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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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