Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea Leaves
Flavors
Apple, Baked Bread, Dates, Malt, Plums, Powdered sugar, Sweet Potatoes, Forest Floor, Grapes, Mineral, Mint, Pastries, Plants, Rainforest, Sweet, Almond, Cocoa, Fruity, Nuts, Spices, Toast, Vanilla, Blackberry, Brown Sugar, Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Pleasantly Sour, Sage, Butter, Cherry, Cinnamon, Cream, Honey, Pear, Raisins, Red Apple, Sugar, Wood, Red Fruits
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
High
Certification
Not available
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205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 6 oz / 164 ml

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  • “Last night I had a killer migraine from nowhere that made me want abdicate my head, neck and shoulders and go live in my stomach or something. It’s still kind of lingering on the left side but it’s...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I honestly can’t drink this without comparing it to PTA (Premium Taiwanese Assam), which has swiftly become the tea I would happily drink forever. Its got a lot of good qualities, rich flavor, not...” Read full tasting note
    95
  • “Summer 2019. Just received this in my Whispering Pines order, and I’m not really getting any of the natural sweetness and honey flavor that I was anticipating. I’m getting more of a savory, rye...” Read full tasting note
    91
  • “This tea seems more about aromas than the taste or texture, even though those are interesting too if one pays close enough attention. Dry leaves smell of forest, mint, plum and fenugreek seeds....” Read full tasting note
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From Whispering Pines Tea Company

Yes, this tea is a phoenix…a legendary black tea that left the market along with the company that used to sell it. Due to the many requests I had to find a tea similar to it, I made it my top priority to not just find a suitable replacement, but to seek out the original source. Nearly two years later, here we are: re-launching TWMB.

For those of you that are familiar with TWMB, this is the same tea, but of course a different harvest. You will be comforted once again by the magical experience that you miss. For the rest of you…

Imagine, if you will, taking fig newtons and drizzling them with melted cinnamon-butter and dark brown sugar, then putting them between two thin slices of sourdough toast and eating that. That’s essentially the flavor profile of TWMB. The rich honey-sweetness comes from leafhoppers — tiny little insects that bite the leaves, making the tea plant send healing sugars to the tips of the leaves. This tea is harvested in the summer months from wild growing mountain tea plants.

The aroma is absolutely incredible, with notes of dark dried fruit, toast, and honey, and the flavor is incredibly sweet and complex. Truly a magical 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.

11 Tasting Notes

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1016 tasting notes

Last night I had a killer migraine from nowhere that made me want abdicate my head, neck and shoulders and go live in my stomach or something. It’s still kind of lingering on the left side but it’s not even a quarter as bad as last night. It did leave me a delightful red spot on my forehead between the eyes (this has happened before, but still fml). So, I’m a little grumpy and out of sorts today.

I decided to dive into this tea because I’ve been hoarding it for too long, holding out hope that WP would get more of this or Premium Assam in stock and not sell out in 10 minutes (never happens). It’s starting to age and today it was more tart jam than powdered sugar and baked bread (still some of that though).

This is still one of my favourite teas, along with Premium Taiwanese Assam, so I thought I’d give Taiwan Tea Crafts Yuchi Wild Mountain Black Tea a try to see if it’s comparable (what do the “lots” mean? So confused), as well as some from What-Cha that look similar. Here’s hoping (otherwise, it’s good to try new things!).

Steep Count 2

Flavors: Apple, Baked Bread, Dates, Malt, Plums, Powdered sugar, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

The one reason I haven’t bothered to re order from WP again. Never in stock of more than like 2 tea I want and with shipping being terrible, yeah no.

CrowKettle

Yeah, I’ve given up on WP for the time being. I received an email notifying “Assam” was back in stock and two hours later it was gone. Plus, vanilla is super inaccessible right now so the chances of WP carrying more than one tea I want that is exclusive or near-exclusive to them in the next while is slim. :|

Courtney

I am a huge fan of Yuchi Wild Mountain from TTC (for reference, I’ve now ordered three different lots and they’re quite similar, they may just be from different harvests — though I currently have two different lots in my cupboard and had planned to do a side by side comparison). I hope you enjoy it if you do go that path!

Leafhopper

I haven’t had any teas from Whispering Pines, but What-Cha’s Taiwanese Assam is amazing.

CrowKettle

Thanks Courtney and Leafhopper. This is nice to hear, especially since I already went ahead and bought tea from them the night before. lol

Sil

TTC is my go to for fruity, honeyed teas like this one. They were my replacement when butiki went poof. just hadn’t had a chance to order from them until this last week so here’s hoping they’re as tasty as they used to be. Should be here today!

