“ Type: Fruit Tea „
I love Whittard stores! What can be better than a store full of different varieties of tea and coffee! They always overwhelm me with huge amounts of choice though!
The Dreamtime tea is part of a range of teas that come in granule formula and are recommended either hot or cold. It comes in a sturdy thick card tub with plastic top and bottom. The lids are blue and the design on the label itself has a dusk/nightime scene depicted - surprise surprise! The tub is 500g and retails for 5 pounds. The store have a long running offer on of 3 for 13 pounds (- I seem to remember this has slowly risen from 3 for 10!).
The instructions are to put 3 heaped teaspoons in with 200ml of water - this gives 20-30 servings per tub which can make it about 25p a drink - not super cheap but for something a little different maybe worth it.
I like that for a flavoured drink the ingredients in the range are refreshingly simple - Raw Cane Sugar, Citric Acid, Black Tea Extract, Natural Flavouring. I guess they can't hide much in tea though!
The drink contains 80 calories in a recommended serving. Of course they write 40 per 100ml on the tub to make it sound less!
So I got in my PJs and padded down to the kitchen to try my new nightime drink. I had always tried these in the store before but this time had added dreamtime to my basket as my last choice in the selection of 3 as a 'mystery choice' (AKA to pop in the cupboard as a healthier alternative to hot choc!)
The smell was delicious - honey, apricot and vanilla are included in the description and I felt it had this along with a vaguely floral sweet scent. The colour looked a bit murky but didn't put me off.
The taste was very sweet. I couldn't make out any distinct flavours except for the honey. It was general a 'nice' flavour, but by the end of the cup, although I was feeling relaxed I was also feeling slightly sick - not a good feeling to sleep on!
A little discouraged I tried again the following night althouh this time added a touch of orange juice! I found this took the edge off the sugared taste and although it did dampen all the other flavours, this did make it a more bearable soother.
I did feel that I went to sleep easily on the nights I did drink it though!
I probably would chose other teas in the range in preference to this one. It may suit some drinkers especially those with a late night sweet tooth!
I've gone off Whittard in recent months, I've found there products to have gone down in the quality stakes and the prices have increased. A friend recently gave me a tub of their Dreamtime instant tea lately as part of a gift.
It comes in a 500gram tub, decorated with a relaxing picture of a sleepy moon on it, which fits in with the whole dreaming theme. The tub is very sturdy and has a plastic lid which is good for when the product has been opened, keeping it airtight.
To make the tea, the instructions say to mix three rounded teaspoons per 200ml of hot or cold water, or according to taste. Stir well. Can be drunk hot or cold. Tub contains 25 servings. Dissolve in hot water for better results, when making them both hot and cold. I found it took quite a while for the powder to dissolve in the hot water and it took quite a lot of stirring. Even after that there was still sediment in the bottom when I finished the cup.
Raw Cane Sugar, Citric Acid, Black Tea Extract, Natural Flavouring. There are 40 calories per 100ml when made up as directed. I think this is quite a lot considering a 'normal' sized glass is 200ml. Probably not something to drink often.
I've tried the tea both hot and cold. Both times I wasn't really impressed. Hot, the tea was very sweet and tart. It sounds weird, but it made me wince and it hurt my teeth! I then tried it cold using less powder, still far too sweet and not nice at all. The most noticeable flavours are apricot and vanilla, the apricot being the stronger of the two. It also contains camomile, which is supposed to aid sleeping and be relaxing. It's definitely not something I'll be trying again.
