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drank Shamrock Tea by 52teas
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Another Try from the EU travelling teabox. I’ve heard many good things about this blend, but it also contains spearmint, which for me might as well have said ‘toothpaste flavour’. I’m not too keen on spearmint. I have found it tolerable now and then, though. I don’t really mind it in my before bed Sleepytime blend from Celestial Seasonings. Possibly because I generally have that after having cleaned my teeth so my mouth already tastes like toothpaste anyway.

Since it was there in the box, though, I figured now was my only chance to give it a go for myself.

I made a small cup, about half of what I usually make for myself, just in case. It smells strongly of mint, both peppermint and spearmint, but most particularly the latter. There’s something sweet in there as well, probably the vanilla, and it reminds me rather of some kind of minty sweetie or lozenge.

It has a peculiar flavour. I can easily find the vanilla flavouring, somewhere in the middle and surrounded by peppermint. Mint is quite a sweet flavour in itself and so is vanilla, so I’m getting sweetness with sweetness around it and packed in more sweetness. Spearmint is more sharp and threatens to overwhelm the other two at times, but it’s not as toothpaste-y as I had initially feared.

To my surprise I find it’s actually quite pleasant, but I think this one cup is quite enough.

MissB

I remember Frank saying somewhere he hated ‘toothpaste-tasting tea’, so I’m glad this one veered away from it.

Angrboda

Yes, I think it’s the vanilla that does it. I’ve noticed the same thing in the vanilla sleepytime you sent me. (Still haven’t managed to get your envelope in the mail, btw, although it’s all packed up and address written on it and everything. I keep forgetting to take it with me.)

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MissB

I remember Frank saying somewhere he hated ‘toothpaste-tasting tea’, so I’m glad this one veered away from it.

Angrboda

Yes, I think it’s the vanilla that does it. I’ve noticed the same thing in the vanilla sleepytime you sent me. (Still haven’t managed to get your envelope in the mail, btw, although it’s all packed up and address written on it and everything. I keep forgetting to take it with me.)

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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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