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purchased a sample for the health benefits. this is my second cup and i’m drinking it (surprise!) for the health benefits….. it’s a herbal, light, slightly sweet tea.

Flavors: Herbal

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60

while the tea itself smells strongly of green apple when you open the bag, the fruity flavor is decent but muted. the ginger feels almost entirely absent with the exception of the slightest spice presence that is unnoticeable after the second sip. i will enjoy finishing my sample – the tea itself is pleasant – but i find the flavor profile too flat.

Flavors: Green Apple

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

classic peppermint that i can enjoy on a chilly day after eating something that may upset my tummy! i prefer making my tea stronger by adding a bit more than the recommended tsp.

Flavors: Peppermint

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60

tea gives veryyyyyy sea and forest nymph vibes, sweet fennel notes with a subtle peppermint flavor. cohesive and tasty. doesn’t taste super healthy despite having great ingredients.

Flavors: Algae, Aloe, Fennel, Mushrooms, Peppermint, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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89

I was introduced to TWK by my friend Emily on her discord server. I was a tad hesitant because I don’t love white tea but the green really balanced it out. I think I am going to grab a bag in the new year.

Update: I am super behind on getting packages out, I know one or two of you are waiting for something from me. I promise I didn’t forget about you. Grams is back in the hospital and I have had back to back finals all week. All packages are going out Friday when I get paid, I promise!!!!

I am also super behind on advents and I opened all of todays all all except for one have chamomile… idk how they knew today was my last final but I can’t wait to drink them tonight and sleep in for the first time in ages.

Flavors: Honey, Jasmine, Peach, Rose

ashmanra

Enjoy your lie-in and I hope things settle down to a happy level for you soon!

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80
drank Gyokuro by The Whistling Kettle
1143 tasting notes

Oddly enough, I’m drinking this while watching Grimm and season 2 ep 8, by pure coincidence, includes one of the characters explaining what gyokuro is (while another just wants them to stop, a not unfamiliar dynamic).

Circling back to this tea from Kelmishka’s homemade advent calendar. This was Day 7, but I had put it aside for a day when I can really savor it because it’s one of my favorite types of tea.

This has the expected umami and grassiness for a gyokuro, as well as a smooth, medium-thick mouthfeel. I think it’s suffering by comparison a bit from my having had Ippodo’s premium gyokuro yesterday, which is downright brothy and silky. This was also slightly bitter on the second steep, even though I steeped at a low temperature for a fairly short time. The third steep didn’t have that issue though. Overall, this is a nice gyokuro that I happily savored today – it’s just not the best of its kind that I’ve ever been lucky enough to have.

tea-sipper

aww, Grimm! what a fun Gyokuro coincidence.

Nattie

I love Grimm! I stopped watching it a while back amd now I want to do a rewatch.

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This is my favorite flavored matcha. Right now I’m drinking it iced mixed with watermelon juice. It is also delicious mixed with lemonade or sparkling water. I am glad there is no added sugar. I also want to try it with fresh mint. Natural watermelon flavor. I bought the individual packets which are perfect for work or trips. I will definitely rebuy. I will definitely have to try their other flavored matcha’s.

Flavors: Watermelon

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77

My summer tea-drinking has officially picked up again now that I’ve realized I can point a fan at myself to cool off while I work… thus allowing me to enjoy hot tea. :D

I’m currently taking a wee break from a busy work day and made myself a cup of this extremely fruity blend to drink alongside a little afternoon snack plate. This blend is CHOCK FREAKING FULL of ingredients, primarily dried fruit. Dry, it smells really lovely, like POG juice or some other multi-fruit juice blend. It’s visually quite busy, with giant pieces of freeze-dried starfruit, pink peppercorns, bright cornflower petals, and much more. As you might expect, the brewed tea is similarly busy. I can’t really identify any single flavor above the general cacophony, but maybe that’s a good thing. Instead, I get a mild, lightly fruity liquor with just a tiiiny hint of peppercorn at the end and a gentle creaminess, maybe from one of the flowers.

It’s pretty nice! I might try it cold brewed next, but the hot version is very pleasant.

Flavors: Creamy, Fruity, Pepper, Sweet

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drank Gyokuro by The Whistling Kettle
316 tasting notes

This green tea was included in the final installment of my six-month Whistling Kettle gift subscription. I’ve been pretty ambivalent about the WK boxes—there have been a few really tasty blends, but there’ve been more duds.

