Old Version/Replaced - Smores

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Herbal Rooibos Blend
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  • “Er.... so when I pulled the infuser basket out of this one, the aroma I got made me think of tomato. Like, tomato soup. Or V8 juice. Very strange. It makes me quite apprehensive to try this...” Read full tasting note
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    kittenna 2604 tasting notes
  • “I started making this and then my boyfriend was like, want to go to Starbucks? So I let this steep while we went...and now I have a cold coffee drink and hot tea. This wins out. I'm not getting...” Read full tasting note
    pandamanda 1212 tasting notes
  • “I don't like rooibos at all. That being said, I do love s'mores, and I couldn't resist getting a sample of this. I mean, it's not like I would be stuck with a bunch if I hated it! Sadly it's...” Read full tasting note
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    Alphakitty 470 tasting notes
  • “Firstly, I ordered samples a while ago and I think this one has been discontinued since then. I was really excited to try this tea but was wary after smelling it, because the smell was nothing...” Read full tasting note
    CupofTree 51 tasting notes

From Whispering Pines Tea Company

DISCONTINUED, replaced with a new S’mores blend

When I came up with this idea, I had my doubts, but when I got the raw ingredients and worked out the perfect ratio of organic cacao nibs, marshmallow root (what marshmallows used to be made from), cinnamon, organic rooibos, and then lightly smoked them over a campfire, my life was changed as I realized that tea can taste like anything. Thank you, Nature, for these amazing ingredients!

Ingredients: Raw Organic Cacao Nibs, Marshmallow Root, Cinnamon, Organic Rooibos

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Whispering Pines Tea Company is dedicated to bringing you the most original, pure, beautiful tea blends. We use only the highest quality ingredients available to create additive-free teas teas inspired by the pristine wilderness of Northern Michigan. Our main focus is on customer satisfaction and quality.

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Er…. so when I pulled the infuser basket out of this one, the aroma I got made me think of tomato. Like, tomato soup. Or V8 juice. Very strange. It makes me quite apprehensive to try this tea…

Circumstances resulted in this tea completely cooling before I got to try it, oops. It still smells like a herby, brothy tomato soup. So strange. The flavour is… like sweet-ish, herby tomato water. Uh oh got this impression in my head and it won’t go away! I can recognize some cinnamon in the flavour, but that’s about all that I can pick out.

Oh man. Totally just realized that it smells vaguely like autoclaved contaminated LB medium (for those of you in sciencey fields)! Combined with V8-containing media that was used in a lab down the hall from mine once upon a time. That was not a good association to have made. I think I’m doomed with this cup. I did drink it; it’s palatable, but not a tea I think I’d want to drink again. I see it has been discontinued though, so I guess people won’t be drinking it again!

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205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more
Bonnie

oops I just think this is a funny review though

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Weeeeiiiiirrrrrd! I have never heard anything like that about this tea! I think you may have doomed yourself mentally or something :)

Tomato? So strange…haha.

PatchworkSheep

Just had tomato soup for lunch, and this made me laugh.

Kittenna

Seriously, yeah, this was weird! I smelled the infuser basket this evening before tossing the leaves (yeah, I just couldn’t try again), and I mostly smelled cinnamon this time, along with a few other flavours. No tomato. I still have some of my sample left, so will see what that does at some point!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Hmm, that’s the most confusing thing I’ve ever heard of, actually. haha.
Do the dry leaves smell at all like tomato to you?
…maybe you unknowingly used a dirty contaminated soup bowl instead of a mug ;)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Did you ever end up trying this again?

Kittenna

I have not, but I do plan to at some point! I’ll try to get to it sooner rather than later if I can…!

CupofTree

you know what? I just tried my sample of this and without reading your review first, I immediately was reminded of sweet potatoes. and I didn’t like it.

Kittenna

Yeah, something just wasn’t right for me either. What I really need is to have someone brew this and give it to me without me knowing what it is, to see if I get the same impression the second time.

