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Another swap sample! I used two teabags for one 16-ounce pot.

I’m quite enjoying this as an evening cuppa. It’s crisp and slightly tart apple, with a suggestion of red fruits from the hibiscus. The elderflower pokes its head out at the end of the sip and adds a mellow effervescent finish. I can maybe taste a tiny hint of creaminess from the vanilla? Not much though, and happily I can’t taste licorice root at all.

It’s nice to see an apple-based fruit tisane that doesn’t have any spices in it. I can imagine this being wonderful iced as well.

Flavors: Apple, Creamy, Effervescent, Elderflower, Floral, Green Apple, Hibiscus, Red Fruits, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML
gmathis

You make this sound tasty, even though it’s got two of my kryptonite ingredients: licorice and hibiscus!

Cameron B.

I don’t love either of those two either, but I couldn’t taste the licorice root at all and the hibiscus was very restrained!

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I was intrigued by the reviews of this tea and picked up a packet of it to try.
The tea’s scent was strongly of milk to me, but with a hint of sweetness. It was like drinking watered down White Rabbit Candy.
It made me yearn for milk or a drink with some body to it, but alas it was tea (I had it without additives). I brewed about four cups from a small teaspoon of leaves and it was flavourful till the end. I prefer fruity floral teas and I found this tea difficult to down after the first two cups. I might have also been saddened and weirded out by the taste of milk when drinking plain tea (I’m mildly lactose intolerant and am painfully avoiding milk).

I decided to offer some mates to smell the leaves/tea and they either found it delicious or gave it a hard no.

The ones who did try the tea absolutely loved it. One added milk and sugar and said it was like drinking liquified White Rabbit Candy.

Flavors: Milk, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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I really like the aroma here. It;s a balanced, multilayered blend of cloves, orange peel, vanilla and cinnamon. Very warming and not at all artificial.
And the taste? Less impressive, that’s for sure. The spices don’t seem that evident here, they hover a bit in the back behind the slight maltiness of the base black tea. It’s not bad, though.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Orange Zest, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 4 g 14 OZ / 400 ML

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Another sample gifted from TeaWithJann! I didn’t like this one quite as much as the Christmas Morning from Stash and I do think that’s interesting because the flavour of this tea actually was closer to being in line with what I’d expected from the Stash blend. It was a full bodied black tea and pretty straight forward cinnamon (a mix of woody/barky and red hot style) with just a HINT of vanilla…

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Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Flavors: Rose

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Thank you my IG friend Sewwie for this sample!

I haven’t looked up the ingredients for this one, but it sort of just tasted like a simple “breakfast style” black tea with a bit of rose and maybe bergamot? The floral rose was the strongest note for me, and I enjoyed it it with this kind of classic feeling base tea. Smooth, simple, and consistent throughout the cup!

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I think it doesn’t taste so whisky? It’s more of heather, maybe toddy like what they have in their description. It’s actually nice, the tea has a sweet taste and good aroma

Flavors: Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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This is really good, bold taste of Assam. Only if it can have a stronger aroma it would be perfect
Also better to brew it stronger for more oof

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 220 ML

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I got the teabag version.
Not much aroma, maybe a hint of malt? Tastes somewhat plain, with a little bit of tannin, tbh I hoped for more, this is not quite amusing to me, drinkable but there are better things outside. It might be better if I brew it stronger..

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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Update:
It tastes much better if you leave the mug open (I covered it like how I did to my usual black teas last time, my dumb!) to air and steep for 2:15min or so.
The tea tastes milder and sweeter , much less encounter to sourness and no tannin, mild sweet aroma, guess white tea brewing is difficult to master. Now definitely want more of this.

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First time having white tea, worked hard on the steeping temperature.
It tastes a bit mild to my taste (I usually drink black), with slight greeny tannin, hint of rosy flavour and bursting sweet rose in aroma. I got it in teabags, the smell is so strong I think it can be used as perfume in boxes. Generally it’s a good experience and I’m willing to drink it again.

Flavors: Floral, Rose, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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Trying to get this tea sipped down quickly as the Whittard mini tea tins aren’t stackable. They take up sooo much shelf space when you have too many.

This is a rich and extravagant chocolate tea. The aroma is just like dark cocoa powder with notes of dried ginger root. It brews into a fairly watery tea (at least, it seems watery because you can’t help but compare it to thick milky hot chocolate) that takes a few sips to really build up.

Once the flavour has fully saturated your taste buds, it’s rich and intensely chocolatey. Like Bourneville dark chocolate – slightly bitter, very rich, too much to eat more than a few squares at a time.

I’m glad that it’s not artificial tasting though!

The orange is subtler but it does come into play for a little while at the beginning of the cup. Once you’re over halfway down, the ginger and chocolate overtakes everything. This tea has got some fire in it.

I’ve tried brewing with 1tsp plain black tea and 1tsp of this tea, instead of the recommended 2tsp. But it was still no match for the chocolate ginger combo.

Next up, I’m going to try simmering it with milk on the stove, like a chai.

Pre-Christmas photos on the blog: https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/whittard-spiced-chocolate-orange-tea-review/

Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Ginger, Orange, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
Martin Bednář

That’s why I tend to avoid companies who deliver only in tins. They are super cute and better for enviroment. But putting them to trash is heartbreaking.

Mastress Alita

Ya, I have a hard time finding the storage space for tins compared to bags, and usually I find I can’t get the strong aromas of the teas out of the tins afterwards to reuse them for anything, so to me I feel it’s even worse for the environment. I hate when a tin is my only option and try to avoid it at all costs!

