The Whistling Kettle

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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, Plums

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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Another sample from Shae! I don’t think I’ve had anything from this company before, but their packaging is really cute. The tea itself really did smell like an oatmeal cookie, but the flavor was mostly cinnamon and not much else.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cookie, Oats

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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The mallow petals in this tea create an exciting and different experience to traditional Earl Grey.

Flavors: Bergamot, Marshmallow

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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The cherry was just a bit too overpowering for me. I couldn’t find the almond notes at all. It is good for a rooibos tea, but there are other options.

Flavors: Cherry

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

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I’m so sad to give this such a harsh review, but it is just terrible. Even worse than the strawberry. It’s a very muddy reddish/brown color. There’s a bit of an artificial raspberry flavor, but it is so incredibly bitter. Pretty terrible. I couldn’t drink past the first sip, and dumped it.

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I’ve been looking for flavored/unsweetened matchas to try, and just ordered quite a few from The Whistling Kettle. I made this one this morning and was very disappointed. The directions call for 16oz of water for each single serve packet of matcha. I used about 12oz of water/oat milk. It turned a light brown color, which was a bad sign. I could taste no strawberry, and no matcha. It just tasted like oat milk. I have quite a few others to try, so I’m hoping for better results.

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Day 8 of our Advent Tea Swap. From amandastory516.

Our department moved buildings this week and I have been so incredibly busy. I missed my tea time for the last couple of days so I’m making it a priority this morning before I have too many interruptions. I’m so glad today’s tea is a caffeinated one because I feel like I really need it. I’m finding I’m really enjoying the oolong teas from my Advent box. Oolong has never been a favorite of mine, but I’m appreciating it more and more. I’m not picking up cinnamon or rice pudding in this one, but the flavor is solid and just really enjoyable.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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One of my favorites! I got this in my advent calendar from amandastory516 last year and immediately went to The Whistling Kettle website to buy a large bag for myself. I should have let the water cool a bit before adding it because today’s cup was a little bitter and astringent, but that’s entirely on me. This tea is a good one. I love black teas with stone fruits.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Day 3 of our Advent Tea Swap. From amandastory516.

Oh my goodness, this tea smells amazing. It seems so familiar, but I just can’t place it. The taste is something I know I’ve experienced before, but I cannot figure it out. It’s floral maybe? Reminds me of some of the teas I’ve tried (and loved) from Satori Tea.

I’ll be honest – I was nervous to see what looked like hibiscus in the blend. I like it on its own but not always when it’s blended with other teas. It’s just so tart. I didn’t get any tartness in this cup at all. It was just amazing. Not to mention there were sparkles in the dry blend so that’s a win for me.

Amanda – I love this tea so much. It’s my favorite so far! I’ll be purchasing some for sure. Thanks for introducing me to something new to love!!

EDIT: Just looked this one up and they are peony petals, not hibiscus!

Flavors: Floral

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
amandastory516

Yay! I’m glad you loved it. The Whistling Kettle has some great blends.

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Chocolate and raspberry has been my favorite flavor combination since I was little. Joyva jelly rings are one of my favorite candies ever, and with a spoonful of sugar added this tastes just like them. There are whole raspberries in the dry mix, which is nice. Chocolate chips too, which I honestly wish were dark instead of milk, but it doesn’t really impact my overall enjoyment of the tea.

Did I mention it sparkles? Because it sparkles. It took me a moment to notice it , but the first time I saw it my inner 6-year-old took over and I sat there for a good five minutes swirling my glittery chocolate raspberry tea around in my mug.

tea-sipper

Chocolate and raspberry is my favorite flavor combo too.

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Disappointed in this blend because I dont believe it lived up to its name or description. I am a huge lover of banana in tea. One of my all-time favorites, and a staple in my tea stash, is Banana Nut Bread from DAVIDsTEA. Anytime I see banana, I always try it. I was also intrigued by Whistling Kettle’s description of this tea, particularly the notes of graham cracker. It sounded really good. I used about 2 1/2 tsp (1 perfect spoonful) to my 12oz perfect mug (DT’s tea ware). I boiled some water and then let it sit for a few minutes and poured it in. I let this steep for about 6 mins. I literally can’t say that I tasted much of anything except for chamomile. To be fair, I think I’m coming down with a cold so my tastebuds may be dulled right now- but really it tasted like I was just drinking chamomile tea! :( this was super disappointing. however, i will play around with this blend and ill keep trying it since i have a bunch left.

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Sipdown and thank goodness. I thought my wife’s cup last night was bitter because I accidentally over-leafed, but I was more careful with mine this morning and it’s still crazy bitter. Steeped under boiled for a mere two minutes and I’ve got a bitter brew with maybe a hint of cranberry? Maybe? Blegh. Will finish my cup, but I’m glad to be rid of it.

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All I got from this cup was bitter black. No cranberry, no pomegranate. Just bitter. Very sad.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This tea tastes so much prettier than I expected. Nice balance of malty black tea and vanilla.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Awesome black tea!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I love the sweet, tart cherry and the more complex fig taste in this tea. The sweetness isn’t overwhelming.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Beautiful, delicate flavors that don’t get lost. This is a prefect blend of tea, fruit, and floral notes.

Flavors: Citrus, Green, Jasmine, Peach

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Sipdown!

This one is a bit astringent, but the fruit flavor does a lot to cover it. I’m not sure I’d call it pomegranate – it’s more red berry than anything else – but it makes for a juicy tea.

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Enjoyed this one more than I thought I would. The strawberry is not it’s usual unbearably tart self. It’s a sweeter strawberry tea!

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When I first had this tea, it tasted spot-on like banana bread. Now, it’s just carmelized sugar in the faintest way. Not bad, but a far cry from the bananas foster goodness I was hoping for.

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