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TAN YANG! GET IN MAH BELLEH!

Yes, I know this one is called ‘Panyong’, but I have always been far more used to thinking of it as Tan Yang due to the Te Ji same from TeaSpring. That one has been a stable tea for me for so long, I find it difficult to think of the type as anything else than Tan Yang. It’s just a question of translating the Chinese writing to the Western alphabet anyway. Same difference.

This one is much much cheaper to buy than the Tan Yang Te Ji from TeaSpring, which is vital to my health and wellbeing. It’s also bought from a shop in Denmark and therefore much much easier to buy in bulk. All that remained was simply to check whether it was actually good enough that I wouldn’t feel a little cheated if I replaced the Te Ji with this one for every-day purposes.

I honestly expect this first test to be merely a formality. That’s why I’m testing it out with a 200g pouch. :D

The aroma of the leaves is definitely just as it should be. Grainy and somewhat floral with a prickly hint of pseudo-smoke. Smells familiar. Good.

After steeping the floral note has gone a little more spicy in nature, but it’s still supported by a good, grain-y body and a note of cocoa. Still familiar. Good.

Now the really important bit.

Drum roll, please.

Hm. Well.

Okay, it’s not brilliant. It’s good, but it’s not quite up to the same standards as the Te Ji. I can’t say I’m really surprised at this, as I was expecting this cheaper one to be a lower grade.

It’s got all the right things, though. A kind of spicy, grainy body, which is kind of cocoa-y and a prickly layer of pseudo-smoke on top. In that respect it’s just as it should be. But compared to the Te Ji? This one seems… not thinner, because I brewed it fairly strongly, but sort of more transparant. A little less robust. A little less smooth. A bit more rough around the edges.

Now, I do like a certain amount of roughness to my Tan Yang. That’s why I prefer the Te Ji over the much smoother and much more polished Jing Zhi, but this is definitely rougher still.

It’s a Tan Yang, though, so it’s awesome by definition and it will definitely do as a cheap-skate supplement to the Te Ji. It’s just not quite the same. I suppose I’m just too spoiled with this type.

TeaEqualsBliss

Get in muh bellllllleeeee teehee

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I have received the experimental samples from Peony Tea S! You know, the offer for people outside of the US to test the shipping procedure. Three things I got, and this one was the only one I asked for. For the other two I just said which types I’m not usually very keen on and let Derek Chew pick something out for me. I suspect he may have been looking at my previous posts on Steepster, and my general likes and dislikes. One is a Dancong, which is a type I’ve had very good experiences with recently and the other is a Wuyi Sacred Lily, which is something I don’t believe I’ve ever tasted before. I’m almost always up for something new. Especially something new coming from Fujian, om nom nom!

Now I’m just waiting for the two orders of the First Wave of Post-Wedding Shopping to arrive. A massive one from TeaSpring which I would be surprised if it didn’t result in a customs fee and a smaller one from a Danish tea shop I haven’t tried before. There’s a 100g of Panyong in the latter. If it’s even remotely as lovely as my beloved Tan Yang Te Ji, then I shall definitely return to that shop. Again and again and again. My debitcard will thank me for keeping the Te Ji as a special occasions kind of tea.

Anyway, that was a tangent. THIS one came to me for absolutely free because of Peony Tea S’ very friendly offer. (Customs people opened the box and apparently 150g total of tea does not land me with extra customs fees. Explain then the time I had to pay fees on a similar amount from 52teas! Anyway. That’s also a tangent.)

As mentioned this is one I had requested, because a) I would never say no to a Lapsang. b) I would never say no to a Fujian black of any sort, really. c) I have never had an unsmoked LS before.

This is a whole new territory for me. How exciting!

Now, you may or may not remember me having talked about the Perfect LS before, about how it must be smoky, not too much and not too little, and how it must have a robust, fruity-sweet substance to it underneath the smoke, so that it does not just become something akin to standing in a smoke-filled room with a mouth full of water. That is my Perfect LS.

Therefore, I am expecting from this one a lot of the robust, fruity-sweet substance, and perhaps something along the lines of floweryness or pseudo-smoke like in Keemuns.

The leaves certainly smell like I expected. They are fruit-y sweet and with a strong aroma. There’s something vaguely floral about it as well, and I am very pleased to say that it also has a lot of that special Fujian cocoa-y note. It smells quite similar to Tan Yang.

