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Black Tea
Chinese Black Tea
Chocolate, Corn Husk, Malt, Salt, Stonefruits, Sweet Potatoes, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Creamy, Baked Bread, Broth, Brown Toast, Cherry, Citrus, Cream, Dates, Fruity, Honey, Molasses, Muscatel, Musty, Red Fruits, Wet Wood, Brown Sugar, Wood, Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Eucalyptus, Plums, Berry, Grain, Raisins, Cherry Wood, Oak wood, Floral, Burnt Sugar, Sweet, Yams, Mint, Toast, Custard, Earth, Thick
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205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 4 g 14 oz / 400 ml

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From Whispering Pines Tea Company

If I were the Mad Hatter, what tea would I serve to the Jabberwocky? Perhaps the uffish beast would enjoy something chocolaty? Maybe a finish of eucalyptus would soothe his frumious mind! Mind you, with teeth like snicker-snack’s there would be no turning back so it must be pleasing to the eyes! Purple, green, brown between, so pretty his eyes will gyre! So through the tulgey forest I shall brew and pour us a beautiful cup of the most beautimus tea that he will ever see. I must say – the slithy toves will run away, the jubjub bird will feel okay, and at brillig under the tumtum tree, the Jabber and me will sip some tea! He will chortle and the manxome beast will burble out that he is pleased and the days of worrying that he will eat you will be far away – oh frabjous day!

No more mimsy cups of tea! The Jabberwocky is strong and smooth with a full mouth of wildflower nectar and honey drizzled on a fresh french baguette with a light hint of salt. The middle of the sip hints at creamy chocolate and plum dipped in luscious silky caramel. The finish is strong of camphor and eucalyptus and leaves your mouth feeling fresh and wanting more! The beautiful wet leaves are light brown, mottled with green and purple, and emit the aroma of honey, camphor, and a cool mineral freshness reminiscent of standing at the edge of a raging river. Enjoy the strong qi of this smooth and silky brew anytime of the day, and don’t worry about over-brewing…we knew that the Jabberwocky didn’t like bitterness or astringency, so you won’t find either in this cup!

Ingredients: Fujian Black Tea, Ailaoshan Black Tea, Wild Arbor Yunnan Black Tea

Notes: Honey, Nectar, Salted Caramel, Camphor, Eucalyptus, Cocoa, Stonefruit, French Bread


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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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492 tasting notes

This was good, but I’m finding it difficult to describe. There WERE lots of different flavor notes, but they were all quite subtle and melded together and I can’t really but my finger on what they were, except I could identify a sort of eucalyptus note. So I would say this is advanced level tea, whereas I am still at intermediate level (at best). Also was never convinced I was preparing it properly since I only have a small gravity steeper, none of the gongfu equipment that was recommended.


I make mine in a gravity steeper most times. :) Personally, I don’t care for it gong fu style, but I can see that it might make it easier to identify the flavor notes if you were developing them over multiple quick steeps.


Ahh, glad to hear I’m not the only one :)

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276 tasting notes

Whispering Pines order has arrived! Huzzah! I’ve been wanting to try this one for a while so decided I’d give it a go first.

First sip is malty, chocolatey, and salty with a hint of some kind of stone fruit. After that it turned to sweet potatoes and sweet corn/corn husk. Surprisingly light a refreshing for a black tea, not to mention remarkably smooth. Would definitely consider picking up more of this (though shipping to Canada is sadly a deterrent).

Flavors: Chocolate, Corn Husk, Malt, Salt, Stonefruits, Sweet Potatoes

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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36 tasting notes

I used about 4.5 grams to 11 oz of water in a Smacha autobrewer (feeling lazy today). This brewed a beautiful deep orange color with a malty spiced aroma. It turns almost neon orange on the second steep, crazy color.

Taste was a good balance of black tea malty body with a pinch of cinnamon, cocoa nibs, and a light creamy character. Nicely balanced and aftertaste of something kind of like sweet potatoes, although a bit bitter and raw in later steeps, closer to raw potato. A nice, pleasing tea to get you started on a rainy day.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cocoa, Creamy, Malt, Sweet Potatoes

3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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24 tasting notes

As I’m entering the world of loose leaf teas Whispering Pines has been a solid company and I like how there is much variety yet it’s small attention to detail. This tea got my attention by how bold it stated to be. Indeed the brew (in a giawan gongfu style) brewed up a nice amber elixir that was very fruity, jammy and a bit musk not very much cocoa noats as some of the other teas, but this is just me, and it’s a rich mouthfeel this one is a wake you up fruity yet earthy black. I liked it very much and the name is just too cute.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Broth, Brown Toast, Cherry, Citrus, Cream, Dates, Fruity, Honey, Molasses, Muscatel, Musty, Red Fruits

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 90 OZ / 2661 ML

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33 tasting notes

I shared this little sample with my girlfriend on a misty Ohio day—finals week is in full swing, and it really makes me appreciate the little down time I have.

I think I’m starting to move away from black teas—they tend to have a sort of bitterness that I don’t really like. It’s not like the sweet bitterness of a shou (or even sheng), but a more tangy, astringent bitterness. This isn’t a bad tea by any stretch, but I’m not nearly as into black tea as I used to be.

Anyway, as far as flavor, I tasted classic bready notes in the first infusions, with later infusions tasting more like bitter honey. I’m also getting some mineral notes. Body is not super thick, but it’s nice and mellow. My girlfriend kept getting notes of soy sauce, which was interesting, and it brought her back to her mom’s cooking. She started craving broccoli and tofu—crazy that tea can do something like that.

