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I begin to realize how much I love this as I am reaching the end of my 4oz pouch. It’s always the perfect tea for any situation. Delicious and perfect for right before bed. I feel only slightly guilty for drinking melted chocolate chips after brushing my teeth.

I do feel like there are too many chocolate chips. I’m not sure how much they contribute to the flavor.

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drank The au Chocolat by Lupicia
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Kind of meh. I ordered this trusting in all the positive reviews, but I should have trusted my instincts. Usually chocolate flavored things just disappoint me as the taste is generally quite artificial. I’ll stick with the natural cocoa flavors in teas like Laoshan Black. Soooo…now what do I do with this entire pouch of tea I don’t like that much?

I would also like to note that this tea packs quite a caffeine punch. Or maybe that’s just because I decided to skip breakfast? Either way, playing Skyrim while shaking with caffeine jitters is not a good idea.

ashmanra

Welcome back! Haven’t seen you on here in a while!

Mercuryhime

It’s so nice to be missed. :) it’s been a hectic past month.

Kittenna

Yeah, chocolate flavouring is not all that great. I prefer natural chocolate notes, or cacao shells.

Mercuryhime

I just realized how hypocritical this review must look since I followed it with a great review for Butiki’s Peppermint Patty. But in my defense, the first ingredient for that is chocolate chips!

Mercuryhime

Chocolate shells are great! I also like Choffy, which is ground whole cocoa beans. So delicious.

Cameron B.

I’m very picky about chocolate teas, but there are a couple that I like. I think it’s just done poorly a lot. Three Friends (Butiki), Chocolate Eclair (Fauchon), and Mousse au Chocolat (Mariage Freres) have been my favorites so far.

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I quite liked this. It’s mildly creamy and almond. The base tea is smooth and would have made a lovely iced tea all by itself. I imagine this is the stuff sweet tea is made of.
I actually thought the lighter flavoring made this tea better than if the the base tea had been hidden away.

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I wasn’t expecting much from this tea as I had given up on super high quality from this vendor. And while this is nothing special, it’s also not bad.
It’s light with a light smokiness. Barely there smokey. I get a bit of tobacco and sweet prunes. Astringency is there waiting for a moment of forgetfulness to ruin your cup. It’s not really my style, but it’s not offensive either. I’m quite liking the sweetness actually.

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I recently purchased a set of samples from Whispering Pines which included North Wind and this one. I wanted to compare the base tea to the vanilla version. I have to say, this tea is pretty fantastic with vanilla beans added. You can’t go wrong with vanilla. Not getting the decadent fudge people are describing but it is good.

I feel inspired to add vanilla beans to all my teas. I had requested a pound of beans for a birthday 2 years ago and I still haven’t used them all even though I made a half gallon of vanilla extract. I’ve cut down on dessert foods lately so I guess tea is the best place for these beans now. It doesn’t take much vanilla bean to flavor a tea. I could probably do a bean or two for a pound worth of North Wind. :D Or add some to Laoshan Black. :D Plus cocoa nibs. :D Or I could play around with WP’s Fujian Black since it’s a tasty cheaper tea that would take well to vanilla and cocoa.

Dinosara

OMG vanilla beans added to LB? Genius! I think I need to order some LB just for that purpose now…

ashmanra

Have you ever tried the beans from Olive Nation? They are so much better than the ones I bought at the expensive grocery, and cheap. They are rich and moist. I wonder how they compare to other companies, though?

Mercuryhime

I haven’t! I think I was gifted beans from a seller on eBay. I’m not a vanilla expert, but they were delicious. Sweet . Aromatic, plump and sticky with moisture. Of course they are dry now 2 years later, but still great for simmering into custards and cutting up for vanilla sugar. :)

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My first Whispering Pines tea!

My first whiff of the dried leaf strongly reminded me of dried cranberries and nori.

Then I thought I followed directions by putting 1/2 tsp in a cup of water. Later as I was thinking Brendan must like his tea weak, I realized the bag actually said tbsp. doh.
I will use less water on the resteep.

