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I don’t know if I would have necessarily thought of a s’more if someone had handed me a cup of this tea and not told me the name. What I would have thought is Oh. Holy. Yum. This is delightful!
This isn’t a tea that screams s’mores! (despite its name). Rather it gives you all the notes of a s’more – nice dark chocolate, sweet honey, a touch of bread, smooth marshmallow, and light pine smoke – into something infinitely more sophisticated than your run of the mill campfire treat. I particularly like the honey and pine taste together and then the lingering chocolate at the end of the sip. So good.
My husband saw me lurking on Whispering Pines web site and surprised my by ordering this for me (he’s a good guy). I’m so glad he did. This is easily one of my new favorite fall/winter teas.
Bought this about a month back just after it was renamed. I love cinnamon tea, so this was on my must try-list.
Huge slivers of cinnamon in here makes it a really strong smelling tea, and this is promising for me. Kind of reminds me of Bengal Spice (Celestial Seasonings) my current favorite cinnamon tea, even though I’m loathe to admit it. Bagged, grocery store tea? Sacrilege!
All I taste is liquid cinnamon and rooibos at the end of the sip. This is a good thing (for the most part… there is some bitterness in there). I’m happy to gulp it down with or without sweetener – although sweetener does help it pop more.
Evergreen Spice was inspired by the pristine evergreen forests and deciduous woodlands of the upper peninsula of Michigan! We started with a complex base of traditional-roast tieguanyin and aged yabao before adding wildcrafted green pine needles and roasted red cedar leaves. This beautiful evergreen base is set on top of the perfect blend of organic spices and organic holy basil before being sprinkled with earthy spearmint.
The flavor of Evergreen Spice opens up with smooth green notes and the pine and cedar fuse with the spices for a very unique combination. They are so well balanced that the spices almost seem to be coming from the evergreen leaves, forming a beautiful layer of warmth. The middle of the sip carries creamy floral notes from the tieguanyin that are spun together with the sweet velvety freshness of aged yabao. The yabao naturally has pine notes, pulling all of these ingredients together as one. At the end of the sip, you get warm cedar, peppercorn, and earthy organic holy basil tied together with the earthy qualities of spearmint, and as the taste lingers on your tongue, you are left with the slightest hint of cooling mint — barely there yet vital to the beauty of the cup.
Both the green pine needles and roasted cedar leaves are ingredients only found at Whispering Pines Tea Company. The pine needles are sustainably wildcrafted by the owner and processed similar to white tea. The cedar leaves are roasted under low heat in 1 ounce batches to achieve a complex and sweet evergreen profile.
This is a perfect embodiment of the beauty of northern Michigan and will please any tea lover!
How to brew the perfect cup:
Steep 1 tablespoon of leaves
in 8 ounces of boiling water
for 5 minutes.
2nd infusion: 5 minutes
3rd infusion: 7 minutes
4th infusion: 10 minutes
Traditional-Roast Tieguanyin Oolong
Sun-Dried White Tea
Wildcrafted Roasted Western Red Cedar Leaves
Wildcrafted Green Ponderosa Pine Needles
Organic Cinnamon Pieces
For a while, I was nearly out of all my favorite teas and this was all I had to keep me company for a month or so. I still have some left, believe it or not :D After much experimenting, I’ve decided that it is best brewed for 2min30 seconds. I’ve over steeped it a number of times when I left the room or didn’t hear my timer beep. It isn’t bad for a long steep. The mint compensates for the bitterness that would accompany a straight black tea, but I find that the flavors are in the best balance at a shorter brew time.
I’ve been working on this tea for quite some time now :)
My goal was to create a tea with cocoa, citrus, and smoke notes that had no bitterness or astringency that would be the perfect companion on full-moon walks in December, when the moonlight reflecting off of the snow makes it as bright as daytime.
This ended up being one of those teas that is so smooth that it’s hard to set down. It’s a rustic blend, perfect for outdoor lovers. It withstands oversteeping very well, making it ideal for the backcountry.
December, you are the month of chills. The month of campfires that die from the bitter cold wind. The month of snowfall and of embers and the moments one cannot wish to describe. December, in all your bright white moonlight and soul-stirring knee-high snowdrift steps, I love you. You are hot cocoa and orange peels with cloves and the warmth of the fireplace dancing across my toes reminds me of nothing but the moments I spent last night shivering cold with snowflakes on my beard. How is it that the bite of your night is so painfully addictive as to keep me wanting more? Perhaps I will ponder your eerie charm with another full moon walk and a cup of tea.
I’m at the point now where I’m deciding which tea to drink because it’s literally hitting me on the head when I open my cupboard. This was the first decaf that came tumbling down, and thus I prepped it for drinking.
