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Oh my goshy-wosh! Look here what I found in the sample basket coming from the big box of tea that Dax Pamela Dean sent me! I was looking through the basket earlier to see what was in there and oh look I still had some Tan Yang! Okay, so it’s not the Tan Yang, the Perfect one, but it’s close enough just for being called ‘Tan Yang.’

It seems to be a bit thinner and weaker than the Tan Yang I’m used to, but I’m not holding that against these leaves for two reasons. 1, they may have faded some in transport and wrapping and 2, there were less leaf than I think I would have used for a pot other wise. Having just dumped the whole lot in the pot I can’t know for exactly certain, but it seemed like a smaller amount. Probably should have given it a longer steeping time.

It is, however, still Tan Yang, and you can’t go wrong with Tan Yang. You can’t do it, it’s undoable. It just is. You may as well accept this as fact sooner or later. So I’ll just try to ignore the weakness and see what’s underneath while trying to imagine in my head the way it would have been if I’d had enough leaf for a customary brewing.

Gosh, it’s properly Tan Yang-y in the flavour though. All smooth and grainy and with a great big generous dash of cocoa in it as well. Yes, if this had been a customary brewing it would totally have held up to the Perfect Tan Yang Te Ji. Easily.

Say, have I ever mentioned what my favourite black tea is?

In other news, have a look at this picture. It’s not finished yet but it will be our Tea Making Station. Once we get some shelves up anyway (shelves have been shelved until further notice though. See what I did there? wink nudge ) https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/CQFw1eqXqcjlz5MH4bh3VunJOfe6_LFJWQwI2FsYNwU?feat=directlink

JacquelineM

That’s a fantastic tea station!

KeenTeaThyme

Agreed – that looks welcoming, organized and fun! Very cool! :)

The Purrfect Cup

I have tea making station envy!

QuiltGuppy

I read that this is also called Panyang Congou, which, if that’s the case, then I included a sample in the package I sent you! :) It’s a lovely tea station, too.

Indigobloom

ooooh, I second the envy of having a tea making station. It’s own dedicated area!!!

Kashyap

love the description…look forward to trying something similiar….also had a chance to look at the pic of the tea area, just a observation, but if that is indeed a window to the right (where the ledge is), if you get much light from there or you keep the window open much, sunlight works to degrade tea and the incoming moisture can also cause tea to break down. Most of your teas looked like they were in sealed containers, so that will help. I try to keep my kettle also separate from my tea station, so that moisture and steam doesn’t settle on my teas and potential spills don’t leak into the non-tin sealed teas. Its great that you have a dedicated area for tea though and good luck with your brewing!

Angrboda

Thanks everybody! To those of you interested in the tea type, I can only recommend tracking it down and trying it out because it’s om-nom-nommy.

Kashyap, the ledge to the right isn’t a window. The kitchen and the dining area is technically one room, but they are separated by a step and a sort of half wall with an opening. The ledge you can see is the half wall on one side of the opening. :) If you look closely, you can see something grey behind the roll of kitchen paper. That would be the fridge.

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JacquelineM

That’s a fantastic tea station!

KeenTeaThyme

Agreed – that looks welcoming, organized and fun! Very cool! :)

The Purrfect Cup

I have tea making station envy!

QuiltGuppy

I read that this is also called Panyang Congou, which, if that’s the case, then I included a sample in the package I sent you! :) It’s a lovely tea station, too.

Indigobloom

ooooh, I second the envy of having a tea making station. It’s own dedicated area!!!

Kashyap

love the description…look forward to trying something similiar….also had a chance to look at the pic of the tea area, just a observation, but if that is indeed a window to the right (where the ledge is), if you get much light from there or you keep the window open much, sunlight works to degrade tea and the incoming moisture can also cause tea to break down. Most of your teas looked like they were in sealed containers, so that will help. I try to keep my kettle also separate from my tea station, so that moisture and steam doesn’t settle on my teas and potential spills don’t leak into the non-tin sealed teas. Its great that you have a dedicated area for tea though and good luck with your brewing!

Angrboda

Thanks everybody! To those of you interested in the tea type, I can only recommend tracking it down and trying it out because it’s om-nom-nommy.

Kashyap, the ledge to the right isn’t a window. The kitchen and the dining area is technically one room, but they are separated by a step and a sort of half wall with an opening. The ledge you can see is the half wall on one side of the opening. :) If you look closely, you can see something grey behind the roll of kitchen paper. That would be the fridge.

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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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