my promise to Jason to not complain about shipping for a whole month…
I don’t even know if they do online sale anyway. I can’t find the brand anywhere online. Quite annoying because I’d like to check the name. :/ It bothers me that I’m not sure.

TeaEqualsBliss

I’m in on the Traveling Tea Box…responded to the thread and sent you and email…

Keemun

…love your comment (AGAIN). In Cafes, when I have no control over what is happening to the, in Europe rather prizy, teas I tend to be rather sceptical.
To 85% I give up straight away and order a damn Cappucchino…as I always remember those 15% where I ended up either with the smalles tea bag in the biggest tea pot ( of course posh label on the bag…Eilles, Munich or Fortnum&Mason,London) or with loose tea leafs that were overportioned or underportioned…infusing time, hell knows how long the thing is soaking already in the kitchen…“Sofie’s Parents”…mmmh, do they have a webside?
Is it one of those cozy Cafes in a 150year old building right at the market square…with a hughe cake counter…mmmh, Europe sight

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Mike

At what point are we North Americans allowed to be jealous of the European selection and shipping cost to this continent. It only seems fair… I don’t even know if this company ships teas, regardless, my point still stands :)

Angrboda

Smug Mode Engaged. That is all. Seriously, I can’t say anything more. I haven’t checked but I think I’m still bound by my promise to Jason to not complain about shipping for a whole month…
I don’t even know if they do online sale anyway. I can’t find the brand anywhere online. Quite annoying because I’d like to check the name. :/ It bothers me that I’m not sure.

TeaEqualsBliss

I’m in on the Traveling Tea Box…responded to the thread and sent you and email…

Keemun

…love your comment (AGAIN). In Cafes, when I have no control over what is happening to the, in Europe rather prizy, teas I tend to be rather sceptical.
To 85% I give up straight away and order a damn Cappucchino…as I always remember those 15% where I ended up either with the smalles tea bag in the biggest tea pot ( of course posh label on the bag…Eilles, Munich or Fortnum&Mason,London) or with loose tea leafs that were overportioned or underportioned…infusing time, hell knows how long the thing is soaking already in the kitchen…“Sofie’s Parents”…mmmh, do they have a webside?
Is it one of those cozy Cafes in a 150year old building right at the market square…with a hughe cake counter…mmmh, Europe sight

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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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