75
drank Magnolia Puerh by Numi Organic Tea
1312 tasting notes

Queued post, written May 3rd 2014
You may have noticed that I’ve lowered my posting frequency from daily to three times a week. I’ve got the queue whittled down to 14 pages and I haven’t been adding to it very much lately, so I’m trying to delay the point where I run out of pre-written posts and the system collapses.

This was from the first round of the EU TTB.

I’m not sure why I took it. I’m not sure what to say about it now that I’ve had it either.

I did try to pay attention to it, but even then I found I couldn’t put words to what I was tasting.

It was sweet, somewhat flowery, a great deal wood-y and sort of green tea-ish here and there. Really, that’s all I’ve got.

It was relatively pleasant, though I’m sure the magnolia scenting has been done better by other companies in the past.

Anna

How is the house and the garden and all that stuff coming along?

Angrboda

It’s coming. The garden far more sloooooooooowly than I would like, though not for lack of work. Why won’t these things just grow faster?! I do not have the patience for this gardening stuff. We’ve got one little proto-apple on the tiny apple tree, a bean (yes, singular), 5 courgette plants and 6 sweet peas. As for the beans and the sweet peas there were supposed to be lots more but they didn’t come up. A few herbs as well. And LOTS of dandelions though.

Anna

Hahaha, a proto-apple and a bean. Love it.

Angrboda

Husband had more bean seeds, so we’re trying again. He just planted them this morning. He had a dig around for the others and could only find one which was rotten, so that explains what happened to them. He had read that they should be soaked before planting and then later read elsewhere that the soaking step was just an old wives’ tale. Seems like in our case it might actually have ruined the seeds. Live and learn. Back to waiting, then. He put in all the seeds that were left, so at least some of them ought to come up now.
One of the courgettes seen to have died, though. It was fine in the morning and a few hours later it was all floppy and sick. The others, mysteriously, are fine.

Anna

If they’re old and dry it might help them a little, but overall I’ve found they tend to be very sensitive to moisture if the soil isn’t warm enough.

Also someone might have chewed on your courgette. Tell them to bite back.

Angrboda

We’re definitely keeping an eye on the others. One theory is that something has nibbled the roots, but then you’d think it’d nibble on the others as well.

Angrboda

Oh, and I also saw a butterfly I had never seen before. Ran excitedly to tell Husband only to discover that he had seen one the other day and that it was actually a fairly common species. Hm.

Anna

Check for ants, sometimes they can be real assholes.

Angrboda

There are some, but not what I would call a lot. A tiny black species. Any advice? (We don’t want to use chemicals and poison)

Anna

Ugh no, no chemicals – especially not around edibles. Well, what you can do is dig around in the soil a little and see if there seems to be an ant nest under the plants in questions and, if so, just disturb them (dig around, water) as much as possible. But it could really just be a random plantbiter who’s already left – keep an eye on the closest plants.

Angrboda

We’ll try that. Thanks Anna. I didn’t know you were a fountain of garden pest knowledge!

Anna

‘Garden Pest’ is my middle name.

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Anna

How is the house and the garden and all that stuff coming along?

Angrboda

It’s coming. The garden far more sloooooooooowly than I would like, though not for lack of work. Why won’t these things just grow faster?! I do not have the patience for this gardening stuff. We’ve got one little proto-apple on the tiny apple tree, a bean (yes, singular), 5 courgette plants and 6 sweet peas. As for the beans and the sweet peas there were supposed to be lots more but they didn’t come up. A few herbs as well. And LOTS of dandelions though.

Anna

Hahaha, a proto-apple and a bean. Love it.

Angrboda

Husband had more bean seeds, so we’re trying again. He just planted them this morning. He had a dig around for the others and could only find one which was rotten, so that explains what happened to them. He had read that they should be soaked before planting and then later read elsewhere that the soaking step was just an old wives’ tale. Seems like in our case it might actually have ruined the seeds. Live and learn. Back to waiting, then. He put in all the seeds that were left, so at least some of them ought to come up now.
One of the courgettes seen to have died, though. It was fine in the morning and a few hours later it was all floppy and sick. The others, mysteriously, are fine.

Anna

If they’re old and dry it might help them a little, but overall I’ve found they tend to be very sensitive to moisture if the soil isn’t warm enough.

Also someone might have chewed on your courgette. Tell them to bite back.

Angrboda

We’re definitely keeping an eye on the others. One theory is that something has nibbled the roots, but then you’d think it’d nibble on the others as well.

Angrboda

Oh, and I also saw a butterfly I had never seen before. Ran excitedly to tell Husband only to discover that he had seen one the other day and that it was actually a fairly common species. Hm.

Anna

Check for ants, sometimes they can be real assholes.

Angrboda

There are some, but not what I would call a lot. A tiny black species. Any advice? (We don’t want to use chemicals and poison)

Anna

Ugh no, no chemicals – especially not around edibles. Well, what you can do is dig around in the soil a little and see if there seems to be an ant nest under the plants in questions and, if so, just disturb them (dig around, water) as much as possible. But it could really just be a random plantbiter who’s already left – keep an eye on the closest plants.

Angrboda

We’ll try that. Thanks Anna. I didn’t know you were a fountain of garden pest knowledge!

Anna

‘Garden Pest’ is my middle name.

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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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