drank Tan Yang Te Ji by TeaSpring
1328 tasting notes

Good afternoon Steepsterites!

These are the same leaves as from this morning and I’m having the second steep now. Sort of.

It’s quite immoral of me to do so, very likely outright sacriledge, but I’ve done it anyway. I only hope those of you who have also tried this gem will forgive me.

I’ve experimented. This is an awesome tea all by itself with a complicated flavour profile. The sort of thing where you notice a new aspect almost every time you have it. If there is one thing it absolutely does not need it’s flavouring.

Nevertheless, in a moment of insanity I added a teaspoon of the Tisano Cacao stuff that Wombatgirl sent me earlier. This is either going to work or it’s going to completely ruin the Tan Yang.

The idea was to emphasise the natural cocoa notes in the tea, seeing as I’m definitely entitled to something cocoa-y, because I’m celebrating the loss of 1½ kg since wednesday and I’m not about to wreck that with chocolate. (I’m not stupid) Another 1½ kg and we hit the 10 kg total loss that was my goal when I started back in the summer.

Awesome. I am it.

I’m even happier to report that, WRONG AS IT IS, the experiment is working quite wonderfully. It is indeed quite cocoa-y, but those note are still at the base of the tea. On top of it, it’s still the same grainy sort of flavour. Maybe even a bit grainier than usual, which is a good thing. The smoky note is not as pronounced anymore though, which is rather a shame. I should have liked to see how smoky and cocoa would play together in equal parts.

It’s not better than it was pure, mind you. It’s as good. Different.

Just one more reason for it to have the full 100 points.

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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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