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82
drank Maple Maple by Fairmont
8 tasting notes

Has a sweet but not overpowering maple sugar aroma and flavor. The tea itself is not as strong as the average black tea. It’s a very soothing tea especially for colder weather, but not a pick-me-up.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Malt

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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88

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 :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Eclipse Blend by Fairmont
130 tasting notes

Had this one mid morning with my coconut flour pancakes. I think I must have oversteeped this because it was a bit dry and astringent. I didn’t enjoy it as much today. Will change to 4 mins next time

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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69
drank Fall Harvest Blend by Fairmont
130 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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63

This is the last cup of this. Still not superb, though I dont know if its personal taste or age of the tea. In any case, its a sipdown, and I have a cool tea tin to add to my collection.

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81
drank Eclipse Blend by Fairmont
130 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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63

Wow, this brews up fast and strong, especially for a bagged tea.
Its still a very strong cup of tea, slightly bitter to my taste buds. I dont know if thats the tea itself, or if its the age of this particular tin of tea bags.
Only one more sachet left.

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63

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.

TeaBrat

I almost had tea at the Empress when I was in Victoria but couldn’t quite justify the cost.

Fjellrev

Oh geez, I still have the complementary box they gave me last year. And it’s insanely expensive, for sure. Definitely not worth the price.

Rosehips

It is. I dont think I would do it again, due to cost, but I do love high tea in fancy hotels.

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88

Ahhhh much better. After having a weak black tea this morning, it’s comforting to come to this. I enjoy this tea and will probably order more of it when I’m out of the tea bags you get.

Classic, delicious black blend!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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69
drank Fall Harvest Blend by Fairmont
130 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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81
drank Eclipse Blend by Fairmont
130 tasting notes

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 :)

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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87

I just moved into a dorm room, and everything from my last place is crammed into this tiny little room. So all my loose teas, strainer, etc are packed away and it’s driving me mad. I was craving black tea a while ago and remember that I shoved the last of my Fairmont teabags at the top of one of my suitcases, so I dug it out, headed to the floor lounge, and whipped up a cup. Wow, their kettle must be from the ‘70s. I’m amazed it even works.

Don’t have any milk or sugar in this, as there isn’t even a fridge to keep milk. This is good as is though. A little malty from the Assam, and it yields a beautiful, deep burnt orange liquor.

Anna

Also in the process of moving. I made an Emergency Tea Kit™ I make sure to never lose sight of in the midst of all these boxes.

I’m happy you managed to make yourself a cup, though, in spite of the sorry state of that kitchen.

Fjellrev

That’s a smart idea! I thought of putting all of my tea stuff into one box or section of a suitcase, but near the end, in a panic, I started putting things wherever it fit best.

Anna

Haha, yeah – but come Wednesday night, that’s where I’ll be, too. I’m only moving half a block, so there’ll be plenty of arm-flailing and running to and fro with various cleaning paraphernalia. But yes – a small Emergency Tea Kit™ is always the way to go!

Bonnie

Another small space storage idea for tea packets is a hanging over the door spice rack (I use mine for electronic devices, cords, tea, whatever) or the closet hanger kind with pouches.

Fjellrev

Sounds like a great way to save space! My problem though is I’ll only be here for three weeks, and then will have to move again, so I’m not going to bother finding a place for everything and buying storage stuff that suits this dorm’s setup. All I know is I should just buy my own kettle and keep it in my room. :)

Bonnie

No fun! You’re right about the kettle. Water boils slower at high altitude in the Rockies so I’d be very impatient without an electric kettle! I lived in a friends garage for a year with a microwave, crockpot and kettle.

Fjellrev

Geez, and you managed to go through that without eating out a lot? I’ll admit that I’ve never had a crockpot, so maybe you can whip up a lot of hot meals with that?

I’m contemplating a couple kettles around the $30 price range. No point in spending a lot of money on one when I don’t even know where I’ll be in a year.

Bonnie

Didn’t eat out, no money. My husband divorced me when I got sick a few years ago. It took time to sort things out and start over moving from expensive Silicon Valley to Colorado. It’s amazing what you can create with fresh fruit and veggies, noodles, broth, cheese etc.

Fjellrev

Wow, I’m really sorry to hear that. :( You must be a really strong person, and I’m hoping that things are better for you now.

Bonnie

We’re all stronger than we think we are and I’ve always loved life. I appreciate the little things because of the hard times. Everybody has troubles sooner or later. My husband may have abandoned me, but I’ve never felt abandoned by the love of of God.

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94
I bought this blend plus the Fairmont breakfast blend in loose leaf at the Fairmont Store while I was at the Empress in Victoria BC. (Yes I broke my tea buying hiatus). In lieu of high tea which I can’t afford and didn’t have time for during the convention, I bought 100g of each of the two organic tea blends for a very reasonable price of $12.95 each, compared to one sitting at high tea at approx $60.00. I am so glad I did! I really enjoy this blend, the tea bags were not bad for bagged tea but the loose leaf is soooo much tastier (even with my stuffed up nose.) The really nice thing is if I decide this is a favourite, the tea is available in the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Fairmont Store which I can easily get to :) (it also available online at the Fairmont Store).
Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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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!

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drank Fairmont Earl Grey by Fairmont
101 tasting notes

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!

