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drank Dawn by The Simple Leaf
1196 tasting notes

Weird. Yesterday I wasn’t really tired as such, I just couldn’t be bothered. Today, I had an hour over time, I’m really really tired, I’ve found a bagel-place where I can get Dr Pepper (!!! (It’s not impossible that I’ve seen that before and forgotten it, actually)) and I haven’t opened it yet. It’s just standing there looking inviting and yummy.

And what I really want is tea. More specifically, the Dawn from JacquelineM. I don’t know, maybe I had to sort of… prepare myself mentally for it. Whatever it was, I knew for absolute certain that I was going to try it now.

I’ve been really looking forward to this one because all the posts I’ve read about it have reminded me of the beloved Tan Yang from TeaSpring. You know… the one they don’t have anymore! And that was one awesome tea. Seriously.

The leaves look really big and long and to my surprise they smell of chocolate. Not cocoa as I had expected, but real chocolate, all sweet and milky, as if the bag I got the sample in used to contain sweets. After steeping it has this funny sort of smell that I know what is, I just don’t know what it is. But I know I know the smell. It’s sort of like a dark oolong, with some chocolate notes and some fruity notes and something kinda malty. It’s… It’s…. I don’t know what exactly it is, but it is it.

Interesting flavour! It definitely reminds me of the Tan Yang with the initial fruityness and then some cocoa-y chocolate and a touch of… is that smoke??? IT IS!!! Just a touch, but it’s there. Just like in the Tan Yang. Seriously, if I didn’t know better, I would swear it was the same tea. This is really really REALLY good. I’ll savour the sample, and I’m looking forward to seeing if it’ll turn properly smoky on second steep.

I need to check this company out, their shipping policies in particular. If this is available to me, I must have it. (But later.)

Erin

I love this one too!

wombatgirl

I’m getting some very soon – I can’t wait to try it.

__Morgana__

So you’re a Dr. Pepper fan? My boyfriend is a HUGE Dr. Pepper fan. Almost his entire T-shirt wardrobe is Dr. Pepper T-shirts and he used to drink it by the case. Not a Dr. Pepper fan here, though I expect to be a big Dawn fan when I finally crack it open.

Angrboda

Morgana, I am! Unfortunately it’s difficult to get in Denmark. They tried selling it in most stores for a couple of years, but they’ve stopped doing that. I’m guessing it probably didn’t sell well enough. Now I can only get it when I’m lucky enough to find small cafes and such that have it. It’s currently standing in my fridge. I’m saving it for later. I think it’ll go nicely with dinner tonight. :)

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Erin

I love this one too!

wombatgirl

I’m getting some very soon – I can’t wait to try it.

__Morgana__

So you’re a Dr. Pepper fan? My boyfriend is a HUGE Dr. Pepper fan. Almost his entire T-shirt wardrobe is Dr. Pepper T-shirts and he used to drink it by the case. Not a Dr. Pepper fan here, though I expect to be a big Dawn fan when I finally crack it open.

Angrboda

Morgana, I am! Unfortunately it’s difficult to get in Denmark. They tried selling it in most stores for a couple of years, but they’ve stopped doing that. I’m guessing it probably didn’t sell well enough. Now I can only get it when I’m lucky enough to find small cafes and such that have it. It’s currently standing in my fridge. I’m saving it for later. I think it’ll go nicely with dinner tonight. :)

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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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