That’s a good start!

The similarity doesn’t end there, and the brewed cup also smells somewhat Tan Yang-y. It’s a bit grain-y now and still with the cocoa note to it, but with the fruity sweetness of the LS. I have never experienced these notes this clearly before, they’ve always been masked by smoke.

PTS describes the flavour as ‘fruity, light with a sweet aftertaste’. I agree, although I find it cocoa-y as well as fruity. There is fruit there. My brain thinks of fresh figs, which is odd, because I don’t actually like figs and I’ve never been able to tell what they taste like apart from ‘unpleasant’. Like my tongue just concluded they were no good and refused to finish tasting them. Apparently I like them as a naturally occuring note in tea. (I’ve had a fig flavoured oolong once. It was… not for me, really)

A flash of lightly prickly pseudo-smoke at first, like in Keemun, then the brief appearance by cocoa, and finally we slide into a long fruity note and aftertaste. Again, very reminiscent of Tan Yang, but a little drier. Not particularly astringent, mind. Just… drier. (Synesthesia report, dark, dull-y grey, like something black and shiny which has not been dusted for a while.) Not as smooth as I had expected, but then no Lapsang has ever been smooth, really. Smooth under the smoke, perhaps, but I can’t claim to say that smoke is a smooth note in itself. This just goes to show that it’s not only the smoking process that makes an LS prickly.

I find myself reluctant to share this one with my husband. My brain says it’s because I’m not sure he would enjoy that overall dryness much (he hasn’t in the past), but my heart suspects it’s because I want it for myself.

Until recently I had never even heard of unsmoked LS before. I wouldn’t even have been able to imagine such a thing. Now? This is definitely a type that deserves a lot more attention. And it is a type to itself. It feels like a completely different beast than your regular smoked LS. This stuff? Really very lovely.

So, if you don’t care for Lapsang Souchong because of the smoke, don’t let that scare you away from an unsmoked LS.

mpierce87

Oooh, this sounds super yummy!

Angrboda

It’s very nice. The husband is growing very fond of it. :)

cteresa

This sounds so lovely!

I am feeling guilty here because I also received very kindly 3 teas from the Peony Tea S and have not tried them yet. I am keeping the white tea unopened in the fridge and eyeing it, but can not get over my mental block about tea when it is so hot. I am yearning for some autumn already!

Angrboda

It’s been slowly moving towards autumn up here, but Husband said that when he was in the UK just last week it was really warm. But then again, that’s just a bit further south than Denmark.

cteresa

Here it is pretty hot, awfully so – temperatures not quite as high as a few weeks ago, but a nastier heat, more humid. I have tried to get over my no-tea-in-summer block, but can not yet! oh well, the tea is well taken care of and is waiting for me.

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drank Bai Ji Guan by TeaSpring
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drank Darjeeling by Whittard of Chelsea
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Huh, I thought I had posted about this…

I’ve definitely had it before.

Anyway, as many of you may already know, I don’t actually care much for Darjeeling. I find it too finicky to brew and too prickly and grassy in flavour. I honestly don’t understand all the Darj. hype. I can only imagine that once upon a time somebody somewhere did some excellent marketing.

So when I was given 100g of this along with 100g of EG (sigh), it was accepted with as sincere a smile as I could muster and a secret thought that it would be exclusively for the husband, as he doesn’t dislike it as much as I do.

For the sake of thoroughness and openmindedness and what have you, I did try a cup of it though. This is the one I thought I had posted about, but apparently hadn’t. I wouldn’t say I particularly enjoyed it, but it wasn’t totally offensive either. I think I would say it was probably worth around 70-75 points, and drinkable. The things that I dislike about Darjeeling weren’t standing out so much.

This may be a question of leaf quality. The bag has no information on it at all regarding origin, so I assume we’re talking about a blend of several estates. This also makes me suspect that it’s a somewhat lower leaf quality than the FFs Darj-lovers happily shell out small fortunes for every year. The bag doesn’t even have any information regarding leaf grading on it.

So hot, it turned out surprisingly drinkable.

