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The Whistling Kettle

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70

My fiance and I went shopping this weekend and stopped by a tea house one of my coworkers has been telling me about for months. They had just opened up a new location a few streets over from my favorite tea house, making it easy for us to stop over and check it out. And, oh! what a glorious little place it is. All kinds of tea ware and a wall of teas in little jars for customers to smell!

…!

Needless to say, we got a lot of samples, most of them picked out by my fiance to be made into iced tea. This is one of the teas we both really liked, and the first one he requested be made into iced tea. He also requested that I blend it with some (insanely fresh) Earl Grey Cream from my favorite tea shop. Seriously, when did he get so experimental with tea? Is my obsession rubbing off on him?!

I mixed this tea with the Earl Grey as requested and hot brewed it. I added sugar and chilled the tea overnight and wow! Obviously, a 50/50 mix wasn’t the way to go as the Earl Grey kinda overpowered the Snowflake. Otherwise, very smooth, nutty and almost chocolatey. A fantastic after-dinner tea — good job, fiance!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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82

The leaves are gorgeous, all curled up in pretty little swirls. Smells like blueberries, brews up a clear greenish yellow and surprisingly dark. Tastes like a creamy blueberry, although I’m missing the sweetness I associate with pie, as well as anything crust-like or flaky. Still delicious, and wish I had more.

Almost positive I received this from KittyLovesTea although it might have been Angrboda. Thank you ladies, as I’m grateful to you both for sharing teas with me that I’d only be able to try with the help of lovely folks like yourselves.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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88

Wow! It smells and tastes just like chocolate cake. I added a bit (1/4 tsp) of raw sugar to bring out the sweetness.
It is woody, sweet like honey, and has a really full mouthfeel. I don’t know how, but it’s cakey! Like drinking cake. Weird. But it tastes good, with a nice honey aftertaste. I don’t know if I want 4 oz of it, but a sample size every few weeks is likely in my future. I’m so happy that Whistling Kettle came to my neighborhood. They have many many teas I want to try, and their sample sized insure that I can try a few each week.

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85
drank Reike by The Whistling Kettle
477 tasting notes

Yes so I am so behind on my tea reviews (unsurprising) and this was from a few days ago. My wife made a big jug of this and we split it, and she’s sitting on the other end of the couch making faces and shuddering, and I’m groaning in delight. Now, our tastes are usually fairly dissimilar, but not to that degree. So we switched cups – and yep, hers was gross. Same tea, same brew time, same jug, wildly different taste. Mine was sweet and lemony and honey-like. Surprisingly delicious when cold brewed and full of agave for what’s supposed to be a relaxing medicinal tea.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 4 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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62

Thank you Roswell Strange (and aisling of tea) for sharing another Monk’s Blend tea. After the success I had with the first one you sent, I was excited to give this a try. Unfortunately, it just does not compare. It was a sweet black tea but nothing distinctively vanilla nor grenadine flavored. Oh well. Hopefully the Cornelia Bean version is more closed aligned with the Metropolitan Tea Company one since I have 50 g of that lying around.

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I wish I could taste what my wife tastes in this tea, but all I’ve got is lemongrass and hibiscus.

Let me steal hers…

Okay we have two completely different cups that came out of the same jug. I guess all the good stuff settled to the bottom.

I will…revisit this again in the future and STIR IT WELL before pouring.

Ze_Teamaker

never would have thought something like that could affect the tea so much.

aisling of tea

Neither would I, it really surprised me.

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92

I’ve gotten into a nasty habit at work…drinking coffee. I know, bad, bad. But I’ve been trying to kick that by bringing some of my favorite teas to work and to make a thermos full of something before I leave in the morning. For that I’ve tried pu-erh’s because they are usually super strong like coffee.

The other day I noticed that my local tea room just started carrying this blend. I knew I had to get my paws on some ASAP. So I ordered 4oz. I know you might be thinking this is a bit much for a tea I’ve never tried before. But I’ve only ever had one tea I bought in a large amount from The Whistling Kettle that I didn’t like. My order arrived yesterday and I’m just digging in today.

