Afternoon Blend

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From Whittard of Chelsea

A lightly effervescent, smooth and delightfully aromatic tea. It is a medium strength China tea blend, flavoured with jasmine, rose petals and bergamot. This House tea developed by Mr Whittard in the 1940s used to be known as Pelham Blend. It is the lightest of the ‘bergamot blends’.

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616 tasting notes

I am so excited I found veggies my birds will eat. They’re so stubborn I just wanna shove it in their beaks and be like EAT. In any case, they eat acorn squash (uncooked and cut into chunks) and jalapenos (with all the seeds left in). Gandalf gets super stoked over jalapeno time. It’s pretty comical.

When I first steeped this up today, I had to doublecheck my parameters because all I smelled was bergamot. Holy man. Luckily it was the same cup as before. Mild base, mild bergamot, mild floral. This would work anytime of day, really. It’s just a lovely aromatic mild cup.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

Haha when we had our lovebird she was the same. She never ate any veggies and it drove me crazy.


I even tried organic baby food! I had limited success with pumpkin, but most of it wound up on the wall behind them. Not cool birds, not cool.


jalapeños with the seeds! I never knew birds would like hot things!


Apparently they can’t taste or feel capsaicin so they only taste the peppers. Mine are apparently all about the hotter the better though, because they won’t touch bell pepper.


haha! They know what they like!

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1917 tasting notes

Downed a cup and a half before breaking down and actually peeking at the ingredients I couldn’t identify…odd that I’m not overfond of rose, jasmine, or bergamot individually, but together and with a light touch, they combine to make a properly civilized and elegant cuppa.

Anne Perry, one of my new favorite authors (she’s been around a while), writes a Victorian mystery series about detective Thomas Pitt, who married above his station. His wife, Charlotte, relies on her proper society connections and adventurous Aunt Vespasia to assist Thomas in infiltrating the ugly underbelly of the London uppercrust. I would proudly pour up a pot of this for either of the ladies.


I have added the first book to my “to read” list! Hopefully I can get the library ebooks working on my reader. :)


Anne Perry is deliciously prolific. She also does a Victorian series featuring William Monk; his “hook” is that in the first novel he has amnesia and has to rediscover himself while solving a murder; also a World War I series with three siblings in varying roles. All good. I’ll be hunting her down in used bookstores for months and months to come.

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2152 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.

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6770 tasting notes

This is a nice stand-alone black tea. Medium Strength, Medium flavors of aromatic floral and bergamot – maybe a bit on the lighter side of medium, actually. But regardless this is a really gratifying cup!

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876 tasting notes

Thank you Ellyn! I think this is the tea I received in the swap. Well today has been very interesting and long. This tea is nice. The bergamot is actually quite light. This is a very light tasting tea. I’m getting some floral notes. I enjoyed this! Thank you.

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123 tasting notes

Cold-brewed this overnight in the fridge using 2 heaping teaspoons for 500 ml water.

I’ve been foregoing tea lately in favor of cold-brewed iced coffee (I know, I’m a filthy turncoat) but I’m still trying to chip away at my stash little by little. This was pretty nice; flowery with the bergamot and jasmine, and tasted quite fancy. Unfortunately I wasn’t feeling particularly fancy when I drank this and would have preferred something more refreshing. Would probably be good served hot at a tea party with doilies and silly hats – which, mark my words, I will get around to one day.

Aimee Popovacki

lol I’ve been hitting the iced coffee lately too… its just so cooling.. I mean it is more dehydrating so its really not a great idea.. but I just can’t say no.

adagio breeze

I don’t know what makes cold coffee so nice when it’s warm out, but when I was in California last month I was drinking at least one iced coffee a day.

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8 tasting notes

Ooh, I say! A lovely drink. The subtle mixture of jasmine and bergamot gives a delightful light taste. Considering that I do not usually like Earl Grey, this more subtle addition to the blend is more to my taste.

Made with a teabag, am drinking it with a splash of milk and am very much enjoying this cuppa :-)

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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67 tasting notes

delightful 、 graceful with subtle floral flavor ,light and easy.You can’t be wrong choosing this one anytime or in any occasion.

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198 tasting notes

On a good day, it tastes like an Earl Grey with a twist – something with Bergamot will always be Earl Grey in my eyes. The jasmine makes it taste quite civilised and regal somehow. I think it’s probably the perfect Afternoon drink with scones or something like that.
On a bad day the flavours seem to be battling each other rather than harmonising. Not sure whether it’s how I brewed it or the mood I was in. So in short, it’s quite a mixed review going on here…

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57 tasting notes

…second time that I rate this blend.
It truly comes to life when brewed in a Yixing clay tea pot and gets treated like a Chinese would treat its tea…
I was rather disappointed when I drank it the very first time.But that was when I touched it with the hands of a European. Big mistake here…
So, as ‘Whittard of Chelsea’ is claiming to use a blend of Chinese teas, I started to re-think those nasty,little leafs. And it paid off…very interesting flavors are pushing through.
The Oolong on the left, Jasmin on the right and those rose pedal notes…well,slightly shy…trying to catch up with everything somewhere in the back.
This Afternoon blend is on the British market since almost 70 years by now…today I found out why!

195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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