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drank Barley Oolong by TeaCuppa
1266 tasting notes

Auggy shared this one with me. I admit it was a while ago and I have had it a couple of times before, but just haven’t posted about it. I’m using the last of it now, so I have no choice but to write a proper post.

The first thing that struck me when I removed it from the package was the word barley. I thought it was flavouring! I thought it was a pretty odd thing to flavour a tea with, but I’ve seen enough bizarrely flavoured teas in my life that I didn’t consider it further. It isn’t flavoured though. It’s completely naturally occurring notes of grain and corn.

The aroma of it is exactly like corn on the cob. Freshly boiled and with butter. I can see it in my head when I smell it. Such an incredibly strong naturally occurring aroma of something else entirely I don’t think I have encountered before. I wish I had some now. Probably shouldn’t have made this tea right around lunch time, really. I suspect that was a tactical error. Nothing in the house seems good enough now.

The flavour is really difficult to pin-point. It’s definitely grainy, but not so much with the sweet corn as in the aroma. It’s also quite toasty and very oolongy with the shade of earthiness around the edges.

Underneath these somewhat masculine flavour notes, I’m strangely reminded of an average milk oolong. Smooth and thick in texture. If the top notes are a handsome young man, this bottom note is a well-rounded grandmotherly type of the sort that wears a purple dress and curly grey hair. And she will always play and she ALWAYS has sweets. Anyway, apart from this being a tea recommended particularly to people who also enjoyed the milk oolong, I can’t for the life of me see the connection or why the bottom notes remind me of that. Apart perhaps from the texture of it, there’s nothing milky about it. Strange.

So all in all, it’s smooth and soft and with an interesting grain-y finish.

I can totally understand why they call it barley oolong.

Mandy Bee

This sounds yummy! Love your description as a young man mixed with a grandma. Sometimes the best way to describe tea is without using flavor adjectives. :)

gmathis

My kind of grandma. Review made me smile because I’ve had barley on the brain for almost a week. (Writing project.) Trying to find out how much raw barley grain it would take to grind into flour for a loaf of bread. The U.S. Barley Council is strangely silent on this topic.

But the tea sounds lovely!

Angrboda

Mandy Bee, it totally is. Sometimes thought associations are much easier than flavour adjectives too. :) And once you really get your imagination going it becomes lots of fun to see what sort of personality a new tea has.

Gmathis, maybe it’s a cover up to hide unnaturally high flour prices? Flour prices here seem to always go up and never down… It’s amazing exactly how many different kinds of food apart from just bread and cake become more expensive as a result. (Totally unrelated, but OMG THERE’S A CAT IN THE LITTLE CAVE ON THEIR CLIMBING ENVIRONMENT! :D :D :D Sorry, they’ve just never used that cave before. It needed to get out. Kitties are ♥)
Anyway, even if you are getting fed up with barley, I would totally recommend giving this one a go. I think it’s more corn than barley anyway, although still quite barley-y.

gmathis

I need a cat. The menfolk at my house disagree with that. However, when we move to more permanent quarters, I have been given permission to feed any outdoor strays that wander into the neighborhood. (If I remember my Kipling, that’s how The Cat Who Walked By Himself got started.)

Angrboda

The menfolk at your house don’t know what they’re missing. Nothing quite compares to the sound of purring.

gmathis

We had one for years (she was our cuddly and affectionate child pre-child), but became pretty snitty and ill-tempered after the real child appeared—that and a spoiled brat of an in-law cat have tainted their recollections.

Angrboda

Aww, what a shame. Sounds like the cat was jealous. :( Probably can’t really be helped then, though.

Auggy

Yay, glad you liked this one! It’s a funny little tea, I think, and always reminds me of kettle corn. (Which, popcorn = corn so I think we are not insane to think this tea = corn). And since I can’t have kettle corn (or any corn) anymore, this is my corn craving filler tea!
(PS – Yay for kitties!)

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Mandy Bee

This sounds yummy! Love your description as a young man mixed with a grandma. Sometimes the best way to describe tea is without using flavor adjectives. :)

gmathis

My kind of grandma. Review made me smile because I’ve had barley on the brain for almost a week. (Writing project.) Trying to find out how much raw barley grain it would take to grind into flour for a loaf of bread. The U.S. Barley Council is strangely silent on this topic.

But the tea sounds lovely!

Angrboda

Mandy Bee, it totally is. Sometimes thought associations are much easier than flavour adjectives too. :) And once you really get your imagination going it becomes lots of fun to see what sort of personality a new tea has.

Gmathis, maybe it’s a cover up to hide unnaturally high flour prices? Flour prices here seem to always go up and never down… It’s amazing exactly how many different kinds of food apart from just bread and cake become more expensive as a result. (Totally unrelated, but OMG THERE’S A CAT IN THE LITTLE CAVE ON THEIR CLIMBING ENVIRONMENT! :D :D :D Sorry, they’ve just never used that cave before. It needed to get out. Kitties are ♥)
Anyway, even if you are getting fed up with barley, I would totally recommend giving this one a go. I think it’s more corn than barley anyway, although still quite barley-y.

gmathis

I need a cat. The menfolk at my house disagree with that. However, when we move to more permanent quarters, I have been given permission to feed any outdoor strays that wander into the neighborhood. (If I remember my Kipling, that’s how The Cat Who Walked By Himself got started.)

Angrboda

The menfolk at your house don’t know what they’re missing. Nothing quite compares to the sound of purring.

gmathis

We had one for years (she was our cuddly and affectionate child pre-child), but became pretty snitty and ill-tempered after the real child appeared—that and a spoiled brat of an in-law cat have tainted their recollections.

Angrboda

Aww, what a shame. Sounds like the cat was jealous. :( Probably can’t really be helped then, though.

Auggy

Yay, glad you liked this one! It’s a funny little tea, I think, and always reminds me of kettle corn. (Which, popcorn = corn so I think we are not insane to think this tea = corn). And since I can’t have kettle corn (or any corn) anymore, this is my corn craving filler tea!
(PS – Yay for kitties!)

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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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