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Mulled Wine flavour Instant Tea is available from instore in Whittards and also on their website. It typically costs £5.00 a tub of 500g and is typically available around Christmas time. However, this tea is often on special offer in-store, alongside all the other teas - eg on a 3 for 2. The tea comes in a cylindrical cardboard tub with a plastic lid. The tub is nicely decorated, as all the other instant teas are, so it does not feel like a big deal to have it out on display, also it is quite solid so stacks easily, especially you have other varieties of Whittards tea. The recommendations are that you mix 3 heaped teaspoons (approx 20g) per 200ml of hot or cold water. If you follow this you will get 25 cups out of it. On opening the tub you will see an incredibly fine powder which is loose and you will get a proper whiff of the sweet fragrance of the tea itself. As long as you keep it dry and use it within the designated time it should not go clumpy. Once brewed, the tea itself is a dark orangey-rusty brown colour. The texture is slightly thicker than normal water, this is probably due to the dissolved sugar. The taste is sweet, without being sickly - however it has to be said that you most probably will not need to add sugar to it. Despite listing black tea extract in the ingredients, I do not think it taste like black tea in a bag at all, even the flavoured bag black tea that is sold in other ranges in Whittards. I would not say that it tastes overwhelmingly of a 'mulled wine style' tea. It does have a certain depth but I would not necessarily equate that to a mulled-wine style flavour. In essence it is more like Bottle Green Spiced Berry cordial (which is on this site and which I will be reviewing shortly), rather than a 'mulled-wine' tea equivalent. However it is nicer than the Bottle Green version as that has a certain level of acridity to it. Ok, so it is not necessarily what it says on the tin - but that does not mean it is unpleasant. Personally I prefer other ones in the Whittard teas range such as their 'Dreamtime' and 'Turkish Apple' varieties as they have distinctive flavours. This does sort of just feel like a generic instant tea in their range that they have just decided to package as 'Mulled Wine' to cash into the Christmas market. But, yes, the taste is still quite nice and definitely quaffable. I have definitely found it quite warming on a cold day, I quite like the thicker than usual texture as it makes it feel a little more indulgent. However, it is important not to forgot that this texture change is due to sheer quantity of sugar that it contains, so for your teeth and sheer calorie control it would probably be best to keep this as a treat in winter than a replacement for your normal fruit/ herbal or normal teas.
I am always on the look out for quirky things to buy for Christmas to keep in the house for visitors or to give people as gifts. I was browsing through Whittards at Bluewater last Christmas and came across this for £4.99. I was actually looking for nice tea pots to buy people, but I added this to my basket too. Whittards mulled wine flavoured tea comes in a round tub, with a plastic lift on and off lid. I wasn't sure what to expect but was surprised to see grains inside. I guess the name 'instant tea drink' should have given it away, but I obviously didn't have my brain switched on! I think I was expecting tea bags, or more the sort of tea you strain, but this was more like a hot chocolate type drink. You add around 3 tea spoons of the mixture to hot or cold water, depending on how you like it and how strong you want it. It didn't appeal to me to try cold, but it was easy to make hot, you didn't have to stir too much to get the right consistency and make all the mixture dissolve. The smell which filled the room, was deep delicious and gorgeous. Not really quite the same as mulled wine, but it still had the christmas feeling to it, as it was warm and quite deep. I found the tea a little heavy in flavour and a bit sweeter than I usually like it. If you are the sort of person who adds tea to their sugar you are more likely to like this. It really didn't taste like I make my mulled wine, which is quite a lot of orange juice, but it certainly had more of the brandy edge to it. It is worth mentioning however that this tea is totally non alcoholic, so it provides a nice novelty offering to this who are driving or just tee-total. I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to buy this again as the flavour didn't bowl me head over heels, but it was nice for the one off, to have something a bit different in the cupboard. The packaging is nice, and looks nice on display also.
