Another random pick in the sample box and another Assam. I might as well give up on the random picks and try to go through them more systematically, because they seem to come out in trends no matter what I do. I even had my eyes closed, for Ceiling Cat’s sake!

I’m also wondering if maybe I ought to try and figure out where these estates are located more specifically. I mean, yeah, they’re all from Assam, but I’m thinking about stuff like how high or low grown they are and whether or not that might be something that makes a difference for me. I’m just not really sure where to start with such an undertaking though, so I’m just going to go through them as usual and then maybe figure all this stuff out afterwards. Perhaps there will be a pattern.

The description from NBT sure sounds promising! But then they always say that sort of stuff, don’t they? I tried looking at what people had said about Hazelbank from other companies, but I didn’t really find anything super-helpful there either.

This one has more aroma than the Orangajuli. The same maltyness but stronger. It smells blacker. There’s a wooden note too, and wait a minute, raisins! Raisins again? Then the raisin note in the Orangajuli probably didn’t come from my breakfast after all. It’s just a touch, but I do think there is one. How kind of bizarre… Yes, this is weird to me when I’m perfectly happy to accept a naturally occurring cocoa note. Go figure.

The flavour is completely different from Orangajuli. This one has the same astringent bite, but the flavour itself is stronger and more sort of wooden. I want to say oaky and sound pretentious, but I can’t honestly say that I know what different sorts of wood tastes like. So, it’s wooden.

I like this better than the Orangajuli, but given the fact that this has a stronger flavour… No, that’s not right. Given the fact that this has more flavour than Orangajuli, I’m not really surprised. The astringency is biting a little harder here, but that’s not really a bad thing.

This is better, but it’s still not IT.

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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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