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Trying to get this tea sipped down quickly as the Whittard mini tea tins aren’t stackable. They take up sooo much shelf space when you have too many.
This is a rich and extravagant chocolate tea. The aroma is just like dark cocoa powder with notes of dried ginger root. It brews into a fairly watery tea (at least, it seems watery because you can’t help but compare it to thick milky hot chocolate) that takes a few sips to really build up.
Once the flavour has fully saturated your taste buds, it’s rich and intensely chocolatey. Like Bourneville dark chocolate – slightly bitter, very rich, too much to eat more than a few squares at a time.
I’m glad that it’s not artificial tasting though!
The orange is subtler but it does come into play for a little while at the beginning of the cup. Once you’re over halfway down, the ginger and chocolate overtakes everything. This tea has got some fire in it.
I’ve tried brewing with 1tsp plain black tea and 1tsp of this tea, instead of the recommended 2tsp. But it was still no match for the chocolate ginger combo.
Next up, I’m going to try simmering it with milk on the stove, like a chai.
Pre-Christmas photos on the blog: https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/whittard-spiced-chocolate-orange-tea-review/
Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Ginger, Orange, Spicy
Happy Boxing Day, lovely people! Hope everyone is having a safe and peaceful holiday.
I picked this tea up a few weeks ago, but today is the first time I’ve been able to try it. It’s a very nice rose and strawberry blend. The fragrance of the dry leaves is highly perfumed, so much so that I didn’t think I would be able to enjoy this. Once steeped the smell is softer. It’s discernibly rose with a sweet general fruity note mixed in. There’s also a bit of an earthy note which made me hopeful since I like being able to taste the base tea in flavored blends. The taste is delicious. The mix of rose and strawberry is well balanced. There’s also a dried hay note and the slightest touch of astringency, which I found pleasant. I drank the first half of the cup without adding anything and found it enjoyable. I added a touch of monk fruit sweetener to the second half to bring out the strawberry flavor a bit more. It was also nice, but I think going forward I’ll drink it sans additives.
This one was a nice surprise. It’s like a bit of summer in a cup, and I’m here for it.
Flavors: Hay, Rose, Strawberry
This tea I received from Izzy in our first swap? Thanks. Anyway use by 5-2021 is quite soon. And rhubarb tea was something to enjoy today I guess.
Nope. I got only hibiscus flavoured tea and as it was white instead of classic red; it wasn’t even tart. It was pretty much meh; no rhubarb, though it should be in, and not in small amount.
Just nothing from expected flavour profile. I wonder if it is because it’s old, or it wasn’t flavourful at all.
I think it is this one, based on ashmanra detailed view of tea bag she got. Mine looked like same, even with those white small spheres. Ingredients were saying only: Black tea, flavouring. Anyway, it was a tea bag from Izzy.
To be honest, I never was, and probably never will be a fan of rose teas. They are usually soapy for me, sometimes it’s somehow overpowered by the rose and now and then it smells like a dish soap or just somehow weird.
This tea wasn’t greeting me with anything new. Foil wrapped tea bag smelled soapy. I wasn’t impressed.
Brewed, and I think I did about four minute steep, was better. The base tea was quite mellow and I assume it could be Ceylon mostly, as it was bit citrusy. But the rose was there and I liked this brew. It was quite nicely floral and… that’s it. Quite decent brew, though it does not make me happy they don’t even try to put some real rose in. Flavouring isn’t something I would like to see in a tea I get for 5,50 GBP per 25 tea bags.
And if you want to know what is difference between red and gray tea bags, let me answer: NOTHING, as I have asked them directly on their website chat. Happy for me as a tea bag collector, worse for anyone expecting some difference.
Flavors: Citrusy, Floral, Rose, Soap
A smooth tea, though surprisingly malty for an earl grey, the bergomot is balanced very nicely with the tea to produce an overall fresh and delightful taste.
Well defined taste.
Lingering citrus finish
Flavors: Bergamot, Cloves, Grapefruit, Pine
It´s for teas like this that I appreciate my water boiler with temperature control between 60 and 100ºC. To be brewed with water at 80ºC? No problem.
But, although it makes drinking white and green teas a lot simpler and straight-forward, I managed to forget about this tea for quite a while.
On the little card Whittard´s adds to the tea pack, it says the tea is “a supremely fresh and lightly fragranced tea with a hint of spring morning sweetness”. Indeed, in nose the loose tea is quite delicate with a sweet touch to it. In mouth it´s very easy going and light, nice enough without the grassy aspect of a lot of green teas, or the strength of most black teas. Honestly, I expected more from it.
