166 Tasting Notes

98

This is a lovely tea, but I finished it today and it is time to say farewell. Sweet maple, pecans (with that hint of bitter that goes with their skins), a touch of citrus, and a lovely mineral note at the end with more maple. I would totally enjoy this one again- it is a great maple/pecan autumn blend that ages well and can be enjoyed straight or with sweetener alike.

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96

So I found a hidden sample of this in the cupboard yesterday, which was great because I thought I was out completely. It was exactly what I needed to soothe an unhappy tummy. Bright sparkling minerals, airy, naturally sweet, and faintly nutty- what’s not to like? For those that don’t like strong savory greens, this would be a good one to try.

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87

I’ve been trying to post reviews for days now so I have a backlog of teas. Long story short, this one is malty with some bakery (think based bread, not pastries) notes. I am sure there is more complexity, but I have will do a more thorough review when I can actually post the day I am enjoying it. Happy Sunday!

Flavors: Malt

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79

Working on some of my older autumn teas this week. I’ve had almost a full ounce of this now and unfortunately, I still do not get much in the way of creamy notes or pumpkin. The cinnamon is a touch overwhelming also, but sometimes spices can do that regardless of the base. I don’t hate this, but it is definitely not one of my favorites from Butiki or for the season. I need room for David’s Pumpkin Chai in the cupboard, which is my personal Fall favorite. <3

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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99

Had this cocoa treat yesterday morning, but Steepster wasn’t loading properly at the time. It seems to be working today, so fingers crossed! This tea is sweet and truly reminds me of chocolate right from the first sip. I saw some reviews that indicate that WP teas are overhyped and I agree that there is no tea that tastes like liquid fudge or ice cream, but this one is pretty darn delicious nevertheless. Happy Sunday!

Tea Sipper

Overhyped??! The teas aren’t actual chocolate but they are definitely the most like chocolate that I’ve ever had the chance to sip.

Nightshifter

I agree- they are the closest I’ve ever had, too. Love ’em. :)

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100

I went back to one of my staples this morning and it was delicious, as always. I honestly don’t think I will ever find a more tasty vanilla tea. It is so perfectly REAL with a lovely black base that nothing else can compare. It is my favorite flavored tea and also helps to satisfy my sweet tooth when I have one. Thus, it can never be discontinued. Never. EVAR! :D

Flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 0 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Whispering Pines Tea Company

It shall never be! However, it is being re-done. Much more chocolaty, smoother, more fruity, cleaner…

Sarsonator

I get twitchy just thinking about it! Nooo!!!

Nightshifter

Me too. It is so perfect as it is right now!

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85

I tried to review this tea twice the last two days and the dashboard was frozen. :( I am doing the review from memory now because last night was a sipdown.

Dry: Long dark twists of tea leaves with some shorter pieces mixed in. Appears to be a blend of at least two that are light and airy and thick and furled. The leaf did not appear purple to me, but was rich and dark in appearance and in scent with dark chocolate and honey-sweet wisps. I am a HUGE Alice in Wonderland fan, so I had to have this tea as soon as I saw its name.

Steeped: Rich and dark clear liquor, but the bag said to use 1 TBSP for 1 cup of water. That uses a TON of tea for a 24oz teapot considering that most of the others average 1/2 to 1 TSP per cup. I was wondering if it meant to say teaspoon after all because it never came out quite right with the recommended measurement when the temperature is exactly 205 and the time is exactly 3 minutes. All of my other teas from this vendor have been spot-on though.

Taste: Honestly, I think overleafed is the best description unfortunately. Initially there is a burst of dark chocolate, a hint of floral, wood, and malt. I can tell there is a lot of potential, but there is a touch of a bitter bite because I think there is just too much dry leaf in the water. The best cup I made was when I used slightly less and was able to differentiate the above notes. I think I could have liked this one if I had more than an ounce to play with, but its okay because I still love basically every other tea from WP I’ve tried. :)

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Floral, Honey, Malt, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Whispering Pines Tea Company

I recently changed my recommended serving of this to 1/2tbsp. :-( Hopefully you get the chance to try it again with the new parameters!

Nightshifter

No sad faces- I love your teas! I think 1/2 tbsp will be a lot better. :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

:-) YAY FOR NO SAD FACES!!! :-D

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97

I wanted a lovely straight black this morning so I went with Zhu Right. The thing is, I was too lazy to look up the steep time or amount used. I really wish Verdant would add it to the packaging like most other vendors. I’ve decided that it is hard to ruin many blacks between 200-205 and 3 minutes, so I went with it. Came out very nice, too. I think actually more flavorful than my previous attempts with Zhu Rong.

This tea is a great start to the day. Honeyed and complex with a touch of malt, cedar, and even something faintly spicy or peppery that I can smell more in the dry leaf and is almost an afterthought in the tea. Happy Thursday!

Flavors: Cedar, Honey, Malt, Peppercorn

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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86

It is cool and crisp this morning- change is in the air! Getting ready to go on a bike ride and I have been trying to put together an order with David’s only because I desperately want Pumpkin Chai. My cupboard is overflowing though and I need to really sipdown some of my less favorite teas so I can make room. This is one of those that I need to finish already so I am working on it. It tastes exactly like it is supposed to – buttery and rum-y with a hint of coconut and vanilla, but I am just not a liquor-tea person apparently. Really, I much prefer beer in the alcohol department. Last night we had a growler of New Holland’s The Poet and it was goooooood. I am a huge fan of porters and stouts, so sadly, rum doesn’t have much consideration in my life. This, however, is still a good flavored tea! I have enough for a few pots and fall/winter seems like the perfect time to sip this one down. I have lots of tasting notes that I didn’t post when Steepster was broken- hopefully this one works and I can start catching up. Happy Saturday all!

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Rum, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Nightshifter

Lol, I’ve never seen those before!

OMGsrsly

I found them when I was looking for gluten free licorice. Haha. They’re pretty funny.

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100

I have been enjoying my Whispering Pines orders all week but haven’t had a chance to actually write out a detailed review of anything when Steepster has been up. Today is no exception and I have to leave soon, but let me just say that I made GO as a latte this morning and it is so delicious! For vanilla lovers, it is perfection. I will buy this tea again and again. <3

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 0 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Nightshifter

Sadly, I don’t see Steepster updating. People need to know how much I love this tea though, lol!

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