Fortnum & Mason

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100
drank Keemun by Fortnum & Mason
333 tasting notes

Haven’t had this in a while, and I’ve missed its slightly smokey presence. F&M teas are overpriced, but they tend to be top notch (some blends are hit and miss, though). My regular tea partners weren’t at work today, so I had to drag newcomers to enjoy tea with me. I prefer sharing tea with other people to drinking it by myself. How about you?

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70
drank Royal Blend by Fortnum & Mason
333 tasting notes

Not one of Fortnum and Mason’s best blends, the Ceylon here does nothing but create a cacophony with the Assam. The result is no more than an OK tea, and if there was something better at my parents’ house, I’d probably reach out for that first.
Bottom line: I need to restock the teas at my parents’ house, for when I visit (they insist on drinking from teabags).

Terri HarpLady

I always bring my own :)

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81
drank Jubilee by Fortnum & Mason
335 tasting notes

Thank you Adagio Breeze for this tea.
It is a little too mild for me but not a bad tea at all.
Very refreshing in those hot days here (36°c) and one of the few teas I am able to drink hot since 1 week.
It seems to be a straight tea but it is so much sweet and fruity it can make think to a light flavoured tea.
My daughter adores it. Lovely

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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100

Still a staple and a favourite. This time I made it iced in a shaker, with lots of ice and some Moroccan mint that I grew in my garden. Working on papers, waiting for the nightly rocket attack (I live in Tel Aviv, Israel. The situation is horrible. Let there be peace and an end to this violent madness). Decided to have this as an evening relaxation treat. I know that there are a number of steepsterites that don’t like Ceylons, and I understand. This is an excellent blend, and iced, the astringency is less felt that when brewed hot. Then again, this blend is not super astringent in the first place. Very sad that Fortnum and Mason discontinued this blend.
Be safe.

gmathis

Praying for peace for you, within and without.

NofarS

Thank you. Joining your prayers.

boychik

Wishing this madness is over. Praying

mrmopar

My prayers are for you and all involved in this.praying for your safety and a time of peace in the future.

yyz

Sending you a big hug and prayers for your safety and those of your loved ones.

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80

Had a cup of this for breakfast. Deep, dark flavor. I really enjoy this. It has this slight bitterness (not from oversteeping, just from the tea’s flavor) that is really enjoyable. Complex, strong, flavourful. I recommend this tea if you like strong black teas, that is.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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95

The best Earl Grey (in a tin) I´ve ever bought. If you ever want to have a complete Earl Grey experience, with the bergamot fragrance all over, this is the one to prepare. Quite pricey, but considering the enjoyment, worth every bit of it.

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
198 tasting notes

Last tea of the night since it’s getting rather late.
This is nice on the front of the sip, but horribly bitter at the back. I can’t really even drink it. And the astringency is pretty awful. Maybe it’s an error on my part, but I didn’t do anything off the company’s suggestion except maybe brew a smidge cooler than recommended.
Bleh.
(1.5tsp)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Backlog. This is one of the teas that I picked up from Fortnum & Mason in London because for me, breakfast blends can never go wrong. That being said, this was a pretty decent breakfast tea, but nothing too spectacular. I think I would have preferred if it were a bit stronger. It would probably help to use more leaf and tinker with it some more, but alas, I had to leave it behind in California because I had too many other souvenirs to bring back to Boston as gifts for others. I will return to it soon, though!

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drank Royal Blend by Fortnum & Mason
421 tasting notes

Another back-back-backlog from afternoon tea at Fortnum & Mason. This tea reminded me the most of my beloved breakfast blends: bold, smooth, but not bitter. Other than that, there were no other special flavors or anything that jumped out at me. It was especially good when paired with the scones & jam or the desserts because of it’s strength.

Nicole

Ooo…I would love to go to tea there someday. :)

Jennkay

I really enjoyed it! Plus, their store is like four stories, so there was a lot of tea-related shopping going on afterwards!

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Back-back-backlog of this tea. A couple weeks ago on my trip, my mom and I went to high tea at Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly Circus. This was the tea that she chose, purely because of the description about Prince William & Kate Middleton, haha. It’s very light for a breakfast blend. It actually reminds me more of the afternoon blend from Fortnum & Mason (that I happen to be sipping on right now). I think it paired nicely with the finger sandwiches, but was a bit weak to accompany the desserts and scones.

The really good thing about this tea was that it didn’t get bitter quickly. And considering the fact that the leaves were just left to sit and steep continuously in the teapots, this was a very good attribute for our high tea adventure.

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drank Afternoon by Fortnum & Mason
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Alas, my great European journey has come to an end. I actually refrained from buying a ton of tea because a) not enough room in my luggage & b) family & friends not so patient with my tea habits. Anyway, I had high tea at Fortnum & Mason in London, and picked up two teas afterward: Afternoon Blend & Breakfast Blend. Of course, the first day I’m home, I’m breaking them open for a spin!

Afternoon blend is surprisingly light compared to the look of the tea leaves. I actually thought it may have been too light, so I steeped it a little further, which resulted in bitterness. It kind of seems like a weak breakfast blend to me. Next time, I will try with more leaf/water ratio. This tea also seems like a good contestant as a base for my fruit-infused cold-brewed iced teas. I have a whopping 4.4 ounces to play around with, so I can’t wait to experiment!

Nicole

I hear ya. My husband was very patient on the NY trip with my tea desires, but I really need to go back with a tea person. :)

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78

I seem to recall I drank this last time I was writing a hopeless paper of misery and procrastination. I’m a creature of habit, unfortunately.