This is another Whittard’s blend I picked to drink based on the name, without looking at the ingredients. I expected this to be a chai, and I wanted a bold, spicy tea for my breakfast tea this morning. I’d already tipped the leaf into the infuser when I read the ingredients and found that, apparently, the only spice in here is clove?! I say ‘apparently’ because the description here on Steepster lists other spices, and a few of the tasting notes describe a cinnamon-heavy tea (which I would have loved). I wonder if Whittard has changed the tea recently? More recent notes seem to be describing the same thing that’s in my tin – orange, vanilla and clove. It’s not bad, and I do taste all of those things, sort of in a dreamsicle way, but it’s not what I wanted right this moment. I’d probably enjoy it more if it was something I was in the mood for. I’ll have to pay more attention next time!
I finally finished my online training so I’m baaaack! I’ve missed you guys. Drinking this today because it’s instant and we have people coming to view the house later today so I didn’t want to make a mess with loose leaf. I still don’t get why this is called ‘dreamtime’ when it’s full of sugar and caffeine. Still, it’s pretty tasty once you get past the name.
Made myself a cup of this right before bedtime, expecting it to be caffeine-free, based on the name, and was surprised to realise that it’s actually a black tea base. I own the same ‘Dreamtime’ blend in regular, non-instant form and it’s definitely a herbal tisane, all apple pieces and rooibos. I wonder what possessed them to add black tea to the instant version? I drank it anyway, hoping it wouldn’t throw my sleep schedule off too badly – I’ve been trying to fix it for a couple of weeks, and avoiding caffeine after 5pm. I did get to sleep about an hour later than usual, but I won’t rush to blame this tea. Flavour-wise, it was quite nice. Very sweet at first, but the acidity grew as the cup cooled to match the sweetness nicely. Honey, vanilla and apricot notes were all present, and as I’ve found with most of Whittard’s instant teas the base was overpowered by the additional flavours. I’m not sure when I’ll drink this, though, because the flavour combination is definitely a ‘bedtime’ one for me, but there’s caffeine in this. Maybe I’ll try a pitcher of it iced, and hope for the best.
There’s another street party today so I made another pitcher of this tea iced to take out. I’m training for a new job so can’t take part in the party (I did go out for an hour to have a burger from the BBQ though), and I completely forgot about this and left it in the fridge when everyone went outside. Now the party is in full swing, I’ve came back inside to do more online courses, and I’m drinking the pitcher myself. Everyone out there has moved on to alcohol. Oh well!
VE Day 2020
I made a pitcher of this tea iced for our street party this afternoon, and as it turned out this was my last tea of the day because we ended up staying out til really late. We had a brilliant afternoon, and this went down a storm. Fantastic day all round!
ETA: I was a little bit merry when I wrote this last night, so I didn’t really add anything helpful about the tea. I had several comments that it tasted like juice, and even my iced tea hater mam enjoyed it. Heavy on the strawberry and blueberry, light on the tea. It doesn’t have that strong citric acid background that a lot of Whittard’s instant teas do, so that was a bonus. This is perfect for iced tea, I’m not sure I’ll even bother to try it hot.
THEME TEA DAY!!
Today is VE day, and it’s a big one this year – the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. My neighbours have organised a street party to celebrate, only now because of the Coronavirus we’re all going to have to stay in our own gardens. But, there’ll be music, food and drink, homemade bunting, it’s a beautiful sunny day and we’re all getting dressed up in 1940s dress or in red, white and blue. I’m drinking teas which I can tenuously link to peace or patriotism and the like, and there’s a minute’s silence at 11am to honour everyone who lost their lives.
I picked this tea to start my morning because it was the first one I thought of when I decided to drink themed teas today. What’s more English than an English rose? As a happy coincidence it’s also the last of my first tin of this tea, which means I’m half way done with it! I love a simple rose tea, and while this does the job it’s a bit light on the rose for my liking. I prefer Adagio’s Summer Rose, which has a much more prominent rose note and a harsher base than this tea, but I prefer to drink my rose teas with a splash of milk in the morning, and this tea is too thin to hold up to the milk. I’ll happily go through my other tin of this, but while a basic black rose tea is a staple in my cupboard, when it comes time to buy more it won’t be this one. Today, though, it sets the mood nicely.
ETA: This is a nice tea for when I’m making a pot for an afternoon tea, because the base doesn’t get too astringent even if you leave the leaves in the pot for an hour or two.
