4875 Tasting Notes

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dexter sent me this one as i really want to place an order with WP but when i built my cart it was several hundred $ lol Soooo dexter helped me out with a few samples from her cupboard of WP teas that were on my “want to try” list. I love this tea. I enjoyed multiple steepings of the sample dexter sent me and loved it. Oak, cocoa, vanilla..and a truly delicious base. I think my only “complaint” about this tea is the price :( It would for sure be a birthday sort of splurge tea for me – to be enjoyed. Thank you so much for sharing this with me dexter! delicious!

Cameron B.

I agree on the price. I always want to try the new “vanilla dreams” teas, but they’re just too expensive for me.

Sil

don’t get me wrong, i can appreciate that quality sometimes costs more, but i’m not sure i can personally justify it, at least not as often as i’d want too :(

Cameron B.

Absolutely. I just feel that I would rather buy multiple teas or more of a tea I love for the same price. :)

Cameron B.

But I haven’t tried any of the expensive ones, so if I had I may have a different opinion! Lol.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Im HOPING to be able to make my more expensive teas available as 1/2oz in the next few weeks or so. It’s ridiculously laborious to blend the teas that contain Tahitian Vanilla…takes about 30 minutes per ounce. :/

Lariel

I really want to try this one.

Dexter

Does the multiple steep make up for price? I hardly ever re-steep “flavored” teas (I understand this is blended not flavored). If you can multiple steep it, does that help offset cost. (I haven’t tried this one yet…) Happy that you like it. :))

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Mmm good point…I always get at least 4 steeps from this one.

Sil

Dexter….so yes and no hahaha my dilemma is that sometimes, I don’t WANT 36+oz of the same tea
Brendan – totally understand, and this one is lovely…I can appreciate the time and effort that crafting a tea can require.
Cameron – if/when Brendan has the half ounce option, I suggest trying it at the very least as a little splurge :) it’s quite lovely with the vanilla… This is more what I was hoping for with the verdant blends this month a la vanilla style

Cameron B.

Sil, I will definitely consider trying this one and Cocoa Amore if there’s a half ounce option. :)

And those stupid Verdant blends angered me! The vanilla was such an afterthought in all of them except maybe the tieguanyin…

Dexter

I understand that Sil – I agree don’t always want 4 big cups of the same tea. To save leaf/cost, should we be making 4 steeps of small cups. Make four 4oz cups rather than four 8oz cups? Do we need to change our habits to save money and make these more affordable?

Sil

Dex….probably…but I find unless I’m doing gongfu…I want my big delicious mugs of steaming tea….or else it cools too fast for me lol

Whispering Pines Tea Company

You could always halve the leaf amount and add infusion times together :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

But yes, I’m hoping that a 1/2oz option will make these more accessible.

Lariel

1/2 is a good sample size. Is that one the two awesome black teas?

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Not sure what you mean?

Lariel

A blend of two awesome black teas?

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Ahh yes, it’s Imperial Gold Bud Dian Hong and Ailaoshan Black :-)

mj

What?? Those are two of my WP faves! I might have to splurge on this (and Cocoa Amore, naturally) in October for a birthday present to me…from me….I just won’t think about it too hard ;)

Lariel

Yay for October birthdays. This blend sounds good for that season too. (I rather liked the Ailaoshan Black, almost as much as Fujian S’mores… I mean Black Tea.)

TheTeaFairy

Interesting discussion here…my own personal reflexion on it, is that for me, each buck is well spent only because those vanilla dreams teas make me happy beyond what they cost me. And I’m at a point where I like to drink less of everything, and more of my favourites. So in the end, again for my own personal situation, it’s not more expensive cause I have stopped ordering from many other companies and stick to the very few I want to drink tea from like forever!! Having said that, I understand that they do not fit every budget. But I will happily cut somewhere else, before I cut on my WP orders :-)

Ubacat

I’ve always wanted to sample the WP teas too but since most are black I doubt I would stock them on a regular basis.

TeaFairy, I know what you mean about drinking more of your favs. I’ve been reaching for lots of my favs lately too.

mj

Ubacat, you can order a sample pack for $5. Not all of the teas are available as samples, but a lot of them are :)

Sil

Teafairy – totally understand that, and i’m pretty sure that’s where i’ll end up once my life isn’t so hectic. For right now, i hate to waste money on teas that are a “luxury” if i know i’ll struggle to find time to actually have time to myself to sit and enjoy them, instead of the teas i drink while at work to make work more enjoyable with happy tea moments. Work tea sometimes gets forgotten, and i wouldn’t want to do that to my special teas :)

OMGsrsly

I’m with you, Sil. I need to have a stock of teas that are great in travel mugs or if left to cool, plus some teas I adore that I can just sit and sip on when I get home from work or have a lazy morning. :)

Lariel

The samples are good, but a bit small.

Ubacat

I did see the samples. I might have to order some of them to try BEFORE they have a sale. Then I will know which ones to order. Thanks.

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84
drank Golden Yunnan by RiverTea
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i had this tea today and it was a really pleasant cup. this might be one of my favourite straight teas from RiverTeas, as i’ve vastly preferred their fruit teas until now. This is a really smooth brew and flavourful. I’ve had other Yunnans that i’ve enjoyed more, but this over the assam that i had from River Tea imo. :)

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noms… still more of this left. i swear it’s never going to end haha. i’m ok with that though, since i do love my mildly smokey teas +maple syrup :)

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84

this was my flavoured tea at work today and it was nice to revisit it again. I’m not sure i need to restock this again anytime soon, though it’ll remain one of those teas that i’ll pick up from time to time. I enjoy it a bunch, but time to change things up for a bit once i’m done :)

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drank After Dark by Steam Tea House
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mmmmmm…. yep. still love this. still makes me happy. woohoo!

Final Count: 125

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drank Pure Vanilla (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Taurus by Nina's Paris
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I added a teaspoon of David’s tea vanilla rooibos to this one since i know that the rooibos in this one isn’t my favourite. With the added vanilla, this is a lovely strawberry vanilla tea. :) Without it, it’s a little woodsy for my taste, though still a pleasant cup!

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drank Fire Cracker by The TeaCupany
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Another from Dexter and this one is another interesting blend. I was a little disappointed in how almost boring it was. This was largely a lapsang tea with hints of other things that remained out of my ability to discern them with any certainty. it was tasty, but I wanted more! Thanks as always Dexter!!

(totally got to 120 today before i had to add the teas to my cupboard that came today)

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drank Hazlenut by The TeaCupany
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Dexter sent this one my way and i’m always grateful for the teas she shares with me. I’ve gradually tried a few teas from this company through her and they’re always an adventure lol this one is a pretty tasty hazelnut tea. It’s not my favourite hazlenut tea but in terms of a really good, solid tea – this is where it’s at. just hazelnut and nothing else :)

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drank Red Queen Cupcake by Butiki Teas
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this is nearly a sipdown, and very much a reorder. This might be the perfect dessert tea for me when i need an extra hit of something delicious at work on those rough days. :) so glad i splurged for my birthday on this one! :)

Stephanie

I love this one too, so GOOD!

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