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Whispering Pines Tea Company

Recent Tasting Notes

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I was very surprised to pop open this pouch to find that this tea smelled like roasted seaweed. It’s not fishy, but is definitely reminiscent of dried seaweed pieces. The leaves are tightly curled and very dark. So pretty! After the tea has steeped, I’m smelling much more of a roasted note with a bit of bread and seaweed in the background. There is also a touch of smoke, but it’s quite subtle.

Sipping… this is a very smooth tea. I suppose in my experience, the roasted oolongs I’ve had have been a bit more astringent and sharp. This one is quite nice. The flavor reminds me of toast that has been almost burned mixed with a heavy earthy note, minerals and salt water. The finish is smooth with just a tiny bit of grassy sweetness. I can see why this was called “Dark Chocolate Oolong,” but I think the new name is much more fitting as I personally don’t taste much dark chocolate. This was a very interesting cup for this afternoon, but not one that I will repurchase.

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mmmm… blissful sigh

Preparation
2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This is my first tea from Whispering Pines kindly sent by Dexter3657.
I didn’t find it in the database.
It is a classic Taiwanese Oolong, not bad but not unforgettable neither.
There is an aftertaste I cannot really describe and which is just absolutely weird for an Oolong, a mix of fruits notes and ? something else, the X element…mystery.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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83

Sipdown!
I love how the subtle pine blends in beautifully with the buttery green tea base and scent of jasmine. I think I’ve mentioned before that I generally dislike jasmine because I often find it overwhelming for me, but I’m really glad I gave this a try because everything is wonderfully blended.

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Another one from Dexter3657! thanks so much! I think I liked this one more than others if the Steepster rating says anything, even though I probably shouldn’t have, since this is usually the sort of tea I don’t really like. One teaspoon, a few minutes after boiling, for two minutes. It tastes like a hojicha mixed with a Fujian tea, with the charcoal flavors, also a tiny bit like Laoshan Black. (I really shouldn’t be comparing it to that one all the time, as I realize not everyone has tried that one. And even different harvests would make a difference.) So it is certainly an odd mix of flavors here. I don’t need a ton of teas like this in my collection, but I will certainly enjoy the remainder of this sample whenever I would like a tea like this.

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goodness…i’m sloshy. missB sent this my way and it might be the first whispering pines tea that i really like. I blame the ginger, which seems to be my weakness in teas. I love that spiciness that it brings to the table. Always leaves me wanting more! more! I chose this one as my final cup for the evening in the hopes that it would relax me a little and help clear my head before bed. I’ve been fighting off getting sick for a few days now and i’m really trying to NOT get sick. This is making for a great evening cup though. Thanks MissB!

Final Count: 190 (sooo 6 sipdowns a day = reaching my goal for the end of the month…likely not going to happen..but maaaaybe if i work from home a couple days…maybe… heh)

Dexter3657

That of course is based on the assumption that there is no more tea in the mail to you….. ;))

VariaTEA

You are beating me! Must drink more tea!!

Also, how many Sil sized cups of tea have you had today?

Sil

Dexter….yeah I’ve resigned myself to not making my goal but hey, the closer I am to getting there, the sooner I can place an order in April! :)

VariaTEA…sooooo many….tooooo many… I’m sloshing all over. Lol

VariaTEA

Haha. I know that feeling :P. At least you hit your goal today. And…if you can go from 208 to 190 in a day, you can get to 140 in about a week. I have faith in you!

Sil

Haha only cause I had the day and woke up early. Work days I’m guessing only 2-3 a day

VariaTEA

Shhhh. Remain optimistic :)

MissB

It is a fantastic clearer-upper, and I’m so glad you liked it. :) As for the rest… y’all crack me up!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Glad you liked this one! It’s one of my favorites for when I’m not feeling 100% :)

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Forgot that this is a ‘smoky’ tea, all I knew was that it was calling to me today, asking me to drink it. First smell and sip were all smoke, and continued throughout. I only get a touch of something sweeter occasionally, and I guess there’s some cocoa in here, although it’s more smokey, almost bacon-y than anything.

Unsure what I was expecting, however this is very different than my mood today. I think I need to let this sit so I can think about it more, once I’ve finished a few errands.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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93

…and it’s gone. Actually, I think I can get one more steep out of the leaves in my brew basket, but then I’ll have no more S’mores. :(

I’m going to miss all of the layers of chocolate, graham cracker, marshmallow, smoke and honey. This tea is so beautifully unique but also fun. (How could a tea inspired by the classic campfire treat be anything less than fun?) I’ve enjoyed it so much this winter, and chances are I’ll be buying it before we start our camping season in May (right after I get my medical bills paid. Eek! ). Until then I’ll enjoy all of the other Whispering Pines treasures I have in my cupboard.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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80

Sipdown!
I normally don’t like jasmine in my tea, but the mint really helps balance out the floral aspect. Very calming.

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This is one of my favorites to cold brew; it’s very refreshing.

