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Received this from the awesome Miss B via the equally awesome Sil!

Really excited to try it.

First had a few sips straight up, it was decent, but not spectacular. A bit of milk brought out the shortbread aspect far more.

It’s not as vanilla as I would hope, I far prefer something like WP Golden Orchid or Tippy’s Tea Not So Vanilla as far as a vanilla tea goes. Real vanilla beans and whatnot.

Super happy to get to try this though, something that would otherwise likely never cross my path! Thanks you two!

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As soon as I saw this tea in the giant bag of tea compiled by many steepsterites, I snatched it up and quickly got the kettle boiling. (1) Vanilla shortbread sounds ah-mazing and (2) I was excited to try a tea from an English company as I will be in London in just a few months!! However, perhaps my expectations were too high for this, or maybe I brewed it incorrectly because I am finding myself disappointed. I am not really getting any vanilla or cookie. I am getting a nuttiness that could be perceived as the shortbread if I try hard to picture it that way but its not a flavor that would come to mind had I not known the name of the tea. Also, the flavor tends to end pretty abruptly which sounds like a weird description but that’s how its coming off to me. Usually a flavor continues right through a sip and lingers a little after you’re done but the nutty flavor just sort of dies off quickly leaving behind a slight butteriness. Nonetheless, I am so grateful to MissB for sending this back to Canada for myself and others to try and thank you to Sil and Cavocorax for getting it to me. Tea friends really are the best friends!

Nightshifter

Oh this makes me feel better- thank you! It sounded ah-mazing to me also, but I haven’t been able to find it anywhere in the US and shipping was almost $40 just to try it from UK.

MissB

It just wasn’t my cup of tea either. It’s a huge benefit to go in the store (in London – you must go!) but really, I wasn’t wowed by anything other than maybe the white chocolate from them, brewed in-store. I couldn’t get it to taste the same though.

VariaTEA

If I get to the store I will certainly try their white chocolate, brewed in store. It was fun to try a new company and I am sure I would love visiting their shop (which hopefully I will get the chance since I only have three days there and need to also accommodate a friend). Thanks again MissB!!

And Nightshifter, IMHO you are not missing out at all so don’t feel bad about not getting any of this.

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I think this is my favourite vanilla tea, ever.
Mind you I haven’t had that many and there was a time they didn’t sit well with me. But this one is simply delicious. Thank you Miss B for the sample, and Sil for coordinating things!
I had half a cup sans dairy, and half with. Without, it is quite pleasant, but with is where I find the “shortbread” aspect really comes out. Oh man, I can actually taste buttery cookie! The vanilla is a really nice addition as well, making things extra creamy.

Fjellrev

Drool, vanilla shortbread.

Sil

there will be come out in the box to jones whenever i can fill it.. bhwahahaha

Sil

come = some

Indigobloom

Yes, I second the drool! :P

Sil, dunno how you’re gonna part with it heh

M

This sounds amaaaazing.

Sil

it’s already partitioned out… once it’s in the box for the west coast or peeps here in toronto, it can’t come back out… otherwise whatshesaid would have no more caramel teas coming to her

Indigobloom

M, it IS!!! I have only half a cups worth left or else I’d send you the rest to try :)

Sil, good point heh. In Sil we trust!

Nightshifter

Annnnnnddddd.. now I need this. Yum! :)

Indigobloom

Welcome to the club Nightshifter :P

OMGsrsly

Oh, Fjellrev! You can have some if you send me your address. :D

Nightshifter

Where can it be purchased in the US? I’m only finding UK so far. Also how does it compare to GO? Sorry for the early AM questions. :P

whatshesaid

whatshesaid loves caramel teas :)

SOUNDS AMAZING!

Sil

nightshifter…no idea…this was a present from a friend travelling abroad :(

Indigobloom

hehe meeeee toooo whatshesaid :P

MissB

Yep, I grabbed this in London at the most amazing location… You’re all going to start hating me for sharing tea that you can’t easily get in North America. I’m positive though that Whittard ships ask over the world, they’re just really pricey,even prior to shipping.

So glad you liked this! You got a ton more out of it than I did… Now I’ll have to try it as a latte.

Indigobloom

No H8 MissB! Maybe a little jealousy though ;)
Did you have it with milk? I found it loads better that way

Kirkoneill1988

sounds tasty! :D

Indigobloom

Kirk, it really is!!

