Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
Ingredients
Cocoa Nibs, Pu Erh Tea
Flavors
Chocolate, Creamy, Earth, Sweet, Cocoa, Autumn Leaf Pile, Maple, Molasses, Moss, Mushrooms, Nutty, Smooth, Walnut, Broth, Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate, Dark Wood, Musty, Cacao, Malt
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Caffeine
High
Certification
Not available
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec 6 g 7 oz / 214 ml

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  • “Thanks so much for allowing me to try this one, Kawaii433! I love the name. To be honest, I don’t love WP’s Ontario pu-erh base for this one. Ontario is GOOD, but not one of my favorite dark...” Read full tasting note
    83
  • “Upping this puppy from 90 to 93. I already wrote a review of my gongu experiences but today I had 2 tsps in 8 oz, 3 min and then 5 min second steep. It is so good. A clean, yummy pu-erh with cocoa...” Read full tasting note
    93
  • “Since my recent cocoa nib awakening, I have been obsessed and, in turn, delighted with the sweet, creamy, chocolate flavors I have found that they impart. This tea falls right in line with all of...” Read full tasting note
    94
  • “This tea is strange! I’m not sure how well the two of us get along. I’m not getting all the different notes that others are getting. In part of the sip the taste seems really flat and then further...” Read full tasting note

From Whispering Pines Tea Company

An ode to the art of fermentation! Art of Darkness consists of two simple ingredients: 2013 Ontario 1357 Shou Pu-erh and high quality fair trade and organic cocoa nibs sourced from Ecuador! I blended these two ingredients with the perfect balance to create a smooth, nutty, chocolaty tea that truly shows the gorgeous characteristics of both the pu-erh and the cocoa nibs!

The aroma and the taste both begin on the lighter side, and as each steep progresses, richer cocoa and nutty notes come to the front. The taste is smooth and sweet with a clean raw cocoa note present throughout the sip. Experience the essence of what happens when mother nature and mankind create the unique art of controlled fermentation. Journey through the Art of Darkness.

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Ingredients: 2013 Ontario 1357 Shou Pu-erh & Ethiopian cocoa nibs

https://whisperingpinestea.com/products/art-of-darkness

About Whispering Pines Tea Company View company

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.

21 Tasting Notes

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2870 tasting notes

Thanks so much for allowing me to try this one, Kawaii433! I love the name. To be honest, I don’t love WP’s Ontario pu-erh base for this one. Ontario is GOOD, but not one of my favorite dark pu-erhs. I certainly don’t think it’s dark enough for the awesome name of this tea! Nothing distinct about Ontario for me and my original note says I “wrote a note to remember I tried it”. It’s at least smooth with no offending flavors! I’m not sure how cocoa nibs will help this but it probably can’t hurt! Somehow the Ontario seems stronger and tastier than I remember, though before I used two teaspoons rather than the 1 3/4 teaspoons that I used today. Go figure. Otherwise the parameters were pretty close without me checking the old tasting note beforehand.
This time around, the flavor seems darker than I remember, not specifically chocolate from the cocoa nibs but if anything, this blend gives me the awesome idea to throw in some cocoa shells with some other ripe pu-erh or even some cocoa powder like I’ve been trying with some chai lately, especially if any ripe pu-erh needs a flavor boost. Cocoa pu-erh! Not chocolatey enough for me with or without the cocoa, but as usual, I appreciate trying it. By the extremely long third steep, the flavor was mostly gone.
Steep #1 // 1 3/4 teaspoons for a full mug // 12 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // 6 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #3 // just boiled // 10 min
2019 sipdowns: 55

Kawaii433

You’re very welcome Tea-sipper. :)

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305 tasting notes

Upping this puppy from 90 to 93. I already wrote a review of my gongu experiences but today I had 2 tsps in 8 oz, 3 min and then 5 min second steep. It is so good. A clean, yummy pu-erh with cocoa nibs that really come through with long steeps.

I visit a few times daily but haven’t written much. You know all that sipdown work we all slave away to do hehe. My life is always same ol’ same ol’, no complaints. Peace and quiet (except for the new upstairs neighbors that has a crying kid and loves to jump up and down while he’s at it lol) is always this girl’s preference.

I hope you are all well. Thank you all who share their life on here. Good or bad. That is one of the purest joys to me. Helps this anti-social girl connect. ^^

Preparation
Boiling
Martin Bednář

You know what? I am anti-social too in real life. But making tea notes is beating it. And because you guys are here so nice, I share even bits of my life. And I don´t care!

The name of tea is so interesting. I want to order it just because of name :D

Kawaii433

hehe <3 Martin… I hear you!

And oh the tea is wonderful and it’s not expensive. If you do, I look forward to your notes!

Martin Bednář

But the shipping costs are nightmare for me. Or I just need to do order big enough :)

We will see.

derk

waves always nice to see you around, Kawaii.

Kawaii433

Derk :D Hi hi ^^

tea-sipper

I was wondering about how you were yesterday, Kawaii, as I was sipping some Lupicia Strawberry Rhubarb you sent over. :D

Kawaii433

Tea-sipper :D

mrmopar

Me too. About 5 people around and that is all I want.

Kawaii433

Mrmopar, is the five people for a tea get-together? Hehe

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257 tasting notes

Since my recent cocoa nib awakening, I have been obsessed and, in turn, delighted with the sweet, creamy, chocolate flavors I have found that they impart.

This tea falls right in line with all of this. A puerh that is also sweet and chocolate-y? Well, yes, I would like to drink that all morning. And I have! This tea really does combine the best of both ripe (smooth, creamy, dark, earthy) and cocoa nibs (creamy, sweet, chocolate).

