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The leaves are a beautiful and very dark – way darker than any roasted oolong I’ve ever had. The instructions on the package said to steep for 8 minutes, but I decided to just try 4 minutes to start with. This is one rich cup! As a former coffee drinker, this reminds me in the best possible way of a great shot of espresso. Okay, I can’t believe this doesn’t have some sort of added flavor. It really does have very strong notes of dark chocolate! There is absolutely no bitterness and I am so impressed. I think I may take some leaves to work tomorrow, keep them in my big mug and just refill throughout the day. This stuff is GOOD! And I was pretty such that I wasn’t too big on the darker oolongs – I just needed to get a hold of the right one.

On a side note, this company has GREAT customer service. My order was shipped quickly, packaged nicely, and even included a hand-written note thanking me for my order. Customer service like this goes a long way with me!

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Whispering Pines Tea Company

So glad you’re enjoying it! I’m on my way to Arizona and this is my roadtrip tea – I put a teaspoon and a half in my 17-oz bamboo bottle and pour boiling water in. It gets very rich over the hours it steeps :) And nope, no added flavors! :)

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Whispering Pines Tea Company

So glad you’re enjoying it! I’m on my way to Arizona and this is my roadtrip tea – I put a teaspoon and a half in my 17-oz bamboo bottle and pour boiling water in. It gets very rich over the hours it steeps :) And nope, no added flavors! :)

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Formally known as mrawlins2

I am a former coffee drinker turned tea lover.

Black tea is probably my favorite type of tea, but I rather enjoy most types… I’m even developing a taste for pu-erh.

Rating Scale:
0-10: This tea is either flavorless or just plain undrinkable. I will avoid these teas in the future.

11-20: I was only able to make it through a few sips before pouring the tea out.

21-30: I may have been able to make it through the first cup but the thought of having another has me cringing.

31-40: Teas in this range are not horrible, but nothing I would seek out in the future.

41-60: Would drink if offered, but would not purchase for myself.

61-70: Okay, nothing special

71-80: Enjoyable, but I have to be in the mood for these. Probably would purchase if I found a really great price.

81-90: Pretty good tea, will probably be one of my favorites.

91-95: These teas are really excellent. I wouldn’t necessarily run out and buy more of these (just because there are so many teas out there that I haven’t tried), but I would miss this tea.

96-99: Terrific, very impressive.

100: This special rating is reserved for teas that are absolutely perfect in my opinion. I will only give out a rating of 100 to one tea per category (Earl Grey, unflavored black, dessert tea, Irish Breakfast, etc). These are teas that I really want to have around.

Perfect Teas so Far:

Earl Grey: Saint Isaac’s Blend (Russian Earl Grey) from Upton

Dessert Tea: Marco Polo from Mariage Freres

Unflavored Black: Emperor’s Red from Premium Steap

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Texas

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