Buckingham Palace Tea

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Country of Origin: Kenya China Sri Lanka India
Region: East of Rift Fujian Nuwara Eliya Assam
Shipping Port: Mombasa Fuzhou Colombo Calcutta
Grade: Blend of large leaf teas
Altitude: 6500 ft 1500 ft 6500 ft 1500 ft
CTC Green Tea Orthodox Orthodox
Cup Characteristics: Flavoury with medium body and delicate earl grey and jasmine notes.
Infusion: Bright with touch of golden coppery colour.


Every May the Queen holds a garden party at Buckingham Palace -A lovely English springtime tradition. The Queen invites between 3000 and 4000 guests. Regal cucumber and watercress sandwiches served on white bread, smoked Scottish salmon pate, delicately scented earl grey cakes, and most importantly: Tea, are served on this prestigious occasion. The invitees are exotic guests from the far flung reaches of the Empire. The common thread is that they have made contribution to the British Commonwealth of nations. The guests rub shoulders with lords, earls, dukes, duchesses and ladies from the aristocratic British society. At about 3:00 p.m. the Royal Family make their entrance -the Queen, Prince Philip, the Queen Mother, and perhaps even Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Prince Andrew. You can seen the scene now -the Queen, Prince Philip and the Queen Mother -dressed in formal spring party clothing, mingling with the excited crowd; shaking hands, smiling, stopping briefly to chat with the guests, making eye contact and the royal nod of the head to acknowledge one’s presence for those unable to personally meet the Royal Family.

The tea that is served is long time favorite and delicious Palace medley specially selected for this occasion. Intriguing hints of high-grown pure Ceylon Earl Grey blend effortlessly with the soft jasmine from Fujian Province. Couple this with malty Assam (from the estate of Borengajuli) flavory Dimbula Ceylon (from Hatton), brisk and golden cup East of Rift Kenya (from Kambaa and Kagwe) and you have one of the most flavorful teas to come from the British Isles. Each cup is a cup of mystery – the flavors all come to the fore at separate times – one minute you taste the Earl Grey, the next second you can almost feel the soft floral notes of jasmine and finally you get the satisfying fullness of the Assam Ceylon and Kenya blend. Enjoy this tea and be a part of the annual tradition in the west gardens of Buckingham Palace.

Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon of tea for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea). Add milk and sugar to taste.

Iced tea brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 5 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. Please note that this tea may tend to go cloudy or ‘milky’ when poured over ice; a perfectly normal characteristic of some high quality black teas and nothing to worry about!

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2215 tasting notes

A couple of times I have made this tea forgetting that there is green tea mixed in with the black. I treated it like a black tea and it became astringent. My fault, not the tea’s fault. Since I have messed it up several times, I decided I would give it a chance as a cold steep. It stayed in the fridge for one whole day! The color is so light, clear, and pure. The flavor is light and good, too. A tiny bit fruity, a tiny bit floral.

I add simple syrup and pour it into my Zoku Slushy and Shake Maker and VOILA! I have a beautiful tea dessert! YUMS! I can’t wait to try lots more tea like this. Tea slushy on a sticky summer day? Yes, please!

I am loving my Zoku stuff. It is so hot and humid where I live that you have to do something to cool off!


Ooh. I wonder if it would work in the popsicle maker. I know a certain amount of sugar is needed for it to release…


It does! I made tea pops last year, but I did use sweetened ice tea.

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709 tasting notes

This one had some smaller pieces that looked like they could get bitter quick so I was very cautious with the steep, removing the leaves at about 2 minutes. This is another outdated sample from LiberTeas that I should have drank sooner but it still holds fairly true on smell. Steeped aroma is bold black tea (very Assam!) with an afterthought of bergamot that comes through to me as a bit of fruit loops. Now, assams are not my favourite and neither are earl greys but I have discovered I apparently have a fondness for jasmine so I’m very intrigued by this blend.

