1220 Tasting Notes
This is the last of the samples given to me by Whittard of Chelsea and it is wonderful!
The hibiscus is not overwhelming in this blend, thank goodness, it is just pure, blueberry deliciousness. I coldbrewed it overnight and split it with the wife and we both love it.
I don’t know what else to say, but this is a delicious brew. Oooh, I should try this in some pancakes…
Part of the incredibly generous sample pack sent to me by Whittard of Chelsea!
I had to try this one coldbrewed. I just had to. And I wanted to see if it was as good as Goji Pop. I took a sip of this before I added my sweetener and holy hibiscus, Batman! Tart as sin and not half as fun. But the sugar calmed it down a bit, thank goodness.
I first discovered the flavor of acai through Red Leaf Tea’s Brazilian Acai Matcha, which I adored. To me, acai tastes like the bastard son of blueberry and raspberry. I really like it. It’s rounded out and juicy like blueberry, but it has an edge, like raspberry.
This coldbrew captures that perfectly. And with the goji, it is out of this world. It’s incredibly refreshing on this hungover day, and I’d even pick it over Goji Pop! The only reason I might keep Goji Pop stocked instead of this is because DavidsTea is much more accessible for me. Still, I’ve got enough of both to give me a yummy summer.
I didn’t like that the package wasn’t resealable in any way, in fact, you had to cut it open. Luckily I have a few empty tins kicking about. Also, again, so much hibiscus. Though it is making me start to wonder, is 45% hibiscus normal for an herbal, or is it a high percentage? I almost wish the percentage of each ingredient wasn’t listed, because without that, I wouldn’t have been so focused on the amount of hibiscus when I first tried it.
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.
This is my favorite black tea ever, and so it’s the tea I always reach for when I find myself in need of a hot toddy. I’ve been fighting the flu for a few days now and every time it seems to get better, it ends up getting a lot worse. Ugh. So, since the wifey is have skype-drinky-time with her friends, I’m joining in.
I love this tea.
I thought I hadn’t reviewed this tea, but apparently I did. Oh well. My throat is crazy sore and the chamomile is helping tons, and for that I am grateful. Welp, since I have had this before, I’m going to join my wife in the tealcohol and add a splash of blueberry pancake booze into my cup. Yummy. Maybe it will help my throat too!
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.
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!
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.
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!