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65

I enjoyed this tea to the last cup. It’s a mild tea and, like it’s name says, perfect for afternoon consumption. I often enjoyed mine with a touch of milk and sugar. Definitely be careful not to oversteep it. Otherwise it can be bitter.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

This is a nice light black tea. It’s got just a little bit of astringency and some pleasing stone fruit undertones. Not one of those teas that hits you over the head with its bold flavors, but makes for a really pleasant cup. I don’t drink Ceylon very often—when I go for black teas, I’m usually drawn to bold, malty Assams or, on the other hand, astringent, floral Darjeelings—but this blend has me thinking I shouldn’t be so quick to overlook it as the boring middle-ground option.

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86

I bought this on whim a few days ago after finding out that Williams Sonoma imports F&M tea(!!!!!!!) I don’t love green tea, but I learned earlier with Fortnum & Mason not to judge a tea before you try it. This is a wonderful tea for late summer/early autumn as the weather starts winding down. It doesn’t have the heavy earthy flavor I normally get (and don’t enjoy) with greens but it is still crisp and palette cleansing. The ginger is mellow but still enjoyable, not at all like some of my other favorite ginger teas.

Flavors: Ginger

MrQuackers

I’ve been seeing a Chinese honey ginger tea at the store. It has sugar, honey and ginger. Haven’t bought it yet. Sounds good if you like ginger. If you google it, it’s Ann instant honeyed ginger drink a Walmart.

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drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
681 tasting notes

Thank you Sil for sending this tea my way *cough cough many years ago oops.
Hey, better late than never, right?? I’m finally going through all my teas that I’ve been meaning to get to!
Dry, it smells like an ordinary black tea. Once I poured water over the top, I got that dank, musky black tea smell. Don’t know if this tea is supposed to be like this, but I’m assuming it’s the age :(( Dang. Should’ve had this tea years ago when I got it! But it’s v dark and amber in colour. Prob going to throw some milk and sugar into this

Sil

Hahahahaha

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100
drank Royal Blend by Fortnum & Mason
7 tasting notes

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75

I picked up a bag of this green tea at half-price in Fortnum and Mason’s Piccadilly store in London and I would be a little disappointed if I paid full-price: this green tea is very astringent and bitter.The leaves are good quality but I couldn’t find any whole leaf.
Whilst being certainly not a very delicate and complex green, it is better (and cheaper!) than any grocery store bagged tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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85

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

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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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!

Sil

just keeping us close in terms of numbers :)

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95

It does its name justice, and it’s an excellent, assertive, distinct tasting tea.: smoky oolong tea with bergamot oil.

Flavors: Bergamot, Bitter, Dark Wood, Smoke, Smooth

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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100

Really lovely delicate tea don’t need much if any milk, good to drink at any time of the day but I found it more relaxing than invigorating. All in all well worth a try and available in refil bags to save you from having to pay for new caddys each time

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100

Depende del humor que ande uno, hay días en que se antoja el té con bergamota y nada mejor que Fortnum & Mason.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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80

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.

gmathis

The cocoa sounds like a lovely add-in. (I’ve got the raw materials to try this, but there’s a snoozing cat on my lap….maybe this weekend :)

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87

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.

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This sample was from MissB (thanks!)

Smells like cloves, I’m feeling festive already. I think I prefer Esprit de Noël as my stock holiday time tea (I say, as I drink this long after the holiday season has ended) but it’s a nice, gently spiced black tea.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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85

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.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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This was more floral than I expected, but still pleasant – it mingled in really nicely with the orange.

If I could find a lotion or a scented candle in this scent, I’d be a happy lady. Thanks, Sil for sending me a bag of this to try!

MissB

I’m not sure if this is leftover from my trip to Europe, or Sil’s… But I’m pretty sure Fortnum & Mason has this scent in a candle, at least at their London, UK store.

Christina / BooksandTea

Interesting…. if I had a beard, I’d be stroking it pensively right now.

Sil

MissB – think it was a bit of both. Christina missed out on all the excitement but i found a few that i still had around to share with her :)

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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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83

I am so happy to have tried this tea! The smokey flavor is well balanced and astringency is minimal. I expected this to be a lot drier. This is the first smokey tea I’ve tried, but I am excited to try a larger variety!

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71
drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
42 tasting notes

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..

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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99
drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
77 tasting notes

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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.

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70

Strong malty tea. Great for starting the day.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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77
drank Afternoon by Fortnum & Mason
662 tasting notes

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

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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