Ailaoshan Black Tea

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Tea type
Black Tea
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Chinese Black Tea
Almond, Anise, Black Pepper, Butter, Camphor, Chestnut, Cinnamon, Dark Chocolate, Ginger, Honey, Leather, Licorice, Malt, Mineral, Molasses, Orange, Pine, Roasted nuts, Smoke, Sweet Potatoes, Wood, Brown Toast, Candy, Caramel, Dried Fruit, Chocolate, Pepper, Cocoa, Earth, Floral, Fruity, Olive Oil, Baked Bread, Brown Sugar, Creamy, Smooth, Burnt Sugar, Cream, Plums, Raisins, Cherry, Red Wine, Rose, Rosehips, Sweet, Autumn Leaf Pile, Flowers, Grapes, Tobacco, Butternut Squash, Blackberry, Herbs, Jam, Berries, Nuts, Dates
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Typical Preparation
Use 9 oz / 279 ml of water
Set water temperature to 205 °F / 96 °C
Use 4 g of tea
Steep for 3 min, 15 sec
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123 Tasting Notes View all

“Very light but still a little smoky. When I added a splash of milk it nearly overpowered it. Good but not usually what I go for.” Read full tasting note
“Not a flavor I’m wild for. Almost anise like, but mild” Read full tasting note
“I have once had this and really it is tasty and healthy. I love to taste varieties and I got an opportunity to taste this when we went on a seminar conducted by our organization...” Read full tasting note
“Here’s another one of the Spring 2016 teas I have desperately been trying to finish. This was one of my first purchases from Whispering Pines Tea Company and I totally forgot I still had it. At...” Read full tasting note


About the Tea
Ailaoshan Black Tea is one of the most breathtaking teas I have had the chance to indulge in. This tea is grown at over 2000 meters above sea level and shrouded in warm mist nearly year-round. It is harvested from tea bushes that have been cultivated on the edge of one of the most diverse subtropical ecosystems in the world — The Ailao Mountains (Ailaoshan) Nature Preserve. This nature preserve is home to at least 550 plant species and 460 animal species, including the black gibbon and bengal tiger.

Harvested in mid-spring of each year, Ailaoshan Black Tea is carefully processed and carries a warm aroma of toasted cocoa and caramelized plum. At first taste, a range of fruit notes can be identified amongst the delicious cocoa and caramel undertones. The most noticible fruit note is that of caramelized plum, followed shortly by a mix of black currant and longan fruit. A savory quality is experienced at mid-sip as well as in the aftertaste, and salted caramel with a hint of roasted fruit lingers on past the last sip. This is a truly memorable cup of tea and will please any connoisseur of rare and extraordinary black teas!

Toasted Cocoa
Caramelized Plum
Black Currant
Longan Fruit
Salted Caramel

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

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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