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Got back on Tuesday from a Seattle-Portland-Victoria vacation with mom and aunts. One of our stops was at the Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Empress in Victoria (can’t vacay without a spa stop, y’know). I picked this up there, untasted and untested.
It’s not bad. If I didn’t have the package description to refer to, I’d swear this was blackcurrant. And it has a distinctly grapey taste as well. It’s smooth and not overly heavy. I’m not sure how they decaffeinate it “on the estate” and how that really differs from doing it somewhere else but it doesn’t really matter to me. I’d have bought this with or without the caffeine just to try it. I don’t see myself reaching for this over my other teas, but I’ll throw a couple of bags in the travel tea snob tea wallet just in case of emergency.
In other tea news, I purchased my first yixing pot while in Seattle. It is highly likely to not be real yixing, but it’s clay and it’s cute. And shortly after that I purchased my second clay pot. Just too cute and too reasonably priced. Seasoning the tortoise and the hare for golden monkey and the dragon for bi luo chun types. Probably don’t need different pots for them since they are similar in flavor profile but, shrug, why not. :) And my auntie got a cool tea for one set for me at Queen Mary in Seattle. I love the unusual handles and that the cup is on a pedestal.
Had it in the queens tea room on my recent honeymoon bought some and will continue to buy it going forward. I enjoy the taste with both milk and honey. The two people at work really enjoyed it to. If it is good enough for the Queen of England. It is more than good enough for me.
Flavors: Bergamot, Earl Grey
The girls bought some tea from the hotel while staying in the Fairmont in Toronto, but I think these may have been complimentary tea bags in the room. We had them for breakfast this morning and I was quite surprised at how smooth and nice this is.
The flavoring is really excellent and has an enveloping comforting feel. It smells like maple candy and gives off such an impression of the sweetness of maple syrup that I don’t think I could possibly drink it with sugar. It was an amazing tea bag tea to have on this rainy, blustery morning. The base isn’t very strong but also isn’t watery, and it makes a nice enough carrier for the sweet maple that makes the house feel even cozier now that I am back from an early excursion in the rain and wind. We are dropping from a high of 63F today to a low of 27F tonight.
If I could buy a box of this reasonably priced here, I would, even though I don’t do tea bags normally. I am thinking it is time to experiment with putting maple syrup in some of my tea.
We have had a solid gray cloud covering all day, with drizzle and rain most of the time, and a bit chilly though nothing compared to what many of you live with. When I got home from taking a friend’s young aduly carless child home from school for them (the grandfather died and the parents are out of town) I needed comfort, and I guess even youngest who had stayed home felt the chill and damp because she asked if we had any Harney Royal English Breakfast on hand.
Since we didn’t, I made this one in its place. I didn’t sweeten it with maple syrup this time, but kept it plain and had went a little light on leaf and time – on purpose – and had it with my leftover Chinese food lunch. It was quite nice. Tomorrow we may get a little snow, but it will certainly be cold and gray again, so I think a big pot with a bit of maple syrup may be in order.
Encouraged by Sil’s comment on Maple Maple, I tried this one with maple syrup as sweetening this morning. I do not normally drink any black tea that requires sugar as I enjoy plain tea more, but some breakfast teas with Assam are a lot better to me with sugar. Hubby was home and i offered him some, too. He rarely drinks black tea since he only likes it with milk and sugar with few exceptions, but he liked this one with maple syrup a lot.
I like that Maple Maple tastes like maple and tastes sweet without any sugar, but since I can’t get more, this is a really nice, comforting replacement. I think Lapsang or Bohea will be even better than this one with maple syrup added. Thanks, Sil!
The girls are home from Canada! Youngest wasn’t ready to come home. She had so much fun and said that Canadians are so nice, she wanted to stay!
This is one of the teas I am allowed to have now, and since youngest is thirsty we made a big pot and had some goat cheese and crackers while she told me all about the trip.
Indian tea and I often don’t get along, but I steeped this for only three minutes and drank it plain. It was good! It was a little malty, a bit bready, with some astringency developing as it sat. It never became undrinkable, and was smoother than PG TIps and breakfast teas of that ilk.
Mine is loose leaf and doesn’t say organic, but I am guessing it is the same tea because it matches this listing in every other way. This one is a little hearty and I may even break out some milk and sugar and enjoy it as I drank tea in the “olden days” a few years ago!
If I asked for simply “tea” at a moderately upscale restaurant or hotel, this is about what I would expect. Not pretentious, no particular flavor notes to comment on, just a straight up black tea which, to their credit, has a much smoother finish than more generic pekoes I’ve had. While I don’t typically take my tea British style, something about this blend would make me feel at home tossing in a lump or two of raw sugar and a splash of cream. All the same, probably not worth seeking out if you or someone you know isn’t already visiting a Fairmont resort.
I had tea at the Empress a few years ago. I had forgotten that they sent us home with these neat tins full of tea, until I was rumagging around in my parents tea cupbord a while ago. I spirited this tin home with me, mostly for the neat tin, I must confess.
But I’v got three tea bags of this in the tin, which are now several years old, but I am determined to try them anyway.
Hmm. This brewed up very dark very fast. And the first sip gives me a bitter burst.
Second sip provides a little more roastyness, a hint of something greeny lurking in its depths.
This is strong! I’m not sure. I’m such a sweet tea drinker that this is almost overwhelming. These three tea bags will be an adventure in comfort zones, I can tell.
