The London Tea Room

Recent Tasting Notes


Mmmm blackcurrant, vanilla and a touch of cream (which is probably the milk I added)… this tastes like dessert in a cup to me!! Huge thanks to Inkling for sharing this with me… Its absolutely delicious!!!


I’m so glad you like it! That one’s a favorite of mine. :)

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Yesterday I stopped by the London Tea Room. I was in the neighborhood, & still have some credit left on my gift card from there, plus Tony was almost out of his beloved Jubilee. While I was there I picked up a bit of this tea, which is a Scottish breakfast type, bold & malty, with a fair bit of smokiness to it as well.


yay for gift cards with money on them!

Terri HarpLady

Yup! It was part of my pay from when I played there last. Month :)

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Thank you Inkling for the share! It was exciting to try a tea from a company I have never had before and I must say, this certainly delivers on what it promises. There is a great deal of black currant flavor, but not a medicinal kind, just a juicy berry flavor that tapers off into a subtle but smooth vanilla as the sip ends. Plus, underlying the whole taste is a slight maltiness from the base that really brings this up a level. Now I don’t know if it is having any effect on my mood as the description might imply but I am certainly pleased with the cup so once again, thank you Inkling! I will have to check out some more teas from this company soon. 185.


This is a new company for me as well; I visited the shop while I was in St. Louis a few weeks ago. The Naughty Vicar is their most popular blend, so I don’t know if there other teas are as good. But I’m sure enjoying this one and glad you are too!

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My family and I spent the weekend in St. Louis and I had the chance to visit The London Tea Room. It was a great experience and I was excited to try their most popular blend. It wasn’t a disappointment! This tea is very rich and flavorful with a nice strong black base. The current and vanilla flavors balance each other nicely. A wonderful smooth, tasty cup.

Flavors: Black Currant, Malt, Vanilla

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
carol who

Sounds like fun!


It was! :)

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Wonderful, bold, yet smooth tea. I’m not a fan of teas with a large amount of bergamot in them but this one tastes great with it.

Flavors: Bergamot, Orange

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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i snuck some of this from terri’s overflowing cupboard when i was there just to see if this was something i can get behind. I for sure got the chocolatey notes in this one as i had it this morning, but there’s something about the base of the tea that isn’t my favourite. An enjoyable cup, but i’m glad to just have my little sample cup to drink:)

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I am enjoying this cup right now before going to bed. Tomorrow I have to wake up at 4 o’clock to take the first train to Montpellier (south of France…not Montpelier in Vermont, unfortunately because Vermont sounds really much exotic to me !) to see a client.
I hate going to bed too early…

This is a tea sample I got a long time ago from TerriHarpLady and it is a quite nice foral Oolong.

Since a little while now I am drinking very very few flavoured teas (except Earl Greys). I think I’m going to post soon a giant tea swap proposal with a lot of my flavoured teas.

I still appreciate drinking some time to time like this smooth, light Oolong with light buttered notes. The coconut is absolutely not overpowering so it’s really refreshing and delicate. Lovely. Thank you Terri.

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Floral

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

It’s funny that you think Vermont sounds more exotic than France, when I would never think that! Just shows that no matter where you live, there’s always a longing to see other places. The grass is always greener on the other side, I suppose!

I’m finding that I don’t enjoy flavored teas as much now either.


I’ve never been to Vermont and I’ve only been to eastern France, near Germany, but I’m pretty sure France is probably more awesome than Vermont :)


as a French I just cannot find France exotic for sure but I do think Vermont is a lovely place, seems so green, I’d love to visit Vermont :)

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This tea is rather mild unless you steep it for a long while, mostly due to the type of spices in the tea. I left this to steep for over an hour, and that hint of sweet that comes from the ginger now has overpowered everything else. It’s now cold, but it tastes like candy. It’s weird in that you can’t really taste it until it reaches the back of your mouth. Then it’s in your face. It’s pretty good.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Ginger

