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Recent Tasting Notes
Note: this is the loose leaf version, purchased in London.
I saw this described as Whittard’s lightest Earl Grey but the scent when I opened the tin seemed to challenge that notion. I notice that it is only referred to as black tea here except for one person who mentioned oolong, yet when I turned my tin over it said there was 13% green tea in this. Hmmmm. For this reason I pulled the temperature back ever so slightly and kept the steep a little shorter.
And guess what happened? The jasmine stepped forward in a big way and the bergamot was perfectly matched with it. It made a sweet dance of the most elegant flavors that made my pinky hoist into the air and made me glad I had used my favorite tea cup. The brew is fairly light in color, but the tea has plenty of strength so don’t oversteep this. You don’t want to miss it in all of its glory.
This is a tea I would serve to a friend who was sad and needed for me to say “There, there!” and give them tea and sympathy. Or one for a young lady’s first elegant tea party. Or for drinking when you need a touch of glorious beauty in your life.
Brilliant. And I wish you could see these tins. They are gorgeous.
Note: I am drinking the loose leaf version.
I am really, really eager to try the Afternoon Tea in this set with jasmine and bergamot, but I wanted to dip some gingerbread almond biscotti in my tea this morning, and that really calls for unflavored tea to me. I opted for this one and braced myself for the first sip because it says, “Strong, Traditional” on the front of the beautiful little green and gold tin that I doubt I will ever part with because it is so beautiful.
The color in the cup did not lie. I made this in a small glass teapot and saw that it was a medium color with great clarity, though not too pale. I am a little afraid of some assam teas and I figured there would surely be some in this blend (and there is) but it isn’t harsh at all. I made a resteep because I hadn’t finished my biscotti and it was a little paler, not quite as strong, but still very enjoyable.
This is a good all around tea, easily drunk without milk or sugar, tasty for dipping biscotti or tea biscuits, and perfect for when you are not craving a particular tea or flavor and want an easy choice. Very nice!
At the tail-end of a day of back-to-back meetings, I made a cup of this tea for me, two of my regular office tea pals, and the security guard in the entrance to our building. It’s cold outside, and some of them are sniffling with the cold, and so the cup was very gratefully received. When you make yourself a cup, take some time to look around and see if anyone else won’t appreciate a comforting beverage, especially at this time of year. You may make someone’s day…
Managed to have a cup of this at work yesterday, before all hell broke loose. Can’t really talk about it, but let’s just say that I had a very interesting 4 hours, and that instead of leaving work early, I left at 20:30, in pouring rain and freezing cold, with nothing but the memory of this tea to sustain me.
A good, smooth, always-nice-to-have-around tea, that is completely dependable.
This is a lovely blend. I received this sample a while ago so I think it is not as strong of a flavor as it is originally meant to be. This is a nice black tea blend that does well without additives. It has a certain warmth to it as well as a slight fruity and sweet backdrop. Good tea with some mild astringency.
Someone brought us a caddy of this to work, having been to London and knowing that me and my cubicle colleague love tea, he thought that this would be a nice gift. It is, although I wish he’d asked before buying – there are better and more interesting teas to be had in London than this one. Even Whittard has better blends. BTW, this is the second Earl Grey tea caddy that people have brought us as gifts (the first one being a tiny Ahmad Tea earl grey shaped like a red telephone booth).
First thing’s first- this tea came in a dark blue caddy that is both beautiful and practical.
Once you open the caddy you are assaulted by an overpowering scent of BERGAMOT. If there’s a kind of demon that finds bergamot as offensive as vampires supposedly find garlic, then he would run for his life once the caddy was opened. This is an in your face, “I’m an Earl Grey TEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAH!” kind of tea. I was a little bit scared of brewing it, but the guys really wanted a taste, so I reluctantly brewed a cup.
This tea has a definite Ceylon base, and if there was a Chinese tea in the mix, it didn’t come through. It’s a strong, hearty tea, with a strong but thankfully not overpowering bergamot flavour. It still ranks last among the Earl Greys that I’ve tried, but at least it’s drinkable. If you like strong flavours, this is for you. I’d rather have Twinnings Earl Grey for about half the price than this tea.
Tea #5 from HHTTB2
According to my friends, I may be insanely picky about my Darjeelings (PFFFT who am I kidding I absolutely am), but even without that kicking in, these leaves don’t look nearly as nice as what I’m used to. There’s also no information on their website regarding origin, so I’m guessing that this is a blend of several estates.
All that said, this turned out okay.
I used my typical Darjeeling parameters (below) and was greeted with a really delicate cup that wasn’t particularly Darjeeling-y. It has that lovely, kind of grapey-fruity, subtley earthy smell, delicately floral smell that I love, but the taste wound up being too much floral with a touch of earthiness and a metallic twang. This would actually be a good Darjeeling for people who don’t like Darjeelings, because the flavor is so light.
I felt like having a cup of green this afternoon, so I made a small pot of this one that Auggy has shared with me. It was Husband’s choice. Once again we were amused by how well-travelled this tea is. English company all the way from the US. :D
The leaf smells very EG-y and I didn’t really pick up much of the base tea at all. I’m not surprised at that. I find it’s often the case with flavoured tea that isn’t black or to some extent oolong (depending on the type of oolong) that the flavouring drowns the smell of the tea. I have learned, however, that this does not really have to be something to cause concern. After steeping, it smells much more green and EG in balance with each other.
I’ve always had a bit of difficulty with the whole EG Green concept because bergamot is a strong flavour in itself so I’ve never really understood how the mixture with something more delicate could possibly work. It just never fails to surprise me when it does. The bergamot in this is actually relatively mild (for bergamot) and it does make me feel like I’m drinking green tea rather than hot water with dusty bergamot in it, which is always my worry with these things.
I don’t really drink much in the way of green tea and when I do buy one it’s usually because it’s flavoured with something that sounds really nice. Earl Grey has just never really been in that category for me, so although this is nice enough, it’s not something I would go out and buy for myself.
Yes a rhubarb tea! This one has real lumps of rhubarb in it too!
Rhubarb & Cream has a real rhubarb flavor that mostly takes like undercooked rhubarb pie filling. I do like the rhubarb tang in this tea however wished there was more creamy flavor present.
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/rhubarb-cream-tea-whittard-chelsea-oolong-owl-tea-review/
Tea #7 from Another Traveling Tea Box
So I wanted to give a straight tea a shot and grabbed this one because the name was interesting. Didn’t smell like much, but being in the sort of packaging it was, I didn’t expect to smell much other the rest of the box’s scents.
Brewed I was getting a thick malty smell with green beans(?) which was strange. I didn’t get any green bean taste, but it was rather mulch-y/bark tasting to me. Bleh.
This is part of a sampler pack and the box just says “green tea” so I’m making an educated guess that this is, in fact, sencha. The initial taste in my mouth is actually surprising, not like green tea at all before it settles into a standard green tea taste. Not sure how to describe it, it’s not strong. Finish is slightly metallic-tasting.