On a whim I tried putting some in the fridge for a cold brew last night and I have tasted the result this morning. It’s quite weak in flavour with a smidge of that prickly grassyness that I associate with Darj and don’t much care for. However, in a cold brew it doesn’t seem to bother me as much, probably because the flavour of the tea itself is so very, very delicate.

I wouldn’t say it was like drinking a glass of cold brewed tea really. It doesn’t really taste like something that is easily identified as tea unless you know about it. It’s more like drinking a glass of cold water with just a little bit of flavouring to it to make it interesting to drink. Not very different from how you can make a jug of ice water more intersting and refreshing to drink by tossing in a slice of lemon.

alaudacorax

Like you, I always find First Flush Darjeelings a disappointment and can’t understand the hype. I have to say that I’ve had some enjoyable Second Flushes, though. It might be worth not giving up on them quite yet. Well, except for that cut grass\new-mown lawn note, perhaps – that does seem to be a fairly regular flavour note and if you particularly dislike it …

Angrboda

Yeah, I can’t get to terms with that grass note really. But this one works in a cold brew, and if Darj will consistently work in cold brews, then there’s hope for me yet. :)

I suppose I just prefer a more grainy flavour profile in my black tea.

alaudacorax

By the way, I haven’t been around much for the last few weeks, so, here’s a belated congratulations and best wishes for the future to the both of you.

Angrboda

Thank you. :)

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We finally have summer around these parts! (Said the woman who has been out of the country for a fortnight. But it’s a small jump from England to Denmark, and we often have the same general sort of wheather.)

This is not something I would usually think very suitable for a morning cup, but today it’s warm and I’ve slept super comfortably in my own bed with my own pillow and with the fan turned on! I wanted something… fresher than the usual black or occasional dark, roasted oolong. I figured this was a good choice.

Also, the husband (omg I can write that now!) isn’t up yet. He’s definitely sleeping in this morning, so I didn’t have to think about what he wanted to drink.

Azzrian

Hahah yes isn’t it cool to say that!!! :) Congrats again and welcome back! I just got back from a trip myself and I am wiped out. Trying to catch up a bit.

Angrboda

Thank you. :)

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Awwww, you guys…

BLUSH!

Thank you so much everybody! I’ve tried to keep up with comments on my posts while we were away, but it wasn’t untill the last week or so (out of two) that I got around to tackling the recents page. (I had to go back 60 pages!!! O.o Damn me, for being unable to make do with the dashboard and greedy enough to wade through all posted!) As mentioned wifi at our B&B was a bit… dodgy, and I didn’t really want to clock up more roaming charges than I absolutely had to.

So yeah, I’ve seen all your comments and thank you very much for them. I’ll see about some proper replies once I work out where to even start, there are so many!

There should hopefully be a complete trip report up at LJ soonishly with photos and whatnot in it. I’ve been carefully writing down what happened each day.

TeaEqualsBliss

YAY!!!! You saw it!!!!! :) CHEERS, HUGS! Congrats!

Angrboda

I did, I did. I did see your PM about it too, because I got an email about it, but I never actually managed to click the link. I think it fell victim to shoddy wifi and getting kicked off the interwebz, and then I just never got back to it. I’m OCD enough to go back through all the posts I missed, though. :)

TeaEqualsBliss

:) So…does this mean you will have a new addy? If so PM me – next month I hope to send you a Mystery Box!

Angrboda

No, the address is the same, and I haven’t changed my name yet. I was adviced to wait because we were travelling to the UK. Apparently it won’t quite invalidate my passport, but it was mentioned that there might be some problems to do with names not matching on travel documents and such. I don’t really feel like that’s any stress worth risking when I’ve got a three month window to do the name change in without having to pay a fee. (Besides, I looked at the form I have to fill out and will have to contact the authorities anyway, as I have a couple of questions. Not really something I want to do wrong!)

TeaEqualsBliss

I don’t blame you at all!!!! WOW – that’s a bit confusing! Better to be safe than sorry, I agree!

Bonnie

I was worried you’d miss it because you don’t follow me so I couldn’t message you so finally I asked TeaEqualsBliss to let you know! (big group effort lots of well wishes!)

Angrboda

Bonnie, I’ve sort of given up following people unless I need to message them or they me to set up swappage or similar. I prefer to read from the All Recent page rather than the Dashboard (I’m OCD like that), so it makes no difference whether I follow people or not, really. :)

Ninavampi

Just because you sound sooo happy, Congrats one more time!! :) Stay this happy forever!