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drank Baked Apple by Whittard of Chelsea
2756 tasting notes

Thanks again MissB! I wasn’t sure what to expect from this tea, but I was actually pleasantly surprised. A nice apple tea, with just enough sourness to make it a tart apple, and just a hint of spice. I’m quite impressed that it does indeed taste like apple. Not a tea I need stocked, but I would definitely drink this again! I do wish it was looseleaf, though.

Also, resteeps decently, though I’m only doing so the one time.

Brewed at 100C for 3 min. Rating 76.

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As I am “living” in a British hotel for a while (in order to find our own place soon, I hope), I just couldn´t continue trying to enjoy the tea bags of PG Tips provided, so I discovered a Whittard of Chelsea tea stand in the shopping centre nearby and opted for a pack of Russian Caravan teabags. I know it could be a lot better, but in a hotel room, using the water boiler and cups provided, teabags are just plain practical. This tea can be drunk all day, has a slight smokey feel to it, but is never headed plain bitterness…that´ll do nicely on hotel, as far as I can tell. I´ll try to check out the loose tea variant at home pretty soon.

Flavors: Smoke

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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drank White Chocolate by Whittard of Chelsea
5754 tasting notes

Another tea from MissB that i sadly ruined…so i’ll have to try again. it smells DIVINE! but it IS a white tea…and silly old me went and treated it like a black tea so it was an incredible smelling bitter brew :( the hints of what it would taste like though, lead me to believe that it will be a good one. we shall see!

Red Fennekin

I have a feeling that a friend of mine used to make me this tea when I went around to visit. If so, you’re deffo right about it seeming like a good one – it’s pretty delicious if you brew it “right”! :-)

Sil

that gives me hope lol

MissB

This was unbelievable when I had it in store.

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This is called ‘Instant Tea’ and it claims to have instant black tea amongst it’s ingredients. It must only be a small amount as the crystals look more like sugar or sherbet. It’s sweet and lingers in the air, rather dusty and fine though with a sweet fruit and floral scent. Not hugely familiar with damson plum specifically.

I tried this both warm and cold today though it tasted the same for both drinks. The liquid is a pink/red colour and tastes highly floral and sweet though also light. It isn’t until the after taste that a fruit note dances onto the tongue and even then it’s too sweet for plum. More berry like than plum. Even in taste the instant tea is sherbet like and it has that edge of sour yet sweet sugar crystal type powder in each sip.

I’m not sure, the idea of this is a replacement for cordial and fizzy pop so it was never going to meet my satisfaction as a cup of tea, though even in despite of that it’s rather pleasant. I like that it’s floral and light, though sweet it isn’t too much and it does make a nice treat in the day. Not the greatest tea for my diet though considering the sugar but I will let myself off this time.

In basic terms I think I may purchase more of this in the summer as an aid to tea, mixed with some ice green tea I believe this would make a wonderful summer tea punch.

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drank Baked Apple by Whittard of Chelsea
5754 tasting notes

Another from missB honestly, so very generous and i’m really looking forward to sharing these teas with the tea gals (and guys!). Super exciting to get packages in the mail from her travels and a great tea journey for trying new things. Makes me even more excited for someday getting out there with my other half…once my cupboard is mostly empty and in need of restocks lol I half expected this tea to be similar to David’s TEas apple custard thing..but this one doesn’t have that weird after taste and the apple is much more baked goods like lol thanks for the share again MissB!

Suziqzer

Sounds like a good one. Love MissB!

Sil

yeah..she’s galavanting around the world, sending back tea for me to share with everyone heh

Amariel

Oooh, sounds lovely!

MissB

Aw, you guys rock. These solo bags of Twinings were a great find.

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This is my third go at this one. I’m still not sure what to think of it. At first I was too shocked by the sourness to notice anything else. I certainly didn’t expect that – I’m not very fond of sour teas. I tried twice to sweeten it with honey but instead of eliminating the sourness it just made me gag. But –

This time I mentally prepared myself for the sourness. I decided to keep the tea bag in longer than the package suggests, and I think it did the trick. Tasting it now I realise that it actually tastes exactly like it should – it tastes of baked apples. When the tea hits the tongue it’s still shockingly but not unpleasantly sour. As you begin to swallow you can taste the cinnamon and the pie crust. Wait, pie crust? Baked apples, not apple pie! I must’ve meant the almonds, hazelnut brittle and the mysterious “flavourings”.

