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Flavors: Floral, Mango

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85

It´s always a special moment when I get an old-fashioned letter from a good friend…and what can be better to cherish this moment than make myself a cup of tea to accompany the reading? Today I had some mountain pearls, fresh and crisp…a real summery tea, if you ask me, without needing fruit or extra sweetness. In nose very grassy, but fortunately in taste it isn´t at all so herbal.

Flavors: Green

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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85

This first time I stuck to the preparation indicated on the note by Whittard of Chelsea, i.e. take one teaspoon of the rolled leaf tea, add water at 100ºC and have it steep 3-5 minutes. I used a mug with a matching (ceramic) filter …what a nice way to see the leaves open up!
The dry tea smells nice and intense, what I often find lacking with green teas…and the resulting hot brew although light in colour is quite fragrant and again intense aromatically speaking.
With just the right degree of bitterness, it stays crisp and I like that. Next time, I´ll reuse the leaves for multiple infusions, to see whether it manages to make my enjoyment of this tea even bigger!

Flavors: Green

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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70

This is a very nice tea. It has a very sweet smell that compliments the tea’s taste, which is not overly sweet. It has a very smooth texture with the coconut blending with the two different teas

Flavors: Coconut

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 100 OZ / 2957 ML

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Four sisters come for music lessons on Thursday afternoons, and last week they invited me to their home after lessons to celebrate my birthday with a tea time! One of the girls had purchased this tea at Home Goods and served it, and I couldn’t wait to try it because she has been telling me about it for a few weeks now. I love my students!

It is so rosy! Not icky bubble bath rosy. Just delicious and girly and foofy and sweet. I was really surprised that when it was resteeped, it was still significantly flavorful. It was in no way a letdown after the first delicious pot.

Lovely tea, lovely tin, great value because of how well it resteeps. We didn’t go for a third steep, but I would love to know if it holds up for that. And I drank it in such lovely company, so how could I not have good memories of this tea?

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78

I am so embarrassingly behind with reviewing teas I’ve gotten yet back in the fall. When my boyfriend was in London, he generously offered to pick some tea up for me and I asked him to surprise me since the few that I was originally interested in from Whittard have been since discontinued. This is the one he chose, and apparently, the sales associate described this as an “intense tea experience,” if I remember correctly.

This reminds me of a Christmas blend from Acquired Taste, and other orange spice blends. The vanilla bean is overpowered by the much stronger orange and clove notes in here. Not to mention, the base is bold and astringent. I would probably enjoy it more with milk but keep forgetting to do so whenever I steep up a cup.

The last sip is loaded with clove. I’m surprised my tongue hasn’t gone numb!

Lexie Aleah

She probably meant the spices aka the clove. lol

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85

Woke up, it was a Chelsea morning, and the first thing that I heard
Was a song outside my window, and the traffic wrote the words
It came a-reeling up like Christmas bells and rapping up like pipes and drums

Oh, won’t you stay
We’ll put on the day
And we’ll wear it ’till the night comes

… (Joni Mitchell – Chelsea morning)

Nothing better than to “put on the day” with a cup of Chelsea breakfast : the addition of Kenya tea makes this breakfast blend stronger, maltier, and definitely more “my cup of tea” than the standard English breakfast blend.

Flavors: Malt, Tea

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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96

I picked up this tea at Home Goods—and many other Whittard that have been all good so far. This is a very light, girly tea! the leaves aren’t rolled or pressed, just loose large light pieces that float around the pretty flowered tin. I paid attention to the lower temp, and it made a great cup-no bitterness. A beautiful floral and fruit combo—I imagine would be great iced also. I only used a touch of honey. Was such a treat as I watched Olympic ice skating!

Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Fruity, Rose

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100

My first tasting note! I chose this, because I have been drinking it every day for a month! I actually have the round tea bags. I love the earl grey-like flavor. I have just been dropping one in a cup of water to take to work, let cold brew, and drink with lunch. I nearly always add honey to my hot tea, and sometimes to cold—but this is great without any additional sweetener, which I love to get away with if I can. I bought several more variateas from Whittards and I think they are all pretty great.

Flavors: Citrus, Floral

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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81

OK, I admit it : I love the “revisited” packaging of these Whittard tea bags! As I really love bergamot flavoured teas, this might have been a sure bet, although I´m not too fond of fruit (flavoured) infusions, and green teas very often have a grassy taste I cannot appreciate…let´s have a taste. I brewed the tea bag as indicated on the box (infuse for 2-3 minutes with water heated to 80ºC), and I must say it´s quite a nice surprise : aromatically the mango dominates, but not overly so, while one notes the green backbone in the just degree and the mouthfeel is definitely bergamot, to satisfy Earl Grey lovers as myself. As far as I´m concerned, this tea suits me more than most of the green earl grey teas I´ve tried so far…maybe the mango addition makes it work after all!

