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Recent Tasting Notes
Usually for breakfast I tend to have a green tea rather than a black English breakfast tea, and a 50-bag box lasts a long time (compared to 20 bags in Twinings boxes) but… this is really difficult to make in teabags.
I’ve tried everything from using water off the boil, adding cool water, taking the teabag out early, brewing it at a cooler temperature than usual, brewing it in a big mug; nothing seems to stop it tasting bitter, acrid and scalded. Even following the directions (“brewed lightly” for a pale gold colour— you have to take the teabag out after a few seconds or it’ll turn brown and bitter) doesn’t help. It might just be a dilemma concerning the teabag tea, since I haven’t tried the loose-leaf version, but it’s disappointing.
After having been through a variety of other companies’ teas, Whittard of Chelsea’s remains still one of the more well-rounded, delicate ones. Somehow I’d thought due to kickstarting my tea obsession with Twinings that I could only tolerate Earl Grey very, very strong— but even brewed strongly this tea tastes delicate, even flowery, and takes milk pretty well! Lightly with a little lemon is delightful, too, but there’s more to this tea than just its ‘light’ taste. It’s a distinctive bergamot flavour that accompanies the black base rather than becoming overpowering alongside it.
In previous experience of Whittard’s Earl Grey blend I found it rather weak, probably in comparison to the Earl Grey I usually drink (the old blend in Twinings teabags, which can get incredibly strong very quickly); but since I didn’t bring any Earl Grey to uni and the new Twinings blend doesn’t sit well with me, I thought I’d give it a shot.
It’s definitely not as weak as I’d remembered! It just needs a little while to brew fully, and takes milk very well. The balance between the black tea and the bergamot is great (and it smells divine; the temptation to just leave a box of it open in my room… XD)— a definite favourite.
The best English Rose teas I’ve had so far haven’t actually been English, and this one continues the trend. Even though it says “a hint of tropical fruit” has been added, there’s a hint of fruit, but there’s also just a hint of rose. Neither flavour is particularly bold or characteristic (if anything, the fruit might come out just a little more) as I’d usually expect from a rose tea. Brewing longer doesn’t make a difference either.
Well, it’s so-so, but it’s nothing interesting.
thankyouthankyou maisonlula for our awesome swap!
So far this is definitely my favorite of the bunch, oh my gosh.
The flavour is out of this world good! And strong!
My boy and I enjoyed it over the Christmas break with some cream and sugar to enhance the cream. The rhubarb is sweet, not tart like when you eat it. More like a sugar dipped rhubarb, my personal favorite.
The tea base is mild and isn’t bitter at all. Very pleasant and awesome quality!
I’m usually not a big fan of instant tea, but this one, stolen from my mother’s cupboard, is actually quite nice, and will probably be a hit in the summertime (if I can make it last that long, that is).
I’d advise against the three teaspoons of instant tea per serving as suggested in the can, though. Two teaspoons is enough, otherwise it’ll be way too sweet.