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One thing I noticed about this tea as well as my other black tea from the London Tea Room is that they have overwhelmingly sweet scents. This one smells almost like caramel, but what it really reminds me of is condensed milk. I was almost turned off by how sweet it smelt in the bag, and even after brewing, it had a noticeably sweet smell. Luckily this isn’t all that sweet. You get a hint of sweetness after you brew it, but it’s very mild. I don’t know if I pick up any citrus notes, other than that a slight lemon cookie kind of scent from the dried leaves. It has a slightly floral taste, but that creamy taste is there too. I wasn’t as fond of it at first, but it’s grown on me. It’s not very bitter at all, and I’ve even found that it tastes pretty good cold, not that I’m recommending that you drink it cold. It could replace my current favorite tea, I don’t know.

I wouldn’t say it’s the best tea out there, and it’s certainly not the worst, but I would share it with friends, and I think I will be buying more in the future. It’s worth trying it at the very least, and the price is fair.


This tea doesn’t re-steep well, especially if you leave it in too long the first time.

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The tea has a vegetal scent like spinach or hemp powder. The tea itself is rather powdery, with a leaves dispersed. There is a hint of pink, but there are only a few cherry blossom petals in the tea.

The brew is a light spring green color, you know, like the crayola color. It doesn’t have a strong smell and tastes… like spinach water. So much for that. It’s interesting, but far too pricy for me. I will probably avoid this tea in the future. I’ll still drink it, of course. The only tea I avoid is tea made from thyme.

Flavors: Freshly Cut Grass, Spinach

175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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This is a sample I got from TerriHarpLady, thank you so much Terri for sharing.

For an unknown reason I thought it was a plain tea not a flavoured one . I’m having this tea for my breakfast and this is a pleasant fruity break.

I don’t have much to say about this naughty vicar except praying its smoothness and its good taste of black currant. None atringency even if I stupidely left it steep for 6 minutes, so it is clearly a docile tea.
Pleasant even if not something I would add to my cupboard.

Flavors: Black Currant

205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

Naughty Vicar? Oh my, I would have bought it at once!

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This is generous sample from Terri HarpLady – thank you.
This tea is bold strong malty with lotsa smoke which is fine . i tamed it with Maple syrup teeny tiny amount. thats the magic (Sil and Terri introduced me to maple syrup style drinking smoky teas) it tastes very good. very pleasant afternoon tea.
Thank you Terri for the opportunity to try this tea.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

so maple syrup takes some of the smokiness out of tea?

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This morning, courtesy of Terri HarpLady, I’m very pleased to review Keemun Mao Feng by London Tea Room, St. Louis, MO, Western style: 8 oz. / 1 tsp (3g) / 212*F / 4 min. without sweeteners, milk, or cream.

Leaf: Thin twisted mostly dark chocolate-brown leaves mostly

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is one of my favorite Earl Greys. It’s very fragrant, I smell a lot of bergamot and jasmine? something flowery. This is an easy to drink tea for me. Although it tastes better hot than cold.

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How about that? Sil told me to try this because it’s good, and I tried it, and it was! It’s good! It’s got a nice bit of sweetness and a nice bit of smoke, balanced wonderfully.


Terri HarpLady

So, Sil is sending all the samples I sent to her to you? LOL, that’s one way to rack up the sipdowns! :D


Terri – where there was enough for me to have 2 cups or 1 sil sized cup AND have some left over, then Cavo gets to try it too since she has been my recent tea buying buddy lol. if there was only enough for a sil sized cup…. she did not get to try them haha


Hahaha. And that’s totally fair. :) I appreciate what I get, and now that I’ve dropped my numbers a little bit, I feel I can relax a bit more and savour each cup properly. Phew.

Terri HarpLady

Oh, you know my policy, right? “Share the Love!” :D

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I thought I’d try another Kenyan tea! Sipdown! (246)

This one is less harsh than the others I’ve had. It’s a little smoother, and a bit more golden. Tasty!

Thanks Sil!!


Smooth and golden ftw.


i really like the keemun from london tea room…but i don’t think there was enough to share of that one… if there was…it’s tasty.


