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drank Anhui Keemun by Adagio Teas
1282 tasting notes

Steepsterites! I am coming to you from out of the past!

We have had a succesful move and are still in the process of unpacking and figuring out where everything goes. One category of belongings that we have already figured out what to do with is our teas. In the dining area of the kitchen a corner has been turned into Tea Station. For now it’s just a table, but in time it will also involve an arrangement with shelves and such. It’s absolutely awesome, I have an actual real tea corner now. I’m so pleased about that.

Right now I’m taking some time to relax and enjoy a cup of tea before working out what to do with all this other stuff in my room. Obviously it was time for something really very nice so I dug in deep in the pile(!) of tins and found a Keemun which I know to be extremely pleasant. Or at least I suspect it to be. I think Auggy shared some of this with me once, but as I’m coming to you from out of the past, I can’t, in my present, look it up. Either way, you rarely go wrong with Keemun anyway.

The aroma is pleasantly floral and grainy with something fruity that reminds of figs or similar fruits. It doesn’t really have any notes of smoke in the aroma at all. It’s just completely smooth and thick.

The flavour is somewhat more prickly, though. I’ve made a good strong cup, but not too strong, and the familiar pricklyness of pseudo-smoke has come out quite nicely. With it, a heavy floral aspect, a little dusty and forgotten, but not so much that it becomes a cup of perfume. Some would say, and sometimes so would I, that this was really the same thing but experienced in different ways, so that one person might call it smoky while another would call it floral. Most of the time, for me, it’s 100% smoky and not at all floral, although I can see what Team Floral mean when they say that. This time I’m getting both and it’s not a question of being unable to decide which of them I think it’s more like. It’s actually the fact that I seem to be getting both of them at the same time. It’s quite an interesting combination, really (although I’m not sure flower scented Lapsang Souchong would be such a brilliant idea…).

There isn’t really much of a presence of grain here, not the sort of thing that usually makes me think of proper danish rye bread, and I expect it’s because the floral and smoky aspects have come out so strong.

All in all, it’s a good strong cup of black tea that knows what it wants from the world as well as from the drinker, and by all appropriate deities, it gets it. This is right up my alley, this tea.

Added in the present present: Only a few hours out of the past it would seem. Yay internets!

teawing

I vote no on a flower scented Lapsang as well, but what about chili, or a slight touch of cumin? :) Might be a job for Frank at 52…

teawing

And, congrats on the move!

Angrboda

I wouldn’t go for chili myself as I’m not really a fan of hot foods, but cumin might not be a bad experiment. And thank you.

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teawing

I vote no on a flower scented Lapsang as well, but what about chili, or a slight touch of cumin? :) Might be a job for Frank at 52…

teawing

And, congrats on the move!

Angrboda

I wouldn’t go for chili myself as I’m not really a fan of hot foods, but cumin might not be a bad experiment. And thank you.

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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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