£5 per tub, currently they are on a 3 for 2 offer on the Whittards website
After a stressful day at the office how do you relax and unwind to get into the right frame of mind for a good night?s sleep? Sometimes I have a nice long bath with candles and a glass of wine. However there are times when this is not practical. When I need to get into the right frame of mind for sleeping I drink a cup of Whittards of Chelsea Dreamtime instant tea. It is a really good alternative to hot chocolate when you are not in a milky drink mood! What is it? Dreamtime instant tea is a honey, vanilla and apricot flavoured relaxing tea from those specialists of hot drinks Whittards of Chelsea. It comes in a very attractive 500 gram tin and can be bought at Whittards, from their website and for those of you who do not live near a branch of Whittards, in Tesco. The tins are Five pound each but you can usually get three tins for twelve pound in Whittards. The Tin Without going into too much detail the tins is a joy to have on display in your kitchen. It is decorated with stars and moons. There is a Wake Up tea in the same range that has a happy sun decorating its packaging. Together they look really nice and compliment each other. . Anyway onto more important things! The contents. On opening the blue lid of the tin you are greeted by granules rather than tea leaves. These granules are pale peach in colour and each individual granule is similar to send in size and texture. On giving the contents a sniff I am greeted by a faintly sweet smell with perhaps a tiny hint of fruit Making the tea up. The packet says that this tea can be drunk hot or cold. Other teas in this range are nice served cold as iced tea but I would say this one is best served hot. I add the recommended three heaped teaspoons to my mug, and then add boiling water! It mixes well to produce a honey coloured clear liquid with none of the granules floating about The smell For the second time I take a sniff of the
now ready tea. It does not smell like tea, not even the herbal or fruit infusions you get. It smells very sweet with a hint of fruit. .No wonder, the main ingredient of his drink is sugar. Once it has cooled down a little I get to taste the tea. It does not taste like tea although it does contain tea extract. The first thing that hits you is the sweetness. Due to the sugar and honey flavouring Dreamtime instant tea s ultra sweet. It is a very smooth drink. Perhaps this is the vanilla or honey or even the chamomile oil. I presume the camomile is used for its relaxing properties. The apricot is not apparent at first but as you drink work your way through the drink it become stronger. It?s a really nice comforting taste which is great for jut before bed but I am not sure it is for everyone. I am sure some people would find it far too sweet. I was also disappointed to note only flavourings were used instead of vanilla essence, honey or apricot puree or juice. The three heaped teaspoons as quoted on the tin gives about the right strength for this drink. Any less and it would be weak and watery and any stronger and it would be far too sweet and a threat to people?s teeth. After drinking this I notice there is no gunk at the bottom of my cup. That is great although you do get a sugary deposit if you use too much. I also feel quite relaxed and in the right frame of mind for sweet dreams. I think this might be a psychological effect rather than an actual effect as you feel relaxed as it is supposed t be a relaxing drink if that makes sense. The price of the tin may sound expensive but this stuff does last quite a long time. We drink this most nights and it tends to last between four and six weeks. The drink contains 40 calories and no fat. The tea can be bought in 12 other flavours to suit all moods and seasons including mulled wine, English fruits, vitality, lemon and lime and mango and passion fruit Whittards of Chelsea?s Dreamtime instant t
ea is a great way to lead to sweet dreams as long as you have a very sweet tooth.
...and that's just me! Ummm no sorry, maybe not! Lately I have decided it would be beneficial to cut down on my rather hefty intake of alcohol and coffee throughout the day so, still being in the pursuit of alternative drinks, I was interested in a recent opinion elsewhere about Whittard Instant Fruit Teas. So while placing my bulk online order for Tesco this week I searched their site for these teas, luckily I found them, not so luckily they only had one variety available, but luckily (again) it was one of the ones I was tempted to try having read the aforementioned opinion. The variety available was "Dreamtime", so I happily ordered a tub. My shopping arrived on schedule and I unpacked discovering an unfamiliar item - ah! It was this special tea I had ordered. Very attractive packaging - a large (500g) sturdy cardboard tub adorned with a lovely painted-effect design of moons, clouds and stars in rich colours with a secure blue plastic lid for freshness. This tempting looking item had cost me £3.50 so it had better be good! I finished unpacking the rest of my shopping (disciplined, aren't I?!) before settling down for a drink. I would normally head for the coffee jar at this point but I decided to give my new discovery its first try. This instant tea can be drunk hot or cold and I opted for hot. It is simplicity itself to prepare - just add 3 teaspoonfuls (according to taste) to a cup/mug of water and stir and that's it! No sugar or milk needed. I allowed it to cool a little before taking my tentative first sip - as I brought the cup to my mouth I caught the very sweet and appealing aroma of vanilla and honey. Then the moment of truth - it was delicious! Warm and soothing, with a delicate fruity (apricot apparently) undertone laced with honey and vanilla with the aftertaste of ordinary tea. Admittedly it was alarmingly sweet, a little too sweet for my normal taste, but given the ingredients I suppose thi
s was to be expected. These are listed simply as: sugar, citric acid, tea extract, flavouring and camomile oil. As the name and packaging suggest this drink is billed as being "perfect before bedtime" - so I drank it in the middle of the afternoon! So what? I often have to have a nap then anyway, maybe it will help (must be better than my usual coffee intake anyway). I have yet to try it as a bedtime drink but I know camomile is renowned for its relaxing qualities although I am dubious about the other ingredients. I have also yet to try this cold but I can imagine it would make a very nice long drink, loaded with ice, on a hot Summer's day. A success in my opinion and I hope to try more of the flavours available in this range if I can find them. The mulled wine (non-alcoholic!) variety sounds particularly tempting, but then I would say that, wouldn't I?!
Fruity instant tea for relaxation. The honey, vanilla and apricot comfort and soothe while the camomile completely relaxes all those aching bones.