Review of Whittard of Chelsea’s Summer Pudding Tea

Whittard of Chelsea Summer Pudding Tea.

San Jose tea-lovers have a lot of tea options when shopping online. Summer Pudding black tea from Whittard of Chelsea is a great treat to buy online. Summer pudding is a vintage English dessert that is great for summer time because it is a no-bake treat, a combination of day-old bread, fresh fruit, sugar and cream, so it doesn’t heat up the house to make it.

Summer Pudding tea blend is a berry-flavored black tea. The company website describes it like this: “A cracker! Created because blackcurrants and particularly the dessert ‘Summer Pudding’ are Giles’ favorites. Combining the taste of the best soft fruits – strawberries, raspberries, redcurrant and blackcurrants – into a tea blend just seemed to develop naturally!” The ingredients are: Black tea, juniper berries, blackcurrants, blackberry leaves, redcurrants, flavouring. Website brewing notes read: “Always drink lightly brewed with 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of leaves per 6-cup pot. Boil freshly drawn water, warm the pot first with a splash of hot water. Add the tea and pour on boiling water. Brew for 2-5 minutes. Do not add milk.”

I found this tea to be have a very pleasant aroma and flavor. The dry tea leaves are whole and medium-sized, slightly twisted, mixed with visible pieces of green raspberry leaves, and a few juniper berries. I couldn’t detect any juniper in the flavor or aroma of this tea, so I assume the juniper was in there for appearance. I also couldn’t detect the red and black currants in the flavor or aroma, but I could smell raspberries and strawberries. The berry flavor carries through into the brewed tea nicely, not overpowering the tea. I never followed the company recommendation of using only one teaspoon of tea leaves to 6 cups of water; I used the more standard 1 teaspoon to 1 to 2 cups of boiling water, and didn’t find it too strong. I think this tea would make a refreshing iced tea, as well.

Whittard of Chelsea is one of England’s oldest and most established tea merchants, but there is no Whittard’s vendor in the Bay Area. The closest source is Annie’s Tea Time, a vendor based in Southern California, which carries Whittard of Chelsea tea and other products from the UK and ships them to customers all over the USA. Annie’s Tea Time sells a 4.4 ounce package of loose-leaf Summer Pudding Tea for $13.50, but you can also get a small free sample of the tea, with purchase.

Copyright 2012, Elizabeth Urbach.

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For more information:
Whittard of Chelsea website
Loose-leaf Summer Pudding Tea product page
Annie’s Tea Time website
Summer Pudding product page at Annie’s Tea Time
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