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Thank goodness for tea.

Tea is the one saving grace of this week. It’s been such a miserable week that I want to end, especially yesterday, and today someone was smiling on me…both my Whispering Pines order and my Verdant order arrived! Talk about a much needed good surprise! I feel much better already :)

So then I had to decide between 8 new teas which one I should have! Gah, what a tough decision! They all looked and smelled sooo good, from both orders! I finally decided on this one, which was a free sample from WP, and Thank you so much Brenden as this one was super close to making it into my order! Also thanks for the hand written note! I love that both my orders tonight contained a hand written note, makes the tea ordering experience so much more like it’s specifically for me :) It was the tea for tonight because it’s a wonderful harvest moon outside, so yes, I had to have Manistee Moonrise! My sample actually labels it as ‘Manistee Moonrise Spirit Blend’, if that makes a difference :)

So the dry smell is lovely! Smoky, with a hint of sweetness and mint! I actually checked the ingredients before brewing to see what was smelling so darn good! I did the recommended steep of 5 minutes with boiling water. The steeped smell is just so intriguing. It has a sweetness and the lemongrass is also there making a bright citrus note, and a smokiness and lastly the mint. Such a crazy combo of scents that work together quite well!

The flavor is delicious. Man I totally should have thrown some of this into my order. I was thinking it might be a bit too smoky, but this is just right in this blend. I definitely get the hint of campfire with a wonderful sweetness and freshness, and of course, the mint aftertaste. A mild mint though, not overpowering, and the base is very nice too, a perfect amount of body for the tea and not a hint of bitterness!

Overall, this is a really good tea! I have enough in my sample for one more cup, so I might be hoarding this one! So happy this is making my week slightly turn around, sometimes it’s the little things that just change everything. I’ll end as I started, with thank goodness for tea :)

ETA – This resteeps quite nicely at 6 mins. The smoky black tea flavor is more pronounced, but still nice and mellow. No more cups tonight because I need to sleep at some point lol, but I’m so exhausted from this week I don’t think that will be a problem.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Whispering Pines Tea Company

So glad you enjoyed this! I had it last night with a few friends and they loved it too! Definitely one of my favorite blends :) Have you seen the product video for this?

MissLena

I just watched it, lovely! Fits the tea perfectly, and paints a beautiful picture! Thanks again for the free sample of this tea!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Yay! :) No worries, enjoy, Lena!

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Whispering Pines Tea Company

So glad you enjoyed this! I had it last night with a few friends and they loved it too! Definitely one of my favorite blends :) Have you seen the product video for this?

MissLena

I just watched it, lovely! Fits the tea perfectly, and paints a beautiful picture! Thanks again for the free sample of this tea!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Yay! :) No worries, enjoy, Lena!

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Hello all, I am an electrical engineer (read:NERD :D), who is a bit obsessed with tea! I discovered loose tea in 2011, DAVIDsTEA in 2012 and it took off from there. I really started drinking/enjoying tea because it was excellent to take to class in the morning and because I can’t handle coffee! (unless it’s a really good cappuccino or latte, or decent decaf haha)

I enjoy a variety of teas – current favorites being ripe and raw pu’erhs, chinese black teas and herbal/green rooibos blends. I also enjoy white, green, and oolong teas, although I tend to drink them more in the warmer months. I have also tried matcha and guayusa, but I don’t drink them too often as I am a bit sensitive to caffeine. As a result I don’t drink black teas as often as I used to, but in moderation I can still enjoy a wide variety of teas.

Oh, and I have a severe peanut allergy and try to avoid most other nuts, just to be safe. Limits my tea choices a bit, but that’s ok. However I have tried almonds and found out I can eat them, so I have been trying a few teas with them in them.

MissLena’s rating system
(as of 04/19/13)

95+: Absolute favorite, will try to always have it in stock, and when I don’t I pine over it!
90-94: Awesome teas, will probably purchase again a few times
80-89: Very good tea, may restock at some point
70-79: happy to have tried and will gladly finish, but not restock
60-69: not horrible, but not the best, will finish if I have some though
50-59: not a favorite, probably will have a tough time finishing the bag
-50: yuck. I don’t want to have it ever again.

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