Review of Whittard Ceylon Orange Pekoe Black Leaf Tea

I am always on the look out for new varieties of tea to try. Whilst shopping in TK Maxx recently I spotted that they had a small selection of teas so I picked up a couple of packets to give them a try. One of these was Whittard’s Ceylon Orange Pekoe black leaf tea. I was drawn to its description of it being loved for its citrusy taste and that it was best without milk.
I really liked the design of the light blue packaging and the cute teapot that meant that you could see the tea leaves inside. I wasn’t concerned about the medium strength rating after reading the teas description. This coupled by the fact that the sales assistant said it was a lovely tea and one of her favourites meant that I couldn’t wait to give this tea a try.
Inside the box I was found a sealed plastic packet which contained the tea leaves. I found this a little difficult to open and found the tea leaves escaping despite trying hard not to let this happen. On opening the foil I was greeted by a medium strength aroma of what I would describe as an everyday black tea. This was a lot stronger than I expected and the citrusy element was simply lacking. I was worried that this tea may be a bit strong and bland for my tea palate.
I placed the tea leaves into the infuser and added the freshly boiled water. I added one teaspoon of tea leaves due to its medium strength as I like to enjoy all of my teas medium to weak and milk free. The tea leaves immediately infused with the water to produce a medium brown colour. I had hoped to smell a pleasant aroma of black tea with a hint of citrus coming from the teapot but it was simply lacking. After letting the tea to infuse for the recommended time (I tried both two and three minutes). I poured the tea into my teacup. Interestingly the aroma of the tea didn’t seem to intensify once in the teacup and remained pretty much the same as it did in the teapot. I did the close up sniff test and was unable to find that citrusy element. It smelt like an everyday black tea. As for the taste on sipping the tea it tasted like a run of the mill black tea. I was not able to taste the citrusy element to this tea. I left it a week before I tried it again just to check that my sense and smell and taste were not impaired on the day of testing, but its aroma and taste remained the same.
So would I recommend this Ceylon tea. If I am honest probably not. I had hoped for a light refreshing crisp tea that had a hint of citrus. It’s flavour and aroma didn’t quiet match up to its description of being loved for its citrusy taste. I think it might therefore be suited to those who have milk in their tea and enjoy a traditional quality everyday style tea. Sorry Whittard but this Ceylon tea just wasn’t really to my liking.


  1. June 21, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    I also had trouble with Whittards packaging. The tea leaves fall all over the place, the plastic package is no good!!

    • June 22, 2016 / 7:32 pm

      I’m glad it’s not just me who struggled with the packaging, Chloe.

  2. June 22, 2016 / 3:33 am

    Beautiful teapot and a great review of orange Pekoe too!

    • June 22, 2016 / 7:31 pm

      Thank you. The teapot was a gift from a friend to use for my tea reviews, Chloe.

  3. MangerwithMila
    June 25, 2016 / 5:17 pm

    Hi Chloe, is there any chance you know where that tea cup might be from? I’ve been looking for one like this for ages! Also, if you’re looking for a strong orange pekoe, try the one from fortnum and mason, it’s the best I’ve tried so far!
    x Mila

    • June 25, 2016 / 7:14 pm

      Hi, I don’t know I’m afraid as it was a gift. I can look for the name underneath if it helps. I will have to give the Fortnum & Mason tea a try. Thank you, Chloe.

  4. lainalarisse
    June 25, 2016 / 7:58 pm

    I will add T.J. Maxx to my list for tea, thanks.

    • June 25, 2016 / 8:24 pm

      No problem. Thanks for taking the time to read my review, Chloe.

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