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It is November. NaNoWriMo is upon us. Well, it’s upon me anyway. (I am Angrboda there also if any of my other Steepsterites are NaNoing and would like a writing buddy)

So I’ve made me a cup of writing tea. Or cooking tea as it turned out, but still. This is one that ssajami shared with me and it’s a quite interesting tea. I encourage all to go and have a look at JK Tea Shop’s description of it (available here on Steepster), because I don’t think I can explain it in my own words. Basically it’s a white tea that isn’t a white tea. Go read it for yourself.

So consequently, I’m not at all sure what to expect from it. In my head I want to liken it to Bai Mu Dan for some reason. Probably only because it has ‘bai’ in the name, which is a rather flimsy reason for association, but such are the inner workings of the human brain. It doesn’t come out smelling anything at all like BMD, though. In fact, it has a rather strong note of honey. Rich, luxurious honey bought directly from the farmer and hasn’t spent three months on a supermarket shelf first. I can almost see the bee in my inner eye.

The flavour is twofold. There is a top note which strikes me as weak and watery and then there is a bottom note where all the flavour is. It feels unbelievably thick too. Like there’s something in it making it ever so slightly viscous. At first I found this a little unpleasant but actually it seems to enhance the flavour. The flavour seems more concentrated in each sip, as compared to just about most anything else ever to have come out of my teapot.

Given it’s thin and watery nature, there is no reason to dwell on the top-note. The lower note, the one with all the flavour in it, is a different matter. It’s one thing to say it holds the flavour and it feels like it’s concentrated, but what does it actually taste like? Well, dear readers. Good bloody question!

It tastes like tea. It actually tastes like a cheap bagged version of English Breakfast that I used to have. I think it was from Pickwick. A note of honey and an unmistakable flavour of default tea. Bear in mind, please, that I actually used to really rather like this EB it reminds me of. I really enjoyed that honey note in it and the way it tasted almost like there was a teensy bit of milk in it. It’s a bit woody in flavour as well and it tastes a bit toasted.

I can see why the comparison to white tea as the closest thing in type is still not quite satisfactory. It doesn’t taste anything at all like something I would suspect of being white. If anything it tastes more like an oolong on the darker end of the spectrum, which I find slightly bizarre all things considered.

What an interesting tea!

gmathis

I’m not NaNo-ing, but I am trying to meet two major writing deadlines (children’s curriculum) by month end, plus juggle life in all its current messiness. May your words come easily, precisely, and punctuated correctly on the first try.

Tamm

I totally wanted to do NaNoWriMo but I’m so busy and have no idea what I’d actually write. :p good luck!!!

ashmanra

I have never heard of this NaNoWriMo! Tell me more!

Angrboda

NaNoWriMo stands for Nation Novel Writing Month. The idea is to write a novel in November. 50,000 words is your goal and you have 30 days to do it in. And that’s it really. :) It doesn’t have to be awesomely good and you need never have any intentions of actually showing your manuscript to anybody. It’s all about the challenge of doing it and the satisfaction when you reach the 50K. Especially if you are good and disciplined and reach the 50K quicker than your friends. It’s free to participate and all you win, if you get the 50K, is a nice little diploma which you can print out. This is their site, but beware that it’s usually rather slow and sometimes completely unavailable due to the heavy traffic it gets in November, particularly the beginning of the month. http://www.nanowrimo.org

The DJBooth

I found it funny that the description said created by a Taiwan guy in 2003.

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gmathis

I’m not NaNo-ing, but I am trying to meet two major writing deadlines (children’s curriculum) by month end, plus juggle life in all its current messiness. May your words come easily, precisely, and punctuated correctly on the first try.

Tamm

I totally wanted to do NaNoWriMo but I’m so busy and have no idea what I’d actually write. :p good luck!!!

ashmanra

I have never heard of this NaNoWriMo! Tell me more!

Angrboda

NaNoWriMo stands for Nation Novel Writing Month. The idea is to write a novel in November. 50,000 words is your goal and you have 30 days to do it in. And that’s it really. :) It doesn’t have to be awesomely good and you need never have any intentions of actually showing your manuscript to anybody. It’s all about the challenge of doing it and the satisfaction when you reach the 50K. Especially if you are good and disciplined and reach the 50K quicker than your friends. It’s free to participate and all you win, if you get the 50K, is a nice little diploma which you can print out. This is their site, but beware that it’s usually rather slow and sometimes completely unavailable due to the heavy traffic it gets in November, particularly the beginning of the month. http://www.nanowrimo.org

The DJBooth

I found it funny that the description said created by a Taiwan guy in 2003.

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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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Bio last updated February 2014

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