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drank Eight at the Fort by Harney & Sons
1192 tasting notes

Since it went so wekk with the tropiucal explosion, why not move on to one of these poor neglected Doulton teas. Thjis one I was really excited to receive and that’s a big reason why I’m having it first. I was reallyu curioius about it the first time I saw someone post aboiut it, but then it seems to have gone ouit of fashion and I forgot about it. The brand is unavailable to me so it was one that I had given up on getting to taste.

The leaves had a really funny smell. The smoke and the silver tips were most dominent in the aroma and smoky white tea is exactly as weird a smell as it soiunds. My nose had quite an identity crisis trying to suss that one out.

I wnet and skimmed through some of the posts about it and it would appear that it would be a good idea to let the water cool off a bit before steeping, so I’m doing the same thing.

After steeping I’m getting a string malty aroma, but not really any smoke. There is a grassy sweetness to it that I can’t decide if I think it’s the darjeeling or the silver tips. I’m leanjong tiowards the former.

Okay, this is going to sound weird. There’s a certain bitter bite to this, like it’s a bit overdone. At the same time the fkavour is kinda watery as if I didn’t use enough leaf for the amount. If I used both too much leaf and not enoigh leaf at the same time, I must have got it just right.

But the flavour does seem to have two faces. The mild, grassy white and darjeeling one and opposite the slightly bitter darker astringency of assams and ceylon, and the more ‘middle-ish teas’ such as the oolong and the nilgiri aren’t really managing to bring the two together. They may be reaching out to each other but not quite touching.

I’m liking it thoigh. It’s not a revelation of awesomeness and I’m a littke disappointed that I’m notr detecting any smoke, but it’s definitely a quite nice tea and I’m glad I got to satisfy my curiosity.

Rabs

Hooray! I’ve missed your posts. Thank you for the lengthy one :) I hope that your finger continues to heal swiftly!

Angrboda

i need to change the bandaid around it today, it’s getting a bit grubby. I’m kind of looking forward to seeing what it looks like because it’s certainly itchy! lots of cell dividing goimg on there, i think. :) Stitches are coming oiut monday and then hopefully it’ll go quickly.

Ewa

Yay cell division!

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Rabs

Hooray! I’ve missed your posts. Thank you for the lengthy one :) I hope that your finger continues to heal swiftly!

Angrboda

i need to change the bandaid around it today, it’s getting a bit grubby. I’m kind of looking forward to seeing what it looks like because it’s certainly itchy! lots of cell dividing goimg on there, i think. :) Stitches are coming oiut monday and then hopefully it’ll go quickly.

Ewa

Yay cell division!

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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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