With my brave face on, I delve into the first sips. Bold but then tempered by a flowery sweetness – that must be the jasmine. The sip morphs back into a bit of astringency at the end that prompts me to keep sipping. I’m not picking up on any bergamot and I think this is one that must be drank quickly so I’ll just sit here and do that, I think.

Nice blend, but not remarkable for me. Could be the age or could be the ingredients, either way it was lovely to try a new tea! I have enough left for another 2 or 3 cups, I might give it to the beau for iced tea as he likes that sort of thing. Actually, I might give it to his work as they are all into tea now. I love sharing the tea love!!


“With my brave face on, I delve into the first sips.” LOL! I can totally imagine this! ;)

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6770 tasting notes

I’ve reviewed this more than once before…check those reviews out…backlogging from this morning. Major pain issues today and can barely type so my reviews will be brief. Sorry.

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4846 tasting notes

This is a great tea. I love the jasmine + Earl Grey notes. The Assam is a bold note. Great with breakfast (I’m having some Sin Dawg: http://www.daveskillerbread.com/sindawg.shtml – so very yummy!)

The tea is smooth, slightly sweet, a little bitter, malty, rich and very interesting. My taste buds are kept interested as I sip with all these different tastes going on.


I received this tea from Doulton not long ago. It is delicious! I like the link you shared. We grind our own wheat and make most of our breads…I love knowing it is fresh and chemical free! We also roll our own oat groats, but hubby stll loves the sugary icky stuff from the store! LOL! I can’t get enough sugar in is oatmeal to satisfy him!


I don’t have the patience to make my own bread… but I love Dave’s Killer Bread. So good. And those sin-dawgs… they really are sinful. But, with all the seeds and whole grains and stuff, you feel like they’re at least a little healthy. LOL

Ashley Bain

I have never heard of Dave’s Killer Bread, looks fanastic.


Ashley – as far as I know, it’s a local (Portland Oregon area) product, although I think it can be ordered online. I personally think it’s the best bread anywhere, except for the possibility of homemade bread. :) (I’m not affiliated with DKB, I am just a very happy customer)

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This has always been one of my favorites. Currently I am drinking it iced and the flavors really shine in the cold – I do the cold brew in the fridge method. Used about 7 teaspoons for 1 1/2 quarts, about 7 hours. Really good, refreshing stuff!

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This is a favorite breakfast tea in our house. It’s a nice robust cup with the flavors of Earl Grey and Jasmine. It has Assam maltiness. I would call this a complex tea, that changes flavor somewhat as it cools. We drink it black with sugar. Not so great iced, it gets a bit cloudy. I have reheated the cooled tea and it’s surprisingly good, it seems to hold its original flavor fairly well.

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92 tasting notes

I thought I would enjoy this tea, as I enjoy jasmine and earl grey, but it was not to be. The initial aroma of the dry leaves is mostly of bergmot. Upon steeping however (4 minutes at boiling) the jasmine rears its head and dominates completely. This is exactly like drinking perfume, and not in a good way (I do like floral and scented perfumes, so I was surprised at my reaction!) I would have liked a tea that was more about the bergmot, as promised by the dry leaves, but the jasmine is too much here. I’m willing to try again iced, as I usually prefer jasmine on ice, but I’m not too hopeful. I also think that a shorter infusion might be a good idea – following the package instructions nets a really strong brew!

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My morning yoga class was with the gentle yoga instructor, which was lovely, as I’m still recovering from whatever bugs I had.
So this afternoon I’m organizing things in my house, and drinking teas!
This is one of the teas that my Aunt and Uncle gave me for my birthday, and also some English Digestive buiscuts, which I love. I haven’t had them since I lived in the UK, so that was a delight.
This is an interesting blend. Very layered, with a very bold flavor to it. Its quite strong.
I feel like I’m going to have to fiddle with the steep time, but I’m enjoying it!


Sounds like you’re feeling a little better though, eh? Sounds like a nice day. I’m a fan of digestive biscuits too. :)

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