2237 Tasting Notes

90

Day 21 of the Whittard advent. This one’s a black with juniper berries (yes, please!), strawberry and blackcurrant. No hibi, thankfully!

It’s fruity; really fruity. There’s lots of strawberry and a touch of underlying sharpness which is very much reminiscent of blackberry. It has a great summer pudding vibe going on, and I’d absolutely buy this.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Martin Bednář

Sounds good for me!

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85

Day 19 of the Whittard advent, and I’m actually almost up to date. Just day 15 to return to, at some point. Probably next week now, but you never know!

This is a breakfast style black. Strong, with really nice bready undertones. Not too tannic. It’s pretty malty, but still somehow savoury. It’s doesn’t head into the realms of the super-sweet in the way that some malty teas do. It’s also really smooth, which is nice. No real bite to speak of. I find some breakfast blends too heavy on an empty stomach in the morning, but this one’s actually really nice.

It’s very reminiscent of Twinings 1706 and B&B’s Great British Cuppa, if you’re familiar with either of those.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Shae

Sounds delicious!

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70

Day 18 of the Whittard advent. This isn’t a style I drink very often, largely because I didn’t used to like smoky teas very much. Times have changed, though. I’ll drink pretty much anything these days!

This one’s only lightly smoky, not overpowering in the least. There’s a malty sweetness in the background that pairs well. It’s very drinkable! Another I can see myself at least revisiting at some point.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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75

Day 17 of the Whittard advent. There used to be a Twinings orange blossom tea that I was totally obsessed with for a while, and then I think they stopped producing it. I still have the fondest memories, though, so I’m hoping this could be a replacement. I feel like I’ve not come across an orange blossom tea particularly recently…did they go out of fashion?

This one has sweet, juicy orange notes and a floral backbone. Not too floral, though. Just right. I could drink this fairly regularly, I suspect. Maybe especially in the summer…

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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90

I skipped ahead to day 16 for today’s first cup (15 is a green, which is fine, but not at this hour of the morning!) I love a good vanilla black, though, and this one is gooooood. It’s sweet, creamy, comforting; you name it. It also has a nice vanilla bean flavour and doesn’t come across as artificial even though it probably is…

It’s a classic, imo. I’d buy more. In fact, I probably will.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

Man. THIS is an advent I need next year!

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75

Day 14 of the Whittard advent. I’m getting there; possibly by tomorrow I’ll be caught up.

This one apparently contains liquorice, which is my nemesis, but it’s muted enough that I can’t really taste it. I noticed it a little at the back of my throat by the end of the cup, but I can live with that. It wasn’t in my face from the first sip, at least.

There’s lots of sharp green apple (nice!) but not a lot of elderflower. I want more elderflower. This is actually okay for a fruit tea, though. I’d definitely drink it again.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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55

Day 13 of the Whittard advent, and a change from rooibos at last! Having said that, this one’s mostly hibi so it may be a case of “out of the frying pan, into the fire”…

It’s tart and a little sour. Hello hibi! There’s a mild fruitiness, but it’s far from exceptional.

Probably one of the most disappointing so far (and I have at least another 50g of this from a present I was given earlier this year. Life is a chore sometimes.)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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45

Day 12 of the Whittard advent. This one contains…blueberries and rooibos! Who knew?! I actually love blueberries, but I don’t love this because the blueberry is seriously muted. In terms of flavour, it’s mostly just sweet-ish rooibos. Probably the same base as the Choco-Rooibos I just drank. It’s not objectionable, but it’s hardly exciting. I can smell blueberry, but that’s not the point…

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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55

Playing catch-up again!

This was day 11 of the Whittard advent. There’s not much “choco” here, but the rooibos is surprisingly muted. It’s sweet – more like honeybush – and there are none of the things I usually don’t like (brassy, metallic, scratchy, etc.). I can’t taste chocolate, though. I get banana instead. Although unexpected, it’s not entirely unwelcome. There’s a bit of cinnamon, some chicory, but not much else. Probably not one I’d seek out again, but drinkable.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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85

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…

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, and I live in Norfolk in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’m also beginning to explore pu’erh, both ripened and raw. That’s my latest challenge!

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.

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