Whittard of Chelsea

Recent Tasting Notes

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.

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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

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 200 OZ / 5914 ML

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drank York Tea by Whittard of Chelsea
322 tasting notes

I was really tired this afternoon at work, so I brewed a strong cup of this, and since I had milk at hand, added a “spot of milk” in it too. Great tea, although my Marriage Frerres French Breakfast takes milk better. Not many brews left in this caddy, I’m afraid. Will sorely miss it.

mrmopar

Hope you are safe my friend!

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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. Really 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

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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 really 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. My favorite so far.

Would i buy it again? : You can bet

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This is not a review – this is a note of mourning. Someone stole – yes stole – the container with this tea, my favourite Assam and one that is no longer available. So sad…

Sil

that’s horrible! Who would do that!

yyz

Awful!

boychik

You have to hide it under puerh cakes the funky ones

NofarS

Boychik, you are so right!
Sil, I think that they just wanted the pretty container that it was in (white with flowers)
Yyz – indeed!
Anyone know of any good replacements? A really fruity Assam that is also malty?

Angrboda

Ugh. So annoying when you can’t have your things in peace. Why anybody would make themselves a thief for a tin a tea is beyond me.

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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….

OMGsrsly

You can get them at Winners/Homesense fairly regularly. I don’t think there are many right now, but in a month or so they should get more stock. But you never know. (Also, elephant tins!!)

Bear With Me

Were the elephant tins Whittards teas?!?! OOH! Even more reason to get them! I mean, uhh, I don’t like elephants and fun tins, not in the slightest…

OMGsrsly

I’m pretty sure yes. But if not (what other tea company starts with a ‘wh’ sound?!) they do carry boxes sometimes too. (Googled.) Williamsons. :( Thise are the elephants. Darn it!

Bear With Me

bummer, but possibly still worth checking out! worse comes to worse I use the tea to make kombucha if it’s crappy tea, then fill the effelants with something more awesome! (kind of like how I want the rainbow DAVIDs pink lemonade special tin, but I want to dump the pink lemonade into a plain tin and fill the tin with Janet’s Rainbow Rooibos. I mean come on, rainbow tins need rainbow teas!!)

OMGsrsly

Rainbows! :)

Bear With Me

need ALL the rainbow things!

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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.

Flavors: Spices

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 g 2 OZ / 59 ML
Ost

That just made me wanna watch Spongebob again….xD “pinkys out, Patrick!”

albertocanfly

Tehe, I remember that episode! Spongebob tried so hard:P

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Backlog: (cleaning up old teas from my cupboard that are long gone!)
I didn’t like the rose in this. It just wasn’t for me, although ocassionally rose is done well.) Thanks anyway, Sil!

Sil

a rose tea by any name would still be a rose tea i don’t wanna drink :)

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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.

yyz

Starbucks….I have several thoughts about them. I appreciate that its one place that you can find free WiFi pretty well everywhere, useful for travelling,but for a while I had a deep resentment towards them as they had a habit of outbidding leases on culturally important businesses in Toronto and then rubbing salt in the wounds by naming drinks and desserts in reference to what used to be there. They took over my favourite book store on yonge street one of those awesome beautiful ones, and they took over the Sanctuary in Toronto, which was once a centre of the Goth community.

The one near me also has a tendency to burn their coffee and seems to define the little stain in a macchiato as a touch of coffee in foam instead of the other way around.

Sticky Toffee sounds nice.

Sami Kelsh

Yeah, I’m torn between resentment and the fact that I can’t really go to the independent coffee shop around the corner because I worked there for a few weeks and I still feel a bit awkward about it because I know why the staff turnover is so high.

yyz

Awkward!

Sami Kelsh

It’s probably slightly my own fault. I sort of self-ostracised myself from my two coffee shops of choice back in Manchester when I fell out with a barista at one because a creative project he’d asked me to work on with him fell through, and then I dated and subsequently was dumped by an ESL teacher who held a lot of his lessons at the other coffee shop. And now I live in a new city, where I hope there are enough coffee shops that I won’t be able to run out of them.

yyz

Hopefully! I understand the discomfort though. I’m one of those strange people who require noise to deeply concentrate. So, if I have to study for something, I’ll often go to a coffee shop. This sometimes backfires on me because I’ll either run into people thanking me for looking after someone at work ( this still happens almost 6 yefter the fact in some cases), or who come to me to chat. I lie right on the line of INFP and ENFP on Myers Brigg, but when I slip into an introverted phase this can backfire because it can be hard to find true privacy.

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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.

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Hello, gorgeous.

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.

TeaBrat

I know, I was pretty upset when I lost my job but I wasn’t happy there anyway. In some ways it’s just a relief to be moving on.

TheTeaFairy

Hehe…Happy to inspire, the tea sounds lovely :-)

Sami Kelsh

Yeah, sometimes the relief’s enough to elevate your mood, in spite of everything. And MAN, what even was my life before milk oolong, for real?

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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.

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

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I don’t think I steeped this longer than two minutes but this preparation came out really bitter. Still decent, but a little bracing.

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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 :)

Flavors: Floral

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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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.

Preparation
2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

green teas cold brewed usually don’t do it for me…with a few exceptions.

OMGsrsly

Green teas just don’t really do it for me. :) So I’m not sure what miraculous thing I was expecting!

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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.

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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:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muscadine

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

Such lovely memories to have – its nice that this tea reminds you of that! :)

Veronica

Thanks! I’m sure I’m looking at them through the patina of time, and there was probably a fair bit of whining from three girls who thought it’s too hoooot out here, but it still makes me smile.

Anna

This tasting note is perfection.

TheTeaFairy

Such a lovely review, such happy memories to cherish…i love memory associations with tea, I get them all the time, that’s why tea is so much more than a just a plain beverage. I never had those Haha moments when I used to drink coffee, lol!

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I don’t have too much experience in instant teas, but this one is really tasty. I’ts a nice combo and you can taste all of the flavours. Maybe I’ll try some other instants of Whittard. Their range seems tempting.

Flavors: Apricot, Honey, Vanilla

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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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.

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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.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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90

Coldbrewed, this lost even more of the bergamot flavor, which is fine by me! It’s a light mango green, which is very good and will keep me company if summer ever comes!

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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

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I coldbrewed two teabags in a 25 ounce mason jar overnight and it is heaven. The overwhelming hibiscus has faded to a much more tolerable level. I will be drinking the rest of my package iced, because this is wonderful. Bumping up the rating to reflect this.

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