455 Tasting Notes

Ok so I decided to review these two together because I thought that they would be similar but I was kinda wrong about that.
View my Blog Post here http://toadsteablog.blogspot.com/2014/07/house-tieguanyin-lots-1-and-2-by.html
They are slightly similar due to the roasty and caramel notes But the #2 seems darker roasted and kinda complex.
It has a lot going on without too much going on and everything that is going on in this one is wonderful!
I’m just going wing it here because I’m not really sure how to describe all the notes and hints and flavors that I am getting from this one.
I cant really compare it to #1 like I thought I was going to be able to.
I’d have to compare it to a maybe a Da Hong Pao and an Amber Oolong at the same time, maybe even to a dancong I’m really not sure but I know this is surely a roast that I love.
Since I’m not really sure how to describe it I’ll post all of the different
notes that I get from this one some of them may even seem to contradict each other.
The notes I get are Roasty, Caramel(comparable to the caramel in #1),mineral, fruit(grape and peach, citrus even), champagne or wine, earth, wood, grape leafe, Darjeeling, sweet, honey, slight vegetal, slight astringent, grape leafe, wheat/rye, and ? i dunno.
Sound not so good to you?? too much?? not really honestly all of these notes appear at different times in the tea or as it cool or as it steep longer.
Ya a little complex to me but in a really good way. I think anybody could love this Tea and I bet you get some of these same notes and more, probably some notes that I couldn’t pick upon or just didn’t know how to describe. Sorry I know this isn’t a very good review but it is the best I could do because i just got so much out of this one. It is good steeped light and it is better steeped long and strong, but it never gets too strong. some slight astringent but no bitter at all. Delicious tea :)
Also it is very smooth and sweet, even better for a rainy day like today.
Oh this one isn’t released just yet but it is Coming Soon!!! I was to get a taste before it is out because Brenden is cool like that ;)

Flavors: Caramel, Champagne, Earth, Grapes, Honey, Peach, Sweet, Wheat

MzPriss

This sounds good!

Thomas Edward(Toad)

It is delish :)

MzPriss

I like the “it has a lot going on without too much going on” part

Thomas Edward(Toad)

:) it does have lots going on to me, it seems to change as the more i drink it

Thomas Edward(Toad)

I feel like this is a really horrible review from me tho, I just wasnt sure how to review it, every time i thought i had it good it seemed to change on me and then i didn’t know what to do or say about it, i tried tho :)

MzPriss

I don;t think it’s horrible at all. Because that happens to all of us with different tea, and we all understand that – it just coneys that experience and still makes it sound like something I want to try.

MzPriss

Sorry for the worst typing ever.

TheTeaFairy

This review is great tommy, I always call roasted oolong my chameleon teas…that’s exactly the reason, they are hard to describe. I’ve had only lot no.1 and loved it, this one sounds wonderful too!

Thomas Edward(Toad)

I love the ones like this, i think this one outdoes the first one a bit :) chameleon teas, i like that ;)

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I had originally brewed in a glass gaiwan but I’ve been brewing in a tall glass here lately with a lot of my teas, i find that some of them taste better that way, For some reason they can steep that way and never get bitter or over brewed or anything negative.
This one has a roasty and slightly sweet aroma to me much roastier than the flavor.
The flavor is slightly roasty with a slight vegetal almost woodsy note with flavors of caramel and honey and even a little floral.
the Caramel notes to me are like the caramel coloring used in whiskey some folks cant even taste the caramel in the coloring but I can. I did get a slight fried banana type fruity note that was hidden in the caramel and some mineral notes too. I like this one, it is quite nice.
Great for a Rainy day :)

Flavors: Caramel, Floral, Honey

MzPriss

Oh Tommy – things just got interesting

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I really thought I would like this one much better, it gets such good reviews.
It is very good and tastey like sweet potatoes and cinnamon to me and sweet.
BUT I feel like i was expecting Thor and Loki showed up.
Still a very good Tea, maybe i should have tried other harvests and maybe i’ll try it again, it will be better next time around :)

