Luka Te m.m.

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Another tea from the first round of the EU box. I decided to steep a large batch of this one so I can have enough for my new flask to turn it into iced tea. I think Rooibos and lemongrass would make a nice iced tea combination. Anything to get me through work tomorrow :)

It’s a nice blend, simple, sweet, lemony, smooth but very delightful. I love lemongrass teas but have not tried it blended with Rooibos before, probably because I’m not a huge fan of it but together they work well. The balance is nice, the Rooibos is a little heavier to start with but towards the after taste the lemongrass shines through. The Rooibos is thick so it does have that unusual chemical flavour but luckily it does not last for long.

I can’t wait to see what this is like iced, possibly better than it is hot.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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68
drank Rooibos Kalahari by Luka Te m.m.
1267 tasting notes

O Hai there Steepsterites. I’ve been neglecting you a bit lately. I’ve been keeping an eye on the boards but that’s about it. I’m doing Camp NaNoWriMo this month and there are a number of other things keeping me occupied. We had our first wedding anniversary this past weekend for example. Went out to dinner at one of the restaurants where we also had some of our wedding last year and saw the Tall Ships Races ships as they were in town. Very interesting for a day out if you get the chance for that sort of thing. The restaurant was the place where we were also given a painting by the owner, so we had brought copy of a photograph taken there with him, us and the painting to give to him. Unfortunately he had passed away earlier this year from cancer, but we gave it to his daughter. She said that he would have been very happy with the photograph and pleased to hear that we’ve hung the painting in our lounge. So that was a kind of bittersweet ending to our anniversary.

Husband loves this one so when I ordered some more of it, he all but demanded that I get two pouches. This place sells in 100 g bags ONLY when it’s online and I’m not sure he really had any idea of how much that is before he saw me tinning 200 g of the stuff and commented that perhaps we should just buy it by the bucket. However, it has turned into a favourite of his (likely because of the lemon grass. Husband is a lemon fiend.) so not stocking up was not an option.

This is the shop that I used to live close to so I’ve never ordered online from them before. Looking at the selection, though, I’ve come to suspect that they might have the same supplier as Fru P, so I’m not really missing out on anything by having moved away. I did consider getting some of Luka’s vanilla to compare with Fru P, but decided against it. I’ll just have to remember to check if Fru P has a rooibos blend similar to this one, because that would be so much more convenient. (And Fru P is a really nice lady. I’ve been chatting with her when I’ve been in there and she remembers my name. I want to support her business.)

Anyway, at first when Cteresa taught me to like flavoured rooibos blends, I wasn’t super convinced about this one. It’s lemon-y and that really suits the rooibos and makes it not taste like a chewed pencil, but it still struck me as kind of boring.

I’ve come around to it, though, and I can see now that the old batch had been hoarded a little too carefully. This cup is much more lemon-y and fun to drink.

So there you are, Steepsterites. I aten’t ded! But now it’s back to the writing.

ashmanra

Happy Anniversary!

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, Happy Anniversary!

MsWhatsit

Ah, another Granny Weatherwax fan. Glad to hear your doing well and congrats on another anniversary. I haven’t tried a lemony rooibos blend yet, but it sure sounds interesting!

Angrboda

Thank you. :)

MsWhatsit, yes, the witches of Lancre are my favourite Discworld books. :) I like the Ankh-Morpork watch books too, but I prefer the witches. Gytha Ogg is fab! :D

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I wanna know what Camp NaNoWriMo is? I know what NaNoWriMo in October(?) is.

Angrboda

Camp NaNo is more or less the same thing, only in summer and with some small differences. It’s run by the same people for two months in summer/spring, so two sessions. The main difference is that you can get assigned to ‘cabins’ instead of keeping writing buddies, so the social aspect of it is different. You’ve got some six to eight other people to chat with but you do it in a completely closed forum that only your ‘cabin’ can see. A new thing this year was the abillity to decide your own word goal instead of the standard 50K. I did 15K in July camp, for example.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Oh, v cool! I dream of writing a book one day, even if it’s never published, but in the meantime, I enjoy stalking/reading other people’s NaNo progress blogs.

Angrboda

Well, what’s stopping you? Even if you only have time for a little bit here and a few sentences there, that’s still progress. I say, if you have an idea, get started. At least with an outline so you don’t forget what your idea was about. :)

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Post school, Angr ! But ty for the encouragement !

No concrete ideas yet, but it’ll be about love and thinking and perception.