As the days get colder and snowier, I think more and more about going on holiday someplace in the Southern hemisphere where it is currently summer. However, this is impractical and expensive and I have to find a suitable alternative, which usually means festive treats and goodies. And what more festive at Christmas than a nice glass of mulled wine? But when I'm at work, I figured that I'd better stick to the caffeine instead. But on a recent trip to Whittards, I discovered that perhaps I didn't have to entirely pick between the two if I bought their mulled wine flavour instant tea drink. The pack was one of their standard big stackable tubs of 500g, which cost £5, but was on their 3 for £12 deal. It's a bit pricey for me, but not so much that I won't buy it to see if it's any good. The tubs contain a grainy substance looking suspiciously like dyed sugar. Annoyingly, even though I've only had this tub for a month, all the granules have solidified into a big lump, which I now have to hack bits off. They have a new branding on the tub, with attractive giant snowflakes on a red background. I'm not quite sure what that's trying to conjure up, but it made me feel cold just looking at it. According to the tub, the tea is "wonderfully warming", which seems somewhat at odds with the snowflakes, but I never did understand marketing anyway. Now, back to that name. "Instant tea drink". Doesn't exactly sound inspiring, does it? Sounds a bit fake? That's pretty much what I thought too. And trying it didn't change my opinion. I can't even taste the tea in it. And it doesn't taste of mulled wine either - it just tastes sweet and has a sweet smell to it. It isn't unpleasant, it just seems more like a cordial than it does a tea. Crucially, it does not seem to have much of a caffeine kick to it. But boy does it give a good sugar rush - quite good for getting through the early morning meetings I found! Being an "instant tea drink", it can be drunk hot or cold, and apparently requires three heaped teaspoons either way. Personally, I find that iced drinks generally need to be made up much stronger than hot drinks, but it turns out that this is absurdly sweet anyway and that three teaspoons is a massive overestimate of how much is tasty either hot or cold. I found that it doesn't even dissolve properly at that concentration and the last bit turns into a syrupy sludge at the bottom of the cup, so give your cup a good rinse if you don't want whatever you have next to be full of sugar as well. Looking at the ingredients, I can see why it tastes syrupy. It's basically sugar with a small amount of tea and flavourings added to it - tea isn't even second on the list, it's third after sugar and citric acid. And it isn't even tea either, it's "black tea extract". The other ingredients are the delightfully ambiguous "Natural flavouring" and beetroot extract as a colouring. Your guess is as good as mine as to what the natural flavouring might be. It doesn't taste like mulled wine, whatever it is. No allergens are listed Each 100ml (half a serving) contains 39kcal, 10g of sugar and trace or nil quantities of sodium, fat, fibre, sodium. Basically, that's telling us that it's all sugar and so it contains sugar. Which we already knew. Overall, I was a little disappointed in this product. Instead of combining both mulled wine and tea, it seemed to manage neither. I think it would make a nice sweet summer drink though, but it's got too much sugar in for me to want to have it too often - sadly, it is not good for the teeth or the waistline. They could probably rebrand this is as some kind of sherbert. It's not actively unpleasant, but it's not what I'd conjure to mind when I think of either tea or mulled wine. It seems a bit of an expensive way to get sugar and citric acid - perhaps I'll just stick to lemon juice and black tea once I've finished this tub. Review may be cross-posted.
I'm not a tea drinker at all. From the few samples I've had of flavoured teas in my life, they just taste like hot water with a faint overtone, like if you didn't properly wash out a mug and got a Fairy Liquid taste to your drink. Ugh! So when my friend dragged me to Whittards, it wasn't really surprising that I was reluctant to try either of the sample teas on offer. However, I quickly changed my tune when I tasted the cranberry and white grape flavour - delicious! From then on, I've never looked back, and tasted a range of Whittards instant teas as they have various flavours on offer. You get 500g of powder, which will last a fairly long time as, like hot chocolate, it's only a few teaspoons per time. The grains of this mulled wine flavour look kind of like brown sugar, but thinner and more powdery. Opening the plastic lid of the cardboard container, you're instantly hit with a lovely fruity sweet smell, unsurprisingly like mulled wine! Add your teaspoonfuls (fewer will make it less sweet) and hot water to a mug, then stir and you're ready to go. The tea tastes like forest fruits with a few spcies and sugar, and I guess mulled wine - so if you haven't got a sweet tooth, you'll probably find this far too sickly. I think calling this 'tea' is actually incredibly misleading, especially as it can be enjoyed hot or cold. Quite frankly, it's more like an (optionally hot) squash in powder form than anything else, and I think that's why I enjoy it more than actual tea. The packaging is secure, and though the tins are fairly big, they take up much less space than a squash bottle and look prettier too (the red design has been updated compared to the one in doo yoo's picture) This also means it's great all year round, because it's a fab summer drink; unfortunately Whittards doesn't sell it all year round. It's best picked up from an Outlet Centre Whittards as they offer better deals on multiple tins. Otherwise you're looking at about £5 a tin, or a slight discount for 3, though they do last a while. They also contain lots of sugar, so best enjoyed in moderation. Overall, this is my favourite tea out of all of Whittards selection, and I think the biggest disadvantage is that they don't sell it all year round, because it's very sweet and very lovely! Ideal for winter evenings or to boost your day in the office.
