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drank Honeysuckle White Tea by Shang Tea
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So the boyfriend opted for the black currant bai mu dan from 52teas, but I wanted something I hadn’t tried before. I took his lead on the white though, and started looking at what I had. This is one of those samples that I don’t recall who sent to me.

Two things gives me high expectations.

1. As has been previously established, it is in my opinion nearly impossible for Shang Tea to do anything wrong. Ever. I have loved everything I’ve tried from them, even things I did not expect to love.

2. Honeysuckle. I don’t actually know anything about this or what it tastes like, but it’s got such a very attractive name.

I smelled the dry leaf before brewing and was struck by a very rough, earthy, almost grainy note which I can’t imagine could be anything other than the honeysuckle. That’s not really the sort of aroma I would expect from that name, I have to say. It reminded me a bit of sour dough. That’s not really something I find very nice I have to say, so my expectations are taken down a notch. Maybe Shang Tea can make something that doesn’t appeal to me after all.

After steeping, however, the sour dough notes are gone, and the aroma is very sweet and very honeyed. That attractive name there is beginning to show its colours. It’s also quite floral, but not super-perfumed like many flower scented teas are to me, and I can easily pick out the actual tea underneath.

It doesn’t taste like honey. It’s definitely flower-y and it’s got this sort of dusty dry flavour to it. I often get that from flower scented teas, and that’s why I’m not particularly a fan of them. Here’s it’s sort of looming in the background. Not really making itself known, but impossible to overlook. It’s the elephant in the room. Everybody knows it’s there but it’s just not talked about. Maybe it’s even slightly menacing and brooding. (I can’t tell if it’s synesthesia (mine is very mild and spotty) coming in to play here or if I’m just exhibiting a lively imagination)

Apart from that it’s quite sweet indeed, and I suppose that is the bit that has given honeysuckle its name. Although I still don’t think it really tastes of honey. It’s just sweet, but it’s not honey.If the aforementioned is the dark and brooding gentleman in the corner, glaring at the rest of the company, this note would be the lovely ladies having high tea with dainty cups, scones, clotted cream, biscuits, the lot.

There’s something quite Regency-y over this tea, actually.

It’s harder to pick out the actual tea base in the flavour than it was in the aroma. I can’t really say anything about it other than it’s there. Slightly nutty but not really making much of a spectacle of itself.

While this isn’t one I would buy for myself, I will have to see that Shang Tea has still not managed to disappoint me.

Ninavampi

Wow… Honeysuckle tea. I think I have to try this! I love honeysuckle! Was Shang Teas able to deliver internationally to you?

Angrboda

Yes, but it was a bit impractical to do so. I asked them about it and then had to write in an email what I would like to buy and send them the appropriate payment via paypal. I couldn’t do it directly from the site.

Ninavampi

Hmm… May eventually be worth the hassle… Thanks!

Angrboda

Their stuff definitely is. I say give it a shot at least once. Me, I’m probably going to use the shop as a special treat thing myself. (And if they get enough international custom, perhaps they’ll eventually make it possible to order directly from the site. :) ) Oh, and I also forgot to say that they gave me a shipping fee of about $13 or $14 there abouts.

Auggy

Mmm. I used to have honeysuckle vines growing outside my house growing up and I’d always suck the nectar from them in the summer. This doesn’t sound quite like it would recreate that memory for me, but I do adore honeysuckle so I’m probably going to have to give it a try (whenever I managed to order from Shang Tea).

Ninavampi

Shipping doesn’t seem terrible… Hopefully it will be similar for Ecuador!

Ninavampi

Thanks again! : )

Angrboda

Auggy, I have a few shops I never seem to get around to too. I have started making rules for myself and planning ahead where to shop, otherwise I would never get anything new. Any larger multiple-shop spree must contain an untried shop. And if that means saving even Standard orders for later, that’s just tough.

Ninavampi, I hope it will. They sell awesome stuff.

Auggy

You know, I had forgotten I used to have a similar rule for myself. I had to alternate known vendors with unknown (or unused) when tea ordering. I need to get back to that plan because there are so many tasty sounding teas that I really want to try!

Angrboda

It’s a new one for me. I’ve also go the Finish X Tins And Y Samples First rule. It helps keep the stock down a bit, but mostly it feels like I’m working towards an order, so overspending slightly on it when I get to shop isn’t connected with the same amount of guilt. :)

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Ninavampi

Wow… Honeysuckle tea. I think I have to try this! I love honeysuckle! Was Shang Teas able to deliver internationally to you?

Angrboda

Yes, but it was a bit impractical to do so. I asked them about it and then had to write in an email what I would like to buy and send them the appropriate payment via paypal. I couldn’t do it directly from the site.

Ninavampi

Hmm… May eventually be worth the hassle… Thanks!

Angrboda

Their stuff definitely is. I say give it a shot at least once. Me, I’m probably going to use the shop as a special treat thing myself. (And if they get enough international custom, perhaps they’ll eventually make it possible to order directly from the site. :) ) Oh, and I also forgot to say that they gave me a shipping fee of about $13 or $14 there abouts.

Auggy

Mmm. I used to have honeysuckle vines growing outside my house growing up and I’d always suck the nectar from them in the summer. This doesn’t sound quite like it would recreate that memory for me, but I do adore honeysuckle so I’m probably going to have to give it a try (whenever I managed to order from Shang Tea).

Ninavampi

Shipping doesn’t seem terrible… Hopefully it will be similar for Ecuador!

Ninavampi

Thanks again! : )

Angrboda

Auggy, I have a few shops I never seem to get around to too. I have started making rules for myself and planning ahead where to shop, otherwise I would never get anything new. Any larger multiple-shop spree must contain an untried shop. And if that means saving even Standard orders for later, that’s just tough.

Ninavampi, I hope it will. They sell awesome stuff.

Auggy

You know, I had forgotten I used to have a similar rule for myself. I had to alternate known vendors with unknown (or unused) when tea ordering. I need to get back to that plan because there are so many tasty sounding teas that I really want to try!

Angrboda

It’s a new one for me. I’ve also go the Finish X Tins And Y Samples First rule. It helps keep the stock down a bit, but mostly it feels like I’m working towards an order, so overspending slightly on it when I get to shop isn’t connected with the same amount of guilt. :)

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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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