Flavors: Bergamot, Green, Mango

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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90

This tea was a treat! While I don’t really understand the reasoning behind blending green and black tea (all I can taste is the black tea) the flavor combination in this one is delicious: lots of creamy coconut with a touch of caramel sweetness and just a whiff of hazelnut. The mouth feel is thick and rich and it’s delicious both with and without milk. I would definitely consider re-purchasing this one!

Flavors: Caramel, Coconut, Hazelnut

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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98

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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70
Summer Pudding is super berrilicious, containing a mix of 5 different berries and currents! Whoa! The steep aroma projects a sweet current scent with a slight strawberry hint, however the actual flavour is much less distinctive, with a general fruitiness that combines with the strong astringency of the black tea.

When cold brewed, this blend is really refreshing, with a delicate fruitiness and a black tea that is smoother and easier to sip at. The fruits in this are a mixture of summer and autumn harvests, making this feel like a great transition tea, the light current and strawberry serving as a reminder of the summer slipping away from us, whilst the darker late season fruits hint at the autumn coolness creeping in. Perfect tea timing!

For more on Tea Chest – The Whittards Subscription Box: https://www.tastethetea.co.uk/2017/09/26/whittard-tea-chest-subscription-box/

Flavors: Citrus, Fruity, Strawberry

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100

Ok, this blend got my mouth watering, not just a little, but A LOT! The aroma is something I can only describe as a candy strawberry (like Chewits, remember those?!), sweet and synthetic, but in a nicely reminiscent sort of way. Once steeped the mint creates a glacial, cooling edge. Brewed hot, the flavour is weak, something I’ve come to expect from flavoured fruit blends, but I can understand why others tasting this may be disappointed. The fruity element is much more reserved, with the mint being dominant. It’s ok, but not a tea I would personally turn to for comfort.

On a hot day though? That’s when blends like this shine! Ok, so… obviously it was gorgeous. Vancouver was sweltering, at the time I was guzzling through this, so cold brewed Strawberry Mint was a literally saviour.

For more on Whittard Tea Chest Subscription Box: https://www.tastethetea.co.uk/2017/09/26/whittard-tea-chest-subscription-box/

Flavors: Fruit Punch, Fruity, Mint, Strawberry

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93

Dried aroma is a “standard” black tea smell; malty, a little fruity, with tiny hints of tobacco. Once steeped these notes develop an additional smoky hint! The actual flavour is beautiful; malt, a subtle smokiness, that’s easy to miss in the first few sips, and what I can only describe as a puerh likeness. These deep, peaty notes hint at the dark and mysterious past the blend is associated with! It’s a warming cuppa, and the subtle smokiness should ease the transition from warm to cool days.

For more on the Whittard Tea Chest Subscription Box: https://www.tastethetea.co.uk/2017/09/26/whittard-tea-chest-subscription-box/

Flavors: Citrus, Malt, Tobacco

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100

My mother used to give this to me all throughout my early childhood, so I am biased in writing this, but I find no fault in flavour. It’s sweet, honeyed and comforting and puts me right to sleep. As with all instant teas, the texture on my tongue is slightly cloying. This really doesn’t factor for me.

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95

The lavender scent surprisingly isn’t overpowering as I’d expected. Light pleasant almost sweet floral taste.

I’m not really a fan of lavender so I have to say I’m surprised at how much I enjoyed drinking this instead of a black breakfast tea.

Flavors: Flowers, Lavender

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp

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80

Very aromatic strong chocolatey smell but fruity. The tea itself is less chocolatey than the smell and tastes fruitier.

Flavors: Cacao, Chocolate, Cocoa

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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70

Warm: Lichtjes bitter. Lekkere nasmaak van de mango.

Ice tea: Lekker, verfrissend.

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63

I would recommend this tea for anyone who likes flowery tea, or anything that taste sof roses. I don’t usually but this was very good. Though a bit astringent and sour, I had to add to teaspoon of sugar. Maybe I should try with honey…

Flavors: Rose

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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75

I find this tea to be very relaxing and i love the flavours. Bergmot in general i love in tea, its just a great taste for me. You will always find this tea in my cupboard. It has a really light fruity taste. I can drink quite a lot of this tea and would recommend giving it ago

Flavors: Bergamot, Fruity, Mango

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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70
drank 1886 Blend by Whittard of Chelsea
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Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 250 ML

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80

I made a cold brew of this using the same three teabags I’d previously hot steeped to make regular iced tea, and it actually still had a lot of flavour to it. I wouldn’t really say it was all that different, but I’m upping the rating from 77 since I managed to get double the tea from it.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 20 OZ / 591 ML

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