Golden Orchid

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Tea type
Black Tea
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Fujian Xiao Zhong, Vanilla Bean, Yunnan Dian Hong
Baked Bread, Cherry, Dark Chocolate, Fruity, Malt, Plums, Toast, Vanilla, Chocolate, Dates, Orchid, Stonefruits, Anise, Camphor, Clove, Cream, Eucalyptus, Honey, Leather, Menthol, Mineral, Nutmeg, Orange, Raisins, Wood, Dark Bittersweet, Nutty, Cocoa, Smoke, Wheat, Yams, Bergamot, Floral, Honeysuckle, Olive Oil, Pine, White Chocolate, Drying, White Grapes, Bitter, Caramel, Sweet, Smooth, Dark Wood, Earth, Brown Toast, Creamy, Graham, Toasted Rice, Peat, Pepper, Apricot, Graham Cracker
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Typical Preparation
Use 29 oz / 843 ml of water
Set water temperature to 200 °F / 93 °C
Use 4 g of tea
Steep for 3 min, 15 sec
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“Okay, for all of you that have ordered this tea in the past and loved it, please beware…you may not want to read this for the sake of your wallets. Now shipping with Grade A Madagascar vanilla...” Read full tasting note
“I absolutely love Brendan’s North Winds and this is it with Vanilla in the mix, what a wonderful creation. Notes of Smooth Chocolate and Creamy Vanilla are just OMG so good, If you are a fan of...” Read full tasting note
“Nice and calm Sunday and thought I’d go through each of the Whispering Pines black tea that I have in stock to re-evaluate them. Sometimes when I get a lot of tea in, my head starts spinning lol....” Read full tasting note
“Oh man, I forgot how tasty this tea is. It’s a couple of years old at this point, but still ridiculously good. The dry leaf doesn’t smell like anything special, but as soon as the water hits it it...” Read full tasting note


About the Tea
Pure decadence, this black tea blend is packed full of deep creamy cocoa notes! My goal for this tea was to bring the ice cream shop on Mackinac Island into your cup! I began with North Winds – our black tea with dessert notes inspired by the island’s famous fudge. The next step was to seek out the highest quality vanilla beans in the world, hand chop them and blend them into the base tea. Blended with a careful hand and the utmost respect for letting all of the flavors shine, this tea exceeds all expectations!

Golden Orchid carries a rich and exceedingly smooth body with a perfectly balanced flavor profile. Unlike many other vanilla black teas, our base tea shines through the vanilla, creating a mouthwatering synthesis of bold and smooth dessert notes. While the vanilla is noticible by the trained palette, it does more than just add the depth of vanilla notes. Our premium (grade A) vanilla beans sourced from the island of Madagascar accentuate the deep fudge and cocoa notes of the base tea as well as add a thick creamy aspect to the tea, reminiscent of masterfully-crafted dark chocolate. The fruity notes of the tea are ever present, too, with light notes of plum and a mouthwatering layer of dark-chocolate covered Michigan cherries! This tea extends far past the last drop, with the flavor of melted chocolate and sweet vanilla lingering for hours. We recommend enjoying Golden Orchid with shortbread cookies or breakfast pastry’s for the ultimate experience. Click here for our gluten-free shortbread recipe!

Over time, the tea will absorb the vanilla notes and smooth out. We recommend drinking this tea once or twice a week to taste the way it transforms over time. Also note that mixing up the tea prior to scooping out your desired amount of leaf is recommended due to the tendency of the vanilla beans to sink to the bottom of the bag. Enjoy!

Dark Chocolate
Dried Cherries

How to brew the perfect cup:
Steep 1/2 tablespoon of leaves
in 8 ounces of boiling water
for 3 minutes.

2nd infusion: 5 minutes
3rd infusion: 8 minutes

Black Tea (Yunnan Dian Hong, Fujian Black Tea)
Organic Vanilla Beans

Caffeine Content

About Whispering Pines Tea Company

Whispering Pines Tea Company is dedicated to bringing you the most original, pure, beautiful tea blends. We use only the highest quality ingredients available to create additive-free teas teas inspired by the pristine wilderness of Northern Michigan. Our main focus is on customer satisfaction and quality.

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