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84

So good! The kind of tea that I would drink anytime. Very simple. I like the orange flavour, even when hot! I really don’t understand, I usually dislike the fruit flavours in hot plain teas but here, it’s very present but good nonetheless.

By the way, I bought this at London Heathrow. I was so excited when I first saw their tea room and then the tea shop! I didn’t know Fortnum and Mason had their own stores but it was so beautiful and fancy (whilst the prices were very much comparable to popular tea stores in Montreal). I even took pictures of the store, my boyfriend thought I was a bit weird haha.

Flavors: Orange

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100
drank Royal Blend by Fortnum & Mason
1 tasting notes

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55

This tea has an odd “dusty” flavor~ like powdered peach rather than peach juice or pieces of peach. It reminds me of that added flavor when eating dried fruit. For me, this extra flavor unbalances this tea. It is a decent tea overall, but I keep thinking I’m drinking dried fruit with black tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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90

Has the aroma of Laphroiag or Talisker whisky with the smell of phenols, creosote and tar coming strongly through. If you like peaty whiskies you’ll love this taste but the aroma is even more incredible. If it tasted like it smelt it would probably be undrinakable but the taste though peaty has no bad aftertastes and is quite rich in texture. I thought I would try a cup and ended up having another straight after.

Flavors: Campfire, Earth, Medicinal, Pine, Smoke, Tobacco, Whiskey

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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70

Excellent Earl Grey. Well-balanced, and crisp.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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70

Love the smokiness; however it is dominating the entire range of flavors / aromas. I can still taste the other flavors but they are being overpowered by the smoke. I really like this tea, however, I can understand if people tire of this tea quickly.

A good alternative in my opinion is Lupicia’s Earl Grey Grand Classic which has the smoky flavor along with some fruit flavor too. I wish I had some on hand so I could do a side by side comparison.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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55

An okay tea; reminds me of an Earl Grey but less floral. A little too bitter in my opinion, but for those that want more tea and less additional flavoring this might be a good alternative to the typical Earl Grey

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Fortmason by Fortnum & Mason
59 tasting notes

This has a nice floral aroma, and a good blend of black tea. I oversteeped it and it can get a little too bitter.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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40
drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
59 tasting notes

Fortnum & Mason has several breakfast blends; out of all their “Famous” tea line, I’d say this is my least favorite. It is the most harsh (I tend to like smooth or crisp teas) of their teas. It has a bit of malt, and a good amount of bitter, and other dark flavors.

I think all of their teas are of excellent quality; just not to my personal taste. I would encourage people to try their teas, especially if you like breakfast type blends. If not, try their Grey teas (Earl Grey, Countess Grey, etc)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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50
drank Jubilee by Fortnum & Mason
59 tasting notes

This is a decent tea~

Although nothing really bad about it, nothing really stands out either.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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45
drank Royal Blend by Fortnum & Mason
59 tasting notes

This is an okay blend; not particularly great – a bit bland, bitter, and some astringency.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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50
drank Afternoon by Fortnum & Mason
59 tasting notes

This is a clean, light tea, with some maltiness. Nice Balanced natural flavors~ I tend to like flavored Black Teas but I think this is an excellent straight, afternoon tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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50

This has a crisper, cleaner taste than other Breakfast blends I’ve had; less malty.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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55

Not as malty and bold as the Fortnum & Mason Irish Breakfast blend but still has that smooth aftertaste. This would be great with lighter tasting foods~

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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60

Malty, Bold, and a smooth finish. I think this is an excellent tea. I would recommend this for those that like Breakfast Teas.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
1909 tasting notes

Some tea bags from MissB! :) Thank you.

I brewed this as usual, and am (OMG) having it plain. I can’t even.

It’s pretty good. A little astringent though. I definitely wouldn’t steep this at boiling.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80
drank Royal Blend by Fortnum & Mason
6 tasting notes

Very pleasant, strong and hearty enough to be an excellent breakfast brew, but not too heavy, and smooth enough to drink any time, it does have an almost honey like quality as the blurb says. Lovely malty tones from the assam, but enough brightness from the ceylon to give it a lift, very easy to drink black and unsweetened though could probably take a little milk if that’s your thing. Wouldn’t say it’s unusually distinctive (except perhaps for the smoothness) but as a good, all round assam/ceylon blend it’s an excellent choice.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Honey, Malt, Raisins

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49

Sipdown (122)!

Thanks MissB! Sadly this marks the last of the tea blends from you, but probably just as well given I have samples that predate your package (from months ago) that I need to try as well.

I wish I was finishing things up on a positive note, but I really wasn’t a fan of this one. It had some nicer malt/bread notes that I can see going well with milk and sugar but it was also very, very astringent and bitter and more-so read to me as a lower quality, generic bagged black tea. Not so much my thing…

Alas, you can’t love ’em all! And this is one less thing in my cupboard.

And now bed time, since it’s nearly 4AM…

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92

Sipdown (108)!

Many thanks to MissB for the sample! I think I only have one more tea left to try now from the stuff you sent my way? I know that was a while ago but I feel pretty accomplished for making it through all of those sipdowns.

