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drank Yunnan Tips by Le Palais des Thes
1276 tasting notes

Greetings all.

These days the boyfriend and I are watching a BBC series about China. We tend to do one episode per evening while eating (Dining table? What’s that? Ooooh, you mean the cat playground!) and the episode we watched yesterday was primarily about the Yunnan province. Although tea wasn’t mentioned more than briefly. Mostly it was about nature and a wee bit about anthropology as well. Quite an interesting series, actually. The first episode we watched was about how they grow tiny little rice fields terraced up and down mountains and with little walk-ways so narrow that it looked like if you lost your footing and fell, you would be lucky if you got out of it with only a broken leg. Amazing how adaptable the human species is! And how inventive. O.o

Anyway, inspired by that first mentioned episode, I thought I should drink some Yunnan tea today and it just so happens that I’ve got a sample of this one which the very kind Ssajami shared with me recently.

While I was steeping it I found myself assailed by a strong caramel-y aroma. Especially while pouring my cup. It’s was unbelievable and for a moment I wondered if I had actually managed to pick something caramel flavoured instead of what I thought I had taken. But as the sample tin that this is in is a small pale grean Adagio sample tin and as the tin the Caramel is in is a large, brown Kusmi tin, I didn’t think this very likely. So apparently this tea just have a strong note of caramel in the aroma. That’s new to me. I’ve never noticed this sort of note in a Yunnan before.

So when I tasted it, I was expecting something with a slightly sticky flavour and absolutely dripping with caramel. But it wasn’t. Instead I got something that from sip one was more nutty than anything else. Walnuts in particular. I can just visualise them in my head as I’m drinking it. The note is so strong that this would be a poor base for something walnut flavoured, because it would just be impossible to tell a difference.

If I didn’t know any better, I would think it WAS flavoured!

How very pleasant to happen upon a Yunnan black that doesn’t taste like hay, but like walnuts. This is definitely preferable.

It’s not completely unusual though. It is in fact still very recognisable as a Yunnan due that unmistakable spicy, pepper-y, prickly note in it and it’s all smoooooooooth too.

Very nice tea this. Thanks for sharing, Ssajami.

ETA by the way of the unrelated kind! Finally have the real ring, a photograph of which can be seen here. http://pics.livejournal.com/iarnvidia/pic/0000121b

Uniquity

Ooooh, I Love it!! I’m a big fan of both coloured stones and unusual settings – double win!

Angrboda

Gosh! In the UK, I understand, it’s a pretty classic design. :) Culture difference! :) What would be considered classic in Canada? Is it more common with a single, larger stone than several smaller?

Dinosara

In the US it’s definitely one big diamond, usually. But I really like your setting! BTW, your tea package went into the mail today!

Angrboda

I did see some of those as well, but I knew I definitely preferred a coloured stone, so I didn’t pay too much attention to those. They had these with sapphire, emerald or ruby as the center stone and I surprised myself by finding the sapphire more appealing than the emerald, in spite of green being my favourite colour. Also, with gemstones, I prefer them not to be too large in general. I have a necklace with a 0.2 carat diamond in it, which I bought for money I inherited after my grandmother, and that size is really my top limit. Larger than that, I tend not to find it as pretty anymore.

Also yay, I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in it. :D

Uniquity

Yup, it’s boring here. One big enormous diamond, although maybe with more diamonds to the side of it or in the band if you can afford it. Yellow gold is still dominant (I don’t like yellow gold) and it seems that square cut is in vogue. Which I also hate. : ) At least, that SEEMS to be the norm.
I really like sapphires, but with the Lady Di ring being so popular it is sort of turning me off a bit.

QuiltGuppy

Lovely ring! It’s such an exciting time for you. Do you have any idea for a wedding date yet? Congrats again!

Angrboda

Probably early summer-y something or other. We have a couple of friends who are also having a wedding next year, so we need to know a little more about that first to not risk the two being too close.

gmathis

Absolutely lovely ring. Reminds me of something Victorian. Be happy today!

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Uniquity

Ooooh, I Love it!! I’m a big fan of both coloured stones and unusual settings – double win!

Angrboda

Gosh! In the UK, I understand, it’s a pretty classic design. :) Culture difference! :) What would be considered classic in Canada? Is it more common with a single, larger stone than several smaller?

Dinosara

In the US it’s definitely one big diamond, usually. But I really like your setting! BTW, your tea package went into the mail today!

Angrboda

I did see some of those as well, but I knew I definitely preferred a coloured stone, so I didn’t pay too much attention to those. They had these with sapphire, emerald or ruby as the center stone and I surprised myself by finding the sapphire more appealing than the emerald, in spite of green being my favourite colour. Also, with gemstones, I prefer them not to be too large in general. I have a necklace with a 0.2 carat diamond in it, which I bought for money I inherited after my grandmother, and that size is really my top limit. Larger than that, I tend not to find it as pretty anymore.

Also yay, I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in it. :D

Uniquity

Yup, it’s boring here. One big enormous diamond, although maybe with more diamonds to the side of it or in the band if you can afford it. Yellow gold is still dominant (I don’t like yellow gold) and it seems that square cut is in vogue. Which I also hate. : ) At least, that SEEMS to be the norm.
I really like sapphires, but with the Lady Di ring being so popular it is sort of turning me off a bit.

QuiltGuppy

Lovely ring! It’s such an exciting time for you. Do you have any idea for a wedding date yet? Congrats again!

Angrboda

Probably early summer-y something or other. We have a couple of friends who are also having a wedding next year, so we need to know a little more about that first to not risk the two being too close.

gmathis

Absolutely lovely ring. Reminds me of something Victorian. Be happy today!

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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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