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Overboard TTB #15

I was so excited when I saw the sample of this in the TTB! I haven’t tried a lot from Whispering Pines yet, but I love Golden Snail and a chai with that base definitely sounded like a winner to me. And it is! Smooth and malty with the perfect balance of spicy and sweet and just a hint of vanilla in the aftertaste. I enjoyed it both plain and with milk this morning and will be savoring the remainder of the sample (and probably re-ordering at some point once it’s gone.)

Flavors: Malt, Smooth, Spices, Sweet Potatoes, Vanilla

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

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86

Today I have the pleasure of trying this tea, which I’ve been curious about for quite a while. Even though I have tried blends that contain Ailaoshan Black, this is the first time I’m tasting it on its own.

The dry leaf has a warm cocoa aroma. Upon brewing, there’s more of a baked-good sweetness, maybe a touch of caramel. The tea is sublimely smooth, and the taste leans more toward malt and bread than cocoa. There’s a complicated little hint of something like dark berries in the background. As it cools, it has more of a petrichor quality for me, or as others have described, something like wet leaves. While there’s a lot going on here, this is also a comforting tea that can be easily enjoyed without thinking much about it. Thank you beelicious for the sample!

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Another sipdown!

TerriHarpLady’s really given me the urge to clear out my cupboard!

This was a swap sent to me by Ost around my birthday, and there was just enough in the baggie for a pot of tea. I’m on my second steep. I agree with the notes on the WP website about this – the tea smelled a lot like fruit after the initial steep was done. I think the smell I got the most of was plum.

However, the taste was a bit more muted and cocoa-like. Glad I got to try some of this, but I don’t know if this would be a restock for me (especially considering how the CDN dollar has turned the exchange rate into murder.)

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87

Hot this tea was nice but nothing too special, however as it started to cool it became pretty much amazing… although I must admit it isn’t something I could drink cup after cup of… As the tea cooled the delicate taste of the morel mushrooms slowly started to make themselves known and as as the tea continued to cool this flavor morphed into a sugary maple mushroom taste (sounds weird but its seriously delicious). Personally I think you would want to be a mushroom liker or better yet lover to really appreciate this tea which thankfully I am! I love Brendan’s description and plan on taking this with me to enjoy the next time we’re backcountry camping and hiking in the Sierra to really enjoy the full experience!

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85

The snow is drifted high in front of my garage door, and my poor shoulder screamed at the idea of trying to shovel my out, so instead of going to church this morning, I am drinking tea and knitting. I still have some of this left from the sample WP sent me so I decided this would be my morning cup. Mmmm, delicious. So smooth, so silky. There is nothing better than a cup of hot tea when the wind is howling outside.

cookies

Tea + knitting on a cold Sunday morning sounds like heaven :)

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85

Made this for my afternoon cup. I was glad to see a sample of this was included in my last order from Whispering Pines. I am enjoying it along with a piece of gingerbread. (I made gingerbread yesterday and have been careful not to gobble the entire 8×8″ pan up at one sitting. My sister is coming for supper tonight and I want something for dessert. Aren’t you proud of me?) Anyway, This is a delicious tea. smooth and just perfect with a spicy treat. No bitterness, no sourness, no astringency. Just a nice tea that i’ll probably order again someday in the future.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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100

This is glorious. And little did I know that I would need some gloriousness in my day. It is one of the most delicious cups I have ever had. It was unexpected, for sure. It is very saffron-y, both dry and steeped. I also had no idea how much I would love the cedar scent and flavor that gave an almost boozey aspect. I also really tasted the vanilla in this one, particularly in the second steep when the saffron and cedar chilled out a bit. So great. SO so great. Now I am paranoid of running out. Eep.

Storytime: Online Dating Blows
I just had a terrible phone call, talking to a guy I met here on OkCupid. A guy I’ve been talking to via text and email literally nonstop for days. I request a phone call as the next step. He was normal and able to interact via email, and text. On the phone he was uncomfortable and stiff with overtones of superjerk. Pretty much said all teachers whine too much about how their job is hard when it really is such a cushy job they have no right to complain about anything. And while I agree there are many perks (summers and holidays off, etc), cushy is not the word I would use to describe my future profession (that he knew I was going into).

Even after that I was nice. I asked other questions. Every answer he gave was “I don’t know” followed by dead silence because I literally didn’t know how to respond, until he finally qualified his answers. Eventually I just asked why he was having so much trouble talking to me when he had no problem using text. He basically said he didn’t know what I wanted him to say, unable to grasp that if he would say it over text, he should say it with his actual voice. No more, no less. So I suggested we call it a night.