It’s not the kind of tea I’d drink to calm myself down after a stressful day. This is more of an interesting gourmet experience. I still have 12 tea bags left – that’s pretty good conditions for falling in love.

Flavors: Apple, Caramel, Cinnamon, Pleasantly Sour

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Baked Apple by Whittard of Chelsea
1246 tasting notes

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I don’t seem to have this tea any more, and I don’t know where it went! My mam has a tendency to throw things out, and not remember afterwards, so maybe that’s what’s happened to it. I only drank this twice after I bought a whole bag of it, before it vanished, but both cups were lovely! It was the first rooibos blend I tried, and I really liked it. Perhaps it will turn up one day (probably completely flavourless), but there is a distinct possibility that it will come back into my life in one way or another a few years down the line. I remember the strawberry taste being very natural, and quite strong, but not overpowering the base. It would be interesting to try this again and see if my memory is right. Now that I’ve realised it’s gone, I miss it.

Sipdown! (10/203)

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1 teabag used.

It is a pyramid tea bag. Small rolled leaves unfurl and expand across multiple brews. It is unfortunate that it is not mentioned on the packaging that this tea can be brewed multiple times. It would be easy to brew it once and throw it out unaware that it has more brews left in it.

~5 minutes, as instructed.

Full flavoured, lingering sweetness. The sweetness is at the back of the throat. I would say that this is not as fresh tasting as the Dayuling from zen8tea.

8 minutes – The sweetness coats the mouth.

~15 minutes – A sugar-like sweetness on top of a hearty-sweet deeper sweetness.

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A very nice Assam! I have been curious about this one for some time and now thanks to a wonderful new Steepster tea friend I was able to taste it for myself. Bold and rich, malty with just enough natural sweetness. A smooth and enjoyable cuppa!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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79

Taken from the round two return of the EU-TTB (European Travelling Tea Box). Just an fyi the sign up to join the tea box is open for round three if anyone is interested?

Served this Chai the way I usually take mine, with a few pieces of rock sugar and a splash of milk.

Smell is warming and mildly spicy, more cinnamon and nutmeg like above all else, so I suppose it does have a Christmas aroma.

Flavour wise it’s mild yet dark and the spice notes linger on the tongue. Cinnamon and nutmeg are still present but so is ginger and a little bit of pepper. I am not sure what the actual ingredients are as this tea is no longer sold but taste wise those listed above are what I liken them to (if they don’t contain those anyway). It’s fairly smooth at the start so the black base is not too rich or astringent. Nice strength overall.

In a way it’s like eating a cinnamon Christmas cookie. Oh God!…now I’m thinking of Christmas before my beloved Halloween! Keep calm and stay away from Christmas teas.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, Pepper

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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80

My colleague spied my bag of this on my desk at work last night and, after I invited her to take a whiff, remarked that it smells just like “ripe, golden peaches in the sun.” Yes, yes it does. And what a beautiful description.

It really is one of those that demands no sweetening – in fact, I think adding sugar would make it cloying – as it’s got such a lovely naturally sweet quality to it. Not sugary, but just that subtle sweetness you get from something like steamed artichokes and green beans. This is doing it for me today, and getting up to go to the kitchen to resteep is giving me an excuse to wander away from my desk for a while when, frankly, my workload is finally winding down and I’m desperately trying to stretch it out over the week. Feels a lot better than being swamped, that’s for sure. I think the restful times are finally allowing me to get over this blasted flu!

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Exciting times in this neck of the woods. I have an actual engagement ring now, and some pretty decent job prospects in the pipeline (Gosh willing) and in spite of my mountains of debt and stuff, I’m not quite so super scared all of the time. That’s good!

Plus, the Doctor Who anthology I’ve written for has already raised over £1000 for Caudwell Children, which is amazing and I’m so proud to be named among such epically good writers (and some other very impressive contributors) in this collection. Like hot JAM, you guys.

As to the tea, I may have slightly bought it because it was on sale for £3 off regular price, but. Man. This smells like peach nectar. Like, JUST like peach nectar. I’d easily believe you if you said this was a peach-flavoured green tea, based on the smell. It’s intense and so inviting; it reminds me of family and home and the little glasses of peach nectar my grandmother would serve when we came to visit.