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20
drank Throat Tea by Luka Te m.m.
1267 tasting notes

bleeuuuuurgh…

Added a little honey for extra medicinalness. Seems to make the chamomile a wee bit more bearable.

At least it’s soothing. Poor us.

(You should hear Husband’s magnificent bedroom voice, guys!)

Kittenna

Hahahaha, sounds like the boyfriend and I from a few days ago. He came over, and we sat on the couch watching a movie. With a box of kleenex separating us. He later drove me to pick up NyQuil. :P What a date!

Also, that tea sounds icky (and also judging by your rating), but I hope it works!! Sore throats are the worst. Feel better!

LiberTEAS

I hope you feel better soon!

Ninavampi

Get better! :)

Terri HarpLady

I’m right in there with you, could you pass the kleenex please?

Rabs

Hoping you both recover sooner rather than later.

Helena

I don’t want your cold! Even if I got a cold I’ll pass on that tea :D

ashmanra

Oh dear! I hope you both feel better quickly!

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68
drank Rooibos Kalahari by Luka Te m.m.
1267 tasting notes

This is one of a few that we’ve got that I haven’t added to my cupboard.

1. They belong to the boyfriend.
2. He brought them with him when we moved in together.
3. He is the only one who drinks them.
4. I don’t like rooibos anyway.

However, after the success of the flavoured rooibos that Cteresa sent me the other day, he suggested that maybe I should also try the three or four that he’s got. Well, three out of the four. He enjoys this one, he thinks I might like two of the others as well and he very much doubts I’ll like the fourth one. I know I won’t like it, because I bought it once, before I realised that me and rooibos don’t mesh, because some female creature kept prattling on about how wonnnnnnnnnnderful it was iced. Let’s just say it wasn’t wonderful hot and it wasn’t wonderful iced. Much less wonnnnnnnnnnnnnnderful. So I’m steering well clear of that one until such time as I come over all masochistic.

Anyway, this one was suggested to start with. Not surprisingly considering the man’s affinity to lemons. I made a whole mug for him and a little more than half a mug for me. It makes it seem a little less scary the fact that there’s less of it.

Hmmm, odd. Yeah, there’s lemon here, but mostly I’m getting something… minty? It tastes a bit like chewing gum, really. The sort that adults eat, not children. I’m not sure I would call it super awesome, but it’s actually drinkable. Again the flavouring seems to cancel out the worst pencil-shaving-y-ness of the rooibos base.

I’m not at all surprised that he’s fond of it, but I’m not sure it’s what I’m looking for. I suspect I require some sweetness here.

Therefore, I conducted an experiment and if the following is some huge rooibos faux pas, I suggest you either avert your eyes now if you don’t want to risk it, or consider yourselves dutifully warned.

I added some sugar.

And this is an entirely different picture. Yeah it’s a little on the sweet side due to the dosage of sugar (I have funky thingie with sugar in which doses it for you and you just empty a ‘room’ over the cup) and the size of the cup, but what remained of unpleasant rooibos-y woodyness has been well and truly subdued.

I think, if it’s not a naturally sweet flavour, I might require a bit of sugar in a flavoured rooibos.

Interesting.

No, I’m not feeling particularly discouraged about this. Probably not something I’ll be drinking very often though.

kOmpir

Green rooibos… totally different story.

Tina S.

I sugar my rooibos too on a fairly regular basis. If it’s a faux pas, I don’t want to know!

Indigobloom

I add agave to mine. For me, the two go really well together :P

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79
drank Black Powder Blend by Luka Te m.m.
1582 tasting notes

De-cupboarding this tea. Unfortunately the dregs at the bottom of the bag were rather bitter so I didn’t enjoy the last few cups as much as I would have liked.

Thank you for sending me this tea Angrboda, I did enjoy drinking it. :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

You know! I had the EXACT same thing happen to me with this when I got to the end and it was aged a bit…glad I wasn’t alone…

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79

STRONG in every way. Be careful NOT to over infuse.
SIPDOWN from earlier this morning…

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85
drank Pai Mu Tan by Luka Te m.m.
1267 tasting notes

Gosh, these leaves must be ancient! If there is some fading, however, it doesn’t really matter today as what I was looking for was something mild. Let’s not go too much into detail here. Suffice to say that I had milkshake-tummy all day yesterday and that yesterday’s diet consisted primarily of water and the glass of juice I had in the evening was somewhat regretted at bedtime.

