This morning I decided I wanted something or other flavoured, and since I have an enormous basket of things I have yet to log, I started to just take items out one at the time and then picked the first flavoured one I came across. Which turned out to be a yellow tea. For the first cup of the morning. Right. Maybe not the best timing in the world, really, but that has never stopped me before so why let it start now?

I’ve had yellow teas a few times before and I don’t honestly recall ever having been that terribly impressed by them. I can’t recall having found anything in them that I felt set them apart from other types (whites and greens in particular) and made them their own. Apparently the primary difference between yellow and green is that in the yellow the grassy flavour has been attempted removed by partly oxidising the chlorophyl in the leaves.

I can see that there has been some oxidation going on because the leaves are darker than I had thought they would be, almost resembling a very light coloured black leaf. Think Yunnan. That sort of colour. After brewing, the tea is a deep, rich yellow, very much like the yellow face on the Steepster rating scale.

It definitely tastes floral and I’m trying in my mind to compare it to the Mermaid’s Kiss from A&D and yes, I feel like I can recognise the floral flavour as being the same one. I think maybe I’m slowly beginning to learn to tell all these flowers apart. Jasmine is more dusty, while this is more sweet.

Underneath the magnolia, the tea itself is smooth and remarkably nutty in flavour. It is indeed very like a green tea that has lost the grassy note, allowing other notes to come out more. You can imagine how in an equivalent green tea these notes would have been buried and camuflaged by the grassyness that makes green tea green. So yes, I’ve learned there is a significant difference to green tea. As for the white, eh, I still can’t see a lot of difference here. This is a little more flavourful, but really that’s it.

There is also a note in this that reminds me of chamomile, but I can’t tell if that’s a note of the magnolia or a note of the tea. It does make me wonder how come chamomile always seem to come on its own or as a major ingredient in something. I’ve never seen anything just lightly scented with it or having it compliment a proper tea. I believe I have some plain chamomile lying around in the basket. Perhaps I should give that a try myself.

Anyway, I wouldn’t say this completely knocked my socks off, but it is quite enjoyable.

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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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