Whittard of Chelsea

Recent Tasting Notes

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Whittard of Chelsea sent this along with the rest of the samples offered to me! Yay!

That sentence is awkward, but I have fuzzy brain at the moment and I don’t care. I’m not an earl fan, but my wife is and she was very, very excited to try this. So was I, after smelling the dry leaf. Juicy, juicy mango with a citrus undertone.

My wife tried it first, and she let me know the bergamot wasn’t very strong, which gave me the courage to go after a cup tonight. It’s the lemony freshness of bergamot, but the mango smooths out the rough edges. This is lovely. I need to try it side-by-side with the Marquis De Gris from RiverTea and see how they compare, but I think I would prefer this one. I remember the bergamot being stronger in the other blend.

Don’t be frightened by the bergamot, this is a wonderful introduction to the flavor if you’ve never tried it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90

Lately, despite the fact that it is freezing outside, all I want are cold drinks. Tons and tons of ice cold drinks. Which is all well and good, but requires some planning on my part. Either I need to cold brew or stick soda in the fridge or harass my wife into refilling the brita when she uses it. In a 24-hour period this weekend, I went through two sprite “double gulps” from 7-11…which I just discovered were 64 ounces each. Yikes. I meant, they were 3/4 ice, but I ate the ice too, so I don’t really get much leeway there.

Anyway, what I’m trying to say is I am thirsty. This is a cold brew I made for today and it was heavenly. Sweet and floral with a berry burst that I adore. So, so good. It went perfectly with my lunch of a reuben, homemade chex mix, and clementines.

I used 2 bags for 25 ounces of water.

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90

I coldbrewed two teabags in a 25 ounce mason jar overnight and it is heaven. The overwhelming hibiscus has faded to a much more tolerable level. I will be drinking the rest of my package iced, because this is wonderful. Bumping up the rating to reflect this.

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90

Another of the generous samples Whittard of Chelsea shared with me!

My favorite cider in the world is elderflower cider and as soon as I spotted this tea on their website, it flew onto my wishlist. It flew. For reals, people. Everything elderflower that I’ve ever had, I loved (most of it courtesy of IKEA), so I was so excited to try it. I love that it is individually packaged. I’m not a huge teabag fan, but when the bags come from a reputable company like Whittard, I’m willing to try them, I trust it to be more than just tea dust.

Loose leaf, this tea would knock my socks off. In a bag, it’s still pretty damn good. As far as bagged tea goes, this is wonderful. A little heavy on the hibiscus (seriously, why does berry tea always have to equal copious amounts of hibsicus) but I’ve long since learned how to deal with the dreaded hibby.

Still, this is a tea I plan to keep stocked in my purse and I can’t wait to coldbrew it. It smells really floral, but it’s only vaguely floral in flavor with a bright, tart berry. I definitely get the feeling of “blackberry” as opposed to a generic berry.

Points off for the 45% hibiscus and for the teabag, but this is still a winner!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

This is another generous sample given to me by Whittard of Chelsea. You guys rock!

As is my habit with drinking white teas, I gave this a low temp and short steep. The scent made me think of berries, but there are no berries or berry flavorings. Hmm. Oh well!

Even with a 30 second steep, this came out dark-ish for a white tea. It was enjoyable, rosey without being overly floral. Thank goodness, because florals are not my thing. Too often teas with rose in them taste like perfume or shampoo, but that is not the case here. I highly recommend this if you are looking for a good rose tea, because it is definitely that. I can’t wait to try this cold brewed.

That all said, rose teas are not my bag. It won’t be hard to drink this one down, because it is refreshing, but I won’t feel the need to restock.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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96

I rarely crave things the way I crave this tea. Usually my craving are more vague, something fruity or something minty. But when I crave genmaicha, I want genmaicha and nothing else will do until I’ve had a cuppa. It’s rare, this craving, but it is strong.

And this blend always hits the spot. Roasty and toasty and perfect. Really helps my often-angry tummy too.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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96

This is another of the seven generous samples Whittard of Chelsea sent me!

Genmaicha is one of those teas I always pass over when I’m buying tea, because I’m not a fan of greens. But then I go out for teppanyaki or sushi, get a cup of roasty, toasty goodness, and wonder why I don’t have any in my cupboard.

So when Whittard of Chelsea offered to send me some free samples, I thought this would be a good one to try, to see if I like it outside of my favorite sushi places!