So. Something mild for me, please. I’m feeling better in the stomach department today, but let’s not rock the boat, eh?

This turned out as orange as… an orange today. I always get surprised by the colour with this one. I keep expecting it to be very very light and then I get shocked at how dark it actually is.

The aroma is weirdly custard-y. A bit buttery and a bit sweet and I wonder if the fact that I made lemon curd earlier today is messing with my senses. I can’t really spot much nuttiness in the aroma. Perhaps a little almond here and there, but not really anything noteworthy.

Which is funny, because I distinctly remember it as being quite nutty. Or maybe that was just all in the flavour?

Yes it was. It is indeed quite mild, likely due to some fading, but the note of walnut is still quite obvious. Sad to say, however, that either the remainder of the leaves will have to be brewed somewhat stronger than this or it will mainly be used for occasions such as this where I’m feeling it best to stick with something mild.

I had originally given this one a grand total of 98 points, but seeing as how I’ve been so disinterested in it for so long, I’m going to take it down somewhat. No tea that one loses interest in like this is really worth 98 points.

IMPORTANT EDIT!!! GAH!! I completely forgot! Happy New Year, Steepsterites. Be careful around the fireworks.

Rabs

Have a Happy (and safe) New Year too!

Thomas Smith

Happy New Year!
In the vein of old Bai Mu Dan – I always set aside some of each batch I get for aging. If sealed away, airtight in proper cool conditions, it will just steadily decline over the course of a year or longer. However, if exposed to a bit of air as you would store puerh, wrapped in paper or stored with a lid slightly ajar and moved between warm and cool areas of the house according to season and the behavior of the leaves’ surfaces, you can get a progression and accentuation of smoky and fruited qualities in good examples of the tea as it continues to oxidize over time. Takes a fair bit of effort, just like in aging a sheng puerh, but it can help with batches of tea you can’t finish within the 3-6 month grace window of good flavor in certain white teas.

Angrboda

This one must be about 1½ years or so old already and starting to fade. Would it be too late to start that sort of experiment with it now, do you think?

Thomas Smith

Probably, but if you aren’t drinking it, there isn’t much harm, is there? Aging whites is just like puerh – alternate between warm and a tad drier to draw visible oils to the surface of the leaves and cool and lightly humid to force re-absorption. Heat around 60C with 50-70% humidity will dramatically change the tea by forcing oxidation in puerh and white teas, which is why Hong Kong/Vietnam/Malaysia storage results in huge differences in flavor in a pretty short time.

Angrboda

True that. It wasn’t hugely expensive at the shop either (I think it’s a somewhat middle to low-ish of the higher end of quality to begin with) so not worth crying a lot if I ruin the leaves. I’ve got enough leaf too that I can do it with just half of them and keep the other half in the current tin so I can see about making a difference.

If I heat the oven up to 50C and put some oven dishes full of water in the bottom it might do the trick. Hmmm… I’ll need to do some planning here first, I think.

Thanks for the tip, I’m quite interested in giving it a go. Especially if I can make a smoky note come out (yay smoky!)

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79
drank Black Powder Blend by Luka Te m.m.
1582 tasting notes

It’s been awhile since I’ve drank this tea – I’m not quite sure why, I certainly don’t find it objectionable. It smells just as smokey as I remember, but I find myself surprised at how smooth and gentle the tea actually is. The tea doesn’t have a heavy, lingering flavour and I find it feels quite clean in my mouth.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

I was just eyeballing what little bit of this I have left in my stash…

Jillian

I split what I had left to give some away for the Secret Santa thing – it’s to a worthy cause, though so I won’t mourn the loss (as much). ;D

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76
drank Pai Mu Tan by Luka Te m.m.
411 tasting notes

Oh! This is what is Pai Mu Tan is supposed to taste like. Got it.

Thanks Angrboda

Angrboda

I’m glad it’s still good! Those leaves are pretty ancient. :)

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100
drank Black Powder Blend by Luka Te m.m.
1267 tasting notes

Look what I found!

Let’s revisit the story of this tea, shall we? I used to get this from Luka, the local shop where I live, but as I was pretty much the only person interested in smokies they took it off the shelf. When I was told this, they let me buy the lot of what they had left which turned out to be some 600g or so. I was then promised that when that ran out, if I wanted some more, I could just let them know and they would make sure to get something for me then next time they ordered from their supplier.

