drank Bai Hao oolong by TeaSpring
1328 tasting notes

A decupboarding. Actually it’s a really hard decupboarding because I’ve used about twice the leaf I’d usually use and shortened the steep considerably in order to fit. Thing is, I need the tin.

I’ve just received a Shang Tea order today, you see, and I don’t have a single tin larger than the Adagio 25g sample tins not in use at the moment. The boyfriend pointed this out and also said something about when we (read: I) might need another tea shelf put up. So I’ve made a new rule about tea acquisitions.

I am not allowed to open a new tea until I have a tin to put it in. Samples excepted of course. So that leaves me with four new Shang Teas, Awesomeness Guaranteed, that I’m not allowed to have just yet.

So I’ve been shaking tins to find the ones with less leaf in them, and have managed to liberate a tin by using the last of this one in one go. Rather surprisingly it yielded a rather good cup.

It’s actually quite a funny tea this. I’ve both really really loved it, the first time I bought it, and found it extremely disappointing, worth only 43 points the second time I bought it. These leaves are the rest of the second go, and I don’t think I’m likely to make a repurchase.

I will however adjust the rating upwards again, because it doesn’t seem as offensive, but still not awesome, in this brewing. There is a fruity sweet raisin-y, kind of honey-ish aroma to it, and TeaSpring says it has Keemun-like qualities. Maybe it is slightly grainy with floral overtone as well, but it’s not super-obvious.

That Keemun-ness is coming through a little more in the flavour, but it’s still not something I would have found if they had not mentioned it. It’s quite floral and some grainy notes in the body of the tea. Also a sweet honey note that makes the whole thing remind me of the Cheerios I had for breakfast.

It goes quite well with bread and brie, I’ve just discovered to my surprise.

(The Kitten Grand Prix is tearing through the house at the moment. It sounds like it’s raining rubber erasers in here)

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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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