100

For a while, I was nearly out of all my favorite teas and this was all I had to keep me company for a month or so. I still have some left, believe it or not :D After much experimenting, I’ve decided that it is best brewed for 2min30 seconds. I’ve over steeped it a number of times when I left the room or didn’t hear my timer beep. It isn’t bad for a long steep. The mint compensates for the bitterness that would accompany a straight black tea, but I find that the flavors are in the best balance at a shorter brew time.

Veronica

I debated between this and the Cherokee Mint for the longest time when I placed my last order. I ended up choosing Cherokee since I like smokey teas, but I’m sure I’ll pick this one up sooner or later.

Shelley_Lorraine

I chose this one because I don’t like smokey teas ;) Although I know that avoiding smokey teas from Whispering pines is like not ordering steak at a steak house but hey, I suppose I should admit that I usually do that too! haha :)

Terri HarpLady

Oh good…I’m not the only person that has an orange select sign following me around! ;)

Kaylee

I find them kind of annoyingly distracting…

Shelley_Lorraine

gee, I was feeling all high and mighty with that orange badge. Like a badge of honor! :D

Kaylee

Hehe. Maybe it depends on which side of the badge one is on :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

:) Thanks for spending so much time finding the ideal for this one! I’ll try it out and update the site for brewing parameters! How much leaf are you using per 8oz?

P.S. – I agree, the select badges are suuuuper distracting. Eek!

Shelley_Lorraine

It’s ideal for me, but I notice that I tend to brew a lot of teas, especially black teas, for less time than most. I use a “perfect teaspoon” ~1.5 reg. measuring teaspoons for 8oz.

Shelley_Lorraine

well alright, maybe my little orange buddy is starting to get out of control. It was “cute” when I saw it once or twice in my window. But now they are multiplying! yikes. I understand it’s supposed to be “distracting” for advertising, but maybe they can tone it down just a bit.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I tasted it both ways and much prefer the 2.5 minute steep as well!

Also, not sure if you know this, but 1.5tsp is also 1/2tbsp, so when my teas call for 1/2tbsp, that scoop is perfect! :)

Yay, badges are gone! :D hehe

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Veronica

I debated between this and the Cherokee Mint for the longest time when I placed my last order. I ended up choosing Cherokee since I like smokey teas, but I’m sure I’ll pick this one up sooner or later.

Shelley_Lorraine

I chose this one because I don’t like smokey teas ;) Although I know that avoiding smokey teas from Whispering pines is like not ordering steak at a steak house but hey, I suppose I should admit that I usually do that too! haha :)

Terri HarpLady

Oh good…I’m not the only person that has an orange select sign following me around! ;)

Kaylee

I find them kind of annoyingly distracting…

Shelley_Lorraine

gee, I was feeling all high and mighty with that orange badge. Like a badge of honor! :D

Kaylee

Hehe. Maybe it depends on which side of the badge one is on :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

:) Thanks for spending so much time finding the ideal for this one! I’ll try it out and update the site for brewing parameters! How much leaf are you using per 8oz?

P.S. – I agree, the select badges are suuuuper distracting. Eek!

Shelley_Lorraine

It’s ideal for me, but I notice that I tend to brew a lot of teas, especially black teas, for less time than most. I use a “perfect teaspoon” ~1.5 reg. measuring teaspoons for 8oz.

Shelley_Lorraine

well alright, maybe my little orange buddy is starting to get out of control. It was “cute” when I saw it once or twice in my window. But now they are multiplying! yikes. I understand it’s supposed to be “distracting” for advertising, but maybe they can tone it down just a bit.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I tasted it both ways and much prefer the 2.5 minute steep as well!

Also, not sure if you know this, but 1.5tsp is also 1/2tbsp, so when my teas call for 1/2tbsp, that scoop is perfect! :)

Yay, badges are gone! :D hehe

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Name: Shelley Lorraine Limegrover
Location: Colorado
Occupation: Graduate Student and Evil Genius
Ward: 2 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, 1 Cocker spaniel, 1 super cranky but lovable siamese cat, one bipolar black turkish angora, and my husband’s black and white cat.

Hobbies: Learning, reading books, math, physics (have a degree in it), literature (have a degree in it too), anthropology, traveling, piano, and making TEA, of course (^o^)

Future plans: World domination >-)

Favorite teas: Kukicha, Green teas in general, aged oolongs, charcoal roasted oolong, taiwanese oolongs, Assam . . .

Don’t like: Genmaicha, Earl Grey, Darjeelings, ginger, coconut, smokey teas (even mild ones), nut flavors, overwhelmingly strong floral flavor (esp. Jasmine), most della derra and adagio teas. . .

My Rating System

100 My happiness absolutely depends on it

95 Will definitely repurchase

85: Might repurchase (teas that depend on my mood)

75 Won’t repurchase (but I would drink it again if offered).

65: meh

45: I reluctantly finished a cup.

15: Couldn’t finish a cup.

I simplified my ratings to single numbers rather than ranges because I can’t precisely compare so many teas with a system more detailed than this.

An unrated tea is most often one that I recognize as having significant notable quality, but that does not suit me personally. Sometimes, I leave teas unrated for other reasons, such as I am undecided or I brewed it wrong, etc.

Note: Boiling temp. barely reaches 200 where I am (and a few times it sticks at 195, I assume due to unexplainable shifts in altitude or the position of the moon. . .aliens?. . .).

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