2238 Tasting Notes
Day 10 of the Whittard advent.
This is one of the nicest chocolate teas I’ve tried in a while. It’s not over-sweet, but it’s not bitter either; it walks a good line right between those two things. It’s also not watery or thin, in the way that a lot of chocolate tea can be. Obviously it’s not got the thickness or texture that a hot chocolate would have, but it’s a pretty close thing in my opinion. I know which I’d rather drink!
This could become a go-to chocolate blend for me. I reckon it would make a pretty good latte…
Day 9 of the Whittard advent. There’s some exotic stuff in here; amaranth and cactus blossoms! There’s also mango and chilli (obviously…)
I was surprised this was a black tea in some ways, but perhaps I shouldn’t have been. The standard Whittard base, which has just about got to be Ceylon, is fairly citrussy and so it works pretty well. There’s very little malty sweetness to interfere with things.
There’s quite a lot of chilli heat initially, and loads of mango. Very juicy! The pepperiness of the mango and the background warmth and spiciness of the chilli pair pretty well, although it’s a fairly savoury combination. I quite like that, though. It was a nice change of pace from the sweeter teas I’ve been drinking recently. I’m basically finishing up my T2 cubes at work, so it’s been dessert teas a-go-go for quite some time now.
This probably isn’t a blend I’d want to drink all the time, but it’s one I’d definitely come back to from time to time. I’m glad to have tried it, since it’s not something I’d have picked off the shelf for myself. Got to keep challenging those preconceptions!
Back to day 6, which was a fruit-based tea. Evening drinking, basically.
The scent of this one reminded me immediately of David’s Movie Night, but in practice it’s not that good. Sadly, because I adore that stuff.
It’s buttery and there’s lots of toffee, but the apple is lacking. It could stand to be a lot sharper, or even just better defined. There’s a light nuttiness from the macadamia, which is nice.
I enjoyed this one well enough, but it’s on the watery side and not overwhelmingly interesting. At least there’s no hibi!
I skipped ahead to day 7 this morning, as 6 is a fruit tea. It’s morning. I want caffeine. Also, this is another tea I’m convinced I’ve tried already, but no notes or rating…
I’m glad to try this one again, though, because it’s unexpectedly good. I had it down in my head as nice but ordinary, but it’s actually deliciously malty with the tiniest background hint of pepper. It’s strong and pretty tannic, but I don’t mind that too much. I mean, I couldn’t drink cup after cup after cup, but it’s ideal as a motivational morning kick.
I have new respect for this one.
Day 5 of the Whittard advent.
Another white tea; I feel like I’ve not had any white tea in a really long time, so it’s a nice change of pace to find some here. This one has coconut, apple, cocoa and carob, and (no surprises here!) it’s really sweet.
In terms of flavour, I’m on board with the name. It does taste like a coconut truffle, at least up front. It has a nice creamy white chocolate-ness initially, but the more I sipped the more I realised it was actually carob. Caramel and coconut are what I could ultimately taste. It was still nice, but it had drifted from the initial flavour which was (fleetingly, at least) fairly spot on.
As it cooled it developed an aftertaste that reminded me of the way the air tastes in a nearby head shop, but I’m not going to examine that too closely!
Day four (?) of the Whittard advent calendar. Only a few days in, and I’ve already lost count. I’m also already behind, but there’s nothing particularly new about that.
This is a white based Earl Grey, and I don’t honestly know whether I’ve ever had one of those before. It’s a slightly strange beast, but it actually works. Who knew? It’s very creamy; lots of vanilla and milkiness here. It’s also quite floral, which is a slight downside for me, but I can overlook it because there are so many other things about this that are good. Like, good good. There’s definitely rose in here, maybe a little jasmine too. My first sip was bergamot heavy, but that seems to have faded as it’s cooled. It’s hard to believe now that it was ever there; I get milk/cream/vanilla and rose, primarily. And I’m enjoying it!
A good start to the day, for once.
I got this as part of a present from an old family friend. It came with the Dreamtime instant tea, which I actually ended up liking even though it was about 99% sugar and 1% actual tea. This is the same deal, basically, except it’s lemon/lime flavoured.
It’s pretty sour initially, like those fizzy sour sweets, but the sugar soon overwhelms that. It’s sort of lemon-limey, but – no surprises here – pretty much mostly just sugar. I drank it hot because it’s winter and it’s cold, but I can see this being pretty nice fridge-cold in the summer. It’s a no-fuss sort of thing, too, which appeals to me at the moment. I’m really having an absolutely can’t be arsed kind of time right now. This suits that mood perfectly.
Third day of the Whittard tea advent. I know for sure that I’ve drank this literally loads of times before, and yet there’s no record on here of it ever having happened. Hmm…
It’s a pretty decent Earl Grey, and I’ve really developed a soft spot for it over the years. I’m one of those perverse people that will sometimes put milk in an EG (but only sometimes, I promise…) I didn’t today, but I know from experience that it holds up reasonably well.
This one has just a touch too much bergamot for me to be absolutely over the moon with it, but it’s nowhere near as blergh as some. It was nice to revisit this one today. It’s definitely been a while.
Second day of the Whittard tea advent. I’m hoping to catch up today, since I’m working from home. I feel like I’ve tried this one before, but there’s no record of it on here. Either I’m confused (likely) or it’s been eaten (entirely possible).
Either way, it leaves me with good tea. Because it is. I’m not usually a fan of floral blends, and the rose in this is pretty strong. What sells it to me is how candy-like it is. Sweet. Sugary. All the things I want at the moment. It also holds up to milk really well, so bonus!
I’d probably not always want this one around, but it’s a nice novelty.