I took most of it with me to work and drank it there for several months, and after I was done with it, I’ve never taken advantage of the offer to have them get me some more specially. I was sort of sated, you know? But then yesterday I found this little bit squirreled away in the lunch room cupboard at work, all lost and forgotten. So I took it home with me and have now made me a cup. There isn’t very much of it, only enough for one, maybe two, small pots after this one.

You know, I’m thinking when I’ve had this again (and when I’ve actually got some spending money again, can we has pay day soon?) maybe I will stop in at that shop and see if the offer still stands. It might be nice to have some of it back again.

It’s been so long since I’ve had it I’d pretty much forgotten all the details of it, but then the first sip was of something so extremely familiar (well it would have to be, wouldn’t it, having got through a whole pound!) that I just fell right back into it.

I’ve made it a bit strong this morning, but I’m probably steeping considerably shorter than I used to do when I had it last, so there should be more steeps in it than I remember. Plan is to keep going at this one for the better part of the day.

It’s turned into something oddly dual layered. There’s the pang of prickly lapsang smoke and underneath that the heartier blend of green and english breakfast with the sweeter notes of LS. The bottom layer is all thick and viscous and it feels like there might actually be milk in it, even though there isn’t.

I have to say I recall it being more evenly blended, but then again, who knows how long those leaves have been hiding at the back of that cupboard and I’m not brewing the exact same way anymore either.

Jaime

I’ve got to find me some of this stuff!

Angrboda

Considering that Luka is a tiny danish shop and I don’t know who their supplier is, but likely also a danish company… I’m sorry, but I think you would have a difficult time finding it in America. :)

Jaime

Small sad. Well, at least I know one stop I’ll be making if I’m ever in Denmark, right?

Angrboda

Well, yes, except they took it off the shelf, didn’t they? :) But if you let me know in advance dI’ll try to see if I can get them to get some home for me, and I’ll provide you with a cup. :)

Jaime

Oh, yeah…I’m not the brightest puppy in the litter today. Thanks!!

Angrboda

Oh I know that feeling. Go make yourself a cuppa, maybe it’ll help. Get the little grey cells in order and such. ;)

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20
drank Throat Tea by Luka Te m.m.
1267 tasting notes

Ergh yuck! The next time I find myself in the unfortunate situation that I have to buy chamomile, I’ll go cheap and get some bagged supermarket brand.

Because this stuff looks absolutely disgusting when cleaning it out of the pot.

AmazonV

haha yea yellow mush

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20
drank Throat Tea by Luka Te m.m.
1267 tasting notes

Okay, so it wasn’t just because I’d been snoring. I had a few errands to run and I had a stop at Luka anyway, so I asked for something chamomile for myself. Then I asked her if she had something in a blend that could take a bit of the nasty flavour and she gave me this.

Chamomile and licorice root which is also something that’s soothing for the throat. Not a combination I can really imagine. It smells awful too. Still very chamomile-y after brewing and I can’t detect much licorice root.

But if it’s good for me… bottoms up, right?

BLEURGH!

Bleurgh and bleurgh again.

Could be worse though. It’s not undrinkable, it’s just not really very nice. Mostly chamomile which I’ve steadily disliked more and more over the years (as a child I really enjoyed it) and some licorice root on the swallow

What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger. Or something.

AmazonV

bleh i hate licorice in tea – but love the roots to chew on

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79
drank Black Powder Blend by Luka Te m.m.
1582 tasting notes

Like that Vanilla Date tea from 52Teas this one has been banned to a separate cupboard to keep it’s strong odor from permeating all my other teas. I’m noticing a bit of bitterness this time, though it’s mostly when the tea is quite hot and it mellows out as it cools. Maybe I’ll reduce the temperature or steeping time slightly.

The resteep is lighter and sweeter with a slight woody note that’s most noticeable when the tea is hot. It’s still quite smokey, but it’s a more unobtrusive sort of smokey.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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87
drank Pai Mu Tan by Luka Te m.m.
1582 tasting notes

This tea has great staying power – I had a cup last night and two more today and the leaves kept that same nutty, and sweetly-greenish flavour throughout. I image I could get at least another couple steeps out of these leaves if I were so inclined.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C
Angrboda

I had a O.o moment there… I forgot I’d sent you some. I was sitting here pondering what the odds were of two shops on two continents having the same name. LOL!

Jillian

LOL! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted about this tea – I think you sent it to me last autumn(?) so it’s understandable that you’d forget I had it. :D

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85
drank Pai Mu Tan by Luka Te m.m.
1267 tasting notes

Look what I found at the back of the cupboard! Did anyone say ‘summerly’?

peers into cup

DEAR MY TEA!

