Whispering Pines Tea Company

Recent Tasting Notes

My last pot of tea from this sample. I am really enjoying it this rainy morning. It has this lovely, silky mouthfeel that I really like, and it isn’t over the top with the chai spices – it is balanced just right. I definitely want to reorder this in the future.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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I have been a little askeered to try this tea. I have read in tons of other reviews about the smoke in keemuns. I didn’t smell any smoke in this, though. It just smelled malty and tasty. I could smell a light pine but didn’t taste it at all, which was fine with me. Tree flavor was another I wasn’t sure I wanted to try. :) But this was lightly fruity with some mild sweet maltiness. This is pretty good. Thanks, Veronica!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

this isn’t a smokey keemun. it’s just “different” haha

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In addition to my giant Lupicia box, I received my swap package from Christina and it is packed full of tasty teas. This was one of those teas and it is one I have wanted to try for a while. I mean, when its referred to as “Wee Snaily Yums”, how could my interest not be piqued.

With my first sip, I can certainly see why so many rave about this tea. It is smooth and silky, like honey and caramel but also a touch earthy, like the taste one would find in a sweet potato. It is good. Really good. And has a perfect touch of malt. Yum! So, thank you Christina for passing some along and also thank you to Ost for being the original supplier :P. This is one I will be seeking out again soon.

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i had a session last night. people, this tea is so good. Nobody should be afraid to try even if you never had puerh before or had some unpleasant experience.
Its clean, sweet, creamy and delicious. Very easy to drink, no any off putting smells or tastes. Just pure goodness. my hubby enjoyed it as well . im training him, i think he has some preferences already. before it was tea is just tea. now dont give me this, can i have something i tried 2 days ago ;) also he is teasing me why am i giving my Yixing a bath.
i got lots of pics last night

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Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
AllanK

This tea lives up to the name gold needle, as gold needle puerh is supposed to be good. I don’t know who came up with the name, maybe Dayi.

Cheri

Soon….soon, I will order this one.

boychik

you will love it Cheri !

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Cheri, there’s only two left right now! The rest will take a couple months to arrive still.

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Review re-post.

So, I ordered a sampler pack… and it came today. This smells pretty good, like malty chocolate. In the flavour I get more fruit, and bread… along with the cocoa. So pretty much it’s chocolate covered fruit, with plums, and some really good bread. Seems a little out of place in the Summer though, I think this is an Autumn morning tea.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Chocolate, Cocoa, Fruity, Malt

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[This note was originally posted to the older version of North Winds but is intended for this version.]

I’ve been interested in trying more black tea blends lately, so this is one of the ones I ordered. The blend is composed of two kinds of tea leaves, both spindly and dark but one with golden undersides—this is probably the dian hong. The aroma is an intense, pleasant waft of chocolate and malt. The taste is just what you’d expect from that too, a very welcoming combination of chocolate, malt, and nutty notes, and plus there’s that full-bodied, bready richness from the dian hong. The finish is clear and sweet, and reminiscent of apricot. It’s a wonderfully cozy tea for breakfast or any other time of day!

Brendan’s inspiration behind this tea is also great to read. Maybe we’ll see some lovely teas inspired by the Oregon wilderness in the future :)

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My Whispering Pines order arrived yesterday which means that this lovely is back in my cup today. The rest of my order is actually a Christmas present, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to hold out once I had this back in the house. Thankfully I bought a whopping four ounces, so two of those ounces are back in the tin where they belong. The other two will wait under the tree for me. :)

The tea… it’s full of chocolate notes as well as cherry, malt, and honey. Once the tea cools there’s a deeper molasses flavor. There’s also the taste of multigrain bread which is so good when combined with all of the other flavors going on in this cup. The tea is moderately thick, smooth, and not astringent. It resteeps very well with more bread like flavors coming out in the second and third steep. Delicious!

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

Sounds excellent!

Veronica

It is!!! I loved the old version, but the new version is even better. :)

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I received this tea as a free sample along with the Ailaoshan tea that I purchased from Whispering Pines and I actually like it better! The chocolate flavor is considerably more pronounced – deeper. Toasted rye, apricot and white pepper flavor notes as listed by WP were all present and accounted for. I also picked up on caramel and a pleasantly sweet carrot taste.
This is a cup that you just don’t want to ever end! North Winds is the newest must have in my tea pantry.

