7 Tasting Notes

93

Fantastic! This may be one of the absolute best o’olongs I’ve ever tasted! Just the perfect amount of jasmine and VERY smooth!

Only downside of course is price :(

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45

Meh. I agree with the other tasting note. This tastes like, at most, your average Chun Mee. In fact, I think I’d rather just drink water over this…which is sad because I actually enjoy 99% of green teas I taste.

Sub-par for sure. Glad I only got a sample of it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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100

Okay, so the owner completely changed this blend…I emailed him about it and he said it was a 2-month project that he created for his girlfriend so he could send her a kiss in the mail, and that the old blend didn’t do her justice so he held off and recreated the blend. He said he just shipped it off to her the beginning of this week. DAWWWWH (EDIT: I put a heart here and it made my review invisible. how strange o.O)

So I loved the old one…think I rated it a 93 and he assured me that this was a 100…of course I didn’t doubt him…maybe even more likable since he generously sent me a free sample :D

Okay…so the dry leaf smells really interesting. Fresh, floral, and peppery.

Immediately after I began steeping it, it smelled somewhat strange…dunno…over the first minute it was almost pulsing a peppery aroma with a fresh aroma…changing every inhale. It began to stabilize aroma around minute 2…where the white tea and o’olong were in sync with a pulsating sweet/floral aroma. Really interesting 3 minutes for me. Haha.

I wasn’t sure how white and oolong would mix…I’d imagine oolong would take over pretty easily…but nope! This is more of an oolong flavored white tea…REALLY fun!

Wow…first sip: The white tea is there in the foreground and the oolong is DEFINITELY there — you can totally taste them individually. I love that! light and floral AND heavy and peppery are equally distinguishable! It has a sweetness, too – I suppose from the rose hips and safflower (perfect ratios of those, too!). Wow…just…wow. I will be making a VERY large order of this soon. One of the most unique tea experiences I’ve ever had – and I assume it’d be fantastic over ice too!

The flavors are much more distinguishable as it cools, and I thoroughly LOVE the peppery notes!

Definitely my favorite tea from Whispering Pines Tea Company so far!

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec
mepsteen

WHAT?! Grrr…the middle of my review is gone!

mepsteen

Therrrre we go! Apparently ’ makes reviews crumble? haha

mepsteen

^apparently I can’t write a heart there either. hahaha

mepsteen

WHERE IS THE LOVE?! :P

TeaEqualsBliss

Oooooooooo! I hope to try this one down the road :)

mepsteen

I hope EVERYONE gets to! :) Any idea why I can’t put hearts on here? lol

TeaEqualsBliss

I’m not sure…I don’t think I have ever tried…hum…

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95

I’m drinking this iced…just because I felt like it would be better iced :D

Well…the smell of the dry leaf is pretty much godly. You can definitely smell the spearmint and hibiscus – yummy!

Upon tasting it, I’d say that the hibiscus comes through more…but I feel like the opposite would be true if it was hot. There’s definitely a minty aftertaste and the elderberry’s are a LOVELY touch to the overall body of this blend.

I’d TOTALLY recommend this to anyone that likes hibiscus, and will be trying it again tonight before bed :)

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

This sounds awesome, too!!!

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91

Stop it. Just…NO. I’m gonna end up broke here if this company keeps it up. >:(

Been on vacation…lot’s of teas to update :D

Okay. Blissful. Perfect. Minty. Uhh, uniquely beautiful?

VERY nice, really. As usual, the perfect ratio of everything.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

oooooooo! I LOVE Mint! Sounds awesome!!!

mepsteen

It’s delicious! REALLY good cold brewed, too!

TeaEqualsBliss

I’ve enjoyed everything I have tried from them so far :)

TeaEqualsBliss

Hope you don’t mind that I am following you here on steepster to read your reviews! Feel free to follow me too!!!!

mepsteen

(: absolutely! The stuff i’ve tried has all been out of this world and COMPLETELY unique! :D Will follow you! :)

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100

I bought a ton of samples (pretty much every tea on the site) after trying my first tea from Whispering Pines…this one just sounded fun! :D Their description was kinda funny and super cheesy “except for maybe the whisper of an ancient campfire and the cry of a lone wolf on a cool autumn night.” so I figured I’d give this a go as my second tea (I like cheesy, haha). I opened the bag. WOW. They aren’t even messing around. The smell of this tea gave me chills. There’s this intense wildness to it that brings me straight back to the nights I spent camping in the upper peninsula of Michigan (where I grew up most of my life)…and amazingly enough, that’s their motto: Inspired by the true wilderness of northern Michigan. So my first impression was mindblowing. I carefully scooped 1/2 tablespoon into my mini-pitcher and began to heat up water. I just kept smelling it…over and over again. Anyway, my water was boiling so I poured it over the leaves and excitedly leaned over the cup to smell the tea steeping. As I stirred the aroma got more and more intense and..just…I don’t even think I can explain it, but this stuff is magical. It finished steeping (I steeped it for 6 minutes) and I strained it into my mug. At this point I was afraid tasting it would ruin the adventure I was having with it, but I couldn’t hold off any longer. The first sip actually brought tears to my eyes. I became epicly homesick at the moment. Somehow whoever does the blending at Whispering Pines has put Northern Michigan in my cup. How? I don’t know. But somehow they have done it and I have fallen in love with them for it. The tea itself has a light spice complemented with a hint of orange all set over a deep powerful mix of something…this confuses me. I looked over all the ingredients to see what it was that I was tasting, nothing matched it. I think somehow a few of the ingredients combine to create this overall ‘deep-woods campfire’ sensation. The even strange thing is that it doesn’t taste one bit like a campfire. This is the most truly magical tea I’ve ever tasted and I can’t quite get over how much I love it. Might just need to call and talk to whoever created this tomorrow, they are my hero. Best. Tea. EVER.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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100

I bought a sample of this from the website because I love minty green teas, but I didn’t expect what I got! The base of this tea appears to be a mix of jasmine green (very dark green, too) and gunpowder. Lucky for me, I love jasmine, too! I steeped this for 2 minutes and 30 seconds as suggested and…WOW! This is THE PERFECT minty green tea! I had expected the mint to completely cover up the jasmine flavor but it blended perfectly! I’ve got some chilling in the fridge tonight, hope it’s this good cold, too! :D

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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