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I didn’t actually steep the yunnan to pieces like I said I would, because there was still tons of kick in it after four 1 minute steeps. As much as in the first go, and frankly I was wanting to try something else out of Auggy’s parcel. So I decided that four large cups were pretty good going and sacrificed the leaves in order to make room for this one.

I have been curious about it since forever. Or rather since I saw the first mentions of a heavy caramel note if you steep it just so. Sadly by the time I discovered that A&D was indeed very available to me with reasonable shipping costs, Series 2 was long long gone. (And by the time I realised that chinese blacks were really rather difficult for me to dislike in general, as was S4. Woe.)

Anyway, due to the kindness of others, I’m now in possession of S2 samples, yay! Apart from getting to try them, it totally appeals to the obsessive-compulsive completionist in me.

The aroma isn’t overwhelming in intensity, really. The thing about yunnan is that while good tea, the aroma of it is usually very strong and it’s been stuck in my nostrils since the first sniff. Any tea I smell at the moment has spicy yunnan notes in it, and I don’t think this one really should have. At least not this much. Shall we just skip this step, then, and go straight to the flavour? I think that would be best.

Hmm. Turned out a little weakly this one. Once again completely ignoring recommended steep times because of the amount of leaf I customarily use, I shall have to try a little longer steep.

I’m getting a little smoke and some of the general default Keemun flavour, and a little bit of sweetness on the swallow. Good but nothing really convincing yet. I suspect this is because it is a bit on the weak side. We shall see what happens as it develops a bit in the cup.

Also I keep getting little yunnan pangs from it. Did I not rinse the pot out properly? With a little development it wouldn’t be a half bad blend, but it’s not really what I’m going for here. Oh dear me, will I have to have a pot dedicated only to yunnan? What a catastrophe! (What’s available from Roy Kirkham?)

I’m becoming more and more convinced that this cup has Yunnan contamination in it. It definitely has a lot of promise, and I strongly suspect I’ll be enjoying it a lot when I manage to get a working cup. But for now I’ll leave it unrated, give the pot a thorough clean and try again later.

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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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