drank Tanzania GFOP by A C Perch's
1317 tasting notes

A while ago I posted about a Kenyan black from Harney&Sons that QuiltGuppy had been so kind as to share with me. That one was quite a hit in this household, and since then I have become interested in the African continent. Teas from Africa are still rather rare here though, especially non-Kenyans, so when the boss and I made our latest AC Perch’s order for work and I saw a Tanzania, I jumped at the chance. I’ve only ever had African tea from Kenya before.

Like the Kenya it’s quite strong and full-bodied. I got distracted while drinking it so instead of writing the post and paying attention to it, I was doing all sorts of other things, but I’ve had it a few times so I feel fairly confident in making this summary.

As mentioned, quite strong and full-bodied. It’s an excellent morning tea, as it really gives a fair kick. However, it’s not a very complicated tea to drink. It’s relatively uniformly tea-flavoured with not a lot of specific characteristics that I’ve been able to find so far. A pleasant strong black for times in need of extra strength and it would probably carry milk quite well, but also a fairly anonymous flavour profile.

The rather non-descript taste of it might actually be to its own advantage, because that means one can drink it when in need of something strong and powerful to get back on one’s feet, and still not being something one has to pay a lot of attention to enjoying while drinking when one really doesn’t possess sufficient energy to do so.

It gets lots of points on being interesting as well as a good cup. With a relatively high caffeine content, it’s an excelleng Gah-Caffeine-Me-NAO!-tea.

All in all, I’m quite pleased with this purchase although I did prefer that aforementioned Kenyan over 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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