Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Chinese Black Tea
Flavors
Baked Bread, Grain, Brown Sugar, Burnt Sugar, Dried Fruit, Floral, Malt, Caramel, Cocoa, Earth, Honey, Sweet, Sugarcane, Butter, Cherry
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
High
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 11 oz / 331 ml

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  • “OH MY GOSH!!! I TASTE THE BREAD!!! It's only my first sample from the lovely *Ost* (and my first taste of anything from Whispering Pines) and I am already being enlightened. I've been reading...” Read full tasting note
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    thecookielady 48 tasting notes
  • “*Mj* sent me a sample of this one because, a while back, I was ruminating over making some myself since I had both the teas in the blend. However, I would need to try some first to know what taste...” Read full tasting note
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    CameronB 538 tasting notes
  • “This was included as a sample in my order. Feeling a bit blue this morning, so I decided to try it based on the name, which is an awesome name for tea. It's quite good, and very gentle for a...” Read full tasting note
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    Skulleigh 276 tasting notes
  • “This is my second stab at this tea. The first came out weak and inconsequential in the cup...so if first you don't succeed, try again! Ordering Whispering Pines Second Breakfast was close to a...” Read full tasting note
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    Donkeytiara 132 tasting notes

From Whispering Pines Tea Company

Time for Second Breakfast — A Baggins’ family recipe, passed down through generations of Baggins’s (thank you, Gollum, for that word)! I was told to keep it secret and keep it safe, but it’s so precious that I had to share!

A day in the Shire wouldn’t be complete without Second Breakfast! This blend is a tad lighter in body than your average breakfast blend, but a whole lot heavier on the flavor! Smooth, sweet, and thick, Second Breakfast is bursting with berries and chocolate. The body is silky and caramelly-sweet, coating your mouth with honey and stonefruit. Red berries can be noted in the middle of the sip along with a hint of pine. The finish is wildflowers and salted french baguette.

Enjoy a journey picking berries on the outskirts of the Shire with your Second Breakfast!

Notes: Berries, Chocolate, Stonefruit, Caramel, Malt, Pine, Salted French Baguette, Wildflowers

http://whisperingpinestea.com/second-breakfast.html

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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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OH MY GOSH!!! I TASTE THE BREAD!!!

It’s only my first sample from the lovely Ost (and my first taste of anything from Whispering Pines) and I am already being enlightened. I’ve been reading “baked bread” in a lot of reviews lately and kind of had that “hmph…yeah right…” reaction every time. Like…I can’t believe that tea can taste like bread (don’t judge me for my newbie-ness). It just boggles my mind in an I-totally-love-this kind of way.

And to be honest, I’m so taken aback by the bread part that I don’t know that I can pick up on anything else. Certainly suitable for breakfast! It feels like I would enjoy this right around afternoon snack time, as well.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Grain

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
Ost

Hehe-I’m so glad you liked it! :D

CHAroma

You should try Verdant Tea’s Laoshan Black. It’s incredibly popular and exhibits the bread/grain note better than most teas. Teavivre also offers some great (and much more affordable) bready tea options like Yunnan Dian Hong. Although I have to say that my favorite teas from these vendors are Verdant’s Zhu Rong Yunnan Black and Teavivre’s White Peony (aka Bai Mu Dan).

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Mj sent me a sample of this one because, a while back, I was ruminating over making some myself since I had both the teas in the blend. However, I would need to try some first to know what taste I was going for. I had actually totally forgotten about the whole thing, until I saw this little samples in mj’s swap package with the words “for experiments”. Thanks dear! :P The leaves are small to medium in size and very dark. They’re thin and quite twisty. Dry, they smell like delicious cocoa goodness (hah, that Cavalla again) and it’s making me want to eat them… I steeped mine for 3 minutes in 200 degree water.

