Whispering Pines Tea Company

Recent Tasting Notes

100

Let me start out by saying that I have been a fan of Verdant’s black tea’s for a long time, and of course my favorite from the teas they offered was the Laoshan Black, but the Laoshan always lacked a certain something to it that I found in this tea! This tea is maltier, more chocolatey, and all around a more flavorful, full bodied tea. The smell of it when you first pour water on it smells delicious and makes my mouth water! I have been enjoying Whispering Pines tea for a couple of weeks now and both of the teas I ordered(Golden Orchid and Ailaoshan Black) are amazing and are very very flavorful.

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Malt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

100

This is quite possibly one of the tastiest teas, if not the tastiest tea I’ve ever had. The grade A Madagascar vanilla beans in the tea really help bring out and complement the malt flavor that the tea has. Drinking this morning, day, or night this tea always brings a smile to my face and is perfect for enjoying on a nice fall day outside. The tea has flavor notes that are malty, fruity, and an almost sweet vanilla that isn’t so strong that you lose the taste of the black tea, just complements it. I can’t wait to buy more!

Flavors: Fruity, Malt, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Whispering Pines Tea Company

So glad you like this one! :-) Keep an eye out for when it comes back in stock, as it’s gotten a nice upgrade lately!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

90

Miss Dexter was generous enough to send me a sample of this rather expensive tea (along with Port) because it’s one of the Whispering Pines teas that sounds amazing but costs more than I am willing to pay just to try it. So thank you, amazing tea friend! The leaves are a mixture of fuzzy golden Imperial Dian Hong buds and darker, twisty Ailaoshan Black leaves. Dry scent is very sweet and vanilla-y with a touch of cocoa.

Mm, the steeped tea smells fantastic… A lovely creamy mix of sweet vanilla custard, milk chocolate, caramel, and dark dried fruit. Wow, the taste is much earthier than I expected! I can definitely taste the described oak and morel notes, and they blend amazingly with soft cocoa and sweet vanilla flavors. There’s a caramel sweetness that becomes creme brulee when mixed with the vanilla, and just a touch of fruity sweetness that the website describes as cherry. Very delicious!

Flavors: Caramel, Cherry, Cocoa, Creamy, Custard, Dried Fruit, Mushrooms, Oak wood, Smooth, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Stephanie

Sounds amazing

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Delicious. Smooth, with a slight grassy flavor and a natural almost-caramel sweetness. It doesn’t really seem like black tea… more like green, but with the sweetness of a high quality black.

Update: then I steeped it too long and it definitely tasted like more normal black tea. It is MUCH better steeped correctly.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

95

This is an absolutely beautiful oolong and really does taste like a pure mountain spring. Rivendell is complex, heady and floral—it evokes pear blossoms for me. Don’t miss Whispering Pines’ poetic description—it’s accurate!

Flavors: Floral

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

81

I received this one as a free sample with my WP order. It was one that i had considered ordering, so i was happy to see it. Brewed, this is a smooth tea, with hints of cocoa, malt with an almost fruitiness to it. It’s not my favourite of the WP teas, but i can understand why so many folks love this one. I throroughly enjoyed this cup, but i’m going to pass the other half of my wee sample over to a friend to try as i think this one might be something they’ll enjoy too!

VariaTEA

This is one I was looking at ordering so I am glad to see you enjoyed it.

Sil

did you want me to kick the sample over to you? ie the other half?

Stephanie

I felt the same way…not bad or anything but not as crazy good as some of the other WP teas.

VariaTEA

Thank you but that’s okay. You should send it to your original intendant and I will pick some up when I finally place an order.

Sil

“original intendant” = you; cavo; RS; T…etc lol

VariaTEA

Haha well then. I think I will pick it up in an order anyways so I am sure one of the others would be happy to receive it. Thanks again though :)

Lariel of Lórien

I’m still waiting for a tea called Vorpal Sword.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Not until after Alice, The Mad Matter, and The Cheshire Cat Blend

Roswell Strange

This one and Rivendell are both on my list to try <3 Perhaps a Whispering Pines order will be my next one since my cupboard is still quite tame ;)

Terri HarpLady

Snicker-snack!