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This was a nice strong Assam blend…perfect with a bit of milk in my travel mug to take to my lectures this weekend at the Empress. This was a stronger black tea than the Empress Orange Pekoe. Unfortunately I don’t have enough experience telling apart the different types of black teas to describe these teas properly.

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94

Not a bad tea. I just came back from a convention in Victoria and although I could not afford high tea, they had this tea as a choice for us to brew ourselves during our breaks. The tea bags were labelled Empress orange Pekoe and a salesperson at the fairmont tea store in the Empress told me this was the famous tea served at high tea. Nice basic ceylon type tea…not as strong as I would have liked considering I was sitting in lectures for most of the day.

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86

well bodied cup that I think I enjoy best as a daily drink. Affordable 100g bags are consumed quickly and the ceylon heavy blend is good plain or with cream/milk/sugar. A good base for chai blends or for a standard cup I think this provides a good “English” tea flavor. Not tolerant of over steeping keep the brew time under 4.5 minutes and brewable twice.

This tea is blended by Metropolitan tea company out of Toronto and has a few names Empress, 1908 blend, it is their standard blend available in the shop.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec
Tuscanteal

Thank you for confirming my suspicions on this one. Good to know as well!

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82
drank Egyptian Chamomile by Fairmont
757 tasting notes

The last Fairmont tea for me to try. The teabag doesn’t smell the best, like the chamomile is dirty or something, so that sketched me out and I almost didn’t bother trying this.

Steeped though, the chamomile sweetens in aroma, and the flavour is overall smoother and sweeter than most of the chamomile teas that I have tried in the past. It doesn’t have that herbal edge that many do, which in a way is good because the flavour isn’t as medicinal. Although this may not taste as fresh and lively as other chamomile tisanes, especially ones that are in loose form, it’s darn good for a bagged one.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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73

I have a really weird relationship with jasmine. Depending on the quality or type, it can smell beautiful or like moth balls. Depending on which other essential oils it’s blended with, it can create a symphony of gorgeousness or an olfactory train wreck. Up until now, every single jasmine tea that I have tried has smelled (and tasted, if you know what I mean) like moth balls. Lush has a shower gel called Flying Fox. It’s a love or hate kind of product, chock-full of jasmine and honeysuckle. Yeah, it’s moth balls for me. And almost every jasmine tea smells like Flying Fox.

This tea is no exception. Actually, to be entirely fair, the smell of the steeped tea isn’t nearly as potent as others I have tried in the past.

The first time I tried this, I steeped the bag for about two minutes in approximately 95°C, and the result was a heady jasmine aroma and flavour. Slight bitterness too due to the fact that I didn’t let the water cool enough before steeping.

But this time, I’ve steeped the bag for not quite two minutes, but allowed the water to cool longer, like maybe a good ten degrees cooler. The result is a much more delicate green tea with barely any heady jasmine at all. The green base is more evident too. Slightly vegetal and zero bitterness. The jasmine barely makes itself known. Cool beans.

tunes&tea

Olfactory train wreck, that’s good. I may have to steal that someday.Funny stuff.

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100
drank Berry Berry by Fairmont
22 tasting notes

Best tasting berry flavored tea I ever had. Most of the berry teas I had were too sour with a slight tinge of berry aroma. This one has a very nice balanace of berries, apple, vanilla, sweetness and tang. Tastes very good without having to add any sugar or honey.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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87

I’m sitting here enjoying a pot of this for breakfast while I plan today’s adventure.

The liquor is a rich, deep burgundy brown, and smells slightly sweet and malty. It actually reminds me a lot of the Empress’ signature blend, but with more Assam.

It even tastes like that too. I get more of the maltiness and it leaves a pleasant malty oaky aftertaste. I haven’t tried this with milk and/or sugar yet, but I’m sure it would taste very similar to the Empress signature blend.

Better than I expected. A good tea to grab in the morning when you’re in a hurry and don’t want to have to deal with the mess of loose tea leaves. I kind of feel like this should get a higher rating than the Empress since I’m preferring the more dominant Assam in this, but for now, I’ll rate them almost the same until I try this one with milk and sugar. That’ll be the real test.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Fairmont Earl Grey by Fairmont
757 tasting notes

This was another tea I had the opportunity to try while I had Afternoon Tea at the Empress. Straight up, this Earl Grey lacked balance. The steeped tea itself was very aromatic thanks to the bergamot, but taste-wise, the bergamot was a little weak. And the tea base was too astringent for my liking. Perhaps they steeped it longer than I would have liked, who knows, but the astringency took everything over. It’s the kind of astringency that leaves an almost dry feeling in the mouth.

A disappointment, but there’s no loss, quite frankly. There are much better Earl Greys out there that brighten my day.

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88

I had Afternoon Tea at the Empress the other day and they serve you this signature tea. It was a really cool experience, but to be honest, definitely isn’t worth the money doing it again.

I had this both black and with tea and sugar. Either way, I couldn’t taste any of the Assam in the blend, however, the Ceylon and Keemun stood out the most. I’m writing this from memory, but luckily they give you a box of this tea to take home, so next time I try it, I can always reevaluate it.

This tea takes the additives really well. It’s exactly the kind of tea I like to drink with milk and sugar. Kind of like a Tim Hortons steeped tea double double, but without the cardboard flavour you get from the TH. My mom had Afternoon Tea with me and she said that it reminded her of when she was a little girl, her grandmother used to serve her tea with milk and sugar, and it tasted exactly like this. So this tea definitely earns points for bringing back good memories.

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