Whittard of Chelsea

Recent Tasting Notes

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This is the last of the samples given to me by Whittard of Chelsea and it is wonderful!

The hibiscus is not overwhelming in this blend, thank goodness, it is just pure, blueberry deliciousness. I coldbrewed it overnight and split it with the wife and we both love it.

I don’t know what else to say, but this is a delicious brew. Oooh, I should try this in some pancakes…

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 5 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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83

I only steeped this for 30 seconds, I could not believe how dark gold the tea got in such a short amount of time – and holy crapnuggets, the flavour! I don’t like floral teas – I especially don’t like rose teas. Most of the time it’s like drinking shampoo. BUT NOT THIS ONE. Which was my point. Really strong flavour, but really nice.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Christina

Which samples from Whittards of Chelsea did you and aisling get? My sister-in-law is heading to the UK soon, and I want to ask her to bring some tea back for me.

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90

Part of the incredibly generous sample pack sent to me by Whittard of Chelsea!

I had to try this one coldbrewed. I just had to. And I wanted to see if it was as good as Goji Pop. I took a sip of this before I added my sweetener and holy hibiscus, Batman! Tart as sin and not half as fun. But the sugar calmed it down a bit, thank goodness.

I first discovered the flavor of acai through Red Leaf Tea’s Brazilian Acai Matcha, which I adored. To me, acai tastes like the bastard son of blueberry and raspberry. I really like it. It’s rounded out and juicy like blueberry, but it has an edge, like raspberry.

This coldbrew captures that perfectly. And with the goji, it is out of this world. It’s incredibly refreshing on this hungover day, and I’d even pick it over Goji Pop! The only reason I might keep Goji Pop stocked instead of this is because DavidsTea is much more accessible for me. Still, I’ve got enough of both to give me a yummy summer.

I didn’t like that the package wasn’t resealable in any way, in fact, you had to cut it open. Luckily I have a few empty tins kicking about. Also, again, so much hibiscus. Though it is making me start to wonder, is 45% hibiscus normal for an herbal, or is it a high percentage? I almost wish the percentage of each ingredient wasn’t listed, because without that, I wouldn’t have been so focused on the amount of hibiscus when I first tried it.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 3 tsp 25 OZ / 739 ML

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90

So my wife makes me a cup of this and my first response is “Wow that’s really green!”

Maybe because it’s a green and not black as I was, for some reason, expecting.

This was delicious! But if there was bergamot in it I could barely taste it. The mango was the dominant taste, but it didn’t completely drown the green. The green had a faintly toasted flavour to it, not too strong. Worked well together. Very calming cup for something caffeinated.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80

Drinking this one cold-brewed right now. My wife put it in the fridge to steep overnight, and I’m really enjoying it! I’m not a huge iced tea drinker but this one is good. It’s not too tart, not too floral, not too grassy, just sweet and blueberry-y. I think hot it would come off as too sweet, but it’s a great choice iced.

Flavors: Berries, Jam

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 6 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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91

This is just as tasty cold as it is hot, if not more so. Creamy rhubarb goodness. This is a tea I am absolutely in love with. To cold brew, I put about three teaspoons in my DavidsTea Mason Jar that holds 25 oz, and I filled it with water and let it chill overnight. It’s not bitter at all and I love it. It’s great. If you have any of this and like cold tea, do yourself a favor and cold brew it.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 3 tsp 25 OZ / 739 ML

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90

Whittard of Chelsea sent this along with the rest of the samples offered to me! Yay!

That sentence is awkward, but I have fuzzy brain at the moment and I don’t care. I’m not an earl fan, but my wife is and she was very, very excited to try this. So was I, after smelling the dry leaf. Juicy, juicy mango with a citrus undertone.

My wife tried it first, and she let me know the bergamot wasn’t very strong, which gave me the courage to go after a cup tonight. It’s the lemony freshness of bergamot, but the mango smooths out the rough edges. This is lovely. I need to try it side-by-side with the Marquis De Gris from RiverTea and see how they compare, but I think I would prefer this one. I remember the bergamot being stronger in the other blend.

Don’t be frightened by the bergamot, this is a wonderful introduction to the flavor if you’ve never tried it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90

Another of the generous samples Whittard of Chelsea shared with me!

My favorite cider in the world is elderflower cider and as soon as I spotted this tea on their website, it flew onto my wishlist. It flew. For reals, people. Everything elderflower that I’ve ever had, I loved (most of it courtesy of IKEA), so I was so excited to try it. I love that it is individually packaged. I’m not a huge teabag fan, but when the bags come from a reputable company like Whittard, I’m willing to try them, I trust it to be more than just tea dust.