I gave you a 30 second steep. 45 seconds as the very very most. How come you are so dark looking?

Suspiciously,
Ang.

Nothing wrong with the flavour though. One sip made my eyes go all roll-y and my face go all grinny. I’ve missed this one and I didn’t even know it.

I need to do some experimental forays into other whites though. This is the only one I’m completely at home in. I’ve only ever had silver needles once for example, and I wasn’t truly aware of what I was drinking then.

I think I’ll take this cup with me to the balcony and finish Gullstruck Island.

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100

What a delicious blend! I’m swooning with delight. Many many thanks to Angrboda for introducing me to this tea. I love smoky teas and this one refuses to wimp out. It’s a strong and serious drink with smoldering yet clear intentions. This tea offers uncompromising deliciousness to all lovers of smoky tea. Many Lapsang Souchong blends tend to add sweetness or lightness to the mix but this one reinforces and enhances the strong smoke.

Absolutely, devastatingly perfect—a tea to love!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

Now that’s a great review of this tea!!!! :)

TeaEqualsBliss

Angrboda is so sweet letting so many of us try this, isn’t she? LOVE IT

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Congrats Doulton! This is a Featured tealog.

AmazonV

oo congrats!

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79

I woke up with this this morning and BOY oh BOY was it smokey! WOW!! The hotter the water the smokier it seems to get!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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92
drank Black Powder Blend by Luka Te m.m.
911 tasting notes

So, no less than three people at work have wrinkled their nose today at this lovely, smoky deliciousness of a tea. Rich, heavy and smoky, smoky, smoky. Ah. So tasty. They can wrinkle their noses all they like. I will reveal in the smoke.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

that happens in my kab too. :D

Auggy

Hehe! At least one coworker now seems to have a horrible fascination with smelling my tea. I can’t figure out if he likes the smoky smell or if he just thinks it is too weird not to sniff.

Angrboda

maybe he’s working up the courage to ask if he can have a sip. :)

Auggy

I was thinking that too! I’ve offered to make him a cup before but I think the tea I offered it on was too different so he passed. At one point with a different tea I got the idea he had been hoping to try that one but I didn’t think to offer then. Maybe I just need to always offer to make him a cup!

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36
drank Aniseed by Luka Te m.m.
1267 tasting notes

Tin liberation! Yay! Second tin freed in two days.

Good morning Steepsterites.

I made this extra strong this morning (so as to use the rest of the leaves), added some of Adagio’s cinnamon and a good splash of milk.

I must be sleepier than I thought because when I took the first sip, I was honestly surprised to discover it wasn’t coffee…

Also, I’ve docked a lot of points from this one. It’s time to stop kidding myself. I just really really wanted to like it better than I actually did, and I was trying to convince myself that I did by cheating the brain with more points than it was worth. Obviously, it didn’t really work.

Ricky

I’m tricking myself by removing tea from tins and packing them into ziplock bags. =X Hey I’m freeing up tins and it’s taking up less space!

Angrboda

That doesn’t work for me because I keep all the ziplock bags in a big tin that previously contained biscuits. And then I forget them.

Ricky

That’s what I do :) But when I do find it, I go, OH I STILL HAVE SOME OF THIS TEA!

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79
drank Black Powder Blend by Luka Te m.m.
1582 tasting notes

Angrboda was kind enough to send me a generous sample of this tea and I was terribly curious to see what it was like, so I decided to brew up a cup of it tonight. First of the all the dry tea practically reeked of campfire/BBQ and the smell permeated the house as I steeped it. I think my nose became habituated because I couldn’t smell it after awhile steeping, but the boyfriend-creature walked in the door, gave me a look and said “You’re making that smokey tea, aren’t you?”.

I was pretty worried at that point since Lapsang Souchong tastes like liquid BBQ to my palate and I was worried that this tea would have a similar flavour as, from the smell of it, it obviously has a large helping of that particular chinese tea in it.

Much to my relief it wasn’t nearly that bad – the smokiness was about on par with the Russian Caravan I got from Murchies recently. There’s a distinctly green note in the middle of each mouthful that I think serves to mellow the flavour.