I underleafed this significantly based on what the website says (1/2 tb per 8 ounces) vs. what my package said (1 tsp per 8 ounces). As I always use the package instructions when steeping (if there are any), I went with 1 tsp – and it seems just peachy at that amount.
This tea reminds me of a hike in dense, moist, cooler underbrush like at Cathedral Grove on Vancouver Island, where I come to a clearing of cinnamon bushes. Seriously. That’s what this tea is to me.
There’s something spicy in there, and I had to double check that this wasn’t a chai initially, because it easily could be. Strong cinnamon flavor with spice, perhaps minty, green, almost pine-like, and then something sweet in there too. I can, and have, easily downed two cups of this unsweetened with CelebriTEA’s turkey tea cups she sent me, and will finish off this sample size with two more cups to go.
A lovely cool weather drink that reminds you how toasty it is inside while still appreciating the majestic outdoors.
Tea #25 from HHTTB2
Everything I’ve had from Whispering Pines has totally reminded me of nature and connecting to it and I LOVE it!
All the little safflower pieces in my infuser totally looked like reddy orange feathers floating on a pond in sunrise. It’s unbelievably pretty.
Safflower is the dominant flavor, with it’s savory but slightly sweet earthy flavor. The elderberries lend themselves to the tail of the sip, making it end on a lovely sweet-tart note. This is a really relaxing cup. Definitely a tranquil nighttime kind of blend.
this is very clever. brendan, if your goal is not just to blend a tea then i will state this one an absolute success.
let’s begin however, with what this is not: it is NOT graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate in a tea.
what this is: a snapshot of someone(s) crouched by a campfire, the wind blowing slightly against their favour, trying to pull the roasted marshmallows off their roasting stick without blistering their fingers (they escape mostly unburned, lol).
layers. i really can’t wrap my brain around how you accomplished them.
-i get heat and smoke. they are SEPARATE. and the smoke is not a souchong source. by diagnosis of my tongue it is campfire smoke. the warmth is distinct but seems not to be coming from a spice.
-cinnamon and a cookie qualifier are there… they chime in after the smoke and i would count as layer 2.
-layer 3 is fruit, although very distant and not nameable…. at least not in this first steep.
-4 a softness is beginning to start which i believe will end up as marshmallow.
i don’t know if this is the order that you put them down in, but this is how they manifest for me.
this is an impressive accomplishment. this is less a tea and more a stillframe. and this coming from someone who does NOT particularly favour smoke in tea.
i did amend my methodology given that you are so beautifully purist in your blending brendan: i overleafed (1.5 tbsp) for my 12 oz mug and 2) i used 1 tbsp of coconut sugar. i think the effect is brilliant.
as it cools the warmth is still there, the smoke is SWEETENING, but a charcoal element in also settling in. very, very nicely done.
so if this tea is a memory for you…. let me ask: did your fingers get burned? or was my tongue off? =0)
thanks to MissB for this excellent adventure!
Thanks to MissB for this tidbit!
this is an unusual incarnation of a mint chocolate chip blend ;0)
okay, i cheated, i peeked at the ingredients, which (because i cheated) revealed absolutely nothing! mint is a given, chocolate too, there would be issues with my palate if i didn’t notice the tea…. but i’m getting citrus! there’s no reason to think the ingredients are other than as listed…. there are lemon breeds of peppermint, sage too for that matter. you can also have one crop affect another by proximity to something like lemon balm or lemon thyme.
the citrus note is neat! very unusual! i FOLLOWED THE DIRECTIONS for the first steep (yeah, yeah— pick your jaws up off the floor, lol) but next time round i think i’d prefer a longer steep.
no numbers til it sits on the counter for 4.5 instead of 3. ;0P
I’m still kind of shocked that no one else has done a tasting note for this one. It’s really good! It’s very smooth and sweet. It reminds me of a caramel and chocolate brownie. Mmmmm :]
Thank you Brenden for this sample tea!
I prepared this tea as Brenden recommended using 1 TB in a Gaiwan. The steep time was what I’d call immediate. Glad I had a nice little strainer to catch the pine needles that tried to escape.
There wasn’t a mention of what the green tea was, but when I tasted the tea, my mouth told my brain that the pine and tea was similar to the taste of a very good jasmine silver needle.
I’ve tasted some rather dull silver needles that have a dusky, murky flavor and that isn’t what this was.
You can almost sense a light effervescence.
There’s always something mesmerizing about this type of tea that takes me back to my childhood camping trips.
We camped less than two hours from home along the California Coast at Big Sur State Park http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/images2/McWayFalls1.jpg . There were streams to swim and fish with huge boulders and deep pools of clear water which smelled fresh. This water, pine and rock scent is what I associate with tea like Sleeping Bear Blend.
