The last of my three England teas. A perfect example of how my choice of tea is easily influenced. I’m not particularly interested in rose teas and I only have a little experience with them, but I was in England. It’s called English Rose. How could I not buy it? Seriously?

The dry leaves smell surprisingly fruity and sweet. Like there’s some kind of berry in it. It prompted me to take a closer look at the box. It is indeed a Ceylon and Keemun blend with rose petals in it, but it also has flavouring by something called ‘jackfruit’. I’ve never heard of that before. Turns out it’s the fruit from a tree of the mulberry family and it’s native to southern and southeast Asia.

Excuse me, but that doesn’t strike me as very English sounding. I’m just saying!

Anyway, that would account for the fruity sweet aroma. It’s present after brewing as well, but not as cloyingly sweet. It reminds me a little of an average tropical fruit flavoured black, which makes me wonder how often it’s actually used in tea flavouring. It would definitely count as a tropical fruit.

Hm. Not the best tea I’ve ever had, I have to say. It does have a good deal of rose on the back-end of the sip, but the stuff in between is just tropically flavoured black. Wikipedia tells me that jackfruit is supposed to taste sort of like a tart banana (how odd!), but I find neither tartness nor bananananess in this.

It’s drinkable. It’s even a kind of interesting flavour. But I wouldn’t buy it again. I think I’ll need a little experimentation with leaf dosage on this one.


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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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