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It looks like I have the original version of this tea, with a gunpowder base rather than bancha. I’ll press on anyway, because I like this and I suspect I will like the bancha version even better!

This is mildly smokey, present in the scent of both the dry leaves and steeped tea and as an aftertaste but not necessarily when held on the tongue. (I tried Daniel’s technique of exhaling, holding the tea in my mouth, and inhaling.) It would be a good introduction for someone who is not sure whether she would like a smoked tea. It would also appeal to someone who would like to try a lighter version of lapsang souchong, perhaps someone who is trying to increase consumption of green tea and cutting back on black.

Smooth and basic, subtle like the other blends from Whispering Pines that I’ve tried. Not sure whether the suggestion for multiple steepings would apply to the gunpowder version so I think I’ll skip a second steep from these leaves. I also think I’ll be ordering the new, bancha version soon!

UPDATE: The website says this is out of stock. Am hoping this is a temporary situation!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Whispering Pines Tea Company

I JUST got my new shipment of Glen Arbor, Michigan pine needles, so it’s officially back in stock! And yes, the bancha version is very delicious! Glad you liked it! :)

Barb

Headed your way — hoping the order will “take” even if the site still says out of stock.

Barb

Did. :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Arrives today! Please make sure to try the chai ASAP :) I’m sure you’re excited for that one!

Barb

Hmm, not here yet. I hope I didn’t miss a delivery ticket. USPS?

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Yep, USPS. Just checked and it said delivered…I’ll message you to confirm your address and send you the tracking number.

Barb

Got your message and the address is correct.

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Whispering Pines Tea Company

I JUST got my new shipment of Glen Arbor, Michigan pine needles, so it’s officially back in stock! And yes, the bancha version is very delicious! Glad you liked it! :)

Barb

Headed your way — hoping the order will “take” even if the site still says out of stock.

Barb

Did. :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Arrives today! Please make sure to try the chai ASAP :) I’m sure you’re excited for that one!

Barb

Hmm, not here yet. I hope I didn’t miss a delivery ticket. USPS?

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Yep, USPS. Just checked and it said delivered…I’ll message you to confirm your address and send you the tracking number.

Barb

Got your message and the address is correct.

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