Fortnum & Mason

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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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Another BBBB offering from Sil. I enjoyed a pot of this while teaching my Skype student, but I accidentally used a little too much leaf, so I added a splash of vanilla almond milk, and problem solved. The rest goes into the sipdown box, as there is just enough for one more cup.

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This is one of Sil’s contributions to the most recent round of the BBBB, & my cup to enjoy with breakfast. It’s a decent blend.

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First sipdown of the day, this is one of Sil’s BBBB offerings, a nice cup to enjoy with breakfast. That’s all I got :)

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Another contribution from Sil in the BBBB, this one is more to my liking, at least in this moment. It’s deep & bold, with a slightly bitter edge. Just what the Doctor ordered (if I were to ever go to a doctor, which I don’t…)

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I put a Tb in the 16oz pot & steeped this for 4 minutes. I loved it!
It was bold, well grounded without a doubt, with an interesting almost cream like flavor.
Great with breakfast!
This one is from the most recent BBBBox, contributed by Sil.

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drank Royal Blend by Fortnum & Mason
352 tasting notes

Thank you Sil for sharing this blend with me. The funniest is I hesitated to buy a tin last Wednesday while I was in La grande Épicerie – finally I decided to leave it and Sil sent me some :)

It’s a so strong assam…bitter…at the very first sip I knew I would not be able to drink it. I’ll retry with a 2 min steep to see if I can have it.
So I added milk and sugar…à l’anglaise…and it is really enjoyable, really nice.
So clearly a blend I should reserve to drink with a dash of milk.

served with toasts with butter and Tiptree crystal orange marmelade …yummy.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Sil

Nice! Glad I saved you the. Trouble of buying it and having a whole tin :)

Ysaurella

it is really pleasant with milk and sugar , thank you again

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I’m feeling really broken today. Drained, defeated, devastated. If only tea could cure what ails me. “There are some things that it is better to begin than to refuse, even though the end may be dark.” – Aragorn

I burnt my entire mouth yesterday on homemade beef stew, so it probably wasn’t smart to try out a new tea this morning. I think I may have about 2 taste buds left on my tongue. From the little I can taste, this may be the perfect breakfast tea. Thanks to Sil for this sample!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
caile

Hope you feel better soon!

Kittenna

Agreed – I hope things start looking up!

JustJames

oh no- have you been to the dentist? i did the same thing once. they put me on this mouthwash for a month. everything came back, though i couldn’t eat anything solid for a week.

feel better!

__Morgana__

Sorry about your mouth. :-(

Sil

Oh no…burning your mouth is the worst!

CHAroma

Thanks all. My mouth isn’t that bad. It’s already almost fully healed. But I got some bad news on Monday that hit me really hard, thus the over dramatic opening to this note. Life pretty much couldn’t get any worse right now, but I suppose there’s no point in wallowing in it either. :/

JustJames

can i help at all? i can send tea? xo

CHAroma

Aww, you’re so sweet. At this point, only God (and maybe Western medicine) can help me. I still have some samples from you to try! But it’s really nice of you to offer. :)

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80
drank Royal Blend by Fortnum & Mason
517 tasting notes

Thanks to Sil for this sample! This tea is heavy on the Assam, so I had to add milk and Truvia to calm things down a bit. It’s much more drinkable this way. Five minutes later and I can feel the caffeine jolt my system awake. Wow, I’m alert now!

This is a great first thing in the morning cuppa. Super strong and super bold. Meanwhile, my purr cat is keeping my feet warm. :) http://instagram.com/p/kPc4ZMF-px/

On another note, I just checked out this new “Flavors” section of the tasting note log. If you just click in the box, a dropdown menu appears with a ton of options. Curious, I scrolled through and found, among other things, “Roasted Chicken.” What tea tastes like roasted chicken??!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
scribbles

Ha! Roasted chicken – made my day!! :))

Starfevre

Yes, I was amused by that one too.

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TTB #16

Yummy! I don’t know much about elderflower, but it seems to taste a bit like prickly pear and a little bit like quince. It gives this green a cool spin. The tea is smooth and a little bit creamy. While it is not particularly complex, I could definitely see this one as being my default-go-to tea in the afternoons!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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76
drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
4927 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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76
drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
4927 tasting notes

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drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
4927 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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drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
4927 tasting notes

I had a cup of this a long time ago with my morning bagel. I’m less in love with this than i was with royal blend from F&M but it’s not a bad every day sort of tea. Only a few more sil sized cups of this left so i’ll enjoy it while i have it, but likely not a repurchase :)

whatshesaid

Is a Sil size huge or tiny?
Lol

Sil

um.. big :) Usually my cups are double/triple servings

whatshesaid

So when you drink massive amounts of sipdowns in one day, you’re having all of those in huge quantities? You must have so much energy from all that caffeine lol

Sil

if it’s sipdowns, they COULD be one cup samples…hard to say. and sadly caffeine doesn’t really affect me unless i haven’t eaten all day. So i could drink it all and go to bed lol

whatshesaid

I don’t find caffeine from tea affects me too much but coffee is another story! I drank like 7 cups of tea yesterday and I was feeling weird though

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drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
4927 tasting notes

another solid cup of this in the morning. I’m still insanely busy but today i’m trying to take 5 mins for myself even if it means getting up early tomorrow to catch up on work i should have done tonight. This one always goes in the keychange’s timolino since i always associate the queen with her…even if it’s queen catherine :)

Suziqzer

I’m sure keychange will appreciate that :)

Courtney

Haha I do the same! Every time I see someone mention “The Queen”, I think of keychange.

