drank Tan Yang Te Ji by TeaSpring
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Friends, Romans, Steepsterites!

I have returned from my UK holiday. I have nommed some good food, met with some good people of the boyfriend-relatives category, I have had some dialect-related culture shocks and been introduced to some more intrinsic English things (bread and butter pudding, anyone?)

I have, however, also had a lot of english tea, which when brewed in a traditionally (these days) english way is… Well, a beverage. It’s good enough, it serves its purpose and it’s better than nothing, but it does not compare to this hoity-toity fancy-pants loose leaf business that I’m used to.

(And also, this time the boyfriend managed to somehow put it in his mother’s head that I only wanted Earl Grey. Apparently he’s decided it’s something that I drink all the time and was genuinely surprised (and contrite) when I informed him that I’m not actually really a fan of bergamot, which often comes across as dusty-flavoured to me. I have some, yes, but only one of those brands, in recent history, I have bought myself, and that was the A&D which wasn’t really an option, because it came as part of a set, where I wanted one of the others. Poor boyfriend, he tried so hard and got it so wrong. :(

I didn’t want to correct that halfway through the week though, and told him so, as that would just have made his mother feel bad for having consequently given me the one I liked the least all the time. (Even if I strongly suspect the others had BLEEDING LAPSANG!!! wants! cries!) )

I have returned to the nest, however. There will be a trip-report posted elsewhere for those interested in reading about what we did on holiday. It will have pictures! It’ll be ready at some time after friday, and I shall drop a link when it is.

Gosh, it’s been a long day! I have some chores to do before bedtime. Thankfully I won’t have to go to work until Thursday.

Tan Yang Te Ji, favourite tea of ALL TIME YOU GUYS, is just the thing to come home to. I’m on second steep at the moment, the tin is worryingly low, but it’s giving me the right sort of energy to go forth and clean the fridge while it’s nearly empty anyway.

Hurrah for favourite tea!

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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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