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drank Long Jing by TeaSpring
1310 tasting notes

Oh dear.

Looks like I’m going to pay a visit to the post office on wednesday. It’s a really small post office, my local one. Hardly more than a kiosk really. So I often get helped by the same person. This is the third tea order to have arrived in… let’s see… erm… a week.

Oh dear. whistles innocently

I’m in a green mood today. What luck that I’ve presently got a cupboard just teeming with new and interesting stuff!

I’m pretty sure I’ve had dragonwell before, but I can’t remember what I thought of it. The name just seems too familiar for me to not have had it. I just can’t remember, in that case, what I thought of it. So here we go!

OMG these leaves are flatter than a flat thing! They look like they’ve been ironed. Or a steamroller went over them. I’m all fascinated by how they look in the tin. All springy yellowy green and flat and stackable. (Whaddaya mean tea leaves aren’t toys?) They smell kinda sweet but a bit salty when dry.

I dosed the leaves like I otherwise would and let the water cool off a little longer before pouring it on. I’m not worried about the water temperature. It’s more the leaf dosage. For some reason I have a sneaky suspicion that I should have used more leaves. Not sure why. Maybe it’s the flatness of them (OMG flat leaves!) that makes me think so. They look like they take up less space. I’m tempted to throw in another pinch of leaves, but I think it would be better to leave that sort of experimentation for the next time. I’ll just use less water for subsequent steeps.

Okay, this is very very pale! Now I’m even more suspicious about my leaf to water ratio. The aroma is erm… interesting though. Salty and seaweed-y and kinda.. I don’t want to say what this note reminds me of. You’ll laugh at me. No, I don’t want to say. Okay, okay, Royal Canin Maine Coon cat food, okay?! Yes, I know it’s weird, but smelling it, I just got the strongest associations to when Boannan was alive and I’d mix up a bucketful of cat food. (2 parts RC Sensitive, 1 part RC Maine Coon, if anybody’s interested in that side of things)

Hm. Yes. Hm. I definitely should have used more leaf. Just a smidge. Apart from what seems like a slight weakness, it has a very special taste. Kind of like it smells. Salty and seaweed-y, but not as cat food-y, thank you very much. It’s smooth, though, with not a hint of astringency in sight, it’s just this rather special flavour. Right now it’s not my perfect green, but if I was subjected to this often and over a longer period of time, I think I might end up being rather partial to it. Rating is therefore likely to be adjusted a few times in the future.

I saw lately someone (Jillian?) wrote that supposedly the third steep of this was the superior one, so it’ll be interesting to see how this develops.

S

Ha, I totally get the cat food description…one of the cat foods we use at the shelter I volunteer at smells like sweet green tea yumminess!

Angrboda

Yeah, it’s odd. It’s not a smell that you would think would be a good things, but it still is. I think maybe it has something to do with the associations we have. Cat food = kittehs = sweet!

sophistre

There’s a tea for Maine Coons specifically? I have two! I have never gotten them Maine Coon cat food. I just put Mars on a diet, as a matter of fact, because he’s blowing up to the size of his planetary namesake. If the god of War were actually as fat and lazy as he’s getting, world peace would definitely be more attainable.

Angrboda

I assume you mean a food for MCs specifically? :p Yes, Royal Canin have a handful of breed-specific foods. The MC pellets are large and crunchy, they have to be chewed, so if your cats are of the sort of gulp down food quickly, they might work to force them to eat slower. They’re very oily though, so your dieting Mars might not be a good candidate for it. I always had to go and wash my hands again after mixing a new batch of food. Pet food is not something I’m willing to compromise on, and Boannan had RC all her life. I don’t think the MC specific food made all that much of a difference in her diet all-round, but she liked it a lot. When she was little it was two thirds RC kitten, one third MC, and I once found her bowl with all the kitten food in a sort of big heap around the empty bowl and the MC food eaten up. :p

sophistre

Er, right. A food, not a tea. >.>

S

You know, i was actually talking to a group of vets online yesterday (one of my mailing lists) and they mentioned the RC breed specific foods as being both unhealthy and “ridiculous” (their words, not mine—I don’t know anything about the RC MC food). One of the better foods they mentioned is called Life’s Abundance, but you have to order it online and they don’t ship out of the US. They also mentioned Wellness and Innova EVO, but they said the Life’s Abundance was better because it doesn’t have all the unnecessary vegetables in it. just throwing that out there if you’re looking to switch.

