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Preprared this tea in French press for family, steeped for 5 and something per liter of water.

Well, it is quite nice, ginger – based tea, but quite sweet for me. Reminding me ginger lemonade a bit. But nothing really great or unique – for example I do not feel cucumber at all!

But thanks Izzy for sample! I would not rate it.

Flavors: Ginger

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec 8 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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95

Very sweet, but delicious. Love this tea.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Honey, Sweat, Vanilla

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90

I had a tooth for something traditional. So Earl Grey was good choice, although probably quite old. But as it was in foil bag I hoped it won’t be so bad. And it was not! Actually it is full of flavour, mostly bergamot and little of citrus zests, bold black tea base, what more to want?

Decent Earl Grey by my opinion, especially, when it is tea bag.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus Zest, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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65

This came as a sample with the Whittard gift box I received recently. I’m not a huge fan of Whittard’s green tea, so I wasn’t expecting a lot, but it’s actually pretty nice. There’s a lot of mango, and it’s nicely peppery. I didn’t really get passionfruit. The green base is probably gunpowder, and it was a touch dank for my tastes, at least in a blend that’s presumably supposed to be light and fruity. It was okay, though. I mean, I wouldn’t go out actively seeking this one, but it was perfectly drinkable.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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60

Gave this one a try last night. Instant tea isn’t generally one of my go-tos, but this was a gift and I’m always looking for a decent sleep tea. It’s way sweet, though. Like, seriously. So. Much. Sugar. The fruitiness is nice, if you can find it – I got mostly apricot. According to the ingredients, this one has a black tea base. That seems kinda counterproductive in a sleep tea, but I figure it’s probably so barely there as not to make any real difference – at least not to a hardened caffeine fiend like me. And let’s face it, this is mostly sugar…

That being said, I quite liked it. I wish it was less sweet, just because that’s not really my thing, but I did get a good night’s sleep. Whether this tea helped or not remains to be seen, but I’ll give it more chances in the days ahead.

Preparation
Boiling 3 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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83

A tea bag from Izzy I drank in the afternoon. Thank you Izzy!

I made same steeping parameters as in the morning. So, boiling water, 300 ml, 3 and half minutes. Worked as a charm again.

When I took the tea bag out of its foil prison, strong (too strong IMO) aroma of lemons, bergamot and limes hit my nose. Moreover, it smelled like some cleaning agent, not really enjoyable.

But when steeped, and sipped, it is completely different world. It is like earl grey, but something more is there! Tea base is light, but noticable. I think the more is jasmine and/or rose petals in. On tongue it is mellow, as well when drinking it. It is really nice to drink something hot when there is 15°C outside, foggy and rainy – typical autumn weather, or typical English (never been there) weather. It seems that summer is all gone.

This tea, well it is far from best teas I had (loose leaf is loose leaf), but from bag – I have to rate it really high. Mostly for great drinkability, no funky notes and tastes, just do not avoid it because it is over perfumed. It was punch into face, which turned out as great tea. Another example how dry and wet aroma can be different!

Rating 83 – as for tea bag. Maybe loose leaf will cause drop my rating a bit. But for tea bag?

Flavors: Bergamot, Lemon, Lime

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
Izzy

Glad you enjoyed it! Whittard do a loose leaf version but the ingredients are different (no jasmine) so I’ve been hesitant to try it. The tea bags are good for what they are :)

Martin Bednář

Indeed I have enjoyed it. I was amazed it was so nice, even it was just a tea bag. That makes me bit curious – why they have different blend for loose leaf?

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71
drank Limoncello by Whittard of Chelsea
61 tasting notes

Hanging onto summer to post my final summery tea blend reviews. It’s currently in that in-between stage – sunny and bright like summer, but slightly too cool for shorts and tshirts.

Anyway, about the tea. It’s quite good but very light, unlike limoncello. It’s sweet and gentle with a lemongrass dominant flavour. Little notes of woody herbs pop up too, with a lingering sweetness in the aftertaste from the apple. It’s really pleasant and soothing… I just feel like maybe it’s missing that final ingredient to make it pop.

Speaking of apples, they’re popping up all over the place this week like a theme. The cooking apple tree by my house is starting to drop apples as they ripen – faster than we can eat them. They’re slowly rotting and creating this slightly sweet smell in the air that weirdly I love. It’s one of the first signs of autumn. I’ll collect them later this week for the compost heap.

https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/whittard-limoncello-tea-review/

Flavors: Apple, Herbaceous, Lemongrass, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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76

Picked this up in a boxed collection from T.J.Maxx. While I wouldn’t say it’s amazing, it’s pretty decent for bagged tea, and considering what a hodgepodge T.J.Maxx is, I think I lucked out.

