Since LS is smoky by default I initially read this one as if it’s been extra-smoked, and that I was about to really test the ‘Smoke is good. A lot of smoke is very good’ philosphy when it comes to tea here. A closer look at the site makes me think that this is actually just the standard. They have an organic version too as well as a Yin Jun Mei Souchong, which I’m desperate to try but the $22.30 for 50g made me decide that I could live with waiting a little longer with that.

The leaf aroma is certainly smoke! It’s got a kind of ancient spicy note to it too, but it’s primarily smoke. Sticking my nose into that tin is a bit like walking into a house that’s been on fire. Not a harsh smell of smoke, really, but a heavy one.

It’s the same story in the cup. It’s very prickly in its smokyness, but the spicy note is much more pronounced here. I’m reminded of pipe tobacco for some reason, in spite of the fact that it’s more than 20 years since I’ve known anybody who smoked a pipe.

Aroma-wise this one seems much harsher than A.C. Perch’s LS which is generally my stable LS.

WHEW! They have not been skimpy with the smoke on the flavour! It’s not as harsh a flavour as the aroma would lead me to believe though. There’s just more of it. It’s rounded out very nicely. Even bits of my mouth that hasn’t even touched the tea itself yet can pick up the smoke flavour.

There is supposed to be the sweet note also, which I’ve just learned from TeaSpring’s info is supposedly a note of a sweet chinese fruit called longan. I didn’t know that. Interesting. Now I want to try and eat one. Anyway, it’s supposed to be there, but TeaSpring’s info also says that the smoke is so strong in this one that it doesn’t come out until later steeps. With the volume of smoke here, I agree!

However, I do still feel like I can pick up some underlying sweetness. Sirup-y and thick but very very faint. At this point on the first steep it’s more like the promise of that note rather than anything else.

The overall impression here is something thick and smooth with a heavy cover of prickly smoke.

This is indeed a VERY good LS and it makes my usual A.C. Perch’s LS seem thin in comparison.


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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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