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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
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.
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Flavors: Fruit Punch, Fruity, Mint, Strawberry
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.
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Flavors: Citrus, Malt, Tobacco
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.
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
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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
I had one of these left over from summer cold brews, and I’m pretty sure I said when I last logged this one that I wanted to try it hot once it was colder. Well, now it’s colder!
I gave this one 2.5 minutes in water cooled to around 175 degrees. It’s fair to say it’s as I imagined it would be – lovely juicy mango flavour, strong and slightly peppery, followed by the almost-bitter orange/floral of bergamot. The green tea base is just a touch on the astringent side, but on the whole fairly unobtrusive.
I’m not really a bergamot fan, so this isn’t one I’d choose to buy for myself, but I do like the mango flavouring. Next summer, I’d quite like to seek out some other mango blends from Whittards, just to see whether they stack up…
Today’s work cold brew. I wasn’t entirely sure how this one would work out, particularly with the bergamot, but I was lazy last night and this was pretty much the only tea to hand, so it was a decision by default. I used 3 bags in 2 litres of water, into the fridge for 10 hours overnight. It’s not too bad. There’s a slight bitterness/borderline astringency that I think is a combination of the green tea and bergamot. It’s not actively unpleasant, but I wouldn’t want either element to be any more prominent. The mango is good, and kind of saves it. It’s slightly peppery, juicy, and pretty flavour accurate. I do wonder at the kind of mind that decided bergamot and mango would be a good combination, but that’s probably why I work in an office rather than an exciting, imaginative job.
I think I’m probably going to prefer this one brewed hot, and I have a couple of bags left so I can try that once the weather turns cooler. This is what I get for being lazy, though. It’s not bad, but I think on balance I probably wouldn’t cold brew it again.
Today’s work cold brew. I figured on the strength of Very Berry Crush, I could stand to try another bagged Whittards blend this week. This one is the only other fruit blend of theirs I have, so it won by default. Having skimmed the previous reviews, I think they must have changed this blend recently, because I don’t get any rose at all (I don’t think it’s even an ingredient anymore), and there’s plenty of elderflower. Yay for that, because I love elderflower!
Unfortunately, this blend does contain hibiscus (why?), and it drowns out the more subtle apple flavour almost completely. I can taste the elderflower, though, and it’s sweet, syrupy and mildly floral in the best possible way. There’s a touch of crisp, sharp, green apple at the end of the sip, but it’s particularly fleeting and borderline imaginary if I’m honest. Still, an elderflower flavoured tea is a tea that’s fine with me!
I’d probably repurchase this one, simply because it tastes good (not too tart or sour), despite hibi’s best efforts. I’d keep it for summer cold brews, though. I have a feeling it would be hibi central hot, and I wouldn’t be a fan of that.
For reference, I used 4 bags in 2 litres of cold water, into the fridge for 10 hours overnight.
Today’s work cold brew. I wasn’t expecting a great deal from this one, because it’s a hibiscus based fruit tea and because it’s a fine-shred bagged affair. I’ve been pleasantly surprised, though. I used 4 bags in 2 litres of water, for 10 hours overnight, and the resulting brew is a medium red-pink. The first thing I noticed about it is how amazing it smells, like literally. It reminds me of fruit coulis. Always a good start.
It’s an even better start when the flavour actually lives up to the scent, which can be a rare thing indeed. I was expecting a strong, sour-tart hibi mess, but it’s actually not like that at all. There is an element of hibiscus, and it is a little sharp and sour tasting, but it stays in the background and isn’t overwhelming. The majority of the flavour is a strawberry/raspberry/blackcurrant combo; fresh, fruity, and very berry. I keep trying to imagine what this would be like with some carbonation – I think very good!
I didn’t expect to like this one, but it’s actually very pleasant and drinkable. I’d pick up more of these bags next summer specifically for the purpose of cold brewing – tasty and convenient!
Smallest amount I could grab was a 40g tin. Will have to pitch the tin, sadly… but wow this is a lovely cup.
Smells sweet, tastes sweeter, thick and rich, creamy from the coconut, with a hint of green grassy to offset the fullness. I’m surprised by this, especially after the coconut from yesterday.
Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Grass, Sweet, Thick
I loved it in-store and the first time I brewed it for myself. Now? Now it gives me a stomach ache every time I drink it. Sort of like oolongs used to.
I used to get violently ill and nauseous every time I drank an oolong tea. I kept on trying… sick.. no go. I missed out on so much good tea, I’m sure, by this weird issue. I’ve asked numerous tea lovers, peddlers and experts why this might be. The only reason that’s made sense to me was that my stomach was “getting used to” it, and to drink more.
Eventually, I found out I had that icky stomach thing that’s eradicated by oregano oil. Now, I can drink oolong no problem.
This tea? Dunno why, but it upsets my stomach. So, no more for me. Anyone in Toronto want the last of it? I’m here until January 2nd.