403 Tasting Notes

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drank Royal Blend by Fortnum & Mason
403 tasting notes

Woke up early to go for a run (yes, on a Saturday. I know), and had a strong cup of this brewed with milk-and-sugar to give me a good morning kick.
It’s an OK tea. For the price, I was expecting something with more of a “wow” element to it. I like it better brewed with milk and sugar than plain, but in a pinch plain will do as well.

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drank Jubilee by Fortnum & Mason
403 tasting notes

I’m pretty sure that I reviewed this tea in the past, but Steepster shows no record of it. Ho hum.
I felt like something sweet and fruity, and I hadn’t had this tea in a while so I brewed me a cup. The caddy is more gorgeous than it seems, and the blend tends towards the Ceylon end of the spectrum – so stone fruit tastes and a good bit of astringency. I like it – it has a bit more complexity and depth than plain Ceylons, and there’s something about its light body that makes me think that it will make for an excellent cold brew.

Flavors: Fruity, Sweet

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Yay! Our last reservist came back today and I made a large batch of Norbu’s Ya Bao to celebrate (he loves white tea). He was 36 days on reserve duty, which is a long long time, and we are glad to have him back.
Now if only there was a permanent ceasefire…

P.S. This tea is awesome. My favourite white tea and one of me favourite teas. Recommend.

boychik

Such great news!

DigniTea

Hopefully close on a real ceasefire!

mrmopar

A ceasefire would have a lot of us worry a whole lot less about you. Not in a bad way! Glad a soldier returned home safe as many sometimes do not.

gmathis

Thanks for sharing some glimmers of good news!

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99

Had this this morning – a delicious Ceylon, fruity with hints of chocolate, smooth, with just the right amount of astringency. Delicious, and will probably convert people to love Ceylons.

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94

Sipdown!
I will really really miss this tea. I bought it on whim in a Ronnefeldt tea shop in Frankfurt, and I am so glad that I did. A delightful afternoon companion.

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94

Sipdown from yesterday.
A lovely darjeeling that I will miss. Recommended to darjeeling lovers and to newbies, and added to my wishlist.

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98

Backlogging from yesterday.
Had this as my morning pick me up with milk. Possibly my favourite breakfast tea.

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92

Backlog from yesterday. I had a horrible time on the phone with the cable company. My cable doesn’t work, and the technician that was supposed to show up (unsurprisingly) didn’t. So I needed something to cheer me up that wouldn’t keep me up at night.
This was delicious, but I think that it’s more of “winter tea” for me.

mrmopar

Keep up the posts my friend! :)

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As I’ve said before, I’m starting to think that Ronnefeldt can do no wrong. This is my favourite Nepal – a juicy, fruity tea, full of the smell and taste of dark plums and raisins. I have about two steepings left, and I find myself cherishing this tea, in hopes of making it last longer.
There are signs that another 72 hour ceasefire may be signed, and hopefully the talks during that time will be more fruitful.
Keep calm and drink tea.

Flavors: Plums, Raisins

boychik

Praying for peace

yyz

I hope this one holds and that there is some movement towards more permanent solutions.

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95

Backlog from yesterday. Used this delicious white to wash down the taste of the not so great Ceylon that I had earlier.
I wonder if Verdant will ever add this to their “normal” collection, seeing as they deal in small batches of tea anyway.

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An Israeli computer programmer with a passion for tea (mostly bought in yearly shopping sprees in the UK), particularly black, oolong and white. I don’t generally enjoy flavoured teas or herbal infusions, but if a tea sounds interesting and smells nice I’ll most definitely try it. I drink several cups of tea a day, usually one or two in the morning, another one after lunch and one or two in the evening. My favourite tea so far is Lao Cong Zi Ya from Norbu Tea, but I’m constantly trying new teas. Only in the past year have I branched into Pu’erh and non-roasted oolongs. Finding good tea in Israel is difficult, so I import most of my teas from yearly visits to London, or from online retailers. If you see something in my cupboard that sparks your interest and you would like to swap with me, then please message me. I’m almost always up for a swap.

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