1113 Tasting Notes


Oh my goodness! This one is special! I’m so sad I only have one tiny sample pack!

The front of the sip is malty and sweet and rich, but the back of the sip has a long lingering dark stone fruity aftertaste on the back of my tongue, almost like a Dancong oolong or a sheng puerh. It’s crazy! So good! I wish I had gotten one of the free $10 gift cards so I could order more. Very unique :)

I also remember really liking one of TeaVivre’s Fenqging shengs, so perhaps I’m just in love with teas from there?


i should put it on my wishlist;)

Lariel of Lórien

Glad I ordered more.


I loved this one too! :-)

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Sample sip down! Thanks again boycik!!!

Goodbye adorable chocolate bar lookin pu. You were cute and tasty :)

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Thanks to Marzipan again for the sample!

WHOA smokey minty tea, eh? Interesting…not really getting any berry. That’s ok though. Not sure this is a tea I would ever crave (I’m picky and weird about mint teas) but I am enjoying it and appreciate its uniqueness :)

Next time I’ll try sweetening it and see if it changes much for me.


I was expecting more berry too.


Smoke and mint are just such finicky beasts, too

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Smoke? Hmm, perhaps this is the old version?


It would have been ordered since March, that’s when I started getting things online.


Ah! I was wondering cause I did not remember smoke at all from it so I went to fix myself a cup…zero smoke. Did you use to blend this one with lapsang Brenden?


maple syrup

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Yep, there used to be a dash of lapsang. It’s been removed in the past month or two :)


I didn’t have smoke in mine


Sorry, I can move this note if I put it in the wrong place. And OMG boychik, yes to maple. I will do that soon!

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Thanks for the sample Marzipan!

Everyone is right, this is very good stuff! Rich, sweet malty and full of cocoa goodness. I feel a Whispering Pines order in the future…my husband is in love with Golden Orchid :)


Good plan, get the hubby hooked.


I keep offering mine teas I think he would like while I’m drinking them, or sniffs of teas that I think he’ll like when I get them. Every once in a while now he’ll ask me for some tea.


Mine’s dedicated to his coffee, but enjoys tea on occasion too :)


I’m glad you have an SO who also likes tea. I enjoy morning tea time with my boyfriend, even if he doesn’t like my pu’erhs. :)

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Sample sip down! Thank you Marzipan

Had the last of my sample iced this afternoon and it was great! I’ll buy some of this next time I’m in Chicago probably :)


Except you are getting more tomorrow.


gah! must remember to pick this one up!



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i get notes of apricot skin, dryness on the tongue and lingering flavor on the back of my throat. Somewhat sweet with a pleasant bitterness, and a bit “darker” tasting than most shengs. Not dark like a black tea or a shu, I’m really not sure how to describe it! I do not have the words for this…FAIL.

Great tea buzz from this one though :) TEA ENERGY FTW

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I’m pretty sure the sample of this I’m drinking was from boychik Thanks!!!

I’m glad to get to revisit this one. It was one of the teas that made me think oxidized oolongs aren’t really my thing. I LOVE a good Dancong, but this one is darker and less complex. I get woody plummy notes, and a nice sweetness. It is pleasant and everything, but just doesn’t blow me away like some teas do :)


I have to revisit. I think I have another sample. I tried Da hong Pao recently and it just blew my mind. I thought I was in a happy place with my Yunnan blacks and Puerh… Sigh…


feel like i should try this one even though i’m not overly fond of oolongs


this isn’t dancong, it’s yancha.I don’t think Verdant is known for having good yancha.


Right, I was just comparing this one to Dancong, which I know I like very much :)


Jing Tea Shop has really good Dancong and Yancha if you want to try some


Sweet, I’m always up for trying new Dancongs!

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Thanks to TeaVivre for this one!

I’m not a huge oolong person, but this is very nice. Tastes like a cross between tieguanyin and milk oolong. Yum :)

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I love pretty much every type of tea camellia sinensis can produce. I like herbal teas sometimes but I can’t stand rooibos. I’m recently becoming a puerh addict.


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