511 Tasting Notes
So December was recently updated, It was delicious before and i thought it was perfect until I had the updated version.
It is outstanding!!!
First let me say that the Fujian Black is one of my favorites, it is right up on the shelf with my all time favorite Black Pearls(not WP). Everything that Brenden blends using the FB so far is always delicious to me.
In this one now I can taste the FB much more, it is made a little less smokey now and has Pine Peak Keemun which is another that I also like very much.
It is chocolaty, sweet, floral, brisk, smokey, malty, a bit fruity extremely smooth…
It has the pleasant dryness on the end like the Pine Peak Keemun that I just love and the boldness of the FB and omg It is just awesome.
I think this may be another new favorite for me (you can never have too many favorite teas, i have lots), This one will most likely go right up on the shelf beside the FB and I ‘ll probably never tire of it, I will be getting more of the new December very soon I may even just have to buy lots of it like i did the FB.
Alls I got this time around was a sample and I could kick myself in the butt now for not getting a couple ounces of it.
Looking at what I’ve written so far i think i mentioned FB too much lol Sorry its just that i can taste the FB so much more in this one now, am i liking this one better? i dunno maybe so, maybe I like them both the same, its hard to say.
If you’ve had the older version of December please do try this one too it is just too good.
Brenden at Whispering Pines makes such good teas it is hard for me not to love them all, I think I do love them all lol. Lance tells me that I should just give up on all other tea companies and just buy from only WP which i honestly think I could be perfectly fine with that but I just love teas so much and right now i still have so many other favorite teas from other places to consider that but I do plan on chilling out for a bit and cutting back to just only buying from 2 or 3 favorite tea vendors very soon, its just easier said than done for me, when that happens WP will be #1. I have already cut back on the amount of teas that I normally buy from other places just so I have more money to spend at WP and that is very easy because I love Brenden’s teas so much, I think Brenden has great taste in teas and he is very good at what he does, I can’t express enough how glad I am to have discovered WP or how much I appreciate the work that he does with his wonderful tea creations.
If you are on steepster and you haven’t tried a Whispering Pines tea I do hope you will give them a try soon, you may be surprised and find yourself a new favorite tea there too.
Sorry i didn’t mean for this to be a review of FB or of WP but it kinda looks to have turned out that way, i’m a little tea drunk right now and it is pretty late lol.
We do buy this one a lot but drink it not so much like Lance said in his review, Surely one of my fav Yunnan Blacks. I’m drinking it right now with a little Fujian Black added not because it needs anything added to it but just because I like mixing the two sometimes.
To me it has notes of malt, chocolate, honey, earth and more.
We have had lots of these type teas some good some bad some maybe even better than this one but prolly not one as beautiful as this one because it IS prolly the prettiest yunnan golds we’ve had.
I like everything about this yunnan gold tea and I drink what I like so this is the one I’d rather drink. Also lance loves it so that is a plus too, I couldn’t get him to drink much teas with me before WP.
If ya like this one and the Fujian wont you make yourself a cup with both 50/50, You may love it!
Flavors: Chocolate, Honey, Malt, Wet Earth
This is my #1 comfort tea for a while now,I have many favorites but this one has been on top for sometime.
I think the other reviews did well to describe this one, it is very dark and chocolatey and malty and just plain delicious. I currently drink it daily because i’m hooked on it and just can not get enough.
Sometimes I put a little Imperial Gold Buds(also from WP) in the steep with it just because I like the way they taste together.
I usually don’t drink a favorite tea on the daily I will sit on them and have them from time to time if I really like it because I wouldn’t want to tire of the taste but this one I will never tire of, I crave it and need it daily. Damn Good Tea, I also love all the WP blends that use this tea :)
I tried this one first warm and it was just a bit too fruity for me to enjoy as a warm tea so I went right to making an iced tea with it and it.
I really can’t describe how intensely refreshing and fruity this tea is OMG it is really rocked my world, just amazing!!
The tea is brisk and bold and the main flavor note is very apricot with other stone fruits maybe a slight plum note, also there is a very slight mint type of note not that it taste minty or anything just a cool refreshing feeling kinda like a mint note, added a little sweetener to make it sweet iced tea and i’m getting also fruity/floral notes of Jasmine, Too Good!
I’m really enjoying this one :)
Go Iced for this one!
Flavors: Apricot, Fruity, Jasmine
I’ve been making my Kombucha with only North Winds and it is tasting really great.
I’m not gonna review my own Kombucha or anything But I will say that it is Awesome because I use an Awesome black tea to make it with :)
I can taste some of the notes of North Winds in my finished Kombucha, I get some of the malty, cocoa notes still and some of the fruityness still.
I used homemade rice milk for the Belgian Chocolate Matcha this morning just to try something a little different.