Courtney

Yay for TTC arriving Sil — also, I wasn’t charged any extra duties, so fingers crossed all will go smoothly for you too! Can’t wait to see what you ordered!

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58 tasting notes

I honestly can’t drink this without comparing it to PTA (Premium Taiwanese Assam), which has swiftly become the tea I would happily drink forever.

Its got a lot of good qualities, rich flavor, not astringent, not bitter. I almost get the impression something maybe fruity and mild. Nice and easy to drink, I can easily see having this on an
Read more about review stating Nice and mild
early summer morning when everything is still and quiet and I can just sit there and listen to nothing but the birds chirping.

So back to the comparison. Its not as sweet as PTA, though there is still no bitterness and no astringency at all, even after multiple steeps. The fragrance is milder as well. While I have not tried doing so (yet), I suspect this might make an excellent light iced tea. Maybe toss in a slice of orange or a few pieces of sliced strawberry to help bring out that almost fruity impression I get.

It looks like I might be building a liking for Taiwanese blacks.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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678 tasting notes

Summer 2019. Just received this in my Whispering Pines order, and I’m not really getting any of the natural sweetness and honey flavor that I was anticipating. I’m getting more of a savory, rye bread note. It’s not bad by any means, just not what I was expecting. I’ll have to try this again in the next few days with a different brewing method to see if that makes a difference.

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546 tasting notes

This tea seems more about aromas than the taste or texture, even though those are interesting too if one pays close enough attention.

Dry leaves smell of forest, mint, plum and fenugreek seeds. Among the notes after the rinse are freshly baked bread rolls, ammonia, burdock, blackberry and carrot.

The taste is subtle and can at times appear to be somewhat weak. Beneath the overall mineral character and black grape note, however, there lies a multitude of fleeting flavours.

As for the mouthfeel, I found it to be quite silky and numbing. It is a slightly unusual texture I’d say, coupled with the lighter body than what one might expect from white teas with comparable character in this aspect.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Forest Floor, Grapes, Mineral, Mint, Pastries, Plants, Plums, Rainforest, Sweet

Preparation
4 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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Gongfu Sipdown (704)!

Many thanks to TheWeekendSessions for the tea sample! This is something that I picked up from him when I was in Winnipeg, and I was really, really excited about it! I knew WP was carrying this tea now – but I haven’t ordered from them in ages, and I generally don’t love making orders just for one tea so I’d not looked too seriously at it. However, I remember Butiki carrying this and it was amazing. One of the first straight teas I ever fell in love with – definitely a life changing tea!

So all that said, here’s what I wrote about it on instagram:

So yammy/sweet potato heavy with delicious malt, stewed plum, raisin, caramelized sugar, molasses, and cinnamon bread notes. Very thick, coating liquor and lingering sweetness. A really well rounded profile!

It’s basically love in a cup/gaiwan, and painfully nostalgic for me! I completely brewed out this tea, and it was definitely one of the best things I’ve drank all month!

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/B2IPrQCpsLd/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHEvjLJgWM8

derk

Nice pairing

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3133 tasting notes

Another sample from Brenden! Thanks so much! I really appreciate it. I never tried the Butiki version of this, so I don’t have anything to compare it to. But I think this is also sourced from the same place as the Butiki Wild was? I tried to steep this similar to the PTA I had the other day but I went with three teaspoons here, as Brenden suggests a tablespoon for eight ounces of water (I am using a full mug of water though.) I was worried that would be too many leaves, but I shouldn’t have been worried. The flavor practically can’t be bitter. Which is odd… such dark huge leaves could somehow never be bitter and have the sweetest flavor. The leaves here look similar to PTA, but possibly more wirey (wilder), darker, and have little brown pieces that look like twigs mixed in? I’ve never seen that before. The flavor notes are similar to PTA but subtler and less unique. The flavor is lighter: like peaches and cream, maybe only hints of the strawberry that is so abundant in the PTA. A lighter version of a Ruby black perhaps. Always smooth with an occasional mint hint which is very odd with these types of tea. Three very solid mugs of tea that were very similar anyway. All those leafhoppers must have made this tea extremely sweet. With more leaves for less flavor, I still think the Premium Taiwanese Assam is the better option. But that’s my taste buds!
Steep #1 // 3 teaspoons for a full mug // 18 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 10 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep
Steep #3 // 9 min after boiling // 3 min
Harvest: 2018

Flavors: Sweet

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351 tasting notes

Bah, I forgot to write a review on this yummy tea.

