335 Tasting Notes


This tea has strong butter/chestnut notes and a bit of spinach notes. It has a bit of bitterness to it that’s not entirely unpleasant but not something I usually like in my green teas. I might try this one with less brewing time for next time.

I know this is quite a quick review but I think I’m having caffeine overload and might have to eliminate teas for a few days and then only stick to 1 or 2 cups a day. I am just not feeling myself lately. As for this tea, there are some elements of this tea which I tend to love in green teas (butter, chestnut, spinach) but the bitterness is throwing me off.

Flavors: Butter, Chestnut, Spinach

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’m having this tea this afternoon. Silly me. I was thinking this was a shu. If I had known it was a black tea I would have waited for a different day when I only have one black tea (had one this morning). One black tea a day is my limit for black teas.

I also botched the brewing a bit. Wanted to use my new fancy teaware and it was hard figuring out the difference between that and the directions from Whispering Pines as I had a reduced water capacity. All in all , it still came out pretty decent.

Just like everyone else I was amazed when I smelled the dry tea. It had a wonderful maple candy aroma.

When it’s really hot I mostly just get the sweet maltiness of the black tea in the taste but the aroma is all maple candy. As it cools , that sweet maple taste comes through stronger. Wow! I couldn’t make too many infusions because my stomach was a bit upset having a 2nd black tea for the day but enjoyed what I had.

Next time I plan on just using the Western brew before I rate this tea. I bet this tea would be pretty amazing cold brewed too.

Flavors: Candy, Malt, Maple Syrup

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This was a sample from Whispering Pines with my last order. I had lost this sample but finally found it last night. It had slipped in with my green tea bin! I’m glad I finally found it.

This tea is delicious. It’s chocolate & malt. Not too strong of a black tea which suits me just fine. It is also very sweet. Some others got bitterness with this tea which surprised me. I brewed according to WP’s directions and I got no bitterness. Maybe it sets in when it cools down. I had finished mine before it could cool. A lovely cup of tea.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Sweet

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Yes, it has a mellow profile.

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Ha ha. I have reviewed this tea so many times. It is my go to non-caffeinated tea for a cold winter evening. It’s getting awfully close to the end of the bag (YS Sourcing order is calling me…) Finally got my Steepster cupboard up to date this evening. The last few evenings I have gone through my excel tea file and rechecked all my teas. I thought I would remove some I hadn’t taken off. I didn’t find too many of those but found a few I hadn’t logged. Wouldn’t you know it? Okay so I can’t find my Golden Snail Tea from Whispering Pines. I logged it on my excel sheet when I got the order. I remember seeing it and I put it with my black teas. I’ve been through ALL my teas and I can’t find it. Little gremlins must have hocked my Golden Snail! Where oh where can it be?

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I love this green tea because it’s so different. I’ve already left a review on it so not going into too much detail. It’s nutty, sweet potato , & slight smoke. I wonder how the new 2015 spring one is going to taste… I’ve had this shopping cart at Yunnan Sourcing full of sale teas for a week. I keep going in to change things but I haven’t ordered yet. Why? I have too many teas! As well, if I order Autumn 2014 on sale, I won’t be able to buy spring 2015 teas. Tough tough decisions.

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Having this tea this morning. I did 3 rinses on this before starting drinking. It was a tightly compressed chunk so I couldn’t break it up. I had slightly more tea to water volume than Wymm Tea’s recommendation.

The first brewing of this tea was very light and bitter. The leaves were still in a chunk and hadn’t separated. I just didn’t pick up much flavour in this cup which would have been due to the leaves still being compressed.

2nd & 3rd brewing – This is when the leaves started breaking up from the tightly compacted tea. Both of these brewings were bitter but a sweet honey flavour was coming through on Steep 3.

4th & 5th – Bitterness was almost gone. Sweet honey flavour kept getting more pronounced. Enjoyed cup 5 even more than 4. It kept getting better!

