This tea came as part of the grab bag of awesomeness that I got from Miss B. I was excited to try a Whispering PInes tea since there are so many WP fangirls on Steepster! When I opened up the pouch, omg it smelled like smoke. I’m not really a fan of smoky teas but I thought I’d try it anyway. Taste-wise, the smoke really dominates so this tea is not really for me. Underneath the smoke, I feel like this tea is pleasant and roasty but I can’t really tell because the smoke just lingers and takes over. I have two more WP blends that I’m excited to try though:-)

Flavors: Smoke

Veronica

My daughter isn’t the biggest fan of smokey teas, but she likes the second steeping of this one. It’s much less smokey and more roasty and malty.

mj

I’ll have to try that. Luckily, I saved the leaves. Thanks, Veronica!

boychik

Add some tiny bit of maple syrup.

TheTeaFairy

What are the other two mj?

whatshesaid

this one is on my list to try as well, but the idea of smokey teas makes me really apprehensive and i’ve avoided them entirely thus far!

mj

boychik, I don’t think I own any actual maple syrup? I’ll have to look. But I bet that would complement the smokiness.

TheTeaFairy, the other two I have are Foxfire chai and Breath of Life (if I’m remembering correctly). They were random samples from Miss B.

whatshesaid, I don’t think smoky teas are for me either. That being said, while I didn’t totally enjoy this cup, I thought it was well done and didn’t have any trouble finishing 12oz. So don’t be scared :-)

Terri HarpLady

Smokey teas used to freak me out, but then I tried adding a little maple syrup, & suddenly I was drinking some kind of caramelized flambee like dessert! And suddenly I liked smokey teas better, even without the maple, in fact I don’t use maple in them often.
On the other hand, some smokey teas aren’t actually smoked, at least I don’t think they are. If a smokey tea tastes too much like, “Where’s the BBQ sauce?” then they probably used some kind of smoke flavoring, instead of taking time to do the real deal.

whatshesaid

I will have to try that!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Terri, I had a fake lapsang once and I about spit it across the room. Pretty sure they doused the tea in that disgusting stuff called liquid smoke.

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Veronica

My daughter isn’t the biggest fan of smokey teas, but she likes the second steeping of this one. It’s much less smokey and more roasty and malty.

mj

I’ll have to try that. Luckily, I saved the leaves. Thanks, Veronica!

boychik

Add some tiny bit of maple syrup.

TheTeaFairy

What are the other two mj?

whatshesaid

this one is on my list to try as well, but the idea of smokey teas makes me really apprehensive and i’ve avoided them entirely thus far!

mj

boychik, I don’t think I own any actual maple syrup? I’ll have to look. But I bet that would complement the smokiness.

TheTeaFairy, the other two I have are Foxfire chai and Breath of Life (if I’m remembering correctly). They were random samples from Miss B.

whatshesaid, I don’t think smoky teas are for me either. That being said, while I didn’t totally enjoy this cup, I thought it was well done and didn’t have any trouble finishing 12oz. So don’t be scared :-)

Terri HarpLady

Smokey teas used to freak me out, but then I tried adding a little maple syrup, & suddenly I was drinking some kind of caramelized flambee like dessert! And suddenly I liked smokey teas better, even without the maple, in fact I don’t use maple in them often.
On the other hand, some smokey teas aren’t actually smoked, at least I don’t think they are. If a smokey tea tastes too much like, “Where’s the BBQ sauce?” then they probably used some kind of smoke flavoring, instead of taking time to do the real deal.

whatshesaid

I will have to try that!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Terri, I had a fake lapsang once and I about spit it across the room. Pretty sure they doused the tea in that disgusting stuff called liquid smoke.

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I like black tea, especially flavored black teas, and oolong. Flavors I love: vanilla, chocolate, almond, bready/pastry, mint, fruit (except melon and citrus), florals (especially jasmine and lavender). Flavors I hate: coffee, bergamot, grapefruit, melon, fake banana (like banana candy), licorice, root beer. Rooibos is foul, IMO. I do like white and am getting more into white teas. I sometimes like green tea, but let’s be honest, I need more caffeine with my tea! Grad school demands it.

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