The Ponderosa Pine, Redwood trees, Cypress and Oak created an earthy perfume that I associate with Puerh. Campfires at night, bacon and eggs over the woodfire in the morning…that’s my Lapsang Souchong tea frame of reference.
So much about drinking tea is also about memories and about how the tea makes you feel as a whole person.
I shared some of this tea in a tasting with my friend Eric the scientist (who likes to take tea into the mountains to drink when the weather is nice).
He loved it.
Thought the use of pine needles was brilliant.
This approval came from a plant nerd and is high praise indeed. (Eric likes to nibble plants that only he can identify while walking through the forest)
Lovely tea Brenden!
I’m headed out for a walk with a friend, so I decided to make the last of this sample from Dexter3657 to take with me.
I don’t mind the rooibos, I love the cinnamon, I’ve added brown sugar and milk, things are good.
I’m, umm, not even going to put this one in my cupboard. The rest of the sample will go to my mom and brother. Thanks, Dexter3657, for sharing. :)
Interestingly, even with a 5 minute steep, the leaves are still fairly tightly curled. I wonder how long it would take for them to look like leaves..?
Smells like burnt chocolate dirt pie. It’s a flavour in tea that I just can’t wrap my head around, and I really can’t stand. I know other people like it, and more power to you if you do!
I’ve had two sips. I can’t drink this tea. If you like those dark roasty chocolatey earthy teas then you might like this one. I’m going to have to pass.
Our goal for this blend was to create a unique synthesis of complex flavors reminiscent of all the hidden wonders in the deep forest — a chai for all the wonderers, adventurers, and naturalists!
Woodland Chai has layers upon layers of complexity created with a fantastic malty blend of premium black and oolong base teas. This flavor fusion is achieved with creamy, cocoa, and sugarcane notes from our Yunnan Bi Luo Chun Black Tea, spun together with our dark chocolaty Fujian Black Tea before finally being completed with a brandy oolong carrying barley and heavy apple notes. Steeped, this tea has the aroma of fresh baked apple pie and spiced hot chocolate! The base tea takes the stage as the perfect blend of organic spices form a beautiful background nuanced with warm peppercorn, sweet safflower, and earthy spicy holy basil.
This chai is best in its natural state — enjoyed plain without milk or sweetener. I would recommend enjoying this chai inside on a cold winter day or sipping it from a thermos on an early morning springtime walk through a deep deciduous forest.
How to brew the perfect cup:
Steep 1 tablespoon of leaves
in 8 ounces of boiling water
for 5 minutes.
2nd infusion: 5 minutes
3rd infusion: 7 minutes
4th infusion: 10 minutes
Organic Holy Basil
This is another sample from Brenden at Whispering Pines, and with my ginger-y, medicinal tea kick today, I thought this was my most appropriate choice before bed.
As it brewed, I thought to myself: there is no way this can actually taste like a ginger snap. I mean… there’s a certain feel to ginger snaps, so MissB, don’t get your hopes up!
Well, I should’ve gotten my hopes up. This is delicious, and even my youngest (who adores ginger snaps) said this was yummy. It has the same spice, bite, and breadiness of a ginger snap, and now I really want one…
I grabbed this today, thinking I wanted to stick with non-caffeinated blends in my attempt to try and get some real sleep tonight. Lots of getting to bed at 2am of late, just to have my youngest wake up at that time, raring to go.
I swear there’s some saffron in this tea, however the ingredient list says differently. All I know is, once I started brewing it I realized this is more for fighting colds than being clear mentally — and I love it.
The smell to this tea is new to me and difficult to describe. Best I can do is a herbal concoction a medicine woman gave me years ago that was filled with medicinal berries and ginger root to help fight off a nasty infection I had at the time. They both smell(ed) unique, healthy and lovely.
Steeped I smell mostly ginger, and drinking this also tastes a lot like ginger, with something sweet in the background. I can feel my eyes watering, and my sinuses clearing, but not from the heat. It does have a bit of bite to it… and I love bite.
All in all, a strangely pleasant cup. This may have surpassed my usual sicko teas – either Super Ginger from DAVIDs or a packaged cold/throat tea available at most grocery stores in Canada. I’ll definitely re-order more to keep on hand for cold/flu season.
Thanks to Brenden at Whispering Pines for this free sample with my order that came in the other day.
Dry and steeped, this smells like something my Dad used to call, “Hot Lemon Drink,” which is what we made each other when sick in my childhood: lemon juice muddled with honey, add some hot water, and voila! Hot Lemon Drink. As I’ve gotten older, I add ginger tea to this mix and whiskey, to make my own Hot Toddy. Usually whips my cold into shape in no time.
