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I’m not generally a fan of shou, but this is the kind of tea that keeps me trying them.
Started with 2 5 s rinses. 1st steep at 210 degrees: Wow, this is potent. Filling the room with a powerful earthy aroma: wet loam with an undercurrent of ash. The taste is amazing: that loam/ash flavor with hints of fruit underneath. The finish starts with raspberries, but ends in bitterness. Sadly, as I drank, the bitterness seemed to overwhelm the fruit. I decided to use shorter than usual steeps and reduce the water temperature to 200 degrees: I love the smell. Taste is more subdued; I no longer sense the berries, just an earthy taste, but the bitterness is more acceptable. 3rd (10s): More fruit, less bitter. By the 4th steep (15s): The raspberry flavors seem to be winning the battle. I got another 6 steeps, which were pleasant, but not special: both the berry and bitterness faded.
I was really excited by the fruity flavors, but put off by the bitterness. Overall, it was an interesting and enjoyable experience. Someone who likes a bit of bitterness might love this.
This is my first tea by Whispering Pines, and unfortunately it doesn’t live up to the hype for me. I’m not sure if it’s the vanilla or the base itself that I’m objecting to, but I didn’t love this. The base is a light, smooth black with cocoa notes, but they don’t taste quite right to me. They taste artificial, which is odd since this doesn’t contain artificial flavoring at all. Well, it was nice to try anyway. I’ve been really curious about Whispering Pines teas, but they’re very expensive. At least I won’t waste money on a tea I don’t care for.
After seeing the rave reviews this tea’s been getting on Steepster, I just had to order an ounce for myself. It’s delicious! The first steeping gave me notes of caramel and honey, with a thick and smooth mouthfeel. I’m hooked.
Flavors: Caramel, Honey, Malt
i didn’t see the cake for this one when I posted this but here it is now so i copy and paste, hehe :)
anyways i brews this s**t up dark and strong and it looks like some coffee and make me feel real nice, will keep me awake for a late night dialysis session.
eleventy one points for this one!
maybe you can see my pic on instagram :)
This tea is awesome! I was lucky enough to snag two ounces from Whispering Pines when it went up for sale. When i opened the package the aroma hits you; true vanilla. But the vanilla isn’t over powering its just there to compliment the other flavors the Dian Hong and the Fujian Xiao Zhong have to offer. I would highly recommend this tea.
Flavors: Smooth, Vanilla
Finally reviewing this tea now that I finished it off.
The reviews for this tea are great so I saved it until I had time to really evaluate it. After three different sessions with this tea I found that I was rather disappointed. While this brews a nice cup, the Imperial Gold Bud Dian Hong was absolutely superior and I cannot forget how good it was so now all other golden teas have a higher bar to reach. This isn’t to say that this tea is bad, its just my standard is rather high now.
mmmm thanks for sending this my way kimquat (along with the grasshopper cheesecake and coffee & cigarettes, since i may forget to thank you for adding to my stash of those later.)
This one is not for me. something in the way that this one tastes is too reminescent of roasty oolongs. I went through a few steepings to see if it ever turned into something i’d enjoy and it never quite landed anywhere i was in love with. However, that’s all good, since that’s the point of swaps! not to mention that i likely would have picked this one up myself someday so now i don’t have to! woot woot!
Got this sample from Allan and have finally got to try this tea. It’s been out of stock for ages it seems.
I’ve been lazy lately when it comes to brewing my tea so no gongfu brewing. I just brewed up Western style. When I smelled this from the bag I could smell the cedar. It smelled so good!
It was really delicious brewed up. The floral from the oolong and the vanilla notes seemed to blend together to become a floral vanilla. Heavenly. Then there’s the buttery flavour of the oolong underneath followed by the very light cedar notes. Yep , I love it. Still out of stock I see on the website. I’ll just have to snap some up when it becomes available.
Flavors: Butter, Cedar, Floral, Vanilla
This is the first time that I have ever tried a Whispering Pines sample….I know…I’ve been missing out. Although my tea journey is taking me down a different path (away from blacks) I still want to try the snails and the orchid.
I am not one of those people that can easily pick out/name particular flavours and notes that a tea is giving, but I have found that it is becoming easier. I found with this tea, a few notes were easily noticeable.
First infusion I found strong fruit notes and bread. The floral came out as the cup cooled.
Infusion two I found that salty baguette!!! I am impressed that I found it!! That was followed up strong notes of honey and then floral again as the cup cooled.
It was a nice intro to Whispering Pines, and I have TheLastDodo to thank for the sample…so Thank You!!! :)
Today this is the tea that is being sipped for many hours while I am in my field placement. I’m not sure if this tea is suppose to have a smoked woodsy taste but it does. The dryness of this tea is acceptable because it has notes of wood that accompany it. I would enjoy the notes in this tea much more in something that was milder such as an oolong or green tea (though green tea with woodsy is a tricky combination). Overall it provides nice warm cups of good tasting tea.
Received a hefty sample of this from Dexter… normally I am not a chai person, I rarely crave it. But I was interested in trying this, because I know I love the base tea.
I ended up really impressed, I think this is actually the first chai I would buy! (Except a few fandom blends from Adagio which I surprisingly ended up enjoying)
The natural chocolate notes in the tea really work well with the natural spices used. It just struck me as really fresh and tasty, and pure tasting, if that makes any sense. Nothing fake about this one!
Thank you for sharing, Dexter.
One I never would have ordered, but ended up truly enjoying!
I got like a tsp of this tea from Terri, which I’m not sure is the amount you’re supposed to use, but I’d rather have a weak tea than have to pay full price to try it! So works for me!
I tasted a lot of cherry and wood. There were notes of vanilla too. Was not bad. Pretty good actually-I’d totally drink it again.
But it’s not something that I would buy. Which is fine. Happy to sample!
Flavors: Cherry, Vanilla, Wood
My host family just put Big Hero 6 on last night so I grabbed a bag of tea and brewed it up without thinking about it.
I don’t enjoy black teas but I really didn’t think about what I was brewing (which was some sort of golden fuzz). This is a very smooth tasting tea and I really enjoyed it- enough so that I drank some more this morning. The leaf is very quality; easily identified by looking before and after brewing. I look forward to continuing my experimenting with temperature and grams of tea used as this is wonderful tea.