It’s a really interesting blend, thank you Angrboda! :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

You’re welcome. :)

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87
drank Pai Mu Tan by Luka Te m.m.
1582 tasting notes

I went for shorter steeps this time ‘round even though white teas are supposed to get a longer steep in general, I think. The result was a lighter tea with a smoother taste but with plenty of flavour. The nuttiness still predominates, but I’m also getting a hint of something else that makes me think of rhubarb or maybe underipe blackberries – veeeery interesting.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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85
drank Pai Mu Tan by Luka Te m.m.
1267 tasting notes

This is actually a backlog of what I had last night before sleeping. I made it with the gaiwan (really need more of those things!) and with cooler water than I have before. The reason for the c ooler water being that I forgot it and then couldn’t be bothered to boil again.

I think the steeping time must have been shorter too. The only thing I know for sure, really, is that I used more leaf.

The result was VASTLY different to what I’ve had before. At least it seemed like it. It came as a bit of a surprise to me when I took the first sip, because that was just not how I remembered it at all. It wasn’t as walnut-y and borderline astringent. It was sweet, a note of nuts but over-all insanely buttery.

It was good enough at all, but I think I prefer it the other way. I’ll have to experiment a bit here.

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92
drank Black Powder Blend by Luka Te m.m.
911 tasting notes

Today I’m focusing on samples. I hope. Well, that’s the goal. Who knows how I’ll actually do on it. I’m feeling sort of blah due to the combo of a sinus headache, a spider bite, crappy weather and miscellaneous other stuff that I won’t whine about here. But on the plus side, I have this tea from Angrboda to try and I’m quite excited about that!

Okay, I officially hate this tea because it’s delicious and there is no way for me to easily buy more. It probably has the cleanest end I’ve ever had with a smoky tea. Heavy smoke on the front followed by a faintly sweet note that lifts the taste a bit and then a clean, smooth finish. But it doesn’t skimp on the smoky so it ends up being a strong, bold but still smooth and almost gentle tea with hordes of flavor. This tea is so nice and soft spoken while it smacks me around with bold smoky that I can’t help but love it and want to cuddle with it.
3g/8oz

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

And that’s why I nearly had a panic attack in the shop when they told me they had taken it off the shelf because nobody else was buying it. Didn’t even think twice when offered the rest of what they had. First time I’ve ever bought a POUND of tea and only one kind!

Auggy

I can totally understand and would have done the same thing – it’s pretty delicious!

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100
drank Black Powder Blend by Luka Te m.m.
1267 tasting notes

Whoa! I’ve ‘unfollowed’ a LOT of Steepsterites today. Many of them people who have gone inactive or who had seemingly decided not to follow me. In many many cases both. But also some others. I just want to make it quite clear that there is nothing at all personal involved in the people I’m dropping. It’s merely a case of trying to re-invent the way I use the site.

It’s a lengthy and honestly rather tedious process (that I have, I admit, brought on myself by initially trying to follow literally everybody with one or two exceptions), but I’m down to 814 now. Not nearly done, but I’ve got two whole pages now of people I’ve decided to keep. And at this point I’m realising that instead of clicking and unfollowing people one by one, it might have been easier to just unfollow everybody and re-add the ones I wanted to keep instead. Bit late for that now, though, so we’re plodding onwards.

For this purpose I of course need a good strong tea, preferably a smoky and one I know so well that I don’t have to put a lot of thought into drinking it. Enter Black Powder. I have this at work every day. It’s my work tea, which is also why I rarely have it at home anymore. It’s perfect for work really and because it’s smoky most people make this face o.O and I get to keep it for myself. (I do at the moment have one curious colleague though, but she’s not yet finished gathering courage for it. I’ve told her she’s welcome to dive into the tin/pot whenever she feels ready for it. I hope she’ll like it. )

I’m actually on second steep now. The smoother, slightly sweeter, but still very smoky one. I can’t remember if I’ve ever tried a third steep of it or what the result was if I did, but it would appear that today might very well be the day.

Seems I’ve generally had pretty good tea luck recently. Lots of yummy stuff.

malomorgen

too bad that i cant order online most of the teas you guys drink. they don’t ship my way. but ill make sure to have my uncle bring me a bunch of them when he comes from the states this summer…

Angrboda

Well, I’m in Denmark, so it won’t help you with the majority of what I’ve got. This is from a local shop (sorta. I kind of have a deal with them) near where I live, but mostly I find myself in the same boat as you, lusting after some of those american based companies.

malomorgen

oh awesome i thought everyone here is american :D goin to germany and switzerland in 3 months. cant wait to raid some teashops. we got only one here in my city (for whole 3 months now) ;)

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