Whittard of Chelsea

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80

This tea has a very strong after-taste of bergamot which I do like during the day, but I prefer to keep it a little bit under control in the evening.
That is why I brew it quite lightly in these occasions (around 2 minutes for one teabag in a cup).
Delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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68
drank Jasmine by Whittard of Chelsea
111 tasting notes

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68
drank Jasmine by Whittard of Chelsea
111 tasting notes

A great taste for a cold, rainy day.

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95

Instead of having this iced, I had it warm.. shocking!! It was so so good.. I was worried that it would be too sweet for something like this.. but it was just perfect perfect!! Iced and Hot, LOVE IT..

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95

I absolutely love this served over ice, its so sweet!! I’ll deffinately be buying stocks of this again!

Preparation
Iced 0 min, 30 sec
DaisyChubb

This looks so unique and yummy!

Itsyknits

It really is lovely..

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78

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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59

I don’t drink a lot of moroccan mint, because I don’t like gunpowder. That said, I did enjoy this tea: there’s a great balance between green tea and peppermint, you can clearly taste both without one overpowering the other. I don’t know if it was good enough to make me want more of this tea, though.

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70

This is a really good tea, It just doesn’t suit my taste buds.. but I reccomend it to others.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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100

This is the best earl grey I’ve ever had! It’s very tasteful and doesn’t have a strange aftertaste. Definitely recommended!

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Gunpowder by Whittard of Chelsea
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160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Gunpowder by Whittard of Chelsea
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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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67

I was expecting some delicate green taste, so I was surprised to get an immediate impression of oolong. It’s honey-grassy, quite nice, and the taste develops and follows through. It stands up to subsequent infusions, and keeps its moreishness. Well worth buying, you can get it at Whittards without having to go to snobby expensive tea specialists. All the same, it tastes to me like a reasonably agreeable oolong.

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81

My aunt was in Durham for July to work on her degree. Luckily, she brought me back some tea! I am fairly certain this is the tea I have, though mine is a 50 count of teabags rather than loose. I was thrown off at first by the talk of mangos and tropical fruits because I expected a black tea with rose (and nothing else) but the smell was very enticing. My grandmother thought it smelled terrible, but she mostly likes to mock my teas.

Last night, the beau and I decided to try it out. We sat around drinking tea with candles lit. Sounds romantic, right? Well, let me add that we were playing Magic. You know, the card game. Yup, we’re cool. Anyway, the tea actually impressed me. The black tea was very mild and the “troical” flavour more forward but in general it was still on the milder side. Granted, we steeped it a little weak, but I really enjoyed it. It was wonderful to sit and sip mindlessly which is exactly what I need sometimes. Definitely reliable and quite tasty, but I wouldn’t call it English Rose. I don’t know much about Rose teas but I didn’t identify any rose flavour.

Indigobloom

bah, Magic is fun!! I still play my rpgs :)

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95

I made a pot of this with two, heaped teaspoons brewed for four and a half minutes.

It has an aroma of pizza base and ‘pine-fresh’ disinfectant.

In the mouth it has butter, conifer sawdust, wood-smoke, the basic tea-flavour, of course; but all well-blended together with none prominent above the others. There are tiny hints of mixed, dried fruit and cut grass and the tiniest ‘bite’ – something reminiscent of white pepper or root ginger, but almost more of a feel than a taste.

For purposes of comparison, I made this exactly the same way as the Nothing But Tea Smokey Souchong I wrote up yesterday. I strongly suspect these two are the same tea – both excellent, though, and among my top favourites.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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85

I brewed this hot last night and it has been in the fridge chilling overnight. I put sugar in this time because I find when it is chilled, it doesn’t really make it taste like sugar, it just enhances the toffee part of this tea.

Indigobloom

welcome back!

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85

I am having this iced again. It is nearly all gone, though, so I will have to stock up soon (and perhaps try some of the other new Whittard teas…)

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85

Hiaving this iced again. I have nearly finished my 125g packet already! As usual, this is toffee-ish without being overly sweet.

Cofftea

Hm… I’m thinking of getting a black iced tea w/ toffee nut syrup at Starbucks later.

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85

I have been having this iced everyday since I got it. After experimenting, I think I found the perfect way of preparing it;

4tsp Sticky Toffee Pudding
1.5 litres water @ 205F
Steep for 6 mins
Let cool, then refridgerate

I definitely think this is best with a little sweetener – I usually add simple syrup after it has cooled.

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85

My local Whittard of Chelsea brought this out yesterday while I was in there, so I got a pouch to try. The dry leaf scent on this is very strong and ery sweet – like sticky toffee pudding, actually! Unfortunately, this doesn’t translate to the steeped aroma and it just smells like plain black tea. Hot, this doesn’t really taste like much, just black tea with the slightest hint of caramel nuttiness.

But iced, this is AWESOME! So good! It is a very sweet tea without additions and cold I can definitely taste the caramel/toffee part of this. I just brewed up a gallon and can’t wait to get started!

Angrboda

Gosh, that sounds interesting. I’ll have to try and remember this the next time I’m in the UK. I’ve only been moderately pleased with Whittards, but I’ve definitely had worse in my life so they’ve managed to hold my interest to a certain degree. (If I recall correctly, they do a pretty awesome strawberry black as well.)

Alana237

I agree, their strawberry black is pretty good. They have brought out some new teas recently, and I do think they are a better quality than their previous teas.

Angrboda

Their english rose was defintiely a load of tosh, so if they can top that, that’s good enough for me. :D Come to think of it, the boyfriend is going to Suffolk in a couple of weeks, most likely. Maybe I should send a shopping list with him just in case he happens to get the opportunity. (On the other hand he’ll probably just remind me that we have so much tea at the moment that I ran out of tins…)

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86

I really, really like this tea. It’s very full-bodied and Assam-y and it smells a bit like Ovaltine, which I suppose makes sense given the strong maltiness to the flavour. I’ve been drinking this with sugar to counterbalance the slight astringency of this tea. It’s a great everyday tea, I got a few bags as a sample and I’m definitely going to have to buy more once I’ve gotten through them.

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31

Let’s face it, it’s not good.

The rose flavour doesn’t stand out all that much, the taste is indeterminately fruity more than anything else, and the fruit flavour overpowers the tea. And every now and then, a really odd, artificial taste that I can’t place comes through. I’ve drank this four or five times, but now it just sits at the back of the cupboard because I really don’t like it at all.

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84

Smells like wood smoke. Delicious. I got 4 infusions out of it, and the smoky flavour held out quite well for the first three. The smokiness isn’t overpowering though, there’s a good balance between smoke and tea flavours.

alaudacorax

It hadn’t occured to me to try multiple infusions for lapsangs. I shall try that – thanks for the tip.

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100

Makes me feel very good! Great taste and colour!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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