I have tried this and it was unforgettable. Loved it smell and mixture.
Flavors: Bell Pepper
“I have tried this and it was unforgettable. Loved it smell and mixture.” Read full tasting note
“I tried to drink this tea to escape being literally drunk on Christmas day. The following excerpt is obviously me, hammered: “This cup is a gentle white tea with flowery cinnamon notes. It’s like a...” Read full tasting note
“Sipdown! I am now at 101 teas! How exciting. I hope to be at 80 or less by spring. So this tea is a chai tea. I am not fond of chai teas and ingredients like ginger and sage make me cringe. ...” Read full tasting note
““…much like Arizona My eyes don’t shed tears, but, boy, they pour When I’m thinkin’ ’bout you” PS: This tea is currently available. Not sure why steepster says it is not. This tea truly does awaken...” Read full tasting note
The summer air was dry and warm as I watched the sun set over the high deserts of Prescott, Arizona. I could see the monsoon rains forming in the distance and feel a chill in the air as the plants braced for what was to come. A soft breeze carried the aroma of desert sage, juniper, and mesquite across the open land. The manzanita painted crimson lines into the sandy ocean of a desert, perfectly matching the sunset. An owl flew across the darkening horizon and the lizards scurried into their places, decorated with wildflowers. The land was silent, for no creature was brave enough to stay out in this storm. As the storm rolled in and I turned to leave, I heard the soft chirp of a beautiful cricket. I smiled and wondered how such a seemingly small creature could fill the entire desert with just a simple song.
Cricket is a desert-inspired chai blend. The base is a sweet white tea with strong notes of sage, and it’s blended very delicately with safflower and elderberries. The final touch is adding our classic chai spice blend and to pull it all together, adding a small amount of rubbed sage. The finished blend is immensely sweet and delicate with smooth spice and warm sage notes. The aroma of desert berries and mesquite spice fill in the final pieces of the experience, creating a synthesis of flavors that can bring anyone to the high deserts.
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.
I tried to drink this tea to escape being literally drunk on Christmas day. The following excerpt is obviously me, hammered:
“This cup is a gentle white tea with flowery cinnamon notes. It’s like a summer morning in a flower-strewn prairie. The tea itself takes a backstage to the dainty main notes.
When I looked up this tea on the Whispering Pines site, the author talks about a cricket song dancing through a desert plain. I was super-hype that I’d come up with the “outside flowers-in-an-expanse” visual.
Were the Whispering Pines dude and I connected? Am I a psychic? Should I take up tarot reading or palmistry or numerology or astrology? Or maybe I could acquire a crystal ball? Where does one acquire a crystal ball? Ebay, as it turns out. It’s also possible to get pendulums, runes, and scrying stones."
Sipdown! I am now at 101 teas! How exciting. I hope to be at 80 or less by spring.
So this tea is a chai tea. I am not fond of chai teas and ingredients like ginger and sage make me cringe. However, this tea is quite pleasant. The white tea base is very sweet. The spicy mixture is more cardamon to me with just a bit of ginger and sage. If I was a chai tea fan, I would probably love this tea. Since I am not, I will enjoy this tea today and say goodbye to it.
Flavors: Cardamon, Ginger, Sage, Sweet
“…much like Arizona My eyes don’t shed tears, but, boy, they pour When I’m thinkin’ ’bout you”
PS: This tea is currently available. Not sure why steepster says it is not.
This tea truly does awaken the senses. I feel a picture of Arizona’s Red Rocks would be a fitting accompaniment for this tea if you’re not so blessed to be able to enjoy the Arizona desert landscapes in person. http://everypictures.blogspot.com/2012/07/red-rocks-arizona-united-states-of.html
There is a beautiful picture of red and orange dust being carried over the red rocks by the wind in the above link. That’s what this tea reminds me of. The flavours of the tea come to your tongue like a warm desert breeze. As you let the tea roll over your tongue you will notice the different tasting notes. The spiciness of the ginger and tellicherry peppercorns. The comforting embrace of cinnamon and cardamom. The sweetness of white tea. An overtone of Sage completes the flavour profile as it brushes over and cleans your palate.
