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Talk about a wakeup call! This delicious blend of yerba maté and elderberries with just a hint of black tea will completely awaken you and have you running in no time! For the morning warrior only!

The Perfect Cup:
8 oz of boiling filtered water
1 teaspoon of tea
Steeped for 4 minutes.

Ingredients: Yerba maté leaf, elder berries, black tea

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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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Trying this one out before I leave for the thrilling roads of North Georgia and North Carolina. I was going to wait till like noon, but I don’t want to have to stop to eat, so eating an actual breakfast it is.

I love black bears. One reason I’m even going up to NC is because it’s a year since I got Bruno: Bruno is my honorary pet (I’m not paying a $500 pet fee for a dog, no way) and road trip mascot, and I got him up there. The Smoky Mountains are filled with bears! So this is the perfect tea before I head off. And it is Bruno-approved.

This is nice. A bit spicy, a bit smoky, with just the right hint of elderberry flavor for a touch of sweetness. I am still pretty new with mate, and some blends are a little too much for me but this one is perfect. I could see this being something a bear would like on a rough morning for being a bear.

So far it has helped me remember one thing I NEED to take already…a flashlight. I definitely tripped over uneven ground last year in the dark. Yay last minute decision making.

Now just to hope I don’t fall back asleep. There are mountains to drive over! Can’t wait to try my other Whispering Pines samples, but they will have to wait until I return because I want to be able to spend some decent time with them!


YET ANOTHER…I will have to try in the near future :)


Nice! Love your pet bear! :) Cute.


Wow – everyone is into the Whispering Pines, did I miss a free promo or something?!


They have a deal on samples: Buy at least 3, get one free. They’re $2 each and shipping is free!


This one wasn’t in my sample choice but I love the name and I love bears too. I’m also jealous of your trip to the mountains. Me and my boyfriend stayed in a cabin on Blue Ridge not too long ago. I’m sure you’ll have an awesome trip :)


Bruno is so cute!


Thanks Amanda!


Bruno appreciates the compliments! I love the Blue Ridge area, mainly for the orchards…it’s almost time to go back up that way for apples again!

Donna A

Ran across your post and started thinking about all the incredible hikes I have done in North Georgia and all over Western North Carolina. The Blue Ridge area has one of two temperate rain forests in the entire US, the other one being in the state of Washington. Loads of waterfalls and some pretty neat towns as well. Our dog, a Cairn terrier, loves to hike with us. The last Bed and Breakfast we stayed at in NC was owned by a woman from the UK and she served up big fresh pots of loose tea she gets from the UK. Delish!

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I’ve had this sample for a while but evidently I forgot to post a tasting note for it until now…

This blend is definitely unique! It’s a bit smoky and also kind of… minty? tingly? Interesting element which I guess is from the mate. I think the elderberry also provides a nice fruity note here. There’s some black tea but it seems to be on the lighter side which is definitely nice. I am enjoying it this morning, not sure I will need any more but it’s definitely a good blend and will wake me up! :)

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It’s been years since I tried yerba mate, and I don’t have any clear memories of my reaction. I must have been underwhelmed.

So when I picked up my packet of Black Bear Breakfast and reminded myself of the ingredients, I thought, “OK, time for breakfast, let’s try this out.”

I think yerba mate is still not my brew of choice. I can’t seem to single out what the mate is contributing to the flavor, but mostly I’m getting mild, slightly sweet, with an aftertaste of mint. Not getting the elderberries.

This is reminiscent of Manistee Moonrise but not as distinctive, a wakeup tea with a refreshing afterbite and probably a good introduction to yerba mate blends for the slightly mate-phobic like me!

Looking forward to trying my final two samples from Whispering Pines.

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