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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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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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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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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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drank Ginseng Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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This is the second oolong from Davids I’ve had today, the other being Pineapple oolong. I have to say the base is extremely similar, I’m willing to bet it’s the same.

Anyway, this tea is okay. I don’t get any particular ginseng flavor, and the oolong isn’t blowing my socks off. I’m glad we only have a little sample of this left.

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Well color me surprised. I’m trying all of the Easter Tea Trail teas coldbrewed (except for Chocolate Macaroon) and I am so happy with this one! I’m not an Earl fan, but this is like a bright, fruity lemonade-like tea. Yummy.

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drank Happy Kombucha by DAVIDsTEA
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Coldbrew sipdown from the Easter Tea Trail.

Still meh. It’s refreshing, I guess, but not anything I’d ever reach for.

Amariel

I still like this one, but have not had it in a while. I used to mix it with Toasted Walnut.

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Another from the Easter Tea Trail coldbrewed overnight and I am pleasantly surprised! I do get hints of chocolate raspberry, but I also still get banana. It’s weird. I love raspberry, but I don’t like chocolate, so this is just an okay brew for me. I do like it a lot more iced than I do cold, but I still think the rest of what I have of this tea will be winging to Nova Scotia for a friend who absolutely loves it.

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“You can forgive a murder, but never a mistake while preparing tea.” Chinese proverb

Labels? Here you go: Femme, Wife, Lesbian, Homemaker, Happy. Don’t forget tea fanatic!

My tastes in tea have changed, so I should update this as well. I find myself leaning more towards rooibos and herbals, if only for their great ability to chill in my travel mug for hours and not get weird on me. When I have time to properly brew a cuppa, I lean towards white teas (which I only steep for 30 seconds) and black teas (which only get 2-3 minutes from me). I cannot stand green teas, they’re too fiddly for my tastes. Oolongs are great, but a bit fiddly as well. However, I love watching oolongs open up in my looseleaf brewer. I’m slowly discovering mates and falling for them…there are many I look forward to trying!

So…yeah. That’s me and my tea!

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