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I bought the loose leaf version of this tea and I love it!
The bergamot fragrance is on point, as it is very present yet very subtle. I did notice a slightly smoky flavour, that despite being not displeasing at all, rather surprised me. I suspect it has been kept near some Lapsang Souchong in the Piccadilly store.
Flavors: Bergamot, Earl Grey, Smoked
Sipdown (116 though I just went to Sil’s and as per usual, despite my best efforts, I am pretty sure I left with more than I came so this number is about to go up so thank you, Sil)
Once I got home, my mom asked someone to sit in the kitchen to babysit our dishwasher, which is making some strange sounds, so I said I would. Mostly I agreed to do it because I had to get my 2 milk servings in for the day which meant I would be down here making lattes anyways.
I decided to make one hot latte and one iced. This tea has been sitting in my samples box for a while now so I decided to give it a go and I thought the spices would make for a nice hot latte. Unfortunately my milk frothier got excited and ended up making most of the 8 oz of milk into foam so now I am sipping on 1/2 a cup of super concentrated milk tea while trying to not get my face coated in milk foam. Trying being the operative word here as I am not doing so well.
As for the tea… I used the entire sample I had from Cavocorax (I think!) and pulled out any anise pods I saw just to try and cut down on that particular flavor. Unfortunately I wasn’t super successful since I’m still getting a fair bit of anise in the brew. I’m also getting cloves though which is helping to balance it out/make it more tolerable. With that said, something in the way this came together is coming off a little bit like dirt. Not sure what’s causing it but obviously I am not a fan. I’m wondering though if that is because of how concentrated this is due to the milk issue. So, with that in mind, I won’t rate the tea but I probably won’t seek it out again either. Still, thank you Cavo for the chance to try something new!
Oh no, I’ve been neglecting my tea stash as of late. Must make more of an effort. I just had a massive mug of this without any additives and quite enjoyed the pow in this one. From memory, I’d say this is mainly orange and cloves. There are cocoa nibs in here? I’m going to have to try it again soon and pay extra attention.
I picked a tin of this up for my mom as a birthday gift while visiting my now-fiancé in London a couple of years ago. It’s certainly a bold blend, heavy on the Assam. It’s quite malty, nothing too complex. It’s a fairly standard breakfast blend, and though I’m enjoying it it’s probably not one I’ll restock since it’s a little on the pricey side. Still, it makes for a satisfying cup first thing in the morning.
With this classic Earl Grey Fortnum & Mason have managed to hit the sweet spot. The Bergamont dominates the aroma, but the citrus is present and refreshing. I prefer to steep nearly for 5 minutes. Then I will have delicious golden colour with a distinct taste. A classic Earl Grey.
A nice black tea. Steeped it in fresh boiling water for 3 minutes. A little malty, and strong but didn’t get dry mouth like I do with lower quality teas. It’s nothing note-worthy, but I’ll gladly finish the bags I have left.
I also steeped this 3 times before I chucked the tea bag..
A friend of mine got me this as part of my holiday gift/care package when I was going through some rough times with my family. It’s not something I would have picked for myself because I am pretty picky about my straight black teas, though as far as blacks go, I have found success with Assams so I was hoping this would be the same. I took to brewing it but the directed parameters made me rather hesitant (3 mins in boiling water) especially when I saw the color of the tea getting very dark, very fast. So, I let the water cool and ended up brewing it for probably closer to 2 minutes. Unfortunately, despite the rich color, the result is pretty bland. What I am getting is a hint of smooth malt but overall it is coming off pretty monotone. Luckily I have many more tea bags to play around with in order to get this right.
Plum and fruity tones- almost like a fruitcake in the background. Note of honey sweetness. Barn-y, almost bitter note near the end of the sip. Make me think of copper when I drink it.
Second infusion at 4 minutes with same temperature. The astringency is softened. Still has nice flavour.
Flavors: Barnyard, Fruity, Honey, Plums
A nice solid black tea! The malty-ness was just right for me after steeping for the recommended 3 minutes. I find it smooth going down with the tannins kicking in a little later.
I would definitely drink this in the AM if I wanted something a little lighter than coffee. I’ll probably try it out with a splash of creamer next time to see how it works together.
Picked up a box of fruit flavored black tea bags from Fortnum & Mason whilst in England. When steeping there is a strong apple smell (almost like an green apple jolly rancher). It’s well balanced and straight forward. It’s very much black tea, and it’s very much apple!
While it’s a nice tea, I would probably only drink this tea if offered to me or if it comes in another sampler.
I have had smoked teas before, but they were a bit bland and there was just this one aroma that overshadowed all others. This one is different. The smell of the brewed tea is that of a light camp fire with a lot of sweetness, but its taste is only mildly smoky. It’s not like a liquid ham sandwich, but more like fruit that were dried by a fire and that took up a little smoke. I find that very pleasant. People often recommend to steep lapsang souchong only for a few seconds to a minute or two and to do that several times. I think this tea also allows for longer steeping times, as it does not really get bitter, even after 10 minutes and longer (I just leave the leafs in the pot, so the tea develops). Given the quality and heritage of this tea it is a true bargain and worth trying.
PS: It was the favourite of Sir Winston Churchill. It is therefore a drink that truly stands for Britain.
Flavors: Dried Fruit, Scotch, Smoke, Sweet, Wood
Another Fortnum & Mason tea from our trip to England. This is a pretty tea with lovely dark brown leaves and an earthy and cocoa scent in the dry leaves. The monkey’s chocolate and malt come out more in the brewed tea, but they are not overwhelming, just nicely balanced. The rich flavor has no tannins. It’s not exactly a soft mouth feel, but it goes down easy. In short, it’s an exemplar of its type. Glad I brought home enough for many cups.
Flavors: Cocoa, Earth
The end of August saw me and my family on a 12-day trip to England and Ireland. I had to stop at a few tea shops, natch, including Fortnum & Mason in London, where I got this lovely 2nd flush darjeeling. I wanted to buy out the shop, but with budget and suitcase space in mind, I had to limit my selections. So glad I got this one though. The dry note is so floral and rich that I just want to keep sniffing it even without making the tea. The wet leaves are less floral, but still rich and chewy, more like wet wood (oak?). The taste has a surprising touch of honey and is overall warm and deep. I know that first flushes are a connoisseur’s delight – kind of the Beaujolais nouveau of the tea world – but this kind of flavor is why I lean more toward the second flush teas. I have enough of this to last me a little while, but if anyone is going to London, I recommend picking up a couple ounces of this.
Flavors: Floral, Honey, Oak wood, Wet Wood