Whittard of Chelsea

Recent Tasting Notes

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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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I have never really been a fan of flavoured teas but a friend gave me a sample of this, so I thought I would give it a try. It smells really strongly of sticky toffee pudding so that is a good start. Steve had told me that he found the tea disappointing so I loaded the teapot with more tea than I would otherwise have done and poured on the water. Waves of sticky toffee pudding smell arose from the pot. Good start. After a longer than usual steep, I was able to taste the tea. The base tea is malty and rich (possibly an Assam?), and the gingery sweetness of the pudding comes through with an element of dates. It was really quite good while hot and definitely reflected the name in its flavour, but as it cooled it quickly became bitter and less palatable. I’ve finished the sample now but might be tempted to buy a packet for myself if passing a Whittards, although I do wonder if its sugary sweetness would pall after a while.

Flavors: Caramel, Dates

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML
Angrboda

This one is on my list for next I’m in a Whittards. I need it in my life, I think. We’ll have to stop in at one at the next opportunity, because Husband discovered that he very much likes their afternoon Earl Grey, so that’s my way in. :D

Roughage

This is a tea that I have enjoyed in small quantities. I did not mention in the tasting notes but it does not resteep well at all, so only one cup per pot. If I am passing a Whittards I shall see about picking you some up, Angrboda, if you wish.

Angrboda

No need. It’s pretty easy to get to a Whittards when we’re visiting Husband’s parents. If we want to go shopping, we’ve tended to go to Cambridge, which is far enough away to be an outing and close enough for a suitable day-trip. ‘Tis a place full of lurking dangers. Last time I went past WHSmiths with a mantra of ’it doesn’t exist. It doesn’t exist. It doesn’t exist.’ in my head. I have been known to spend half my pocket money for a full 10 days in there in one fell swoop… Oops! :D

I’ve reached the point now where going to England doesn’t actually feel like really travelling anymore.

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This is basically a pure spice mix with no black tea base, hence the reason it is caffeine free. I came across this today while browsing Whittard’s Covent Garden London shop and immediately purchased it after reading the ingredients. It is the same mix of spices I use when making masala chai mix at home. I love chai but usually I cannot have it at night due to caffeine and this blend removes that. Chai all night long!

I brewed for 6-10 minutes as suggested for a stronger taste and it was perfect! Very obvious cinnamon flavour with the other spices lingering in the background. Added 1/2 tsp honey for sweetness but I think this blend would be excellent straight as well.

It also says to not drink this with milk but I may use this when I make masala chai. Overall, very happy I came across this.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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This is another one from the big bag of Sil! I drank it while I was at work and I forgot to log it. It was good, but like Sil says, it was fairly light. I enjoyed it, but wouldn’t rush to grab more of it.

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drank Rhubarb & Cream by Whittard of Chelsea
5122 tasting notes

sooooo i drank the world tonight. and just when i was about to call it quits, i realised i was at 161. No way i can leave my cupboard at that! Soooo here’s another one haha. This one is another from awkward soul via terri and it’s interesting. After the much richer creamier teas that i had, this one is on the light side. I AM getting rhubarb taste here but different from the rhubarb that stacy used in ruby pie. It’s creamy and the black base in this one isn’t bitter or overpowering. Overall, not a tea that i’m going to be in love with, but still a good cup this evening…

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TTB Tea 13: I picked this one for my studying before the organic chemistry test tomorrow. I feel as though it was a good choice! The flavor is very nice without being astringent or bitter. It was malty, a little chocolatey, and rich without any added flavors. And it gave me a nice caffeine boost!

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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83

mmmmm i like this one. Though it’s the sort of tea i probably should turn in to a decadent cup of amazing by adding a little sweetner, but i won’t. This was another share from Awkward Soul and i am a happy camper. Rich, dark, satisfying yummy tea!

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drank Lemon and Rose by Whittard of Chelsea
5122 tasting notes

Another from awkward soul, via Terri, but it’s not for me. This has a fairly strong floral presence which meant I couldn’t get much past the first couple of sips :( off to someone else who might like it more!

Helena

well it had rose in the name.. that should be a hint :D I can’t stand overly floral teas :D

Sil

sometimes the floral takes a back seat…sometimes lol

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drank Ceylon by Whittard of Chelsea
9 tasting notes

Quite nice and silky. This is one of those teas that gets better with re-soaking.

Use this with a tea infuser ball or a really good filter — otherwise the shavings get everywhere.

Flavors: Caramel, Dates, Vanilla

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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(edit:~This is embarrassing, can not remember if this is something I took out of the euro travelling teabox or a sample Meliorate sent me uh, a year ago.~) Nevermind all that, a tea from the euro tea box.

I had left it near the kettle, because, yay, the weather is turning that way where I want fruity flavoured green teas. Green tea with peach, yes please. Though sadly what i really really want is The-o-dor´s Peché Mignon which I can not get without paying A LOT on shipping and will have to wait for a large order in a few months.