I was worried that this tea may be similar to evergreen spice due to a similar ingredient list, but it really is uniquely it’s own. The white tea really makes a difference giving it a sweeter taste than evergreen spice which has oolong as its base. Evergreen spice’s flavours seem to come in layers that are separated in time. Conversely, Cricket is like a warm breeze that carries that flavours to your tongue in one beautiful swoop.
Give it a try.
Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Ginger, Peppercorn, Sage, Sweet
This tea was released some time ago, and I immediately knew that I had to have it. I read the description, and it brought me back home. I was born and raised in Arizona, and I’ve been a long ways away from home lately. This description touched my heart, and I honestly had some rough nostalgia. So, I picked up an ounce and waited. I was planning on traveling back home for a week, so I kept this oz on hand to truly experience where it was born, like I was. I kept this bag full of spices hidden until the perfect moment. That moment was an experience I’ll hopefully remember for a long long time. My close friends and I were going on a road trip and hike while I was there on vacation. We picked a taunting mountain spire in Northern Arizona. I packed up my sac full with some beautiful Desert looking cups, my new tea press, Hopper, and an oz of this homey blend. We hiked for hours and climbed for longer. The desert was filled with the all too familiar red dust, smooth scents, and light sage in the air. The climb was pretty steep at 900 feet+ in .9 miles, so we were getting tired. We pressed on in anticipation of watching sunset at the summit. Finally, after climbing for most of the day, we reached the top. We couldn’t have planned it any better. I had the exact right amount of time to unpack the tea goodies and brew up a pot as the sun split at the horizon and blasted the sky with its pallet of colors. We sat on the mountain top and enjoyed some of the best chai I’ve ever had. The dry tea complimented the beauty of the desert with its delicate silvery curls, crimson red saffron, and small sand colored spices. The brew was sweet smelling with warm spiced tones. The taste was astonishing! My friends and I sat atop the mountain enjoying the landscape that inspired the beautiful blend we sipped on. They all were enthralled by its experience. This is what the magic of tea is all about! I could taste the dry desert floor as the wind carried the sage. I took in the spice of the mesquite and ironwood trees spread throughout the valley. I savored the sweetness of the desert and the beauty of one of the best sunsets I’ve ever witnessed. This tea made an amazing memory for me, and I will treasure that. I suggest others should try this out. There is nothing more special than being at a tea’s birthplace; whether it be a lush garden in Yunnan, or a dry desert in Arizona. It’s something special. I learned more deeply about the inspiration of this blend, and It’s beautifully thing to see how Cricket can bring so much joy and magic. This blend will be one for the books for me.
The Perfect Shot
Hopper joins in on the moment
Flavors: Cloves, Flowers, Green, Nectar, Sage, Smooth, Spices, Sweet
I love white teas, and this was the only white blend, so I “had” to try it! I wasn’t sure how I felt about a white chai, and I’m still not sure. To me, chai is best enjoyed with milk and I am not sure this would take milk well.
On the other hand, this tea is blended very well and the flavours meld well together.
Wow, I’m really the first one to review this? I’m surprised, because this is a really good chai.
Brenden’s description is very accurate. This tea is an obvious chai with a weird mesquite undertone that really reminds me of traveling in Egypt. It was not as sweet as I was expecting it to be, but the taste was consistent in every steep with the mellow white tea contrasting to spicy texture hinted by berries.This is a tea for people who love chai, but want something different and not nearly as drying as a black tea chai. It will warm you up, and definitely give you energy, but you will certainly not be bouncing off the walls. I honestly prefer Elder Grove in terms of the blends I’ve had, yet this one was pretty good and one that I was really curious to try.
Flavors: Berries, Flowers, Sage, Spices