Whittards – Nutcracker Tea

Time for Tea Please?

The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singling loud for all to hear! Or get pouring a massive pot of Tea. As most of my friends and family know I’m a bit of a tea but so what better way than to treat me is to buy me tea! After spending a festive weekend away with one of my besteas she surprised me with the gift of tea! A festive tea filled bauble of Whittards – Nutcracker Tea.

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Isn’t it just the cutest!
Although it’s a bit big for my tiny xmas tree, hehe.

Once popping opening the bauble tin inside you find a tea pouch filled with tea.

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For this tea Whittards blends : Rooibos, Hazelnut Brittle (sugar, hazelnuts), Pecan Kernels, Walnuts, Flavourings, Grated Coconut, Cinnamon, Stevia Leaves. Doesn’t that just sounds tealicious. Even better that its caffeine free and their for the perfect Christmas tea to sip on before bed time.

As soon as you open the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the smells of a rich fruity toasted aroma. The depths of the smells coming from the tea is very intense. The hazelnut brittle packs a very sweet intensity to the blends underdone by the coconut an almost toasted side to the nuts. It’s only within further scrutiny that that you can detect the Rooibos but it’s very subtle.

Let’s Get Brewing

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The aromas whilst brewing doesn’t overly change from what it smells like in its dry state. It’s still rich sweet and toasty but the Roobois is still the hardest to detect.

The brewed liquid as expected with a tea blend that contains Rooibos is the distinct redy brown.

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Let’s Get Sipping!

First sip is just tealicious !

I really am surprised by how nutty the tea really is! I know it’s called nutcracker but it really does fit it’s name. It’s rich sweet toasty. All the flavours work together just perfectly providing a hidden richness. It’s not until what I like to call the after taste the flavour of the Rooibos has its chance to shine. This isn’t a bad thing because it allows you to enjoy the rich nutty tones followed by the refreshingness and distinct Rooibos flavour. It’s almost like a mini pallet cleanser before the next nutty sip.

Now who doesn’t love a roasted , toasted nut at Christmas ? Not me and hopefully not you !

Happy Sipping πŸ™‚

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Whittards – Orange Gingerbread

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With every season Whittards brings out a new collection. With it being Halloween this week it seemed perfect to pop in and try their new offerings with a little tea tasting. Luckily for me they had their Orange Gingerbread herbal infusion on offer in hot ….

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Or Cold ……

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For this blend Whittards uses : Ginger, Cinnamon, Pumpkin, Apple, Brittle Pieces (sugar, hazelnut, invert sugar), Sweet Blackberry Leaves, Liquorice Root, Orange Peel, Almond, Sunflower Petals and Flavouring.

The aroma from the already brewed tea is sweet , fruity with a spicy nutty under tone.

What I like about today is the options to try it hot and cold as some teas taste completely different hot vs cold . After sipping on both I am quite surprised on how similar they actually are. The pumpkin and apple work together to provide the fruity main flavour of the tea. It’s not until the after sip that the ginger and nutty aspects appear.

Unlike the hot tea the intensity of the ginger is surprisingly more noticeable in the cold brew version.

I’m not 100% on the gingerbread aspect side of the tea as the cinnamon doesn’t come through enough for me to work with the ginger to provide the needed spiced notes I was hoping. However this doesn’t effect the overall autumny perfectness if this tea. It has the balance of fruit and spice just right but maybe needs a bit more of a punch !

Happy Sipping πŸ™‚

Whittard – Pink Lemonade

Time for Tea Please?

What better drink to have during the summer months is a lovely refreshing cold brew! Today I paid a much over due visit to my local Whittard for a little tea tasting and to see what’s new on their summer menu.

Today they had their Pink Lemonade on sample.

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The aroma of this tea is super sweet but that’s exactly what your after with a lemonade so I’m hoping it tastes that way too,

The colour is just spot on too. With a pinky peach colour tone.

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First sip is just tealicious !

As its aroma hinted at it is very sweet in its flavour. It certainly packs a punch and it tastes exactly like it says on the tin. It just screams pink lemonade but it also has an added floral tone to it with an almost rose like tang. I do love a good bit of Rose in tea !

I can just picture myself sipping on this tea sat outside on a hot summers evening with a super iced version of this tea. It just screams summer ! It’s slightly naughty but way too nice miss out on !!!!!

Happy Sipping πŸ™‚

Whittard – Strawberry Serenade

Time for Tea Please?

What do most of enjoying lots more of than normal in the weekends, yup you’ve guessed it drink TEA!!!!!!!

Well I know I do anyway!

Plus any excuse to pop into my local Whittards to see what’s on offer. With christmas now a distant memory it’s time to try some new teas.

Today I’m sipping on Strawberry Serenade . It’s a been a bit of a blustery dull day today so the I was drawn to this tea based on its vibrant colour.

The tea combines : Apple, Hibiscus, 11% Rosehip, 8% Sweet Blackberry Leaves, Flavourings, 1% Strawberry Pieces, 1% Safflower Petals

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Pouring a little sample does mean the aroma can sometimes be a bit lacking but with this tea it’s fruity vibes hit you straight away. Mmmm berrylicious !

