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92

Dry leaf has a strong floral/vegetal aroma.

Brewed tea has a strong vegetal aroma.

Flavour is mostly vegetal with a clean sugary fruity (cantaloupe) finish). Buttery notes in aftertaste. Thick mouthfeel with a very satisfying savoury note. As the tea cools, I am detecting a mild smoky note in the back of the throat- somewhat like charred asparagus.

Flavors: Cantaloupe, Fruity, Spinach

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 370 ML

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73
drank Keemun by Fortnum & Mason
1273 tasting notes

Some quick notes on this one as I’m tired. I’ve had children running through my house all day, they are the neighbours kids and I said they could see the kitten if they want to. Big mistake, the parents seem to not even care where their own children are! So I was stuck with them for a long time. Just not used to children, I’m completely zapped.

I’ve had this tea for a while and thought I had already reviewed it but apparently I haven’t, so I’m going to do that quickly now. I bought my husband a ceramic steeping mug and I give him loose leaf tea to take to work every day, he can take the rest of this with him. Must be 1oz here so should do him for a little while…well a few days at least.

Raw appearance is rather finely chopped but not too fine and colour is dark brown. Scent is a little sweet and wooden.

1 teaspoon of leaf into my ceramic steeping mug for 3 minutes (So I know what it would taste like when my husband tries it at work).

(Excuse me while I scoff some Custard Cream biscuits)

Flavour is thick and rich with smoke, wood and dry bark tones with a sour after taste. Some almost ‘floral’ and sweet notes in there to give it a classic Keemun feel. Some astringency there and I feel that perhaps it was either too long a steep or 1 level teaspoon was too much. Either way it’s just not as ‘clean’ tasting as I was hoping. Though it would do for an every day Keemun, perhaps good in the morning.

I think my husband will like this so he can take the rest with him.

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drank Fortmason by Fortnum & Mason
1917 tasting notes

This is really, really floral. Jasmine, maybe? I was expecting a plain tea, as the name really doesn’t give anything away.

It’s not bad, but I don’t think I’d want more. The flowers almost give it a bitter tinge, although I only steeped 3 minutes at 195F.

Thanks for the sample, MissB, but this is one I don’t care for! :(

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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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
1917 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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