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Funny that this should be next in the queue, when I’ve been drinking another Irish Breakfast blend today. It feels a bit full cicle-y

This is another take from the EU travelling teabox, one I didn’t really have to think too hard about before pinching. I rather like breakfast blends, but I never seem to actually buy them for some reason. I think it’s because, in the actual ordering situation, I either get too focused on interesting flavours or on unblended teas, and if they have a breakfast blend at all, then I don’t even look for it.

But I do like a good breakfast blend, so perhaps it’s something I should start paying more attention to. They are so varied, because many companies make their own unique blend that for them is breakfast-y, so it’s not a tried-on-tried-them-all sort of thing at all.

My perfect breakfast blend is actually quite easy to find. In fact I can go out tomorrow and pick up a box from the supermarket. You see, I grew up on Pickwick tea bags when having tea, and their English breakfast blend have a distinct note of honey to it. At least it did 15 years ago, who knows what sort of shenanigans their product development people have been up to in that time? I rather enjoyed that honey note, so that’s what I want in a breakfast blend.

Irish breakfast or English breakfast, though… I can take either. I’ve never really been able to put my finger on exactly what’s supposed to be the difference here, so one is as good as the other for me.

This one smells vaguely grassy and quite malty-sweet. There’s a fair bit of grain in here as well. I find this bode well for the possibility of that honey note.

Unfortunately it doesn’t taste like honey at all. At first, when I sipped, I thought ‘oh no, grass! Darjeeling!’ but then the malty notes came in and sort of took over. Those Darj-y notes aren’t actually so bad after all, so now I don’t think it’s in there at all. It lacks the prickly spicyness of Darj, fortunately. Maybe some other high-grown tea. It really is a quite sweet tea, this one. Under that, forming the body, there is a bit of grain and a whole lot of general Assam-ness with malt and a whiff of raisin. This is robust, strong and lightly astringent in the aftertaste.

This is quite nice. It’s not the sort of tea that I would want to drink all day, but it works well for the first cup of the day. Which this actually is, actually. Evidence to this can be found in how the leaves were initially given a short rinse in cold water because I forgot to boil it first and then had to pour it back in the kettle. Yay for strainers… I hope it’s not going to be one of the those days.

Husband found it pleasant too. He said it was a good breakfast tea and better than most English breakfast blends he’s tried (which likely came out of a bag, mind you) which were often much too (and here he made a funny face). And this one wasn’t.

PS. Lightly astringent turns into quite astringent if you drink this while eating yoghurt, apparently. So don’t do that.

Anna

…and it’s on the list. The EU box swap has generated 60+ reviews so far, that’s pretty cool.

Angrboda

And we weren’t even that many people in it. Mind you I tried, took a sample or outright filched at least a third of what was in it when I got it and still have some untried, so that number will only get bigger. :)

Anna

Oh, it definitely will. This round might knock it up too 100+ if people are good about reviewing. There’s a ridiculous number of teas in there now, seeing as I tried so much yet took/finished so little.

Angrboda

Just about to queue another one now. It’s steeping as I type. :)

Anna

Excellent. I will look for it in May. HUE HUE HUE. Ahem.

TeaWings

Ha, I know that whole “get distracted during the ordering process”.. it’s kind of like that dog from the movie “up” — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSUXXzN26zg — all focused on the mission at hand, then you see something like “OOOH BLACK CURRANT SAGE!”

Angrboda

Yeah, these days the first thing I tend to do is to see if there’s any interesting vanillas about, and from there I get pulled in by other flavours. Suddenly I’ve hit the maximum amount I wish to spend and don’t want to remove anything from the basket. I placed two orders the other day, being veeeeeery careful to not get anything flavoured at all, and I managed it! Unless you count Lapsang Souchong as flavoured. I don’t, but I’ll concede it’s borderline. :)

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Anna

…and it’s on the list. The EU box swap has generated 60+ reviews so far, that’s pretty cool.

Angrboda

And we weren’t even that many people in it. Mind you I tried, took a sample or outright filched at least a third of what was in it when I got it and still have some untried, so that number will only get bigger. :)

Anna

Oh, it definitely will. This round might knock it up too 100+ if people are good about reviewing. There’s a ridiculous number of teas in there now, seeing as I tried so much yet took/finished so little.

Angrboda

Just about to queue another one now. It’s steeping as I type. :)

Anna

Excellent. I will look for it in May. HUE HUE HUE. Ahem.

TeaWings

Ha, I know that whole “get distracted during the ordering process”.. it’s kind of like that dog from the movie “up” — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSUXXzN26zg — all focused on the mission at hand, then you see something like “OOOH BLACK CURRANT SAGE!”

Angrboda

Yeah, these days the first thing I tend to do is to see if there’s any interesting vanillas about, and from there I get pulled in by other flavours. Suddenly I’ve hit the maximum amount I wish to spend and don’t want to remove anything from the basket. I placed two orders the other day, being veeeeeery careful to not get anything flavoured at all, and I managed it! Unless you count Lapsang Souchong as flavoured. I don’t, but I’ll concede it’s borderline. :)

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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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Bio last updated February 2014

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