I am going to have to play around with my own cocoa nibs and other “plain” puerh and see what I can create. Thanks for the inspiration and great tea, Brenden!

Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Haveteawilltravel

This is a staple in my home. I’m not big on any kind of flavored blends, but this one is perfect in my book :D

mtchyg

Yeah, I’m going to have to order a lot more of this. I took a break from this for about 3 or 4 hours and just started it back up. Still really good and chocolate-y about 6 or 7 gong fu steeps into it.

Haveteawilltravel

Yeah, it’s a solid tea!

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1021 tasting notes

This tea is strange! I’m not sure how well the two of us get along. I’m not getting all the different notes that others are getting. In part of the sip the taste seems really flat and then further along it seems really heavy and full. I’m somehow getting a hint of seaweed which doesn’t match any of the descriptions others are experiencing. A little bit of hay on the after taste. Sadly I’m not really feeling this one.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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101 tasting notes

The first sample I’m trying from the puerh plus TTB.

1st off if this box has taught be anything it’s that I can’t say no to a tea that smells like chocolate. I grabbed samples of all three teas where I whiffed some cocaoy goodness. This being the only tea that contained actual cocoa was unsurprisingly the best smelling of all of them. So much so that when I added hot water the room started to smell like I was making brownies.

Now you need to understand that I love chocolate. Not “chocolates”, not melty dove bars or sweet mockolate candies, not even Hershey’s “special dark” if they still embarrass themselves by calling it that. I’m talking straight up cocoa nibs, 80-100% bars, hell I won’t even go less than 60% cocoa content for the chocolate chips I put into cookies. I always worried that cocoa containing teas just wouldn’t be enough. I was wrong.

This tea brings out all the cocoa and the puerh adds a good dark base that keeps it from tasting watery. I brewed this in a gaiwan and through 10 steeps the nibs were present in every cup from the first light colored one to the later dark cups. The aroma cannot be talked about only experienced. The puerh did not get in the way of the chocolate which might happen with western style brewing. I may have ate all the nibs out of the tea when I was finished.

One note with this tea. It contains cocoa butter in the nibs which will slowly come out of the tea leaving a slight sheen on the top. Because of this you’ll want to make sure to use glazed teaware and give everything a good wash afterwards to keep from contaminating your next tea.

Flavors: Cocoa

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342 tasting notes

Well, it’s the weekend at last! I must admit that it was a LONG week dealing with cranky kids. However, Summer Camp is going pretty smoothly, despite the small mishaps that happen with moody children.

Anyway, I wanted a tasty cup of tea (I must admit that I’ve been drinking coffee all week in the mornings). Ugh, I know. The ‘Art of Darkness’ from Whispering Pines was poking itself from the top of the cupboard. Therefore, I made a batch of it in my gaiwan.

Yum. There are so many chocolate/cocoa notes. Nice smooth dark chocolate flavors. Pretty sweet on its own. I’m thinking about buying more of this sometime before the summer’s over. It’d be a great winter/fall tea.

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31 tasting notes

This is a rich warming blend, malty creamy deep cocoa flavor from the real nibs, not fake at all. When I was running low on both this and one of the plain black teas i just mixed them up, it brewed up nice, so actually this tea can be a multi tasker. nice to get a few steeps out of too.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec 1 g 1 OZ / 30 ML

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55 tasting notes

I had a ridiculously awful few days this week. I agreed to take care of a couple of infants my in-laws are fostering, so they could drive their college-age kids back from college a few states away since it’s the end of the school year. So laugh at me all you want, because I should have known better than to agree, even though they promised that I wouldn’t also have to take care of their hundred or so farm animals (yeah . . . you can imagine how that turned out). But when I got home yesterday there was a box of Whispering Pines tea waiting for me, so the week wasn’t a total loss and I’m reconsidering my professed hatred of the entire world (present company always excluded, because I’m not trying to be inflammatory when I say that I hate the entire world, lol).

Anyway, I prepared this tea as directed (Western style) and I think I can safely say that it’s the darkest tea liquor I’ve ever seen. So good job on the name, I guess. And I’m greatly enjoying the flavor as well. It’s not too heavy, but manages to blend actual cocoa with good shu pu-erh in a very effective way so that they complement each other and present a unified flavor profile; the chocolate notes don’t seem out of place alongside the woodsy pu-erh. I realized immediately that I’ll surely end up buying a lot more of this, and I’m now trying to decide whether I should steep the rest of the sample today so my husband can try it too or hoard it all for myself so I can put off my next tea order until next month . . . lol.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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266 tasting notes

Gongfu brewed this tea is very unique as it is the first chocolate puerh which I can honestly say is really good. The light bodied puerh base blends nicely with the raw Cocoa Nibs with a smooth chocolate flavor that matches the “gongfu curve” of the puerh nicely. Along with the puerh stuffed mandarin oranges, this is the only other flavored puerh that I find good enough to reorder.

Preparation
Boiling

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10143 tasting notes

Pulled this one out again today as i wanted some puerh but wasn’t up for 10+ sessions. With this one i can do 1-3 and still feel like i’ve given the tea a chance to be. I enjoy this tea – a nice blend of shou and cocoa…as it cools, it becomes even more of a hot chocolate like cup of tea.

kristinalee

This sounds pretty good, and I’m not usually big on flavored teas. But something mixed well with chocolate sounds intriguing…

Sil

it’s more puerh than flavoured tea to me, but i seem to be in the minority a little on this one

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