Fortnum & Mason

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This caddy is breathtaking. I saw that this tea was a blend of Darjeeling and Ceylon, thought to myself that that sounds unpromising, and still bought it (at a hefty price), because I just couldn’t resist the caddy. Also, I had just had afternoon tea in Fortums restaurant, with wonderful tea served in beautiful silver teapots, so I really wasn’t in any position to resist this tea.
I was faintly surprised by this tea. It’s actually decent. There is some astringency, but not much, and even a bit of sweetening gets rid of it, if you are sensitive to it. There are floral elements to this tea, but they are very muted – merely hints, not full blasts, as you can get from certain oolongs. Also present is the bright, “Teaness” of ceylon, but it too is subdued enough that even Ceylon haters will approve. The result is a delicate, light, complex brew that really does evoke the Edwardian era, with tea served in fine silver teapots on green lawns, and bees buzzing lazily in a gentle summer.
A tea for proper ladies and gentlemen.

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100
drank Keemun by Fortnum & Mason
372 tasting notes

Haven’t had this in a while. One of my favourite black teas, and I missed it. Glad to taste it again.

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drank Royal Blend by Fortnum & Mason
372 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
372 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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A bold, astringent blend of Assam and Ceylon black tea that is slightly overpowering for the average palette, but a treat for those who enjoy their tea strong :)

Flavors: Astringent, Heavy

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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91

This is a bold Assam. Not for it the mellowness of meeker Assams, or the timidness of Assam blends. You will get a sharp caffeine kick from drinking it, and the malty flavours are coupled with a brisk bitterness and a notable astringency that loves to be tamed by milk-and-sugar. Today I’m drinking it with a bit of maple syrup, since I want to feel at least some of its invigorating bitterness, and no milk. It is a great morning companion that I may have to relegate to the office, since it is getting woefully neglected at home.
The caddy is the wonderful F&M caddy (very beautiful, extremely functional, great for stacking), and the dry leaves are a mosaic of warm walnut brown with flashes of gold in between. It smells deliciously dusky, as if warning of you of the potent kick that it holds.

For now there’s a ceasefire, which is good. Let’s see how long it holds. Yesterday wasn’t great with two terrorist attacks in Jerusalem, and a coworker’s son that is in critical condition in hospital. He’s been stabilized, but is still far from recovery.
Where there is tea there is hope.

Sil

I’m so sorry too hear about your coworkers son. I hope for all of you, the ceasefire lasts. :(

DigniTea

Thinking ceasefire and peaceful resolution. Be well and be safe.

TheTeaFairy

That’s so sad, hoping for your friend’s son to pull through…wishing for peace every single day.

gmathis

Some days you need a tea that is neither mellow nor meek! Glad you have one handy!

boychik

Thinking of you and people of Israel . I have rallies in New York. Wishing this madness to be over

NofarS

I wish it will all be over too. We’ve had the first quiet day in three weeks, as the ceasefire seems to be holding this time. My friend’s son is out of the ICU but nowhere near getting released from hospital. But at least he’s doing better and is alive, so we are hoping for the best.

ashmanra

Prayers!

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100

Out of curiosity, decided to have this with some maple syrup. I’ve never sweetened tea with maple syrup before, but as I’ve read a few reviews here where people used maple syrup for that purpose, I decided to give it a try.
It is very, very good. Not as sweet as sugar (a plus), and adds a distinct hint of maple syrup (which I love, so also a plus).

So this tea made me happy, which is good, because the situation here is only getting worse and worse. A soldier was kidnapped during the latest ceasefire. That is every Israeli parent’s worst nightmare. It also means that any chance for a ceasefire anytime soon have just been blown to smithereens. And I can’t even imagine what is going over the kidnapped soldier.
At times like these even great tea isn’t enough :(

Sil

smokey + maple = divine! :) i’m so very sorry that you’re in the middle of all of that. We’ve got marches and such going on all over the city here…i just hope this will all calm down soon, though i’m afraid that’s not likely.

boychik

Praying for his safe return

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drank Keemun by Fortnum & Mason
372 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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drank Royal Blend by Fortnum & Mason
372 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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drank Jubilee by Fortnum & Mason
339 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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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
205 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
450 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
450 tasting notes

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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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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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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drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
4830 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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drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
4830 tasting notes

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drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
4830 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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