It was crazy good but I can’t give it a rating till I drink it regular some more, I drank it once with regular milk and it was pretty good but it was so much better with the rice milk, it was creamy and sweet and quite chocolatey. My rice milk is already slightly sweet and has a slight vanilla flavor to it and that played a big part in the way it tasted this time.
It seems as if it didn’t have this much chocolately flavor the last time i tried it.
If ya got the Belgian Chocolate You should try it with some rice milk or maybe add vanilla sometime, it lends a extra creamy note to it :)
Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Creamy
Ok I had to start this review over because I accidentally deleted the whole thing before I posted it somehow.
I’ve been waiting on this one for a while, I was lucky enough to get to taste a sample of it a while back and i knew right away that i must have more of it.
The aroma is slightly floral and slightly fruity at the same time with the floral aroma being similar to an orchid type aroma and the fruity aromas being like that of plums or dried cherries, very nice.
The major flavor notes are those of smokey pine, raw cocoa and honey with a pleasant sharpness or dryness on the end/aftertaste.
The minor notes are ever-changing and make the profile of this tea quite complex and hard to write a review on but I’ll do the best I can…
There a very slight floral note at times when the tea is warmer those match the orchid notes in the aroma as the tea cools a bit those very slight floral note turn into slightly citrus type note somehow. There is also a slight sweet note throughout this tea that also changes, at the start it is a fruity type sweetness and on the end it is more of a floral or honey type sweetness.
This tea is also very forgiving and can handle abuse of oversteeping and still come out tasting better than ever with no bitter or astringent at all in fact To Me it actually got much smoother with a longer steep and even more mellow as it cool.
Overall Pine Peak is a great Name for this one because the smokey Pine notes are dominate in this one,a wonderful good Keemun IMO that can be enjoyed many ways, I bet It would make for a really great iced tea also.
P.S Also I tasted it with some sweetener just because, I DO NOT recommend that at all, This tea is best enjoyed as it is without added sweetener.
Flavors: Cocoa, Floral, Fruity, Honey, Pine, Smoke, Sweet
I liked this one pretty good, tho I don’t consider it a Tea it is a pretty good “coffee” type drink.
This one to me tastes like a chicory, dandelion herbal coffee substitute, I can’t taste very much of the orange peel or anything else really other than maybe the burdock.
My review of this is prolly biased because I’m very fond of chicory dandelion coffee substitutes, I like the slightly bitter herbal coffeelike goodness and thats what this one is to me.
It can brew up really dark and nice if you let it, If you have some from your verdant TOTM club brew it strong and treat it like a coffee, If you have an espresso maker machine you can totally make this tea in there and it is the best.
I’ll be brewing this in my Espresso maker from time to time in the mornings until I run out of it, Luckily I was able to get some more so hopefully I wont run out any time soon :)
The Aroma of the dry leafe is really sweet and honeylike, most pleasant.
The leafe appearance is beautiful golden yellow buds with very small visible hairs, very pretty to look at, they look a little different from most of the other yunnan golds I’ve had.
I steeped this one first as directed on the website 3-5 minutes at about 203degrees, I went for 5 minutes.
The taste is delicious with very nice yet slightly subtle flavors, sweet fruit notes and malt a little peppery on the end, very slight astringency on the aftertaste.
The taste is really good tho it is a little weak to me just not quite as bold as some yunnan golds and dian hongs that I’ve had.
The second steeping is a little better than the first the flavors are a little stronger but still sligthly “weak” I hate to call a tea weak like that maybe it’s just not bold enough for my personal preference, I think perhaps a rinse would have made the first steep even tastier so i’ll do that next time.
Overall this is a pretty good tea to me, the fact that it is a little weak to me means not much really because it is still very tasty and enjoyable, perhaps this would be perfect for some folks.
I think I’ll get some photos of the leafe and rewrite this as a blog post tonight, the leafe is really pretty to me I want to show it off :)
This is a delicious silver needle.
The aroma is sweet to me like honeysuckle, when the water hits it the aroma fill the air with sweetness :)
The flavor delicate but tasty with sweet notes of honeysuckle and hay with a slightly spicy woody almost peppery note with a faint familiar aftertaste that I cant quite place on the first steeping.
On the second steep it was still delicate but not as much as the first Sweet with a little more hay notes this time and the woody note is a little stronger with the same lingering aftertaste.
Third steep is a little delicate again with hay notes still and the honeysuckle notes changed more into just a sweet honey type note kinda like clover honey the woody peppery note is more like sandalwood now and the aftertaste I’ve decided is like Basil as stated in the description.
Fourth steep was weak but still quite drinkable but its probably best to stop at three.
The wet leafe looks like little string beans lol