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These last couple of days have been pretty awful for me and I’ve been in a somewhat asocial and depressive mood. Not as bad as it has sometimes been before, but still noticable. Luckily my parcel from Auggy arrived yesterday, containing my Keemun education (I think I must be at level 2 now, or…?), so I’m making a start on that now and starting with this one, which Auggy said was her favourite out of the three.

It smells very sweet, with a little spicyness to it. Weirdly it’s reminding me a little of freshly baked rye bread. As in proper rye bread. The danish sort. Like this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rugbr%C3%B8d. (And if you follow the Oprah link and if you watch the video of a danish home, do NOT believe the headline. That is NOT a typical danish home, but it is a fairly standard size fridge, even if Oprah seems to expect us to be able to store enough food to feed an army. We don’t need room for more food than we can eat, do we?) Anyway, that’s what the aroma reminds me of. Even though it’s not actually the same smell. Just sort of in the same semi-category nearly almost kind of.

After the cup has been sitting for a little, the spicyness is still there, but the sweetness has transformed a little. It’s kind of semi-green now. Not green-green and not very grassy, but with a definite vegetative quality to it.

I can’t immediately pick up notes of smoke in the aroma though.

On the flavour there is definite smoke, however. It’s the first thing I notice when I taste it, especially if I slurp a little. Underneath that again the straw-like spicyness and the very sweet note from before.

Weirdly the flavour is reminding me of rye bread again. A good rye bread (for me) has tons of grain in it, making it a heavy bread. This is kind of the same. It tastes like it’s a heavy tea, sort of. If it was a rye bread it would be one of my preferred ones. Grainy. I’ve managed to get myself lost in this odd comparison, and it’s surprisingly difficult to really explain it, and even more difficult to untangle myself from it again.

Let’s just say it’s making me want to eat rye bread now.

I’m liking this a lot, and I can totally see why Auggy counts it among her favorites. It certainly deserves a metric ton of points.

takgoti

It’s funny how our tastes evolve as we grow older. I used to HATE rye bread when I was younger, but now I adore it. This sounds delicious.

Angrboda

Yes. I absolutely couldn’t eat beans as a child. Since I wasn’t otherwise a picky eater, I was allowed to avoid them. I wouldn’t say I like it today, but I can eat it. Spinach and cottage cheese, though, have moved from EW! straight into the category of Favourite Things.
This is really very good, I definitely suggest you check it out (and then come back and tell me what you think about the rye bread issue…)

Auggy

I totally get the rye bread thing. And the not-green but vegetal thing. And the straw thing. And I’m glad the package arrival made for happier times. I could say I arranged that special with the post office – they held on to it for a few days (or five) just so it would come at the perfect time. Yep, that’s my story.

Angrboda

I need to have TeaSpring’s Keemun again soon and keep this post in mind since it’s the same leaf grade. I wonder if the rye bread will turn out to be a typically keemun thing for me, like raisins is with assams.

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takgoti

It’s funny how our tastes evolve as we grow older. I used to HATE rye bread when I was younger, but now I adore it. This sounds delicious.

Angrboda

Yes. I absolutely couldn’t eat beans as a child. Since I wasn’t otherwise a picky eater, I was allowed to avoid them. I wouldn’t say I like it today, but I can eat it. Spinach and cottage cheese, though, have moved from EW! straight into the category of Favourite Things.
This is really very good, I definitely suggest you check it out (and then come back and tell me what you think about the rye bread issue…)

Auggy

I totally get the rye bread thing. And the not-green but vegetal thing. And the straw thing. And I’m glad the package arrival made for happier times. I could say I arranged that special with the post office – they held on to it for a few days (or five) just so it would come at the perfect time. Yep, that’s my story.

Angrboda

I need to have TeaSpring’s Keemun again soon and keep this post in mind since it’s the same leaf grade. I wonder if the rye bread will turn out to be a typically keemun thing for me, like raisins is with assams.

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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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