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So I picked up some teas from Whispering Pines for the first time. I got them today and I started with this one. I am a fan of Black Tea and use it to give me a break from my ripe pu’erhs. I brewed up about 5 grams gongfu style in a 100ml gaiwan. I feel it was a bit light so maybe a bit more leaf would be better. The wet leaf smells sweet and woody with a bit of some kind of fruit. I could tell this was a blend as it tasted like two other teas I have combined (a Jingmai Wild Arbor Black and nice malty Yunnan Black). This was quite enjoyable and had a lingering sweet aftertaste that was really nice. There were notes of baked bread and brown sugar along with a little wood. I also got into some floral notes in the middle steeps. It gave surprisingly well considering leaf size and it being a black. I think I will try this one again Western style as I often like my blacks brewed that way. Not sure what to think about this vendor yet and I have about 3 Oolongs I also bought from them to try. All in all I would say if you like black tea give this one a try. Pretty tasty.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Brown Sugar, Malt, Stonefruits, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Rasseru

Did you get any golden lily?

SilasSteep

I did actually. That and a couple of other Oolongs. Is it a good one?

Rasseru

its amazing!

Rasseru

its like the most tropical oolong ive tried yet. Mango, peach, lychee with ice cream or something. I rated it really highly

SilasSteep

Wow sounds interesting. I have my water boiling now to try it out. Any brewing suggestions. I am gonna gongfu 5g in 100ml gaiwan at about 190f

Rasseru

yeah sounds about right, not sure on weight, I just eyeballed it but 5g is plenty. I do quite fast steeps usually

SilasSteep

Yeah this one is pretty tasty. I am sipping it at the moment. I ended up adding a bit more leaf as it was a bit light for my tastes…so about 6-6.5 grams. The early steeps are super fruity almost tastes flavored or stored with fruit. Creamy as well. It tastes more like a green than an Oolong…very low on the oxidation. A tasty green Oolong. I really wonder how they get those flavors?!

Rasseru

I know, it always amazes me the breadth of flavour and aroma from tea

S.G. Sanders

You should try Laoshan Autumn from Verdant Tea. It has that bread taste, with a dash of cacao instead of brown sugar.

SilasSteep

That sounds like a tasty one too R.F Hill. I have only had a couple of Verdant teas…a sheng sample and a really nice red robe oolong…but that was about a year or longer ago.

SilasSteep

Great info Rasseru. Thanks for the link…very cool.

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Rasseru

Did you get any golden lily?

SilasSteep

I did actually. That and a couple of other Oolongs. Is it a good one?

Rasseru

its amazing!

Rasseru

its like the most tropical oolong ive tried yet. Mango, peach, lychee with ice cream or something. I rated it really highly

SilasSteep

Wow sounds interesting. I have my water boiling now to try it out. Any brewing suggestions. I am gonna gongfu 5g in 100ml gaiwan at about 190f

Rasseru

yeah sounds about right, not sure on weight, I just eyeballed it but 5g is plenty. I do quite fast steeps usually

SilasSteep

Yeah this one is pretty tasty. I am sipping it at the moment. I ended up adding a bit more leaf as it was a bit light for my tastes…so about 6-6.5 grams. The early steeps are super fruity almost tastes flavored or stored with fruit. Creamy as well. It tastes more like a green than an Oolong…very low on the oxidation. A tasty green Oolong. I really wonder how they get those flavors?!

Rasseru

I know, it always amazes me the breadth of flavour and aroma from tea

S.G. Sanders

You should try Laoshan Autumn from Verdant Tea. It has that bread taste, with a dash of cacao instead of brown sugar.

SilasSteep

That sounds like a tasty one too R.F Hill. I have only had a couple of Verdant teas…a sheng sample and a really nice red robe oolong…but that was about a year or longer ago.

SilasSteep

Great info Rasseru. Thanks for the link…very cool.

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