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Another one from Auggy. It’s actually too late in the evening to be drinking tea. I ought to be considering going to bed so I can get out of it in the morning, but I was standing in the shower feeling the craving for pu-erh.

At first I considered some of the orange pu-erh that Wombatgirl sent me and which I’ve been partial to lately (I seriously need to get some more of the one NBT has the next time order, which won’t be long), but then I thought I’d rather give this one a try.

I’ve only had sticky rice once in my life. It was in the spring when the boyfriend and I were visiting friends in Paris. It was an asian restaurant (can’t remember exactly which country. Vietnam possibly?) and it was served inside an actual bamboo stick. Very tasty flavour added to the rice, although, it was a little difficult to get out of the stick.

Then I saw this one show up on my dashboard. I just couldn’t imagine that flavour in tea. Tea and rice were just completely non-combinable in my head, so I was moderately curious about it. I can’t remember ever actually having said this, but lucky for me Auggy can hear my thoughts. Or something.

I have three touchas and they certainly smell like rice. Take a bag of rice, throw in a spoonful of pu-erh leaves, shake well and inhale. That’s exactly what this smells like, both dry and steeped. I’m partial to the steeped aroma over the dry one though, as the steam makes it a rounder aroma which fills up the nose better.

The flavour is very rice-y and only moderately pu-erh. Rice is evidently a very dominant flavour and it kind of feels more like drinking a soup rather than drinking tea. If I had this around dinner time I suspect I’d have to remind myself that it isn’t actually food.

The pu-erh comes out a little more as it cools down to a comfortable drinking temperature, but it’s still not something that screams, “I’M A PU-ERH! HEAR ME ROAR!” It’s actually a very mild-mannered pu-erh. Maybe a little too mild. I don’t really feel like I’m drinking pu-erh and therefore it’s not really what I was looking for when I decided to try it. I could however find it one I’d like to come back to again and again for other reasons. Even if the flavour isn’t particularly complex, it’s still very nice and very interesting.

A smaller thing, is touchas in general. Can’t work out what I think about them. I like how practical it is, just unwrap one and add water. On the other hand with a toucha I don’t actually know how much leaf I’m using. I used one toucha to my small pot containing about half a liter of water, but had it been loose leaf, I think maybe I would have used a little more leaf.

And now to work out how many points I want to give it while trying not to be influenced by the fact that I can see how many points Auggy gave it behind the update window… Yes, I think I’ll score it like this.

Auggy

Muahaha! I can read your mind! Okay, maybe not, but glad this one intrigued you. I think the lack of pu-erh-ness about this one (and Arbor Tea’s raw pu-erh) is the reason I like it. I haven’t found a cooked one I love, but the raw ones are like a whole different type of tea and so far I can totally get behind that.

Angrboda

I’ll make a confession. I can’t seem to work out the different sorts of pu-erh. I’ve tried, but somehow it fails to stick in my brain. I just don’t get it. One of those things I’ll never learn, I think. I’ve had a green one from Nothing But Tea, though, and I wasn’t too terribly fond of it at the time. I think I might like it better now. A learning experience, that flavour, I think. I’m planning an NBT order soonishly and I’m toying with the idea of getting a new sample of it.

Auggy

I’ve only had two raw ones and honestly, the only thing I noticed different between that and cooked is the color. Well, and the earth syrup flavor I get with cooked. Raw pu-erh seems to taste normal tea-like to me (normal for a green or white tea at least). Mind you, that’s my vast experience of 2 teas tried speaking…

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Auggy

Muahaha! I can read your mind! Okay, maybe not, but glad this one intrigued you. I think the lack of pu-erh-ness about this one (and Arbor Tea’s raw pu-erh) is the reason I like it. I haven’t found a cooked one I love, but the raw ones are like a whole different type of tea and so far I can totally get behind that.

Angrboda

I’ll make a confession. I can’t seem to work out the different sorts of pu-erh. I’ve tried, but somehow it fails to stick in my brain. I just don’t get it. One of those things I’ll never learn, I think. I’ve had a green one from Nothing But Tea, though, and I wasn’t too terribly fond of it at the time. I think I might like it better now. A learning experience, that flavour, I think. I’m planning an NBT order soonishly and I’m toying with the idea of getting a new sample of it.

Auggy

I’ve only had two raw ones and honestly, the only thing I noticed different between that and cooked is the color. Well, and the earth syrup flavor I get with cooked. Raw pu-erh seems to taste normal tea-like to me (normal for a green or white tea at least). Mind you, that’s my vast experience of 2 teas tried speaking…

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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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