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76
drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
4927 tasting notes

Dropping the rating of this one a little. This has a bit of bitterness in the background that i don’t find terribly appealing. it’s not a bad cup, but this strikes me as more of a milk and sugar cup of tea versus royal blend that i can drink straight – my preferred way of drinking tea.

Cavocorax

Yeah, I was not super impressed with this one. It’s ok, but it’s not like that other Queen tea that’s out there. :D

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drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
4927 tasting notes

another from this morning – i am trying to drink this and the royal blend in order to make sure i balance out finishing them. I think i like royal blend just a teeeeny bit more than this, but i’d have to drink them side by side again to make sure as it’s been too long (yes a day) since i had the royal blend lol

Terri HarpLady

I can’t remember if I finished those off or not. I’m thinking I like the Royal blend best, but can’t remember for sure.

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76
drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
4927 tasting notes

Morning tea! i figured that i should really get around to trying the rest of my F&M teas since my parents are headed to london in a few weeks and are already asking me what i’d like them to bring back. Not that i need more tea but it’s an “easy” solution to things.

I sort of cheated with this one today and added a splash of maple syrup..so i’ll have to rate this later when i have it straight but so far, this is a decent cup that i quite enjoyed!

Yvonne

Glad to hear you enjoyed it, Sil :)
If you want tea London’s definitely the place to go – I’d ask for tons if I were you!

keychange

Omg, so jealous that you have tea transporters from London! Please let me know if you’d like me to likewise “help you” take advantage of your parents! ;) ;)

Sil

keychange – is there something you’re after that you really want to try?
Yvonne – i actually really want to go to FRANCE (not that i haven’t already been multiple times, but not since i fell in love with tea) London is for Dr who and the BBC hahaha

keychange

London is also a great place for MF, although didn’t you say there’s mf in Canada also? I’m going to break into my mf teas very soon, and then I’m thinking I might want to do a little restockeroo of some of them. And I’m in the market to try a few f and m teas also…how posh LOL

MissB

I’ve told my eldest that one day we will sit in some lovely high end tea shoppe in France, sipping tea, just because we can. (And then I’ll buy up so much tea I’ll have to ship it back home separately, however that’s a whole other conversation!)

Sil

Keychange – i’m happy to do a swap with you sometime so you can try some of the french teas in my cupboard. :)

MissB…me! me! take me!

Yvonne

I could probably fit in some luggage if you ever decided to take me along :D This way we can all go and save on plane tickets!

Sil

haha i dunno how you’d get back though yvonne…the second suitcase will be full of tea :)

keychange

How thoughtful, Sil! I actually have a few French teas, thanks to justjames, although I’m not sure how easily they can be found in London—so far I’ve tried a few from mf and df. Would they be able to get me some mf? Will you be getting some mf also? and we can totally swap. There’s nothing in my cupboard you can’t have :D

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73

Wow! A great anytime-of-day tea!

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec

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drank Breakfast Blend by Fortnum & Mason
612 tasting notes

You will be so awake! Yes.

Was a little freaked out at first—to me this is a tea that NEEDS milk, which isn’t something I say very often—but as soon as I add some it becomes scrumptious. Really good! I get hints of cocoa, and the milk smooths out some of the tannins but they’re strong enough what’s left is a nice velvety softness, with contours or bumps or something that are welcome, not uncomfortable. I also appreciate the opacity in the cup when milk’s added; like a good dutiful breakfast blend, it doesn’t fade to dishwater but turns that lovely “creamy coffee” hue, with those pearl pink undertones. I could definitely drink this first thing regularly (provided I’ve got milk!). Yum. Thanks so much Dexter3657 for giving me the chance to try it; I’ve been curious a long time about it and am pleased it lives up to my hopes! Makes me feel willing to, at some point when I can get back on the horse with tea orders (ha), give F&M’s classic blends a shot.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Even though I don’t like milk, after reading this, I feel like giving it a shot in some breakfast blend! Soy milk, maybe…

Dexter

Ifjuly – Tannins? Is that the bitter, or the dry mouth part of this? I am really happy you like it. I bought this at Holt Renfrew in November. I like A&D Double Knit Blend better.

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drank Breakfast Blend by Fortnum & Mason
374 tasting notes

The leaf is a fairly broken orange pekoe assam that brews quickly to a deep orange red. It smells sweet and fruity with a liberal dose of malt. The flavour is kind of similar to Ahmad’s Kalami Assam without the baked goods note and syrupy texture and a bit more malt. Brewed at @ 92°C. There is a touch of sparkling astringency and dryness from the Tannins in the aftertaste, although the first sips are quite smooth. The tea itself is sweet, with hints of plum and sweet cherry above the malt. Nice uncomplicated breakfast tea.
1tsp/92°C/225ml
Thanks Dexter3657 for the chance to try this tea!

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Backlog: woke up with this one this morning and it was good. Not particularly memorable though. Sorry Breakfast tea!

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drank Breakfast Blend by Fortnum & Mason
729 tasting notes

Thanks Sil for this sample. I’ve been drinking it at work today and was pleasantly surprised. I would say that I normally like single teas rather than blends, but this is a good one. It’s just a little “brisk” for my tastes, but all in all pretty good.

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