435 Tasting Notes
The leafe colour of this one is dark brown almost black even When I mention a Teas colour liquid or leafe it is actually Lance who describes it to me because I have colourblindness, to me it is actually quite black and the appearance is very pretty long twisty leafes, they seem fragile easy to break in the fingers but do not crumble.
The Dry leafe aroma is slightly sweet with much citrus and a vegetal something reminiscent of seaweed to me.
I steeped this one in an earthen Gaiwan perfectly according to Brenden’s reccomendations, Water at 190 starting time of 1 minute.
Steep 1- 1 minute
The Wet leafe has an almost roasty, vegetal and very citrus type aroma to me, very nice.
The liquid colour is quite light like a golden honey, beautiful.
The taste is light and crisp with citrus and a little floral with and underlying woody type note. Nice!
Steep 2- 1 minute 30 seconds
The liquid is just slightly darker this time but still like a golden honey says Lance.
The flavors have changed this time it is actually quite bold and strong to me with awesome citrus notes playing with straight up sandlewood notes and the floral note of the first steep has become the underlying note. Very Nice!
Steep 3- 2 minutes
The colour this time is slighly darker, like a dark honey.
The flavour of this steep is much like the last, sandlewood and citrus but the floral is much better taste like they way an Orchid smells and a slight nutty earthy taste of perhaps a walnut but not bitter at all. Pleasant and complex!
Steep 4- 3 minutes
I was excepting it to possibly be a litter darker again but it isn’t, it is starting to get lighter like honey still but not quite as dark this time more like an amber colour.
Now I’m getting getting a very slight note of Pine(thats what I was waiting for), citrus and just a little sandlewood still, a bit more floral still like an Orchid and a little more earthy, nutty walnut type note to me still not bitter but this time there is a slight pleasant dryness of the finish.
The citrus and the sandlewood seemed come together almost as one throughout these steepings but now the citrus seems to be overtaking the sandlewood notes,if that makes any sense.
I noticed that Brenden says this fourth steep is his personal favorite which I can understand, it does seem to have reached some kind of changing point right about now but I think so far #3 is my favorite. Power of suggestion? I was very much looking forward to #4 because of the description.
Steep 5- 4 minutes
The colour remained the same the same as the last steep this time but the taste has changed quite bit.
This time around the floral Orchid note and the citrus are really popping and the sandlewood and the slight pine note are damn near gone. The nutty note is surely walnut to me with the same pleasant dryness on the finish, I see in other reviews people getting a cashew nuttyness which I was also looking forward to but I’m just not getting it :(. I was possibly wrong about #4 being a changing point because tho it has changed slightly with each steeping and more so on the 4th this change seems to be the best. 5th steep is now my favorite, this is it right here. Perfection!
Steep 6- 6 minutes
The colour is almost exactly the same as the 2 previous steepings, just very slightly lighter.
The flavour tho has diminished quite a bit with pretty much only the floral and the citrus remaining, not much else except for the dryness on the end which is still nice but not as pleasant as before, I think perhaps the extra steeping time has allowed the tea to cool a bit this time and changed that dryness on the finish. Still very pleasant to drink.
Steep 7- 9 minutes
The colour is more like the first steep now and the flavour is just slight floral and citrus and hot water. Still overall this was a very nice and complex tea and I really enjoyed spending this time with it tonight.
I very much recommend this tea to everyone.
I think I’m tea drunk now or maybe it’s just late and I’m tired, Maybe Both lol
Sleeping Bear is Great!! Piney sweet Jasmine goodness!!
I’m sitting in the dialysis waiting room waiting for Lance sipping on it this morning and there is this one guy here that talks to me sometimes specially when i bring tea, He is from Korea and it’s hard for me to understand his speaking sometimes he is a really sweet guy but he HATES China and all things Chinese lol, I’m not sure whats going on between China and Korea, he tries to tell me but i just can’t understand most of what he says :)
Most of my teas are Chinese and when I drink them up here he always tells me how bad china is and all this rah rah rah blah, i just smile and nod cuz i don’t know what to say lol.
I lied to him about the Sleeping Bear I tell him it is Japanese and he is happy and I don’t have to hear all the rah rah blah blah lol. I love my Chinese teas!!
sometimes its best just not to even try to describe how a tea tastes to ya and just say something like I just really really like this Tea. Just MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.
My little teacup just wasn’t cuttin it this mornin so i had to grab me a really big cup, I can just sit here and close my eyes and sip this tea and nothing else really matters at that particular moment :)
So I was sipping on “December” just now and I was listening to December by Collective soul, WAS until he sang “turn your head now baby just spit me out” Spit Out December?? No way!!!!!!
So I switched my song to “Once Upon A December” from Anastasia sang by Liz Callaway,
Beautiful song much more fitting for this tea :)
I felt like singing along so I did ;)
Dancing Bears, Painted Wings, Things I almost Remember…
And a Song someone sings, Once Upon a Deceeeeemmmbbbeeerrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!
This is one of my favs, Brenden use to sell it back before the new site update.
I bought up a bunch of it because I liked it so much hopefully I won’t run out anytime soon but if I do maybe I can get some more.
It bews up nice and dark and it tastes roasty toasty and sweet with some slight fruity notes, very yummy :)
A great rainy day tea :) I love these type Oolongs on a rainy day.
Flavors: Fruity, Roasted, Toasty
Awesome Tea! I had a great time outside watching for the moon i didn’t see her but I still had fun :)
Really good version this time around, very smooth and tasty and minty, it really was perfect tea for tonight.
My heart is pounding still from running, i’m soo out of shape and really need to quit smoking(maybe tonight) gonna lay back in my chair for a bit in the cool house now and open the curtains and watch out the window for Momma Moon.
Good Night you all, I had a great time!! you guys are Awesome!!!!
I really do like this one a lot. I think it is special :)
I was having a really bad craving for it at dialysis clinic today I’m not really sure what brought about the craving I just knew that I must have some Zhen Qu when I get home, I’m really glad I did too.
It is very delicious.
I steeped it this time around in a tall glass with no steeping time, just blowing the leafe away as i drink, It held up to 2 good brews the third one is kinda weak.
The first 2 brews were outstanding! much better than the last time i remember having it, It was strong in flavor but not heavy or anything like that actually quite light and smooth but with killer amount of flavor.
I get Caramel, Cocoa and malt, with a nice sweetness and this time the Nutty note IS in fact like a hint of Pecan, almost like toasted pecan, I was tasting for Pecan last time and missed it but this time it is surely there, It must be the steeping style that brought it out for me :)
Super good tea, I keep hiding it away after I try it for some reason, like i’m scared i’ll loose it or something, I must really like it more than I realize.
Really Good Tea, Go get ya some!
Bumped up to 95 for me :)
Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Malt, Pecan, Sweet
Oh So I lied I will review my Kombucha, it IS after all a Whispering Pines Tea :)
So put some Chaga and Reishi mushroom tea in my North Winds Kombucha this morning and it was pretty good.
I can already taste the malty, cocoa sweetness of the North Winds in my kombucha and the brew itself has the perfect tangy sweet slightly sour bite that i’ve tweaked to my personal taste which is i’d have to say is just slightly a bit more sour than a kombucha that you’d buy at the store, very good imo :)
Now with the added mushroom juice it’s about as tangy as a store bought kombucha with awesome woody, earthy,mushroomy notes that really tastes like something from the forest, something magical even, I love it!! It makes me feel good and happy too.