And as for the taste, it takes on a slightly more grassy and vegetal quality once brewed, but instead of going away or being buried, that note of peach nectar (not fresh peaches, peach nectar) is joined by something like steamed artichoke. This is one that demands at least a second steep, as you can see the leaves clearly have some more unfurling to do after the first. Absolutely lovely.

carol who

Congratulations on the engagement ring!

You do seem to be having a great string of events going on in your life! The DW anthology sounds awesome.

And you are having a nice cup of tea!

Life is good! :D

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Here’s one of my favorite types of tea : Oolong and even better Taiwanese Oolong ! and even even better , it’s a fairly oxidized oolong .

It comes from a swap with Sami Kelsh who is living in London, so I have a nice opportunity to finally taste this famous British brand.

It is a low fragrant leaf with a beautiful chocolate colour with golden highlights .

It looks more like a black tea rather than an Oolong at a first glance, but many Taiwanese highly oxidized Oolongs are like this .

Come on, let’s go for a dip of 4 minutes at 90 ° C as Whittard of Chelsea doesn’t give any brewing guidance on this package .

I taste a classic oxidized Oolong with a rather light mark. A discrete taste of cereals is pleasant enough but I cannot find very much honey and fruity typical tastes of the Taiwanese Oolongs . This is not a problem but I am surprised .

I have 50 grams of this tea so I’ll be able to explore it out more but I can already say I rather like it . Which may not be enough to buy it. But I enjoy drinking it. Thanks Sami Kelsh for sharing.

You can se pictures of the tea (dry, wet leaves and liquor) here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/09/27/imperial-formosa-oolong-whittard-of-chelsea/

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Had a huge glass of this while writing today’s reviews. I love, love, love this infusion. I even asked someone (an angel!) to bring me another bag when he went on a trip to London recently, and I am shamelessly considering asking someone going next week to bring me another bag. I’ve gone through 125g of this in about 2 months, which is a breakneck pace for me. I have enough for another batch, and then that’s it for the first bag that I bought.
I can’t recommend this tea enough.

Preparation
Iced

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I bought this less than a month ago, and I’m nearly through a 125g bag. That’s how much I love it. And this is me we are talking about – I hate fruity, non-tea, “tea” thingies like this. But I love love love this. Whittards hits a home run every once in a while, which makes me come back to them, despite their other misses. This is a perfectly balanced apple and elderflower “tea”, and it cold brews like a dream. Like a dream I say. I have a bottle of it cold brewing constantly in my fridge, and it is the most refreshing evening pick me up that you have ever tasted. I guarantee that.

Sil

sounds really interesting

KittyLovesTea

I have yet to try this one cold brew, will put it next on my list :) I picked up Whittards cold brew wine bottle contraption last time I visited, it’s fantastic.

NofarS

It is! I bought it on a whim, and it is fantastic – best cold brew vessel that I have. Put 5-7 tea spoons of Apple and Elderflower, and give it a night in the fridge. If you sweeten your tea – try a bit of maple syrup with this one. But it’s fantastic plain too. Yum

Sil

mmmm maple syrup.

May have to get you to send a little terri’s way when you guys do another swap….or get my own swap in with you! i totally owe you for the awesome swap you did with terri way back when!

NofarS

I totally want to do another swap with you and terri! The post office is now in semi-strike mode here, but I will start a box once they stop their strike. Postcard teas, some F&M, this infusion, and a few more surprises are coming your way :)

Sil

You need to let us know what we can send you as well. Stupid post office needs to be OPEN! all the time!

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I’m back!
Had a lovely time in London and bought lots and lots of tea.
I didn’t buy much in Whittard’s except for Assam Hazelbank (my favourite Assam, the one stolen from me, now back in stock in Whittard’s – woot!) and this little fruit infusion, bought on a whim. I love elderflower, I like apples, and this infusion smelled like delicate sparkling apple and elderflower cordial, not like an overly sweet, artificial concoction of gunk.
I also bought a nice iced tea infuser bottle from Whittard’s, so when I came back to a balm 30 degrees C, I unpacked the lot and brewed a batch.
Heaven in a cup.
It tastes just like it smells – delicate, sparking, refreshing, and tasty. The undertone is apple, while elderflower takes the high notes, and none overpower the other.
I’ve brewed three bottles of this already, and I just can’t stop sipping it. I really wish that I hadn’t just bought one bag of it.

