Fortnum & Mason

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drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
4830 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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76
drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
4830 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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85
drank Royal Blend by Fortnum & Mason
4830 tasting notes

well now that i’m almost organised for tomorrow, i figure i should log a few of the teas i’ve had this morning. I left for vancouver with 139 teas in my cupboard and came back to a cupboard of 158 (with one incoming swap).

This is a sipdown, since i need to work in a few of those to justify my 20 tea purchase! (oh and a few teas are living with Cavo at the moment…so technically i’m a bit higher).

I thoroughly enjoyed this one from F&M – better than the queen Anne, but nothing to hold in my cupboard forever and ever. This is a good every day sort of tea that is good for those times when you don’t really want to think about the tea you’re drinking, you just want to enjoy it while you do things :)

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97

I cold brewed this for the first time with 2 tsp in my water bottle for a bit too long (prob over 12 hours). At the first sip, it really reminded me of Peach Snapple Iced Tea except without the crazy amount of sugar that they put in there. As I kept drinking, though, the peach flavor did come off a little medicinal-tasting, but not too strongly. Anyway, it was a nice fruity tea where I could still strongly taste the black tea base. Not bad!

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76
drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
4830 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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85
drank Royal Blend by Fortnum & Mason
4830 tasting notes

yep like this one better than queen anne. This one is a smoother brew that’s not SUPER bold, but it’s got enough of a kick this morning for me to be really enjoying it.

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76
drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
4830 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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85
drank Royal Blend by Fortnum & Mason
4830 tasting notes

backlog
this one is getting tastier each time i drink it. it’s not an over the top omg must have this tea but it’s a good morning tea for me.

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89

Thank you, Sil, for sending me this sample!!!

I really like this tea. It reminds me a bit of the only other Fortnum & Mason tea I’ve tried: Assam Superb. My father works for a London-based company, and he used to bring home tins of Assam Superb when he travelled to London for work. This tea seems like it may also have some Ceylon blended in (just checked, it does), but the Assam is still the most noticeable for me. This is a perfect tea for this morning. It’s assertive, yet smooth, and it reminds me of being at home. I usually am not a fan of Ceylon tea, but in this blend it lends (I believe it’s the Ceylon) a honey-sweetness to the cup.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

This one isn’t half bad….I’m enjoying the few f&m teas I’ve tried

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83

I used this entire sample (sent by Sil ages ago!) on a cold brew because I figured it was mostly fruity and fruity teas deserve to be iced.

I had read tasting notes of this brewed hot and being bitter so I decided to just put it all in the DAVIDs mason jar and let it steep. I only intended to have it go for around 18 hours but it ended up being at least 28, so I was super worried about astringence and bitterness. But when I tried it it was AMAZING!

This was exactly what the name purported it to be: sweet, natural strawberry flavor with a smooth black tea base at the end of the sip. No real creamy vanilla notes (which my other two strawberry teas have, and which I like okay hot but do not want cold), and no need for sweetening. I easily like this as much as the Dammann’s fig blend for icing, which is sad, as it’s a sipdown. Figures.

Ah well, I’m hoping to try my Dammann Freres Moroccan Mint iced (as I had a sip of Honest Tea’s bottled equivalent yesterday and it was really good) so I imagine that that will keep me busy for a while until I get around to stocking this again.

My tea inventory is a revolving door currently – and I’m excited to get some fresh blends (and their tasting notes) up soon!

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85
drank Royal Blend by Fortnum & Mason
4830 tasting notes

mmmmm morning tea was delicious and bold and exactly what i needed. Longest week ever coming up so i needed something to get me through the day.

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T&C TTB 13/23

I had this tea a few nights ago when all the computers in my house decided not to like Steepsters, every other website worked. I finally have everything packed and ready to ship tomorrow morning for the T&C TTB I just need to catch up on here.

The tea, the tea was lovely and tasted like Spring flowers. The recommended steep time I was given was very short, less than a minute. I’m glad I followed it, the flower taste was not over powering or bitter.

Thank you bluebell for sharing

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drank Afternoon by Fortnum & Mason
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Flavors: Apricot, Berries, Caramel, Dark Bittersweet, Flowers, Peach

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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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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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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drank Royal Blend by Fortnum & Mason
727 tasting notes

Another great black sample sent to me by the most generous Sil – thank you.

I really liked this one too. Totally different than other blends I’ve had. This was bold, but not overwhelming, not astringent, not bitter. Just a really good cup of black tea.

Sil

fortnum has some really good just a cup of black tea yums. lol the keemun i’d love to be able to get here.

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drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
727 tasting notes

Drinking this one at work this morning, and it’s a bit too finicky for work. Even slightly over steeped this gets astringent. With a fairly short steep – approx 2 minutes, there are lots of stone fruit (preach – apricot?) notes to it.
I think this would be ok for me at home when I had time to treat it right, not so good at work. Thanks Sil for passing on a sample of this to me.

Ysaurella

F&M breakfast blends are really strong and can become bitter quite quickly.Probably made to have with milk and sugar à l’anglaise.

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drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
517 tasting notes

Sil kindly sent a bit of this my way. This is a decent blend. Clean and nice. It has a bit of strength behind it but at 3 minutes it didn’t get too bitter. Thanks, Sil! :)

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drank Royal Blend by Fortnum & Mason
1672 tasting notes

This tea is ok. It’s not great. It’s strong and other than that I can’t pick much else up.
It’s better with sugar. It sorta needs sugar. Yikes.

It’s a Monday sorta tea.

You know what I did today? Dropped my phone and the bus and used my foot to catch it so it wouldn’t slide everywhere. So, I grinded it into the floor and scratched the crap out of it. It kept turning itself off and wouldn’t boot so I ended up buying a Windows phone for $100 at the BestBuy by my office. That’s my day.

I was interested in trying out the Windows platform just because I love my surface, but I wasn’t planning to get a new phone 1 year after I bought my Blackberry. :| To be fair though, it was failing before I crushed it. The power button and head phone jacks and volume button all stopped working last week.

New phone! Bad tea! :D OHAI monday!

keychange

What a day! I hope you like playing with the new phone.

Cavocorax

I do! It’s so distracting but I have SO MUCH to set up on it, and contacts to merge and apps to delete or install.

I love gadgets. :D Even though this is an entry-level phone and won’t have half the power of my old one, I don’t care. It’s a new toy!

keychange

Oh yeah, you’re going to have so much fun with it at least for the next few weeks or so! love new toys.

OMGsrsly

Yikes! But I hope you have fun with the new toy. :)

Anna

TOYS.

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58
drank Darjeeling by Fortnum & Mason
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Flavors: Cannabis, Dark Bittersweet, Earth, Leather, Metallic, Mineral, Plants

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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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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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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91

Brewed a batch of this on Thursday. This tea reminds of a French Horn – seemingly gentle and sophisticated, but it can pack a punch, if brewed long enough. Also a really beautiful tea.
I will be really sorry when I run out.

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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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