Anyway, this is a good tea, if not a blow-your-socks-off tea.

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I do hope you’re in one of the hilly areas. The mist can be so lovely there.


Actually northern Ohio, so it’s pretty flat here. But I’m on a beautiful campus, so there’s that!

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100 tasting notes

Fruity, chocolaty. Coats whole mouth with a warm sweetness. Cup gone way too soon.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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592 tasting notes

I’ve been waiting to try this for so long. Thank you Whiteantlers!

And I need to try it again. I did it western, and it was quite pleasant. Longhan fruit, salt, and malt were what I tasted. I need to do it again Gong Fu before I judge it.


I prefer this Western, but I think you have enough so you can experiment.

Daylon R Thomas

I have plenty :) I just made an unwise decision when I made it. I was in a rush to try some, so I put the leaves straight in a cup at the dinning hall. Needed good tea to get me up, but I also had to eat. I probably could have waited anyway.


You’ll have some Ancient Spirit coming to you in the next few weeks. Sorry not to include a note or card. I have a good heart but I am bad about mailing things out so I wind up procrastinating and then just shoving things into an envelope.

Daylon R Thomas

No worries. Perfectionism can be a wonderful (if only I could italicize the letters) thing, can’t it?


It’s the bane of my existence! Hope you are finally having Spring in Michigan.

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174 tasting notes

30Mar- dry leaf malty, fruity, hay? wood? I’ve made this both westren and in a gaiwan. Both ways got flavor notes of chocolate, cherry, malt, and cream/thick body. Also some honey. Very complex tasting tea. No astringency, especially as at one point I forgot to time it. I was able to get 4 steeps westren style and I don’t know how many steeps gaiwaning. I lost count.
It was so good, it just kept giving flavor. I drank this until my kettle was empty.

Flavors: Cherry, Chocolate, Creamy, Honey, Malt, Wet Wood

R.F. Hill

A nice tea empties the kettle of water!


A zen koan, a haiku-or just a nice thought? :->

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1589 tasting notes

More tea! There’s no stopping me today :) I made up a cup of this after dinner, and I loved it tremendously. I wasn’t sure at first exactly what I was tasting, but a few sips sorted me out on that front! This is a fairly complex tea, to my mind, at least in terms of the flavour combinations it presents. It starts off smooth and sweet, with notes of blossom honey and a slight saltiness. The mid-sip is all about the chocolate, dark high-cocoa chocolate with some fresh baked bread notes. After this comes a reasonably strong fruitiness – I thought black cherry at first, but it’s deeper than that, and more reminiscent of plum or maybe damson at times. It ends fairly sweetly with a hint of caramel and just the faintest touch of cooling eucalyptus. I found it a very refreshing cup, and incredibly moreish. A tea I could (and will!) drink at any time of day. I’d forgotten how much I liked Whispering Pines, but this has been a timely reminder.

1.5 tsp of leaf, 3.5 minutes, boiling water. Splash of milk.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

Great review! I am liberating this one from the tea cabinet for tomorrow’s breakfast!


I just bought this! Can’t wait to try it.


Can’t wait to see you’re review @hawkband1.

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37 tasting notes

So I picked up some teas from Whispering Pines for the first time. I got them today and I started with this one. I am a fan of Black Tea and use it to give me a break from my ripe pu’erhs. I brewed up about 5 grams gongfu style in a 100ml gaiwan. I feel it was a bit light so maybe a bit more leaf would be better. The wet leaf smells sweet and woody with a bit of some kind of fruit. I could tell this was a blend as it tasted like two other teas I have combined (a Jingmai Wild Arbor Black and nice malty Yunnan Black). This was quite enjoyable and had a lingering sweet aftertaste that was really nice. There were notes of baked bread and brown sugar along with a little wood. I also got into some floral notes in the middle steeps. It gave surprisingly well considering leaf size and it being a black. I think I will try this one again Western style as I often like my blacks brewed that way. Not sure what to think about this vendor yet and I have about 3 Oolongs I also bought from them to try. All in all I would say if you like black tea give this one a try. Pretty tasty.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Brown Sugar, Malt, Stonefruits, Wood

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

Did you get any golden lily?


I did actually. That and a couple of other Oolongs. Is it a good one?


its amazing!


its like the most tropical oolong ive tried yet. Mango, peach, lychee with ice cream or something. I rated it really highly


Wow sounds interesting. I have my water boiling now to try it out. Any brewing suggestions. I am gonna gongfu 5g in 100ml gaiwan at about 190f


yeah sounds about right, not sure on weight, I just eyeballed it but 5g is plenty. I do quite fast steeps usually


Yeah this one is pretty tasty. I am sipping it at the moment. I ended up adding a bit more leaf as it was a bit light for my tastes…so about 6-6.5 grams. The early steeps are super fruity almost tastes flavored or stored with fruit. Creamy as well. It tastes more like a green than an Oolong…very low on the oxidation. A tasty green Oolong. I really wonder how they get those flavors?!


I know, it always amazes me the breadth of flavour and aroma from tea

R.F. Hill

You should try Laoshan Autumn from Verdant Tea. It has that bread taste, with a dash of cacao instead of brown sugar.


That sounds like a tasty one too R.F Hill. I have only had a couple of Verdant teas…a sheng sample and a really nice red robe oolong…but that was about a year or longer ago.


Great info Rasseru. Thanks for the link…very cool.

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