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drank Kenilworth by SBS Teas
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And it’s goodbye to the Kenilworth.

I went into this one with rather low expectations, having not had all that much luck with Ceylons in general before. And then I encountered this. It is shocking and unnatural how much I actually liked this. I’m of a mind to re-explore the Ceylon teas now, so I may get me some samples from Nothing But Tea whom I happen to know have a large selection. Their shop is summer closed at the moment though, I think, so it will have to wait. Which is probably just as well, all things considered.

The second reason for having Ceylon this morning harks back to the Passion fruit black I had yesterday. Remember I had a synesthesiastic colour association with the base tea in that one? Reddish brown like polished cherry wood, and it sort of said ‘Ceylon’ to me. We are now checking if that same colour applies itself to a cup of confirmed Ceylon.

Wait, why does this cup smell like those fancy little perfumed soaps? Sort of flowery and sweet-ish, but not sweet in a way that you would necessarily want to eat… It has never done that before.

Right flavour. Colours. What say we?

It’s a bit strong, because it’s got some extra leaf. There was more than one pot in it, but less than two. But yeah, I’m getting some hints of that colour association. I’m not sure it’s really it, but it’s fairly close. It’s definitely reddish brown, but I’m not sure if it’s not more red than brown.

Yeah, I think the base in that passion fruit business yesterday could very possibly involve Ceylon, but I’m not sure if it’s only Ceylon. Or it could still be something else entirely, but my immediate semi-qualified guess is Ceylon.

Kashyap

lots and lots of flavored teas rely on Ceylon teas for a base..its brisk, natural fruity character, stout color, crisp character, mild tannins, and gentle sweetness make it the perfect backdrop for so much….Kenilworth is also lovely for is mahogany colored liquor…yums

Angrboda

Shhhh, the other stuff makes me look smarter! ;)
But yeah, I’ve heard that Ceylon and Nilgiri as well is frequently used for this. It’s a shame really that flavourers don’t seem to be all that interested in playing around with different bases. 52teas is off the top of my head the only one who seems to do that.

Kashyap

its really a cost thing….Ceylon tea grows nearly year around and the is cheap and reliable, African tea is less consistent and weather creates a multitude of factors affecting quality and price, and Chinese tea is more expensive ….Assam is ‘too’ bold and malty, and darjeeling has the luck of ‘single estate’ character that keeps it elite…..its why in so many ‘white’ tea blends that bai mu dan/white peony is used….its leave, stem, bud…cheap…and now harvested in India as well as china…..

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Kashyap

lots and lots of flavored teas rely on Ceylon teas for a base..its brisk, natural fruity character, stout color, crisp character, mild tannins, and gentle sweetness make it the perfect backdrop for so much….Kenilworth is also lovely for is mahogany colored liquor…yums

Angrboda

Shhhh, the other stuff makes me look smarter! ;)
But yeah, I’ve heard that Ceylon and Nilgiri as well is frequently used for this. It’s a shame really that flavourers don’t seem to be all that interested in playing around with different bases. 52teas is off the top of my head the only one who seems to do that.

Kashyap

its really a cost thing….Ceylon tea grows nearly year around and the is cheap and reliable, African tea is less consistent and weather creates a multitude of factors affecting quality and price, and Chinese tea is more expensive ….Assam is ‘too’ bold and malty, and darjeeling has the luck of ‘single estate’ character that keeps it elite…..its why in so many ‘white’ tea blends that bai mu dan/white peony is used….its leave, stem, bud…cheap…and now harvested in India as well as china…..

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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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