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1212 tasting notes

I started making this and then my boyfriend was like, want to go to Starbucks? So I let this steep while we went…and now I have a cold coffee drink and hot tea.

This wins out. I’m not getting too much chocolate, but this definitely tastes like the graham crackers and marshmallows.

I am of course a chocoholic so I’ll just add more cacao nibs since I have them to see if that helps. Of course I also wasn’t really paying attention when I added the tea to the steeper so maybe I managed to unknowingly scoop out a teaspoon with little cacao nibs.

But even without chocolate this is so good. How does it taste so much like graham crackers? It’s definitely not just the cinnamon that’s doing it! The marshmallow root is interesting with the cinnamon, and it also makes this really sweet. I am loving the slightly smoked pine flavor at the end of the sip too.

Next time, more cacao! (Is there such a thing as enough though?)

LiberTEAS

Amanda: No, there is no such thing as enough chocolate. Nor is there such a thing as enough tea.

Azzrian

Sounds yummy!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Graham crackers come through because of the perfect ratio of cinnamon, rooibos, and love :P

Whispering Pines Tea Company

The marshmallow root finishes up the sweetness of the graham cracker, too. See, this one is tough because it’s already almost 50% cocoa nibs by weight. I COULD cut down everything else in the blend and up the cocoa, but it might minimize the other flavors too much. Don’t want to add in real chocolate either — I’d like to keep this unprocessed and vegan :)

momo

Yeah, I bought some about a month ago out of curiosity and never realized just how much they really aren’t like say, chocolate chips. Steeping them helps a lot, so I could always add more to the cup…after it’s steeped though, because eating them after they’ve sat in tea is the best way to eat them.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

:) I do enjoy nibbling on a few of them every once in a while. Put some through my coffee blender one day too…thought it’d grind like the coffee beans. NOPE! Jammed up my blender and spent the rest of the day eating coffee-ground-covered-100%-cocoa chocolate paste off of toothpicks. They crush and creamate pretty easily. Yummy though :) I’ve had fun with the s’mores blend by steeping it for a good hour and sipping from the cup without straining anything. At the end you’ve got nice cinnamon bits and cocoa nibs to chew on :)

Bonnie

Wah, rooibos, I can’t drink it! All those rooibos tea blends would make me sick! Boo hoo!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

:( even just a little bit? only 10 percent of this blend is rooibos.

TassieTeaGirl

LiberTEAS – I wholeheartedly agree! This sounds like the mix of two things I love very much – tea and chocolate…

Amber

Yummy! why have I not nosedived into a cup of this yet?!?~ :D

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Because you haven’t visited WhisperingPinesTea.com recently! :P

Bonnie

Whispering Pines…nope…I had some dry peas (snack type just a few..handful) and was very sick for 6 days. Sounds good though. I like the way you think about your blends.

Amber

methinks I need to go get me summa dis :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Bonnie, thanks! Hope you can find something that you can drink!

Amber, yes. Yes you do. I await your order :)

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470 tasting notes

I don’t like rooibos at all. That being said, I do love s’mores, and I couldn’t resist getting a sample of this. I mean, it’s not like I would be stuck with a bunch if I hated it! Sadly it’s discontinued, but replaced with a very similar blend I see which is good because I LOVE this tea!

I steeped it for 20 minutes, which seems like a very long time but it’s the suggested amount. I think it really paid off—I sniffed it a few times during the brewing, and while it smelled pretty rooibos-y after 10 minutes that weird medicinal odor was gone after 20! I think I might actually go back and experiment with some of my rooibos blends with longer steeps, maybe it masks the flavor better or brings out different aspects?

