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Black Tea
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Allspice, Bittersweet, Cherry, Cherry Wood, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cocoa, Creamy, Drying, Earth, Floral, Herbs, Honey, Leather, Malt, Nutmeg, Pepper, Raisins, Red Wine, Rosemary, Sawdust, Smoke, Spices, Tannic, Thyme, Tobacco, Wood, Bark, Berries, Dark Bittersweet
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200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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From Whispering Pines Tea Company

Wildcrafted from trees approaching 100 years old at an elevation of 2000m near the Lancang River, Red Temple embodies forest wilderness. Incredibly rich and clean, this tea carries notes of malt, chocolate, cream, and wild medicinal herbs among so many more complexities. I like to think of this tea as Ancient Spirit’s little brother.

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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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Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge, April 2022: A tea that includes a color in its name

Of course I fall in love with the tea whilst sipping on my last cup. Ugh.

So, this tea – it totally deserves its name. It tastes red like rust, like wine, like cherries. It’s so earthy – with notes of leather, wood, tobacco, cooking herbs, and smoke. Its bold, brisk profile is a nice contrast from the floral/fruit-inclined teas I normally favour. As it cools, it becomes subtly creamy and spicy. It reminds me a little of a sheng puerh.

Flavors: Allspice, Bittersweet, Cherry, Cherry Wood, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cocoa, Creamy, Drying, Earth, Floral, Herbs, Honey, Leather, Malt, Nutmeg, Pepper, Raisins, Red Wine, Rosemary, Sawdust, Smoke, Spices, Tannic, Thyme, Tobacco, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
tea-sipper

Oh it’s so amusing when I love the last cup of a tea the best and then want to stock up on it again. (sarcasm).

CrowKettle

I usually have better luck; the dregs at the bottom of the pouch often make me question if I actually liked that tea after all :|

derk

CrowKettle, have you had Ancient Spirit from WP? Since Brendan likens this as ‘Ancient Spirit’s little brother’, I wonder how you (or anybody else!) think it compares.

CrowKettle

If I had I don’t have any memory or recording of it! I read that write-up too as I polished it off and it made me curious; I wish I’d more so I could send it out to all of you for “testing”, but it was only a sample to begin with. Did “Ancient Spirit” feel like it lived for woodwork class too? I don’t think I’ve had a tea this woody in a long time!

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Sipdown 58-2021
Another very sad sipdown. I was really enjoying having this at work. Such a nice pick me up half way through the day. On to the next tea!

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this is just /chef’s kiss/

malty, creamy, bittersweet chocolate-y it does remind me a little of Ancient Spirit which is a good thing bc that is my absolute favourite tea. I was so excited to see this sample in my last WP order and am patiently waiting for this to be restocked.

edit, here is a nice song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abKBYZX_1sM

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[Spring 2019 Harvest] This is a Yunnan Red from old wild trees that Whispering Pines started offering recently. The tea is complex and reminded me of drinking a good red wine. There are so many different flavors that I will not even try to describe all of them. It’s easier to note what is NOT there: I did not find any fruitiness or mineral notes.

I had it Western but I think it would be good gong fu as well. Herbs, malt, honey, bitterness… Very well balanced, so nothing dominates. Vibrant. It tasted and smelled much like a good Zhen Shang Xiao Zhong (my favorite kind of tea) but with a distinctly dianhong-ish sweet note at the end. This tea has a pleasant aftertaste and re-steeps well, although losing most of its original complexity.

I liked it.

Flavors: Bark, Berries, Cherry Wood, Dark Bittersweet, Herbs, Honey, Malt

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Happy you enjoyed this! :-)

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