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drank Tan Yang Te Ji by TeaSpring
1256 tasting notes

This is the second steep as I had the first steep in my travel cup this morning.

Nine times out of ten the second steep of this tea turns nicely smoky. But this one isn’t. It’s not even close. Not even slurping the sip can bring out any smoke. What it is, however, is remarkably sweet.

There’s a sweet note in it surrounded by that cocoa-y spicy flavour. Sort of like if you take a Keemun, brew it just so and then strip away all the smokiness. It’s got that grainy note of rye and brown sugar.

I’m completely floored by this. It’s like the leaves just decided all on their own to skip the second steep identity all together and go straight to a later one.

And I can’t guarantee that making this pot didn’t also involve some dregs in the pot that had been there since early this morning because there wasn’t room for them in the travel cup. They ought to have been unbelievably bitter by now thirteen hours later. And as you can’t dilute your way out of a bitter tea… Why is there not even the tiniest slightest hint of astringency or bitterness in this cup?

I don’t understand a single microscopic speck of this, I just really don’t.

JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT THIS STUFF COULDN’T GET ANY MORE AWESOME! O.O

Tan Yang, the chameleon of teas.

Jaime

Oh, dear. Want.

Angrboda

I cannot recommend this hard enough. Seriously, do yourself the favour of checking it out. I haven’t tried the type from other places than TeaSpring, (I’ve also seen it under the name of panyang or panyong and similar) but with how much I’m loving this, I’m not really feeling the need to explore. :)
For me this was the one that made me realise that the Fujian province just can’t go wrong. :)

Jaime

Yup, want. I’ll definitely be checking TeaSpring out.

Auggy

Ditto to what Angrboda said. Fantastic tea! ♥

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Jaime

Oh, dear. Want.

Angrboda

I cannot recommend this hard enough. Seriously, do yourself the favour of checking it out. I haven’t tried the type from other places than TeaSpring, (I’ve also seen it under the name of panyang or panyong and similar) but with how much I’m loving this, I’m not really feeling the need to explore. :)
For me this was the one that made me realise that the Fujian province just can’t go wrong. :)

Jaime

Yup, want. I’ll definitely be checking TeaSpring out.

Auggy

Ditto to what Angrboda said. Fantastic tea! ♥

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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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