Oh, I have that one! I’ll be sure to give that some special attention.
Also, I looked in my purse yesterday and realized I missed a sample for you. :O I should stick it in an envelope for you. hahah


don’t you dare… or i’ll send you the 3 that fell out of the bag at my place haha



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I call this the ‘Scotch and Cigar’ of teas. Strong and smoky with a touch of vanilla and berries to soften and flavor.

This tea is not for everyone, but will stand out for those wanting a strong character tea.

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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A lovely blend. I enjoyed that I could taste each of the components of this blend but none was too overpowering.

The rose is the first flavor I noticed. Sweet and distinctly rose, and it complements the flavors of jasmine and lavender quite well. Floral, yes, but not soapy or perfume-y.

A nice white tea base. It is light and airy, with notes of earth and vegetation. The peppermint is not overdone here, and I really appreciated that as peppermint can sometimes easily take over in blends like this. It is more of an accent flavor here, not a dominating force.

A nice tea.

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Tea #17 from the Here’s Hoping TTB

I was excited to see this end up in the TTB. I’m from St. Louis originally, where London Tea Room is located, but haven’t made it back for a visit in nearly five years. I just saw that they were closing their downtown location and moving to Tower Grove, so I’ll have to check out the new location next time I’m home.

It’s been a very very long time since I’ve had this tea, I had forgotten how much I liked it and now that I’ve had another cup I really miss being able to walk over to London Tea Room for a cup of tea now and then. Since I live in a small coffee drinking town, there just aren’t that many places available for me to get a good cup of tea outside of my home.

This tea smells great in the package and even better while steeping. I’m not the biggest fan of currant or citrus teas, but for some reason I have fallen in love with this blend. I don’t think I’ve had another tea that has combined the citrus notes from the bergamot with the fruity flavors of currants, it really is a great combination. I’ll have to pick some of this up if it’s available next time I go home, which should be close to valentines day when this seasonal blend is offered.

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Michelle sent a teaspoon of this a while back with her sale. thank you! It sounded lovely! Sadly, the sample doesn’t have much oolong in it. But it did have a ton of chamomile (which I should have figured out before I added it to my mesh infuser.) But the chamomile actually enhances the peach flavor that is like a juicy peach. I wish there had been more oolong though! Butiki’s peach oolong was my favorite oolong I’ve ever tried (though this one wouldn’t have been QUITE the same.) A nice one – I should probably drink chamomile more. I think this is around the fourth tea I’ve tried from The London Tea Room and they have all been delicious.

I had this genius idea of getting four empty tins to put tea samples in. One each for: smoky teas, chai, minty teas, and the fruity teas that smell stronger. Just a bunch of samples in their sandwich bags (or whatever they are in) for each of those four. SO does anyone know where I can buy big empty tins like the bigger ones from Teavana? (Obviously those would be way too expensive, even if they are free, it’s Teavana.) I’d appreciate any help!


Craft stores often sell tins in various sizes, and at this time of year you could probably get a good deal on them.

Tea Sipper

oh I didn’t think of craft stores!

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Tea #6 from HHTTB2

Oof! What a potently bergamot smelling dry leaf!

The wet leaf still smells very strongly of bergamot, but the liquor itself is very much tea smelling with a light berry fruitiness.

The base is robust and strong, but smooth. The bergamot isn’t the most prominent flavor, but it is potent and has a definite citrus bite. And the currant flavor is very good, and not fake. It’s a little like an E.G. with berry flavor. There’s no substantial lingering aftertaste note.

I added a tiny bit of Bailey’s Vanilla Brown Sugar creamer (because it sounded like the most amazing thing ever, and I pretty much begged Fiance to let me get it. It is also unfortunately nonalcoholic), and had a wonderfully decadent cup! It’s like drinking fresh berries and cream. The bergamot is more like citrus noise than a large piece of the flavor. But the tea is more than strong enough to stand up to the creamer and excel. The aftertaste now and incredibly lingering delicious berry happiness. Yuuuuum.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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