You may have noticed a trend this summer for cold brew coffee and tea. The idea is that by infusing ground coffee or loose leaf tea for several hours in cold water in the fridge, the flavour is released without any of the bitterness that can occur when tea and coffee is brewed with hot water. For their Cold Brew T bottle, Whittard recommend using 5-7 heaped tsp (15g) of tea and filling the bottle up with cold water to the 750ml mark. The bottle has 3 small discreet markings designating 400ml, 600ml and 750ml. The tea can then be left in the fridge with the lid on to infuse for 3-6 hours before being poured through the built in strainer. This is a fine mesh concealed within the silicone lid and ensures that no tea leaves end up in your glass
Whittard recommend savouring the chilled tea with food in a similar way to enjoying a good wine. I usually drink water with my lunch but since I've had this bottle, I've been enjoying cold brewed green tea instead on days when I'm working at home. The flavour is more delicate than when brewed with hot water and I've found that even if the tea is left to brew for longer than 6 hours there is no bitterness. The dragon well long jing is particularly delicate and has a pretty pale yellow-green colour with the characteristic green tea flavour. The mango and bergamot tea has a fantastic fragrance, it kind of reminds me of sherbet somehow and I love the taste of it. It's fruity and green but not too sweet and it works very well as a cold drink, I can't actually imagine drinking this tea hot, I don't think it would work for me like that. The mango and bergamot tea is a bolder green colour and when infusing in the bottle, the mixed flower petals (rose, cornflower and sunflower) look very pretty swirling about with the tea leaves.
Overall I think the Cold Brew T bottle is a great product and I'm looking forward to trying it out with some of the other loose leaf teas I have in my cupboard whilst the weather is still lovely and warm. I do however think that the amount of tea suggested to use for a full bottle is a lot and I have had equally good results by using slightly less tea (4-5 tsp) and brewing for longer.
Thank you to Whittard of Chelsea for sending me these products to review, as always all opinions are my own and I was not paid for this post.