January 19, 2016

Whittard Finest Tea Collection

Whittard Finest Tea Collection

Last year was the year I really got into my tea.  I've been wanting to branch out and try some new flavours but with so much choice out there, it's hard to narrow it down.  Luckily, I was very kindly gifted the wonderful Whittard Finest Tea Collection by my lovely boyfriend for Christmas which features eight selections of black and green tea.  Here's what you should expect from each flavour.

Starting with the classic English Breakfast tea, I thought it would taste like your standard cuppa but in actual fact, it's much more unique.  Despite its strong traditional label, I actually find this really light to drink.. probably compared to my usual strong cup of Typhoo every morning.  It has a very smooth texture to it but still manages to have a rich flavour.  A really enjoyable tea, especially for those who don't like anything too out of the ordinary.

A customer favourite is the Whittard Original blend which is basically a form of English Breakfast tea created by Whittard themselves.  It's a Kenyan tea mixed with Assam and Ceylon to give it it's flavour.  I prefer my tea on the strong side so it's a good match for me.  Personally I don't find it anymore special than your average tea but it was enjoyable to drink and I'll look forward to finishing the box.

One of my favourites from the collection is the Afternoon tea.  If you combined Earl Grey and Jasmine Green Tea, this is what it would taste like.  It has the lovely floral taste of jasmine with a hint of bergamot with the sort of texture you'd find with a black tea.  I'll definitely be picking up more of this when it's finished.

If I feel like something a little bit different from the typical English Breakfast tea, Earl Grey is a great alternative.  Normally I stay away from anything citrus based but it's subtle enough that it doesn't taste overly fruity.  Personally I find it hard to tell the difference between this Earl Grey compared to others I've tried but it does taste good and if you're an Earl Grey fan you won't be disappointed.

For a black tea with a bit of a different taste, Darjeeling is really interesting.  Normally black tea can be quite heavy but this one has a much lighter taste, like you'd expect from a green tea.  It's a light, refreshing tea which doesn't require any milk.  Just don't overbrew it or it can taste a little bitter!

The most original out of the set has to be Lapsang Souchong.  It's unlike any other tea I've tried but I'm not so sure that's a good thing.  I'd usually expect tea to be sweet, floral or strong but this has a really unusual smoky taste, almost as if you'd collected the smell of bonfire night and put it in the cup.  I'll give it another go but I'm not so sure this one is to my liking.

In the tea world, the word used to describe the tea of the highest quality is Orange Pekoe, which is one of the flavours in this set.  It was used as a sort of royal warrant by the dutch royal family so I had high hopes for this tea.  This blend is a Ceylon based tea with a little hint of orange.  Not quite the same citrus taste as Earl Grey but more of an orangey aftertaste.  It has a very clean taste so you can tell it's of good quality.  For something a little different but not too out there, it's worth picking up.

With a curious name like Gunpowder, it's hard to predict what this tea would contain but fear not, it's simply green tea.  The name Gunpowder came about due to the fact that the tightly rolled tea resembled pellets of gunpowder, which helped preserve the flavour and could be transported easily across continents in the 18th and 19th centuries.  Basically it's just a fancy name for green tea but it is very enjoyable with a light taste to it.  I also have it in loose leaf form so I'm looking forward to seeing how it compares with the teabag form.

I think it's a great way to try all different kinds of tea.  It was definitely one of my favourite gifts this year.  It's safe to say my tea cupboard has never looked prettier with all the fancy boxes to choose from!

Where to buy: Whittard Finest Tea Collection - Whittard (£20.00)

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