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Cold brewed a few teaspoons of this tea overnight. It smells nice but obviously artificially peachy. The flavour is quite nice too but it needs sweetening to taste really good. I didn’t sweeten this time to cut down a few calories. It’s astringent sencha with peach flavouring – not sweet, just peachy. Refreshing? Hell yeah.

Personal note:

It’s the hottest day of the year so far at 31c where I’m living. For me, that’s too hot. I can’t function well above 25c. Predicting this in advance, I had the good sense to make a pitcher of this tea the night before to cold brew in the fridge.

Of course, it all went wrong. I was drinking this outside in my smoothie cup because it has a built in straw and lid so the flies can’t get to it, when a cherry from the tree above me landed on my head. No joke. My head jarred forward in surprise and the hard plastic straw lodged itself in my gums. Blood went everywhere including down the straw into my tea. Now I’m sulking inside with a painful, bruised gum and only a small amount of blood-free tea left. I hope everyone else is having a better day!

Flavors: Astringent, Mineral, Peach

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 3 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML
ashmanra

Oh dear! Hope things look up from here on! It is 40C here and we just had lunch outside, but with a huge fan turned on us in the shade. I used to love the heat, now not so much.

Izzy

Thanks! It feels like it’s healing already. 40C sounds insane, I don’t think any amount of iced tea could make it bearable for me!

Kittenna

I think we only hit high 20s today, but the a/c has been keeping the house at 22/23 for days. I’m sure our hydro bill is going to be $$$, but I can’t handle the humid heat here!

Also – I hope your gums heal quickly! That sounds quite painful, especially with that much blood involved :(

Izzy

Thanks Kittenna! Humid heat is definitely the worst kind

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70

Enjoyed this one more than I thought I would. I’m usually guilty of overbrewing this tea and then quickly gulping down the bitter liquor to finish it as quickly as possible. But, as this is review time, I made sure to time it perfectly. 1 minute 30 seconds was just right.

The aroma is tantalising. Dry, it has a lemon and lime zest aroma – like when you’re zesting a lemon and that fine spray goes everywhere. Pour over water, and suddenly it’s smoky and earthy which was completely unexpected but I love smoky so I was breathing that in deeply. About 2 or 3 minutes after removing the tea bag, the aroma switched back to bergamot, citrus and floral notes. The smokiness just evaporated but I’m certain I didn’t imagine it.

The flavour is delicate and refreshing. It’s a pretentious tea in my opinion. Supposed to be eaten with tiny sandwiches and cakes. The texture is silky smooth and I love how it glides over my palate – sometimes citrus sticks to my throat and gets a little tingly, but that didn’t happen here.

The body is medium-light but the floral and citrus notes are undeniably pungent – it’s a weird light/heavy combo that upsets my stomach if I drink it without food. It’s also weird that this tea contains a mix of black, green and oolong teas. It works!

The 70 score is accurate though. I’m not falling in love with this tea or craving another cup. A once-a-month tea when I have to be in the mood for it.

Full review with some nice pictures: https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/whittard-afternoon-tea-review/

Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Smooth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML
Martin Bednář

I read this review earlier on your webiste than here; I should get it somewhere too, it sounds quite good.

Izzy

I have 1 teabag left, I will send it with the tea wrappers when I’ve collected enough if you want? :)

Martin Bednář

Why not? You can read my review of it afterwards :D

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68

Love the aroma of this tea, it’s very fragrant and tropical. I get this really lush juicy aroma of mango and passion fruit, but there’s also something starchy about this tea that I don’t think anyone else has picked up on from the tasting notes I’ve read. It’s just a vague hint of sticky rice but it works so well. You have to really stick your nose in the cup to find it.

The flavour is also delicious, even though I slightly over-brewed it. I’ve had this tea many times, so I know what it’s capable of delivering when I get the timing just right. The green tea isn’t anything to shout about, it’s the fruity flavour with citrus kick that’s the highlight of this tea.

There’s a chemical/nail varnish tang that I’ve noticed as well – it’s not ruining the cup but I can’t ignore it either. It’s happened before when brewing these tea bags but not when brewing the loose leaf version. It’s still a good tea so I’ve rated it as such.

I also adore the new tea discoveries caddy it’s available in, so pretty.

https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/whittard-mango-bergamot-tea-review/

Flavors: Astringent, Citrus Fruits, Green, Mango, Tropical

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 45 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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75

A very pleasant, heavy black with the distinct flavor of a (light) lacing with a (light) whiskey. Excellent black. Also good with cream and a touch of honey.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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82

It’s late and I’ve been staring at this laptop screen all day, so this cup of chamomile is very welcome!

The dry flowers have a really beautiful fresh hay aroma that’s doused in a natural sweet honey high note. I’m kind of sad that the hay aroma didn’t stay after I brewed a cup. I was also a little worried at first, because it was a vibrant lemon yellow colour at the start of a brew. My experience with chamomile teas in the past has always been a dull but light gold colour. I double checked the label but there’s definitely no artificial colours added. After 2 minutes it was back to the gold colour I love.