Angrboda

Thank you Nina. :)

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drank Earl Grey by Unknown
1254 tasting notes

Hello steepsterites!!

Honeymoon is nearly over and we are leaving Norwich after breakfast. I’ve ticked a few more of those Very English things off my list such as fish’n’chips and brown sauce with breakfast sausages. Also banoffee pie and a large number of J2O flavours.

Most importantly though, THIS was as close as I got to a real proper cream tea. I could have had it. I was supposed to have it. But I’d had a large lunch and I don’t know if you are aware of this.steepsterites but cream tea involves an awful lot of food. There are little sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and cakes, and I just couldnt eat all that without bursting, so we went for just tea and cake instead.

So clotted cream and cucumber sandwiches are still unticked but i saw someone else having it so I was definitely close.

I hope you all have been behaving yourselves in my absence. It was the plan to try and keep up womewhat with the phone but the B&B wi-fi is dreadfully slow.

Azzrian

Oh yes a proper cream tea is WONDERFUL! I had one at The English Tea Store last time we went to St. Louis. I don’t think we will have time or funds to have one this time around but I so loved it! I did a review under places here on Steepster with photos! :)
It sure IS a ton of food!
You can get clotted cream on many tea sites just FYI and it is SO SO GOOD! I got some from Harney and Sons recently.
I LOVE that stuff! :)
There is Clotted Cream and Double Devonshire Cream – similar but a little different. I think I prefer Clotted. A little sweeter I think.

ashmanra

Thanks, Azzrian! I bought Double Devon Cream in Raleigh and thought it was great, but I didn’t know if it was the same as clotted cream. Next time I go up there I will get some more. You can buy it here in town but it is $2 more. Then maybe I can put some colored cream on my next Harney order and compare.

ashmanra

Clotted cream! Stupid autocorrect.

Azzrian

LOL its okay … I pay about 6 bucks or more USD for mine in mail order. How much is it there?

Bonnie

Some Whole Foods stores carry it too. My local King Super has a large British food section with clotted cream…(they have a whole long isle of european food) . City Drugs in Old Town carries Dutch and Russian goodies (kind of odd) .

Dylan Oxford

Yeah, there’s a place not far from here that does ‘High Tea’ that Sandy is pretty fond of. I’ll make it there one of these days… :)

CHAroma

I’m surprised you’re on here at all if you’re on your honeymoon! Best wishes for a long and happy life with your new husband!!

LadyLondonderry

Yes, our Angrboda is one dedicated tea lover, posting from her honeymoon!:)

Angrboda

Thanks everybody. Unfortunately no second chance for cream tea arose, so I’m still unticked there. Will probably invest in some imported clotted cream eventually, but it’s just not the same. I’ve also seen a recipe for making it myself, but I’m not sure I can bring myself to actually boil cream. O.o

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drank Earl Grey (K-Cup) by Twinings
1254 tasting notes

This. This was my first cup of tea as a married woman. No, it wasn’t actually, but it was the first cup of tea that I knew what was. The other was pre-brewed at the restaurant and didn’t come with any identification. It was nice though.

But this? This was had in our hotel suite while we had a bit of a break before moving on to the next restaurant.

I’m not going to go into a deep analysis of it, other than to say that it, and the last half of the cup especially, was pretty dire. The now Mr Ang, who has the regular teabag version everyday, also felt that this… stuff was sub-par.

The wedding in general, though, went swimmingly, and you can see a picture here https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/b5FCJK6KIyQ0doQ8zn5eCr_V8Y8A_9IgxTPLskMdTM0?feat=directlink
We had a good time at both the actual celebration with buffet lunch at the first restaurant and with the travelling guests in the second restaurant for dinner (where the owner presented us with a bonus present in the shape of a nice painting)

This is definitely not a brewing system that will catch on in our house.

ashmanra

Sniff. Sniff. I wasn’t even there, yet I cried at your wedding! Lovely photo, beautiful bride, I love how happy the groom looks, as well he should! Many blessed years together, Ang and Mr. Ang!

Spoonvonstup

Congratulations!!!!

Stelgard

Congrats!

Dylan Oxford

Awwww… look at you two! Congratulations, you look like a very cute couple :)

momo

Congratulations!!!

