Okay, I’m drinking the 2nd steeping of this tea. Oh. My. Goodness!

I was delighted to find that the leaves retained so much of the smoky aroma and taste after the first steeping. This time around I tasted more of the black tea than before but less of the smoky flavor. It was a different experience altogether with slightly sweet and nutty notes. Yum! After each sip there was a pleasant tingling on my tongue. I’ve only experienced a “tingling” aftertaste with a couple of teas now and I love it.

*According to the Whispering Pines website, the tea should brew for 6 minutes on the second steeping. I brewed it for 5 minutes – oops! No matter, it was still a great cuppa.

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My favorite types of tea are green, white, and green oolongs. I adore mildly floral teas like jasmine and rose. Fruit blends are also swell, especially if they feature berries, pineapple, and/or coconut.

Although I don’t like unflavored black teas, I do enjoy a few flavored black teas – lychee, apple rose, and Earl Grey. I also enjoy an occasional cup of basic pu-erh tea.

My rating system works like a school’s grading scale:

90-100 = A (Out of this world!)
80-89 = B (I’ll buy it again.)
70-79 = C (Merely average.)
60-69 = D (Not my “cup of tea”.)
0-59 = FAIL (I’ll try anything once.)



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