77 Tasting Notes


I just received another order with several teas from Brenden at Whispering Pines—I am always happy with my purchases from Brenden! My order arrived very quickly too.
This is another delicious black tea with clear hints of cocoa, cherries, and light vanilla as the name suggests. I’ve wanted to try this one for a long time but it was so often found to be sold out.I would definitely buy this again…
I am giving Ancient Spirit a slight edge for now (so good).
Up next….Alice and Ambrosia =P

Flavors: Berries, Cherry, Cocoa, Vanilla

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Luxuriously complex…rich & velvety. Just smelling this brewed tea makes me happy.
If you haven’t indulged in this lovely tea yet I highly recommend you do! Sip & savor.

Flavors: Almond, Berries, Cherry Wood, Jasmine, Malt

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank GABA Oolong by Mandala Tea
77 tasting notes

Broke out a sample this morning. This GABA was a good choice as I was in need of calm.
The liqueur is a light sunny yellow and it has strong floral & grassy notes. The finish is sweet. Happy Monday teaples.

Flavors: Bitter, Cream, Floral, Sweet, warm grass, Vegetal

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp

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I am disappointed a bit in this one. I made as directed but I honestly just don’t get much peach or blackberry or crumble lol. I will try doubling the leaf for my last attempt. My other 52 Teas purchases were great, so I am sure I’ll be back for more ;)

Flavors: Cinnamon

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Hooray for tea buddy friends! A friend surprised me with a perfect spoonful after I gave her some samples from What-Cha. This is one I probably would not have never picked on my own as I normally don’t go for green teas in general. This is pretty good- it is not bitter at all…it is sweet, grassy, mineraly, I get maybe just a touch of a tart plum skin at the end of the sip. I am not getting a big plum flavor though.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Not bad…I had this on the stronger side with a little milk. Its a nice morning time tea. Currently wondering why the heck I would sign up for 5 classes at one time. Ugh, can’t I just read the books and do the Q&A ? Why oh why must there be so many projects and essays? (gripe, vent, gripe) I much too old for this. At least this will be it for me – I will have reached the highest level/salary scale for my job and/or future pension if there is one to be had here in Illinois. And yet…I am thankful I have tea to see me through it.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I love this tea. Taste was right on. I am thrilled I took a chance on this flavor. I prepared it exactly as directed on the package. I went back to website and it’s gone. So glad I snagged a sample. Noms. (*This now is now under the correct tea)

Flavors: Anise, Licorice, Root Beer, Vanilla

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Fruity, floral, goodness. Smooth finish. My afternoon cup of choice.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Noms. Sad I only have a teaspoon left.

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This is quite good but be careful not steep more than 3-4 as it gets bitter quickly imo. Liquor is a very light golden color. Slightly astringent with a dry end sip. Floral, Vegetal, and Mineral notes.

Flavors: Floral, Mineral, Vegetal

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Janee here,
Tea lover…quite recently more on the obsessed side.
Nurse. Vintage Kitchen Glass Collector. Wife, a mom & a gram of 2 sweet littles.
Faith. Nature. Music. Baking. Gardening. Mid Century Modern. Love dogs. Love my old farmhouse.

Black and Oolong teas have my heart. I prefer high quality loose straight teas. I like a well done flavored tea. I enjoy a good tisane (especially in the evening) or a blend as long as there aren’t too many artificial flavors that come thru, stevia, yogurt, or chocolate bits added.
I am solidly NOT a fan of rooibos and honeybush blends no matter how many I try.

How I rate: IMHO all of our ratings are pretty subjective…Keep in mind I am in no way an expert…but I am an enthusiast for sure! I love the experience.

95-100 Bliss, nirvana, a slice of heaven, I need this in my cupboard
90-94 Excellent, hands down would stock up…love in a cup
80-89 Very good- Would probably purchase again without regrets…delicious
70-79 Decent. OK. I would not refuse a cup if offered but I also would not go out and purchase.
60-69 Meh. Definitely would not purchase
59-50 Not for me, eew/icky, would never purchase
<50 Just say NO. Can not fathom finishing the cup.

My usual teapot steeping (western) method: 30 oz teapot, 3-4 perfect spoons of tea, freshly boiled filtered water, 1-6 minutes depending on the type of tea. Occasional milk or cream but I prefer straight with no sweeteners/additions.

My usual mug steeping method: 16 oz mug, 1-2 perfect spoons of tea, freshly boiled filtered water,1-6 minutes depending on type of tea.

Teaware I use:
I am loving the Tea Press from DavidsTea. I use it daily on my way to work and admit to having more than 2.
I heart my Japanese Iwachu Tetsubin cast iron teapot. It stays warm, it’s beautiful, and it adds to the experience.
DT’s Nordic mugs are awesome. I need to stop buying them hahaha.
I use the Perfect Steeper from Teavana.
I also have a Princess Heritage Glass teapot. I love seeing the beautiful colors of the tea thru the glass. This is especially nice for when brewing up a big batch.



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