Flavors: Cinnamon, Spices, Sugar, Sweet Potatoes

Ysaurella

This is not my favourite VT neither. Nice but less phenomenal than some of their fantastic straight teas.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Hahaha I love the Thor and Loki comparison! ;)

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100

Yet another damn good blend from WP, I’ll make this one short because TheTeaFairy and MzPriss did a wonderful job on their reviews and omg I wasn’t even following MzPriss I thought I was, oh well I am now :)
I must quote them both (i hope they don’t mind) TheTea Fairy said in here review “I initially thought this was going to be Golden Orchid on steroids!!! But it’s quite the opposite” I couldn’t agree more!
MzPriss said in her review " This tea is a lady. An elegant lady dripping with class and good taste" I also couldn’t agree more.

This Tea is surely NOT a souped up GO it is more like a relaxed GO and She surely is a Lovely Lady, a very lovely lady. This Tea even smells like a lady to me Golden Orchid smells masculine compared to Elderwood, Port may be more of a GO on steriods perhaps lol.

Thats all I can say, Read the reviews of MzPriss and TheTeaFairy, two different reviews and both perfectly Spot on,Great Job you two And Great Job Brenden too!!!!!!!!!!!

TheTeaFairy

Tommy you are awesome!! I’m so happy someone else finally reviewed this one :-)
And thanks for the praises, the inspiration was easy to find!

You are so right to bring Port to the equation, it’s definitely the masculine one of the bunch. It’s like one big happy family, Port the Daddy, GO the Mummy, and Elderwood their love child ;-)

MzPriss

Thank you Tommy :) and I’m also glad you reviewed this. Just how lovely and refined is this tea? VERY!
@TeaF – that is one happy little family right there.

TheTeaFairy

Isn’t it? And here’s one happy tea drinker!!!

MzPriss

And another right here

Thomas Edward(Toad)

for sure! WP family of Tea, i like that

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100

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.

Bonnie

Fijian Black base is very chocolaty but not bitter. Very good.

TheTeaFairy

I adore your review Tommy!! You and I are going through the same “tea phase” it seems. I also have narrowed down the companies I order from…I have LOTS of favourites too (many are from WP now) and I’d rather focus on those instead of just randomly order teas I end up not caring much about…haven’t tried December yet, but now I know I will.
And I’m a big fan of FB also :-)

MzPriss

Very nice review Tommy – I agree and I love that FB too!

Thomas Edward(Toad)

yep, no bitter at all even with a nice long steep FB base tea is Excellent, very good in this December.
I love cooking with Tea Also, I make a really yummy chocolate cobbler that I used a nice Lapsang Souchong in to add a little smokey note. I will be trying it with this December next time, as I was drinking it I couldn’t help but to imagine how delightful it would be for cooking with. I may even create a whole new recipe in the kitchen just for this one.

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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

TheTeaFairy

Mmmmm….sounds yummy, will try :-)

Thomas Edward(Toad)

let us know what ya think of it :)

MzPriss

I need to try that too – maybe after I finish the cup I’m drinking now

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100

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 :)

Flavors: Chocolate

TheTeaFairy

I spent the night with this one yesterday ;-) and i agree, it could easily become a daily favourite for me as well…

Thomas Edward(Toad)

:)it is delicious! I just can’t get enough of it for some reason lol

TheTeaFairy

The reason is CHOCOLATE Tommy ;-)

TheTeaFairy

Mine also!!

Bonnie

I finally am able to comment. It’s been ages since Steepster would let me logon. My data was screwed up. Brenden has some good stuff coming up soon…Can’t wait!

TheTeaFairy

Aww! Finaly our Bonnie is back ;-)
(myself and MzPriss have early reviewed some of the “good stuff” that’s coming out soon today if your interested to find out !!)

TheTeaFairy

(I meant “sooner” today)

MzPriss

LOVE my FB

MzPriss

Tommy – I am enjoying your delicious Fujian Gold combo right this minute and it is divine!

Thomas Edward(Toad)

it is delish isnt it :)

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95

Oh My!!
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

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100

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.

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80

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

Thomas Edward(Toad)

I put an 80 on it for now:)

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