Aaaaand the final ‘I drank this ages ago’ note to get my cupboard up-to-date. A good deal of my teas have sadly gone awol so unless they magically turn up my cupboard is going to undergo a brutal cull very soon. I’m not holding my breath because they disappeared from my cupboard in the kitchen along with two of my strainers, and my mam (who likes to throw things away and then forget about it) has done a clear-out of basically the whole house since we went into lockdown. So, it looks like it’s goodbye to all my DavidsTeas that I can’t get over here in the UK! ): I may have shed a silent tear.
As far as I remember, this was okay. Acidic like a lot of the instant teas, and muddled fruity flavour.
Another basic note just to say ‘I drank this’. It was too long ago to remember any of the specifics, but this is one I have purchased multiple times and thoroughly enjoyed. Very fruity, good hot and cold, a nice thirst-quencher in the summer. If I were ever to buy another instant tea again (which I probably wouldn’t) it would most likely be this one.
This tea is dismal.
The base was very hay… old hay with some notes which were really off too. Jasmine? Some floral notes were there, but I am not that sure about jasmine. Moreover it tasted bit artficial and caused little headache too.
Tea base wasn’t one of the best too. Not only the notes above, but it was bitter and cheap taste too. That is surprising for me considering it is Whittard!
Flavors: Artificial, Floral, Hay
Apparently ages since last reviews here and I think it could be that old. It seems they do not make it anymore as well.
Apparently another CTC black tea, but what to expected from tea bag. Smells quite fruity but then some earthiness is there. Or maybe barn floor? It doesn’t stink, but – it is somehow quite strong. Mango? Where is my mango? No mango aroma.
Ingredients says it contains black tea (98%) and mango flavour oil (2%), but it doesn’t leave any oil marks.
The taste is far from mango sweet notes as well. It tastes rather like sweetened black tea, no mango taste there.
Finally finished the Whittard advent; at least it’s only February!
This was day 23. I don’t drink a lot of marrakech mint and I’m not sure why. I actually quite like it, although I suppose green tea in general just isn’t my go-to. That would be black, because I need caffeine as much as I need oxygen. Possibly more.
Anyway, this one’s pretty good. Not too dank, sweetly minty. I’d definitely drink it again, although it’s not amazing, you know? The cornflower petals are pretty, though. I’ll give it that.
Maybe today I’ll finally finish up the Whittard advent? I did pretty well to keep up in December, given that I only have two left, but I’ve definitely been snoozing on them. Time to change that!
This one’s day 20; a straight-up White Peony. Nothing particularly remarkable – it’s sweet and lightly creamy with those sugar water vibes that white tea has generally. Eminently drinkable, but not distinctive.
Well, this is new. I reviewed this a day or two ago and wondered where to put it. Mine is a round sachet, not a teabag as pictured in the image here. Another reviewer said it tasted like artificial strawberry banana candy but mine isn’t tasting like that. So maybe it wasn’t the same thing? This came in a big set. But the pattern on the box is the same as the teabag one.
I still like it a lot, it is still very rose flavored but not too heavily so, with a somewhat brisk black tea base. Martin Bednar mentioned that the loose has rose petals in it, so I decided to tear open the sachet!
I found more confusion. This is really fine textured tea – as in bigger than dust but not by much. There are lots of tiny round white pellets in it as well. It looks like that potting soil with perlite or whatever in it, but in miniature. If you do dollhouses and want some realistic looking potting soil, here you go!
I assumed it was bits of sugar but surely they would have to label that? The ingredient list says only black tea and flavoring. I should have tasted one of those tiny spheres before steeping and may do so later.
I steeped it and looked for the spheres. Gone. So I tore open an extra sachet that was also in the pot and had been steeped. There were only two of the little spheres, super tiny, and I managed to separate one. I bit it, thinking it would be a crunchy sugar bit. It was soft.
Clearly there were more of these and they dissolved. This one tasted like nothing, not sugar and no explosion of rose to indicate it had somehow carried the flavoring. I bit one of the little pellets of tea (if we can call that tiny thing a pellet) and it was the same texture as the white sphere. So I still don’t know what it is. It must be the rose flavor delivery system. LOL
Weird as all that is, I stand by the fact that I like this tea. I think I will stick with buying Harney and Sons Rose Scented, though, which is a better quality base and is more accessible.
One person drinking it with me loved it, the other who mostly just likes plain black tea said she didn’t like its aftertaste, and I guess she meant the rose.
It was paired with homemade shortbread and made a decent companion for it.