I can smell both teas in the brewed aroma – the breadiness and malt from the Keemun along with the fruitiness and floral from the Ailaoshan. The same is true in the taste for me. I’m relieved that the bread flavor is very strong here, as I was worried that it might get overpowered by the fruit. There’s also a lot of maltiness, and then the lovely dried fruit and caramelized brown sugar from the Ailaoshan. I also get a little bit of floral near the end. Based on the overall taste here, I’m guessing either a 50/50 split or maybe like a 60/40 with the Keemun being the majority. Unfortunately I don’t have any of the Keemun right now, so I’ll keep the other half of my sample for when I do. :)

Flavors: Baked Bread, Brown Sugar, Burnt Sugar, Dried Fruit, Floral, Malt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Whispering Pines Tea Company

Good luck ;)

Glad you like it! :D

Cameron B.

Well, I like both of the teas included, so how could I not like it? :P

Whispering Pines Tea Company

That is a good question! :)

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This was included as a sample in my order. Feeling a bit blue this morning, so I decided to try it based on the name, which is an awesome name for tea.

It’s quite good, and very gentle for a breakfast tea. For some reason, I really want to add some cinnamon to it, so I might give that a try for the second cup. I wish I had some jam and scones or croissants to go with it. Or maybe some lembas bread…

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Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Skulleigh

I was right – cinnamon goes great with this. I added some Torani Brown Sugar Cinnamon syrup that we have onhand to it, and it hit the spot.

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This is my second stab at this tea. The first came out weak and inconsequential in the cup…so if first you don’t succeed, try again!

Ordering Whispering Pines Second Breakfast was close to a no-brainer for me. I love good tea blends. What I mean by I love good tea blends is that I love good tea in good tea blends. Because Whispering Pines sells so few straight black teas, and all that I have tasted have been to my liking, it was easy to know I would like this tea. And like I do!

Second Breakfast dry leaf in incredibly chocolatey smelling. Not cocoa. Chocolate. The chocolate note joins with the sugar cane quality in the Ailaoshan black tea to give a strong scent of warm chocolate syrup. Wet, the leaves unfurl long and beautiful. The liquor of Second Breakfast is a warm amber brown that smells of earth and chocolate and a touch of dark stone fruit. In the cup, the keemun’s earthiness mutes the usual boldness of the Ailaoshan black. It expands the base flavor profile of this tea so much so that there isn’t much going on the middle of the cup. There is some grain and a touch of malt as a middle note, which is a pleasing combination with the earthy chocolate bottom note. Top note is a dark stone fruit and a dark forest floral note. Nothing bright in this cup, but nothing overly dark and brooding either. If this cup was a forest and you were Lil Red Riding Hood, you’d continue on your way to your grandma’s house. The audience wouldn’t be waiting for a big “BOO”, and hopefully, when you got to grandma’s house, she’d have a lovely large cup of Second Breakfast waiting for you. Warm, earthy and comforting, it is a good cup of tea with a lovely deep flavor profile.

Flavors: Caramel, Cocoa, Earth, Floral, Grain

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Wasn’t too sure of this one when I tried it the other day, but on the second try, I actually find myself liking it. I thought it was really earthy at first…probably because I over-steeped it. xD But I really taste the bread and honey flavors. Kinda earthy still. But the bready-ness makes up for it to me. Enjoying this tea a lot more the second time around! (:

Flavors: Baked Bread, Earth, Honey, Sweet

Lariel of Lórien

Try singing Hobbit songs to it next time.

Ost

Aha wow xD I’ll keep that in mind next time :P

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(Backlog review from last night)

Having Second Breakfast at midnight. That’s right, I live dangerously.

What…Is there a warning somewhere that stipulates this tea should be drank only in the morning?

There, didn’t think so.

Nice fruity and malty cup, mmmmm! So good!

Crusty bread, salty caramel and cocoa notes. Sweet and mellow, but not lacking in the taste department, au contraire.

I know I’m having it at night, but I will have it in the morning eventually and it will be very kind to me.

Some breakfast teas are like a slap in the face, waking you abruptly like a loud beeping alarm clock, screaming at you «Wake up, sleepyhead!!!»

This will take a more gentle route. It will just rub your shoulder softly and whisper in your ear «wake up sweetie, today will be a lovely day…»

It’s that kind of tea. It knows how to treat you right.

Took out the big mug tonight…just needed the right gear for it:

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MzPriss

SB in the tentacle mug is full of win! <3

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I think you are the cutest.