Kittenna

Roswell – a WP order is on my radar too, once things are back in stock. Sigh :P

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

I won’t give this a rating today because I inadvertently over brewed it. I gave it the standard 3 min steep and afterwards noticed the directions said a one minute steep, oh well. Its still not bad but not as good as others have said. I will try it again another time with a 1 min steep and see how it is. This way I get a strong sour taste and a mild roasted barley taste.

I brewed this once with 5 tsp leaf and 190 degree water in a 18oz teapot for 3 min.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

100

OH MY!!!
First sip and I taste mushroomy notes Yay!!!!!!
Extremely smooth and Silky, almost creamy.
Nice subtle earthy note that is very clean tasting almost mineraly.
Some woody types notes also in there, slight sandalwood.
Raw cocoa notes.
At times I got almost toasty nutty kinda of notes.
At times it was also kinda savory and broth like, mushroomy broth.
This Tea is great hot, warm, cool or cold; it’s great with long steeps, short steep or any steeping method.
It is also Long Lasting, I started off saying this was an all day tea because it yields so many steeps, it just wont quit.

View my Blog post Please
http://toadsteablog.blogspot.com/2014/10/2012-huron-gold-needle-puerh-by.html
Thanks :)

Flavors: Creamy, Earth, Mushrooms, Smooth

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Thanks for the sample Ost!

This is a rich, complex black blend. I like it but I feel like it needs something. Like it is missing a top note or needs more natural sweetness? Anyway, this is good but I strongly prefer Golden Orchid and Cocoa Amore :D

Cameron B.

I know what you mean about missing top notes. Some teas are all bass notes and while those are tasty, they feel thin or incomplete without the middle and top notes.

Tealizzy

You guys are making me think about that song “it’s all about the bass, ’bout the bass, no treble!” Lol!

Stephanie

I like this horse dancing to that song Tealizzy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qon7K1LfxCY

carol who

That video is great!

Tealizzy

Haha! Awesome!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

90

Tea of the morning. This is an unusual Keemun. It’s light and fruity with underlying honey notes. There might be a little chocolate, but the plum, raisin, and dried date notes are at the forefront. I pick up the pine – very light and clean – in the smell, but I don’t taste it. There’s no smoke even at the end of the sip. Overall, I like this a lot. For me, this is an afternoon tea. I think the lighter body and soft sweetness of the tea will be wonderful as an afternoon pick-me-up.

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

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

83

Just finished my sample of this tea. Definitely getting some chocolate notes in this one, quickly followed by a sharp sweetness. These flavors are brought together by an earthy, slightly malty body. I did perhaps notice a tiny bit of bitterness and astringency, but trust me as somebody who dislikes those things a lot – they are not a problem due to the boldness of the fruit flavor here. In fact, this tea may have let me develop an appreciation for how a hint of bitterness and astringency can sometimes work with the flavors to produce something good. In regards to that it reminds me of dark chocolate, where the bitterness is sort of a necessary evil that eventually grows on you. Currently I’m unsure if i would re-order this and I find it hard to rate this tea because I am still kind of ‘exploring’ the spectrum of various black teas… but I would not be surprised if, at the end of my journey, this tea ends up being one of the highlights.

3min/1.5tsp/210F/8oz

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

90

Really delicious black tea. Loved the vanilla and chocolate notes in it. When I smell the dry leaves it smells like vanilla. When I smell the brewed tea it smells strongly of chocolate. Goes down really smooth. I taste no astringency. This would be a perfect tea to sip around the fireplace on a cold winter night.

Flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla

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

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

89

I’m not a huge fan of jasmine, but wowser, is this a good tea! Most jasmine teas overdo it – I feel like I’m being assaulted with the flavor. This one is a solid green tea with jasmine very much present, but not overwhelming. I did six steeps in my gaiwan 20/15/20/30/45/90 at 180° and was not disappointed by any of them, though it was pretty faded by the last go-round. My wife and daughter really like jasmine pearls, so I’ll be interested to see how they react to this one.

