Whittard of Chelsea

Recent Tasting Notes

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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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drank Rhubarb & Cream by Whittard of Chelsea
487 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

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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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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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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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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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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I participated in the Hepatite swap this past month and yesterday i received my tea from my swap buddy. I’m not sure whether i’m more excited about getting my teas, or the thought of my swap buddy getting my teas. Heh…not that i want to spoil anything, but those of you who have um gotten tea from me, know a little of what she’s in store for hahaha.

Sami Kelsh sent this one my way and that’s awesome because it was on my wishlist of things to try someday! Mostly because of her review haha. this is delicious…delicious and creamy and man i would pick this one up again! The vanilla is there but there is also a cookie like quality to this that is so very tasty. Thank you so much Sami!

OMGsrsly

I feel a little sorry for your swap buddy’s cupboard. Just a little. ;)

Sami Kelsh

Yay, cookie goodness! Oh, I hoped you’d like this one! So glad your teas arrived safely :3

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This was the only tea that I tried to make at the end of a very long workday that remotely appealed. I can’t explain it. Everything smelled wrong and not as it should, except this. This was the miracle tea that made everything all better.

Oh, my kingdom for a life with a steady income and some measure of certainty about my future. Just a smidge. At least this tea is consistently creamy and biscuit-y and perfect and just fills me with quiet comfort and joy.

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90

Good morning is good!

Started the day with a healthy breakfast of strawberries and whipped cream – hey, it was the light cream, and mostly it was strawberries! And it’s the weekend, dammit.

And then there’s this tea, another silly impulse purchase to celebrate job interview. I’ve been wanting to try something biscuitty for a while now, and when the shop assistant took the jar of this off the shelf for me to smell, I was sold. Smells just like sticking your nose in a packet of those wonderful crumbly, buttery vanilla biscuits. Yes. GET IN.

So I brewed it up this morning, and as they usually do, the scent diminished a bit while brewing and tea smell insinuated its way in, but it’s a tea, so I’m certainly not complaining. The flavour starts with a heady wave of creamy vanilla, with a sweet, nutty-buttery biscuit finish. Not nutty like you’d find in a nut-flavoured tea, but that sort of subtle toasty nuttiness you get from the slightly browned butter and flour in a biscuit. It’s got a hint of sweetness on its own, so doesn’t need fixins if you prefer your teas unadorned, but holds up beautifully under a spoonful of sugar and a splash of milk, making it just that little bit more indulgent.

And it’s still a damn sight better for me than, say, hoovering a packet of Viennese whirls.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

oh man that sounds good..

Sami Kelsh

It is genuinely GORGEOUS.

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94

What did I do before milk oolong? Seriously, what? I honestly don’t know. Bumping the rating up on this one a little because I just love it so much.

I’m on, like, my fourth litre of cold resteeps of this spoonful of leaves and I swear they’ve STILL not fully unfurled and every new tea is as magnificent as the last. SUCH JOY. Such creamy, green, almost melony joy. It’s the Friday before a long weekend, and everyone in my office has buggered off to the department head’s leaving do, so I’m all on my lonesome, catching up on tea and deciding where I want to go when I head into London with Gentleman on Sunday. It’s positively glacial in here. Bliss.

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Hello, gorgeous.

After reading *TheTeaFairy*’s inspiring note about Mandala’s milk oolong the other day, I developed such a hankering that I’m really grateful that I had a little ziploc of a milk oolong of my own that I brought with me to tide me over until I can move my whole tea stash down from Manchester into my new flat here on the weekend. I do love a good resteepable tea that I can just keep drinking all day, and man, does this one go on forever. So much lovely, sweet honeydew flowery goodness, perfect for an idle Tuesday of drawing some things for a secret project for an interesting publisher, wandering to a wool shop down the road from Gentleman’s home, and making Hungarian cucumber salad. I shouldn’t be in such good spirits for someone so recently unemployed, but I think just not being in a godawful job anymore is enough to make me feel a little better about the world.

TeaBrat

I know, I was pretty upset when I lost my job but I wasn’t happy there anyway. In some ways it’s just a relief to be moving on.

TheTeaFairy

Hehe…Happy to inspire, the tea sounds lovely :-)

Sami Kelsh

Yeah, sometimes the relief’s enough to elevate your mood, in spite of everything. And MAN, what even was my life before milk oolong, for real?

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Yes yes yes.

Today’s been weirdly productive by nobody’s standards but my own – finished a painting and managed to get a second steep of this in before the sun went down. Mmmm, ‘sgood. Steep two’s every bit as lovely as steep one, letting more of that lovely, creamy sweet floral-melon goodness emerge from those giant leaves – who’d have thought that what looked like such a concise spoonful would unfurl into a festival of greenery so fluffy it’s practically spilling out the top of my strainer? I’m noticing a refreshing green note around the edges of the second steep, that I can especially taste in my cheeks – not grassy, but more of a fresh, mineral green, if that makes sense. It’s SO good. I can’t wait to see what wonders steep three has to reveal to me. I’m so in love.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Oh, I like this.

Bought on terrible, terrible impulse to celebrate that I have another job interview lined up! Yippee! The bad news is that the office is in “Oxford,” but technically it’s in a tiny little place outside of Oxford that takes an hour and two buses (rounabout through Abbingon) to get to from Oxford central. Oh well. INTERVIEW. I rock interviews! I am excite. Things just might be looking up for Kelshy! bangs on all the wood within reach

So, milk oolong. The dry leaves are cute and smell of sweet grass. A good start. It’s already streets ahead of the other oolong I have from Whittard, which admittedly is decidedly underwhelming. This tea, on the other hand, yields a pale yellow liquor, and the sweet grass notes are joined by a soft floral, almost honeydew melon flavour, as well as a lightly creamy mouthfeel, with just a delicate hint of that characteristic oolong wholesomeness. Good Gosh, this is so pretty. It tastes of joy.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec
__Morgana__

Congrats, and good luck!

Sami Kelsh

Thanks so much! :)

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