Royal Blend

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Baked Bread, Malt, Raisins, Astringent, Heavy
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Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 5 g 10 oz / 302 ml

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From Fortnum & Mason

First blended for King Edward VII in the summer of 1902, Royal Blend blends Assam with a touch of Ceylon for a smooth, almost honey-like flavour. It can be drunk all day, with milk, producing the perfect traditional cup of tea.

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53 tasting notes

Sipdown 1 of 2 today! Despite being alarmingly old (2 years, 3 years maybe?), it held up well to the very end. Maltiness is reduced, but still there. A bit vegetal from the Ceylon (or age). Balance was starting to be off a bit. This was a versatile tea, good for when I wanted a solid unflavored black, great as a base for my homemade chai. I’ll probably get more eventually, but I’ve got so many other teas, plus so many more I’d like to try, it may be awhile.

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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10 tasting notes

A bold, astringent blend of Assam and Ceylon black tea that is slightly overpowering for the average palette, but a treat for those who enjoy their tea strong :)

Flavors: Astringent, Heavy

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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573 tasting notes

Another back-back-backlog from afternoon tea at Fortnum & Mason. This tea reminded me the most of my beloved breakfast blends: bold, smooth, but not bitter. Other than that, there were no other special flavors or anything that jumped out at me. It was especially good when paired with the scones & jam or the desserts because of it’s strength.


Ooo…I would love to go to tea there someday. :)


I really enjoyed it! Plus, their store is like four stories, so there was a lot of tea-related shopping going on afterwards!

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374 tasting notes

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.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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

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5925 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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832 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.


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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3114 tasting notes

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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404 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.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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


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

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12 tasting notes

This is a full-flavored, straight forward bold English tea. The bright Ceylon tea leaves balance out the malty, darker Assam. Take the edge off with a splash of milk and it makes an ideal substitute for coffee at breakfast time.

See my full review of F&M Royal Blend here:

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8 tasting notes

A great gift from my mother in law.
A delicious tea, best with honey & milk and if the mood takes you, add that slice of lemon too.
It opens up to a nice note especially at your throat… Mmmm heavenly.

Great for a cool winter’s afternoon or that autumn evenings watching the leaves falling.
Love it brewed cold in the summer and sometimes added lemonade for a great summer night drink.

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