DigniTea

Glad to see you back – missed your tea updates.

boychik

welcome back!

KittyLovesTea

I enjoyed this one a lot as well :)

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I was arranging some of my more decorative tea tins in a secretary tonight and noticed that this one still had the deal around the top. Oh my! How in the world did this happen? I was sure I had added it to my cupboard on here long ago but it wasn’t there. My daughter, Superanna, bought this for me on her last trip to London.

To make it up to this Earl, I decided to open the tin and treat myself tonight since I have been really good and…well, I haven’t really done anything but eat peanut M&Ms and make a pitcher of iced tea for tomorrow so I guess I haven’t been all that good. Still, I want tea.

I was afraid from the dry aroma that I was in for a HUGE blast of bergamot. I wasn’t sure of the base so I used water a little below the boil and only gave it a three minute steep.

What I have is a very civilized cup of Earl Grey. Contrary to the aroma upon opening the tin, the bergamot is at a very moderate level. Perhaps I would change my mind if I made this with boiling water and gave it a longer steep, but this is a wonderful afternoon or evening treat to me, not a bracing, kick you out the door, breakfast tea, which I think of as being more along the lines of a builder’s tea. This is more genteel.

The Ceylon contributes a tiny lemon tang, the Assam rounds it, and the Kenyan tea is what puts the breakfast bit in.

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Oh jolly good! Some shitty faced wank stain sorry excuse for a human parasite broke into my house yesterday afternoon and stole a bunch of shit from me and my flatmates. Pardon my French. My laptops are gone, Gentleman’s laptops are gone, and mostly I’m pissed because they weren’t even good laptops but they were mine and they’ll probably have binned them anyway and so the whole venture just means they got nothing out of it and we had to have a new window put in and now we don’t have our computers that, frankly, given all the crap we’ve been through in the last few months, I can’t bloody afford to replace. GOSH DAMN MOTHER FLIPPING BEESTINGS.

So I guess this is kind of an angry review, as I’ve been crying a lot more than I can blame on my period, but I thought, you know, oolong’s nice. And it is, and this is a nice oolong. It’s a darker one so you get that muesli, autumn flavour, but it’s quite a distinctly fruity muesli. Like, there’s some toasted oats and nuts in there, but also an unusual number of raisins and sultanas and stuff. It’s good.

Gentleman’s just walked up to me and handed me a piece of cheese. I’m blessed to have him. We can weather any crap as long as we have each other. I’m grateful for that. I’m so grateful.

donkeytiara

Sorry to hear this!! Where do you live?

TeaBrat

so sorry…. :(

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I’m not normally a big fan of Ceylon teas, but this one does it for me. There’s a certain fruitiness in the aroma that I can’t quite put my finger on, and a clean sort of autumn leaf taste, and a fruit-floral note to it. The company describes it as floral, but to me that sort of manifests itself in a lighter, fruitier sense, and less in any sort of heavy or super-fragrant way. Good.

Also, I wore a shirtdress I haven’t worn in ages today, and then remembered why I haven’t worn it in ages. It makes me look like either a nurse or a schoolgirl. Seeing how I’m not either, kind of not good. At least Gentleman told me I looked nice. He’s good at knowing what to say.

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I have craft club in a bit so I’m cross stitching up a storm again. Unfortunately sometime in the night I managed to get a cut on the underside of my tongue and if I drink, eat, or move my tongue it hurts. That makes this sipdown painful but I’m hoping to get past that.

So two bags of this into my large mug and I can smell clove and pepper. Not as spicy as say a Chai tea but it is noticeable all the same.

In flavour this is mild, clove and pepper are still present though somewhat dry. The black base is hard to taste though on the plus side it’s rather smooth and non astringent. The spices do dominate the base and linger in the after taste, though again albeit still on a mild/medium scale. Perhaps a touch bitter in the after taste but I think that may be the spices, something in it like cardamom pod or citrus peel.

It’s not a bad tea but not strong enough for my liking, and I prefer cinnamon in my spiced drinks. It was alright though, got a few bags left that will easily be finished off.

Flavors: Clove, Pepper

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