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Baked Bread, Dry Grass, Sweet, Toasted Rice
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Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 7 oz / 207 ml

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From Whispering Pines Tea Company

About the Tea
This very bold, sweet, caramely brew is harvested at the base of Mount Kenya. The mineral rich and dry soils of Kenya offer a malty cup similar to assam but lacking bitterness. This is an awesome morning cuppa!


How to brew the perfect cup:
Steep 1 teaspoon of leaves
in 8 ounces of boiling water
for 3 minutes.

2nd infusion: 5 minutes
3rd infusion: 8 minutes

Kenyan Black Tea

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About Whispering Pines Tea Company View company

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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168 tasting notes

I love the mornings I awake thinking about a certain tea that I want to drink.
On this hot, smoky Sunday morning, I awoke thinking about this tea.
Whenever, I drink this tea, I am reminded of a story I saw long ago, in I believe a National Geographic.
I do not even know if the story took place in Kenya, Or Africa or anywhere even close to where there is a Kenya Sunrise, but the article was about a high-end resort that people stayed at, however, there were giraffes everywhere around the place.
There was one photo where there was a nicely dressed couple sharing breakfast/tea and a giraffe had his head stuck through the window checking out what they were doing.
To my young mind, this was just so incredibly awesome.(and apparently to my 29 year old mind as well, if it still is embedded in my brain)
I remember thinking I wanted to be a fancy lady sipping tea with giraffes.
This tea is different the moment you open the tin, because the leaves are not really leaves at all, but instead they are tiny little round tea shaped balls.
The odor of the dry leaf is lovely, bright and with something rather fruit-like maybe?
I agree with the description where it is rather like your assam-y breakfast teas, bright and encouraging awakening, but it lacks that strong astringent
bitterness that some of those teas can have, both in odor as well as taste.
It brews a beautiful dark red cuppa.
The smell of tea also mimics the dry leaf, bright with just a slight fruit and spice note.
Taste again is a little like assam, malty and such, but brighter and lighter.
It lacks the heaviness that assam can have as well (FYI, I am not dissing on Assam, I love me some assam)
I think this is a prefect summer breakfast tea.
I really enjoy sipping it.
I also think it would be perfectly acceptable to drink with giraffes, you know…in case you have some dropping by later for a visit;)

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i’m drinking a golden needle assam right now…. lighter and brighter on my side too!

Hesper June

Oh! thats sounds lovely!


we could always do a swap… this is a sample i bought from harney and sons but i have enough left to share. =0)

Hesper June

Here is the Giraffe Manor! I still want to go:)

Hesper June

Sure, James! Love to do a swap.
Is there anything else that you are interested in that’s in my cupboard?


Tea with giraffes…that just has the making of a children’s storybook, doesn’t it?

Hesper June

It does, G! Probably why my child brain fell so madly in love with the idea.
Maybe I should visit and then write a book on my experience:)

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867 tasting notes

Oh my goodness. This is a perfect, perfect breakfast tea. It’s bold, malty, and has a flavor that I just can’t put my finger on. It almost reminds me of brown rice with a touch of butter and salt. There is a sweet fruit like flavor that reminds me of an apple. It’s such an interesting tea and I love it.

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Good morning! I’ve been meaning to get to this and today seemed like a good day. The small little pebbles carry a woody scent. I brewed these up western in my tetsubin. The brew is thick and aromatic. The flavor is unique. This brew has a toasty flavor like hoijicha, but its mixed with an assam malt. Lastly, it finishes with a heady sweetness. This helped a lot in waking me up. I feel ready to take on the day. Happy Friday as well!


Flavors: Baked Bread, Dry Grass, Sweet, Toasted Rice

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Whispering Pines Tea Company

Haha oh my goodness, this tea is 3 years old! :D


hahahah I thought so. It’s still okay. #flashbackfriday

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Glad it was enjoyed! :)

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216 tasting notes

Had this tea this morning, in a travel mug with milk and sugar. The smell is wonderfully light and fresh for a black tea, with some lovely toasty maltiness. It tastes like… rye bread, with honey, maybe some hints of maple syrup, and heavy cream… it’s making me think of bread pudding, minus the cinnamon. Highly delicious, a very good choice for breakfast! :)

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