I have never, ever, in my whole life been in a situation with so much social failure with interaction. Nobody here knows me in person but if they did, they would know I am incredibly socially adept with conversation. Even if they are very awkward people. Ask about enough stuff and eventually you HAVE to hit on a topic that triggers an interest or a memory that could lead to a conversation. But what do you do about a man who, when asked what two pizza toppings he would pick if he could only have two his whole life, says cheese because he doesn’t need complicated pizza? TOPPINGS ARE NOT A COMPLICATION. I can’t even handle it. He didn’t seem stupid an hour ago. I don’t know what happened. Now I am feeling a bit like a dating failure. lol. And frustrated with the whole dating process.

I needed good tea today.

TheLastDodo

You totally are not a failure! Guys are lame. Tea is not.

Veronica

You’re not a failure at all! Dating (and teaching!) is not for the faint of heart.

Leah Naomi

Thank you both – I needed a good night’s sleep, and a good cup of tea. :)

Anlina

Ugh, I’m sorry the phone call was such a fail. It sounds like you did everything you could do be interactive, create conversation and take an interest in him. Don’t feel like a failure – you can do everything right, but conversations and relationships require the input and efforts of both people, and he clearly was giving you anything.

I hope you meet someone awesome soon. You deserve awesome.

Leah Naomi

I just encounter more than my fair share of weirdos in this process. I have little tolerance for it anymore. It is SO weird to me that he was baffled by a question about pizza toppings. Seriously, he was confused. FML.

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98

I drank this morning while browsing my tealog. I noticed that I have yet to post a review of this tea. Whaaat? You know what they say, “If not now, when?”

I think there are certain teas that I have been avoiding doing a review for because I feel like I will not be able to express myself properly. And Golden Orchid is one of those teas. I have now tried a few other vanilla blacks and have been able to say what I meant just fine. When it comes to this tea, I mean, what can I say that hasn’t already been said?

Drinking this tea is like eating freshly made fudge with entire vanilla beans threaded through the middle, while wrapped in my softest and most fluffy blanket. The vanilla is lighter on the first steep while the next two become sweeter and sweeter. This is definitely a staple tea for me.

Flavors: Brown Toast, Chocolate, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 16 OZ / 473 ML
TheLastDodo

Oh, and add a sleeping puppy in my lap to that visual :D

Mikumofu

What a delightful description! :)

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50

Wow. So I usually like floral teas. I really do. But…this one…
I mean it’s definitely floral. No doubt about it.
But it also tastes a lot like flowers too.
When I opened the bag of this tea it smelled like trees, like as if I were in the woods or something, which was what I was expecting.
But when I went to take a sip there were no trees at all. It was all like flowers and a weird creamy almost peachy flavor?
I don’t know. This is a really really odd tea. I’m not really digging the flowers in this one to be honest. 0_0 I don’t really think that this one is for me. D:
I’m sooo glad that MzPriss was generous enough to send me a sample. THere were so many times that I almost bought this one. Glad I didn’t!
This is seriously like “The Flower Power” tea. Which kinda reminds me of the Producers movie…But that’s what I would re-name this one if I could haha!
Not a horrible tea, it’s just too much for me.
Thank you so much for the sample, MzPriss!!

Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Flowers, Peach

TheLastDodo

O.o this is my dream tea!

Ost

Haha you into those flowery teas?

TheLastDodo

Def. I’m all about that ’flower power!"

Vwinsloe

Glad to read this review. I’ve been waiting for this tea to come back in stock, but now I will skip it. I don’t really care for floral. It also seems to give me some nasal congestion (perfume does, too) so I think that I may have a slight allergy or sensitivity to it. So thanks again!

Nightshifter

Nooooo! I’d been waiting to try this one for months, but I’ve never met a flower tea that I actually like drinking. Thanks for sharing this though- I’d be even more sad if it was sitting here and I hated it after all the anticipation.

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82

I imagine this would be pretty darn great in the springtime, particularly when it is approximately 65 degrees. Rainy, clearly. Because it is both warming but light and refreshing when it isn’t cooled.

I am enjoying it now because I am determined to work through some of my cabinet to make room for new things, and keep plugging away at whittling down the stash a bit. Lately I’ve been picking 3-4 tins and 4-5 samples to work on sipping down at once so I have variety in my day, but so I make progress on my storage challenges. I have quite a bit of this, and will enjoy it each day.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 160 OZ / 4731 ML

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94

Made a pot of this tonight to sip while I tried to knit. It’s a smooth, soothing tea. One of my favorites!