A nice touch from the Fairmont with their Empress Tea. It’s a a black Orange Pekoe style tea. Nice touch making the tea bags with loose leaf in them. They serve two cups of tea, so a nice serving.
I oversteeped mine though I think. Was slightly astringent. Will try for less time next time, but a nice addition to my morning :)
This is an almost sipdown, I have like 1 cup left of this tea.
I don’t now if I am going to buy it again yet. I have put it on my wishlist, but I want to try some new teas. Right now I am trying to drink through a lot of my current teas and get them down and then look at buying more tea. I have way too many right now and I want to explore more. I have my favourites of course, but I’m not sure if this is one of them.
A good solid black tea though for anyone interested.
Not only has Steepster been gobbling up my likes on everyone’s teas, but I have lost tea logs and on Friday my dashboard was stalled.
Had this one on Saturday morning, needed a robust blend, a wake me up blend. I chose this. I’m thinking I need to stock up on some simple blends. I’ve been eying up Harney and Sons.
I didn’t end up drinking my Day 14 tea yet, but will review both Day 14 and 15 when I do.
Edit: I found the information online finally, but I don’t have an account that is old enough to “edit” teas. I have to wait 1 month apparently booo.
Here’s the update on the tea: FALL HARVEST, India~ black tea Infused with Dried Cranberries and Cinnamon with just the right touch of spice.
Fall Harvest. I love fall – this makes me think of fall. I can’t find any information on their website about the tea because it’s a seasonal blend. So I took a picture and let everyone be the judge of that.
At first sniff: This is very breakfast-y smelling with hints of cinnamon in, but very subtle. You can smell the black tea for sure. You can also see the cranberry and cinnamon pieces.
At first steep: This is very strong. It’s a bold blend, and excellent to take with milk and sugar (or substitute.) I had a hard time finishing my cup today because it’s quite rich. The colour is a deep red brown, looks like it’s almost coloured red, but it’s not. With milk its a red toffee colour.
It could probably do with less time being brewed and it is very dry to the palette. It’s not my favourite, but it’s definitely a good contender for a breakfast tea.
Side note: I know that the Metropolitan Tea Company does a lot of the tea blending for the Fairmont. There are a couple that you can buy on their website and then there are some that are exclusive to the Fairmont. There isn’t much information online about this, it’s mentioned briefly here and there when you google it. I really like their teas, they are affordable and I find them to be nice and natural.
The more I drink this tea, the more I like it. It’s robust, it’s a marriage of Earl Grey and Breakfast teas, to make a stronger, bolder Earl Grey. The bergamont, however does not overpower.
I’ve been in a simple kind of mood for teas these days. I’m surprising myself that I reclining back to simple flavours. I think I am attributing this to wanting comfort and consistency. Tea can sometimes be inconsistent and downright disappointing, depending on what you’re trying. And with the holidays near, comfort is of essence. I am two days behind on the advent calendar, but I am feeling somewhat uninspired by it.
Bumped up the rating on this one, as I think it deserves it.
The name sounds very fancy. The tin looks very pretty (festive even.)
Dry: There is a smell of Bergamont that fills your nose, but the notes are more subdued compared to your regular Earl Grey. The tea has mixtures of Sri Lankan, Chinese and Indian teas and you can see it very clearly when you take a peek at it. When I take a deep sniff, the Bergamont disappears and I smell what reminds me of Tetley Orange Pekoe, an earthy smell.
Steeped: I smell the earthy qualities first and the Bergamont tickles the tips your nose, rounding off the note. The tea brew up a deep copper red, reminding me of a good English Breakfast tea. It takes milk very well and becomes a handsome toffee coloured tea. As I’ve been reading more and more on here, I’m wondering if I am steeping my teas too long, as I do get a dry smacking feeling on my tongue, much like when I drink a red wine and don’t finish it (I haven’t developed much of a palette for reds yet.) I’m realizing this might be the astringency that everyone is speaking of. It definitely has a malty quality to it and I would definitely agree it’s a “moody” tea.
I picked it today because, like yesterday I wanted a more simple tea, less “flavours” and more complexity in the leaves. I know the Fairmont probably gets ignored for its teas, as people tend to think of them when they think of High Tea, but they do have some nice blends and they are quite affordable. Either way, I have 5 of their teas, with this one being given to me as a gift from a friend because they didn’t enjoy black teas.
I’d say it’s a solid contender for a morning tea, the only reason I didn’t rate it higher is because the after note on it is a bit strong and dry. I will try brewing for less time next time. However, it was frosty and fresh this morning and it was exactly what I wanted. A bold tea that stood out and woke me up. So Good morning :)
Ok so I brought home a couple of tea bags from my conference :) i didn’t drink any decaf black teas while I was there. I wanted to make sure I had caffeine in my tea. Anyways this is a nice medium strength tea. It doesn’t say specifically how it is decaffeinated but I am guessing it is done via the CO2 method as opposed to the chemical method but I don’t know for sure.
I unfortunately added milk and honey to this cup before I tried the tea so I can’t say for sure but I think I could drink this straight or with just a bit of milk. I will have to try that with my other tea bag!
Ok last tea that I tried this weekend at the Empress hotel in Victoria BC that I am going to write about. I tried this during one of my breaks and found the bergamot was quite strong but the base not as strong as I would have liked compared to the scent of the bergamot. Still can’t complain not a bad tea; variations could be due to brewing conditions. I was lucky enough to have quite a selection of fairmont teas to choose from throughout our conference!