It’s the Ceylon Sensation Day! :D Everybody’s having Ceylon today. This is my third. The first one was a random pick. The second one was on purpose. And now a third one that I SWEAR was a random pick!

I’ve had a tea from an Uva Highlands Estate once before and back then I thought it was absolutely mind-blowingly awesomesauce of fantasticness. Interesting, then, to see if it still is.

I’m not impressed with the leaves. They had a similar aroma (Oh whoever you are with a toot-horn out there, kindly stop tooting, you bastard! It sounds like an ocean liner has got lost and ended up in the city center.) to the Kenilworth, but they were teensy tiny. One grade up, it seems, from tea bag stuffing. I knocked a minute off the steep time on that account and I’ve still got a very dark cup.

Nothing really noteworthy about the aroma after steeping either. Somewhat malty, but otherwise, it’s just tea.

Gosh! Taking off a third of the steep time was definitely not overkill. I could easily have knocked off another 30 seconds. There is a fair bit of astringency to this and it has that irritating coffee note again, only it’s a little more subdued here. Like it sunk to the bottom. And then it just tastes like… tea. A bit dark and wood-y, but just… tea.

And again, that’s really all there is to it. Another pirate tea. Rogue, rough and ready. ;)

If I had to choose between this one and the Kenilworth, I would say this one had the slightly better flavour, but I would still buy the Kenilworth because of the leaf grade. I’m really not a fan of these itteh bitteh leaves.

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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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