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Black Tea
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Berries, Floral, Fruity, Honey, Tangy, Tannic, Wood, Apple, Apricot, Blackberry, Cinnamon, Cream, Mineral, Oats, Orchids, Plums, Raisins, Tannin, Berry, Brown Sugar, Creamy, Orange, Orchid, Raspberry, Smooth, Spices, Thick, Dried Fruit, Apple Skins, Roasted Barley, Baked Bread, Lychee, Stonefruit
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205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec 4 g 26 oz / 765 ml

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  • “Haha, tried this tea today as well as Leafhopper. What a coincidence. Brewed western, all 4 grams I had available in 300 ml. Steeped for 3 minutes. Thank you White Antlers and derk The aroma is...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This is my first black Jin Xuan tea from Taiwan, although I had a pearl version from Thailand a while ago that I enjoyed. Thanks, Derk and White Antlers, for the generous sample from a company I’ve...” Read full tasting note
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  • “A White Antlers tea, many thanks! I wanted to pass this one around so I kept enough for only two western sessions. My experience, albeit limited, says Black Lily begs to be leafed heavy. The long...” Read full tasting note
    84
  • “Thanks to Kawaii433 for this! Very glad I got to try this one. I’m primarily getting deep prune and raisin notes. There’s a bit of spice that balances the dried fruit flavor out very nicely. I...” Read full tasting note
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From Whispering Pines Tea Company

Black Lily is a delightful black tea produced with the "Golden Lily” varietal, which is usually reserved for making oolong. This varietal is known for its smooth creamy texture, and this translates perfectly into this black tea!

The dry leaf aroma is of warm, sweet florals. Wet leaf aroma is similar, but with new bursting dark berry and apple skin notes, followed up with creamy oats and raisin.

First sips bring much of the same as above, with a sweet creamy oat/barley note throughout, a honey-sweet texture, some hints of berries, and a white grape juice thickness. A really unique Taiwanese black tea!

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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.

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1075 tasting notes

Haha, tried this tea today as well as Leafhopper. What a coincidence.

Brewed western, all 4 grams I had available in 300 ml. Steeped for 3 minutes. Thank you White Antlers and derk

The aroma is fruity, berries, little bit floral and woody.
Taste is incredlibly smooth, bit tangy as blacks should be, thick. Flavours are hard to say, it is tannic, but very enjoyable, honeyish. Bit creamy maybe as well. Some raisins.

Really nice tea. I will make the second brew later today to try it again. Because it’s so tasty and it would be a waste of leaves if I throw them away after 3 minutes steep. I believe it will work in another steeps as well. Haven’t noticed apple notes though.

Flavors: Berries, Floral, Fruity, Honey, Tangy, Tannic, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
Leafhopper

LOL, what a coincidence! I’m glad you enjoyed the tea.

Martin Bednář

So do I Leafhopper. It’s great tea indeed.
I tried using same leaves hour and something later again and it was bit more on cinnamon and less tannic, but still great!

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This is my first black Jin Xuan tea from Taiwan, although I had a pearl version from Thailand a while ago that I enjoyed. Thanks, Derk and White Antlers, for the generous sample from a company I’ve been eager to try. I couldn’t find any steeping instructions, so I brewed 6 g of leaf in a 120 ml porcelain pot at 195F for 25, 20, 25, 30, 30, 45, 60, 90, 120, and 240 seconds.

The dry aroma is of raisins, berries, oats, cream, wood, and flowers. The first steep has notes of apple, orchid, oats, honey, blackberries and other berries, cream, and raisins, and has a sweet, lingering aftertaste. It reminds me a bit of the Golden Dragon Black Pearl Oolong from Taiwan Tea Crafts, though it’s a lot fruitier. The honey and florals become more prominent in the second steep, with the fruit revealing itself after the first few seconds of the sip. I get some not unpleasant tannins and hints of cinnamon.