Loose leaf, this tea would knock my socks off. In a bag, it’s still pretty damn good. As far as bagged tea goes, this is wonderful. A little heavy on the hibiscus (seriously, why does berry tea always have to equal copious amounts of hibsicus) but I’ve long since learned how to deal with the dreaded hibby.

Still, this is a tea I plan to keep stocked in my purse and I can’t wait to coldbrew it. It smells really floral, but it’s only vaguely floral in flavor with a bright, tart berry. I definitely get the feeling of “blackberry” as opposed to a generic berry.

Points off for the 45% hibiscus and for the teabag, but this is still a winner!

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

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85

This is another generous sample given to me by Whittard of Chelsea. You guys rock!

As is my habit with drinking white teas, I gave this a low temp and short steep. The scent made me think of berries, but there are no berries or berry flavorings. Hmm. Oh well!

Even with a 30 second steep, this came out dark-ish for a white tea. It was enjoyable, rosey without being overly floral. Thank goodness, because florals are not my thing. Too often teas with rose in them taste like perfume or shampoo, but that is not the case here. I highly recommend this if you are looking for a good rose tea, because it is definitely that. I can’t wait to try this cold brewed.

That all said, rose teas are not my bag. It won’t be hard to drink this one down, because it is refreshing, but I won’t feel the need to restock.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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96

This is another of the seven generous samples Whittard of Chelsea sent me!

Genmaicha is one of those teas I always pass over when I’m buying tea, because I’m not a fan of greens. But then I go out for teppanyaki or sushi, get a cup of roasty, toasty goodness, and wonder why I don’t have any in my cupboard.

So when Whittard of Chelsea offered to send me some free samples, I thought this would be a good one to try, to see if I like it outside of my favorite sushi places!

And oh, I do. I added about half of the amount of sugar I usually add (1 lump instead of 2) and it tastes like a less-sugary cup of Sugar Crisp cereal! Which I love, love, love. I don’t think I’ve ever loved a green tea this much. It smells a touch seaweedy dry, but that doesn’t translate over to the liquor at all. It’s just roasty toasty goodness.

I don’t drink a lot of Genmaicha, but I like this more than I’ve ever liked anything I got in a sushi place. Of course, I don’t get to control the steeping parameters there like I do at home, so that might be part of it. Still, I am very glad to have this in my cupboard and will do everything I can to keep it well stocked!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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91

So a few weeks ago, Whittard of Chelsea contacted me to ask if I would be interested in trying and reviewing some of their teas! I was extremely honored and excited, so of course I said yes! I made a wishlist and sent it to them, but I also requested that they send me ones that are their favorites and I absolutely must try. This is one of seven extremely generous samples they sent to me. Based on my interactions here on Steepster alone, I would order from them in a heartbeat.

Onto the tea! I opened the package and took a deep sniff and immediately fell in love. I ran over and made my wife smell it too and ended up having to make two cups of tea instead of just one, ha! It just smells so deliciously fruity and juicy it made my mouth water.

And boy, did it live up to that smell. The rhubarb was delicious and the black tea base was present, but not overwhelming. It got astringent towards the end of the cup, but I drink my tea lukewarm, so that’s likely my fault. Still, my wife and I kept exclaiming “It’s so good!” as we drank down our cups. I got a hint of creaminess towards the end of the sip, but all three flavors mixed together wonderfully.

My grandmother-in-law makes a coconut rhubarb cream pie that my wife absolutely loves, so maybe I’ll break open a can of coconut milk to see if I can recreate that in tea form. I already have some coldbrewing in the fridge, I am dying to see how this does cold!

My only complaints would be towards the end of the cup, the black tea became astringent and the rhubarb began to taste artificial, but that may all have been user error.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90
drank Rhubarb & Cream by Whittard of Chelsea
485 tasting notes

Oh wow. I wasn’t in the mood for tea this morning (yes, I know, such a thing is possible) until my wife waved the bag under my nose. Then I had to have a cup – and I was not disappointed.

Dry, it’s rhubarb and cream – a little bit tart, a little bit sweet, a bit of white chocolate scent. Dusty black tea somewhere in there.

Brewed, it was exactly what it said on the tin. A tart treat that mellowed out with the creaminess. The black base was rich but not overpowering, worked really well with the cream. The rhubarb was the strongest at the beginning of the cup, by the time I got to the bottom it had cooled a little and it was much more black tea. A bit of an Irish breakfast in taste.

PS I have a list of teas that I’ve drunk but haven’t logged so if it looks like I’m drinking a ton of tea, I’m just catching up.

Flavors: Cream

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Christina

Welcome back! I noticed you hadn’t been around for a while.

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It’s a good tea but not one that I would buy for myself. It does indeed have an imperial taste to it. Reminds me of something they might serve at high noon with a biscuit. In some ways this reminds me of a Ceylon. Maybe that’s why I’m not such a fan. The added flavors make up for that though. It’s a good blend, even if it is a little weird.

