789 Tasting Notes
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.