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I really had high hopes for this tea – since I love rooibos and ginger – yet the combination together came out tasting a lot more like cough syrup than either one. There was a bit of a ginger burn at the back end of each mouthful, but nothing appealing really appeared, no matter how long I sipped at it.

This is another one that I didn’t really manage to enjoy, so it went down the drain as well.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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thanks so much Miss B for this sample!

oh my…. it and i are NOT compatible! too much smoke. i couldn’t finish my cup and i didn’t even do a full length steep =0(

i really wanted to love it. i love the back story….. sigh. me and my weird sensitivities!

Ysaurella

well we cannot like or be receptive to everything James…

Sil

hope things are going well james..even if the tea is NO!

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84

This version, or bag, is brewing up much darker and thicker than my last one… and this is a good thing. I still love it, I have yet to mess this up no matter how I steep it, it’s just a solid, mildly spicy, sweet herbal that makes me feel like a million bucks if I’m feeling under the weather.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Yay! I have some again! So happy. :) The cup is already gone though, even though I just made it. I’ve really missed you, ClariTea. :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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95

This one is very smooth, slightly sweet and has many different notes, earthy, smooth, sweet, cocoa and vanilla notes and presence of a slight leather type notes that is rather pleasant.
Nice solid puerh :)

Flavors: Cocoa, Earth, Leather, Vanilla, Wood

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My favorite mug ever! Note that there are only 10 Winter Edition Woodland Mugs left! Once these are gone, they are gone forever! They are also 10% off right now :)

http://whisperingpinestea.com/woodland-mug.html

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These Woodland mugs are great, I use mine everyday.
This mug is the perfect size to use with Whispering Pines “Infuser set with dish” and they feel really comfy in your hands when filled with your favorite hot tea.
Lance and I both have one of these little guys(Lance keeps his at work) they are the perfect size for a nice cup of tea and they look cool too.
Only 22 of them made so if you love Whispering Pines Teas You best go and order ya one before they are gone, you’ll love it.

Fjellrev

Oh yeah, that’s a pretty mug, indeed.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

10% off until they are gone! :)

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83

An error of mine (well, PayPal’s) found me getting my stash of this three months after ordering it, and having completely forgotten that I even grabbed it. So, I wanted to really check out some of these teas ASAP, as I realized they’re mostly new, with few reviews posted. Since I’ve been on a huge chai kick of late, I thought this was a fun place to start.

1/2 tb per cup? Hm. Well, I brewed this with 4 tsp in 12oz, which is 1.25 tb… I guess on par with the recommendations. It makes for a very, VERY strong brew. Fine with me, because I kinda like it. Very chai-like, however the first and most present note is the mint, which both cools the throat and the tea’s heat/spice. It’s almost like having one of those icy hot candies in your mouth, with both the heat and the cool present at the same time – but with a chai background instead of chocolate.

With cream added, the mint almost completely disappears, and this becomes a mild chai with a hint of something tart and almost… drying. I get the mint feel and faint flavor if I open my mouth to inhale through it after, but otherwise (for me) the mint goes poof bye-bye.

Interesting, unusual tea. I have a feeling I’ll go through this small size quickly because of the quantity needed, and to see if I have a different experience next time.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Whispering Pines Tea Company

:) So glad your order is finally in the right persons hands! As for this tea, I would recommend steeping it using the traditional style parameters, which can be found here: http://lifethroughthepines.blogspot.com/2014/02/chai-guide.html

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So I was feeling the need for mint and chocolate yesterday afternoon, as I often do. Usually it’s mint or spice I search for at some point in the day.

I had tried this one before and was ok with it.. actually looks like I enjoyed it.

Yesterday I just found this ok. Lost much of the mint and found the black base to overpower the other flavors. Hmmm… not sure I’d go searching for this one unless I wanted a really rich dark black with a nip of mint that you have to search for. Knocking my rating down for this a bit.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Hmm…i bet a lot of the mint had made its way to the top of the bag last time you tried it.

Suziqzer

Maybe it had. I tried to stir it up well this time to get a good mix. Don’t remember if I did that the last time.

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This was just ok – or maybe a bit less than ok – what’s less than ok – mediocre?
Didn’t love it, didn’t hate it, not unhappy to see it finished.

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This is an Awesome Lapsang!
It has changed some since the last time I posted here :)
Wonderful smoke flavor with mesquite hints, a slightly sweet note and absolutely smooth with no bitter or astringent at all.
Super nice one the Best Lapsang that we’ve had (we’ve had lots)
Great morning, afternoon or anytime slow sipping tea :)

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

seems lovely. I need to develop maybe more my palate to really appreciate lapsang souchong but now I can already drink smoked teas…I may be on the way :)

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Still loving this one. It’s such a relaxing blend. I like how the lemongrass is used here. Too often lemongrass can overpower all the other flavors in a tea, but in this blend it’s a bright high note that complements the base tea and mint. Yum!

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