Flavors: Apricot, Caramel, Carrot, Chocolate, Cocoa, Pepper, Rye, Sweet, Toast

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
Whispering Pines Tea Company

Thanks for migrating your review over! :-)

Teatotaler

My pleasure! Thank you for providing some of the most exquisite tea that I have ever had the pleasure of drinking – I love Whispering Pines!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Anytime! :D Glad you enjoy them!

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Oh man, this is so good. I mean, it’s not quite as ridiculously decadent as Golden Orchid (same tea, but with vanilla beans added!), but I can see myself just wanting to drink this every day. Damn it. Just as I am vowing to myself to stick to Canadian companies (why did I have to develop a tea obsession just as the Canadian dollar tanked?? the exchange rate is killing me here) with reasonable shipping costs (y’all have already heard my rant about shipping), I discover that I might not be able to live without this tea. Hrmph. Luckily I can’t even stay mad about it, because I have this warm cup of chocolatey yumminess to soothe me. :)

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Tea of the morning. This is newly formulated version and it’s even sweeter and more chocolatey. So rich and delicious. I like this version even better and am bumping up my rating accordingly. This is a must have for me.

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This is a very tasty tea. Yesterday I had the best of news from my lawyer in my worker’s comp case. For the last year the insurance company has not paid a single bill while the case was in appeals. Now that I have won the appeal, the insurance company must pay the bills, even if they appeal again. Also, because it was a unanimous decision on my part, their next appeal is not automatic. The board can refuse to hear it. Had the decision been 2 to 1, their appeal would have been automatic.

I get in this tea notes of chocolate, apricot and caramel, to name a few. This is a complex tea with a variety of notes.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 4 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min.

Flavors: Apricot, Caramel, Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
AllanK

I was asked by Whispering Pines to move this review to his new page as apparently the tea has a different base now.

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i know i reviewed this tea before. Steepster eats older notes… Sigh…
This time i’m tasting a new version. I liked the older one but this just blew my mind. It is liquid chocolate people. Without any sugar or maple syrup. You dont have to guess the flavors. Bold yummy chocolate, maybe some malt, but not much.
i still have an older one, and was hesitating if i should get another once. Im so happy cause this one is so much better and richer (not that anything wrong w/older one ;)

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looseTman

NW sounds wonderful! My 1st WP order (CM) is to arrive this week & it fortunately includes WP.

boychik

it is. dessert in a cup without any additions. did you order the cake ?

looseTman

Yes, I ordered a cake of 2012 Huron Gold Needle Shou Pu-erh, 2013 Shou, as well as an oz. of their Fujian Black.

Fjellrev

Wow, sounds truly divine.

boychik

I’m looking forward to your tasting notes. If only Steepster wasnt hiccuping :( i have no patience and time.

looseTman

I completely understand. I compose in MS Word & paste into Steepster. Hopefully, our favorite tea suppliers will notice that the website issues are affecting forum particpation & will encourage Jason to correct them w/o further delay.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I sent an email out yesterday…doubt I’ll be getting a response though :/

looseTman

Thanks Brenden. Any other ideas or insights?

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I told Jason that I could put together a crowdfunding thing to pay for a web engineer to fix the site, which would be super easy…but it’s up to him wether or not to do this…so I think we’re all stuck at this point until he makes his next move :(

looseTman

Thank you for offering crowdfunding assistance to Jason. That was very kind of you!

looseTman

There’s also a Steepster member, Blodeuyn (a professional web developer) who graciously offered to help 3 months ago. See: http://steepster.com/discuss/9388-steepster-member-w-slash-forum-tech-support-background

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This is a very tasty tea. Yesterday I had the best of news from my lawyer in my worker’s comp case. For the last year the insurance company has not paid a single bill while the case was in appeals. Now that I have won the appeal, the insurance company must pay the bills, even if they appeal again. Also, because it was a unanimous decision on my part, their next appeal is not automatic. The board can refuse to hear it. Had the decision been 2 to 1, their appeal would have been automatic.

