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Darling Grey (Teabags) from Whittard of Chelsea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

85 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
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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Festive Breakfast (Teabags) from Whittard of Chelsea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

74 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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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English Rose (Teabags) from Whittard of Chelsea

Style: Rose Black Tea – Region: Blend

71 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
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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English Breakfast (Teabags) from Whittard of Chelsea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: West Java, Indonesia

77 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 24th, 2023

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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Earl Grey (Teabags) from Whittard of Chelsea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: ?????

42 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
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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Darjeeling (Teabags) from Whittard of Chelsea

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

69 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 3rd, 2023

The photo is from Whittard's website where (as of this writing) 50 round, stringless bags sell for USD $9.50, not too bad for what I presume to be a decent-quality Darjeeling. [They also sell loose-leaf Darjeeling.] Mine came from a 5-bag sampler pack, each bag being of the fold-over type stapled to a string and tag....

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Christmas Tea from Whittard of Chelsea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: ?????

60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 15th, 2023

I could write some verbose review of all manner of subtleties, nuances, tones, and flavors here, but:
1) This tea doesn't really have any; it's pleasant but straightforward in its presentation of black tea, orange and cloves, which makes it...
2) A slightly weaker (in taste and aroma) version of Constant Comment.
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Mango & Bergamot (Teabags) from Whittard of Chelsea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: China

61 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 5th, 2023

Here's the first in a gift set of bagged teas I'm trying from Whittard. "Value" is hard to judge due to the innate premium that goes with multi-pack samplers. Surprisingly, I got this at World Market for less than the Whittard website's stated U.S. price! As of this writing, Whittard apparently doesn't sell the teab...

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