drank Four Red Fruits by Kusmi Tea
1328 tasting notes

Tea, meet Keyboard. Keyboard, Tea.

Not as bad as all that though, as it didn’t actually get inside the keyboard and was just on places that was easy to wipe clean, but still. Close call there and would have been annoying.

It’s funny with this tea. I bought it because the shop didn’t have something else that I would actually rather have bought. I can’t remember what that was anymore, whether it was while I was searching desperately for a re-stock of the Caramel or if it was something else I was looking for, but whatever it was, I didn’t find it and took this one instead as I was dead-set on some Kusmi, damnit!

Turns out it was a wonderful fit for me. Berries almost always are. I raved about it for a while, I seem to recall, and then suddenly the tin just ended up being dormant. Completely dormant. I tried having a cup during that period and honestly wondered what it was about this one that I had found so wonderful.

But now I’m definitely out of that dormant period. I’m growing a bit tired of the Assam (although that is also a rather good tea) that we’re having at work these days and have told my colleague with whom I share the tin. She agrees, but when asked what she would like instead, she couldn’t really think of something.

Me, I’m contemplating buying a tin of this one for drinking at work. There isn’t enough in the one I’ve got at home that it would be all that useful to bring that in, so I’d probably be better off just getting another tin. Don’t know if she would like to share in that one as well, or if it’s time that we went our separate tea-ways for a while.

Doing this would mean the final step. There are four of us who drink tea at work. One only wants one, sometimes two cups a day and prefers your average teabags and just brew directly in the cup. One prefers this herbal… stuff that a local tea shop sells, so we’ve got a thermos for that. And then the two last of us have a thermos for our tea. If we stopped sharing a tin, we would be four tea drinkers with each our private tea and three of us using our own thermos. We might as well start marking the thermoses with names at that point. Yes it’s a bit overkill, and believe me, it would be entirely as ridiculous as it sounds. But if that’s where our tastebuds takes us, then…

But anyway, yes I’m definitely taking this tin out of hibernation now. It’s pleasant and fruity and I’m struck by an overwhelming hazelnutty note in it that I’m sure I ought to have noticed before. It’s really very strong. You could have made me believe there were actually nuts in there.

I like that. I find it goes well with the fruit. It keeps the fruit from being too tart and the fruit keeps the hazelnut note from getting too cloying.

However I managed to make it have that hazelnut, I haven’t the foggiest.

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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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