The dry leaves smell like coffee with hints of chocolate and caramel. Not crummy coffee either, like top notch coffee that might be served in some swanky cafe. The steeped leaf smells more like the earthiness I’ve come to expect from a pu-erh tea. The mocha and caramel notes come out and mix really well with one another in this tea. I think I found a nice way to get a little coffee and yet not feel guilty for not having tea!

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Earth

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Ysaurella

I think we can like both tea and coffee :) this blend seems to be a nice combination

The Purrfect Cup

Oh I know we can. :) I just feel horrible when I have coffee when I could have had tea.

aisling of tea

My brother got me a Whistling Kettle tea of the month subscription for Christmas last year, it was awesome!!

The Purrfect Cup

You had this tea before?

aisling of tea

Nope, but their other teas are amazing.

SimpliciTEA

I loved reading this: “I knew I had to get my paws on some ASAP.” Sometimes I like to use the phrase, " … get my mitts on …". ‘Paws’ works too, especially as I feel sometime like I am part canine. :P

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27

Coldbrewed into a world of nope. It tastes like grapefruit that’s a few days too old and dried out. It’s not a pleasant tart, it’s a stomach-churning tart. Like taking a bite out of a white grapefruit peel.

Maybe it will be better hot. I hope so. I hate wasting tea, but I don’t think I can finish this.

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79

I received a few cups of this from Marcel Duchamp. Thank you!

Milk Oolong is one of my favorites so I have been trying to sip as many as I can. This one was interesting. It was a bit less creamy than I am use to, it also had a hint of mint at the end of each sip. The tea was a little less green and a bit more roasted than my favorite oolong. All in all it was a good cup but not my top pick for oolongs.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

From the queue. (I’ve upped the posting frequency from the queue because it seems to be growing faster than I’m posting at the moment… 25 pages and counting.)

Bleurgh… Husband is not home tonight so I’m fending for myself dinner-wise. Husband is vegetarian, and I am one on most days for the main reason that I can’t possibly be bothered to cook two separate meals for two people when whatever he’s having is just as good as anything meaty. However, on the occasions when we go out, have take out or I’m feeding myself, I usually fall into the meat trap. It’s possible that I over-do it a bit. Bottomline is, I enjoy the food while eating, but afterwards always feel far too full in the entirely wrong way. Full on meat feels very different from full on a vegetarian fare. To top it all off I also had half a glass of red wine, unusually for me but it’s one of these very posh wines. The sort of that comes in a box with a tap on it, you know. So I’m very very full and kind of sleepy. Hence, bleurgh… In short, my tummy is right now a rabbit of negative euphoria. ( sigh I shall miss Cabin Pressure)

I am in need of something light and restoratative. Green and fruity? Yes. Time for another Try from the EU Travelling Teabox, now winding its way towards Italy.

I’m not generally a green tea person, but I took some of this one because… I don’t need to go into this again, do I? Berry, attraction, done deal.

It definitely smells like blueberry. Actually it just smells blue all round. I’m getting a very clear sky blue. There’s a sweetness to it as well which is not all berry but reminds me of vanilla. There isn’t actually vanilla in it at all as far as I can see, so that might just be my personal vanilla obsession, but that is nevertheless what I’m reminded of.

At first, when I sip, I just get the green tea. It tastes fresh and vegetative, but not in the sort of fat, thick, almost salty way that some greens, particularly dragonwell for me, have a tendency to. This tastes more spring-like and crisp. Then, after a split second, the blueberry comes in. It’s a very clear blueberry flavour, here. Very sweet and a little creamy. Again, it’s as if it has been mixed with a little vanilla. The blueberry flavour sort of builds up as I sip, so that it’s as if the flavouring becomes stronger and stronger.