This tea did not work as a dupe for Peché Mignon at all. Thin, almost bitter base, insipid fruit-like flavour and maybe some rose in the background. Nope. Maybe I would not be so critical if I did not want so much Peché Mignon right now, but oh well, I think I would never really love this.

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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I’ve never eaten rhubarb, but I’ve had a few rhubarb teas now, & from them I can surmise that it is tart & slightly bitter, kind of like cranberries. I drank this tea lightly sweetened, & although it isn’t something I’d ever purchase, it was a decent dessert.
This one came from Awkward Soul, & the remainder goes to….you guessed it! Sil!
Sipdown :)

Sil

Hahahaha

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I’m so caffeinated now the selection process for this one went something like…

oh, peach

green peach

green peach, huh?

are there even green peaches?

or is it because the tea is green?

green peach

what a pretty fruit

all green

but peach like

yeah

…and then imagine that really pinball-staccato and jittery.

I have a peach obsession. If it says peach, I’m gonna peach. So I peached. I am absolutely not disappointed. There are some too-good-to-be-true natural peaches out there, such as Lupicia’s Momo, but then there are also slightly less natural (it sounds better than ‘more artificial’) peach versions, such as this one, that are really enjoyable. (Keep in mind, though, that I’m someone who will shamelessly hog a bag of Haribo peach candies. Hi, E100, hi, E120, Hi Artificial Flavouring! Is anyone else coming? Oooh, Sugar.)

Brewed, this one has that slight metallic hint to it that I’m so used to finding in teas from A.C. Perchs now that I almost exclusively associate it with their greens and whites. It’s also somewhat flat – not flat as in stale, but just not overly intricate, flavour wise.

I’d really like to cold-brew this one, so I think this gets to stay here in Villa Borghese with me.

Thanks for sharing, KittyLovesTea! I am now one step closer to trying all the peach teas in the world.

[Sample from the second round of the EU Travelling Box, spring 2014.]

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

If you ever get the chance to buy Thé-o-dor´s Peché Mignon, do buy it. Green tea, and melon and peach and kind of glorious.

Anna

It’s so on the list – me and my friend are considering a joint The O Dor order a bit later in the spring!

cteresa

It might not be your cup of tea, maybe it is too predictable – but it´s one interesting peach tea! In fact I liked very much 3 of Theodor´s peach teas, not sure which to rebuy when I have that long promised splurge:

- Peché Mignon, is the green with peach and melon and so fruity and exhuberant.
- Melange de Galice (peaches and Galicia, I do not understand, but oh well) is a classical black tea with peach and vanilla.but why mess with classics
- Adele H is black tea with peach and pepper, lots of pepper, and a hint of other spices. Should be weird, but it´s charming.

Anna

I have both of the blacks on my ‘possibly’ list! I did as you taught me and searched the The O Dor website for ingredients, namely ‘peach’…

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Here is another tea sent to me by Awkward Soul, for Sil & I to share.
It’s ok. Not really my thing, which is surprizing to me, as I was really feeling like I wanted something decadent, but there was something in the taste that just didn’t appeal to me. The rest of it goes to Sil, so that’s another sipdown for me (330).

Sil

i have another box waiting to come to you toooo!

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You guys I made a tea latte. My first ever tea latte and I am so happy I chose this tea to do it! Overall it was a bit sickly for me, but that might have something to do with the amount of honey I added… I brewed a small-ish cup of double-strength tea for 5 minutes, and added it to two times the amount of hot semi-skimmed milk, so it was 1/3 tea in the end. I then put about 4 spoons of honey in it (it was a giant mug, so it’s not quite as bad as it sounds!) and that’s where it all went a bit wrong. Two would have DEFINITELY been enough.

Aside from the sugar overload, this was definitely a success, and I can’t wait to try other types of tea latte! It makes an amazing night time treat, as it’s caffeine-free and the chocolate reminds me of drinking hot chocolate on a night as a child, but with a more grown-up twist. The spices are a lovely aftertaste, and the red peppercorns leave a really nice tingle on your tongue. I will be making this again for sure!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 5 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML
Hello.Kiki

I was just asking my sister yesterday how she makes the chai lattes at her coffee shop. She just told me it depends which one. Lol, thank sis.
Now you have re-inspired me to try a chocolate chai tea latte…. sounds yummy!

Nattie

Yay, inspiration! I’m so happy I’ve inspired you haha ^^
You really should, it was so good, and ridiculously easy to make (: make sure you post it if you do!

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I find this tea much more enjoyable cold than hot, although it’s quite lovely both ways – it’s just that the floral notes are almost completely absent cold, and the peach gets sweeter and thicker – almost granular. Hot, the tea is more mild peach with a strong rose flavor, and a bit much for my tastes – although likely quite lovely for someone who loves roses in their tea.

Thank you to KittyLovesTea for sharing this with me!

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

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83

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83

Rich, smooth. Very nice, lots of depth.