The taste pales in comparison to the aroma, but still I had no trouble slurping it down. So good, so sweet.

Chamomile puts me to sleep fairly quickly, and it’s too dark to take pictures right now, so I’ll update this tasting note with a link to my full blog article tomorrow sometime. Goodnight!

https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/whittard-chamomile-tea-review/

Flavors: Floral, Hay, Honey, Musty, Sweet

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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60

Decided to give this tea another go, I do have 3 more bulbs to get through and I can’t bear the thought of throwing tea away.

First steep was the same as before; disappointing. No rose flavour or aroma at all. The marigold has a nice warming flavour but it overpowers everything. I can get 3 small cups from my teapot, so by the third cup it was very bitter too from the green tea.

Instead of throwing it away, I decided to refill the teapot for a second infusion. It’s milder this time and quite calming. The marigold is still the dominant flavour but it’s somehow starting to become creamy. Distinctive nutty notes are coming through too. More palatable but no flavour from the green tea leaves.

It’s going back in the cupboard. Maybe I’ll try again in the summer. Might even try it iced, although I’m not sure how that will work with a blooming tea or if it will suit the warmth of the marigold.

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60

Bought this as a Valentine’s gift for myself – it was disappointing. The name would suggest some sort of rose based tea… but actually, there was no hint of rose at all. The blooming tea ball expanded to reveal 2 very pretty marigold blooms and the tiniest rose bud I’ve ever seen.

It was delicious, but it wasn’t what I was expecting. If you’re still interested in trying this tea, check our my full review https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/whittard-rose-bloom-flowering-tea-review/

Flavors: Floral, Grass, Nutty, Sweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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86

I have this loose jasmine green tea in the new Whittard Tea Discoveries caddy. It’s quite good, I love the soothing aroma and flavour once brewed. I buy it online… for the quality, I think it’s a little overpriced but still worth it.

It has a clear, golden yellow colour when brewed and a light, slightly sweet flavour. I have noticed that some batches have a little musty taste to them – I would guess because they’re old stock.

I wrote a complete review on my blog here https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/whittard-jasmine-green-tea-review/

Flavors: Floral, Jasmine, Smooth

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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75

Tea bag of unknown age, but in foil wrapper, so it should be still okay.

It was pleasant, bold black tea. No bad taste, stongly malt one. I can not find any downsides of this tea. It wasn´t much complex – but hey, it was a tea bag, right?

Colour was dark copper, as expected from black tea bag. I would prefer bit of sweetness, but it wasn´t bitter at all. Honestly I am really surprised of this one. Robust, malty, rich tea. And better than that Sebastea High Grown loose leaf I bought the other day.

Flavors: Malt, Tea

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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17

This is wildly different from the loose leaf version of this Tea Discoveries line. The loose version is true to the rose flavor, complete with aroma, but this…this tastes like drinking black tea steeped in fruity candy. Not sure what happened here. It reminds me of artificial banana candies, like banana Now and Laters. Or strawberry banana candy. Neither milk nor sweetener helped.

Flavors: banana, Floral, Fruity

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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68

Another sipdown! (168/397)

This was quite a nondescript fruity ‘red berries’ sort of tea, the cranberry more prominent than the raspberry. I’ve had several cups over the last few days trying to finish this off, and experiemented using different amounts of the instant tea. I found it to be quite one-dimensional, one flavour that was simply weaker or stronger depending on the amount used with no particular nuances or notes which presented themselves at different temperatures or such. That being said, it was pretty tasty and a comforting cup to sip on while playing chess with the beau. I like that it’s quick and easy to make up a cup, and you can even stir the crystals into cold water for instant iced tea, but it just wasn’t good enough to hold a candle to my stash of loose leaf. I’ve tried several instant teas now, and while this one was not the best – nor was it the worst – none of them have been able to convert me. On to the next one!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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68

Welp, I caved and opened another new instant tea. I figure it’s only a small sampler and I’ve had them all entirely too long, so I should try to get through them the same as I am with my other ‘proper’ teas. I’ll save a proper review for later since I have to go to bed now – I’ve got to get up early in the morning for my first driving lesson since I failed my test over a year ago, and I don’t want to be tired for it. It’s fruity, but I’m not sure I’d say cranberry and raspberry specifically, and quite sour too. I think I’ll use less tea crystals next time.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
tea-sipper

Good luck!!

Nattie

Thank you! I’m super nervous. :S

mrmopar

Good luck!

Kawaii433

Good luck! :D

Nattie

Thanks guys!! (:

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85

Beautifully balanced, aromatic bergamot. It is my favorite classic earl grey thus far. Smooth, lovely with a splash of milk.

Flavors: Bergamot, Earl Grey

Preparation
Boiling 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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