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Whittard of Chelsea

Web: www.whittard.com
Last Updated: Jan. 15, 2018

About Whittard of Chelsea

Whittard of Chelsea is an international retailer based in the UK, selling tea, coffee, chocolate, and other items. Whittard of Chelsea is among the largest online retailers of tea in the UK, but is less well-known in the U.S.

Whittard of Chelsea dates back to 1886. In late 2008, the company went into administration (a process analogous to bankruptcy in the U.S.) and was sold to EPIC private equity partners. It was previously owned by the Baugur Group, an Iceland-based investment group that collapsed during Iceland's banking crisis in 2008. The company has retained its presence as a tea retailer through these changes.

Currently the company sells numerous single-origin loose-leaf teas, as well as tea bags

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Tchuggin' Okie
(379 reviews)
85 / 100
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Darling Grey (Teabags)

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend
Feb. 24th, 2024

Given how much of a waste of time and steeping water Whittard's standard Earl Grey was, expectations for this version ran low. What a pleasant surprise instead!

Not only did this tea actually have a detectable and pleasant aroma upon opening the wrapper and sniffing the dry bag, that carried over quite strongly i...

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74 / 100
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Festive Breakfast (Teabags)

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend
Feb. 4th, 2024

Whittard has a single-sourced English Breakfast by name (from West Java), and an entirely different tea more of the traditional EB style—this one—composed of Ceylon and Kenya teas. Unlike the named EB, I couldn't find Festive Breakfast on Whittard's website, but instead, got it as part of a gift assortment.


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71 / 100
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English Rose (Teabags)

Style: Rose Black Tea – Region: Blend
Jan. 10th, 2024

Two background caveats here:
1. I'm not a big fan of overt rose scent in beverages; something about drinking common garden flowers that I've cultivated, like rose, marigold or lavender, still seems weird to me (even though I do like jasmine tea...go figure!).
2. I haven't had rose congou tea from China yet, for com...

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77 / 100
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Given how unimpressed I've been with most of Whittard's offerings so far, this was a pleasant surprise. English Breakfast is their advertised "No. 01" mainstay tea since the Victorian era, at least in loose-leaf form, so presumably the bagged version shouldn't be terribly different.

Though not very strong, the dry...

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42 / 100
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Earl Grey (Teabags)

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: ?????
Dec. 9th, 2023

Here's a rare flavored black tea where the flavor itself is fairly feeble, and the tea dominates it (not necessarily in a good way, either). Save your money and get an off-brand, food-service tea at a cheap motel, for an experience that is comparable, if not better.

I got this from a gift pack of sampler boxes, wi...

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Dark Chocolate

Style:Flavored Black Tea
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Whittard Original

Style:Black Tea
1 Rating
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Anji Bai Cha

Style:Anji Bai Cha
Region:Anji, Zhejiang, China
1 Rating
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Lavender Yerba Mate

Style:Flavored Yerba Maté
1 Rating
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Mango & Bergamot (Teabags)

Style:Flavored Green Tea
1 Rating

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