So this review is for the bagged version of this one; and dry it doesn’t smell like a lot. I don’t really know why but my first thought was “Fresh Linens” and then just simply “Fresh” when smelling, even though I couldn’t really identify anything in particular flavour wise.

Steeped up there’s something REALLY appealing about the smell; it’s just a tiny bit fruity and really, really floral. I know this is supposed to be orange/orange blossoms so I’m not really ‘surprised’ per say, but it’s a lot better than I expected. I really hope the steeped smell carries over into the taste! Also, I should point out that orange blossoms are actually my favourite flower and have been since I was in highschool and had to read the screenplay for Federico Garcia Lorca’s play ‘The Blood Wedding’. However, despite that, I’ve never actually seen one in person let alone smelled one so I don’t have a lot of familiarity (or really any) with how they should taste.

I actually didn’t like the first few sips of this; it seemed a little harsh and perfumey. However, once it cooled down a little bit the flavours seemed to calm down as well and I got really into this one! I don’t taste anything actually like orange and I don’t know if I should be – do orange blossoms actually smell like oranges? I wouldn’t think so. The description for this one is kind of unclear as well: it says “scented with orange” do they mean the fruit or the flower?

What I do taste is this really aromatic and fresh floral note that reminds me of rose, but not rose. I want to describe it as a combination of my Grandma’s perfume and roses on steroids – in a good way on both fronts! It’s making me feel like, ugh, I don’t know quite how to phrase it? The simile that springs to my mind is “Innocent young adult discovering her first love through a summer romance”. It’s like Nicholas Sparks version of tea! I’m totally in love with this blend! I need more!

If anyone has the loose version I’d be really, really interested in trying it! I can only imagine it’d be even better than this!

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80

This came from OMGsrsly in our recent meet up. I opted to have this one this morning without really knowing the flavour profile ahead of time, but I sniffed it, and it smelled good…so I made this. Still not knowing much about it, I added milk and sugar, as I do with most blacks, because I never know how astringent or strong a black is til I taste it, and taking it with me while it cools means I add milk and then go. That said, I think that next time, I might opt for it without milk to see how it is. It was a nice, mildly spiced cup, but I feel like I lost some delicateness with the addition of the milk.

Thanks again for the sample!

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76

I received this as a gift, so I don’t know if it’s expensive or not but I really enjoy it. It’s a very simple jasmine green tea, nothing special.

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77

Sipdown (120)!

Thank you MissB for the sample! I think this is the first Fortnum & Mason teabag I’ve steeped up from the ones you sent me? I made it when I got home from shopping/the bank today.

This review is for the bagged version of the tea, obviously. The leaf in the bag is kind of interesting looking; there are a lot of little white flecks and bits mixed in with the very broken up leaf. It reminded, purely visually, of crushed oreo cookie bits with little flecks of the white filling. I wonder what they actually are; tiny dehydrated peach bits? Perhaps lemon bits/peel?

I’m surprised by this blend; it’s more flavourful and robust than I was expecting – the peach flavour is very full on rather than more subtle. My initial thought was that it reminded me a hint of peach pie filling/cobbler filling. No crust, obviously – just plump, sugary sweet peaches! There are other fruit flavours I’m noticing – the lemon, obviously. It, too, it very sweet with limited to no acidity. It’s almost ever borderline like the filling from a Lemon Meringue pie? But there’s one more fruit flavour I’m noticing – and my gut it telling me it’s generic melon. There’s nothing that indicates that there should be melon flavour, though. So I think I’m just crazy.

Other reviewers are describing this similar to fuzzy peaches; but I disagree a little bit. While it’s certainly not a totally natural peach flavour I thought that there was some degree of realism to it; which is why, what with all the sweetness, I thought of pie filling. There’s real fruit in that – but also a lot of sugar and syrup/glaze.

The base itself was pretty nice; I thought it was present but didn’t over take the fruit. Honestly, this is the best bagged peach tea I’ve ever had – and it’s better than some loose leaf ones I’ve tasted too. If I had to go with a single defining word to describe it I’d likely pick “Plump”. Thanks MissB, this was a winner in my books!

Maddy Barone

That sounds nummy!

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Weird that no one else has tasting notes. Where were they filed?

Anyways, I have this big package from MissB that says “Christmas Spiced Tea” on the bottom, so this is what I’m guessing it was.

It was… way more delicate than expected. Even with the bazillion cloves I got in my mug, it wasn’t too clovey. Nice and gentle, went really nicely with milk. There’s lots of safflower (fake saffron, the really orange bits) in this tea, which makes it really pretty.

I think I quite like this one, and will be keeping some. Thanks, MissB!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Thank you MissB and Sil!

There aren’t a lot of teas left I’m super keen on trying, although I’ll be packing up one serving of each for myself as I divide the remainder. So many greens! :P

Anyways, this is a decent peach tea. I think I prefer peach and ginger, but you know. Plain peach works as well. The base is not bad at all either, and it goes well with milk. It’s a sort of candy-sweet peach flavour. Sort of. Not quite like Fuzzy Peaches, but not quite like a fresh ripe peach or a peach pie, either.

Thanks for sharing! :)

(2 tea bags, 2 minutes, 16oz, 195F.)

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