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I’m adopting Rie’s system of making bits of the post that doesn’t really pertain to the tea in question smaller. That way it’s a lot easier for people who aren’t interested in that to just skip ahead to where the review is. I’ve been neglecting my social sites recently. I’ve fallen into this game, you see, called GeoGuessr. It plops you down somewhere on the planet and then you have to travel around and guess where you are using only Google Street View. It’s surprisingly addictive but takes a long time. I have a tendency to always get some deserted stretch of road with NO road signs what so ever.

Most of this post is a backlog. I wrote it while having the tea but didn’t have time to finish it, so it’s been languishing for a while. I’ve mentioned that I share tea at work with my boss, and sometimes we go to a local cafe wtih a fairly large selection of teas (and great cakes) and have a little “afternoon meeting.” I had told her about Fru P, so last time we went, we went in there first for a little explore, and I decided to buy some of this one.

My thought was that since the caramel one was such a disappointment, I’d just check the others of the same sort of family, and I figured that brittle was sort of caramel-y. Nut flavouring in teas can frequently make them quite sweet, so I wanted to see if I could get a fuller caramel-esque experience this way.

Like with the other teas I’ve tried from this shop so far, the aroma is strong and extremely promising. This one is heavily hazelnut with sweet sweet brittle underneath, and it makes me worried because with the exception of the vanilla, the others have all had this strong aroma but completely failed to deliver on flavour. I’m steeling myself for disappointment.

Now! This one actually has flavour. I’m getting a ton of hazelnut right at the first sip. Not so much in the way of base flavour, though, but it might show up when it cools a little more. The brittle part appears to be absent at this point, save for a slight sweetness.

The sweetness of the brittle increases as the tea cools, but the hazelnut is still the strong primary flavour. Unfortunately the base doesn’t really come through with much flavour on its own, but I find that this is really not as much of a problem as I would have thought, because hazelnut provides such a full flavour all on its own.

I’m pleased with this, but unlike what I had been hoping, it doesn’t fall into the sweetie-caramel-y sort of category at all. It’s quite nice on its own though. I might try and mix it with the caramel and see what happens then. I saw she also had a hazelnut and cocoa tea in her shop. I might try that one later on for comparison.

Dinosara

Haha I love geoguessr! Total time suck, though.

Angrboda

It is! A whole game takes all day to complete. Sometimes you get to see some weird places though. Especially, it seems like, in Japan. Once it set me down inside(!) what I think was a museum and I could navigate the rooms but I couldn’t leave. The other day it was inside a stadium and all I could do was go round and round the running track. Makes it rather hard to guess! O.o Why did they send the steet view photographer in there???

OMGsrsly

The ones in Japan are hilarious! I ended up near some hot springs where snow monkeys were bathing. :) “Hiked” the trails, couldn’t find a way out.

Angrboda

I’ve found that it’s really important to pay attention to the compass at all times or it’s way too easy to get lost.

Dinosara

Haha awesome. One time I got set down in someone’s backyard in Eastern Europe somewhere, and all I could do was turn in a circle… I couldn’t go anywhere!

Angrboda

Oh I hate when it puts me somewhere with a different alphabet! It’s impossible to guess where I am when I can’t read the signs. I usually just give up and whack the arrow down somewhere in Mid-Russia if it’s Cyrillic and somewhere in mid-China if it’s some kind of Asian writing and hope for the best. :)

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Dinosara

Haha I love geoguessr! Total time suck, though.

Angrboda

It is! A whole game takes all day to complete. Sometimes you get to see some weird places though. Especially, it seems like, in Japan. Once it set me down inside(!) what I think was a museum and I could navigate the rooms but I couldn’t leave. The other day it was inside a stadium and all I could do was go round and round the running track. Makes it rather hard to guess! O.o Why did they send the steet view photographer in there???

OMGsrsly

The ones in Japan are hilarious! I ended up near some hot springs where snow monkeys were bathing. :) “Hiked” the trails, couldn’t find a way out.

Angrboda

I’ve found that it’s really important to pay attention to the compass at all times or it’s way too easy to get lost.

Dinosara

Haha awesome. One time I got set down in someone’s backyard in Eastern Europe somewhere, and all I could do was turn in a circle… I couldn’t go anywhere!

Angrboda

Oh I hate when it puts me somewhere with a different alphabet! It’s impossible to guess where I am when I can’t read the signs. I usually just give up and whack the arrow down somewhere in Mid-Russia if it’s Cyrillic and somewhere in mid-China if it’s some kind of Asian writing and hope for the best. :)

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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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