789 Tasting Notes

93

Yet another Whispering Pines tea. I’m on a roll!

I’m drinking the old version of this blend. I steeped it for seven minutes and was rewarded with notes of honey, chocolate, malt, cinnamon, bread, and smoke in an almost syrupy thick tea. Oh, so good. I’ve already resteeped the leaves once. I’m going to steep them one more time to eek out all of the yummy goodness in this blend.

I only have one serving of this left, and while the hoarder in me wants to hold on to it I think I’m going to finish it off this weekend so I can get the new version of this tea with my next WPT order.

Win! Win!

Lariel of Lórien

There is an actual S’mores tea? Yums!

Veronica

There is, and it is amazing. :)

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90

Tea of the morning. This is an unusual Keemun. It’s light and fruity with underlying honey notes. There might be a little chocolate, but the plum, raisin, and dried date notes are at the forefront. I pick up the pine – very light and clean – in the smell, but I don’t taste it. There’s no smoke even at the end of the sip. Overall, I like this a lot. For me, this is an afternoon tea. I think the lighter body and soft sweetness of the tea will be wonderful as an afternoon pick-me-up.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100

My order from Whispering Pines arrived today, and I’m happy to have this one back in my cupboard and my cup. It’s biscuity with notes of squash, malt, honey, stone fruit and salted caramel. Delicious!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Lariel of Lórien

All hail the Ailaoshan!

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96

Tea of the morning. I feel like I’m in a loop with my breakfast teas, but I like them all so much that drinking them over and over again is a pleasure. Today it is North Winds, and the molasses note I tasted last time showed up today, too. I’m not sure if I missed it in all of my previous cups or if the flavor is stronger in this particular set of leaves, but regardless it is really, really delicious. It lends a fall flavor to an already full bodied tea. So, chocolate, cherry, malt, and molasses… is it any wonder that I’m happy to wake up to this tea?

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cheri

I really should order more of this one, too. It’s delicious.

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92

Tea of the morning. I sipped on this while sitting on my front porch watching the lunar eclipse. Everything was calm and lovely. I enjoyed the mix of fruity, spicy, malty notes in this tea while watching nature do her thing.

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

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100
drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
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Taking a tea break. Love having a few minutes of calm with one of my favorite teas. I continue to be a fan of the bergamot and vanilla blend in this tea. Yum!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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92

A malty, raisin-y, cocoa-y cup of awesome.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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97
drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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Tea of the morning. This one continues to be as good as ever. There’s depth in the cocoa and malt notes which mingles with a sweet hay-like flavor and the tiny whisper of smoke right at the end. Really, really nice. This is also a tea that resteeps beautifully and has a consistent flavor from one steep to another.

Long live the Queen.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
ashmanra

I am using this to make my first kombucha! I love the Queen!

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84

Backlogging.

This is creamy and sweet with a great coconut flavor. I caught a hint of pastry as the tea cooled, but the coconut was definitely the star of the show. I was on the fence about buying this one, but I’m glad I picked it up because it’ll be a nice tisane to have in my nighttime/ caffeine free tea rotation.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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96

The dark chocolaty notes in this tea is so good, and combined with the mint it’s gooooood. Because I can I added cream and sugar, and I’ve enjoyed every single sip. This tea seems almost too simple on the surface (tea and mint!), but it’s great and a good example of how sometimes the simplest things are the best.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
TeaTiff

Is this one still being sold?

Veronica

I don’t see it on the WPT site. :(

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Yeah, sadly, as good as this is, it had to go to make room for more unique and thought-out blends. :( still available for special order though! Minimum would be 4oz

Veronica

Thank goodness! I will happily order 4oz of this. Actually, my husband will… for Christmas… for me… I’ll let him know. :)

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Tea obsessed since 2010.

Some of my favorite tea companies are:

- Whispering Pines Tea Company
- Single Origin Teas
- Zen Tea Life
- Harney and Sons
- 52 Teas
- Teavivre

My Rating System:

100-95 = Teas I actively seek out and keep in my pantry. If you are a guest in my home chances are I will offer you one or all of these teas. Also, if/when these teas are discontinued I openly mourn their loss.

94-85 = Teas I truly like, often have in my pantry, and sometimes restock. These are my variety-is-the-spice-of-life teas.

84-75 = They’re good teas and I enjoy drinking them on occasion.

74-65 = These teas are ok, but not really my thing.

64-55 = meh.

54-45 = I will if I have no other option.

44 and below = Coffee, please.

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