Whittard have been making tea since way back when, 1886, in fact. They have been blending and experimenting with flavours for over a century, so I have complete faith in their teas, especially when they release a new blend which is music to my ears.
I am a tea aficionado, and I know good tea when I see it. Loose leaf tea is superior in my book, and those who drink the stuff as regular as I do, are equally clued up about the pro's of loose leaf, not to mention the fact it hasn't been crushed, torn, nor contain tannin - the teeth-staining agent.
Thus Whittard's loose leaf mango black tea blend (£4.75) looked rather promising. It smells incredible, and is packaged rather delicate,and traditional Whittard blue and white print.
On the back of the packaging it states the origin and strength of the black tea, and notably you'll see the tea leaves aren't from the same source. Mixing different tea leaves makes for a deeper flavour, and that's what I always look for when buying tea blends. If it has been blended with other leaves, the result should be a full-bodied flavour, which is what makes it different from the tea bag varieties.
You only need to add a small amount for a perfect brew - half a teaspoon.
I have a tea leaf strainer in my teapot, but if you don't have one feel free to just add the leaves to a mug of boiling water, and allow them to settle before you sip.
The tea infuses really well, and although I'm not a fan of black tea, this is expectionally mild, and ever so slightly sweet. The mango offers more flavour than sweetness, so if you like your tea a bit sweeter, I recommend adding no more than a teaspoon of honey. The sweetness caramelises in the heat with the tea leaves and really brings out the flavour - it's not just for those with a sweet tooth.
If you're not a black tea fan I urge you to give this a try. I only ever really drink green tea, or herbal infusions, but this is lovely. It only needs a touch of sugar to bring out the flavours, and is perfect on a cool day when you want a bit more of a kick to your average cuppa.
This particular box of tea leaves is great as a gift because Whittard has presented it oh so prettily. The packaging is adorable in my book, and although I personally think women drink more tea than men, my male friend first introduced me to this particular blend, and he loves it.