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I miss you, Steepsterites. I’m just finding it really difficult to keep up with the following list these days. Most of the time it seems like an enormous undertaking and I give up before I get started. But it’s not just you, it’s most things. I’m feeling old and tired these days and not really up for anything at all. Just your average hermit-moods, that’s all. No biggie.

I wanted an oolong, and since I didn’t have any specific preference as to type or flavour, I took a random untried Nothing But Tea sample. I think I’ve had this particular type before, because the name seems awfully familiar and I knew that it was a green end one. I just don’t know what I thought of it.

Previously with these samples I’ve used half for my small pot and my ‘regular’ steeping time and it’s given me some pretty good results. I’m impatient to get rid of some of all these samples though so I can get out of Lockdown and have the collection a little more under control, so I decided to just use the whole thing, as per my newer steeping pattern, and shorten the time instead.

The aroma is a little floral and quite butter-y. There is a hint of newly cut grass in there. Maybe a little hay too, but mostly what I get here is a sencha-ish butter aroma.

It’s pretty much the same with the flavour. I feel a bit like I might as well be drinking some green tea, one with a fairly good asparagus note. There isn’t really a lot of oolong-y-ness going on. It tastes very very green. And it’s making me contemplate that difference between green end oolongs and green teas. There isn’t really all that great a difference, is there? It’s so subtle.

Smooth. Very smooth. Almost velvet-y and it feels thick and viscous on the tongue.

It’s good. It’s tasty. It’s refreshing. It has, I’m just noticing now as I type, a funky aftertaste.

There went that conclusion. You totally thought I was rounding it off there, didn’t you? So did I, to be honest.

But I really want to touch on this aftertaste, because it kind of ruins the refreshing-ness of the initial flavour for me. It’s sort of sour and clinging to the edges of the tongue a little like the taste of milk that’s gone just slightly off.

If you can ignore it, it’s a very nice tea. For me, I’ll have to say that it’s a very nice tea that has to be docked a few points for unsatisfactory finish. If it hadn’t been for that after taste I would definitely have liked it better, and possibly lined it up for a purchase.

I might change my mind about a purchase. But right now I don’t really feel like it. I’ve already got the TGY and I think that’s a superior tea. Not counting the lemon oolong on account of it being flavoured, I don’t really need more than one oolong this green.

Ewa

Yeah so I misread the tea as Formosa Ding Dong and now it’s stuck in my head as that.

Angrboda

I did that too at first

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Ewa

Yeah so I misread the tea as Formosa Ding Dong and now it’s stuck in my head as that.

Angrboda

I did that too at first

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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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Livejournal: See website.
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Bio last updated February 2014

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