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76

Just wasn’t doing it for me today. I probably wanted something greener. Oh well.

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76

I feel quietly positive about today’s interview, so there’s something, yes? Quietly less positive about the fact that I put on too much weight over the winter to be able to button up my blazer, but I just installed Pact on my phone and I’m hoping that’ll keep me at least reaching for fresh fruit instead of Wotsits when I’m hungry between meals.

And then there’s this tea. So I overleafed and oversteeped largely by mistake, and then added too much milk to use up the last of the jug because today’s its best before date, and then because I was out of the nice unrefined sugar I like to use in my tea, I added the teensiest drizzle of vanilla syrup instead. And what this magic combo produced was a predominant flavour that was so familiar, yet I couldn’t put my finger on what it was until I was about halfway through the cup.

It had a sort of sweet, roasty, almost grain flavour, but not exactly. It was like the maltiness of the tea had been turned up to eleven. And then it hit me.

The malt.

Ovaltine.

It was as though someone had put Ovaltine in my tea. Like Ovalteane. It was uncanny. And actually really, really delicious. I think I’ve found a new way of drinking this tea when I want something a little different. Because wowzers. That’s good stuff. Who’d have thought?

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
keychange

Uggh. I hear you about these stupid blazers. why can’t we just wear hoodies everywhere? so much more forgiving.

Sami Kelsh

It turns out that the interviewers and the other candidates at the interview were dressed like sort of hipster ladies in their twenties, so I probably could have gotten away with the yellow sweatshirt I always wear with a bow tie, really. Or a cat sweater. I’d probably have hands-down got the job if I’d been wearing a cat sweater.

I’m going to start wearing a cat sweater to all my interviews. I don’t want to work somewhere that a cat sweater doesn’t make the right first impression.

keychange

Yeah, I get it. Work environment is everything, as far as I’m concerned.

Sami Kelsh

Agreed. I really really want a cat sweater job.

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Does it count as breakfast if it’s your first cup of the day, even though it’s half past 1 in the afternoon and you’ve been up for 3 hours but have only just brought yourself to leave bed?

Oh yeah, so last night I dreamt about tea. Basically, for some reason my high school drama teacher (one of those stereotypical older theatrical types – a slightly camp little pepperpot with one of those little goatees to make him look extra-artsy) was there, and I think he was trying to convince me to have a fling with him, albeit unsuccessfully. I dismissed him from my family home because I was just interested in a new tea called Golden Honeybee. Is this a tea? In my dream, it was luscious.

This standard Assam can be nothing but a disappointment in comparison to the memory of the brew of my dream; that being said, for what it is, it serves its purpose admirably. Bit heavily tannic on the end, though maybe that’s how I’m brewing it. It’s full-bodied with not quite as much maltiness as I like in an Assam, but it’ll do. Yes, it’ll do indeed. It must be a pretty good basic brew, as I apparently hoovered the entire mug in the space of like 10 minutes. Quite so, quite so.

Now let’s see if I can complete 8 hours of illustrating (and desperately applying for every temp admin job going – SOMEBODY HIRE ME ALREADY, I CAN’T AFFORD TO LIVE) in the space of 4, because I’m meeting some former workmates from my last contract tonight and I probably should have started working in the morning. Whoops.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Good luck with the job hunt :-)

Sami Kelsh

Aww, thanks!

keychange

Good luck with the job hunt, and a tea called golden honeybee sounds delicious!

Sami Kelsh

Thanks! I seriously wish this was a tea now. I can’t remember what the tasting notes were like for it, but it was divine :(

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This is another one of those tasting notes where I can’t really tell you anything about the tea in itself because I couldn’t decide what I wanted to drink tonight and somehow settled on creating a terrifying Franken-oolong by adding a drop of almond extract and a squizzle of honey to this.

It was totally super-comforting and awesome until I got distracted by other things and let the tea get cold, and now it’s suddenly WAY too sweet and it’s all my fault and I’m still just not in love with it anyway, which is probably why I keep adding stuff to it so I can get through this box and move on. Maybe I should just not finish this one, given that it’s 1 in the morning and I have to be up tomorrow to go into town and run errands before cleaning the living heck out of my apartment before Gentleman comes down for the weekend. And I still don’t know what I’m wearing to my job interview on Friday. Whoops.

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Ok, so this is a weird tasting note.

I’ve been SERIOUSLY missing Adagio’s grapefruit oolong, but a) I can’t afford to pay for all that shipping on my own (trying to get a UK group run together and now a bunch of flavours are out of stock, ouch!) and b) I really shouldn’t even be buying any more tea for myself until I’ve drank more of what I’ve got in the kitchen anyway.

So I decided to take this relatively bland but acceptable oolong, and grapefruit it myself. So I added grapefruit juice.

And you know what?

It’s no Adagio grapefruit oolong, but it’s tastier than Morrisons grapefruit juice or this tea would have been on their own. Tart but wholesome. I think I’ve found the way to make me drink these teabags.

This isn’t creepy.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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