Flavors: Jasmine, Nutty

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 4 OZ / 130 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

83

Lewis & Clark TTB #15

Deep tarry aroma. The initial taste reminds me of walking in damp woods, but underneath is a rich mix of tar and tobacco and wood. The finish is long, but not overly powerful. As the tea cools, I’m left with mostly just the damp woods.

There is a lot going on here, but it doesn’t seem well-integrated: just a mix of flavors that don’t coordinate all that well. I’m not that fond of the leafy/tarry taste, though some of the other flavors are appealing.

While I’m not excited about the tea, someone whose tastes are different from mine might really like it, since it does have several things going for it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

I received this sample from Cameron B. Thank you for sharing!

I have been in a huge chai mood lately. I have been making a huge mug of it whenever I am home at night. I blame it on the fall. I have been drinking a standard black masala chai. This is nice upgrade. The blend of spice to tea was pretty good, the spices seem to hold up to the addition of milk and the base shines through enough that I know that I am actually drinking tea. The base makes this a think mouthful with the milk that I added. I am really enjoying this mug. I have a few chai’s I have to finish up, but an ounce of this may show up on my next order depending on how long the chai cravings last.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Oooh I love the smokiness. It really does taste like the smell of a campfire, which is somehow an adventurous and yet comforting flavor. The rooibos is not at all overpowering – it just melts into the background, and the aroma of the tea is much stronger than it tastes. I really enjoy this and can see myself drinking it again and again – maybe even having some on barbecue nights!

Flavors: Rooibos, Smoke

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

This tea had a minty scent when I smelled the dry leaf, but upon brewing it it tasted like a smooth – yet pretty normal – black tea with sweet notes. I still like it though! I just didn’t find it to be what the aroma promised.

Flavors: Caramel, Sugar, Tea

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

75

Thanks to Cheri for sending me two samples of this (I messed up the first one)

This has been steeping in the refrigerator since yesterday and man, is it MINTY! I have to say I wasn’t expecting so much mint and it really overwhelms the other ingredients for me. I do get a bit of the cinnamon and the oolong but mostly I get mint. This is refreshing when it’s cold but I don’t think I will be buying it. I’m glad I got to try it but I don’t think it’s destined to be a favorite.

Thanks again Cheri!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Cheri

He doesn’t blend this one anymore anyway. This was the end of the package, so that’s probably why there was so much mint. Sorry!

TeaBrat

lol… that’s okay. It was still good!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

83

From Lewis & Clark TTB #11

This is lighter than most of the premium Keemuns I usually drink. It’s a nice, elegant tea with mostly smoky flavors, but with hints of chocolate and herbs underneath. Decent finish. Not bad but not exciting.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

86

First strikes me as woody and a little bit peaty (I’m really in love with Tea: History, Terroirs, Varieties’ flavor and aromas chart right now.) It branches out to more malty, almost wet leaves-type flavors with an elegant finish. A fabulously light but complex fall tea!

Flavors: Malt, Peat, Wood

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

83

I am getting this flavor better today than the last time I tasted this tea. My taste buds were just off. However, I still don’t like it as much as I thought I would. Perhaps I just expected too much from a tea called Smores. I get an undercurrent of chocolate and the flavor of marshmallows. I can even taste the cinnamon. I don’t really taste the rooibos in here. I was expecting something more chocolaty but it is good. I am not tasting the sour notes I was getting last time anyway. We underestimate how much our own taste buds effect the taste of our teas. I have bought teas that tasted incredible the first time I drank them, then gone back to them later to find the just bleh, and this one was puerh so it hadn’t gone stale. This time I did enjoy this tea.

I brewed this tea once in an 18oz teapot with 200 degree water and 3 tsp leaf for 3 min.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Marshmallow

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
Sarsonator

If you didn’t try it sweetened, you might want to give it a shot with a little maple or sugar. I think it really brings out the flavors. :)

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

83

I am just having an off day with tea. This tea should taste incredible to me but it doesn’t. I believe my taste buds are just off so I will avoid giving this one a rating until they are back to normal. Logic suggests I should taste the chocolate but all I taste is sour.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 5 min.

Preparation
3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.