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Insteresting letter from Jillian in my letterbox today!

I’ve been trying to figure out what to try first and decided I was more interested in this. When I sent Jillian my ‘wishlist’ of things I’d like to try from her cupboard, this one mostly caught me by being pu-ehr, and I haven’t had any of that in ages, and a flavoured one at that, which I’ve never had. Little difficult for me to imagine flavoured pu-ehr, for some reason. But then, I initially felt the same way about green, white and oolong too and I can’t come up with a logical reason on why it shouldn’t be possible. Anyway, I didn’t pay attention to what else was in it at the time, so it’s not until now that I notice it has rooibos in it. That’s a bit worrisome, since I don’t really care much for that… Oh well, if you don’t try, you can’t win, so here we go!

It’s bagged and the bag smells like christmas biscuits! Do I have to drink it? Can’t I just sit here and sniff the bag? It seems almost a shame to get it wet. On the other hand, if I did just sit around, sniffing the bag, sooner or later I’d forget to pay attention and try to take a bite. Reflex, see.

Luckily, after steeping, it still smells like that. Chocolate and cinnamon are the dominant smells, and underneath it the earthiness of pu-ehr. It seems very dark in colour for a pu-ehr. I can’t really spot that reddish brown colour that it usually gets, but then that might be because the cup I’m using isn’t the best for looking at the colour.

The little satchel the bag was in says that the chocolate might sink to the bottom of the cup, so I’m giving it a little stir before tasting.

It tastes like sweets! Chocolatey and cinnamony like the blend I made yesterday (fate perhaps? Preparation for trying this?), but sweeter. I can pick up pretty much everything they say is in it, except possibly the nutmeg, but then I’m not really entirely certain which flavour I’m supposed to be looking for with that one. It’s not a spice I ever use for anything at all in my kitchen. And to my great relief, although I can defintiely find the rooibos, it’s only there to sort of add a little boost to the other flavours. If I hadn’t known it was there, I wouldn’t have noticed, but knowing that it is, I can tell what it does.

Great choice, me!

Suzi

That sounds so yummy :) Perfect for this time of year!

Angrboda

It is yummy! I had a brief OMG!!!-stare-into-cup moment. Jillian sent me two bags. I’ll save the other one for a special occasion. Like christmas eve for example. That seems to be suitable.

Ricky

This certain sounds better than my cup of bacon tea sitting in front of me. I’m slowly withering away, the smell’s killing me.

Cofftea

The ONLY pu erh I MIGHT be willing to try;)

Ricky

Rishi’s Vanilla Mint isn’t that bad =D Doesn’t taste like pu-erh that much.

Angrboda

Ricky, I just saw. You poor thing! It’s one of my favourite types, but it definitely isn’t for everybody. Go make something mild and fruity instead. :)

Ricky

I feel as if I’ve ate bad unsanitary Mexican food. It was definitely an interesting experience. If I ever need to fake an illness, I know what I can turn to.

Angrboda

LOL! “I’m sorry, boss, I can’t come to work today. My breakfast made me sick.” I’m not sure they’d buy that. :D

Ricky

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Naw, I’d just blame it on food poison, or tea poison in this case :D If they don’t believe me I’d brew them up a cup. Actually, I’d probably get fired for giving them poison (assuming they don’t like it).

Angrboda

That would be a bit of a gamble. If they did like it, they would know you were skiving off. :p

Jillian

Sweet, I’m glad it got to you safe and sound. The nutmeg is probably easiest to smell when the bag is dry – it might be what you’re thinking of as christmas biscuits. :)

teaplz

Sounds yummy!

__Morgana__

I am breaking out my box of this to give it a try after reading your post!

Stephanie

Good to know that the rooibos doesn’t really make an appearance!

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Suzi

That sounds so yummy :) Perfect for this time of year!

Angrboda

It is yummy! I had a brief OMG!!!-stare-into-cup moment. Jillian sent me two bags. I’ll save the other one for a special occasion. Like christmas eve for example. That seems to be suitable.

Ricky

This certain sounds better than my cup of bacon tea sitting in front of me. I’m slowly withering away, the smell’s killing me.

Cofftea

The ONLY pu erh I MIGHT be willing to try;)

Ricky

Rishi’s Vanilla Mint isn’t that bad =D Doesn’t taste like pu-erh that much.

Angrboda

Ricky, I just saw. You poor thing! It’s one of my favourite types, but it definitely isn’t for everybody. Go make something mild and fruity instead. :)

Ricky

I feel as if I’ve ate bad unsanitary Mexican food. It was definitely an interesting experience. If I ever need to fake an illness, I know what I can turn to.

Angrboda

LOL! “I’m sorry, boss, I can’t come to work today. My breakfast made me sick.” I’m not sure they’d buy that. :D

Ricky

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Naw, I’d just blame it on food poison, or tea poison in this case :D If they don’t believe me I’d brew them up a cup. Actually, I’d probably get fired for giving them poison (assuming they don’t like it).

Angrboda

That would be a bit of a gamble. If they did like it, they would know you were skiving off. :p

Jillian

Sweet, I’m glad it got to you safe and sound. The nutmeg is probably easiest to smell when the bag is dry – it might be what you’re thinking of as christmas biscuits. :)

teaplz

Sounds yummy!

__Morgana__

I am breaking out my box of this to give it a try after reading your post!

Stephanie

Good to know that the rooibos doesn’t really make an appearance!

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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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