This smells so much like that drink, it’s blowing my mind a bit. Syrupy gingerness. I’m so excited to try this!
Again however, I’m worried my proportions are off. My bag says 1 tsp/cup, however on Steepster it says 1/2 tbsp/cup. I went with 1 tsp only because the bag is what I was looking at when I popped it all into the Breville. Well, it tastes lovely, if a tiny bit weak.. and I’m okay with that.
It’s subtly orange sweet with a hint of ginger kick (more ginger flavor than bite), with some tartness thrown in for good measure. I keep on smelling it, amazed at how great it is. Yes, I will definitely be ordering more of this; I will it will now replace my other (generic) ginger tea that I’ve used for years in my Hot Toddy mix. The only thing that’s throwing me a bit is the tartness of the blend, however it’s smoothed out nicely with a touch of sweetener.
Received my Whispering Pines order this morning – a full two weeks before I was expecting it. Awesome! Loved the hand written note and business card from Brenden as well; made me want to jump right in and start trying things.
My daughter was here when I opened the bag, and the first thing she grabbed was this. “Hmmm… Mom? Can we try this?” I had to explain to her this was a sophisticated tea, in that there was zero flavoring. Off she went to do something else. I decided to brew some up.
First up – One tablespoon per cup? Hm. I see on Steepster it says TWO tablespoons per cup. Jeepers, I would have used up my entire 50g with the liter of water I boiled up in the Breville if I’d done that. I decided to stick with what was on my bag (one tablespoon) and see how I fared. I should note that opening this bag was divine – smells just like mint chocolate chip ice cream.
Steeped, I just smell mint, and very faintly. My first sips were complex. There’s little at the start – I struggled to taste anything at all initially – and then the chocolate-covered espresso beans comes through. The mint is also surprisingly subtle, and only comes out a good few seconds after the sip. It’s delicate (surprising for a black) and quite amazing. I love this tea.
I’m scared to add any sort of cream or sugar, however I do want to see how the flavors change, if at all… stay tuned for that, if or when I do. For now, I’m just going to enjoy this 2 cups of bliss.
Thank you Brenden for this tea sample!
Lovely aroma that takes me to the childhood that few people have these days. Bobbing for apples, bales of hay for hayrides. Who does this anymore? Some people do…and I did.
One time when my daughter was a teen we had a party and put cooked oatmeal in the large steel tub with the apples, then food coloring. The girls with long hair had a terrible time getting the oatmeal out!
I baked apple pies and other desserts for the Johnny Appleseed Contest in our town of Paradise, California. I do love apples and cinnamon!
For an Oolong?!? This surprised me! What on earth?!?
My appreciation for creativity without using chemical flavors (cheating) gives Brenden a thumbs up!
As for taste…I thought the flavor was spot on but light. It wasn’t the fault of the cinnamon or apple though, the base tea wasn’t quite the right oolong. It should have been a more buttery/floral oolong which would have tasted like a sun-ripened apple (like a yellow delicious). Mountain apples (not store bought) are quite sweet. I picked the apples I used to win the apple pie contests so I’m just sayin… I think it could have been a sweeter oolong.
That said, I love the idea.
Thank you Brenden for the sample of this tea!
You must read Brenden’s discription of this tea no matter what. It’s charming! A genuine love affair with a place he should live forever! I’m convinced that we can all find our own special place that says “THIS IS HOME”! It has nothing whatever to do with money or power. It’s something in the heart.
I’m happy to have found my ‘Home’ for now. I always say ‘for now’ in case God has other plans for me. My heart happiness is portable.
Brenden has decided to create his tea’s without artifical flavors or the low quality tea’s found in far too many blends. Yeah! I’m a great fan of all the Tea Companies that don’t use artificial ingredients and who don’t compromise on quality!
North Winds: The wonderful Fujian Black Tea (which I bought from Whispering Pines already because it’s so Cocoa-luscious) base is cocoa and milky, not a dark chocolate. I didn’t taste cherry, mentioned in the description Brenden wrote,..but instead tasted sweet tea cookie (like animal cracker).
The tea was creamy, buttery with malted caramel, chocolate filled pastry.
Goodness! How on earth do you discribe how good this tea tasted?
Please try it with cream and sweeten. This type of tea is enhanced a great deal by both (brings the cocoa alive and a richness to dessert level).
I’d suggest having North Winds over the holidays with shortbread or sugar cookies with people who love you .
Pretty sure my feed isn’t working here, but oh well.
This was a sad sipdown, but I appreciated the chance to try it (Thanks KallieBoo!). This is just a really clean, buttery, sweet green tea. It brightened a grey day a little bit even!