drank Tan Yang Te Ji by TeaSpring
1328 tasting notes

One of the things I love about the Tan Yang is how resilient it is. This is my third steep of these leaves and they’re still not specifically weakened in flavour. A bit, but not enough to be a problem. At this point the flavour lies almost entirely in the aftertaste which is unchanged from previous steeps. Experience has taught me, however, that it shouldn’t be taken further than the three steeps as it starts to decline somewhat after that.

I seriously need to place a TeaSpring order soon. I’m running low on this. Isn’t it just typical that the Favourite Tea of All Time should be an expensive one? sigh I could have lived without having to buy this regularly at $20 per 100g, but I’m hooked on it now and there’s no getting out. Lucky then that it’s one of those teas where I rarely want just the one steep.

Especially as I can’t conveniently save the leaves for later while having something else. Only one good pot in the right size, you see.

I did see a gorgeous tea for one set in a shop window the other day, though. I wish I knew how it pours. If it pours as beautifully and dripfree as my Roy Kirkham, then I want it desperately. If it doesn’t, then… not so much. So I probably won’t get it. But it was a pretty set. When I get filthy rich I will enjoy buying pretty things like that just to see if they’re useful without regard to the waste of money if they’re not.

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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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