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Burnt Sugar, Campfire, Caramel, Char, Clove, Dark Wood, Oak, Roasted, Smoke, Spices
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205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 6 oz / 177 ml

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From Whispering Pines Tea Company

It was late autumn in the upper peninsula of Northern Michigan. I had the campfire going steady with pinewood and maple leaves. A slight breeze off of the lake brought me closer to the embers while the call of a Barred Owl and crickets echoed through the empty lakeshore. The smoky haze in the air played like the moonlight across the water, giving life to an empty sky. Then, as if rehearsed a hundred times, the entire landscape went silent. All I could hear was the crackling of the fire and my own steady breath. The wind had stopped, the owl and crickets wouldn’t dare make a sound. Even the haunting call of a loon was cut short, echoing across the silvery glasslike waters for what felt like forever. There was only the crackling of a fire and the lonely breath of a woodsman. At that moment, sending chills down my spine not even the hottest fire could have warmed, the cry of a lone wolf sang out from the pine forest behind me. The silence was broken and, moments later, the orchestra of nature began singing once again.

The aroma of the dry leaves is intoxicatingly sweet and bold. After pouring water over the leaves, caramelized cedar and dark roasted cocoa rise out of the cup. The warmth and aroma of a campfire and a light spicy bite meets your nose and you are transported straight to those woods. The taste of this blend is dark, rustic, and smooth, carrying bold notes of roasted cocoa, malt, an everygreen campfire, and warm, delicate spice. Old Pine uses a blend of our Fujian Black and a small amount of the finest pine-smoked lapsang souchong as the base, cradling the embers of roasted chicory, black peppercorn, cloves, and wildcrafted roasted cedar leaves. The result of three years of blending is a taste and aroma unlike anything you could ever imagine…except for maybe the whisper of an ancient campfire and the cry of a lone wolf on a cool Autumn night.

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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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This is an interesting tea, for this is the only ounce of this tea. I picked this up without any knowledge of it, and I decided to be a little adventurous. I messaged the owner for help with brewing and gave it a shot. The dry leaves are a black assortment of leaves, and they give off the perfect scent. This tea is meant for winter. The intense aroma of campfire,barbecue, clove, char, and some slight fruit waft from these leaves. I placed a bunch in my teapot and brewed away. The steeped leaves become much more smoky and carry a slightly sweet aroma. The taste is warming and cozy. The flavor begins with a nice smoke and takes a hold of the taste buds. The brew then moves into some caramel and a burnt sugar sweetness. This brew ends with a spicy lingering the background. You can notice a minor chocolate tone that lifts from the leaves after brewing. The second steep leads to a smoked oak wood flavor. The brew kinda falls off after two steeps. I would use this as an on the go camping tea. The leaves are incredibly durable, for you can leave these in the pot for a long time without any bitterness. I’m excited to take this on my hikes to warm me up on cold nights. This tea is my new go to during the frosty mornings. Also, this tea just looks like Christmas; rather, a more wild woodsman Christmas. I’m glad I discovered this hidden gem, and I’m unsure why so little has been created. Personally, I see this as another win among many from this company. However, this is not their best offering; although, it still qualifies as a quick one steep treat.


Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Campfire, Caramel, Char, Clove, Dark Wood, Oak, Roasted, Smoke, Spices

205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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