Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea Leaves
Flavors
Cocoa, Mineral, Smooth, Baked Bread, Malt, Molasses, Spices, Sweet Potatoes, Sweet, warm grass, Earth, Anise, Caramel, Clove, Cream, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Honey, Orange, Vanilla, Wood, Dark Bittersweet, Grain, Leather, Chocolate, Sweet, Lemon
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec 6 g 7 oz / 199 ml

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  • “It’s quite rainy out (a rarity for Los Angeles), which has been making me crave black teas. I generally like more malty/chocolate forward black teas, and for some reason I was expecting that from...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Tea Advent Calendar – Day 17 Such a pretty tea! Long downy golden buds that really do look like little furry tails. It had a delicious cocoa aroma while it was brewing, but I didn’t get much...” Read full tasting note
    75
  • “Dried leaves smelled of dried grass. Long light brown leaves. Liquor is medium amber with a molasses aroma. I like this tea a lot better gongfu. It’s rather complex so it changes throughout the...” Read full tasting note
    85
  • “A delicate, smooth and complex dianhong. The early autumn peacefulness and richness of aromas. Its unique taste gently but resolutely resists the attempts to describe and deconstruct it. However:...” Read full tasting note
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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.

18 Tasting Notes

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483 tasting notes

It’s quite rainy out (a rarity for Los Angeles), which has been making me crave black teas. I generally like more malty/chocolate forward black teas, and for some reason I was expecting that from this. However, I got quite the opposite. Very bready, with some mild floral notes. I’m finding it to be a bit astringent, with a particular acidic feeling in the throat. It’s okay, not something I’d really want again.

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Tea Advent Calendar – Day 17

Such a pretty tea! Long downy golden buds that really do look like little furry tails. It had a delicious cocoa aroma while it was brewing, but I didn’t get much chocolate from the flavor, which was surprisingly light and delicate. It was very smooth (no astringency that I noticed) but not quite as robust as I personally prefer my black tea to be. Almost reminded me of an oolong, actually!

Flavors: Cocoa, Mineral, Smooth

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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338 tasting notes

Dried leaves smelled of dried grass. Long light brown leaves. Liquor is medium amber with a molasses aroma. I like this tea a lot better gongfu. It’s rather complex so it changes throughout the infusions. Beginning with malt, sweet potato, molasses, a little mushroom and then as the infusions continued… A little cocoa, caramel, honey, and mineral notes. Sweet potato, malt, some baked bread throughout the infusions. I can’t determine what type of spice but there is a little spice in the finish (cloves?) and a cooling feeling on the tongue as well. Almost mint but not quite. If you like Yunnan black tea, you may want to give this one a try. ^^
6g, 212℉, 110ml
7 steeps: rinse, 10s, 15s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 60s, 90s, 120s

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cocoa, Malt, Molasses, Spices, Sweet Potatoes, Sweet, warm grass

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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202 tasting notes

A delicate, smooth and complex dianhong. The early autumn peacefulness and richness of aromas. Its unique taste gently but resolutely resists the attempts to describe and deconstruct it. However: some malt, caramel, plum, spices, baked goods, sweet potato, herbs…

It induces wakefulness, sharpens your senses and brings a note of nostalgia.

Martin Bednář

This sounds so lovely! And the name!

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33 tasting notes

I adore the name of this one, and it’s beautiful when dry with all the buds – they do look like fox tails! Beyond that, it’s a cozy and comfortable tea. No bitterness, nothing deep and dark. A little earthy, sometimes just a hint of a little peppery/herbal in the background. The sweetness is pretty mellow too, it doesn’t taste like fruit or desserts or anything like that. I didn’t think of sweet potato while drinking it, but seeing other people describe it that way makes sense. It’s not my longest lasting tea, but I got several good cups out of it.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Earth, Malt, Sweet Potatoes

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This was my first sipdown of the week. At some point over the course of the year, I acquired a pouch of this tea. I’m not certain whether it was from 2016 or 2017, though if I had to guess, I would say the former. I did not quite know what to expect when I cracked this one open. I had seen multiple reviews online, and despite the general reception being mostly positive, it got more mixed reviews overall than I would normally expect from a Whispering Pines offering. Personally, I found this to be an excellent hong cha.

Before I provide my usual rundown of my brewing method, allow me to state that I deviated a little from Whispering Pines’ brewing instructions. The brewing instructions on the pouch recommended a water temperature of 212 F, but that seemed a little high to me. I am used to using temperatures between 194-205 F for many tippy Yunnan black teas, and once I saw the profusion of golden tips, I knew I would not be using the recommended water temperature. I’ve had a lot of luck lately with using 194 F water for Yunnan black teas, so that is what I went with here. The rinse was only a couple seconds. I more or less did it water on, water off. I stuck with my usual 6 grams of loose tea in a 4 ounce gaiwan. Infusions ran as follows: 5 seconds, 7 seconds, 10 seconds, 15 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, and 7 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, the dry tea emitted pronounced aromas of baked bread, sweet potato, and molasses. After the rinse, I found new aromas of vanilla, malt, and brown sugar. The first proper infusion brought out a touch of woodiness on the nose. On the palate, I found light notes of baked bread, malt, brown sugar, sweet potato, and molasses. Subsequent infusions brought out impressions of cream, cocoa, clove, anise, wood, caramel, fennel, orange, honey, minerals, and eucalyptus. The later infusions offered lingering impressions of minerals, brown sugar, sweet potato, malt, and wood chased by gentle, cooling herbal notes on the finish.

In my opinion, this was yet another really nice Yunnan black tea from Whispering Pines Tea Company. I particularly liked the little herbal notes it offered and was extremely impressed by both its smooth body and respectable staying power. Overall, I would have no issue recommending this tea to fans of traditional Yunnan black teas.

Flavors: Anise, Baked Bread, Caramel, Clove, Cocoa, Cream, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Honey, Mineral, Molasses, Orange, Sweet Potatoes, Vanilla, Wood

Preparation
6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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Gongfu Sipdown (668)!

This is/was a very old sample; it’s labelled on the bag as Spring 2017 – so I’m electing to call it unintentionally aged, rather than stale or anything like that. It actually did come out really quite nice tasting though, despite spending the last two years in a little sample packet. Maybe less vibrant/rich than it used to be, but completely drinkable and still really pleasant! I only got like five steeps, but I was pushing them fairly long to compensate for the sparse amount of leaf I was brewing. Still delightful, and also just a REALLY beautiful tea to look at!

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/B0LhtKAgQMi/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN-xizBxlko

Flavors: Cocoa, Dark Bittersweet, Grain, Honey, Leather, Malt, Sweet Potatoes

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503 tasting notes

Sipdown. I had one very last underleafed cup of this. 205F. Malty, bready, honey. Good, but not repurchase.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Honey, Malt

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91 tasting notes

Nice Dian Hong. On the delicate side, which I happen to like.
Nose; Slight floral, wildflower honey, sweet potato, light aloeswood.
Palate; sweet potato, butter, slight umami, moderately full mouth feel, almost a Dancong like sweetness.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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I have a sizable stash of WP teas and finally got around to trying Foxtails. YUM. The leaves are tight, long and light gold, and I could smell the cocoa malt aromas off them. I love when light colored black teas deliver big flavor. Although I didn’t pick up the sites described mushroom notes, there was a savory element but mostly a toasty baked goods choco flavor dominant. I used 5 grams for a 100 ml pot and for a black, this was a decently long running tea with many steeps. Very smooth, comforting.

Preparation
5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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