You know what, screw the sample box. The Curse of Murphy’s Law has been upon me all day, and I need a treat.

This is, after all, the first DROP of tea I’ve had ALL DAY! And I’ve survived until dinnertime on only three bananas and a glass of milk, and before taking the train home, the best cafe latte in the world ever.

But it’s still not the same as a cup of real tea.

And you know what? This tea was pretty awesome from the sample I had. It’s infinitely better whne bought in a proper quantity. There are big bits of dried orange in it too, which I didn’t see any of in the sample. I know they’re little more than decoration, but they’re still part of the overall impression one gets of the product.

It’s much more orange-y now. I think it’s because I’m also dosing the leaves differently than I did with the sample packet.

I would really advise all of you to go out and try an orange flavoured pu-erh. Orange and pu-erh flavours suit each other amazingly well.

Oh yum. I can’t even begin to describe how much I needed this.

(Also, I went and bought some new tea to have at work (on days where I have time to get some, mind!) for me and my boss, and I went into a tea shop in the city where I work and asked her for an oolong off the darker end of the spectrum and she looked at me funny. Then showed me two and pointed out a difference in leaf size. And said something about ‘half-fermented’. She has a tea shop. Isn’t she supposed to know that oolongs come in more than just the one colour and degree of fermentation? And that ‘half-fermented’ is a relative term? And is she really going to stand there and show me a ‘Formosa Oolong’ and a ‘Taiwan Oolong’ and try to make me believe they don’t come from the same general area? REALLY??? I would have headdesk-ed but I was honestly too busy looking like this: O.o
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is just one more in the long list of reasons I don’t like using that particular shop much.)

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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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Bio last updated February 2014





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