This one, however, is not a dud! It’s a gorgeously light green tea with delicate, almost buttery soft and smooth flavor. It’s mildly vegetal, but pretty unobjectionably so. I’m getting the tiniest hint of asparagus in the aroma, but I have to really sniff deeply to find it.

There’s not a whole lot to this one, but what’s there is good. I haven’t been drinking much tea in this hottt weather, but I’m glad I made time for a cup today. :)

Flavors: Asparagus, Smooth, Soft, Vegetal

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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78

This one came in my March Whistling Kettle box, and it’s very nice! The dry blend has a great creamy lemon pastry scent; steeped, it’s still reminiscent of lemon pastry or lemon cake without being too sweet or too lemony. I suspect even the rooibos-averse might be able to stomach this one; there’s none of that medicinal rooibos-ness.

Overall it’s really pleasant and well-balanced. I could see it becoming a go-to nighttime dessert tea… but unfortunately I spilled my sampler pouch and now only have enough left for a measly cup. Sigh.

Flavors: Cake, Creamy, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Pastries

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67

One of the more interesting inclusions from The Whistling Kettle’s March subscription box… in theory, at least. In practice, it’s kinda boring! I’m not getting much flavor from most of the ingredients. It’s just a mildly spicy weak black tea with maybe a hint of amaretto. As for the “truffle” in the name… well, there’s no chocolate listed in the ingredients, so I have to assume anything chocolate-y is coming from the generic “flavoring” ingredient. There’s not much to it, though.

“Bland yet inoffensive” is probably the most I can say here.

Flavors: Amaretto, Peppercorn, Spicy

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55

Another one from my January Whistling Kettle box. It’s… kind of odd? The vanilla scent in both the dry leaf and steeped tea is very strong and, to my nose at least, fairly artificial. It reminds me of something else I can’t quite identify… some kind of creamy vanilla candy I had as a kid? It’s a bit off-putting, yet I keep coming back to sniff it again.

I don’t really taste vanilla, though—I’m mostly getting warming spices with a bit of heat. I thought oat milk might help and meant to add a splash but accidentally added a large glug instead, and now that’s kind of overpowering the actual tea. Oops.

Flavors: Artificial, Black Pepper, Spices, Spicy, Vanilla

AJRimmer

I almost never use oat milk in tea because it seems to overpower everything with oatiness! It’s the most powerful of the milks for some reason :P

Kelmishka

“The most powerful of the milks” — haaa! I laughed out loud. :D

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Sure, cherry/almond/marzipan/amaretto-inspired teas are a dime a dozen, but I haven’t tired of them yet! So I was happy to see one in my second subscription box from The Whistling Kettle. Dry, the leaf smells of super sweet amaretto, and the scent carries over into the brew. The taste is heavier on the cherry, with a flavor that veers toward cough syrup. There’s a hint of orange that helps temper it, but yeah—definite notes of cough syrup in this one, and I’m not getting a baked good flavor to evoke the biscotti element. The pink peppercorns bring a verrry tiny bit of heat toward the end, which is unexpected and a little odd—it seems to enhance the medicinal flavor! I’m not getting anything from the green tea base.

This is not the most sophisticated cherry-almond blend I can imagine. If you’re sensitive to that medicinal cough syrup flavor, steer clear.

Flavors: Almond, Amaretto, Cherry, Medicinal, Pepper

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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Ashmanra’s Sipdown Challenge | February 2023 | A least favorite tea

Getting another sipdown in today! I cold-brewed this last night and sipped on it this afternoon. I guess I prefer it iced to hot, but I won’t seek it out again — the fruit just tastes artificial, and there’s nothing special about the base. Meh.

2023 sipdown count: 26/75

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I had a feeling based on the scent and appearance of the dried leaf that this was going to be a fairly generic fruity flavored black, and I was right. It’s got a somewhat astringent black base with notes of that artificial peach candy flavor we all know. (I don’t mind it, but YMMV.) There’s also something almost floral there? I’m not getting any strawberry, though.

Interestingly, the ingredients on the Whistling Kettle site include concentrated peach puree, concentrated strawberry juice, tangerines, and more; on the other hand, my packet lists only “black tea, flavoring, peaches, strawberries.” I’m wondering if it’s just a shortened list because it’s a tiny taster bag with space constraints, or whether it’s a totally different blend than what’s listed on the website? A mystery!

Anyway, this is fine, but not something I’ll crave and not my first choice when it comes to fruity black tea. I’ll probably try it iced when the weather gets a bit warmer.

Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Peach

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For a tea with so many delightful-sounding ingredients (elderberry! passionfruit! kiwi!), this one does not live up to expectations. I was looking forward to a juicy, fruity delight, but all I can taste is a mouth-puckeringly tart hibiscus, even though hibiscus is fairly far down the list of ingredients. :(

Flavors: Hibiscus, Sour, Tart

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85

Oh, yum. I’m not sure I’ve had peony petals before, but I’m on board! They remind me of a more floral, less tart hibiscus flavor.

This tea features a black tea base (unspecified, and I’m not well-versed enough in black teas to identify them by taste alone), peony petals, tiny sugar crystals, and “natural flavours.” It’s not exactly plummy, but it’s definitely got a deep fruitiness to it that comes out the more it cools. It’s not terribly sweet, either, despite the sugar crystals.

I like this a lot. It’s very cozy, and I could see enjoying it year-round… it might make an interesting cold brew.

Flavors: Drying, Floral, Plum, Stonefruit, Tannic

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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80

We celebrated Christmas/Hanukkah with my in-laws today, and my mother-in-law gifted me a six-month “tea of the month” subscription to The Whistling Kettle. I hadn’t heard of the company, so I was excited to try one of the brews that came with this month’s box!

There is a LOT going on in this Gingerbread Cookie tea—rooibos! candied fruit! toasted nuts!—but I’m digging it! I’m not getting much actual gingerbread flavor, probably because there’s no ginger in it (other than “natural flavours,” perhaps). Instead it’s like some other dessert I can’t quite put my finger on, with a hint of creamy sweetness from the coconut and a toasty breadiness from the nuts. It’s got a nice full body to it, which I appreciate. It reminds me of DT’s Forever Nuts, but maybe sweeter. I could see getting burned out on it if I drank too much in one go; I think I’ll stick to a single small mug at a time.

Flavors: Cookie, Nuts, Rooibos, Spices, Sweet, Toast

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
ashmanra

What an awesome gift!

Kelmishka

Yes, it was very thoughtful!

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Shae Advent Day 3

This is a tea I’ve added to my cart before, but I never actually made a Whistling Kettle order, so I guess you were reading my mind, Shae! Hot, it doesn’t taste like much, but when I waited for it to cool, some nice fruity notes came out, and I’m enjoying it! Milk and sugar complement it nicely. The fruit flavor is complex, not just the same fruity flavorings added to every tea. I’d say it tastes somewhat like plum or fig. And the sparkles are so pretty!

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Grabbed a few teaspoons of this from a tea box. I wanted to use it all up at once, so I sort of ended up overleafing. I taste a pretty strong, sharp clove. The flavor is dominated by the spices so that I don’t notice any chocolate. I don’t feel like I’d need to have this one again, but I thought the name was fun.

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Ehm… not sure if I even have time for this tasting note. So sorry if you have been expecting something funny, light-hearted or anything. Nothing from that from me today. I just get an email saying tomorrow there is an exam from Forwarding. Yes, she decided on that in the first week of semester, but she could at least remind us week in advance.

Shae’s ADVENT CALENDAR, December 8
The concentrated aroma in pouch, in the morning I have opened it was just… too strong. But then it was much, much better and now I think I am close to “love it” mark. What a coincidence I bought prunes today to use in the Christmas cookies. At least I think so. They aren’t on the photo though, as I don’t know how much of them are needed and the package isn’t that big at all.

I think I notice cinnamon in as well. At least based on the aroma; among the prunes. Seeing sugar crystals in the blend is nice, but for me, who almost never sweeten tea, well it’s going to be bit tricky.

Are those prunes in liquid form? I was afraid it would be sweet, or exactly opposite, but… it is just right. A bold black tea base, prunes and cinnamon. No alcoholic note as another thing I was afraid of, as I had tried few plum teas. I can imagine the cinnamon bit more prominent, but maybe adding it next time and it will be just great.

Photo: https://flic.kr/p/2keKPY6

Flavors: Cinnamon, Plum

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 9 OZ / 265 ML
Courtney

Good luck on your exam!

Shae

I love this one. amandastory516 sent this blend in our advent swap last year!

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Thanks to amandastory516 for this tea! I can’t tell that it’s pumpkin specifically, but I can definitely taste the toffee bits in this one. I’m drinking it as a latte, and it’s so desserty and good. So not really a pumpkin tea, but a really nice dessert blend. And definitely no spice. Really it should be titled toffee black tea, or something like that.

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