Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Whispering Pines Tea Company
Glen Arbor Breakfast is our classic, everyday breakfast blend. On those days that you just need a cuppa to get moving, this is the tea for you! This robust tea was inspired by riverside morning walks in the summertime with the perfect breeze whispering through the pines and the birds singing cheerfully. Glen Arbor Breakfast brews a smooth, sweet cup that can be taken plain or with sugar and cream, boasting a pleasant light stringency at the end of the sip and lasting aftertaste of cedar wood and malt! Second and third infusions morph into a beautiful earthy and malty cup with cooling eucalyptus notes!
Learn more about this tea here.
I was excited to try this Glen Arbor Breakfast Tea from Whispering Pines Tea Company. I had been reading some positive tasting notes written about this tea on Steepster, and I was interested to experience the tea for myself.
And since the description above suggests several infusions with this tea, I decided to take it through it’s paces. My first infusion proved to be a hearty, robust cup of tea. A bit more astringent than I expected – I wouldn’t categorize this as “light” astringency, it’s more of a medium astringency in my opinion. I do get the aftertastes of cedar and malt, and those are quite pleasant, indeed.
The flavor is rich and earthy. There are hints of smoke to this – not a strong, smoky presence, but, enough for me to envision a walk through the woods on a crisp spring or autumn morning.
My second infusion … wow! I am tasting those eucalyptus notes as promised in the above description. It’s a really cool and crisp sensation, and it evokes more of those thoughts of a morning jaunt through the woods.
This tea really should be infused at least twice, I think, because I’m finding the second cup to be more rewarding than the first. The first was good – certainly! But the second is even better. The body is not quite as hearty, but, what it loses in bold, bracing flavor, it gains in complexity. The astringency is lighter here, and the taste is smoother. I love the malty flavor and earthy tones of this cup.
This is a little different from most breakfast type teas that I’ve tried – I can definitely taste the “woodsy” influence to this cup. While I know that the teas of Whispering Pines Tea Company are inspired by Northern Michigan, as I sip them, I feel more connected with the beautiful Pacific Northwest that I call home. This tea has a very rugged, outdoorsy sort of taste to it. I like it a lot!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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