And oh, I do. I added about half of the amount of sugar I usually add (1 lump instead of 2) and it tastes like a less-sugary cup of Sugar Crisp cereal! Which I love, love, love. I don’t think I’ve ever loved a green tea this much. It smells a touch seaweedy dry, but that doesn’t translate over to the liquor at all. It’s just roasty toasty goodness.

I don’t drink a lot of Genmaicha, but I like this more than I’ve ever liked anything I got in a sushi place. Of course, I don’t get to control the steeping parameters there like I do at home, so that might be part of it. Still, I am very glad to have this in my cupboard and will do everything I can to keep it well stocked!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90
drank Rhubarb & Cream by Whittard of Chelsea
500 tasting notes

Oh wow. I wasn’t in the mood for tea this morning (yes, I know, such a thing is possible) until my wife waved the bag under my nose. Then I had to have a cup – and I was not disappointed.

Dry, it’s rhubarb and cream – a little bit tart, a little bit sweet, a bit of white chocolate scent. Dusty black tea somewhere in there.

Brewed, it was exactly what it said on the tin. A tart treat that mellowed out with the creaminess. The black base was rich but not overpowering, worked really well with the cream. The rhubarb was the strongest at the beginning of the cup, by the time I got to the bottom it had cooled a little and it was much more black tea. A bit of an Irish breakfast in taste.

PS I have a list of teas that I’ve drunk but haven’t logged so if it looks like I’m drinking a ton of tea, I’m just catching up.

Flavors: Cream

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Christina

Welcome back! I noticed you hadn’t been around for a while.

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This is just as tasty cold as it is hot, if not more so. Creamy rhubarb goodness. This is a tea I am absolutely in love with. To cold brew, I put about three teaspoons in my DavidsTea Mason Jar that holds 25 oz, and I filled it with water and let it chill overnight. It’s not bitter at all and I love it. It’s great. If you have any of this and like cold tea, do yourself a favor and cold brew it.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 3 tsp 25 OZ / 739 ML

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91

So a few weeks ago, Whittard of Chelsea contacted me to ask if I would be interested in trying and reviewing some of their teas! I was extremely honored and excited, so of course I said yes! I made a wishlist and sent it to them, but I also requested that they send me ones that are their favorites and I absolutely must try. This is one of seven extremely generous samples they sent to me. Based on my interactions here on Steepster alone, I would order from them in a heartbeat.

Onto the tea! I opened the package and took a deep sniff and immediately fell in love. I ran over and made my wife smell it too and ended up having to make two cups of tea instead of just one, ha! It just smells so deliciously fruity and juicy it made my mouth water.

And boy, did it live up to that smell. The rhubarb was delicious and the black tea base was present, but not overwhelming. It got astringent towards the end of the cup, but I drink my tea lukewarm, so that’s likely my fault. Still, my wife and I kept exclaiming “It’s so good!” as we drank down our cups. I got a hint of creaminess towards the end of the sip, but all three flavors mixed together wonderfully.

My grandmother-in-law makes a coconut rhubarb cream pie that my wife absolutely loves, so maybe I’ll break open a can of coconut milk to see if I can recreate that in tea form. I already have some coldbrewing in the fridge, I am dying to see how this does cold!

My only complaints would be towards the end of the cup, the black tea became astringent and the rhubarb began to taste artificial, but that may all have been user error.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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62

It’s a good tea but not one that I would buy for myself. It does indeed have an imperial taste to it. Reminds me of something they might serve at high noon with a biscuit. In some ways this reminds me of a Ceylon. Maybe that’s why I’m not such a fan. The added flavors make up for that though. It’s a good blend, even if it is a little weird.

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp

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84

I’m normally a fan of first flush Darjeelings, but this blend has made its way into my heart. I love the mix of floral and muscatel flavors, and I like that there’s also a nice earthy note. This can be resteeped a couple of times, and it makes a stellar iced tea. As far as Darjeelings go this blend is a true workhorse.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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84

Tea of the morning. There has been a fair bit of Darjeeling talk over on the discussion boards, and it’s made me want this tea. I continue to love the sweet hay, muscadine, and floral notes found here. I find I can get three steeps out of it before it starts to lose its flavor, and I enjoy each and every one.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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84

Darjeeling, this Darjeeling in particular, had been on my mind lately. I’ll go to choose a tea, and this will always be one of the ones I consider, but I’ve been choosing other teas for various reasons. Well, today this one won out, and I’m glad it did. I still pick up on the muscadine flavor which always makes me smile. I think this is a great late summer tea, and I think I’ll be saying yes to it more often.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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84

