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I needed a little oomp to get through my afternoon slump so I yanked this one out of the cupboard to give it a go. I had every intention of spiking it with a little milk but I didn’t have room in my cup so I drank it straight.
The dry leaf smells more Assam but the taste is pretty evenly Assam and Keemun. When it is hot, the Assam comes through more and it reminds me a bit of Thomas Sampson. When it cools, the Keemun comes to the fore more. It’s a fairly average Keemun so I’d have to say I prefer it hot but unfortunately I got distracted with cooking and the cup cooled down a bit before I finished it.
I’m not entirely sure if it’s given me the oomph I was looking for – it was milder and smoother than I was anticipating based on the smell – but it was a good late afternoon break!
The tea leaves had a delicate fragrance. When dry they almost had a faint hint of chocolate (or maybe I’m just going mad). Anyway, when I brewed this tea, it was refreshingly light and extremely delicate. I will have to tweak the steeping times though, because I don’t think I steeped it for long enough.
Another of my Angrboda teas, and this one is a nice solid black blend. My first steep, even though I thought I shorted the time a little, seemed a bit over-tannic to me. The second steep is milder, but nicely mellow. Overall – a decent cuppa. (I would like to try this iced sometime.)
Smells really good and spicy, and not in a overwhelming cinnamon sort of way. From the outside of the bag, it looked like green tea since there was green dust around it. Once it was steeped, it turned a dark brown. Delicious blend especially with milk and sugar. It was a little too bitter for me plain. The blend of spices is great. One of the best bagged chais I’ve had IMO since it wasn’t too spicy.
Thank you Caitlin for sending me 2 samples of this!
Interesting tea. I only really liked it when it was sweetened. But I didn’t get enough rose with all the fruit. The rose flavor only really popped out occasionally, and one time, popped out as a soapy flavor. Which I didn’t really enjoy.
Overall, not a bad tea, but not one I’ll reach for again.
Now, on to another Angrboda tea… :)
I’m fast running out of this tea. I’m a little sad, because every time I drink this tea I love it a little bit more.
I notice a slightly fruity aroma both before and after steeping. The tea produces a lovely reddish-gold liquid it looks really nice in my favourite teacup.
I used to love this tea, but having it again today – I’m very disappointed. I prepared this the same way as every other time, but the jasmine seems to be overpowering and I can no longer taste the actual tea. I’m bringing down the points a bit because I’m so disappointed with this cup. It’s not really bad, just not very good either.
I’m disappointed to say I really didn’t like this. It’s not that it’s objectively a horrible tea or anything, but I just don’t really drink sweet hot drinks like hot chocolate or tea with sugar. The smell is powerful and disgusting but the taste is better. Still not really to my taste – I’ll have to see whether any of my friends like it
I’m trying to get some writing done at the moment. The goal is 500 words total and I’m nearly halfway there, so I’m giving myself a short break. I have joined up with a group of like-minded writerly types elsewhere for a motivational project. 500 words, five days a week, 12 weeks with a weekly check-in. Week 2, doing well so far.
Point is, I was looking for an inspirational tea. It seems I don’t currently have one in my collection. At least not one that seemed inspirational today. Next solution then was to find one that might be interesting because it had been untouched for a while, while at the same time one that wasn’t so good that I would be distracted by paying attention to it while drinking.
Something out of the ordinary that I didn’t have to focus on. I believe that would be this tea, because honestly it’s probably the only way I’ll ever get through the tin. Then, when I’ve got my 500 words, I can reward myself with something nommy or something new.
I’m not a fan. I bought it in the UK because the name combined with the fact that I was IN England at the time felt like an obvious combination to the point where it even negated my natural sceptism of floral scented tea. I think I could have dealt with the flowers alone though. The fact that it is also heavily flavoured with jackfruit completely blindsided me. So heavily flavoured actually, that it’s really just a jackfruit tea decorated with some rose petals. That’s how it seems.
And you know, I’ve never tasted jackfruit in any other way than this, but I rather think I wouldn’t like it much, which totally doesn’t help here at all either.
At least it’s something to drink while writing. It’s better than eating biscuits or crisps or whatever. Health-wise, not flavour-wise.
I’m going to adjust the rating downwards a bit. Again.
I revisited this one today, and once again got a little disappointed by the fact that it’s quite fruitish in flavour and not at all roseish.
How can they make a tea named after an english rose and not have it be a black tea + rose, period?
How can they make a tea flavoured very distinctively with fruit and call it english rose? A very tropical fruit, even?
Sure, the british empire stretched well and truly into some very tropical areas, but still!
This is really bothering my OCD something awful!
That said, though, the tropical fruitness of it, was a pretty good choice to follow my evening meal which had many many nectarines and strawberries in it. So I was sort of adhering to a theme there. Or something. It took away a great deal of the initial disappointment of it not being what I expected (even though I’ve had it before), and made a quite enjoyable cup anyway.
Yes, I had dessert for dinner. I am such a grown-up!
(And if you are interested, this was dessert: http://www.formerchef.com/2010/09/15/strawberry-and-nectarine-crisp/ FormerChef has tons of awesome and easy to follow(!) recipes, you should totally check it out)