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp

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84

From the HHTTB2

I’m a Darjeeling fan. I know it’s one of those teas that people love, or hate, or love to hate, so I wasn’t surprised by the less than stellar rating this one has received. It’s definitely a blend and probably not the highest quality, but it is decent Darjeeling.

This tea has plenty of muscatel notes. The flavor is strong from the first sip. There is also some spiciness and a good floral note that reminds me of honeysuckle. It’s really interesting and pleasing. There is a nice amount of astringency. Not so much that it’s harsh, just present. As the tea cools the grape-y flavor lessens somewhat, but it is still the dominant flavor. I enjoyed two steeps, and the flavor was consistent in both cups.

I can see this being a nice afternoon tea. I’m glad I was able to try it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TheTeaFairy

I too am a fan of Darjeeling and its bright and crisp astringency!

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65

Generally I like flavored green teas but I’ve got a problem with orange peel in green tea (or at least in this one) but it’s just a matter of taste and to others it might seem hair-splitting. If I steep the tea a bit longer then the orange peel will dominate the tea (for my taste) but if I steep it for a shorter period of time then it’s going to be too mild. Maybe experimenting with the amount of tea will solve the problem. Still, not a bad choice, I can enjoy the mild infusion in the evenings.
(p.s.: I used loose leaf not the bagged ones)

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70

I got this tea from my friend and had doubts about it because mint is not one of my favourites (therefore I’ve never drunk mint tea before so i cannot compare). Unexpectedly I really enjoyed it. Quite refreshing and fine taste but still would not buy it by myself. Glad that i own it, though :)

Preparation
1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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80

I really like this one, it’s very delectable especially if “oversteeped” a little. The time recommendation about steeping that the packaging says is not enough for all of the flavors to be released. It’s a simple but lovely fruit infusion.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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74

Another in a swap from Awkward Soul. This tea doesn’t have a WOW! factor, but is a good stable tea. I can taste the base (with a little astringency), and the toffee/caramel flavor. It tasted better when it was hot. As it is cooling, the toffee/caramel/nut flavor is on the back of the sip (instead of more on the front).

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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72

Doesn’t really remind me of pudding but perhaps England has many types of pudding. It’s an interesting mix, but it’s done well. From the tea box. Good hot.

Preparation
1 tsp
Stephanie

I think England just calls most desserts pudding

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75

This is another one of those tasting notes where I can’t really tell you anything about the tea in itself because I couldn’t decide what I wanted to drink tonight and somehow settled on creating a terrifying Franken-oolong by adding a drop of almond extract and a squizzle of honey to this.

It was totally super-comforting and awesome until I got distracted by other things and let the tea get cold, and now it’s suddenly WAY too sweet and it’s all my fault and I’m still just not in love with it anyway, which is probably why I keep adding stuff to it so I can get through this box and move on. Maybe I should just not finish this one, given that it’s 1 in the morning and I have to be up tomorrow to go into town and run errands before cleaning the living heck out of my apartment before Gentleman comes down for the weekend. And I still don’t know what I’m wearing to my job interview on Friday. Whoops.

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I participated in the Hepatite swap this past month and yesterday i received my tea from my swap buddy. I’m not sure whether i’m more excited about getting my teas, or the thought of my swap buddy getting my teas. Heh…not that i want to spoil anything, but those of you who have um gotten tea from me, know a little of what she’s in store for hahaha.

Sami Kelsh sent this one my way and that’s awesome because it was on my wishlist of things to try someday! Mostly because of her review haha. this is delicious…delicious and creamy and man i would pick this one up again! The vanilla is there but there is also a cookie like quality to this that is so very tasty. Thank you so much Sami!

OMGsrsly

I feel a little sorry for your swap buddy’s cupboard. Just a little. ;)

Sami Kelsh

Yay, cookie goodness! Oh, I hoped you’d like this one! So glad your teas arrived safely :3

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90

Yes yes yes.

Today’s been weirdly productive by nobody’s standards but my own – finished a painting and managed to get a second steep of this in before the sun went down. Mmmm, ‘sgood. Steep two’s every bit as lovely as steep one, letting more of that lovely, creamy sweet floral-melon goodness emerge from those giant leaves – who’d have thought that what looked like such a concise spoonful would unfurl into a festival of greenery so fluffy it’s practically spilling out the top of my strainer? I’m noticing a refreshing green note around the edges of the second steep, that I can especially taste in my cheeks – not grassy, but more of a fresh, mineral green, if that makes sense. It’s SO good. I can’t wait to see what wonders steep three has to reveal to me. I’m so in love.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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