The third steep is similar, though the raisins seem more prominent and I get a hint of sour plum. The honey aftertaste is quite strong in this steep. The stonefruit shifts to apricots in the next couple steeps, and I get minerals and wood in steep six. The session ends with raisins, tannins, honey, minerals, and wood.

As Derk mentioned, this is a perfect tea for fall. Its honey and fruit flavours remind me of many other Taiwanese black teas, including Mi Xiang and TTC’s Golden Dragon, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I’ll enjoy using the small amount I have left for Western steeping.

Flavors: Apple, Apricot, Berries, Blackberry, Cinnamon, Cream, Floral, Honey, Mineral, Oats, Orchids, Plums, Raisins, Tannin, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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A White Antlers tea, many thanks!

I wanted to pass this one around so I kept enough for only two western sessions. My experience, albeit limited, says Black Lily begs to be leafed heavy. The long and wiry dry leaf doesn’t exactly conform to spoon measurement.

My best cup of the two was 1g:75mL western. Aroma like raspberries and other berries, orchid, apricot, orange. Smooth and tangy, mineral and very clean, elusively creamy and thick. The flavors were difficult to pin but the main notes I picked up were apple, delicate honey, soft sweet cinnamon maybe allspice?, oats, berries, raisins, wood and orchid, apricot-orange tone, and a brown sugar returning sweetness. Finished bright and clean.

A fantastic profile for autumn that I think would appeal to all seasons of sippers looking for such.

Flavors: Apple, Apricot, Berry, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Creamy, Honey, Mineral, Oats, Orange, Orchid, Raisins, Raspberry, Smooth, Spices, Tangy, Thick, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
Martin Bednář

I look forward to this one! Looks pretty much cool!

derk

I’m not sure if this is coming your way. I sent 6 packages of tea out and didn’t keep track of who I sent what. Hope you’re not disappointed if this isn’t in yours.

Leafhopper

Your tasting note is making me look forward to trying the sample of this you gave me—as if I wasn’t already! :)

derk

Well now I know you got some of it and I hope you enjoy what White Antlers passed on to me.

Martin Bednář

derk: I certainly won’t be :) what you sent, is what you sent… There will be other enjoyable teas for sure!

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Thanks to Kawaii433 for this! Very glad I got to try this one. I’m primarily getting deep prune and raisin notes. There’s a bit of spice that balances the dried fruit flavor out very nicely. I enjoyed this one, but I’m finding I like more chocolate/malt leaning black teas.

Flavors: Dried Fruit, Raisins, Spices

Kawaii433

You’re very welcome :D

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75 tasting notes

I sometimes think the universe keeps plotting against me.

For 2 days now I have been drinking this tea so I can review it. And for two days life’s insanity has meant I’ve noticed little other than its hot or its cold.

Honestly, I think its ok. Nothing bad with it but at the same time, nothing exceptional either, at least to my tastes.

When its hot, there’s a flavor element there that I can’t really identify.

However, when its cold (which keeps happening more and more often) there is a mild pleasant sweetness to it. I think this might make an excellent iced tea. but for hot, I’d prefer something else.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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First impressions from the first cup. I usually always do gong-fu but my schedule has drastically changed since having my nephew around. :) I prepared it with 1 heaping tablespoon, 212F, 3 min steep in 16 ozs water. The second cup for 5 min. infusion.

Soft, silky mouthfeel. A very warm, comforting spice that I can not name, not quite cinnamon but cinnamony-like. Oats, apple, berries, spices… It reminded me kind of a cinnamon-oatmeal-apple pie but in liquid form. Cream notes, barley notes, naturally but delicately honey-raisin sweet. Unique and wonderful flavors throughout the two infusions. The second infusion not as delicious as the first as it seemed that the oats/barley notes were more subdued. Am looking forward to a gongfu session with this to see where all these splendid notes come in and come out.

Highly recommended.

Flavors: Apple, Apple Skins, Berries, Cinnamon, Cream, Creamy, Honey, Oats, Raisins, Roasted Barley, Smooth, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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