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Deeeeeeeee-licious!!!!!! If you are a black currant fan (I am! I am!) you will love this tea. I never knew I liked black currants so much until I tasted Angrboda’s Raspberry Oolong, and for that I will be forever grateful!!! I kind of feel like they are grown-up sophisticated little raspberries. I am now always seeking them out!

The white tea is delicate and without bitterness, and the black currant addition is just perfect. In the description, it says that twice the amount of currant has been used, which to me tastes exactly right!! It’s fruity but I can still taste tea AND fruit. I didn’t think any sweetener was needed. Wonderful! I think this would be great iced, and I am going to make it for my next iced tea!!!

Steep 2: upped the steeping time to 3 minutes. Very similar to steep #1 (which means it’s still delightfully fruity! YES!

Steep 3: did 3 minutes again. A little less fruity but the tea tastes great!

I am now full of tea but I’m going to save the leaves incase I feel like a post lunch cuppa. Will edit this post!

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

I’ve had the same sort of raspberry-oolong-y thoughts towards this one… As well as the base being my favourite white type. I just can’t justify a purchase at the moment.

JacquelineM

I thought it was interesting to note that growing black currants is still BANNED in New Jersey because of a white pine rust they can harbor (they were banned in the entire US until 1966!). I really wanted to grow some bushes in my garden but alas!

JacquelineM

…and after a little more digging I found that there are 4 types of black currants you can have in NJ but you need a PERMIT!! One day I will call the state and see how complicated that is…

JacquelineM

OK last comment about growing black currant in NJ! You need to draw up a map to show where you are planting your bushes, and they have to be available for state inspection, and you have to pay $75 a year and renew each year or destroy your bushes. I will just have to purchase pre-made black currant delicacies since I need to save my agricultural fight energy for getting our town to change the rule about keeping chickens (no farm animals allowed! I just want 3 chicken ladies for fresh eggs and so they can peck about the grass for mosquitos!!!)

Kristin

I’m sadly already almost out of this tea!

Ricky

Hmmmm! Did someone say Raspberry Oolong!?!? =P

Angrboda

Hee hee hee! It’s a bit like ringing a bell. Ricky has developed a Pavlovian response to The Tea We Shan’t Mention. :D

Ricky

I know! Look what you’ve done…. I’m going to head to Denmark and get me some the tea that must not be named.

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Angrboda

I’ve had the same sort of raspberry-oolong-y thoughts towards this one… As well as the base being my favourite white type. I just can’t justify a purchase at the moment.

JacquelineM

I thought it was interesting to note that growing black currants is still BANNED in New Jersey because of a white pine rust they can harbor (they were banned in the entire US until 1966!). I really wanted to grow some bushes in my garden but alas!

JacquelineM

…and after a little more digging I found that there are 4 types of black currants you can have in NJ but you need a PERMIT!! One day I will call the state and see how complicated that is…

JacquelineM

OK last comment about growing black currant in NJ! You need to draw up a map to show where you are planting your bushes, and they have to be available for state inspection, and you have to pay $75 a year and renew each year or destroy your bushes. I will just have to purchase pre-made black currant delicacies since I need to save my agricultural fight energy for getting our town to change the rule about keeping chickens (no farm animals allowed! I just want 3 chicken ladies for fresh eggs and so they can peck about the grass for mosquitos!!!)

Kristin

I’m sadly already almost out of this tea!

Ricky

Hmmmm! Did someone say Raspberry Oolong!?!? =P

Angrboda

Hee hee hee! It’s a bit like ringing a bell. Ricky has developed a Pavlovian response to The Tea We Shan’t Mention. :D

Ricky

I know! Look what you’ve done…. I’m going to head to Denmark and get me some the tea that must not be named.

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

My favorites:
Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
An Occasional Oolong
Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes

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Collingswood, NJ

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