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The box holding the teabags says it should be brewed with boiling water for 4-5 minutes, but I found 1 minute and 80 degC was perfectly good. Maybe I’ll try their suggestion, after discovering how good my yellow tea is after brewing for 20 minutes, but I always go for a short brew time on sencha, because I find they can get bitter. This was perfectly good, although unsurprisingly not as nice as the loose leaf sencha I have
…second time that I rate this blend.
It truly comes to life when brewed in a Yixing clay tea pot and gets treated like a Chinese would treat its tea…
I was rather disappointed when I drank it the very first time.But that was when I touched it with the hands of a European. Big mistake here…
So, as ‘Whittard of Chelsea’ is claiming to use a blend of Chinese teas, I started to re-think those nasty,little leafs. And it paid off…very interesting flavors are pushing through.
The Oolong on the left, Jasmin on the right and those rose pedal notes…well,slightly shy…trying to catch up with everything somewhere in the back.
This Afternoon blend is on the British market since almost 70 years by now…today I found out why!
Emm..Actually I have this tea on my shelf over 3 years long and just forgot to drink it until last Sunday when I cleaned my stuff on it. Although it has been over the fresh time to drink it, it still has a fruity fragrance when I open the package. I used two-cup teapot to steep it with the boiling water. It has a milky sweet of the taste but the tea taste itself is not obvious any more.
So given that yesterday I drank a bunch of not-so-great teas, I decided that today I’d go for some tried-and-true favorites that I know are good.
This tea is quite unassuming and ‘normal’ tasting, but it’s a good, pleasent kind of normal. The tea is practically made to be taken with milk and it goes down smoothly and at the same time it isn’t bland or flavourless.
In the height of our dizzying tea madness at my previous job, L. brought in a number of fabulous tisanes from Whittards of Chelsea. They were truly a fab array and I did look forward to trying them all…but first I went for the almond fix. And well, I was doomed b/c ever after I went to try another and I couldn’t help but just have more of the Amaretto Explosion. Its that good. Addicting! Beware you might find yourself selling off your kids and pets to keep this one in stock. :P
I am a bit disappointed with this blend. It makes a very smooth cup of tea. This, of course, is out of the question. But the flavors of the jasmin and the rose pedals are overpowered. The subtile notes of Oolong tea are very hard to find on one’s tongue.Bergamot and a very strong black tea as base make me end up with just another cup of ‘Earl Grey’….Anyways, I’ll keep trying. Maybe reduce the steeping time.
Steeped to three minutes and drank without milk. I enjoyed this tea as a refreshing thirst quencher. That said, if you are looking for subtly, forget it. This is a bold tasting tea with an almost overpowering Jasmin taste. If I didn’t know this to be an unadulterated tea, I’d suspect it to have added flavours. What I did like about it was it’s scent and the way from very first sip, it took me back in time to the flowery days of the ’60’s when I drank tea like this from trendy little cups to the sound of Sitar music. Ahh happy days…
I got several bags of this tea from a friend who lives over in England. It was supposed to arrive for X-mas, but Canada Post apparently backlogged all of its incomming deliveries.
The colour, when I add milk, is quite unique – it’s the exact colour of butterscotch, or maybe of creamy peanut butter. Maybe that’s the Kenyan tea they added ‘for colour’?
The tea is quite full-bodied and the tastes makes me think of toast, which seems quite appropriate all things considered. ;)
Ooh, I say! A lovely drink. The subtle mixture of jasmine and bergamot gives a delightful light taste. Considering that I do not usually like Earl Grey, this more subtle addition to the blend is more to my taste.
Made with a teabag, am drinking it with a splash of milk and am very much enjoying this cuppa :-)
Darjeeling, the Champagne of Teas. Hmm, if only I could enjoy Darjeeling as much as I enjoy Champers! I just can’t get on with Darjeeling, regardless of company. To me, it’s just like drinking a cup of hot gritty water – not pleasurable at all.
However, I do find that it works well when blended with other black teas, so it does have its usefulness…
I bought this tea when I ran out of Ringtons classic 1907 blend – a favourite of mine. Sadly the tea came nowhere near my expectations of it being similar. That said it was a pleasant enough tea with a lingering after taste. Slightly astringent in the mouth. Best drank black and without sugar in my view – I think milk would overpower the flavours.
This is a good tea for something easy to pop in the water and hit the road with. You get a lot of caffeine, and a flavor that’s not too bitter like tea bags tend to be. benefits from a little cream and honey.
It has a boldness of flavor which can be nice in the morning but which I tend to avoid.
The liqueur is dark reddish and inky. It will stain your teeth, the glass, and your newly pressed white shirt. It will make your breathe smell like a compost heap. You could say that all teas do this to some extent, which is true, but Whittard’s breakfast blend seems to excel in “most like ink” category.