I was in a Darjeeling mood, and this one was in arm’s reach. Lovely sweet dry hay flavor with muscatel notes following. Even though this is a blend I’m liking it more and more (I usually get all starry eyed over First Flushes). It steeps up beautifully at a lower temperature allowing the flavors to really come out and play.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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84

I made this after breakfast so I could just sit and enjoy. I realized while I was sipping that this tea reminds me of muscadines. More to the point, it reminds me of the large bronze muscadines my grandpa grows on this farm. It is the earthy note combined with the muscatel one that does it. My grandparents also grew zinnias for a while, so the floral note in this tea combined with the other notes really took me back to the days when my grandpa would hand my sisters and I buckets and tell us to, “head on out to the vine.” I loved picking fruit on his farm because he’d tell us stories or let us talk his ears off about all the things that little girls find important. My parents would come out and help us move step stools so we could get the fruit at the top of the vines. Then, when our buckets were full, we’d take them into my grandma, and she’d turn them into muscadine jelly. Now that I’m grown and make jelly of my own I appreciate all of the work she did so much more. While she and my mom were working in a steamy hot kitchen my grandpa and dad would take my sisters and I swimming at the creek, so we’d come home to lots of jars of pretty jelly lined up on the table. It seemed magical to me, and I guess in a way it was.

Happy memories. Lovely tea. Not a bad start to a Sunday.

Here is the Wikipedia page for muscadines if you haven’t heard of them before:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muscadine

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
caile

Such lovely memories to have – its nice that this tea reminds you of that! :)

Veronica

Thanks! I’m sure I’m looking at them through the patina of time, and there was probably a fair bit of whining from three girls who thought it’s too hoooot out here, but it still makes me smile.

Anna

This tasting note is perfection.

TheTeaFairy

Such a lovely review, such happy memories to cherish…i love memory associations with tea, I get them all the time, that’s why tea is so much more than a just a plain beverage. I never had those Haha moments when I used to drink coffee, lol!

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From the HHTTB2

I’m a Darjeeling fan. I know it’s one of those teas that people love, or hate, or love to hate, so I wasn’t surprised by the less than stellar rating this one has received. It’s definitely a blend and probably not the highest quality, but it is decent Darjeeling.

This tea has plenty of muscatel notes. The flavor is strong from the first sip. There is also some spiciness and a good floral note that reminds me of honeysuckle. It’s really interesting and pleasing. There is a nice amount of astringency. Not so much that it’s harsh, just present. As the tea cools the grape-y flavor lessens somewhat, but it is still the dominant flavor. I enjoyed two steeps, and the flavor was consistent in both cups.

I can see this being a nice afternoon tea. I’m glad I was able to try it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TheTeaFairy

I too am a fan of Darjeeling and its bright and crisp astringency!

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I got this tea from my friend and had doubts about it because mint is not one of my favourites (therefore I’ve never drunk mint tea before so i cannot compare). Unexpectedly I really enjoyed it. Quite refreshing and fine taste but still would not buy it by myself. Glad that i own it, though :)

Preparation
1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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Another in a swap from Awkward Soul. This tea doesn’t have a WOW! factor, but is a good stable tea. I can taste the base (with a little astringency), and the toffee/caramel flavor. It tasted better when it was hot. As it is cooling, the toffee/caramel/nut flavor is on the back of the sip (instead of more on the front).

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Doesn’t really remind me of pudding but perhaps England has many types of pudding. It’s an interesting mix, but it’s done well. From the tea box. Good hot.

Preparation
1 tsp
Stephanie

I think England just calls most desserts pudding

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65

Generally I like flavored green teas but I’ve got a problem with orange peel in green tea (or at least in this one) but it’s just a matter of taste and to others it might seem hair-splitting. If I steep the tea a bit longer then the orange peel will dominate the tea (for my taste) but if I steep it for a shorter period of time then it’s going to be too mild. Maybe experimenting with the amount of tea will solve the problem. Still, not a bad choice, I can enjoy the mild infusion in the evenings.
(p.s.: I used loose leaf not the bagged ones)

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80

I really like this one, it’s very delectable especially if “oversteeped” a little. The time recommendation about steeping that the packaging says is not enough for all of the flavors to be released. It’s a simple but lovely fruit infusion.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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