I’ve watched Buffy season 1-6, but never finished season 7. I want to do that. Right. Now. I want to finish the last six books of Wheel of Time. I want to know how A Storm of Ice and Fire ends. I don’t actually know my green teas very well. I have too many regrets and unfulfilled goals to die by paper tonight!

Flavors: Butter, Smoke, Vegetal

Veronica

I hope you survived! :)

CrowKettle

Thanks! It was a close thing when the lawnmower guy decided to start his thing outside my window an hour after my attempted nap, but I somehow managed! :)

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78

I’m taking a couple film classes right now and I’ve discovered that there are so many movies that I’ve never heard of! Also I’ve learned some special tricks for making myself enjoy silent films (self-deception). I think M (1931) might be my new favourite film however; I hope this short assignment doesn’t make me hate it.

Currently drinking this smoky butter green to help me get me through today. Yay, green tea!

Flavors: Asparagus, Butter, Vegetal

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76
drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
4726 tasting notes

farewell queen anne! Likely never to return to my cupboard since, while you’re a decent enough queen, you’re not amazing enough to reign for long in my cupboard :)

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76
drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
4726 tasting notes

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drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
4726 tasting notes

this one was in my travel mug today…timolino of course ‘cause it’s a keychange rememberlike tea. + maple = yumtastic…though i think that’s moer the maple than the tea lol

keychange

yaaaay timolino!

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Sipdown 389
One of Sil’s contributions to the BBBBox, which is currently headed my way to thwart all of my sipdown efforts. I’m sipping this one while warming up for the first of 2 weddings that I’ll be playing at today. I’ve still got about a half an hour before I need to get dressed (have I ever mentioned that I mostly live in my pajamas?), but this will be my last cup of tea this morning, as I don’t want to be water-logged at a wedding! This is earthy, bold, & actually very bright, with a kind of oaky tannin quality to it.

TheTeaFairy

I worship PJ’s. Have fun playing today :-)

Terri HarpLady

ME TOO! The older I get, the more comfortable I want to be!

Marzipan

You are making great progress!

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76
drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
4726 tasting notes

I had a cup of this a long time ago with my morning bagel. I’m less in love with this than i was with royal blend from F&M but it’s not a bad every day sort of tea. Only a few more sil sized cups of this left so i’ll enjoy it while i have it, but likely not a repurchase :)

whatshesaid

Is a Sil size huge or tiny?
Lol

Sil

um.. big :) Usually my cups are double/triple servings

whatshesaid

So when you drink massive amounts of sipdowns in one day, you’re having all of those in huge quantities? You must have so much energy from all that caffeine lol

Sil

if it’s sipdowns, they COULD be one cup samples…hard to say. and sadly caffeine doesn’t really affect me unless i haven’t eaten all day. So i could drink it all and go to bed lol

whatshesaid

I don’t find caffeine from tea affects me too much but coffee is another story! I drank like 7 cups of tea yesterday and I was feeling weird though

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76
drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
4726 tasting notes

another solid cup of this in the morning. I’m still insanely busy but today i’m trying to take 5 mins for myself even if it means getting up early tomorrow to catch up on work i should have done tonight. This one always goes in the keychange’s timolino since i always associate the queen with her…even if it’s queen catherine :)

Suziqzer

I’m sure keychange will appreciate that :)

Courtney

Haha I do the same! Every time I see someone mention “The Queen”, I think of keychange.

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85
drank Royal Blend by Fortnum & Mason
4726 tasting notes

well now that i’m almost organised for tomorrow, i figure i should log a few of the teas i’ve had this morning. I left for vancouver with 139 teas in my cupboard and came back to a cupboard of 158 (with one incoming swap).

This is a sipdown, since i need to work in a few of those to justify my 20 tea purchase! (oh and a few teas are living with Cavo at the moment…so technically i’m a bit higher).

I thoroughly enjoyed this one from F&M – better than the queen Anne, but nothing to hold in my cupboard forever and ever. This is a good every day sort of tea that is good for those times when you don’t really want to think about the tea you’re drinking, you just want to enjoy it while you do things :)

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I cold brewed this for the first time with 2 tsp in my water bottle for a bit too long (prob over 12 hours). At the first sip, it really reminded me of Peach Snapple Iced Tea except without the crazy amount of sugar that they put in there. As I kept drinking, though, the peach flavor did come off a little medicinal-tasting, but not too strongly. Anyway, it was a nice fruity tea where I could still strongly taste the black tea base. Not bad!

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76
drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
4726 tasting notes

Dropping the rating of this one a little. This has a bit of bitterness in the background that i don’t find terribly appealing. it’s not a bad cup, but this strikes me as more of a milk and sugar cup of tea versus royal blend that i can drink straight – my preferred way of drinking tea.

Cavocorax

Yeah, I was not super impressed with this one. It’s ok, but it’s not like that other Queen tea that’s out there. :D

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85
drank Royal Blend by Fortnum & Mason
4726 tasting notes

yep like this one better than queen anne. This one is a smoother brew that’s not SUPER bold, but it’s got enough of a kick this morning for me to be really enjoying it.

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drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
4726 tasting notes

another from this morning – i am trying to drink this and the royal blend in order to make sure i balance out finishing them. I think i like royal blend just a teeeeny bit more than this, but i’d have to drink them side by side again to make sure as it’s been too long (yes a day) since i had the royal blend lol

Terri HarpLady

I can’t remember if I finished those off or not. I’m thinking I like the Royal blend best, but can’t remember for sure.

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