Sarsonator

No, I think she is the cutest :p

TheTeaFairy

Missy, it is right??

And NO!!!! Y’ALL are the cutest!!!!! <3

boychik

<3 review

Cwyn

I felt soothed reading this review!

Terri HarpLady

More tentacle teawares!

inranger

Another WP on the wishlist! :)

TheTeaFairy

Boychik, you are sweet <3

TheTeaFairy

Cwyn, you so deserve soothing… :-)

Terri, tentacles make badass teaware!!!

Inranger, it’s nom, you need this!

pyarkaaloo

“Second Breakfast at Midnight”—that would be such a righteous name for a tea!

Lariel of Lórien

“Second Breakfast at the Green Dragon”.

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The first time I drank this I was a little underwhelmed, now don’t get me wrong, it was good, just not ‘Whispering Pines’ good, however the more I drink this, the more I’m drawn to it and the more I reach for it first thing in the morning, every morning. So, again, I should not judge on first impressions and honestly, maybe I’m just too used to teas that punch you in the face with their flavor. On second pass this is an impressively complex tea, it whispers it’s delicious flavors at you oh so subetly. Full of bready, caramelly, honey notes, I’m sad that this was a tea originally in my drink down list and it has now firmly (and rightfully so) asserted itself on my must buy more as soon as I run out list! Yum!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I have to say that your reaction is totally expected :-)

This tea is made for easy drinking. Something that you can make whenever and enjoy, but you can also really spend some quality time with, if that makes sense.

Glad you came to like it before you ran out! :D

beelicious

I always liked it.. It just took me a little longer to love it!! :D

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Also tasty.
Hopefully I’ll write a better review next time.

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Malty, sweet, just a bit of a kick (the first steep), hints of chocolate, and baked bread lovliness…. mmmmmmm!
I managed to sip away while sitting outside and sketching… the weather is very fall like today, with amazing clouds. As I drank, I was sort of worried I’d get chucked in the head with an apple (Aragorn is not one for second breakfasts….), but this second breakfast was undisturbed and completely peaceful. :)
I steeped this three times (I may even do another…), and the third cup was very ‘baked bread’, with a delightful sweet aftertaste.
SO happy I ordered this.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cocoa, Malt, Sugarcane

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This tea is so totally second breakfast it’s not even funny. As soon as I tasted it, I was like “yep, Shire!”. The Shire magic comes from thin, wiry, and dark leaves that are medium length. When brewed, they smell almost like a yunnan black to me and they yield a pretty, cedar-y colored liquor.
At first steep, the flavors were huge helpings of malt and bread with cocoa. The tea is on the fuller-bodied side of the spectrum but definitely lighter than traditional breakfast blend. However, I recommend that you let your tea cool some (if you can!). Once the tea starts cooling, delicious flavors start emerging from their hobbit holes :). First came honey, bringing its friend butter along! Always a welcome addition in my book. Once it cooled a little more, a wildflower infused breeze joined in at the end. Just lovely. The tea was almost room temperature by the time I got to the last sip or two and all of a sudden BAM cherries popped out right in the middle of the sip. I wish I had more left at that point! This tea totally reflects hobbits: quiet and unassuming with a charming homespun quality up front , but revealing surprising depth upon closer examination.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Butter, Cherry, Cocoa, Floral, Honey, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cameron B.

I should try a homemade version of this since I have both of the teas involved. :P

mj

I would be super impressed if you pulled that off!

Cameron B.

The only problem would be that I have nothing to compare it to, so I would never know if it was right or not! :P

MissLena

Awesome review :D now I want to have a cup of this and watch the Hobbit movies. :D or re-read the book!

mj

Thanks, MissLena! I watched “The Desolation of Smaug” while trying this tea yesterday :)
Cameron B, I could send you some to taste if you wnat. It seems like it would be much less trouble to just throw some 2nd breakfast in your next order than try to make it yourself lol. Although, I would enjoy reading the tasting notes from all the iterations. Either way, I could still send you a sample :)

Cameron B.

I would just feel silly buying a tea that’s a blend of two teas I already have. :P

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