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94

I brewed a pot of this up to drink while knitting tonight. so good! What is better than sitting in an arm chair knitting and sipping tea on a cold winter night?

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94

I’ve held off on trying this one for a few days. I was afraid I wouldn’t love it as much as most other people have. I do find myself enjoying it a lot. It’s smooth, which for me is a very important part of enjoying a tea. I just can’t stand bitter, sour, or astringent. This one is a little malty, a lot rich, a teensy bit sweet. I really, really wish I could smell this one. I bet it’s heavenly. I could certainly drink this all night. Wonder how many steeps I’ll get from it?

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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85

Very nice breakfast tea. I like the subtle flavors with nothing really sharp as you drink it. I get a nice grain/bread taste with a subtle cocoa aftertaste.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Grain, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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92

the berries are the main character but chocolate and fruits are there as well

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This was a free sample in my last order. It also happened to be on my wishlist, so kudos to WP! The aroma has that Keemun smoke, but also a molasses raisin sweetness. It tastes just like chocolate covered raisins. Seriously! It is so sweet, almost too sweet, and I didn’t add any sugar. The smoke is extremely subtle. This might be my favorite black tea from WP so far. :)

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83

This is very tasty. It is definitely chocolate plus fruit to me. A darker chocolate, though the first steep is pretty sweet. The second steep is definitely dark chocolate with fruit. Even though it is lighter, it is more dry for sure. I am really glad to have this and that I tried it, though I probably won’t be breaking my neck to keep it around all the time.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

My third tea of the day. I have a cough that brings up yuck … Sorry. TMI. I have a cough and a sore throat, so I thought I’d try this one again. It’s still pretty good, maybe better than the last cup I brewed because I was careful to not let it steep over 4 minutes. I think I;’ll do a 2dn steep and add maple syrup to it. I bought a teeny tiny bottle of maple syrup (3 ounces, approx 100 ml) and I keep forgetting that it would probably be marvelous in tea!

OMGsrsly

Maple syrup in keemuns or smokey teas = mmm…

Maddy Barone

The syrop wasn;‘t bad in the Clari Tea, but oooh, I have a tin of Grand Keemun from Tea Sourse. I’ll have to try that.

OMGsrsly

Just a little, though. It just adds a bit to the flavour. :)

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70

Since this @*&^#! sinus infection is hanging on I decided to try the Clari Tea tonight. It’s herbal and it’s supposed to help when you’re sick. I don’t know if it helps or not, but it was good to drink. I got the ginger flavor pretty well, even with no sense of smell. I got a slightly bitter after taste, but I did brew it for quite a while, so that might have been the reason for it. This will probably not be a re-order, but I’m glad I have it.

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90

This is really spectacular, but I can’t help but feel like it could be even more. It is thick and dessert-y, but even when shaking the bag like a loon, I can’t help but feel like the chocolate notes overpower the vanilla. As a vanilla fiend, I want more. I am not sure if it was just my bag or what, but I think this would be perfection if the vanilla were intensified.

I got two good steeps out of it. The second being much more smooth than the first, and light. I could taste the vanilla more, as a lot of the intense chocolate was tamed. Latter steeps were alright, but not as good as the first two. I will definitely plan to keep this around.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Whispering Pines Tea Company

Ahh but the idea of this one is to make it chocolaty. I use vanilla the way chocolatiers do: to accentuate the chocolate notes ;-)

Leah Naomi

Confession: While I love chocolate, I ALWAYS prefer vanilla. Literally always. I almost never pick chocolate over vanilla given the two options. Chocolate is great and all…but there is nothing like the decadence of a good vanilla. :)

Leah Naomi

The way to describe my vanilla obsession just came to me – hugs. No lie, real vanilla is basically like tastebud hugs. Like cinnamon is a fuzzy blanket. I love hugs and fuzzy blankets together too, but that is a whole different thing, haha :-D

Leah Naomi

The way to describe my vanilla obsession just came to me – hugs. No lie, real vanilla is basically like tastebud hugs. Like cinnamon is a fuzzy blanket. I love hugs and fuzzy blankets together too, but that is a whole different thing, haha :-D

TheLastDodo

To the Elderwood you must go! More vanilla fun-times to be had there!

Leah Naomi

If you say it, I must go. I want to try all sorts of things that aren’t in stock as of now. More to look forward to? :)

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