4 Tasting Notes
BREWING STYLE: Western
I will do two reviews of this tea in both Western and Gongfu style. Unfortunately, I don’t have anything necessary for Gongfu-style steeping — gasp — but I do have the standard stuff needed for Western style.
First Infusion — 3 Minutes
What a lovely, woody scent. It reminds me of a wet forest, in a perfectly good way. I’m in love with the scent, and my expectations for the taste were pretty high too. And boy did it live up to those expectations.
The flavors are simply amazing. I must say that this is, so far in my novice tea-tasting, the best I have ever had. It’s creamy and, like the scent, woody. I also taste a bit of a chocolate-y flavor. I am very impressed as a first-time customer of Whispering Pines. There is just this overwhelmingly good flavor I can’t describe. It’s slightly flowery, woody, mossy, chocolate-y. Very creamy, silky feel. This tea is not bitter or astringent at all.
Overall: Silky, creamy feeling with an intense and complex flavor, which I may or may not think for being a novice. Chocolate hints and sweet notes, but also very woody and flowery. Very impressed.
Second Infusion — Five Minutes
The scent is similar to the first infusion, though it somehow leaves a cooling sensation in my throat. I was intensely curious about how the flavor would change, but I was feeling slightly full from the first 8oz of water.
The tea takes on a more subtle flavor, reminding me more of malt this time around. Slightly milky too, and just as creamy. It’s not as pleasurable as the first infusion, but it is definitely tasty and palatable, very good. More of a tea flavor this time too.
Overall: Still silky, creamy, with a more subdued flavor that is slightly malty and milky but not quite as pleasurable, for me anyway, as the first infusion.
I was too full to do a third infusion, though! I’d love to have tried it again, but my stomach wasn’t cooperating nearing the end of the second cup. However, I’d have to say that this was an awesome experience and a very good first buy from Whispering Pines. I will definitely be a returning customer.
Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Milk, Moss, Tea, Walnut, Wet Rocks, Wet Wood
Picked up this tea at an organic store looking for something new, wasn’t sure what to expect. Off the bat, the steeped scent is great. Subtle, very much a tea scent, and very enjoyable. It’s nothing I can complain about. I’d say it’s even slightly floral.
The first thing I notice when I drink this tea is that it’s slightly bitter. Otherwise, I wouldn’t say the taste is phenomenal or worth mentioning to a friend. It’s pretty subtle, enjoyable, but doesn’t really have anything that stands out to me. Don’t get me wrong, I do like it and won’t mind drinking it in the future, but it’s not what most people would look for in a tea. I wouldn’t recommend it to casual tea drinkers, as it may come off as being like one is drinking hot water or a very diluted tea.
Overall: gorgeous scent, lovely, I love the scent. Taste is good, but subtle, so I can’t say I would recommend it unless you like that kind of subtlety in your tea. Definite tea flavor though!
Flavors: Flowers, Tea
I liked the sound of the blend for this tea and was drawn to it for that reason. I found the description to be quite tasty, a little excited about the prospect of a lemony-minty green tea blend.
The dry bag has a very spearminty scent, and it held a lot of good hope for me. The steeped scent is a bit subtle though it does retain those spearmint overtones. That’s about it though, didn’t notice too much of the other flavors, except maybe a little bit of green tea.
The taste is kind of subtle (as the scent) if not a bit bland. It’s definitely cool like its minty aspects, but that’s mostly what I’m tasting. I like the coolness of it, very refreshing, but I do believe it is a bit lacking overall. The aftertaste remains cool as well. One thing I noticed is that this tea can be slightly bitter at times, but I don’t think it’s bad enough to keep me away from drinking it again.
Overall, the flavor is a little bland, minty and earthy, with a refreshing cool feeling left to the mouth, but it does lack. The scent is not overpowering, and while it could be stronger, is nice. Could be improved, but definitely could be worse. Would recommend for someone who likes mint.
Flavors: Musty, Spearmint
Ohh, what a scent! The first thing I noticed about this tea upon steeping was the scent. Warm, like a warm lemony dessert. Very home-and-hearth, reminds me of nice blankets and a cozy fall day (unlike today!). Not strikingly lemony, but you can still catch the scent. A bit sweet also! Even without sugar.
Something in this tea burns my tongue, and I’m going to assume it’s the ginger. The flavors of lemon and ginger were noticeable, and the presence of the latter made me particularly excited. It all reminded me of a dessert, as I said, warm and lemony, but not without a little bite. I really enjoy that unexpected sweet taste from a tea that I bought to calm my stomach (and it did!).
Nothing is bitter about this tea, all very smooth, silky even. All in all, sweet, lemony, but not overly powerful (actually a bit weak). Has a bite to it. Will drink for pleasure rather than because I need to make room in my cupboard. ^^
Flavors: Biting, Ginger, Lemon, Sugar, Sweet