Whittard of Chelsea

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89
drank Vanilla Tea by Whittard of Chelsea
1276 tasting notes

Back at last from my holiday! I’m not even going to contemplate attempting to catch up with 10ish days worth of posts, so I’m just going to jump back into the dashboard from this post forward. If anybody posted anything that you would like me to see while I was away, please drop me a comment.

One of three teas I bought while in England. In York I was taken to a Whittard of Chelsea shop and they had this 3 for 2 deal, so I picked some. I hadn’t planned for anything in advance, I was just taken there and uh… left more or less to my own devices for a few minutes, sorta.

I’m not sure how the brand sits on the quality scale, but I think it should be something above supermarket brands. (Lipton, Pickwick… I’m looking at you!) Not sure if we’re as high up as, say, Kusmi and such. But okay. It’s loose. They have a real shop as opposed to a supermarket shelf. That’s good for something

The tea itself has bits of vanilla pods in it and it does smell like vanilla. It’s not an overwhelming aroma, more like an added sweetness that definitely isn’t sugar. If I didn’t know it was vanilla, I can’t say for certain that I would be able to identify it as such, but then again, I don’t go around sniffing a lot of vanilla, so I’m afraid my idea of ‘vanilla aroma’ is a bit out of proportions with reality. Real vanilla aroma is not, after all, as strong as in vanilla essence…

So, yes. It smells like vanilla, and it tastes like it too. It actually has a surprisingly nice flavour of vanilla. Not too much but not too little. It’s easily identifiable with the aroma, so if you can recognise that as vanilla, then you’re good to go. (This is beginning to sound a little backwards and complicated, isn’t it?)

I’m not sure though if it lives up to the vanilla tea standards of for example JacquelineM, though. You seem to be the resident expert on how this particular flavour is best done, but until someone shows me otherwise, this is good enough for me. Good enough, anyway, that when I run out of this one, I’ll give Kusmi’s vanilla black a go. I’ve been eyeing that one for a while and wondering if I might like that, since I like their caramel so much.

Or a combination perhaps. I seem to recall having successfully tried something like that before. We shall see, we shall see…

But anyway, back to the tea at hand. The base blend is Ceylon and Keemun, which at first taste seemed to be a bit heavy for the flavour, but after I’d got a little further down in the cup I decided that it wasn’t really. Had the base been more delicate, I think the vanilla would either have completely overpowered it, or the whole thing would have flown away in a flavourless gust of wind.

I liked this. I can see myself getting very fond of it, actually.

Jillian

See? I knew you were going to come back with more tea. ;)

Angrboda

I should learn to pay better attention, obviously. :p (although I wouldn’t have if not taken into that shop)

JacquelineM

Mmmmm that sure sounds good! It gets the JacquelineM Seal of Vanilla Approval. I think the pods and the “just right” vanilla flavor sounds excellent!

Angrboda

I suspect it’s the fact that you go into it expecting it to be vanilla-essence vanilla and then find you’re glad you didn’t get that that does it, isn’t it? It makes it feel more authentic.

Auggy

Welcome back!

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50
drank Jasmine by Whittard of Chelsea
187 tasting notes

It’s hardly brilliant. I made a pot of it earlier and was happy with it but it doesn’t compare with the pearl jasmine tea I have at the moment. It does have its advantages though… it comes in a bag!

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78

Had this tonight with some pepridge farm gingerbread men. An excellent November snack. Also this is my 300th tasting note!!!

LiberTEAS

congrats on reaching 300! yay!

Caitlin

Thanks!

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78

Much needed afternoon tea. I had it with milk and my chai honey. It was quite delicious!!

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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78

Took a mini-break from trying my new teas to have some chai. This was good as always. Spicy and black and delicious with just a splash of milk.

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78

Had this tea this morning with a splash of milk :-)

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78

I was really in the mood for spiced apple chai this morning but it seems that I ran out so instead I had this with apple yogurt for breakfast.

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78

Had this with a splash of milk this morning – yummy!

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78

This chai is pretty good. I think I decided I like it best with milk or else it can be a little harsh with the spices, but I enjoy it :)

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78

My wonderful boyfriend made me some of this while I was studying for my exam I have tomorrow. It was much needed. I swear that I have rated this tea before but I can’t find any trace of it – maybe I am going crazy. More about this tea when my brain isn’t so fried.

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68

Good all round tasting tea, great steeped strong with a touch of milk.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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66

Second cup a much better than the first. I need to play around with the brew temp and time, as the instructions on the package didn’t yield a taste I like.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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71

It smells very woody and is very relaxing. I really enjoyed it.

Caitlin

your off to a good start honey

jvboom

Thank you, I might need a few reminders for awhile

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85

Made another pot of this for today cause my bf drank all of the rest of my first pot – lol. He apparently really likes iced mint green tea.

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85

I made a pot of this iced tonight. For some reason I never thought to ice this, but then today I was like how delicious would the minty goodness of this tea be cold! And I was right it is so yummy cold, the mint flavor really shines through! Uber refreshing!

Preparation
Iced 5 min, 0 sec

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85

I haven’t had this tea in a while, but I decided it was just what I needed while doing my reading for my Advanced Physical Anthropology class. And it was…green, minty, refreshing, delicious!

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85

I really am enjoying this tea. It both relaxes me and wakes me up. It is also really refreshing.

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85

Had this again today. It wasn’t hot enough but it was still pretty good. Good green tea flavor with just a hint of mint.

Also I must add that I am writing this tasting note on an iPad and it is really cool. Steepster looks very nice on it.

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85

Had another cup of this. My second cup reminded me of sleepytime tea. I don’t know why. Maybe it is the spearmint.

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85

I really liked this tea. It was a good green tea. The mint wasn’t very strong but the green tea flavor was definitely there. It was very refreshing.

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86

Had some of this with French Toast this morning. The smoky boldness went well with the sweetness of the food. I am almost out of this tea sadly. I will have to find some more Lapsang Souchong.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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86

Had a cup of this tea this afternoon with some crackers and cheese. It was a wonderful pairing. I don’t drink this tea that often but sometimes the bold smokiness really calls me. Today was one of those days and it was a spectacular cup of tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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86

Need a little afternoon pick-me-up and this was it :)

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86

Smokey, woodsy, black and wonderful.

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