For some people it's the Coca Cola advert, for others it's the first robin they see. For me, the first sign that Christmas is on it's way is that Whittard of Chelsea start to stock their Mulled Wine tea again! Only available in the months leading up to Christmas, this is a delicious alternative to real Mulled Wine. Instant Teas Whittard do a wide range of different Instant Teas in lots of different flavours, Mulled Wine being one of them. They are very easy to make, just put a few teaspoons into a mug, add boiling water and voila! Hot, tasty tea. The recommended amount to use is 4 - 5 teaspoons, but I found that made the tea far too strong, so I use 2 - 3 depending on how sweet I fancy it. The particular flavour is only released at Christmas and during the months leading up the big day, they have near constant tasting sessions instore to try and tempt us to buy. Taste All of the different flavours of Instant Tea I've tried are very sweet and this is no exception. The first time I tried to make it up following the instructions it was so sweet it actually hurt my teeth! I know it sounds strange, but it was a similar feeling to biting into ice cream. After a second go, I found the right ratio of tea/water for me and it tasted much better! It does have a bit of a kick to it which is an almost sour taste, not in a bad way, I'd liken it to the sour sweets I used to get as a kid! After the kick has gone you are left with a fruity taste, which although it tastes nice, there's not much resemblance to the Mulled Wine it's supposed to taste like. Like all of the Instant Teas, this can be drunk hot or cold. I've tried it both ways and they both taste good! I found it better to make the drink up hot then allow to cool. This way the granules dissolved better and didn't leave sediment in the bottom of the cup. Mulled Wine Instant Tea can be bought from their website or from any of their stores on the high street. It's priced at £5 for 500g or 3 for £10 which on first glance looks quite expensive, but if used sparingly (not following the instructions!) it can last quite a while.
The north wind doth blow, And we shall have snow, And what will the robin do then, poor thing? It will put the kettle on and make itself a mug of Whittard’s mulled wine flavour instant tea drink. For as any ornithologist knows this is what keeps the robin’s breast red. Paddington Bear had his marmalade sandwiches, Mr Strong had his 50 boiled eggs for breakfast (as Cool Hand Luke proved – it can be done), Winnie the Pooh had his honey but robins need mulled wine tea to keep them going through the long cold winters. PACKAGING The tea comes in a 500g round tub, which once empty is kept by the robin for storing nuts in. There is a metal inner cover to keep the granules fresh and the robin normally has to ask his friend the woodpecker to open this for him. There is a rather cheesy picture of a happy couple with a dog drinking steaming hot tea in the middle of a field. A strange place to drink the tea and very cruel of them not to share their beverage with their canine companion. The container oddly boasts ‘Alcohol free, enjoyed by all!’ However, this seems to me to a contradiction of terms and the robin agrees with me and asks that you fill your bird baths with rum this winter. THE TEA The instructions for making a mug of tea are three tablespoons of granules per mug. However, the robin finds this a little too strong for his delicate palate and recommends only two level teaspoons. This also helps the tea to last longer! The colour of the granules is a rather off-putting dark orange but once dissolved in hot water turns a rich chestnut colour (those clever marketing people appealing to the robins again!). The tea has got a high sugar content, which is good for providing energy for the robin, and luckily (unlike some of the other Whittard teas) it does not actually make the tea taste too sweet. This is probably because the sweetness is offset by an undercurrent of citrus fruit. Unfortunately the tea also has a sort of ‘tanginess’ to it. The same sort of ‘edge’ that you detect when you drink heavily mineralised water. This does not ruin the drink completely but certainly distracts from its palatable qualities. The granules can also be dissolved in cold water and drunk au naturelle. However, who on earth wants to drink cold mulled wine? Mulled wine (and items flavoured with it) are designed to be quaffed by robins in their nests after a long cold winter fly, while the worms are roasting on the fire and the fledgings calling for their dinner. AVAILABILITY Whittards have shops throughout the country but mostly in large towns or cities. Telephone 0800 525 092 for details of your nearest stockist. Unfortunately for the robin dialling the number with his beak is rather difficult but instead the robin can fly to its local Tesco, which has just started to stock the teas, and where they are about 50p cheaper than Whittards itself. DRINK UP The tea is certainly warming and quite pleasant. However, it isn’t instantly recognisable as ‘mulled wine’ and does have a sharp note to it which is not in keeping with the taste sensation. On a cold winter’s evening the robin likes to have a mug or two but at other times of the year and earlier in the day he prefers many of the other teas from the Whittards’ range. Warming but not as satisfying as a large earth worm.
The Mulled Wine flavour is always a big hit at Christmas - for those who would like to stay clearheaded! Contains approx. 40 kcal per 100ml serving. 0g fat, no gluten or wheat.