This is a rough sheng but the later steeps make it worth it. I’ll try some more steeps on this later today and see how it goes. It has a good energy. I feel alert and clear headed but not jittery.

Flavors: Honey

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Between being busy and getting new samples I have forgotten to leave reviews on some of my Whispering Pines teas I got this month.

There are so few herbal blends out there (all natural with nothing artificial) for the evening that are really tasty. This one fits the bill. The cinnamon is done so good in this tea it just mixes and enhances the whole taste. Definitely not over done. Along with the cinnamon I’m getting the elderberries & marshmallow root. It’s all wrapped up with a toasty warmth, wonderful for a cold winter evening. I love this blend and do not want to be without it.

Flavors: Berries, Cinnamon, Marshmallow, Roasted

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I love Japanese green teas but they are brewed at such low temperatures! I like my tea to be hot. When it’s brewed at 140F or 160F and goes from a teapot to a cup (which have been warmed)it still cools down somewhat so that I am drinking lukewarm tea. Well, that’s my only beef about this tea. Otherwise it’s good.

I botched the first brewing. Didn’t read the instructions and just brewed at my regular green tea temperature (185F) for 1 min. It came out bitter. So I threw that out and started again. This time it’s sweet and grassy. Not as much umami as sencha or gyokuro. It is lighter and with less caffeine. I am now on the 2nd infusion. It seems to have lost some of the punch (sencha & gyokuro usually get stronger in the 2nd infusion). and there’s a bit of bitterness creeping back into it. This one gets bitter really easy!

Flavors: Grass

155 °F / 68 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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I had this yesterday afternoon. Brewed in my gaiwan. I only used half the leaves since my gaiwan in tiny . I did 3 rinses before drinking.

There was a slight bitterness in the first infusion with sweet honey & fruity notes. The bitterness would hit the tongue initially followed by the sweet honey. There was a silky creamy feel on the tongue.

I can’t remember how many infusions I had of this tea but I really enjoyed it. Definitely it’s one I would consider buying.

Flavors: Fruity, Honey, Sweet

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Another sample from the Mystery tea samples Wymm Tea so generously sent. I had this one this morning. It brewed up so dark! My little teapot had a bit less volume than their steeping instructions so I was using a bit less water to tea which made it so rich and dark. I would describe it as being very woody, earthy, mushroomy & smooth with faint cocoa notes. The cocoa notes were very faint and although I love some of the chocolate shu’s, this one didn’t have enough to make me love it. The caffeine or energy level was much more than the other shu I had (Menghai Shou Seventh Grade). There are some who would love a tea like this in the morning but I usually start my day with a green and I could only think of how I wanted my green tea so bad all the time I was drinking this.

I did 3 infusions on it and it stayed consistent and rich through out. There could have probably been plenty more infusions but 3 was a lot for me!

For those that enjoy a full bodied rich dark tea, this is the tea for you.

Flavors: Cocoa, Earth, Mushrooms, Wood


Thanks for the review Ubacat, we too prefer to have our shu later in the evenings. One thing to note about the 1st grade, we generally steep it almost immediately to avoid the dark colour (first few steeps). The rule of thumb we follow is to achieve the ‘wine’ colour. It has a greater surface area compared to the seventh grade, the tea essence dissolves quicker which explains the dark rich colour. Sorry for not mentioning this earlier, will update our website soon enough!


Thanks for the comment Tashi. I usually have a shu in the afternoon but thought I would try it in the morning. I can see why shu’s are much better for afternoon. Now I know if I have this tea again to infuse until I see a wine colour . Thanks for the tip.

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Green teas are my favourite teas but I also enjoy: white, some herbal,rooibos, raw pu’erh, light oolongs, a little bit of black , and a little bit of ripe pu’erh. I have moved away from artificial flavourings and there’s hardly anything left in my cabinet with artificial flavouring or colours. It is mostly straight teas or tea blends.


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