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

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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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