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drank Valentines by Adagio Teas
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Interestingly, given the amount of points I decided to give this one, I seem to be racing through the sample TeaEqualsBliss gave me. Adagio sample tin sized sample that is. I can usually make those last a good while.

I’ve had this one three times already, four with this one, and I think the reason I’m going through it so quickly is because of how nommy it was that second time when I managed to bring out the strawberries.

Not sure how I did that. Maybe it was a temperature thing? (Temperature! The bane of my existance!) Not owning a thermometer I had to get a little creative. Luckily the http://steep.it site has proven helpful here. No clue what the temperature is, but I can standardise it somehow by boiling a set amount of water and then timing how long I wait before using it after it has been brought to a boil. 1 liter, 2 minutes wait.

So did it work? Were there strawberries?

Hard to say, actually. You see, I just ate some lemon pudding… My tastebuds are all screwed up now. Can’t really tell what it tastes like at this point.

After half a cup, tongue is getting back to normal, and I can tell you that no it did not. Maybe it’s steep time and not temperature that’s important here? What I’ve got here tastes mainly just like a standard black with some undetermined flavouring in it. Super-boring.

On the second half of the pot, it’s gained a bit of a bite of over-steepedness. It’s just a bit though and something that could be strawberry-y if you sort of squint has come out. Only… now there’s no chocolate to be found. At all. Anywhere.

So now it’s both this one and the sweet notes in the lapsang souchong. Why can’t this stuff just be consistent? (‘Because then it would be much less interesting’, yeah, yeah, I know…)

__Morgana__

I love the part about bringing out the strawberries. I am starting to realize that part of the enjoyment of tea is that it is a participatory sport and there’s such a feeling of victory when it works the way it’s supposed to!

Jason

steep.it is really helpful. Hopefully we’ll be able to incorporate something similar on Steepster soon. There are a ton of awesome possibilities with giving recommended times/temps and such.

TeaEqualsBliss

This is one of those teas that seem to taste different each time I try it!

S

This is so interesting…I never have had trouble tasting the strawberries or the chocolate? But to me, it has a very distinct “chocolate-covered-strawberry” taste rather than chocolate tea + strawberry tea…I don’t know if that makes any sense, but yeah. :) Mmm, now I’m craving Valentines….off to make a pot :)

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__Morgana__

I love the part about bringing out the strawberries. I am starting to realize that part of the enjoyment of tea is that it is a participatory sport and there’s such a feeling of victory when it works the way it’s supposed to!

Jason

steep.it is really helpful. Hopefully we’ll be able to incorporate something similar on Steepster soon. There are a ton of awesome possibilities with giving recommended times/temps and such.

TeaEqualsBliss

This is one of those teas that seem to taste different each time I try it!

S

This is so interesting…I never have had trouble tasting the strawberries or the chocolate? But to me, it has a very distinct “chocolate-covered-strawberry” taste rather than chocolate tea + strawberry tea…I don’t know if that makes any sense, but yeah. :) Mmm, now I’m craving Valentines….off to make a pot :)

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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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