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Danish tax people are on to my activities. 196 kr in customs fees they demanded in ransom for my 52teas order. The contents of which cost 50 kr LESS than that, shipping included. Greedy greedy customs!

Anyway, this tea came out just after I had decided that I wanted to try some great cherry blacks. This is not a black, though, and it has other things than cherries going on, obviously, but still. Uncanny.

I was sceptical at first because of the brandy. I’ve mentioned before at length my dislike of alcohol in general, but having read some posts about it, it seems like the brandy shouldn’t be too strong. My curiosity returned and I plucked up the courage to buy some for myself and check it out. Somehow I don’t think I’d have managed to get peace of mind until I had tried it.

It smells quite cherry-y, but also of something else which I can only describe as borderline bubblegum. Synesthesia input says dark purple-y red.

Flavour is very much cherries as well, and also quite nutty, which I think is the white tea shining through. Also a touch of vanilla to all the fruit but not really enough to make much of a spectacle of itself. It’s a bit like onions in a spaghetti sauce. It doesn’t taste like onions at all, but if you leave them out, you’ll get a boring sauce. The vanilla is like that here. If it was left out, the flavour would be paler. Or maybe still very nice, but just different.

The brandy is excellent in its absence. I admit I don’t know what brandy really tastes like other than ‘alcoholic’ and since I dislike the alcoholic flavour and feeling of spirits, it’s impossible for me to get past it. So I’m not about to find out what it tastes like just to see if I can find it here. For me, the fact that I can’t find it, is a great big plus.

I’m glad I was brave and gave this a try, it was really well worth it. Whether it was also worth the extra customs expense… yeah, why not? Doesn’t mean I won’t whine about it though.

JoonSusanna

I SO understand your dislike of alcohol! I was hesitant to get this tea because of the brandy as well but I didn’t taste it either, thankfully. Have you decided on any cherry black teas to try? I liked the cherry in this but I wouldn’t mind more of a “pure” cherry taste.

Angrboda

Cherries don’t appear to be a very common flavour in blacks from the shops I have access to. I’m on the lookout. :)
I found the brandy, though. It has whole dried cherries in it, and if you eat one after it has been steeped, that’s where the brandy flavour seems to show up. It didn’t taste alcoholic, but it didn’t make me want to eat any of the others in the pot either.

Winter Salo

So glad it made for a satisfying cup it’d be terrible to go through the extra expense to end up with a disappointing brew.

Angrboda

Yes, that would have been annoying. Fortunately I had also bought two pouches of black currant bai mu dan which is a confirmed nom, so it wouldn’t have been a complete loss had I not liked this one.

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JoonSusanna

I SO understand your dislike of alcohol! I was hesitant to get this tea because of the brandy as well but I didn’t taste it either, thankfully. Have you decided on any cherry black teas to try? I liked the cherry in this but I wouldn’t mind more of a “pure” cherry taste.

Angrboda

Cherries don’t appear to be a very common flavour in blacks from the shops I have access to. I’m on the lookout. :)
I found the brandy, though. It has whole dried cherries in it, and if you eat one after it has been steeped, that’s where the brandy flavour seems to show up. It didn’t taste alcoholic, but it didn’t make me want to eat any of the others in the pot either.

Winter Salo

So glad it made for a satisfying cup it’d be terrible to go through the extra expense to end up with a disappointing brew.

Angrboda

Yes, that would have been annoying. Fortunately I had also bought two pouches of black currant bai mu dan which is a confirmed nom, so it wouldn’t have been a complete loss had I not liked this one.

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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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