Mercuryhime

Aww, congrats! What a lovely couple you make!

ssajami

Congratulations Ang!

Skulleigh

Congratulations! You looked lovely!

Azzrian

Beautiful

Nicole

Congrats to the lovely couple! Great picture!

Scott B

Congratulations!

Cheryl

Love both of your smiles and your dress is gorgeous! Glad you two are off having fun and getting that much needed time away. Congrats :)

Kittenna

Congratulations! You look gorgeous and I’m glad you had a wonderful day.

SimplyJenW

Congratulations! Thank you so much for sharing the pic because I know how much you value your privacy. Blessings on your new life together!

Joshua Smith

Congratulations! I wish you and your husband the best of luck!

gmathis

Thanks for sharing the picture. Be happy!

cteresa

Congratulations! Much happiness to you both.

Ninavampi

Congrats!! You look stunning! Love the dress!!! Also, you guys make a great couple! I wish happiness to you two forever! :)

The Purrfect Cup

Congrats!!! I LOVE your dress! All the best to the both of you. :)

DaisyChubb

Congrats! Absolutely all the best, you both look so happy – and can I say that you are 100% gorgeous, thank you so much for sharing!!! <3

Gillyflower

Ooooh—you two look wonderful, and you look like you’re having a good time too! Congratulations (and my condolences on the k-cup tea)!

Missy

Congratulations! Best of luck to you two. :D

Lynne-tea

You look stunning! I love the dress. Congratulations you two! =) Beautiful couple!

Scharp

Congratulations! Nice dress, and tuxedo! I hope you guys have a wonderful marriage together!

Barb

I missed your wedding! What a great photo — thanks for linking to it.

CHAroma

Yay!! I’m so happy for you both!! Great pic, great dress, great hair, great beau! (Even great car in the background). ;) Live long and prosper!!

Angrboda

Thank you everybody! :D

The DJBooth

How did I miss this…oh wait that was about the same time my son was born. Congratulations six months belated. Many years of happiness and many cups of tea shared between you both.

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drank Earl Grey by Whittard of Chelsea
1254 tasting notes

I would just like to point out that I’m not actually around at this point. Well, I’ll probably pop in for a bit here and there, but not properly. I likely won’t be again until in a couple of weeks time when we have returned from our honeymoon.

Only two sleeps now! Best man and his girlfriend have arrived safely from the UK and we have fed them dinner this evening. We had also bought them dessert, but as it had to thaw out and we forgot, they didn’t get any. So we’ve shown them where we live and how to get here so they can get here bright and early on Saturday morning. He will be going with the boyfriend into town while I’m at the hairdressers (we think) and she will be helping me into my dress and then going into town with me.

They brought us two pouches of Whittard of Chelsea as a present, this one and a first flush Darjeeling (which annoyingly doesn’t state the estate on it, so I just put it under a generic Darjeeling already in the system). sigh Well, they weren’t to know that both of these are pretty much non-hits with me. Particularly the Darj, which I’ll try, but it will probably be one mostly for the boyfriend.

Anyway, they just went back to their hotel about twenty-ish minutes ago, so I put the kettle on so we could try one of these new ones before going to bed. The EG was requested, so that’s where we’ll start.

As I was spooning out the leaf I noticed a fair bit of aroma. At that distance from my nose, it was suprisingly sweet and it reminded me rather of that Girlie Grey I had from Jeeves and Jericho some time ago. TeaEqualsBliss, you might remember that one, I believe I shared some of it with you.

This of course made me curious, so I put my nose closer to the bag to get a better idea of it, but then it was just all sharpness and sort of dusty turqoise bergamot. From a distance though, it smells a bit like a citrus-y pudding.

This makes me hopeful.

After steeping, it’s more or less the same thing, although the bergamot is softer and retains that dessert-y touch to it, even when my nose is closer to the cup.

This makes me even more hopeful.

I did oversteep it a bit, but only by a few minutes, so no real harm was done, and it doesn’t seem to be showing up in the flavour. It tastes very creamy and smooth. If I didn’t know better I would think it had a smidge of cream-y flavouring added or perhaps a touch of vanilla. It says nothing of the sort on the box, though.

