1277 Tasting Notes

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drank Raspberry by Adagio Teas
1277 tasting notes

Leaves smell very sweet and fruity. Very nice.
The colour strikes me a kind of boring light golden brown. It doesn’t look bad, it just looks very average.
It doesn’t taste very fruity. I can find the raspberry, but it’s rather subtle and not enormously sweet. I like that, and I think it might benefit from a little sugar. I’ll have to experiment wtih that.

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85
drank Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
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The leaves smell sort of like I would imagine Nutella concentrate would smell like if it existed. Already before actually tasting it, I’m finding myself considering an experiment involving chocolate milk.
The colour’s nicely golden-red and you can really smell the nuts in the scent.
It’s not at all as sweet as I had expected. It’s very nutty and very delicious actually. I’m definitely going to conduct some experiments with sugar, milk and chocolate milk, and I might buy this tea again.

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75
drank Guanabana by Adagio Teas
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I had never heard of this before, but apparently it’s some sort of tropical fruit that we others can’t get because the fruit doesn’t transport very well.
The dry leaves smell weird. Sort of fruity and bitter at the same time. Like a very old orange. At this point I’m sceptic. Very sceptic.
Colour is nice and golden and the scent is something familiar that I can’t quite place. It’s not mouldy oranges anymore anyway.
The taste is…. strange. Fruity. Adagio suggests something akin to candied strawberry and pineapple. I can’t really ‘find’ those notes but at the same time I don’t really disagree either. I can’t tell when I don’t know how the fruit is supposed to taste.

I like it. I don’t think I’ll stock up on it once I’ve got through the sample, but I like it.

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40
drank Strawberry and Lemon by Custom
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Both the strawberry and the lemon tea used were from Whittard of Chelsea. Their strawberry tea is like my ideal strawberry tea. It’s JUST right. I’ve been toying with the idea of this combination for a while. The sweet of the strawberry and the tart of the lemon.
I used 1 part strawberry tea and 1 part lemon tea, and unfortunately the result wasn’t nearly as yummy as I had expected. Oh it was definitely still good and still drinkable, but it was like the two kinds of fruit equalled each other out instead of complementing each other. I haven’t given up though. I believe it’s a question of working out the right ratio. Next time I’ll try 2 parts strawberry to 1 part lemon and see how that works.

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51
drank Elderblossom by Pickwick
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I consider Pickwick a sort of average quality when it comes to bagged tea. You can get better but you can definitely also get worse. Much worse. This is a pretty old one, because I tend to forget that I have it, but if you consider the level of quality it’s pretty good. It’s not an outstanding tea by any definition of the word, but it’s definitely drinkable, refreshing and the elderblossom flavour is there without being synthetic.
Let’s not talk about the appearance though because it’s very unclear and murky to look at, although this might have something to do with the bags being several years old and probably past their prime.
I think this would work nicely for an iced tea. Perhaps with a dash of something sweet and fruity.

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65
drank Gunpowder by Unknown
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This was given to me as a gift once in a clear plastic bag with no details as to origins of any kind. I wasn’t expecting grandness and it is indeed pretty mainstream. It could have been a whole lot worse. Just had a sort of craving for green tea last night and it’s lasted into this morning.

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drank Peppermint by Unknown
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This is normally one of those things that I only drink if I’m ill and real tea tastes weird, or to experimentally blend wtih other teas. Here is a different sort of tip for you. You know that cocoa powder for making hot cocoa? Just a spoonful in a cup, add boiling water, stir and you’ve got hot cocoa. Make a pot of peppermint herbal and use that to make your hot cocoa instead of regular boiling water. It’s very delicious, like drinking melted After Eight, except without the icky cream

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85
drank Ying De Hong by TeaSpring
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When I first bought this, I reviewed it as disappointing. It didn’t live up to the expectations that I had. Now that those have been put away I can better drink it for its own sake and if I were to review it now, I’d give it a much better score than I did then.
It’s light in colour and sweet in aroma. It’s not one of those very bold and strong teas that benefit from a bit of milk. It has a sort of delicate flavour without actually being all that delicate at all. Very hard to explain this!
All in all, it’s a very nice tea, and it’s just the right one for me right now, trying to wake up from a very long nap with a slight headache.

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65
drank Tie Luo Han by TeaSpring
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I’ve written about this one before, as having not a huge amount of flavour to it, but it helps if it’s allowed to sit for a little while.
This morning I have tried making it in a gaiwan gong fu style (or an approximate of gong fu, since I’m not sure I’m doing it entirely right). The aroma is strong and spicy when brewed this way, and the flavour is too. I haven’t quite got the hang of steeping it, so it’s a little oversteeped and slightly bitter, but not so much that you can’t tell what it’s supposed to be like. Strong, spicy and nutty. It’s actually a much better tea when brewed this way.

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75
drank Jiu Long Pao by TeaSpring
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At first I brewed it in the traditional western way with a proper tea pot. I found it a mild flavour, a bit delicate. Pleasant, but not something that sticks out as exceptionally good. It’s a pretty good every day tea.

Then I got the mad idea to try and brew it gong fu style in a gaiwan. I’ve never really managed to get the hang of gaiwans. I always spill or burn myself or both. I used the last of my leaves to do this. Unfortunately I failed to remember to do this with caution as it is now severely over-steeped, bitter and undrinkable. First steeping has therefore been disposed of. Second (very short!) steeping is much much better. The flavour is noticably stronger than when brewed in a teapot and more complex. There’s a sort of nutty finish to it, I think. It definitely wins by being brewed this way.

I suppose what I really need is a crash course in gong fu and use of gaiwan.

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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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