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This is the last that is left of my A&D, and it’s a little fun that this is the first time I break into this tin. I just haven’t felt like green teas much in general and when I did, I didn’t feel like a jasmine one.

But okay, this morning I was all in doubt about what to have and of course I’d already put the kettle on and the water was just getting colder and colder and made the decision for me.

It smells a little soap-y but not anywhere near close to the horrible bouquet thing from Kusmi, so I’m just coming to the conclusion that jasmine quite simply just smells like soap, the end. Okay, I can deal with that. And after brewing it’s less soap-y and more flower-y so that’s even better.

Now, I had a bit of a fail when I poured it. I just poured it like I normally would and these days I’ve taken to using a little sieve on top of the cup when pouring. So when I took the sieve away I noticed darkish clouds swirling around in the cup. What the…???

Either there’s something dark and swirly in the tealeaves or the sieve is in need of a clean. I’m thinking it’s probably the latter, so I’ve set some wheels in motion in that department. So yeah, the flavour is likely a little tainted by… something.

But then again this means that everything I’ve had for a good while now has been tainted by the same something, so I’m not really all that concerned.

The tea itself, taint and all, seems extremely well balanced. There’s a lot of jasmine in it, but not really all that overwhelming. Hands down the best jasmine green I’ve ever had.

(But green is not my favourite type and jasmine is not my favourite green, so…)

Ricky

I think there’s something dark and swirly! Kidding. Tainted and the tea was still good, that’s some quality jasmine!

Angrboda

I couldn’t really taste anything that said ‘taint’, though, so I don’t really think it matters much. But I’ve still cleaned the sieve as best I could.

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Ricky

I think there’s something dark and swirly! Kidding. Tainted and the tea was still good, that’s some quality jasmine!

Angrboda

I couldn’t really taste anything that said ‘taint’, though, so I don’t really think it matters much. But I’ve still cleaned the sieve as best I could.

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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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