drank Four Red Fruits by Kusmi Tea
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Backlog from last night.

See, I was considering, while I finished off the strawberry zabaglione from 52teas the other day, that perhaps I was doing myself a disfavour with flavoured blacks. Maybe the short steeping times I use (never more than a minute for the first steep of a black) was preventing the flavouring to really come to its full potential.

So I decided to try making a cup of tea with a longer steep and less leaf on this one. Experimentation is the way forward in many things, including the noble art of brewing tea. I turned it down to about half the usual leaf and turned the steep time up to three minutes.

I won’t say it was a success, but it wasn’t an unmitigated disaster either. What I actually ended up with was a good cup of red fruit flavoured black, but rather more wispy and frankly thin than I have come to expect. The flavours didn’t come out more or in a different way. There were just less of it. Less substance.

That’s still useful information, though, and I can now go back to my semi gong fu method with more leaf and shorter steeping time knowing that I’m not cheating myself out of a better flavour experience.

And now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going through an Alice Cooper phase and this song requires some serious rocking around the living room.

(And please to be hurrying the heck up, Mr Postman! I miss my dashboard and my Steepsterites. (And I want my fricking packages!))

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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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