The scent of this tea is crusty whole wheat and rye bread. Crusty on the verge of burning even. I love my bread crust like that. Mmm bread. I also get the dark cocoa, but it’s more savory than sweet. Man I’m hungry.
I gulped this down pretty quick. Now I’m warm. :) let’s see if I can get more flavor out of these leaves with less water this time.

Mmm steep 2 is warm toasted bread sprinkled with dark cocoa. Lovely.
Excellent tea for the price. It will be perfect once winter rolls around.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Glad you like this! Just a secret…this will be changing very soon. Be on the lookout for the new one :)

Mercuryhime

Changing?! :o can’t wait to try the new one!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

yep…it’s a huge favorite of mine, and now i love it even more :D

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Had a pitcher of this cold brewed. Not all that impressed actually, but I’m not sure if this has more to do with the actual tea or my not following directions. The key lime one was so tasty cold brewed though.
I just didn’t get much blueberry flavor from this. It was just vaguely fruity. Mildly pastry buttery thing going on. If I ever get this again, I’ll have to see if hot brewing makes it better.

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drank Cassis & Blueberry by Lupicia
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Yum! Berries! I love love love cassis. Why aren’t more things in that flavor around here?
Thanks to Ashmanra, I get to experience this delicious cup of juicy sweet nectar. Love the supportive base that just allows the flavors to shine. Lupicia does such a great job with fruit flavors.
I need to get these cassis berries planted somewhere. And juneberries. That’s my plan.

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drank Rose Scented by Harney & Sons
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Yum! Rose is delicious! This is a lightly scented tea with elegant presentation. I think I like teavivre’s more since I enjoy the tea base more but if I hadn’t had that first this would probably be my favorite black rose tea. I wish I could go on with more of the flavors I picked up but I enjoyed a cup of this after having Korean food for lunch so everything tasted a little like garlic. :)
In any case, this is a great rose tea. Thanks for sharing Ashmanra! I’ll definitely try this again before garlic overload.

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Soooo….I bought a bunch of these SBTs to try. What’s the weight per packet anyway? I’m wondering if it’s a better deal to buy regular looseleaf, but they wouldn’t come in all these amazing flavors.

So one of the first 52Teas I ever had was a Lemon Lime Cheesecake Honeybush. I still remember how amazingly delicious it was, but then again, it was when I was relatively new to the vast world of tea possibilities. Anyway, I figured that this would be a close approximation to that first tea I loved so I got a packet with my order.

I cold brewed this in a 2 quart pitcher so I followed directions halfway. :) This morning I had a glass and it was delicious. The tea is provides a solid background for the flavors to shine. The key lime is smooth and limey. There’s a light creamy tang that I believe is the cheesecake. It is missing that bit of sour from actual lime, but a drop of lime juice should fix that. Fortunately I happen to have some.
The tea is actually a bit strong for me, but Frank does claim that it has the resteeping power to make a whole gallon. I’ll be diluting the tea as I go until it tastes right.
I’m really enjoying this. I hope the other flavors I bought are as good. I’m especially looking forward to the almond milk one. I should stop by the liquor store for some dark rum. :D Too bad it’s closed on Sundays. :(

ashmanra

I always resteep my SBT and make a gallon right off the bat. I think it is great, not weak at all! It tastes so good, it means everyone drinks it twice as fast, so I don’t know if that cancels the savings…

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I came from a tea drinking family, but I never appreciated the different qualities and varieties of tea until older. All that time wasted! But I guess I needed to be mature enough to appreciate the tea experience. :)

My favorite teas are green oolongs and white tea. I also love greens, especially gyokuro. I have a huge appreciation for rooibos and honeybush as they are often that only thing I can drink in the evening. I am a relatively new convert to black teas. This is unfortunate for my wallet but extremely wonderful for my palate. :)

In any case, I have a love for both flavored and unflavored teas. They are different experiences for sure, but both enjoyable. I find that it often depends on my mood.

I am on a quest to find a tea that will win my husband over. I think I’m making some headway…

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