This is really a very good tea. It’s the sort of thing that makes me wish green blends caught my attention more often. I’m glad I got to try some of this one, although I do wish I’d pinched all of it now. This is a brilliant tea!

Anna

Meh, I wish you weren’t so queue-y, sometimes. I would have totally tried this based on this review. And I hear you on the meat.

Angrboda

The queue is there for ensuring my own posting frequency. Otherwise I’d post three posts a day for a week and then go a month just lurking. Mind you, you might not have seen this in time to take some yourself anyway. I’ve still got stuff from the first box that I haven’t tried yet. This could very easily have been one of them.

Anna

I know, I know. Your queue discipline is pretty impressive, too.

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94

This one is a sample from BrewTEAlly Sweet! thanks so much! I’ve wanted to try this one for ages. There is popcorn here! I woke up thinking butterscotch, and I was trying to think of a tea that might fit with that craving. This one works more than any other teas I have, I think! It’s maple, which helps. Also cinnamon. This is tasty but it brews too light for my brain to be awake to read these Tournament books! It’s sweet, it does taste like maple and cinnamon. I can’t really taste any black tea at all. A bit of flavor from the two pieces of popcorn that fell in my infuser. It’s good but it needs a stronger black tea base! It reminded me of another tea I’ve tried… and sure enough, Tealux’s Maple Splash even has the same description. ah well, I have samples of both teas then! (Which is fine since reading the tasting note for the other, it said I wouldn’t mind buying two ounces of it!)

I haven’t been reading tasting notes and I miss them! Trying to catch up on books….

Dustin

The only maple teas I have tried taste more like table syrup. Are the two you mention distinctly maple?

Tea Sipper

I don’t know… they’d probably taste like table syrup to you. Maybe I’m stretching my imagination. :D

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60

A sample from KittyLovesTea. I brewed up a cup of this last night, since I fancied a change from black or rooibos teas, which are my usual go-to varieties. I think I overdid the steep a little on this, as it was faintly astringent. Not awfully so, but just a bit drying at the back of the throat. The flavour was good, though. The green tea leaves are rolled and quite dark, so I was half expecting quite a bitter tea. It wasn’t at all, though. It was light, fresh and a touch vegetal, and matched the sweetness of the blueberry really well. I won’t say I got pie from this on the whole, except during one sip when I was convinced I could taste buttery, baked pastry. I guess it all came together in that one moment! Anyway, I have enough left for a couple more cups, so I can try and improve on my experience this time. It certainly made for a nice treat!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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75

Two or so day ago, I went to go have breakfast at The Whistling Kettle and decided to try out a tea I’ve had my eye on for a while – the vanilla silk oolong from this fine place. The price was around $3 or $5 for a pot but well worth it.

It was a great choice and went well with my sandwich. As I always do my reviews while drinking said tea, I’ll have to do this one from memory so this isn’t going to be as descriptive as I desire. The tea was of very nice quality, normal for the Whistling Kettle, and was a very light and floral taste. The vanilla taste was not very prominent but it was pleasant because you could tell it was very delicately flavored with very good quality flavorings. However, the vanilla was there regardless. The oolong they used was also very yummy. I wish that I had some of this myself so I could give this an entire rundown like usual, but this will have to suffice.

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85

First tea of the day. Yes I know it’s after 6pm here. My day got away from me, what can I say? Picked this one up at a tea tasting the other night as I thought I remembered having it, but now I think I had a similar blend from Capital Teas as this tastes a little like their Toffee Puerh, but this one from WK is very smooth and rich, with nice hints of caramel/toffee. Really yummy and perfect as it has started to snow again.

Flavors: Caramel, Earth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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100

First off, yep I changed the name back. For me it is way easier (plus I started the blog back up too).

On to the tea. We went to a tasting last night at The Whistling Kettle and as always you can buy the teas they offered at the tasting as well as stock up on other teas they carry. So I was looking over their extensive catalogue and found this. I knew I had to try it. At the time I didn’t know I’d fall so hard for it! I tried it this morning and wow. I am blown away by the flavor. Very earthy with that extra touch of spice and a hint of chocolate that make you sit up a little straighter and sip the tea a little longer.