I get in this tea notes of chocolate, apricot and caramel, to name a few. This is a complex tea with a variety of notes.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 4 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min.

Flavors: Apricot, Caramel, Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
looseTman

Congrat’s on your verdict! That’s certainly excellent news!
Is North Winds medium- or full-bodied? Breakfast or afternoon? How’s the mouth-feel?

boychik

Congrats Allan! looseTman i can drink this tea all day long. so delicious. it not weak and you dont need sugar or chocolate.

mrmopar

Yay Allan. I know that the good new for you makes us all happy.

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I received a sample of this tea from The Cookie Lady. I haven’t yet tried anything from Whispering Pines Tea Company, but I’ve been wanting to, so I was excited about trying this tea as well as the Mountain Nectar tea that I received. I like the flavor of this tea, though I doubt I could easily describe it. It’s complex, and both fruity and toasty. I wouldn’t say it’s very bitter. I’ve tried a few teas described as tasting like plum, so based on similarity, I could say that it does taste like plum – or at least it has a comparable taste to other teas that are described as tasting like plum… All I know is that I like it, and find it more agreeable than some of my other black teas. I’m steeping the tea a second time, but I knew I liked the tea the first time I drank it. I need to buy Whispering Pines teas, so I think I’ll put this on my shopping list.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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After yesterday’s debacle involving Jabberwocky tasting like pretzel dough, I decided to brew this up using filtered water. I do think it’s made a difference, but how much I can’t tell….

The smell when this first brewed up was definitely sweet potato with a bit of malt/honey. The taste was very similar, but I wanted to let it cool down a bit.

Now that it’s cooler, a new variety of flavours are coming out. I can smell honey, but I also think I taste a bit of plum along side the smooth maltiness.

I’m not getting caramel the way others have, but that’s fine. Glad I got to try a bit of this!

This was originally a swap from Ost. I had half, and am saving the remainder to send off to Variatea so this is technically a sipdown.

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This is a fairly tasty white tea with notes of honeysuckle, as well as floral notes. It is fairly sweet for a white tea. It is good a worth a try. I only bought a one ounce sample and will probably not end up buying more, not because it isn’t worth buying, but because I already have way too much tea.

I brewed this one time in an 18oz teapot with 185 degree water and 4 tsp leaf for 3 min.

Flavors: Floral, Honeysuckle

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
mrmopar

Don’t we all…..

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Picked this one tonight because it is caffeine free, I’m not actually sick. This is an interesting tea, tasting strongly of ginger and spices as well as honey. I added honey so I am not sure how much of what I taste is the tea. The spices give it a zesty flavor.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 5 min.

Flavors: Ginger

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
AllanK

I didn’t give this a rating because I don’t know what to compare it too, it is good.

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I have to admit that I am a bigger fan of the old version of this blend. This version is more minty/smokey where the old version had the mint/lemongrass/tea flavor that I liked so much. This version is also much heavier which wasn’t what I was looking for in this tea.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Hmm…you sure you have the new version? There’s no lapsang in the new one and the spearmint was halved.

Veronica

I know it’s the new version. Maybe I contaminated it by keeping the bag of Foxfire Chai next to it?

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Hmm…don’t think so, as the bags are air/smell proof. That’s really interesting though. The old version was 20% lapsang by weight and the rest was a keemun that I discontinued because it was too heavy for the blend. Hmm…who knows?!

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I’m beginning to think there’s something wrong with the water in my house, or with the kettle I’m using. I keep on getting this sort of savoury, alkaline taste with my black teas that I’m not too fond of – think of the flavour of the outside of a pretzel.

It showed up when I drank this tea, which was not what I was expecting. The tea smelled lovely upon first steep – I could definitely get the chocolate and menthol notes that people had mentioned. But the flavour was relatively underwhelming. Sad. :(

This was a swap I got from Ost – I’ll be sending the rest along to VariaTEA soon.

Kittenna

Entirely possible that it’s the water or kettle. I use Brita filtered water, and notice a difference when I use unfiltered.

darby

Did it start recently? I’d think the kettle if so, but you never know if your regions water changed.

Ost

Oh that’s so weird….I’m sorry it wasn’t good! :(

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