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This was my go-to cold brew and/or iced tea this summer. It’s a lovely blend of rose and strawberry, and the more I drank it the more I fell in love with it. I do prefer it cold rather than hot. The floral is too intense for me as a hot cuppa.

I’m going to miss this one. It’s so very summer-y. ❤️

Flavors: Hay, Rose, Strawberry

Preparation
Iced 4 min, 30 sec 5 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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Happy Boxing Day, lovely people! Hope everyone is having a safe and peaceful holiday.

I picked this tea up a few weeks ago, but today is the first time I’ve been able to try it. It’s a very nice rose and strawberry blend. The fragrance of the dry leaves is highly perfumed, so much so that I didn’t think I would be able to enjoy this. Once steeped the smell is softer. It’s discernibly rose with a sweet general fruity note mixed in. There’s also a bit of an earthy note which made me hopeful since I like being able to taste the base tea in flavored blends. The taste is delicious. The mix of rose and strawberry is well balanced. There’s also a dried hay note and the slightest touch of astringency, which I found pleasant. I drank the first half of the cup without adding anything and found it enjoyable. I added a touch of monk fruit sweetener to the second half to bring out the strawberry flavor a bit more. It was also nice, but I think going forward I’ll drink it sans additives.

This one was a nice surprise. It’s like a bit of summer in a cup, and I’m here for it.

Flavors: Hay, Rose, Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Martin Bednář

Happy Boxing day!

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This tea I received from Izzy in our first swap? Thanks. Anyway use by 5-2021 is quite soon. And rhubarb tea was something to enjoy today I guess.

Nope. I got only hibiscus flavoured tea and as it was white instead of classic red; it wasn’t even tart. It was pretty much meh; no rhubarb, though it should be in, and not in small amount.

Just nothing from expected flavour profile. I wonder if it is because it’s old, or it wasn’t flavourful at all.

Flavors: Hibiscus

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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I think it is this one, based on ashmanra detailed view of tea bag she got. Mine looked like same, even with those white small spheres. Ingredients were saying only: Black tea, flavouring. Anyway, it was a tea bag from Izzy.

To be honest, I never was, and probably never will be a fan of rose teas. They are usually soapy for me, sometimes it’s somehow overpowered by the rose and now and then it smells like a dish soap or just somehow weird.

This tea wasn’t greeting me with anything new. Foil wrapped tea bag smelled soapy. I wasn’t impressed.

Brewed, and I think I did about four minute steep, was better. The base tea was quite mellow and I assume it could be Ceylon mostly, as it was bit citrusy. But the rose was there and I liked this brew. It was quite nicely floral and… that’s it. Quite decent brew, though it does not make me happy they don’t even try to put some real rose in. Flavouring isn’t something I would like to see in a tea I get for 5,50 GBP per 25 tea bags.

And if you want to know what is difference between red and gray tea bags, let me answer: NOTHING, as I have asked them directly on their website chat. Happy for me as a tea bag collector, worse for anyone expecting some difference.

Flavors: Citrusy, Floral, Rose, Soap

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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One of my favourites!

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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A smooth tea, though surprisingly malty for an earl grey, the bergomot is balanced very nicely with the tea to produce an overall fresh and delightful taste.
Firm character.
Well defined taste.
Lingering citrus finish

Flavors: Bergamot, Cloves, Grapefruit, Pine

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 240 ML

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It´s for teas like this that I appreciate my water boiler with temperature control between 60 and 100ºC. To be brewed with water at 80ºC? No problem.
But, although it makes drinking white and green teas a lot simpler and straight-forward, I managed to forget about this tea for quite a while.

On the little card Whittard´s adds to the tea pack, it says the tea is “a supremely fresh and lightly fragranced tea with a hint of spring morning sweetness”. Indeed, in nose the loose tea is quite delicate with a sweet touch to it. In mouth it´s very easy going and light, nice enough without the grassy aspect of a lot of green teas, or the strength of most black teas. Honestly, I expected more from it.

Flavors: Sweet

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

I love my temperature-variable kettle (: it saves so much time and guesswork!

Ilse Wouters

it surely does!

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This is another Whittard’s blend I picked to drink based on the name, without looking at the ingredients. I expected this to be a chai, and I wanted a bold, spicy tea for my breakfast tea this morning. I’d already tipped the leaf into the infuser when I read the ingredients and found that, apparently, the only spice in here is clove?! I say ‘apparently’ because the description here on Steepster lists other spices, and a few of the tasting notes describe a cinnamon-heavy tea (which I would have loved). I wonder if Whittard has changed the tea recently? More recent notes seem to be describing the same thing that’s in my tin – orange, vanilla and clove. It’s not bad, and I do taste all of those things, sort of in a dreamsicle way, but it’s not what I wanted right this moment. I’d probably enjoy it more if it was something I was in the mood for. I’ll have to pay more attention next time!

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

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I finally finished my online training so I’m baaaack! I’ve missed you guys. Drinking this today because it’s instant and we have people coming to view the house later today so I didn’t want to make a mess with loose leaf. I still don’t get why this is called ‘dreamtime’ when it’s full of sugar and caffeine. Still, it’s pretty tasty once you get past the name.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C
Shae

Congratulations on your training! It’s good to see you. :)

ashmanra

I didn’t know Whittard’s sold an instant tea!

Martin Bednář

Welcome back :)

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