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Thank you my IG friend Sewwie for this sample!
I haven’t looked up the ingredients for this one, but it sort of just tasted like a simple “breakfast style” black tea with a bit of rose and maybe bergamot? The floral rose was the strongest note for me, and I enjoyed it it with this kind of classic feeling base tea. Smooth, simple, and consistent throughout the cup!
I got the teabag version.
Not much aroma, maybe a hint of malt? Tastes somewhat plain, with a little bit of tannin, tbh I hoped for more, this is not quite amusing to me, drinkable but there are better things outside. It might be better if I brew it stronger..
It tastes much better if you leave the mug open (I covered it like how I did to my usual black teas last time, my dumb!) to air and steep for 2:15min or so.
The tea tastes milder and sweeter , much less encounter to sourness and no tannin, mild sweet aroma, guess white tea brewing is difficult to master. Now definitely want more of this.
First time having white tea, worked hard on the steeping temperature.
It tastes a bit mild to my taste (I usually drink black), with slight greeny tannin, hint of rosy flavour and bursting sweet rose in aroma. I got it in teabags, the smell is so strong I think it can be used as perfume in boxes. Generally it’s a good experience and I’m willing to drink it again.
Flavors: Floral, Rose, Sweet
Trying to get this tea sipped down quickly as the Whittard mini tea tins aren’t stackable. They take up sooo much shelf space when you have too many.
This is a rich and extravagant chocolate tea. The aroma is just like dark cocoa powder with notes of dried ginger root. It brews into a fairly watery tea (at least, it seems watery because you can’t help but compare it to thick milky hot chocolate) that takes a few sips to really build up.
Once the flavour has fully saturated your taste buds, it’s rich and intensely chocolatey. Like Bourneville dark chocolate – slightly bitter, very rich, too much to eat more than a few squares at a time.
I’m glad that it’s not artificial tasting though!
The orange is subtler but it does come into play for a little while at the beginning of the cup. Once you’re over halfway down, the ginger and chocolate overtakes everything. This tea has got some fire in it.
I’ve tried brewing with 1tsp plain black tea and 1tsp of this tea, instead of the recommended 2tsp. But it was still no match for the chocolate ginger combo.
Next up, I’m going to try simmering it with milk on the stove, like a chai.
Pre-Christmas photos on the blog: https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/whittard-spiced-chocolate-orange-tea-review/
Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Ginger, Orange, Spicy
This was my go-to cold brew and/or iced tea this summer. It’s a lovely blend of rose and strawberry, and the more I drank it the more I fell in love with it. I do prefer it cold rather than hot. The floral is too intense for me as a hot cuppa.
I’m going to miss this one. It’s so very summer-y. ❤️
Flavors: Hay, Rose, Strawberry
Happy Boxing Day, lovely people! Hope everyone is having a safe and peaceful holiday.
I picked this tea up a few weeks ago, but today is the first time I’ve been able to try it. It’s a very nice rose and strawberry blend. The fragrance of the dry leaves is highly perfumed, so much so that I didn’t think I would be able to enjoy this. Once steeped the smell is softer. It’s discernibly rose with a sweet general fruity note mixed in. There’s also a bit of an earthy note which made me hopeful since I like being able to taste the base tea in flavored blends. The taste is delicious. The mix of rose and strawberry is well balanced. There’s also a dried hay note and the slightest touch of astringency, which I found pleasant. I drank the first half of the cup without adding anything and found it enjoyable. I added a touch of monk fruit sweetener to the second half to bring out the strawberry flavor a bit more. It was also nice, but I think going forward I’ll drink it sans additives.
This one was a nice surprise. It’s like a bit of summer in a cup, and I’m here for it.
Flavors: Hay, Rose, Strawberry
This tea I received from Izzy in our first swap? Thanks. Anyway use by 5-2021 is quite soon. And rhubarb tea was something to enjoy today I guess.
Nope. I got only hibiscus flavoured tea and as it was white instead of classic red; it wasn’t even tart. It was pretty much meh; no rhubarb, though it should be in, and not in small amount.
Just nothing from expected flavour profile. I wonder if it is because it’s old, or it wasn’t flavourful at all.
I think it is this one, based on ashmanra detailed view of tea bag she got. Mine looked like same, even with those white small spheres. Ingredients were saying only: Black tea, flavouring. Anyway, it was a tea bag from Izzy.
To be honest, I never was, and probably never will be a fan of rose teas. They are usually soapy for me, sometimes it’s somehow overpowered by the rose and now and then it smells like a dish soap or just somehow weird.
This tea wasn’t greeting me with anything new. Foil wrapped tea bag smelled soapy. I wasn’t impressed.
Brewed, and I think I did about four minute steep, was better. The base tea was quite mellow and I assume it could be Ceylon mostly, as it was bit citrusy. But the rose was there and I liked this brew. It was quite nicely floral and… that’s it. Quite decent brew, though it does not make me happy they don’t even try to put some real rose in. Flavouring isn’t something I would like to see in a tea I get for 5,50 GBP per 25 tea bags.
And if you want to know what is difference between red and gray tea bags, let me answer: NOTHING, as I have asked them directly on their website chat. Happy for me as a tea bag collector, worse for anyone expecting some difference.
