100
drank Tan Yang Te Ji by TeaSpring
1270 tasting notes

SNIFFFFFFFF!

Oh yes, the wood-y lovely autumn-y aroma. It reminds me of dried pine needles, actually. A little spicy and a touch of cocoa-y yumness. I remember that cocoa note being much stronger though. It’s coming through in the cup, but not really in the leaves.

In the cup, I found the funniest strong note, though. A bit like boiling broccoli or green beans. A sort of rough but green note. Weird thing is, I can only find it if I keep my nose at a certain distance from the cup. If it’s too close I just get sweet cocoa, if it’s too far away I get spicy slightly smoky woodness, but at that specific middle distance it’s rough green vegetables with a little butter.

This aroma? This aroma alone was so worth waiting for.

SLUUUUURRRRRRRP

Oh yes. I remember this. The initial very fruity flavour with strong notes of cocoa in it. There is a little smoke on the tail end too, but not too much. It will come. It usually showed up the strongest on the second steep for me.

I used plenty of leaf, water gone slightly off boil and a, for me, half-lenght steeping time. Good experiences were made with this method when I had this tea last. Bit expensive on the precious precious leaf, granted, but I dare anybody who’s tried it to tell me it’s not worth it. As a result I’ve got something that has a little astringency. Just a bit at the roof and back of the mouth, and other than that it’s so smooth and lovely. Such a long flavour.

The smoke comes through on the aftertaste here, building up gradually as I drink, and the same is happening for the cardboard-y Assam-y quality. Little by little it’s making its presence.

How I’ve missed this tea! I grieved and mourned when I used the last of it earlier and finally they have it again. A different year and a different harvest, of course, but this harvest totally measures up the other one. I’m turning it all the way up to a hundred points now. Like Auggy said, when I shared it with her, it just has everything as it is. Nothing about this tea can conceivably be improved. You can find stuff that is as good, but nothing that is better. I simply can’t see that happening.

It’s THAT good!

Now, if anybody needs me, I’ll be in the kitchen drawing little hearts on the label.

(I can’t figure out what people mean when they say a tea is ‘chewy’ because chewing a liquid? Really? That doesn’t sound like something I want to do, but I’ve gathered they mean it as a good thing, so maybe this has that too.)

JacquelineM

I think chewy means it tastes a certain sort of caramely. Like an old fashioned caramel chew candy. When I taste the tea it makes me want to chew the caramel candy :) If that makes any sense!

Angrboda

I think I’ll just stick to calling it some sort of sweetness, then. I don’t really find the idea of chewing tea all that pleasant. :)

Auggy

Chewy for me is more of a dense mouth feel, sort of textured instead of silky. I tend to get it from Irish breakfasts and the like…

Auggy

PS – YAY TAN YANG!!!!!!!

sophistre

Yeah, it’s a quality that’s hard to pin down. I get it with green oolongs too, which are pretty silky…and some greens, like Sencha. Maybe it varies for all of us! I’d say a dense mouthfeel is probably the common thread though.

Also, this tea sounds delicious. :(

( :( because I’m tea-grounded until I get rid of some of my tea. >.< )

Charles Thomas Draper

I must have some. A glowing review….

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JacquelineM

I think chewy means it tastes a certain sort of caramely. Like an old fashioned caramel chew candy. When I taste the tea it makes me want to chew the caramel candy :) If that makes any sense!

Angrboda

I think I’ll just stick to calling it some sort of sweetness, then. I don’t really find the idea of chewing tea all that pleasant. :)

Auggy

Chewy for me is more of a dense mouth feel, sort of textured instead of silky. I tend to get it from Irish breakfasts and the like…

Auggy

PS – YAY TAN YANG!!!!!!!

sophistre

Yeah, it’s a quality that’s hard to pin down. I get it with green oolongs too, which are pretty silky…and some greens, like Sencha. Maybe it varies for all of us! I’d say a dense mouthfeel is probably the common thread though.

Also, this tea sounds delicious. :(

( :( because I’m tea-grounded until I get rid of some of my tea. >.< )

Charles Thomas Draper

I must have some. A glowing review….

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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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