I’m going to need to stock up on this one!

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Earth, Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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93

Thought I had reviewed this before. But apparently not. This a lovely dessert-like tea that is sweet and satisfying. I love it as a tea latte. Reminds me of a yummy sweet cake!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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80

Boy did I use too many leaves this time! I used 2 generous tsp plus a little more for a 16 oz Timolino. I can tell that the leaves have not oversteeped, since the tea is not bitter. It’s just too strong! This is a stronger tea than I remember. I’ll remember – 1 tsp per 8 oz max!

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drank Maple Cream by The Whistling Kettle
41 tasting notes

Saturday sipdown! I have too many samples of tea to drink. Decided to hit this one hard today, since it’s been grey all morning followed by a hard downpour. Without adding any maple syrup to it, it ends up tasting like a pretty normal black tea at this point.

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80

I liked this very much. I made it in a glass tea tumbler, and so did not remove the leaves after steeping – the flowers were very lovely, so make it in a glass pot or mug if possible. The floral and fruity notes are not too strong and don’t overpower the blend of green and white teas. I was surprised at how well balanced the flavors are in the mix.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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drank Maple Taffy by The Whistling Kettle
1569 tasting notes

Ever since I gave birth to my baby girl (6 months ago!), my love for tea has been on the decline. I haven’t had time to truly enjoy making and sipping tea. On top of that, my husband and I moved to my parents’ house. They have a keurig. I had succumbed to it! Recently, I have been getting into tea again.

Anyway, today I decided to try this sample. It pains me to have so much tea sitting around! This one smells faintly of sweet syrup. There was one piece of cinnamon and popcorn in this. I was very excited about that. Upon brewing, the cinnamon wasn’t very overpowering. In fact, it was well-blended. This tea didn’t need any additives at all. It was naturally sweet. The black tea base wasn’t overpowering either. Good tea blend overall. Next time I will try to brew this for longer and add milk to see if it changes the flavor at all.

TeaBrat

I didn’t realize you had a baby – congratulations!

oOTeaOo

Thank you Amy oh ! :)

Bonnie

Maybe the problem is partially practical. Hot tea and a baby…dangerous! Try cold brewing loose tea. The hydration is good and tea can be calming.

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97

I drank this all day today! I filled my 20 oz travel mug with 2 tsp of leaves this morning and added hot (not boiling) water. I sipped on it all morning, refilled at lunch, then refilled mid-afternoon. Yummy, sweet, and a teeny bit creamy all day long. No sugar needed to bring out the sweetness or the light floral nature to this tea. I love it and hope to always have it in the house. My sample is running dangerously low, and I’ll have to make the trek up to The Whistling Kettle soon.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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82

This tea is well worth the 7-10 minute steeping time (side note: mesh steeper highly recommended, as it is a very fine tea). Both the marzipan and almonds compliment eachother in a way to create just a perfectly smooth and luxurious tea. The almonds give it a nice, nutty flavor which is present just enough to compliment the deep vanilla flavor of the yummy marzipan. Not enough to overpower it, however. There is also a nice sweetness to it – just enough to tickle your tongue. I love this tea, it is very smooth yet crisp, and just delectable. Very very recommended to try out! :)

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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79

This is an earl grey which is like no other. The smell of the raw tea is strong and smells like perfume but do not let that trick you! The taste is very smooth and has hints of earthiness to it, while soothing your tongue with a sharp yet not overpowering flavor that is similar to the smell, however this time it’s a perfect strength that is very pleasurable. Good for any time of the day for me. I highly enjoy this tea!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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76

Simply delicious! The smell is just wonderful! and the taste is a very rich, yet a perfectly balanced, chocolate and caramel flavor with some undertones of yummy spices. One of my favorites for the mid-day :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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