Whittard of Chelsea
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I made some iced tea with this a few days ago, and finally tried it after it steeped today.
Unfortunately, I feel like I botched it. The website does say to use 1 tsp per cup of liquid, and I used twice that to make sure that it was able to be diluted for iced tea.
However, even iced and diluted, this doesn’t really work for me. The rose and elderflower flavours are really strong, and it feels like I’m drinking a cup of perfume. Adding ice didn’t help. Adding huge bunch of club soda even after the ice melted helped, but not as much as I hoped. It just doesn’t taste sweet and fruity enough.
Backlog from a few days ago:
My sister-in-law and her husband went to Britain about a month ago, and brought back some Whittards of Chelsea tea for me upon my request. So yay!
I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of Earl Grey, but that’s because I don’t often drink it, and probably haven’t developed a palate for it. I will say, though, that this one is very strong. I used only 1 bag in a 12-oz mug for 3 minutes, and the resulting liquor was so strong and black that I had trouble finishing the entire cup. I even added some milk to tone it down, which is something I almost never do.
One thing I noticed about this variety is that the dry teabags have a sort of scent to them that reminds me somewhat of jujube candies. Just that sort of jelly-like undertone to it. Not sure how to describe it.
I bought this tea in a Whittard store in Santiago, Chile.
I took it to the teachers lounge and drank a couple of cups everyday. There’s nothing more refreshing after a class than a nice cup of turkish apple tea.
I actually ran out of it very quickly. I need to buy it again…when I get the money.
Flavors: Green Apple
How i got it: Bought it
Experience: My first loose leaf black tea (though it really is a mix of black and green), and one of my options for evenings. By far the most aromatic i own, its distinctive jasmine touch dominates both smell and flavor. Light, clear and almost sweet taste. Quite good.
Would i buy it again?: Yes, i think so… i guess i would miss it if i don’t have it as an alternative to my green tea some evenings hehe
How i got it: Bought it
Experience: The base mix of Ceylon, Assam and Kenyan teas gives it a strong, rich, complex taste that i found difficult to describe. What i’m most grateful for is that the touch of bergamot is not too intense, but just the right amount to complement the tea. This blend surely stands out compared to the regular Earl Grey. Really good. My favorite so far.
Would i buy it again? : You can bet. This one is a must-have for me.
It’s of the utmost importance that I figure out if I am a heffalump or a woozle, and what colour I am. I fear my brain may go BOOM! if I don’t figure it out ASAP. O.o
Either I’ve completely lost my mind, or my craving for black tea with honey had something to do with it.
I like to use a CTC tea when adding honey, so that it doesn’t overwhelm the tea itself, since honey is so strong. This one was a good choice. Good body, steeped it a wee bit long so that the honey dulled the mild bitterness without camouflaging the lovely black base.
I need to get my hands on some more Whittards blacks. They’re quite lovely and versatile and some of the nicer CTC teas I’ve had. A friend brought me a 3 pack of adorable tins of Whittards tea when she went to England last year. I wonder how bad shipping would be….
Small Big Traveling Tea Box
When in doubt, pinky out! ← that’s what I kept thinking while drinking this tea. It reminds me of tea and biscuits at the eve of noon:P Probably because it has a bit of an English breakfast taste to me. I was having a tough time distinguishing the individual flavors, it tasted mostly of a very mild potpourri of spices. A decent tea, I just wish there was a bit more here.
Oh, yes. This was an impulse feelings-purchase after learning that my favourite Starbucks in Oxford is closing. After a wistful hour or so perusing job listings from the cozy upstairs loft overlooking High Street after finishing work at the Examination Schools for the day, I meandered over to the Whittard across the road with a taste for whatever was the closest I could get to caramel. This seemed to fit the bill.
And indeed it has! It’s got a nice sweetness and a nutty flavour that reminds me a bit of their vanilla shortbread tea, but where that one has notes of vanilla and biscuits, this one has a cozy malt and caramel tone. I have a feeling this’ll blend well with a pu erh if I’m feeling creative.
Hellooooooooooooooo baby. I don’t know what it is, but this is totally hitting the spot today. I totally didn’t time how long this steeped for, but yeah. It’s light and lovely.
This tea pairs especially well with hoovering an entire bag of bbq popchips and bingewatching Archer before going to work. Yeah, perfect.