Considering the ingredients which make up the tea it is surprisingly strawberryish. However while sipping on the tea I feel more of the serenade side of the tea comes through and less of the strawberry. This isn’t a bad thing as its a lovely fruity boost to a dull day regardless and allows for the flavour of the other ingredients to sing through.

This tea is also very versatile as its a perfect hot or cold tea! Some fruity and warm for winter but ice cold for the summer would be perfect too.

Whittards – Orange Blossom

Time for Tea Please?

Like any of you #tealovers being able to try teas before you buy them is greatly appreciated. There’s nothing worse than buying a tea getting it home and not loving it !!! Thats why I love popping in to Whittards for a bit of #teatasting .

It may not be quite brewed to the exact way you like it when tea tasting but the fact that you can get a real feel for the tea by all your senses before taking it home is a real treat . Plus you may try a tea that originally you would have written off.

Orange Blossom

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Today in Whittards (Norwich Branch) I had the chance to try Orange Blossom . A Black based tea with Orange Peel, Flavouring, Orange Blossom Petals.

A flavours black tea is always on my radar! The overall aroma of the tea is sweetly orange with undertones of the black tea poking through.

First sip is rather refreshing for a black based. Neither the black tea or the orange over power each other. They work together in perfect harmony allowing each one to sing with each other rather than for or against. The orange is strong enough to play just as big of part in the sipping experience but not hiding the fact it’s a black tea.

With the use of orange blossom petals a floral tone is added to the sip which adds a further depth and edge to the tea.

The perfect afternoon tea , no need for milk but fruity and floral to add a little ray of sunshine to a cold , cloudy winters day.

Happy Sipping πŸ™‚

Whittards – Shanghai Chai

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Today I had the chance to pop into my local Whittards for a cheeky tea tasting! I love trying all of their teas especially as they give you the chance to try before you buy. On offer for tasting today was Shanghai Chai .

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A green tea blended with spices with a depth nutty tones. You’d almost not even realise you were sipping on a green tea. Plus what a great name.
Happy Sipping πŸ™‚

Whittards – Pumpkin Spice

Time for Tea Please?

With autumn in full swing and halloween just round the corner it was time to find the perfect tea for this season. So here is Whittards – Pumpkin Spice. I was lucky enough to be able to try this tea on paying a visit to their Norwich branch. One of my fave things about paying a visit to Whittards is being able to try the teas in store before buying.

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The brewed colour of the tea is exactly what it says it should be pumpkin orange! A bright in coloured tea which is rather intriguing to look at so can’t wait to try.

The brewed aroma is quite mild in its smell with the oolong tea being at the forefront.

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On first sip it’s quite intriguing!

It’s not an in your face tea, it’s subtle in its flavour. It’s light and refreshing with its light pumpkin tones enhanced with its spicey notes. The only really reminder you get of the tea blend containing oolong tea is in its after taste. To make it an all round pleasure to drink. The only downfall for me was that it wasn’t strong enough for my taste. Yet it is the perfect autumnal halloween flavour.

Happy Sipping πŸ™‚

Whittards – Cucumber Mint

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It’s getting to that time of year where I’m on the look out for that perfect summer tea. I’m talking about one of those teas that is lovely to sip on hot but is versatile enough to be drank cold too. I think I might have just found the perfect contender in Whittards – Cucumber Mint.

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This tea blends: Peppermint, Apple Pomace, Apple, Cucumber, Acid: Citric Acid, Rosehip, Flavouring, Cornflower Petals

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As soon as you pop off the lid you are instantly hit with minty cucumber tonnes. It’s such an attractive loose leaf blend full of cucumber and actual pieces of cucumber and the colour is just beauTEAful.

I hope it smells as good at it tastes !

Get that kettle on ….

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The tea aroma doesn’t overly change in relation to its not brewing state. It’s still minty and fruity embodied with the cucumber tones. It’s brewed colour wasn’t as green as I suspected it would be!

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On first sip it is delicious , you are instantly hit as expected from the aroma is the mint. It’s not until the after sip that the cucumber really kicks in. There’s just something about the tea that is light and refreshing. I’m quite enjoying the minty zingy sensation the tea leaves in the mouth.

What I love about this tea is the fact I don’t have to rush drinking it. In fact it’s just as nice sipping hot as it is once cooler. Add some ice cubes and it would be the perfect bbq blend. I’m sure you could even get away with popping in some alcohol for a lovely tea cocktail or if you like me and prefer a mocktail I’m sure some frozen berries would be just as nice!

Happy Sipping πŸ™‚

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Whittards – Goji Acai

Time for Tea Please?

Today I’m Sipping Whittards – Goji Acai .

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The tea itself is a green based tea with all of these lovelies thrown in : hibiscus flower, rose hip, Apple, Goji, raspberry and acai to make a unique sipping experience.

On opening the tin you are instantly hit with a fruity kick. No one flavour is identifiable but it’s certainly yummy.

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It’s not until the tea is brewing that you overly notice the green tea at all, other than being able to see it in the loose leaf mix.

Oh and that the brewed liquid is green!

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On Sipping it is a similar story with the first flavours being the fruity combination with an after kick of green tea. It didn’t overly taste one outstanding flavour, just the balance of all aspects of the tea coming together to ensure a goji adventure.

Happy Sipping πŸ™‚