Whittard of Chelsea

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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!

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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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80

I ate a lot of salty food earlier and was desperately thirsty, so I iced this by using three bags in a cup of boiling water for 5 minutes, then slowly filtering the concentrated tea through an infuser filled with ice cubes into my iced tea bottle, which I then topped up with ice cold water. It’s just what I needed. The liquor is a beautiful clear red, and smells of sweet strawberries and cream. The flavour is subtle enough that I can gulp it down to quench my thirst whilst still tasting strawberries and a hint of woodsy rooibos, and the vanilla comes through in the aftertaste so that it reminds me almost exactly of strawberries and cream flavoured hard boiled sweets that I used to love when I was younger. I bought this because I love Whittard’s loose strawberry rooibos, but couldn’t find it on the website to replace mine when I ran out, so I thought these might work as a replacement. The flavour is quite noticeably different: it has a slightly artificial note which the strawberry rooibos doesn’t have, and the vanilla note is very pronounced, particularly in the aftertaste, but it’ll do for now. I definitely prefer the old one, though.

Preparation
Iced 5 min, 0 sec 20 OZ / 591 ML

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67

Sipdown 47/375

Finally from the Vanishing Trio we have Afternoon Earl Grey, a tea which I probably got the most use out of of all three before it vanished. I drank this frequently in the early stages of my tea adoration development, and though it started out as a nice, creamy, citrus-y Earl Grey with a decent black tea body, it lost flavour quickly and I forced myself through much of it. I’m fairly indifferent to Earl Greys in general, but this was a fairly tasty one at first.

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72

Sipdown 46/375

Another of the Vanishing Trio. My bag of this tea was labelled just as ‘Amaretto’ rather than ‘Amaretto Explosion’, but it seems to be the same thing only renamed. I was more keen on this than the others I lost, but am still not too sad to have lost it. I get a lot of the acerola cherries in this blend, and not much almond nuttiness which would lend itself to being called amaretto. I do like cherries, though, and it was a pleasant sour cherry tea. Now my tastes have (massively) expanded I can’t see myself picking this up again.

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80

It had a slight mango and bergamomnt flavor but it was very light. The smell was more over powering than the taste which was underwhelming.

Flavors: Bergamot, Mango

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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47

A very greasy biscuit with incredibly buttery smell and taste. The earl grey is easily detectable, making the flavour fairly nice. Despite being a little on the crumbly side the biscuits dunk well and no rescue missions had to take place to save drowning biscuits!

Flavors: Butter, Citrus, Sugar, Sweet

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95

I love Earl Grey tea. It was one of my first teas I began to drink regularly. I am now more of a green tea drinker (and love a nice Jasmine tea) but when I do drink a blacktea, I often turn to Earl Grey.

I have found Whittard’s a solid brand of Earl Grey. I love the look of the tea itself with the violet cornflowers mixed into the Bergamot flavored tea leaves. I usually can get two maybe even three steepings out of must Earl Grey’s. Each good in their own way.

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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