Flavors: Citrusy, Floral, Rose, Soap
A smooth tea, though surprisingly malty for an earl grey, the bergomot is balanced very nicely with the tea to produce an overall fresh and delightful taste.
Well defined taste.
Lingering citrus finish
Flavors: Bergamot, Cloves, Grapefruit, Pine
It´s for teas like this that I appreciate my water boiler with temperature control between 60 and 100ºC. To be brewed with water at 80ºC? No problem.
But, although it makes drinking white and green teas a lot simpler and straight-forward, I managed to forget about this tea for quite a while.
On the little card Whittard´s adds to the tea pack, it says the tea is “a supremely fresh and lightly fragranced tea with a hint of spring morning sweetness”. Indeed, in nose the loose tea is quite delicate with a sweet touch to it. In mouth it´s very easy going and light, nice enough without the grassy aspect of a lot of green teas, or the strength of most black teas. Honestly, I expected more from it.
This is another Whittard’s blend I picked to drink based on the name, without looking at the ingredients. I expected this to be a chai, and I wanted a bold, spicy tea for my breakfast tea this morning. I’d already tipped the leaf into the infuser when I read the ingredients and found that, apparently, the only spice in here is clove?! I say ‘apparently’ because the description here on Steepster lists other spices, and a few of the tasting notes describe a cinnamon-heavy tea (which I would have loved). I wonder if Whittard has changed the tea recently? More recent notes seem to be describing the same thing that’s in my tin – orange, vanilla and clove. It’s not bad, and I do taste all of those things, sort of in a dreamsicle way, but it’s not what I wanted right this moment. I’d probably enjoy it more if it was something I was in the mood for. I’ll have to pay more attention next time!
I finally finished my online training so I’m baaaack! I’ve missed you guys. Drinking this today because it’s instant and we have people coming to view the house later today so I didn’t want to make a mess with loose leaf. I still don’t get why this is called ‘dreamtime’ when it’s full of sugar and caffeine. Still, it’s pretty tasty once you get past the name.
Made myself a cup of this right before bedtime, expecting it to be caffeine-free, based on the name, and was surprised to realise that it’s actually a black tea base. I own the same ‘Dreamtime’ blend in regular, non-instant form and it’s definitely a herbal tisane, all apple pieces and rooibos. I wonder what possessed them to add black tea to the instant version? I drank it anyway, hoping it wouldn’t throw my sleep schedule off too badly – I’ve been trying to fix it for a couple of weeks, and avoiding caffeine after 5pm. I did get to sleep about an hour later than usual, but I won’t rush to blame this tea. Flavour-wise, it was quite nice. Very sweet at first, but the acidity grew as the cup cooled to match the sweetness nicely. Honey, vanilla and apricot notes were all present, and as I’ve found with most of Whittard’s instant teas the base was overpowered by the additional flavours. I’m not sure when I’ll drink this, though, because the flavour combination is definitely a ‘bedtime’ one for me, but there’s caffeine in this. Maybe I’ll try a pitcher of it iced, and hope for the best.
There’s another street party today so I made another pitcher of this tea iced to take out. I’m training for a new job so can’t take part in the party (I did go out for an hour to have a burger from the BBQ though), and I completely forgot about this and left it in the fridge when everyone went outside. Now the party is in full swing, I’ve came back inside to do more online courses, and I’m drinking the pitcher myself. Everyone out there has moved on to alcohol. Oh well!
VE Day 2020
I made a pitcher of this tea iced for our street party this afternoon, and as it turned out this was my last tea of the day because we ended up staying out til really late. We had a brilliant afternoon, and this went down a storm. Fantastic day all round!
ETA: I was a little bit merry when I wrote this last night, so I didn’t really add anything helpful about the tea. I had several comments that it tasted like juice, and even my iced tea hater mam enjoyed it. Heavy on the strawberry and blueberry, light on the tea. It doesn’t have that strong citric acid background that a lot of Whittard’s instant teas do, so that was a bonus. This is perfect for iced tea, I’m not sure I’ll even bother to try it hot.
THEME TEA DAY!!
Today is VE day, and it’s a big one this year – the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. My neighbours have organised a street party to celebrate, only now because of the Coronavirus we’re all going to have to stay in our own gardens. But, there’ll be music, food and drink, homemade bunting, it’s a beautiful sunny day and we’re all getting dressed up in 1940s dress or in red, white and blue. I’m drinking teas which I can tenuously link to peace or patriotism and the like, and there’s a minute’s silence at 11am to honour everyone who lost their lives.
I picked this tea to start my morning because it was the first one I thought of when I decided to drink themed teas today. What’s more English than an English rose? As a happy coincidence it’s also the last of my first tin of this tea, which means I’m half way done with it! I love a simple rose tea, and while this does the job it’s a bit light on the rose for my liking. I prefer Adagio’s Summer Rose, which has a much more prominent rose note and a harsher base than this tea, but I prefer to drink my rose teas with a splash of milk in the morning, and this tea is too thin to hold up to the milk. I’ll happily go through my other tin of this, but while a basic black rose tea is a staple in my cupboard, when it comes time to buy more it won’t be this one. Today, though, it sets the mood nicely.
ETA: This is a nice tea for when I’m making a pot for an afternoon tea, because the base doesn’t get too astringent even if you leave the leaves in the pot for an hour or two.