Update on those people upstairs that caused 7 cop cars, ambulances and more to come to our unit. They were evicted. Apparently, the guy beating the dog and his girlfriend wasn’t a tenant here and so because I called 911 on them, they were also busted for having extra pets (I didn’t know about that) and the guy wasn’t on the lease. So there ya go. It’s finally over and they are out. Looking forward to the next neighbors (not).

Back to the tea… Great tasting notes/reviews on this tea (which is why I purchased it) so I just wanted to put my two cents in. Lots of delicious notes. Fruits, nuts, cocoa with honey and caramel sweetness, malt and minerals. :D

Flavors: Almond, Cocoa, Fruity, Malt, Nuts, Spices, Toast, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 110 ML
Kittenna

Sometimes things just work out! Hopefully the new neighbors will be pleasant or at least, not annoying.

Kawaii433

I sure hope so :D.Thank you for the good and positive thoughts, Kittenna!

Evol Ving Ness

I’ve had 18 years of good neighbours and just 3 of the crappy ones, so there’s that. Hope the next ones are either normal or better.

Kawaii433

Thanks Evol Ving Ness… Here’s hoping to good neighbors. That pretty good odds right there. hehe

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1155 tasting notes

Summer of 2018 Harvest

Quick log: I’ve been deeply satisfied with this tea, and again, I am so glad I pre-ordered it. The notes are all top notch, especially the immense blackberry ones I get in the tea. The minerals are also thickly sprinkled in like caramelized sugar crystals. I also get a little bit of a spicy sage or blackberry leaf note in the accents amidst its malty fruitiness, though the tea does have a savory quality bordering on a refined desert. Brenden’s description of funnel cake and pastries is also apt, especially the fig descriptor. My mom was close to stealing my cup of this one because it was so sweet and satisfying.

Easteaguy’s notes does this one the most justice, so I’ll leave this note here as a quick experience and recommendation. It is a little pricey, but it’s not too far off from similar teas I’ve had that were more expensive, very few of which were cheaper. I’ve only had this tea western so far and can vouch its durability for five cups straight. I’ve yet to do it gong fu. I’ll write a more detailed note in the future. Other teas await, after all.

Flavors: Blackberry, Brown Sugar, Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Malt, Pastries, Pleasantly Sour, Sage, Sweet, Toast

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910 tasting notes

It’s time to get one of my few remaining August reviews out of the way. I think I finished my pouch of this tea either shortly before my injury or at the end of the month when I was about done recovering. I recall it taking awhile for me to get used to this tea. I was expecting something a lot more boisterous and powerful, but instead got something that was very layered and sophisticated with tremendous depth and complexity.

I prepared this tea gongfu style. After a quick rinse, I steeped 6 grams of loose tea leaves in 4 ounces of 203 F water for 5 seconds. This infusion was followed by 15 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 7 seconds, 9 seconds, 12 seconds, 16 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, and 5 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, the dry tea leaves produced aromas of honey, plum, raisin, and cinnamon. After the rinse, I detected aromas of malt, toast, caramel, roasted almond, and blackberry. The first infusion allowed hints of cream and butter to shine through on the nose. In the mouth, the tea liquor offered notes of malt, cream, honey, raisin, plum, blackberry, roasted almond, date, and black grape that were accented by hints of butter. Subsequent infusions saw cocoa, pear, sweet cherry, date, vanilla, and black grape aromas emerge. In the mouth, I found belatedly emerging impressions of cinnamon, toast, and caramel accompanied by notes of minerals, wood, cocoa, pear, vanilla, sweet cherry, red apple, and powdered sugar. The final few infusions emphasized lingering notes of minerals, malt, wood, and cream that were underscored by delicate impressions of roasted almond, blackberry, raisin, and honey.

This was an incredibly nice Taiwanese black tea. There is not much more I can say about it. If you are looking for a black tea that offers wonderful aromatics as well as tremendous flavor, body, and texture, then this is your tea.

Flavors: Almond, Blackberry, Butter, Caramel, Cherry, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Cream, Dates, Grapes, Honey, Malt, Mineral, Pear, Plums, Raisins, Red Apple, Sugar, Toast, Vanilla, Wood

Preparation
6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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10 tasting notes

Found Whispering Pines Teas from a steepster member while I was looking for a quality tea to purchase. I decided on Jabberwocky. When it arrived I was so impressed with both Jabberwocky and Blackbear teas that I purchased two more teas. The second order I purchased the Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black tea. Was I glad I did. This tea blew me away with the first taste. A sweet tea without sweetener of any kind? A surprise indeed. Yes, Jabberwocky is an excellent tea and Blackbear has a wonderful smoky taste, but I think the Wild Mountain Black is my favorite from Whispering Pines. Just ordered more today.

Flavors: Honey, Plums, Red Fruits, Toast

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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