Whittard of Chelsea

Recent Tasting Notes

88

A really great Christmas tea which makes a terrific accompaniment to Christmas cake.

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66

I have had this tea three times since that first disastrous brewing, and each time I’ve forgotten to put it on Steepster. So, finally…

It’s way better than the last time I had it. I have had a chance to experiment with the steeping times etc. It’s pleasant right around 1 and a half minutes of steeping with boiling water, which suprised me because I usually steep black teas for much longer. However, at this time, the taste was pleasant and ever-so-slightly malty. Still not getting much of an aroma though. I will raise the rating of this tea substantially – it’s a good cup, but not a go-to tea.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec

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66

I steeped this tea for 3 and a half minutes with boiling water and used 2 teaspoons for a 6-cup pot.

The dry leaves were fruity-smelling and i was really looking forward to tasting it, but when the tea was brewed, I couldn’t smell anything the taste of my first cup was bland and boring, with a very bitter aftertaste.

For my next cup, I added a little cinnamon to sweeten it a little. This usually works for blacks, but in this case it didn’t really help and there was no difference in the taste – I was kind of hoping that the cinnamon would bring out the flavour of the tea, but no such luck.

On to the third cup, with milk and sugar added. A little better, but the milk doesn’t really do anything for the tea.

Fourth and final cup. Just sugar. Much better. Still not fabulous, but not awful. And I had such high hopes for this tea….

I will refrain from rating this tea now, but I will play around with the steeping parameters tomorrow and see if i can’t make this tea better.

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85

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Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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76

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Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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75
drank 1886 Blend by Whittard of Chelsea
911 tasting notes

I needed a little oomp to get through my afternoon slump so I yanked this one out of the cupboard to give it a go. I had every intention of spiking it with a little milk but I didn’t have room in my cup so I drank it straight.

The dry leaf smells more Assam but the taste is pretty evenly Assam and Keemun. When it is hot, the Assam comes through more and it reminds me a bit of Thomas Sampson. When it cools, the Keemun comes to the fore more. It’s a fairly average Keemun so I’d have to say I prefer it hot but unfortunately I got distracted with cooking and the cup cooled down a bit before I finished it.

I’m not entirely sure if it’s given me the oomph I was looking for – it was milder and smoother than I was anticipating based on the smell – but it was a good late afternoon break!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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63

Made this as a tea latte today and it was actually pretty good, better than I expected it to be. I only had 2% fat milk so I wasn’t expecting anything very creamy, but the vanilla gave it that sweet creamy edge I love. So I’m bumping it up a few points.

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63

Brewed again, but this time a few minutes longer. This time much better, I think. The vanilla was less overpowering this time and it was fairly well balanced..

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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63

Hmm. The scent of this is nice, vanilla-ry but not overdone. However, when I brewed this I could not really taste the actual tea, only the vanilla, which was very sweet. Could have done with a stronger base than ceylon.

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64
drank Mango by Whittard of Chelsea
223 tasting notes

Very sweet but I don’t think it tastes very natural. Very forgiving though – I steeped this for ages by accident and it didn’t get bitter or lose any of its sweetness.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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35

I found the jasmine in this incredibly overpowering and it tastes rather fake. Maybe it will be better iced…

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84

The tea leaves had a delicate fragrance. When dry they almost had a faint hint of chocolate (or maybe I’m just going mad). Anyway, when I brewed this tea, it was refreshingly light and extremely delicate. I will have to tweak the steeping times though, because I don’t think I steeped it for long enough.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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71

Needed caffiene this morning. Finishing off my sample of this tea. It’s helping. And I shortened the steep time to two mintues – which helped with the tannic level. And I added sweetener, which made this a really nice cuppa this morning.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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71

Another of my Angrboda teas, and this one is a nice solid black blend. My first steep, even though I thought I shorted the time a little, seemed a bit over-tannic to me. The second steep is milder, but nicely mellow. Overall – a decent cuppa. (I would like to try this iced sometime.)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

I agree it can be a bit tannin-y but in my experience you’re on the right track when you shortened the steep. But then again I always ignore steeping advice, extremely rarely go over 1 minute, but use a lot of leaf instead so maybe I’m not really the most reliable one for advice. :)

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92
drank Spiced Chai by Whittard of Chelsea
1599 tasting notes

Smells really good and spicy, and not in a overwhelming cinnamon sort of way. From the outside of the bag, it looked like green tea since there was green dust around it. Once it was steeped, it turned a dark brown. Delicious blend especially with milk and sugar. It was a little too bitter for me plain. The blend of spices is great. One of the best bagged chais I’ve had IMO since it wasn’t too spicy.

Thank you Caitlin for sending me 2 samples of this!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Caitlin

I am glad you liked it. I love how this tea stands up well to additives.

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73

Interesting tea. I only really liked it when it was sweetened. But I didn’t get enough rose with all the fruit. The rose flavor only really popped out occasionally, and one time, popped out as a soapy flavor. Which I didn’t really enjoy.

Overall, not a bad tea, but not one I’ll reach for again.

Now, on to another Angrboda tea… :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

I agree with this! That jackfruit really threw the whole thing off and it doesn’t seem at all necessary. This is so not what I expected from it.

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47
drank Kenya by Whittard of Chelsea
223 tasting notes

I didn’t like this tea on it’s own, but I used it as a base for homemade chai and it was really good!

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drank Kenya by Whittard of Chelsea
223 tasting notes

Whew! When they said it was strong, they meant STRONG! I only brewed it for a few minutes, but I still found it unpleasantly brisk, unlike any other kenya I’ve tried.

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75

Finished this up today (again). Not a terribly complex tea, but one that is good for easy drinking. I brewed it strong today and it was more floral than I think it has been before

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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75

Just finished my package of this. I’m going to get some more :)

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75

I’m fast running out of this tea. I’m a little sad, because every time I drink this tea I love it a little bit more.

I notice a slightly fruity aroma both before and after steeping. The tea produces a lovely reddish-gold liquid it looks really nice in my favourite teacup.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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75

This has the most gorgeous delicate aroma. Despite being incredibly light and delicate in flavour, it is very comforting. It took me a while to figure out te best brew, because the intructions on the pack are so vague.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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