denisend

I’m guessing (if they’re advocating Wellness and Evo – I’m not familiar with Life’s Abundance), that they’re following a low/no grain philosophy. I favor that in theory, but none of my cats have done well on it (for various reasons).

Our household’s current problem is with Juliet – she’s very sensitive to fats (irritates her pancreas), and low grain foods seem to have a lot of fat. The only thing that she’s been able to tolerate is RC Light (which is chock full of grains, but she doesn’t puke it up).

So, RC does (IMO) do some things right. MCs are generally bigger than other cats, so I can see that having bigger kibbles could be good (especially for a scarf-and-barfer, which some dieting cats become). I wouldn’t say “they’re bad”, but just that it’s very situationally dependant.

S

Yeah, I think half the battle is finding something that the cats will actually eat. There’s no point in feeding a really, really good food if kitty won’t even eat it or can’t keep it down.

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S

Ha, I totally get the cat food description…one of the cat foods we use at the shelter I volunteer at smells like sweet green tea yumminess!

Angrboda

Yeah, it’s odd. It’s not a smell that you would think would be a good things, but it still is. I think maybe it has something to do with the associations we have. Cat food = kittehs = sweet!

sophistre

There’s a tea for Maine Coons specifically? I have two! I have never gotten them Maine Coon cat food. I just put Mars on a diet, as a matter of fact, because he’s blowing up to the size of his planetary namesake. If the god of War were actually as fat and lazy as he’s getting, world peace would definitely be more attainable.

Angrboda

I assume you mean a food for MCs specifically? :p Yes, Royal Canin have a handful of breed-specific foods. The MC pellets are large and crunchy, they have to be chewed, so if your cats are of the sort of gulp down food quickly, they might work to force them to eat slower. They’re very oily though, so your dieting Mars might not be a good candidate for it. I always had to go and wash my hands again after mixing a new batch of food. Pet food is not something I’m willing to compromise on, and Boannan had RC all her life. I don’t think the MC specific food made all that much of a difference in her diet all-round, but she liked it a lot. When she was little it was two thirds RC kitten, one third MC, and I once found her bowl with all the kitten food in a sort of big heap around the empty bowl and the MC food eaten up. :p

sophistre

Er, right. A food, not a tea. >.>

S

You know, i was actually talking to a group of vets online yesterday (one of my mailing lists) and they mentioned the RC breed specific foods as being both unhealthy and “ridiculous” (their words, not mine—I don’t know anything about the RC MC food). One of the better foods they mentioned is called Life’s Abundance, but you have to order it online and they don’t ship out of the US. They also mentioned Wellness and Innova EVO, but they said the Life’s Abundance was better because it doesn’t have all the unnecessary vegetables in it. just throwing that out there if you’re looking to switch.

denisend

I’m guessing (if they’re advocating Wellness and Evo – I’m not familiar with Life’s Abundance), that they’re following a low/no grain philosophy. I favor that in theory, but none of my cats have done well on it (for various reasons).

Our household’s current problem is with Juliet – she’s very sensitive to fats (irritates her pancreas), and low grain foods seem to have a lot of fat. The only thing that she’s been able to tolerate is RC Light (which is chock full of grains, but she doesn’t puke it up).

So, RC does (IMO) do some things right. MCs are generally bigger than other cats, so I can see that having bigger kibbles could be good (especially for a scarf-and-barfer, which some dieting cats become). I wouldn’t say “they’re bad”, but just that it’s very situationally dependant.

S

Yeah, I think half the battle is finding something that the cats will actually eat. There’s no point in feeding a really, really good food if kitty won’t even eat it or can’t keep it down.

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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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