After reading *TheTeaFairy*’s inspiring note about Mandala’s milk oolong the other day, I developed such a hankering that I’m really grateful that I had a little ziploc of a milk oolong of my own that I brought with me to tide me over until I can move my whole tea stash down from Manchester into my new flat here on the weekend. I do love a good resteepable tea that I can just keep drinking all day, and man, does this one go on forever. So much lovely, sweet honeydew flowery goodness, perfect for an idle Tuesday of drawing some things for a secret project for an interesting publisher, wandering to a wool shop down the road from Gentleman’s home, and making Hungarian cucumber salad. I shouldn’t be in such good spirits for someone so recently unemployed, but I think just not being in a godawful job anymore is enough to make me feel a little better about the world.
I was in a Darjeeling mood, and this one was in arm’s reach. Lovely sweet dry hay flavor with muscatel notes following. Even though this is a blend I’m liking it more and more (I usually get all starry eyed over First Flushes). It steeps up beautifully at a lower temperature allowing the flavors to really come out and play.
My first Oolong! Also, my first gong fu experience. I really enjoyed the experience. The tea has a very floral taste, very light. Extremely flavourful. I am just venturing into the world of Oolongs, but let’s say that if they are all at least as good, I’m pretty sure I’m in for a great ride :)
A sample from MissB. :) Thank you!
I decided to cold steep this one based on some Facebook conversations about icing and cold steeping teas. I generally stick to fruit teas, and am trying to branch out.
So this. Overnight in the fridge.
Sadly, it was like drinking spinach water with a touch of seaweed. For some reason most green teas do this to me. I keep hoping they’ll be delicious cold, but then they aren’t.
I appreciate being able to try this, but I think that for me it would have been better hot.
On my last cup of this after reveiving a few bags in a sampler. It’s a pleasant enough all day, every day cup of tea but it’s nothing special. Has mild malt and smoke tones with little to no richness or strength which is what I look for in a teabag. It’s not dusty which is a plus point so I can tell it isn’t cheap but it’s just the lack of strength knocking it down points for me.
I made this after breakfast so I could just sit and enjoy. I realized while I was sipping that this tea reminds me of muscadines. More to the point, it reminds me of the large bronze muscadines my grandpa grows on this farm. It is the earthy note combined with the muscatel one that does it. My grandparents also grew zinnias for a while, so the floral note in this tea combined with the other notes really took me back to the days when my grandpa would hand my sisters and I buckets and tell us to, “head on out to the vine.” I loved picking fruit on his farm because he’d tell us stories or let us talk his ears off about all the things that little girls find important. My parents would come out and help us move step stools so we could get the fruit at the top of the vines. Then, when our buckets were full, we’d take them into my grandma, and she’d turn them into muscadine jelly. Now that I’m grown and make jelly of my own I appreciate all of the work she did so much more. While she and my mom were working in a steamy hot kitchen my grandpa and dad would take my sisters and I swimming at the creek, so we’d come home to lots of jars of pretty jelly lined up on the table. It seemed magical to me, and I guess in a way it was.
Happy memories. Lovely tea. Not a bad start to a Sunday.
Here is the Wikipedia page for muscadines if you haven’t heard of them before:
This was the only tea that I tried to make at the end of a very long workday that remotely appealed. I can’t explain it. Everything smelled wrong and not as it should, except this. This was the miracle tea that made everything all better.
Oh, my kingdom for a life with a steady income and some measure of certainty about my future. Just a smidge. At least this tea is consistently creamy and biscuit-y and perfect and just fills me with quiet comfort and joy.
Wow, this is lovely and hearty! I have only recently started appreciating heavier, richer, non-flavored teas. This one is almost nutty and kind of creamy. The first few sips were really smooth, but it is starting to get bitter as it cools. Adding a bit of cream takes the edge off the bite. I’m not totally taken by this tea, but I may keep it out of the ATTB and try it again soon.
I brought this in to a university seminar on food. I made close to 20 cups from about a quarter of a brew basket of leaves (no way to measure in class), and it was a smash hit. People came for seconds. The leaves are of superb quality, whole, unbroken, with a powerful buttery aroma and a strong creamy buttery taste. They unfold beautifully, and are worth spending time with.
Flavors: Butter, Cream