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I made a random grab in the sample box and got a Nuwara Eliya. I kid you not. ANOTHER Ceylon. I just couldn’t face another Ceylon right now and I just don’t think I’m a Ceylon-person much at all, so I put it back and made another grab. And as I did that, I suddenly knew what I wanted and rummaged until I found one of the three chinese samples.

I didn’t bother about leaf smelling and what not. I was desperate, okay. But I can tell you that they were the prettiest golden brown colour that you ever saw.

After steeping, it actually has pretty close to that same colour. Perhaps with a slightly more reddish tint, but more or less the same colour. And the aroma is just wonderful. Not too strong, but with a very clear note of… of… of… of China! I’ve never been to China so I haven’t a clue what China likely smells of. Chinese food, I’d wager. And of all the chinese teas I seem to be leaning strongly towards those from the Fujian area and the ones with that lovely cocoa note. This doesn’t have the cocoa note (and it doesn’t smell of chinese food either, in case you were wondering (Ricky!) )

But smoke. Or pepper, if that’s the way you interpret that note. Under a lot of sugar-y sweetness. Really, I suspect I might end up having a love affair with this tea, and I haven’t even tasted it yet.

Oh my word!

It’s Smoooooth, with a capital SMOO!

It’s even got a little cocoa note in it! But no hint of smoky, though. It’s not pepper either. It’s something but it’s not one of those. Not really. What’s a middle thing between smoky and pepper-y?

Love affair? Oh yes. You are going on the shopping list, Tippy Yunnan!

Ricky

China does not smell like Chinese food! Or does it? Hmm, I don’t remember. I haven’t been there in ages. I recall a farm. I recall animals. I recall a pig and a kitty cat. I remember it being really really hot.

Yunnan tea is amazing! Whatttt no chinese food smell! Boohooo what type of tea is this!??! Is it smokey ;) Raspberry flavors? :D

Woah! You read my mind. Haha, I was typing up this comment as I was reading your note and then bam, what’s the next two words? Smoke!

This middle thing might be what you call China flavors ;)

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Ricky

China does not smell like Chinese food! Or does it? Hmm, I don’t remember. I haven’t been there in ages. I recall a farm. I recall animals. I recall a pig and a kitty cat. I remember it being really really hot.

Yunnan tea is amazing! Whatttt no chinese food smell! Boohooo what type of tea is this!??! Is it smokey ;) Raspberry flavors? :D

Woah! You read my mind. Haha, I was typing up this comment as I was reading your note and then bam, what’s the next two words? Smoke!

This middle thing might be what you call China flavors ;)

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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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