In any case, this tastes nothing like what I expect from rooibos, except maybe it adds a little woodsy-ness. What it DOES taste like is crusty, buttery, delicious graham cracker and soft marshmallow. It’s pretty darn amazing! As others have said the chocolate is almost non-existent, but I don’t really mind much. In fact, I think I’ll mix the rest of my sample with Della Terra’s S’mores (which I find strong on the chocolate but lacking in graham cracker flavor). This tea is so rich and luscious, but not too heavy. I know I said it doesn’t taste chocolate-y but it does remind me of red velvet cake for some reason, so I guess there’s a little chocolate! There’s also a bit of a tanginess, which I suppose is why I am getting the red velvet association.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Whispering Pines Tea Company

You know…I’ve been getting such positive reviews on this that I’m contemplating making it a seasonal tea. Bring it back in the winter, yes? :)

Kiaharii

Aw, I missed out on this! :(

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Yeah, I’ve decided to make it seasonal. It’ll be available from November to the end of January :) WOOT!~

Azzrian

I am going to have to try this with red rooibos as well. I got so tired of rooibos.

Fjellrev

That’s one scrumptious sounding tea, and I don’t even care for rooibos either. Who would have thought that steeping it even longer would make the taste less rooibos-y.

Alphakitty

Oh yay, so glad it’s coming back!

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51 tasting notes

Firstly, I ordered samples a while ago and I think this one has been discontinued since then.
I was really excited to try this tea but was wary after smelling it, because the smell was nothing like smores. Reminds me of my disappointment with DT’s Toasted Marshmallow.

The taste of this tea immediately reminded me of sweet potatoes, but not in a good way. I just didn’t like it. :(
What I did enjoy about this tea was the pretty orange color. http://instagram.com/p/Q5xp9YLPB6/

I honestly haven’t had much luck with the rest of my samples other than Whisper of the Woods but I have not given up on Whispering Pines! Hopefully I will try more of their teas in the future.

Alphakitty

How long did you steep it for? This one benefits from a REALLY long (like 20 minutes long) steep to bring out the toasty flavor.

CupofTree

I steeped it for 10 minutes like the bag said. I’ll have to try a longer brew next time, thanks!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

So strange! Seems that this tea either tastes like melting marshmallows over graham crackers or something really weird like potatoes or tomato juice…wonder why…

Thanks for jot giving up hope! What else have you tried?

CupofTree

I know! its so weird how we all have different reactions to the same ingredients.
I’ve also tried Glen Arbor Breakfast and Blackburnian and was just hoping they’d be stronger.. I guess I like strong tea.
I’m thinking about the Blackmint and Manistee Moonrise to try at some point. :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

As per your comment, a lot of 2-3 different bold tea blends are at the top of the project list. :) Expect them to be available by the beginning-middle of November.

CupofTree

Ooh excited to hear that, looking forward to it!

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While I was absorbed in my Smokey Mountain Mate, my S’mores was over in my infuser, taking a nice long steeping. Brenden from Whispering Pines suggested a 20 minute steep, though mine MAY have been more like 23 by the time I made it over to pull the basket up (THIS is why I need a Breville to automatically do things for me! #firstworldproblems)

Anyway, I added a little soy milk to this cup, because… well mostly because I wanted to. As I walked back to my stool, I smelled the cup and knew it smelled AWESOME but couldn’t place the scent. Then it hit me! Smells JUST LIKE graham crackers!!! Sweet cinnamon goodness!

First sip… I don’t know if I would place this as s’mores right away, but it certainly tastes good… I definitely get the marshmallow and graham cracker right away, but the chocolate doesn’t hit me as much as I would like. Maybe it would just muddle the mix if it was more prominent, though… The cinnamon/sugar flavor of this comes through more than anything. I might just call it graham cracker tea if I didn’t know better! I’m not complaining, though, I love graham crackers :) Overall, the depth of flavor is actually impressive and I’m left with a lingering sweet marshmallow flavor. I wonder if adding sugar would bring out the flavors or just make this over the top sweet. I’m not going to mess with it, though! Thanks for the free sample, Brenden !

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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10 tasting notes

I drank this so quickly that I didn’t even have the time to really notice the individual tastes. I’ll need to try this again soon. Very smooth and enjoyable!

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