I actually like the EG! I think it’s because it’s not just like being pelted with bergamots. It’s not so sharp and dusty like they can sometimes get. It has that extra dimension of creamyness which makes it slightly pudding-y. Not very, just ever so slightly.

I’m suspectly, actually, that this may have more to do with the base blend (unfortunately not elaborated on) rather than the flavouring process, because it is indeed very very flavoured. For once it’s just not completely offensive. I feel certain we’ll get through this tin with little trouble.

TeaEqualsBliss

Oh yes!!!! I was a fan of that one! I really enjoyed the teas from that company you sent! Thanks again!!!! I’m starting another box for you, btw…when it’s full I will send it your way! Might take me about a month or so – hope that is ok!

Bonnie

You sound like you are floating on a cloud of earl grey cream…and ….could it be ….anticipation!?!

gmathis

Be blessed!

ashmanra

May you have joy!

Kittenna

Ahhh, I’m so excited for you!! Have a wonderful wedding and honeymoon! :)

JacquelineM

Happy Uniting in Love and Marriage Day…and Life! <3

Dylan Oxford

Enjoy it all!

Angrboda

Thanks everybody.

TeaEqualsBliss, a month or so would be preferable actually, as I’ll be out of the country for most of the next three weeks anyway.

1 more sleep, and the last breakfast pancakes of freedom!

LadyLondonderry

LOL @ “the last breakfast pancakes of freedom!” Have a wonderful wedding day and a delightful honeymoon, Angrboda!!

Lynne-tea

Love this post! That is so exciting =) Congratulations. Haha ‘last breakfast pancakes of freedom!’ Have an amazing time and I am so happy two tea drinkers are getting married!

Cheryl

Hope your wedding day is as wonderful as you imagined, and your marriage even better. Will wait patiently for stories upon your return :)

Keemun

Whittard of Chelsea does the best Earl Grey blend…that is my opinion and I am happy to read your good review.

Angrboda

Thanks again, all.

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drank Black Currant Bai Mu Dan by 52teas
1254 tasting notes

Sing it with me now, Steepsterites!

Another one bites the dust
Another one bites the dust
And another one gone, and another one gone
Another one bites the dust
Hey, I’m gonna get you too
Another one bites the dust


Cupboard status down to 27! Boyfriend beginning to fear there won’t be any tea left. :D

Dylan Oxford

That does sound kind of tea-famine-y.

Lynne-tea

Haha Dylan. It’s true.. that does sound a bit like a tea-famine. Though I am very happy you are achieving your goal of reducing your cupboard Angrboda =)

Angrboda

Actually, I finished off another one since. (There is now NO vanilla black in the house! GAH!)

Missy

oh noes! I feel like I should rush out and send you a care package containing just a vanilla black tea. ;)

Dylan Oxford

It’s a tea-mergency! I could come up with puns all day…

Angrboda

Oh no worries. As soon as all this wedding business, and particularly the honeymoon business, is over with, I shall stock up to a ridiculous degree. The further down I can get the current supply first, the more I’m allowed to get in later. :D

Kittenna

I wish there was a hope for me diminishing my stash that much in a reasonable amount of time! But I have wayyyyy too much for that to happen…

Angrboda

I found that there were more than I thought where there was only enough for one or two pots. I must admit though, I also weeded out those that I knew I would never drink or like. Either tossed them because of age or put them aside to give away with swaps. I had great success in getting rid of some Darjeeling that way. :)

seule771

lol; so cruel we are. Play nice. still lol ;-) ;-)

CHAroma

I’m following in your footsteps, Angrboda!

Angrboda

And this was as low as we got. Am home now and have started repairs. First wave is from TeaSpring and from Sing Tehus in Copenhagen for testing purpose of their (considerably cheaper and easier to get Panyong. If it’s up to scratch the Tan Yang Te Ji will be a more special occasions and weekends tea)

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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.

The Formalities

Contact Angrboda by email: [email protected]
Contact Ang on IM on Google chat

Find Ang on…
Steam: Iarnvidia (Or Angrboda. She changed her display name and now is not certain which one to search for. She uses the same picture though, so she is easily recognised)
Goodreads: Angrboda
Livejournal: See website.
Dreamwidth: Ask her

Bio last updated February 2014

Location

Denmark

Website

http://angrboda.livejournal.com

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