Whittard of Chelsea

Recent Tasting Notes

Not much to say about this tea here. It’s bold, its bergamotty, and I just didn’t want to have to deal with loose-leaf yesterday afternoon, as this is one of the only bagged teas in my cupboard. I was lazy, what can I say?

I probably oversteeped it a bit though.

Cheri

I like lazy.

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I made a big pitcher of this iced yesterday – 3 teabags, about 1 L of hot water, let steep for 5 minutes, then top up with cold water and ice.

It’s surprising, but the sort of dark lemony sweetness I find in this tea when it’s hot is absent when it’s cool. Or maybe not absent – just that the tea base comes to the fore more.

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These teabags are so potent that I only use a single one for 3 cups of hot water, though the packaging recommends more. How can people in the UK stand to drink tea so strong? My tongue crinkles at the thought of it.

Anyways, this is still decent – lemony, citrusy, with a sort of hint of dark molasses or gummy flavours – but I’m still not a huge EG person. One or two blends in the pantry is enough.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 24 OZ / 709 ML

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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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How i got it: Bought it

Experience: The base mix of Ceylon, Assam and Kenyan teas results in a strong, rich, complex taste that i find a bit difficult to describe. Its flavor is very lasting, and goes more on the malty side, but with the characteristic soft bitter notes of the “breakfast” blends. 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.

Would i buy it again? : You can bet. This one is a must-have for me.

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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. 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

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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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90

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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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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81

Is it weird that I keep mixing this tea with other stuff to make other things more extra delicious?

Because it’s a really good use for it, because it’s delicious, and it makes lots of other things more delicious too. I’ve mixed it with pu erh, and strawberry teas, and fennel, and dark oolongs. I’m thinking of seeing what happens if I mix it with beet tea. OMG.

Sil

this just sounds delicious all on it’s own…

Sami Kelsh

It super is!

Sil

haha i went to save this to my wishlist and discovered i have tried this one… soo many teas haha

Kittenna

Hahahahahaha!

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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